Friday, March 29, 2013

Friday's Fences

At the highest point of a hill, not too far away from my home, is a small Texas Historical Cemetery.

Some of the family areas are still enclosed with metal fencing.

The family cemetery was first established in the 1830's. For some of you living outside the United States, this is probably not very old.

However, Texas didn't become a state until 1845. This was basically newly chartered territory.

In 1879, the family donated 1.25 acres of land and it became a community cemetery. Burials include veterans of the War for Texas Independence, The Civil War, World War I, World War II, and The Korean War.

The Bluebonnets and other wildflowers are in full bloom this week. And, yes, that is an outdoor toilet in this beautiful scene.

It was a very windy day, as it so often is here on the prairie. Looking at this photo, one might have the feeling  of dropping off on the other side of the trees.....and you could.

Meggie Mac

I'm joining with Jan n' Jer's Friday's Fences. Please take a look at other wonderful Friday Fences.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

A Show and Tell From My Grandmother

After my grandmother died, my mother and I were the family who took care of collecting my Grandparents personal items from their home. This teacup was one of the many items I saved for my daughters.

The only story I have to write about is that I know my grandmother loved pretty things, whether it was a beautiful hat or this teacup. To read more about my grandparents click HERE.

I'm very careful when I handle it because it is so delicate. You can see the saucer has the same swirl design as the cup.

As much as I would like to read the label, it seems impossible. I believe it was in gold and has rubbed off over the years.

Maybe one of you, my dear readers, have a clue as to the country of origin of the teacup.

Look at the raised berries to see its' full beauty.

The truth is,  all I really need to know is that it belonged to my Grandmother....

Meggie Mac

Monday, March 25, 2013

The Cow Who Believes....

The grass is greener on the other side of the fence.
I believe it is greenest in my own backyard.
Hope you feel the same way!
Meggie Mac

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Capturing the Wildflowers

Bluebonnet, Texas State Flower
With the new spring season coming around again, I remember why I live in this place I call home. If you have not already guessed it, "I love the land that I live on".

Yesterday, once again, I took some of the back roads, looking for wildflowers. As you can see, the roads are narrow, forcing you to move over in the grass when meeting an oncoming vehicle.


Although we are in very dry conditions, the Bluebonnets are in abundance on the roadsides.

Many times, the Indian Paint Brush (Castilleja spp.), is found growing with the bluebonnets.

The petals of the pink evening primrose (Oenothera speciosa) are very delicate, lasting only for the day.

Often, they are seen growing in small patches.

Along the road, I spotted the Texas Wild Spiderwort.

Yellow wildflowers are always an eye-catcher.

Because of the delicate lavender color of the wild verbena, it is sometimes over-looked.

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When traveling the back roads, I always stop and get out of my truck, just to get a closer look at this scene. It is so you not agree?

Meggie Mac

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Show and Tell in Red

To tell you the truth, I had planned to show you all my red dishes during the month of February, tying in with Valentine's Day.

These are just individual pieces I have found over the years. I like to use them with my everyday white dinnerware. They also fit nicely with my rose pattern china from Portugal.

I would love to find more of these dinner plates.

This is another one from England.

You can see my Rose Dinnerware displayed behind an English sugar bowl.

The label name, "Old Britain Castles", reminds me how fascinating a trip to England and Scotland would be.

I believe this is called red willow ware. You may be more familiar with Blue Willow.

The label indicates it is from Japan

A small bowl from China

 It is made by Wallace.

One of my favorites, with a delicate flower design, is also made in England.

 Do you recognize any of these labels?

Surprising enough, I recently purchased this serving bowl at the local hardware store.

Sometimes, treasures can be found in the most unexpected places....

Meggie Mac

Gerda's blog, Nummer 11, also has a Thursday Show and Tell. Please click HERE to read her post.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Let's Talk Turkey...that is, Wild Turkey

So often, when traveling the country back roads, a fence prevents me from getting close to the subject I'm photographing. When I first saw a group of 20 Wild Rio Grande Turkeys, they were already walking away from me.

Spring time, when romance is in the air, the Toms (male turkeys) strut their stuff and fluff their feathers, trying to attract every female within site.

The Tom was not impressed with my camera and continued to show his back side. The outside edge of the tale feathers appear to be yellow.  Aren't their colors amazing?

You can see the Tom's wing tips dragging the ground. This is a warning signal to the younger males, called Jakes, to keep their distance.

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To give you some idea how far away they were, look at the barbed wire fence and then, how small the turkeys appear. The zoom, on my camera, was extended as much as possible.

If you would like to see more of these beautiful birds, click HERE, for a video presented by Texas Parks and Wildlife. You will not be disappointed....

Meggie Mac

Friday, March 15, 2013

A Touch of Spring for Friday

When I see the flowers of the Red Bud Tree, I feel confident that Spring has arrived. The rose purple flowers grow in clusters, blooming on the branches before the leaves appear.
The grand old tree, without it's foliage, stands so majestically in the background. The two stone columns, topped with large white pineapple finials, flank each side of the stone walkway.
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You may have already guessed, this is a Texas Historical Home. To respect the owners' private residence, I decided not to photograph the home.
It looks like Spring is also showing by the bloom of a white iris.
Meggie Mac

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Lemon and Sugar Show and Tell

                    Welcome to all who read my Thursday Show and Tell.

There is not much I can tell you about the lemon juicer, I've had around my kitchen for years. Maybe you recognize the pattern and can share this with me.

I also have the matching sugar bowl. There is a small chip on the edge of the bowl that I did not remember seeing, until I edited the photos. Chip or no chip, it doesn't diminish it's value to me.

The only markings, on the bottom, are a set of numbers.

After all these years, the colors are still very vibrant. Don't you just love the accent of golden yellow?

Meggie Mac

PS...It wasn't until I wrote the last line of this post, that I made the connection of the two containers. What we have here are the tools and ingredients to make "Lemonade".

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