Most of you should surely agree that this ranks as just about the best time of year to be in the most bodacious place there might be in this fair Country. Many folks probably think alot of Home, wherever that might be located, but testimony to our Town is reinforced by the fact of so many folks buying & moving here to be in a prettier place, which is also a bit more rural. If you might doubt the value of the preceding statement, then you might consider merely driving through a big town such as Austin or Houston at anytime of the day & you’ll see what we are talking about.
Shoot, I really don’t enjoy driving through Fredericksburg all that much anymore. There has been several opportunities to travel down in the lower parts of the Hill Country of our Edwards Plateau the past few weeks with trips to Kerrville, Fredericksburg, Llano, Willow City, & Stonewall.
Dale Barber was back through Town late last week to deliver a Hereford bull to the folks that take care of the LBJ Ranch at Stonewall. I hopped on as ”Swamper”, but luckily enough, all the gates were open. Ed Meier, the general ranch manager, picked out the bull they wanted to fit their registered cow herd and we were able to get back home before dark. I hadn’t been on the Ranch in over twenty years, but it’s still sort of an impressive place.
The rains we received around the County about ten days back finally ran enough water to fill some ponds, lakes, & tanks around our area. The San Saba ran fairly flush for a few days and the Colorado ran red for about a week. We’ve had no report from Bubba Barber down at Buchanan as of yet, but here’s hoping that the slight rise might have put a little more water into the low Lake.
Daddy is pretty proud that Richland Creek is finally running through and we’ve noticed that Wallace Creek is flowing somewhat stronger. Floyd H. of Pecan Grove told us at lunch last week that Rabbit Hollow and Jerry’s Branch were both running pretty good for a few days.
We see that a lot of the Wheat patches seem to have pretty good stands but they have a fair crop of Wild Mustard, as well. That should keep the “Big Foot” spray trucks busy for a couple of weeks. Rain does wonders for an agricultural area such as our fair Valley of the Pecan, but there are certain aspects that seem to detract a bit from the better points.
The cooler weather has seemed to slow the growth of our turf grasses but we still have a couple of mowing & shredding rounds to go before ol’ Jack Frost puts his hit on the warm season growth. The cooler mornings seem to have hastened some of the Pecan varieties to shuck split, but most of the machine harvesters still have a while to wait prior to getting into the orchards & bottoms. I do see some of the hand harvesters eying some of the Town trees and are getting their thrashing poles and buckets ready. Though we haven’t visited with the Mayor in a while, it’s probably time to start checking the crop out around———Harkeyville!!!!!!!