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The Big Fight-Sisterdale

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014 at 8:24pm. 1,039 Views, 0 Comments.

Jack Hays' Big Fight at Walker's Creek

Big Sky Country by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comIn Sisterdale, on Sunday June 8th, historical enthusiasts from across Kendall County and beyond are observing the 170th anniversary of the battle of Walker's Creek – Jack Hays' Big fight at the Sisterdale Dance Hall.

Rural Shed with Vintage Car by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comJack Hays came to Texas late in 1836, worked as a surveyor, and commanded a roving Ranger company based in San Antonio in the 1840s. The Big Fight on Walker Creek made his name; one of the many brush-fire fights between Hays' Rangers and Comanche raiders, who came down from the Southern Plains to make free with any horses, captives and portable loot they could carry away. In the summer of 1844, Captain Hays took a patrol of fourteen volunteers into the hills, looking for Indian raiding parties. One

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Bulverde and Spring Branch Market Days

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014 at 10:37pm. 1,094 Views, 0 Comments.

Beautiful Bulverde

by Celia Hayes

The South Will Rise Again by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comRock Nettle in Metal by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comThis last Saturday was spent at the Bulverde and Spring Branch Chamber of Commerce's Spring Market Day – and my daughter and I spent all of Saturday among more than sixty vendors set up among the oak trees in the Beall's parking lot, at Bulverde Crossing and Hwy 46W. Bulverde, Spring Branch, and Smithson Valley are ... well, Bulverde is not so much a well-defined township as a place like Boerne, New Braunfels or Helotes. They were once entirely separate towns or hamlets, with a defined center – perhaps even an established square – overtaken in recent years by the sprawl of San Antonio to the north and extensive developments of new houses quilt-patched here and there among the old ranch properties, cedar thickets and

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Sisterdale

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014 at 8:29am. 2,732 Views, 0 Comments.

Hill Country Venture

by Celia Hayes

So, knowing that on SaturdSisterdale Market by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comay, May 10, that we will be tied up all day in the hot-pink-and-zebra-striped booth in the Beall's parking lot at 281 and Bulverde Crossing for the Bulverde Spring market – and that we had some projects to finish before then – my daughter and I declared Friday, May 2 to be our personal holiday, and embarked on a short road trip into the Hill Country. Yes, we love the Hill Country, especially when it appears to have been blessed with slightly more rain than we have had in San Antonio. I wanted to get some snaps that I could use for the cover of my next book, but alas – the bluebonnets were at their best last month.

Arcane Information of Oak Barrel by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comThe Hustle and Bustle at Sister Creek by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comWe went up through the back-road between Boerne and Luckenbach, which

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The Guadalupe River Texas Parks and Wildlife

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014 at 11:43am. 1,765 Views, 0 Comments.

The Guadalupe River

This story traces the Guadalupe River from its headwaters all the way down to the Gulf, highlighting some of the things you see and can do along the way. For more on Texas rivers, see http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/landwater/

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Home Renovation Time

Monday, September 16th, 2013 at 9:14am. 1,823 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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Jams and Preserves A Specialty Shop in Fredericksburg

Sunday, September 1st, 2013 at 9:05am. 1,328 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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Texas Barbeque...The Food of the Gods

Saturday, August 31st, 2013 at 8:55am. 855 Views, 1 Comments.

Texas BBQ

It's just one of those things – Texas should be so large a state as to have not one, but several different regional variants in barbeque stylings. Yes, in less-blessed climes, barbeque is done by just throwing your choice of animal flesh on the grill on the back porch and allowing it to char slowly over the coals or (byte ones tongue) propane flame. I have even run across *shudder* recipes for marinated and grilled slabs of tofu.

Daily Bread and Meat at Kreuz MarketSorry – barbeque here means mainly beef, although pork, turkey, chicken, sausages, and even cabrito – or goat and mutton – makes an appearance in the borderland Hispanic variant of barbecoa. There is the east Texas variant; marinated beef cooked slowly over hickory wood until the meat falls from the bone and

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Hauptstrasse Quiltfest in Boerne

Monday, May 6th, 2013 at 3:35pm. 1,246 Views, 0 Comments.

The Allure of the Quilt

by Celia Hayes

Quilts on Libraray Building by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comIndian Blanket Pattern Quilt by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comOnce again this last weekend, we were lured to the pleasant bedroom-slipper community of Boerne by the charms of the Squirrel's Nest on Main Street, which supports the totally worthy services provided by Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation to animal-kind of this part of Texas. This visit also coincided with the celebration of a uniquely American art form – with contemporary examples hung from storefronts, and along the sides of Boerne's town plaza. They made a splendid show, all through downtown, and many of the businesses along Main Street (or Hauptstrasse) also had window displays incorporating quilts – and many of them were offering drinks ... although we had to turn down the offers of margaritas at one

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Mobile Food Trucks of San Antonio

Monday, March 18th, 2013 at 10:22am. 1,911 Views, 0 Comments.

Eating on the Go

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by Celia Hayes

Cowboy Snack Shack by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comWell, there is fast food, and then there is fast food – fast food that comes to the customer. When I was stationed in Korea such a convenience was called the 'chogi' truck, or as the local national employees called it 'roooch-coachie'. It came around mid-morning to the building where I worked, dispensing hot sandwiches, snacks, candy bars, ice cream and bags of salted or sugared snack foods. But the chogi truck is to a food truck today as a Model T is to a Jeep Cherokee. They're gasoline-powered motor vehicles, and they dispense food to the hungry ... but the 21st century food truck tends to be a specialty gourmet kitchen on wheels. Certainly in a large and

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Guten Tag - Oktoberfest and Wurstfest

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012 at 9:05am. 1,727 Views, 0 Comments.

Guten Tag, Y’All - This is Texas!

by Celia Hayes

Beer Garden by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comWhen I first came to Texas, at the express request of the US Air Force some (mumble) seventeen (mumble) years ago I thought I knew all there was to know about the place: the Alamo of course, and the Riverwalk, too. I knew that Houston had a Grand Opera, that Lubbock was a flat as a pancake griddle with some Monopoly houses set on it, I had read Edna Ferber's Giant, and I knew about cattle drives and the King Ranch, and that Texas was called the buckle of the Bible Belt ... I knew pretty much what any well-read traveler could pick up through the medium of pop culture and the base library.

Big Tent by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comWhat I did not know, until well after I got here and began to look around – was how very much more there was.

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