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The Big Fight-Sisterdale

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014 at 8:24pm. 3,407 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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Gypsy Market Vendor

Monday, November 18th, 2013 at 6:26pm. 2,606 Views, 0 Comments.

The Moveable Market

by Celia Hayes

Where We Were This Weekend by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comDon Ruben Avocado Oil by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comMy daughter and I are moving a little deeper into the world of the gypsy entrepreneur market these days. I mean, I have been dabbling around the edges for good few years as an independent author, once I realized that there was more to be made – and a lot less ego-death involved – by taking a table at a craft fair, like the New Braunfels Christmas Market, or in Miss Ruby's Author Corral at Goliad's Christmas on the Square. But this – like strictly book events, like the West Texas Book and Music Festival in Abilene – involved only a table and a chair. I usually had to bring along some tablecloths, some informational flyers, postcards and my business card, and maybe something eye-catching to adorn the table.

You Have Been Warned by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comFor the Two Fisted Drinker by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comGoing

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The Grandest Villa

Friday, November 1st, 2013 at 8:51am. 4,882 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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Downtown San Antonio Spanish Governors Palace

Monday, June 17th, 2013 at 10:10am. 4,472 Views, 0 Comments.

The Spanish Governor's Palace

by Celia Hayes

Kitchen by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comGarden Path by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comThe single-story adobe ramble on the corner of Military Plaza (or that which is left, with Town Hall plunked down in the middle of it) is the oldest existing domestic structure in San Antonio, It dates from the 1700s; that period when Texas was a far-flung outpost of Spain, and the entire town was a huddle of similar houses around the margins of Military and Main Plazas. So – the Spanish part of the description is justified. It definitely wasn't a palace by any stretch of the imagination. But it was a vast improvement, living-situation-wise over a windowless, dirt-floored jacale-hut made by planting upright timbers in a trench and plastering them inside and out with mud, so on that basis it certainly

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Ongoing Garden Plans

Thursday, February 21st, 2013 at 2:53pm. 2,633 Views, 0 Comments.

Ongoing Garden Plans – and a Lament

 by Celia Hayes

Hanging Garden Frame by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comWell, we'll need a bag or two more of potting soil to properly fill up the big raised bed that I wrote about a couple of week ago, so there'll be a delay in planting it. There'll also be a delay in constructing the two narrower raised beds, which will be placed against the fence, with a bit of latticing attached, so that that plants which wish to climb – like beans, peas and cucumbers – can go to town. The big bed will be planted with zucchini and summer squash, which are supposed to produce by the ton, but which last year got attacked by some nasty kind of crud/parasite which attacked their stems and killed the plants themselves almost overnight.

The patent topsy-turvy tomato planters, which

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Hill Country Road Trip

Monday, October 29th, 2012 at 9:42am. 3,746 Views, 0 Comments.

Road Trip: Fredericksburg by Bulverde, Sisterdale and Luckenbach

Mission Realty San Antonio Real Estate Call Team Randy Watson 210-319-4960

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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The Cibolo Creek Flows Through Boerne

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012 at 1:56pm. 4,218 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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My Dream House

Saturday, August 18th, 2012 at 2:21pm. 4,496 Views, 1 Comments.

My Dream House

Mission Realty San Antonio Team Randy Wastson 210-319-4960

 by Celia Hayes

Farmhouse at the Becker Vinyard by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comI have about decided what I should like to live in, as my Texas dream house. Alas, it is not the house that I currently live in, which is a comfortable, small and relatively undistinguished tract house in a pleasant neighborhood full of other homes filled with variations on the same generic theme of brick and siding and vaguely neo-classical trimmings. Lots of tall windows, fan-lights, and fireplaces; shoot a brick at supersonic speed across those parts of San Antonio built up in the last thirty years and you'd hit two or three or four dozen pretty much like it.

Dangers House by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comNo, what I would like in the way of the retirement property is pretty much what my parents got for themselves, when all of us had flown the parental

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Habits of Frugality Part 1

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011 at 11:35am. 1,849 Views, 0 Comments.

Frugality – Part One

by Celia Hayes

Mission Realty

The haul from a arecent frugal thrift run. by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comI suppose I have come by the predilection for thrift in a fairly straightforward way – I inherited it. There are things that because my parents didn't do them, I never actually have or would in the foreseeable future. Like purchase an entirely new automobile. Do you know how much it depreciates, as soon as you drive it off the lot? I can hear Dad lecturing me, even now. At least two years old, lightly used, dealer warranty.

Not even if I should become a fabulously wealthy and famous writer, the Margaret Mitchell of the Hill Country  . . .  nope, although I have now and again spent money unwisely, I just cannot bring myself to spend full retail on certain things. Apparently I am not alone in this, these

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Selling Your Vintage Home

Saturday, July 16th, 2011 at 7:49pm. 5,576 Views, 0 Comments.

Created Sunday, 18 January 2009 15:50

Sellers: How to Make the Most of Your Home's Period Details

One of the major selling points of vintage homes is the attention to detail and fine craftsmanship only found in older houses. Learn how to make the most of the period details in your house to reap higher sales prices with these effective strategies:

Shine the Spotlight: Prepare your home in anticipation of taking plenty of photos. Pay attention to details and any unique features. If you have lived in your home for a while, ask friends or family to stop by and take a fresh look; it's easy to forget how desirable your home is when you see it every day. 

Provide Details: Was your house built with old yellow pine? Chances are it is virtually

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