Springtime in the Texas Hill Country
I haven’t posted in quite a while and don’t have a good excuse. Spring at the ranch is busy, my garden is fertilized and planted. The agarita and mountain laurel have bloomed. I have a new ram for my dwindling sheep herd, thanks to the coyotes. The state trapper has managed to kill one so far. The spring turkey season has been a symphony with the turkeys gobbling through the canyon. The axis in the picture is magnificent. The hummingbirds and orioles keep me busy preparing and filling the feeders with nectar. I drove to Marfa for my grandson’s fifth birthday. My son and his wife came for a visit. My bad eye is giving me fits with a calcium deposit on the cornea, have an appointment with a specialist next week. I cracked a molar on a roasted English pea, stupid, the tooth became infected, took a week of antibiotics, the tooth was removed, contracted a sinus infection, more antibiotics, not much fun. Good news is quite a bit of rain this month; bad news, lots of mowing and weed eating. I have listed some of the houses on the ranch with Homeaway and have several bookings. To view my facilities, go to Homeaway.com, click for Texas Hill Country and then go to Barksdale. Four of my properties are featured, all titled Ambush Hill Ranch. Lots of good pictures on each one. Currently picking beets, carrots, onions, spinach, lettuce, parsley, basil, dill and mustard greens. Have peppers, all varieties of squash, green beans, tomatoes, okra, eggplant currently blooming and growing. Plan on shearing sheep this weekend but with the rain that fell last night and more forecast, may have to delay until next weekend. Love springtime at the ranch, sleep with the doors open and am serenaded by the frogs, barking lizards and weird sounds of nature, only to me they are not weird, just a lullaby.