September 2013

There are 5 blog entries for September 2013.

Return to Hardberger Park

Thursday, September 26th, 2013 at 9:36am. 488 Views, 0 Comments.

Return to Hardberger Park

by Celia Hayes

So it has been a good many months since last we ventured into Hardberger Park, on Blanco just a titch north of where the Wurzbach Parkway runs between Blanco and IH-10. Our hopes are high, incidentally, that soon, very soon indeed, the link in the parkway between Wetmore and Blanco will be completed and we will be able to waft swiftly and without traffic lights halfway across the north side of town.

Our first clue that the main part of the park is finished and consequently enormously popular is that we had to circle the parking lot three times before finding a parking place. Yes, the park – the dog park, the play-ground and the hiking and biking trails are very, very popular on weekend mornings, especially

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Home Renovation Time

Monday, September 16th, 2013 at 9:14am. 1,667 Views, 0 Comments.

Home Renewal

by Celia Hayes

Habitat for Humanity Home Center by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comWith the sale of the acreage in California coming down the home stretch in escrow, we have been considering what to do with the money from the sale of the land. Oh, a certain amount will be plowed back into the purchase of a Hill County Lot of half acre to an acre, but the immediate need is to spend about half of it on the current house. It was originally built by Centex around 1985, but all the components in it were construction grade and purchased by the warehouse-load. The light fixtures and fittings, the carpeting, linoleum, cabinets and countertops, sinks and toilets, the doors and windows, the installed appliances, the HVAC systems ... all were pretty much uniform. Over the years, many of our neighbors have replaced

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Urban Living

Monday, September 9th, 2013 at 12:22pm. 1,954 Views, 0 Comments.

The Geography of Urban Life

 by Celia Hayes

I suppose that moving to a new location every two or three years as an adult sharpened my antennae with regard to house-hunting, just as a childhood spent with parents who were extremely energetic about all kinds of D-I-Y home and garden improvement projects instilled a certain degree of optimism in me about tackling them. Just as we never bought a brand new car, we also never bought a brand new home, up until my parents' retirement house, and true to character, they oversaw the building of that, as well as doing much of the work themselves. Otherwise, we made do and made the best with what already existed. Which, I will point out – my parents were very, very good at.

I had already decided that I would

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Draw of Downtown San Antonio

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013 at 9:25am. 837 Views, 0 Comments.

The Draw of Downtown

By Celia Hayes

Mystical Paintings by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comSan Fernando Cathedral and Main Plaza by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comNow and again we are drawn downtown – usually not when there is a mass event involving crowds of people, expensive parking and temperatures of 90 degrees and above – but for purposes of our own, often involving visiting friends and relations, book research, or just plain curiosity. On these occasions we are reminded again of what a lovely civic jewel the Riverwalk is, even though I am certain that the noise and congestion would become tiresome for those living or working in one of the buildings overlooking it ... but still. Green water, fringed with immensely tall feather-leaved cypress trees and narrow gardens, stone walkways, little bridges and ornaments of civic art in tile, metal and stone. It is a marvel and

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Jams and Preserves A Specialty Shop in Fredericksburg

Sunday, September 1st, 2013 at 9:05am. 1,257 Views, 0 Comments.

A Little Local Home Grown Company

by Celia Hayes

Stuff on the Shelves at Das Peach Haus by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comThe cat is watching Das Peach Haus by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comSo, I came to San Antonio for my final tour of Air Force duty in 1995 – but I think it took a little while for me to discover Fredericksburg, and the lovely, tasty specialty food products put out by Fischer and Wieser, of Fredericksburg in the Hill Country. It is in my mind that for the first couple of years, Fredericksburg was the only place that you could buy them anyway. Certainly all the little gourmet food outlets along Main Street had a good selection of Fischer & Wieser jams and preserves. There was an annex to Das Peach Haus in a teeny former residence near to the Nimitz Museum, which is where we usually bought those items which took our fancy.

Rush Limbaugh Sweet Tea at Das Peach Haus by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comLooking at the company website, it appears

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