Category Archives: Smithville Texas

In the area of the Lost Pines of Texas we find a new home.

Bastrop Sustainable Meetup at the Comfort Cafe

Sorry, I am so late on reporting this most interesting Meetup.  Our members were treated to a most wonderful, interesting Café, and Gardens that support nourishment for Body and Soul. Comfort Café in Smithville relies on good food and good … Continue reading

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Food Forest Project

Mom and I needed a lot of compost and mulch for a project we were starting. I learned that a local organic pecan orchard owner has been chipping up trees for mulch because he had lost many trees in some … Continue reading

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Beat the Heat

My daughter, Catherine and I live in Central Texas.   When the summer heat hits, we begin thinking how we can reduce the heat in our house. The air-conditioner unit would be on for most of the 24 hours to … Continue reading

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Mexico’s Indigenous Maya and Aztec Heritage

My daughter, Catherine said, “Hey, Mom. There’s going to be an Extravaganza in LaGrange, TX.” Hmmm. An Extravaganza?  Where? We decided to check it out. The internet provided the following information. La Grange is a city in Fayette County, Texas, … Continue reading

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One Way to Beat the Texas Heat

Whenever we go to town Central Texas, we see manicured areas around the highways and parking lots. We seldom see workers mowing, pruning and cleaning these areas especially in the oppressive, humid heat of July and August. I began to … Continue reading

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The Purple Gate Herb Farm Mini-hoop house

  Hooping It Up With a Versatile Structure for our farm. We found out that hog panels come in 16 feet lengths. This Feedlot Panel is very strong and won’t break down or collapse when cattle, pigs, sheep or other … Continue reading

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Weed?…………Wait!

Most gardeners want to control what grows in their specially prepared soil and well watered garden areas. A plant that appears unexpectedly is often pulled promptly. It may spoil the esthetic of the planned design of the garden. The gardener … Continue reading

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March Meetup- Llama to Dolly-Llama then Hogs With Bad Habits

As Will said, we learned how fleece is turned: Our meetup Saturday, March 26 at Lisa’s Place was full of information. Fiber artist, Joyce Hazlerig, showed us many different ways to spin llama wool into yarn using a variety of … Continue reading

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Communication from Rural Texas

Watching the news on TV or reading newspapers and magazines A lot of news is just a mystery I get really mad at some news I read in newspapers or see on TV    Some news is down right scary … Continue reading

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Hidden Pines Fire Smithville, TX

Catherine, my daughter, and I were returning home on Hwy 71 Oct 14th, Wednesday, from Bastrop. Our home is on the border of the City of Bastrop and Smithville in the Alum Creek area. We noticed a very large plume … Continue reading

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