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Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Aug 26, 2011 9:01 AM CST

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Thought we should have a place to just talk about anything that comes up in Texas that we want to talk about.
Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Aug 26, 2011 9:02 AM CST

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The Round Top Antique Fair is next month. It used to start the first weekend of October (and the first weekend of April). This year, you can start looking September 28th. We try to go earlier than that, like Mon. or Tues. We go for garden art and there's plenty of it. The antiques are great, but expensive. The yard art is more reasonable and what you can't afford, you can probably copy!

http://www.roundtoptexasantiques.com/
Name: Lee
Willis, Texas
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TweedleLeeDee
Aug 26, 2011 12:50 PM CST
Good idea, Sandi! We've always enjoyed the Round Top Fairs. Years ago,.....that's where I first discovered Oxblood Lilies......remnants of a previous home site, I'm sure!
How about our baby 3 legged frog?
Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Aug 26, 2011 1:08 PM CST

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Let's us know if you plan to go this year. We'll meet you. I'll drag Mister along (since I'm going to use his truck)! I like the stuff along the highway where the people just back the truck or car up to the edge of the road and sell.
I have spiderwort that I pulled out of a ditch there one year. I'd have liked to have found Oxblood lilies!
Name: Lee
Willis, Texas
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TweedleLeeDee
Aug 29, 2011 11:07 AM CST
We'll let ya know! - RTop

Found out today.......the aquifer from which we draw our water......has been dropping drastically in volume......and ....the cause of our water well not producing any significant volume or pressure.....with little bursts of air intermittently. The fellow who actually drilled the well here....and ,....later,.....replaced the pump (22 yrs old)....at our expense, of course......will now be returning to drop our pump ...an additional 50 ft or so. He's a fine fellow....and I trust him. He told me that in his 35 yrs of business,....he's never seen it this bad. He & his son have been working every day for about 2-3 weeks......doing the same thing for other people....and quite a few have NO water. Can't wait to find out the expense.


Lake Conroe is near record low since it's initial "fill up"......that little bit of rain we received recently has evaporated and probably drifting out across the Baha California.....for all I know.
How about our baby 3 legged frog?
Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Aug 29, 2011 11:24 AM CST

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That's terrible news, Lee. I'm sure that's going to be expensive. Ironically, as soon as you pay for the deeper well, you'll probably get a gully washer of a rainstorm. But you can't take the chance. It's good that you at least have someone you trust to do the drilling. If you can, will you take some photos for us to see the process?
Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Aug 30, 2011 8:27 AM CST

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I've had one lone gray hummingbird in my garden all summer. Yesterday, I notice a green-headed one at the window. This morning there are two green ones. In the paper, there's a short paragraph about getting ready for the Sept/Oct migration of the hummers with extra feeders. Since there's fewer flowers for them, said we need to help them. I guess they're a little early! The gray hummer is not happy tis morning and chasing the other two.
I have a few hibiscus blooming, in addition to quite a few perennials. I'm hoping they'll also find the feeders and stick around for a bit. Even mister is enjoying watching them (though he won't admit it).
Name: Lee
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TweedleLeeDee
Aug 30, 2011 12:48 PM CST
He didn't drill a new well.....but rather replaced & added new pipe down into the hole.....an additional 20 ft. A total of 160 ft of new pipe. We had a washout in a section of the old pipe and THAT was our main problem. We now have ample water.....to the tune of a little over $900. Never a good time!

I didn't read your comment til just a few minutes ago......the job has been completed.....and all I have to offer in the way of pictures would be of the 7 strings of 1 1/2" pipe....and the well head. Sad Shrug! Crying
How about our baby 3 legged frog?
Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Aug 30, 2011 1:02 PM CST

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Oh gee, I'll pass on that one! Glad it was easy to fix and you have water. Sorry about the expense, tho.
Name: Lee
Willis, Texas
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TweedleLeeDee
Aug 31, 2011 9:41 AM CST
TY Sandi.............here's hopin' that some beautiful rain will fall on all of us soon!
How about our baby 3 legged frog?
Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Aug 31, 2011 7:07 PM CST

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We saw clouds on the way home from the lake (to water, of course), but no rain. I guess I'll have to do my rain dance soon. I'm going to need some wine, though.
Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Sep 1, 2011 8:53 AM CST

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I noticed that Texas A&M is offering part of their Landscape Design Study Course Sept.25 and 26 at College Station. You don't have to be a Master Gardener to take the classes. Any one can take them (usually garden club members outnumber MGs). You can take them in any order, but it takes 2 years to complete the course. There are four sessions and only two are offered each year. The sessions each run for two days. Master Gardeners can count part of the hours toward education hours. Garden clubbers can do the same.

I took the first session when I became a Master Gardener. I went by myself and stayed in a motel rather than driving two hours back to Austin. I loved the first session and was hooked. I came back to Austin and talked so much about it that others joined me for the next session. A friend and I even drove up there a couple of years ago and sneaked in just to hear Dr. Odenwald from LSU speak again one morning. He's that good!

You get a designation as a certified Landscape Consultant, but I just enjoyed learning all the innovative aspects of landscape designing.
Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
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LindaTX8
Sep 1, 2011 9:07 AM CST
Hmm...S.A. has one of those A & M colleges now, but I don't know what they have...they're still fairly small. I'm all bummed out...had to call the newspaper number...third time in a row that we didn't get our paper. This is getting old...the person I talked to said they're getting multiple calls about this in our area, said there's a new carrier. Hmm...I was joking with DH about putting a sign up at the street with our address and "throw newspaper here" and list the days we get it (we take the 4-day weekender subscription). But maybe that wouldn't be a bad idea.
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad
Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Sep 1, 2011 9:31 AM CST

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I think that's a good idea. We had a neighbor up here on the hill complain over and over that the carrier wasn't throwing the paper to her house. Turned out her neighbor's dog was taking the paper home every morning and stashing it in the bushes.

Name: Carey
Austin, TX (Zone 8b)
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careyana
Sep 1, 2011 10:03 PM CST
lol Sandi! Aren't those puppy dogs little stinkers!

See you in the AM!
Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Sep 2, 2011 7:06 AM CST

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Looking forward to it, Carey! Just what we need, another nursery to haunt!
Name: Carey
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careyana
Sep 2, 2011 2:53 PM CST
SANDI!!! The Plumi had a lizard living in it and now it's in my car!!! ACK!!!! lol
Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Sep 2, 2011 4:21 PM CST

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Rolling on the floor laughing How do you know it didn't come from Dripping Springs? Did he have my signature tattoo on him? All my lizards sport tattoos. if it IS mine, you'll have to bring him back!
Name: Carey
Austin, TX (Zone 8b)
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careyana
Sep 2, 2011 4:29 PM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing I left all the doors open hoping he'll just jump out on his own.

Somehow I think Labor Day will smell pretty bad!
Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Sep 2, 2011 5:28 PM CST

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I have 99 photos of the nursery! Only two were fuzzy, and those were close-ups of tags. Was a great nursery and a nice outing. Thanks for the invite. Now, to figure out how to get out of cooking supper...... Whistling

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