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Sisterdale

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014 at 8:29am. 2,737 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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Renaissance Fair

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014 at 8:39pm. 728 Views, 0 Comments.

Ren Faire

by Celia Hayes

I've always thought there was a need in these mostly settled American late 20th century time for people to dress up and be something else for a while. There are local hard-core historical reenactors who do get very, very deep into this, in part to educate people generally about specific events and times in American history. Then there is the Society for Creative Anachronism, where lurk those folks who do more of the European medieval thing, with jousting and swordfights and all that. And the science fiction conventions, where fans of particular movies and TV shows costume for the duration, and take it all very seriously. My daughter and I had a friend through the Salt Lake City con who routinely dressed as a Klingon. One

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Front Porch Finale

Monday, February 10th, 2014 at 9:14am. 907 Views, 0 Comments.

Leaping into Spring Projects

by Celia Hayes

Entryway with Porch - Nearly Complete by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comIn between those days of bone-chilling cold, my daughter and I finished up the raised flower-bed part of the entryway to the house this week. The stump of the photinia is buried deep in garden soil, home-brewed compost, with a layer of weed barrier on top of that, and a thin layer of river rock on top of that. We visited Lowe's over the weekend and were sorely tempted – and succumbed to several interesting varieties of day-lily and gladiola corms, and a rose-bush. I might, at a later date, put in some lavender plants, as the soil mix in the raised bed is just what they like; sandy, easily drained, full of good nutritious compost – the very opposite of the heavy clay which occurs naturally around here.

Narrow Bed Alongside Walkway by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.com

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The Grandest Villa

Friday, November 1st, 2013 at 8:51am. 1,819 Views, 0 Comments.

Downtown San Antonio the Villa Finale in King Willaim

by Celia Hayes

The Garden Pavilion by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comWe walked through the part of the Riverwalk which runs from the Blue Star Art Complex up through King William last weekend, marveling at all the lovely period houses lining quiet, tree-lined streets. Although right next door to each other and very nearly of the same vintage, King William and Southtown have completely different sensibilities. The old Southtown houses are smaller, closer together, and many of them are more given over to commercial and artistic enterprises. While King William neighborhood does have a number of smaller bungalows and cottages lining the streets, it is the mansions and extensive gardens which set it apart; and one of the most splendid (after the Steves

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Urban Critters

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013 at 8:18pm. 874 Views, 0 Comments.

Critters in the City

by Celia Hayes

Creekbed with Egret by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comA good few years ago I had a project for a college class in ecology, a topic that I already knew a good bit about, thanks to Dad. Yea, my bretheren and sisteren, at that time, the whole concept of ecology was a brand new and shiny one, with that nice fresh concept smell to it. Dad, being the working research biologist, had introduced us it ages before – when we were in grade school, as a matter of fact. My class project involved finding out about nominally wild animals living in the city. In that pre-internet and search-engine day this involved a daisy chain of phone calls, beginning with the city animal control office, until I wound up talking to (IIRC) a gentlemen at the Bureau of Land Management, who kept

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When the Railway Came to Town

Sunday, July 28th, 2013 at 8:51am. 1,142 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

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Halloween for Dogs

Thursday, November 1st, 2012 at 3:33pm. 2,282 Views, 1 Comments.

Halloween for Dogs

by Celia Hayes

Dog as Grinch by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comSince our household does not contain any small children, we normally make an effort to dress up the dogs in costumes instead. Cats are normally reluctant to cooperate in this kind of amusement, although I do wish that we could get some of the black cats to pose fetchingly with pumpkins, cauldrons, brooms and witch's pointy hats. This would so take care of decorating the front porch for tricker-treating. A couple of years ago we did borrow the grandson of our next-door neighbor when he wanted to dress up like the Prince of Persia and our neighbor confessed herself quite unequal to that particular challenge. We fitted him out in a tunic and sword-belt and turban, and I roughed out a sword and dagger from thin plywood,

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Hill Country Road Trip

Monday, October 29th, 2012 at 9:42am. 1,403 Views, 0 Comments.

Road Trip: Fredericksburg by Bulverde, Sisterdale and Luckenbach

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by Celia Hayes

Sister Creek Vineyards - Awards Shelf by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comSome time ago, my daughter and I discovered the back road route from our North-East San Antonio home, to Boerne; basically, going up 281 to Route 46 and then west to Boerne. This last weekend, we went a step farther, by going north up Bulverde Road and bypassing the horrendous 1604-281 nexus entirely. Really, as they get closer and closer to completing the interchange, traffic just gets worse and worse. And once we got to Boerne, we decided to take Ranch Road 1376, or the Sisterdale Road north to the Pedernales Valley – this turned out to be a fantastic way to get to Fredericksburg; scenic, little traffic and just about as rapidly as by the highway ... except for

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Guten Tag - Oktoberfest and Wurstfest

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012 at 9:05am. 1,730 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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My Dream Texas Garden

Sunday, August 26th, 2012 at 11:30am. 1,715 Views, 0 Comments.

Now My Dream Texas Garden

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 by Celia Hayes

rose_garden_fountain_938In my last post I outlined what I would like to have as my dream Texas dream retirement home; a lot about the houses and some generalities about the landscape. I'd like a slightly rolling property, oriented towards the west, and studded with a handful of oak trees and a bit of a wildflower meadow at a slight distance. I didn't put in much about the garden around it ... just that there would be one. Being that I would like this dream home in the Hill Country someplace, I'd have to take care of the tender plants during those cold winter snaps when it gets down to or below freezing. Plants that scrape through a cold snap in San Antonio would not do as well during the winter in the Hills ... so I would have

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