Category Archives: Texas

Living in Texas in the 21st Century

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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She Could Not Let Go

Blacky Cat came meowing loudly to my bedroom door. I got up and followed as she rushed to Catherine’s room. She got in the doorway and looked right then left. When she didn’t see Catherine, she led me to the … 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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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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Out and About – Sunset Valley Farmer’s Market

  Free? Free native trees? Let’s go! Catherine, my daughter found that we could get some free native trees. She is interested in starting a “food forest” for erosion control near a gully on our property. We had been to … Continue reading

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Out and About-Texas Memorial Museum

My daughter, Catherine and I decided to explore Austin one day.  For some time we knew the Texas Memorial Museum, located in the Texas Natural Science Center on the UT campus was a place we wanted to visit. It was … 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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Knock, Knock—Could it be Opportunity Knocking?

  Plans and actions are taking place all over the world to create farming and marketing opportunities with a plant that grows here in our fields and yards. Is our mystery sustainable crop right here under our feet? Is this … Continue reading

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Texas Solar Society Tours

We got a real surprise. The Texas Solar Society asked The Purple Gate Farm to be one of the open house solar tour locations in Bastrop County. Because we are a very small farm, we were surprised to be asked … Continue reading

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