A Crone’s Coast on 11/28/14


Weather for the Thanksgiving holiday was outstanding with sunny clear skies and mild and pleasant temperatures.  For us on the coast it is this perfect fall weather that makes us glad we stuck it out through the hell-hot summer.  Night rewards us with the mystery of moonlight cascading down on water as smooth as sea  glass.

The day after Thanksgiving Grandson, taking a break from college, took these photos as he rode his bike along the bay.  I could not resist sharing part of my Texas coast as I have much to be thankful for this holiday season.

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FISHING PIER

 

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BEACH VEGETATION

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RIG UNDER CONSTRUCTION

CHEERS FROM THE COAST!
THANKS TO GRANDSON FOR ALLOWING ME TO SHARE HIS PHOTOS TAKEN WITH HIS PHONE.

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TEXAS HALLOWEEN TREATS


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Photo by Husband

Trick or treat!  Wine or beer!  Wine is usually my choice, but when Husband opens a nice lager or ale and pours it into his pint glass, I have to sample it.  He bought a variety six-pack of Shiner beer from Spoetzl Brewery brewed in  tiny Shiner, Texas.  They were all good, but I preferred the Bohemian Black Lager and the Prickly Pear.

Bohemian Black Lager
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Pale Ale
Prickly Pear
Kosmos
Bock

Many breweries bring out specialty brews for fall.  Perhaps we will try a pumpkin brew next time.  You can check out Shiner and the brewery on their website or if you want a personal tour of both check out this blog, Tales and Travels of the Tin Man, who shared his visit to both.  Cheers and Happy Halloween!  Prosit! (Enjoy)

AUTUMNAL EQUINOX 2014


Photo by Husband

Photo by Husband

SIGNS THAT FALL IS COMING TO THE COAST

1)  The whooping cranes have left Canada and are heading for Texas.

Whooping Crane

Photo from Wikipedia

2)  Hummingbirds are swarming my feeders and it is time for the Rockport Hummingbird Celebration.  One year a woodpecker helped itself to the feeders.  I have not seen it this year.

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Photo by Husband

3)  I will be looking for white pelicans to arrive before long.  They arrive in the fall and leave when it gets warm in the spring.

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 4)  The stores start to fill with faux leaves, pumpkins, wreaths, cinnamon scented candles, bibelots and everything we need to decorate our homes and pretend that we have a real fall season where the leaves turn a golden hue, and drop poetically to the earth.

Franciscan Winery, Napa Valley

Franciscan Winery, Napa Valley Photo by Husband

5)  I pick a Syrah from Texas Hills Vineyards to celebrate the autumnal equinox.  Texas Hills Vineyard is a small but elegant winery just outside of Johnson City.  We picked up this bottle there last year.

Photo by Husband

Photo by Husband

 HAPPY FALL TO YOU!

AUTUMNAL EQUINOX


  It is the summer’s great last heat,
  It is the fall’s first chill:  They meet.
         – Sarah Morgan Bryan Platt

“The word equinox comes from the Latin words for ‘equal night.’ The fall and spring equinoxes are the only days of the year in which the Sun crosses the celestial equator.  From here on out, the temperatures begin to drop and the days start to get shorter than the nights.” – Old Farmer’s Almanac

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We shall celebrate the autumnal equinox by lighting a candle to bring light into the coming darkness and to honor the light.  Then we will open a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon/Syrah Texas from GrapeCreek Vineyards.  We will not feel the chill of autumn in South Texas for some time, but we have had glorious rain lately that has cooled down the summer heat.  It is a hint of fall.

ENJOY THE FALL WHEREVER YOU ARE!

My beautiful picture

Franciscan Estate Winery, Napa Valley California 2012