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The Guadalupe River Texas Parks and Wildlife

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014 at 11:43am. 1,072 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. 1,232 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. 1,099 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. 678 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. 892 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. 1,223 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. 1,470 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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Ye Kendall Inn

Thursday, September 27th, 2012 at 9:53am. 3,377 Views, 0 Comments.

Boerne – Ye Kendall Inn


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by Celia Hayes

Ye Kendall Inn Entrance by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comSo, we were off to Boerne again last Friday, rejoicing in the rain that had fallen the night before – this time so that I could do a talk on the Civil War in the Hill Country for a local chapter of the Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War. Quite a few of the members are transplanted Texans, courtesy of military service – so the series of events in the years 1860-65 in the Hill Country were new to them and interesting.

The Creek Restaurant in Boerne by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comTo me, the nice part of the meeting was that it took place at Ye Kendall Inn, in the modern-but-decorated-to- look-old Halle – the conference center, which is just one of the ramble of buildings – many of them historic and fascinating

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The Cibolo Creek Flows Through Boerne

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012 at 1:56pm. 1,465 Views, 2 Comments.

A River Flows Through It

 by Celia Hayes Click photos to enlarge

Boerne Riverside Park with Cypress by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comNature Store - Boerne Texas by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comAs the Riverwalk of San Antonio is such an ornament to the city and such a popular tourist attraction (only second after the Alamo) that one of the nicknames for our fair town is 'The River City' you'd think that any municipal organization possessing the necessary attribute – a permanent body of water deeper than a puddle in, or flowing through downtown – would have been been seen as a gift and an opportunity to do something like it. Maybe not cheek by cheek eateries and boutiques – but at least a pleasant string park, paralleling the river bank can this be created, for the benefit of the residents, the enriching of those retail establishments lucky to overlook it, and the sheer

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Civil War Anniversary in Comfort

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012 at 9:25am. 1,202 Views, 0 Comments.

Civil War Anniversary in Comfort August 10-11, 2012

 by Celia Hayes

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True to the Union by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comI've written before about the Comfort Civil War monument – a stone obelisk under the oak trees at what would have been the edge of town in 1866. It is a monument to those Union Loyalists from Comfort and the surrounding communities, who were killed in a vicious firefight with Confederate partisans, or executed as captives afterwards, near a branch of the Nueces River a hundred and fifty years ago this year. There were nearly sixty of them – men from Comfort, Sisterdale, Fredericksburg, Cherry Spring and a dozen other little towns and hamlets scattered through the Hill Country. They were abolitionists and for the Union; they would not take a loyalty oath to the Confederacy, much

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