There are 5 blog entries for July 2013.
Sunday, July 28th, 2013 at 8:51am. 1,808 Views, 0 Comments.
Choo choo ch'boogie
by Celia Hayes
From the earliest days, San Antonio was strategically located at the meeting of two major roads – the Camino Real, the roughly east-west road between Monclova and Mexico City and Natchitoches in Louisiana, and the Camino Del Norte, roughly a north/south route with many variations, but generally running between San Antonio and Laredo and points south. Strategic indeed, in the days of mule trains, ox-drawn freight wagons, horse-drawn stages and messengers on horseback, with goods and settlers arriving by sail and steam in coastal ports in Mexico, along the Texas and Louisiana gulf coast.
It took more than a decade after the end of the Civil War for San Antonio to be connected by steel rails to the rest of the…
Monday, July 22nd, 2013 at 8:49am. 1,395 Views, 0 Comments.
South Texas Oil
I can't say that I was very surprised to find out from various online sources last week that Texas is pumping so much oil from the Eagle Ford Shale formation in South Texas (among other oil-rich shale formations, some of which are not quite as well-along as far as drilling goes) that if it were an independent country, it would be one of the top fifteen oil producers. I am not one who follows this kind of thing, religiously – although where I grew up in Southern California, I remember seeing many a small rocking-horse pumpjacks scattered here and there, nodding busily away in the bean-fields and citrus orchards in Camarillo, or along the highways and back roads. It was just one of those things in the background. I don't know if there are…
Wednesday, July 10th, 2013 at 8:49am. 1,696 Views, 1 Comments.
by Celia HayesAlack and alas, the squashes which I planted in the spring, which came up, leafed out and flowered bountifully never actually produced any squash plants before they gracefully sank to the ground, withered and gave up the ghost. This has been to my complete mystification – they were provided plenty of sun, water and fertilizer, and I did not see that any of the plants were afflicted with vine borers. Well, next spring is another chance for a San Antonio home backyard garden; meanwhile I have pulled up the dead plants and harvested the small crop of red potatoes ... which did thrive, although most of the resulting potatoes were the size of marbles and radishes. We have already eaten the largest of them – and tasty indeed…
Monday, July 8th, 2013 at 9:25am. 4,963 Views, 0 Comments.
Boerne's Sculpture Garden
by Celia HayesSo we had noted some ... well, some outdoor works of art, arranged in a landscaped space on River Road next to the Ewe and Eye yarns and handicrafts establishment, and last week we stopped for a few minutes to check it out up close. It's the Texas Treasures Fine Art Sculpture Garden– they have a post on the Boerne Chamber of Commerce's Facebook page. While Texas Treasures Fine Art Gallery does have an indoor and roofed over fine art gallery on Main Street, it looks as if some of the larger and more weighty pieces of sculpture have been put on display out in the open air ... which is about the only place that one can visualize some of them, notably a huge west Texas landscape called ... well, Landscape.
Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013 at 8:07am. 3,177 Views, 0 Comments.
The Art Scene
by Celia Hayes
So, contra the belief that the wild and crazy art scene is all in Austin, and there is nothing much in San Antonio save the military bases, medical centers and the Alamo ... there is an art scene, and I have pictorial proof, now that my daughter is becoming interested in it. And more than just interested – it's a matter of professional involvement.
To backtrack a little; my daughter and Edith, her best friend from high school (St. Francis Academy, Class of 1998) having despaired of ever finding full-time, well-paid and remunerative employment doing something rewarding – or at least, something they do not hate – have decided to go into business together. Edith is an artist in pastels, and quite gifted. My daughter is…