Circulating around Christmas Eve and coming into Christmas Day, I have taken some photographs that illustrate rural and town life in central Texas. These photographs were taken near Mingus, Llano and Fredericksburg. Mingus is the town that is designated on my mailing address, although Hannibal (no longer having a post office) and Gordon are closer to my ranchito. (The Mingus post office is slated to be closed because of cost-cutting measures.)
My Uncle Floyd and Aunt Lennie had a ranch at Cherokee, near Fredericksburg. I spent summers and holidays with Floyd and Lennie as a boy and teenager. My Aunt Lennie prepared chicken-fried steak that was actually a recipe for wienerschnitzel (lightly breaded veal steaks) and serve beets that were purple and sweet and icebox cold. My cousin, Allan, and I literally begged her to prepare chicken-fried steak. Little did I know then that she obtained her country cuisine largely from the Fredericksberg German culture.
The Fredericksburg Bakery has been producing cookies and breads since 1917.
There is nothing wrong with the drooling Red Angus. He has been feasting on shortgrasses and hay, perhaps a few Christmas cookies. He’s a very gentle fellow and will amble away when you approach him. The Red Angus breed is noted for its weight-gaining ability. I have considered purchasing some.
These berries look good enough to eat, but don’t! If you see berries or fruits that are red and you don’t know the variety, don’t eat the red! These berries are not to be mixed into any Christmas recipe for cookies or breads. Please refer to your favorite cookbook for ingredients in your cookies.
I like this pre-Christmas Eve image. I had fed Star before dark and left the light on in the barn and stalls. When I went back down to turn off the lights, I saw this cottontail beneath Star’s feed and hay bin, delicately picking up stray nuggets of Horseman’s Choice 12% feed. I watched the rabbit for five minutes and snapped several shots with my iPhone, the one I include here being the best in low light. The rabbit probably favors a sweeter fare, like the Purina sweet feed for performance horses.
Baron’s Creek runs through Fredericksburg, Texas. I walked along the creek yesterday and today. This afternoon I spotted a heron in the water and framed the heron with the pecan tree on the left of the shot. When I looked at the results, I saw a squirrel in the tree. Do you see the squirrel? The squirrel had been gathering pecans, the heron waiting for the stray frog or fish.
Tomorrow is Christmas Day. I hope to have another post about rural and town life in central Texas as well as the flora and fauna. Be sure to note my attention to juniper on Christmas Day.
- Christmas Eve around the world (philly.com)