Captured Moments – Fall color – Blanco Gardens

Good morning,

I had the pleasure of visiting my sister of the heart in Blanco, Texas yesterday.  we always make time to visit Blanco gardens.  Amelia had some beautiful fall flowers. The red and yellow gerbera daisies were some of my favorites.

Also this beautiful pansy

If you get a chance, stop by and say hello and pick up some fall color for your garden.

Blanco Gardens

Address: 500 Main St, Blanco, TX 78606

Hours:

Saturday 10AM–4PM
Sunday 10AM–4PM
Monday 9AM–5PM
Tuesday 9AM–5PM
Wednesday Closed
Thursday 9AM–5PM
Friday 9AM–5PM
Phone: (830) 833-2433

Coffee Monday – Tully’s Coffee Shop Advertisements

Good morning,

I was meandering through Pinterest, looking at coffee pins and saw this cool coffee advertisement from Tully’s Coffee Shop

 Then I found this one

I love the concept and find the art style and the colors very appealing.

I have never had Tully’s coffee.  They appear to only be on the west coast .

Love their ads though.  🙂  

Captured Moments – Texas Spiny lizard,old bricks and memories

Good morning

We have been working on a house in Austin and one afternoon we arrived to find this lovely Texas spiny lizard sunning on some old bricks in the yard.  The bricks are reclaimed from the chimney of the house.   The house was built in 1925.  When one of the previous owners modernized the house, they took out the heating stove. It did not appear to have had a fireplace, but rather a hole in the bricks for a pipe from a wood burning stove.  The chimney had been walled in and was this small, square, floor to ceiling outjut in the corner of the living room.  The house had not been taken care of  when we purchased it and needed major repairs, this was how we discovered the old chimney.  When we first reclaimed them, a neighbor of ours, Robert Burns, took them to use in front of his house along the street.  After he sold the house and the new owner remodeled, the new owner knowing that they had come from our house, returned them. 

Captured Moments – Texas Thistle

We have several varieties of thistle growing in our area.  The main one is Texas Thistle Cirsium texanum  (of course 😉 )

The Texas thistle grows 2-5 feet tall, without branches, or sparingly branched near the top. The numerous leaves are alternate, 4-9 inches long, smaller on the upper third of the stem. Leaves are green above and white below, with a woolly texture on the underside. The irregular lobes have spines at the tip but few elsewhere on the leaf. There is 1 flower head to a stem, with no ray flowers but numerous disk flowers, which are deep rose-lavendert.

Bumblebees work the flowers when they mature.

Thistle seed

Captured Moments – Trying something new – fall chicks.

Good morning,

Most farm stores sell day old chicks in the spring.  It takes about five months to reach laying age, so if we buy in March, we can expect eggs starting late September.  It is still cool here in March and the need to shelter the chicks and keep them warm is crucial even without us reaching freezing temperatures.

In the last few years, one of our farm stores has started carrying chicks in the late summer.  It wasn’t until this year that we decided to give it a try.  We bought six chicks, three golden sex links and three red sex links.

This is what the chicks are sent home in.

Arriving at their new home

We had their home ready, a stock tank with cedar shavings, water, chick feed and a warming light.

They seemed to like exploring their new home and would all run from one end to the other.

We knew we would have to rearrange the food and water as they grew.  We also found that being summer, we did not need as much of a heat source to keep them comfortable.  The chicks will let you know if they are too cold or too warm from where they go in relation to the heat source.

We have cats.  So we needed a good cat proof top.  We had an old Ikea frame we have kept for years (we keep everything it seems, never know when it will come in handy, and it did) It fit the top of the tank perfectly.    My husband added some stops to keep it from sliding and hardware cloth.  Since it is not very cool, we can set the heat lamp on one end on the wire.

One of our cats is fascinated with the chicks.  They didn’t seem to be afraid of him.

Settled in for Cat TV.

Here they are at four days.

So far, I think I am enjoying the fall chicks more than the spring.  Our temperatures are still hot in August and do not cool until late October and sometimes later.  These girls are growing fast and will move into the small mobile coop soon.

Updates to follow. 🙂

Dragon Thursday – The art of Sandra SanTara

Good morning,

My wonderful friend, Dianne, gifted me with a beautiful dragon print made by artist Sandra SanTara.  Sandra creates fantasy art, including paintings of totem images, spirit wheels,  feather paintings,  Dragons, Gryphons and other mythical beasties and much more.  She also designs jewlery and t-shirts, which are available on her Etsy shop – Windwolf Studio (Etsy), as well as her Wolfwind Studio.com website.  

Below is an image from Sandra SanTara’s website of the print Dianne gave me.  Gorgeous!

 

You can also find Sandra SanTara here:

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Captured Moments – Styphnolobium affine – Texas Sophora

This plant grew along a privacy fence in a house we used to live in a few years ago.  When we moved it was a very spindly vine looking plant that had pink blooms in the spring.  We went by the house today and the little vine is actually a very tall shrub.  It have lovely black seed pods dangling throughout the branches.

I took some photos and decided it was time to identify what exactly this vine turned shrub is,  It turns out it is a shrub called Eve’s Necklace or Texas Sophora – Styphnolobium  affine

From Wildflower.org plant database:

Eves necklace, a 15-30 ft., spineless shrub or tree, bears light-green, graceful leaflets and fragrant, pink, wisteria-like blooms. A tall shrub or small tree with thin, scaly, reddish brown bark on older wood and with smooth twigs. On limestone slopes, in valley bottoms, and on soils underlain with limestone in upland situations. Seeds reputed to be poisonous. Leaves divided into 6 to 8 pairs of leaflets and a terminal one on an axis up to 9 inches long, leaflets elliptic to oval, averaging an inch long, with a rounded, indented, or pointed tip, smooth margins, and a rounded or tapered base. Flowers fragrant, white tinged with rose, 1/2 inch long, arranged along axes up to 6 inches long, appearing in March and April. Fruit a long, rounded pod, constricted between the seeds, often with only 1 or a few seeds, the swollen part of the pod black, and the constrictions covered with gray hairs.

Sophora is from the Arabic name of a tree with pea-shaped flowers.

Coffee Monday – It’s Halloween!

Well, not really, it’s October, and that’s pretty much the same thing. 😉

To start the month right, it’s time to get the right coffee mug.  I found three to share.

The first is a nod to one of our favorite Halloween movies, Hocus Pocus.

This fun mug can be found on Etsy at

Quite Unique Boutique

The next mug is also on Etsy at Please Pardon My French

And this one can be found on Etsy at I Heart Coffee Co.

Photos: 10.1.17

Theo introduced me to Topaz Studio. He uses other photo editing software too, but I have become fascinated with Topaz. His digital art and wildlife photos are gorgeous.

Theo Fenraven

It’s been three weeks since Irma, and there are still several thousand people in my area without power. 😦 I feel so, so bad for them. I hope the situation is resolved soon.

The good news? There are no hurricanes forming in the Atlantic right now. Another couple weeks, and the season will be over until next year.

Irma ripped half the screens out of the lanai, leaving it open to the elements. Mostly, this has been okay, as I can now take pics of the birds at the feeder without scaring them. I draped chamo cloth across the bottom half of the glass doors and shoot through that. This is a female cardinal. She’s tinted red by the rising sun, and I bumped the color, which is why she looks more red than usual. 🙂 There are a couple drops of water hanging from her beak. 

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