These guys will be happily strutting around in my pasture today. I don’t think they realize just how lucky they are. Wishing everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving!
Sunfire sparkling on the Pedernales River
Soaring a red-tailed hawk on the wing
Cedar and Cypress perfume dance on the water
Bull frog on the bank calling out to his love
Fireflies flicker in the wildflower valley
Cicada chorus singing their lullaby song
Whippoorwill lamenting a nightbird’s serenade
Hill Country Sonata playing my memory’s tune
Bending my heartstrings like a sweet lover’s touch
And calling me back to those hills that I love
My husband captured these shots this week. The group of vultures were roosting on one of our old trees that fell victim to the recent years of drought here in Texas. The male painted bunting stopped by our koi pond for a quick bath. I wish the bunting photos were a little better, but we had to take them through the glass of our back window.
I snapped this photo today of the Waxahachie Courthouse. The two old cars invoked thoughts of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, young outlaw lovers that went on a two-year crime spree (1932-1934) which ended in a bloody ambush lead by Texas Ranger Frank Hamer. The movie Bonnie and Clyde starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway was scripted by Waxahachie native Robert Benton, and filmed in this area 1967. Many old-timers still tell stories of their encounters with the outlaws Bonnie and Clyde.
My husband, youngest daughter and I traveled back in time to the 16th Century this weekend with a visit to the Scarborough Renaissance Festival, which is held in Waxahachie Texas weekends each Spring from April until Memorial Day.
King Henry and Anne Boleyn.
The festival includes a 35 acre village consisting of artisans that create one-of-a-kind works of art and quaint shops featuring unique handmade jewelry, clothing, leather goods and other fun items. I couldn’t resist buying a spicy scented bar of handmade organic soap. Here’s our daughter Caitlin (or Cake as we affectionately call her) with a Gandalf looking Wizard in his sterling jewelery shoppe.
The artists, peddlers and performers all dress and speak in character. Performance acts include jousting competitions, comedy routines, music, dance and many other unique entertainers on 22 different stages. All the performances are included in the admission price.
After shopping and checking out a few of the acts we had to stop for some yummy fried festival food. My husband Scott chose a healthy baked potato (no bacon), but Caitlin and I went for the fried mushrooms and onion rings.
It was a lovely Texas afternoon with clear skies, a light Southern breeze and temperatures in the mid 80’s.
We couldn’t resist a cheesy photo-op as the King and Queen.
Cake fit right in with the Renaissance characters. Here she is with a couple of Ogres.
This guy is lucky he didn’t get my husbands size 11 boot up his you-know-what after calling out to Cake “Hey, come here horny girl!” As penance I made him pose for a photo.
We finished the day off by checking out some of the beautiful performing animals.
Majestic birds of prey and obliging elephants.
I felt a little sorry for this long eye-lashed beauty as she patiently carried kid after kid around and around.
What better way to end a perfect day than with a poem inspired by Cake and the Renaissance?
Dancing fairy sprite
Cast not thy gaze my way
His heart enslave
And corpse the birds to pick