Saturday, November 29, 2008

Poinsettia Topiary!!

What a beautiful holiday topiary! Many, many thanks to Sheryl at Klepac Greenhouses. What's more, there's no need to experience botanical envy; you too can grace your home with your own poinsettia topiary from Klepac - available for a limited time from your local HEB grocery. A simple, yet gloriously beautiful holiday accent, grown and nurtured in the Texas Hill Country!
What do you think... Dining room table top or fireplace?
This native wildflower and grass bouquet that I cut and arranged early Thursday morning remains fresh and beautiful on Saturday!

Friday, November 28, 2008

A day off...

Scenes from around Poggio Secco. The flowers are Meyer Lemons.

Views from our morning tour of Klepac Greenhouses in Blanco. Klepac is a family owned and operated wholesale nursery that supplies poinsettias to HEB, Whole Foods, and commissaries in the southwest. Many of their plants arrive as cuttings or plugs first imported from Holland then potted and grown in two campuses in Blanco. Christmas and Easter are two of their busiest seasons. Klepac is not open to the public, so it was a rare treat to have the opportunity to tour their facility. We had lunch at the Uptown Restaurant on the Square in Blanco with our friend Sheryl and she saw us off with a special suprise.... more on that in a later post!

In and around Johnson City by day.

And by night, at the Festival of Lights.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

We Gather Together...

Scenes from the day. Click photo to enlarge.

On the menu:
Rosemary Roasted Turkey, Smithfield Smoked Ham,
Candied Yams, Creamed Chive Mashed Potatoes,
Whole Wheat Rolls,
Grean Bean Casserole, Pea Salad,
Fruit Salad, Orange-Infused Cranberry Sauce,
Homemade Pickled Beets & Cucumbers,
Pumpkin Pie, Orange-Pineapple Pie,

We too much to eat, too many leftovers, and too much fun!

Giving Thanks!

For the hay and the corn and the wheat that is reaped,
For the labor well done, and the barns that are heaped,
For the sun and the dew and the sweet honeycomb,
For the rose and the song and the harvest brought home --
Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving!

For the trade and the skill and the wealth in our land,
For the cunning and strength of the workingman's hand,
For the good that our artists and poets have taught,
For the friendship that hope and affection have brought --
Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving!

For the homes that with purest affection are blest,
For the season of plenty and well-deserved rest,
For our country extending from sea unto sea;
The land that is known as the "Land of the Free" --
Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving!

~Author Unknown

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Piano 0

Some shots of the first floor including the great room, the guest bedroom and bathroom, and a single shot of the kitchen backsplash. The mood is restrained yet comfortable; no need to put on airs. The earthy decor and largely unadorned walls fade into the background while the outdoors provides an ever-changing art exhibit just beyond the windows. Click to enlarge.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Days end.... no words.

Tonight, the view is stunning. No words can discribe...
(click for a larger view)

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Sunny Sunday

The wildflower garden covering the septic tanks was grown from a seed mix from Wildseed Farms in Fredericksburg. It's now mid November and the Indian Blanket and salvia are still blooming like crazy. There are also a few horsemint, quite a bit of what looks like allysum, and a few other species. This garden gets no supplemental irrigation and a good portion of it is growing in 100% caliche. We are amazed!

Look at the pollen sack on his back leg! He's been a busy little ... well, you know what!

The strong afternoon sunlight washes out some of the vibrancy as it filters through the monarch's wings and the flower petals.

Foley peeks out from a twist-leaf yucca. Foley is 8-months old and is in quarantine for sarcoptic mange, a very contagious skin disease caused by a small mite. He's been a very good boy despite being locked in the laundry room 24/7. Foley came to Cocker Spaniel Rescue from the Waco Humane Society where he was surrendered by his owners because of his veterinary needs.

TLC's Home Made Simple

Casting people for Discovery Network, TLC's "Home Made Simple" came to audition us today to possibly appear on one of their upcoming episodes to be shot in January. It's a fun show where you have three "Mavens" that come in and help you do any number of things that need finishing up, fixed up, or created in the home to make life better. Kind of a cute show. We watched an episode before the producers came over. Here's Peggy below being asked questions. They shooed me away to ask her questions, then did the same to me and shooed Peggy away. Payback! :)

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Interno; piano 1 & 2

Jim noticed that we haven't published many photos of the interior of the house since we've moved in. So here are a few shots I took between 9:30 and 10:00 this morning. Shots 1, 6, 8, 12, 14 are of the tower bedroom & bathroom. Shot 2 is in the master bedroom. Shots 3, 5, 7, 9, 10, 11, 13, 16 are in the master bath. Shots 4 and 15 are in the second floor stairwell.