walters family blog

Well, its just Walters' family stuff. That's about it, for that's its sole purpose.

Location: Bellville, Texas, United States

Husband, dad, grandfather, brother, entrepreneur, artist, writer, publisher, ad guy, teacher, musician, and dreaming of being a farmer.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Doors of San Miguel de Allende

The lace curtains are spectacular!

Love the yellow!
Wonderful window.
Casa Nana's doors onto the world.
Right below this window are a pair of doors that the Spanish installed here 500 years ago! This building was spectacular! We were sitting in the Starbucks:-) Sad in a way.
Old, good wood.
Among all the solid wooden doors, I was struck by this pair of screen doors on the entrance of the restaurant at the old textile mill.
Great color.

San Miguel de Allende in August

To escape the blasting Texas heat, Mikki and I went down to central Mexico to visit the colonial town of San Miguel de Allende. What a beautiful place. We had a great chance to relax and do the things you never get to do much. Read, think and relax and allow someone prepare you fresh squeezed orange juice every morning! Fresh fruit, home fried chips, pico de gallo and guacamole.... Hard to beat this situation:-) The views, weather (55-76F), daily rain, and architecture were just wonderful.

I love the colors of Mexico's colonial cities.
We found a delicious bakery late one afternoon. He couldn't understand a thing we said but the pastries and coffee were great, once we got them. I couldn't quite get past the metal stud he had in his tongue that he kept tugging on. It was gross. If you have one, please remove it before waiting on guests to eat, or at least leave it be until we're done eating.
The pool at Casa Nana was solar heated, but the daily rain kept it a bit too cold to swim comfortably. I tried it one day and almost died. Sharp but beautiful.
I love this...
Not a place to walk in the dark.
The contrast of the cacti and the rock is stunning.
My favorite thing in Mexico is the wrought iron work. They are truly artisans. This rock stepping stone shows a nice detail of the gate.
Looking off of the Loggia of the house toward the city
I just sat and stared every morning at this wonderful view.
The flowers there are spectacular. The largest roses I've ever seen.
Gorgeous. And they actually smelled like a rose:-)
Cactus fruit in the yard of Casa Nana.

July was a hot month!

Please excuse my lack of photo uploads during July. We lost it to the draught and heat:-) We have been very busy moving and remodeling a town home in The Woodlands, getting Go Think! humming along and praying for rain at the farm as we watched the ponds dry up and the grass die. We've not baled a single bale this year due to the dryness. Oh well, that's the way it is. Not much our grumbling can do to change it. 

This is what's left of the giant water oak in the center of the drive area at the farm. We had a series of severe winds that weakened the top of the tree. One Monday, all the giant limbs fell at once crashing to the ground! Nothing we can do about that, but it was a very sad day when Mikki drove up and saw it (a couple hours after it happened). She called me at work and I almost cried. I may have actually. You can't replace these in 150 years....
The cherry tomato crop this year was abundant. We had some of the most delicious little red tomatoes that you've ever eaten. We plan to expand the crop next year and are considering a green house.
We have nurtured the grape vines this first year. They have done very well. I'm pleased to see them grow so nicely. They take a lot of work and attention, but we should reap the benefits in about two more seasons. We have Thompson Seedless table grapes and Champanelle red table grapes. The black berries are doing well too.