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.

Monday, April 23, 2012

The farm this past weekend

The weekend was gorgous, especially that downpouring thunderstorm on Friday on our newly planted pasture grass! What a blessing that was. But, the pollen must be crazy high as poor Mikki has battled alergies all week up there. To make it worse, the pasture grass has those red tops on it when it is blooming, and they almost kill her every year. 

And, then Saturday, I took advantage of the shower on Friday to grade our road while it was softer. It had washed some from the Spring rains and needed grading and smoothing. As soon as I started, I pulled my back out while adjusting the blade. But I decided that since the damage was done, I'd might as well try to enjoy the time grading and being outside, and besides, I still had to get the tractor to the barn anyway. So I carefully and methodically hoisted myself back up on the tractor and did the job. I think I may be paying a price for that road-grading job. But I did enjoy it.

Go Away Farm is "lizard-friendly"... with the lack of pesticides, we have a large contingency of lizzards enjoying the place. They're amazing to watch.

A rose and a bug in the front yard

Pineapple Guava.... soon the fruit will arrive where every bloom is today

Daylillies coming on

A wall of Jasmine in full bloom behind the crepe myrtle...there is noting better to smell at the farm

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Flying into Lubbock

Flying on commuter jets is a far cry from flying the old prop planes, but there are times when you question your sanity... could this trip to a client be worth the risks I'm taking... Yesterday three of us went to Lubbock for a meeting and as we were landing, the pilot obviously didn't want to divert to another airport or stall while the thunderstorm and wind abated, so he landed. We were safe and sound because we were landing parallel to this thing, but it was a few moments of eeriness that made you question whether you had made a really bad decision:-)  I'd rather take off in bad weather than land in it. 

But, with that said, it was a beauty getting to fly next to it, although a bit bumpy. 

Thunderstorm as we landed in Lubbock yesterday! 

Saturday, April 14, 2012

I love nature...

Lucky shot. Gorgeous day.

Love the reflections

Amazing color

Tank following food

Draft horses are gorgeous

Who me?

Mr. Attitude

Just get on with the camera and let me eat

Andrew with a new friend...

Giant Pine tree at Hostetter

I love this photo... it has the barbed wire entering one side of the tree and exiting the other side. The Hostetter place has many pines with the wire running through them. Back in the old days, they used the trees as fence posts. Saved money and kept the cows in the pasture fine. 

New chicks for Go Away Farm. 7 Buff Orpingtons and 7 Rhode Island Reds. 
Eggs will follow soon if we can protect them until they get a bit larger.