Spring. The most wonderful time of the year.


SpringTime, which never really stops, has marched forward for another year and it is Spring.

Spring, a time of new growth and new beginnings as Mother Nature awakes in a constant cycle of seasons.

Trees, which just a week ago were bare are now proudly sprouting new growth and a new cover of fresh green leaves.

Plants are pushing their way through the soil and green leaves and flowers are everywhere.

Things and distances that I could see just a week ago are now no longer visible, hidden by a beautiful canopy of green.

The birds are singing and looking for a mate, if they have not already found one.

The fish in the ponds are chasing each other around as the males swim against the females to stimulate the reproduction process.

Babies, the ever wonderful way of Nature to re-produce herself.

Spring, a time of re-growth and new growth.

Everything is painted a fresh new green.
and the cycles go on and on….

 

Mowing the grass.


lawn mowerThe deck is done
the septic is fixed
wonder what I need do next.
I know, I will mow the berm
between my house and Thomas Springs Road
it gets mowed but twice a year
and the grass is longer than ever I fear
this is the only time I get to sit
on my tractor mower bought for a song
especially for when the grass grows long
a couple of hours and I will be done
black mowerand driving the mower will have been fun
the mower then will be put away
ready to mow on another day
meanwhile the grass will slowly grow
in the heat of summer it is slow
until sometime later in the Fall
I will start the mower again once more
and we will do it all again
just me and the mower
my twice a year friend
I have other grass to mow
but getting to it is kinda slow
as the paths are too narrow
and the ponds are too big
so for that I use a different tool
one not as much fun that uses less fuel
just a regular walk behind old in years
walk behindthat always starts up with no fears
of pulling the chord several dozen times
and cussing and turning the air blue all around
with frustration because it will not start
for this old mower is one of a kind
and it will start on the second pull
for an old machine it is truly cool
it vibrates and rattles as it drives along
but it cuts the grass which is all that counts
an old machine hard to live without.

Spring Time


Springtime

Springtime

I love the spring
when everything is green
and looks so new.

The animals and birds know its spring
as they chase each other around
following their natural tendencies
to breed.

Even humans seem more cheerful
as they go about their tasks
with everyone happy.

I love the spring
as Mother Nature shines out
in all of her glory.

Barton Creek Greenbelt Walk in December


I took a walk on one of the Barton Creek Greenbelt trails back in December. The walk was pleasant enough and very invigorating and it was a beautiful day and not cold at all. There was a lot of grey and not much greenery to be expected even in a Texas winter. I took a few pictures and have them on show below. Enjoy.

Fall Ramblings


Things are still so green...

Things are still so green…

As I walked around the garden today
a thought occurred to me this way
Texas Fall is very much the same
as Texas Spring in so many ways.
Things are green and everywhere you look
are flowers of many kinds with some
that only flower in the Fall
as other do only in the Spring

The start of Spring is cool and mild
which stays this way for a couple of weeks
but it quickly warms up fast
as temperatures begin to peek
heading towards a hundred degrees
as Summer takes over from the Spring

Fall goes the opposite way
with a slow and general drop
from a hundred degrees to cool at night
as the temperature declines
until a jacket or some other warm clothes
are needed to keep off the chill.

Texas Springs are very short
lasting no more than two or three weeks
and you know when Summer is here
as temperatures are on an upward climb

Texas Fall longer does last
sometimes for a couple of months
enough to fool the plants that are green
until the first frost comes along
and wipes them all out one by one

With a very short Winter
and usually not hard
a frost or two and maybe some snow
that looks pretty until it disappears
and then the process begins
all over as the temperature starts to climb
and Spring is on us just once more.

The first buds start to break out
and plants shoot up from the ground
and some may surprise us in a nice way
as we thought they no longer had life
but left them in just in case
hoping they would grow another day.

Of all of the seasons that Nature provides
Texas Fall is my favorite by far
Things are still green and color abounds
with flowers everywhere and leaves turning brown
and temperatures in a downward climb
to where a jacket at night keeps me warm
but during the day the sun is still hot
enough that shorts and tee shirts are fine.

Snow on the deck...

Very Late Snow on the deck…

Another Rainy Day


Rainy Day in Texas

Rainy Day in Texas

It’s another rainy day and the skies are so grey
that makes three in a row and as we all know
here in Texas it is almost a record
as more than a shower at any one time
get’s people talking and saying how fine is this rain
we certainly need it, how much did you get, it is plain
to see how exciting rain can be for we have been lacking
and many inches behind and we all know that without rain
things don’t grow, our plants and flowers and farm crops too
wither and die a sorry sight as everything dries up
and yards and gardens that should be so green
are now brown and just dismal a site to be seen.

We wonder if when Spring comes around
how much of this stuff that is now very brown
will flourish and grow back beautifully green
and if Nature has safeguarded herself in between
the showers and seasons and is just resting now
ready to emerge with a flourish and bow
when Spring comes around and things start to grow
if it does then we will all know
that the rain, the glorious rain did the trick
and more we need to keep things looking slick
as Nature recovers from her own delays
of making it rain on more than one day.

Is it Autumn?


View from the deck

I’m sitting here looking out of the window at my yard which, hard to believe is still very green. Probably because I have spent the entire Spring and Summer, watering by hand, every two days. It takes about one and a half hours to do it right. It is not really a chore as there is a lot of satisfaction from listening to the birds and the running water from the ponds. It also give me a sense of peace and quiet and generally, I find it very relaxing. it also gives me the opportunity to check on all of plants and the ponds in more detail than I do when I just walk around.

It has all of the looks of an Autumn day. The wind is gently blowing and the shadows have that long look that Autumn brings. I know that the calendar said that last Friday, September 23 was the first day of Autumn. Can’t trust those calendars. Either that, or the calendar and the weather are not talking to each other. definitely NOT on the same wavelength. I just looked at the temperature and here just outside of Oak Hill, it is already 102 degrees with more of the same forecast for tomorrow. Darn, just when I thought we were through with this heat it turns right around and comes back again.

I can’t remember the last time it rained. Of course that is no surprise as I can’t remember what I had for breakfast yesterday. I think it was cereal but maybe that was the day before. Or this morning. Anyway, whenever it was, it was a long time ago. I have had one teenie, tiny sprinkling a month ago that didn’t even make the deck wet so that doesn’t count. I have often thought about installing a rain water collection system but as far as I can tell, unless the storage tank is huge and I mean HUGE, then any rain we may have had this year would have long since been used up. This is probably not a good year to base those sort of decisions on.

View towards the road

One thing I have noticed this year is the amount of pond water that is evaporating is very high because of the one hundred plus degree weather and of course coupled with more water requirements from the plants in the ponds. Seems like I am topping up every couple of days. It is always a worrisome time for me, topping up, as I have lost fish because of the chlorine in the water. All of my systems are on timers which I am frequently checking but I have had one timer that went bad on me and the water stayed running for a long time. Mad moments of panic when I remembered and rushed around with Chlorine Inhibitor to fix the problem before the fish started to float.

I have been changing the plants over to Texas Natives some of which have also struggled this year. On my drives around town, I have noticed a lot of dead and dying trees especially of the Oak variety. I have even lost a couple in my yard not to mention the smaller shrubs and trees that have just completely died out in the areas that I have purposely left wild. No wonder the brush fires are so bad because I noticed on my walk through the woods yesterday, the majority of the undergrowth is already dead. I think that the repercussions of this drought will be felt for a long time.

Talking of adding water, it reminded me that I was adding water to one of my ponds so I went out to check and the timer had done its job and had shut off. When I was out there, the heat was almost unbearable. Lucky for me, I have no place that I need to be today and can stay home in the A/C.

Now who do I need to contact to complain about the heat…