This group of men were showing off their trophy mule deer from a successful hunt on the ranch in Culberson County. The picture was taken in 1946 by H. H. Wells of the San Angelo Standard Times.
pictured: “Goodbye” (the cook), Grady Madison, Willie Whitten, Jack Whitten, Sam Calhoun, Morris Whitten, and Dick Nasworth. There was probably one more deer which was used for camp meat~
This ranch up in the Delaware Mountains has been in the family for almost a hundred years and enjoyed by family and friends for all that time. It is one of the prettiest places in Texas and has a rim with a grand view of Guadeloupe Peak and another of the valley where you can see for a hundred miles. I like this picture, the men were all dressed nicely, back in that time if they went to town, they dressed up. They were truly Texas gentlemen. You notice the neat shoes and the high-heeled boots. (Good hats and good boots). I remember Uncle Will always wore a tie, even when he and Aunt Lummie were just dropping in for a visit. My nephew Earl Calhoun sent me this picture and I am thankful for this little bit of history to add to my blog.
Burst of flavor, big surprise
Years ago a good friend introduced me to this delightful cake She was a great cook and had many old recipes. She said this recipe made “one to eat, one to share, and one to keep for later”. Dan and I spent great times with the Mann’s, they were an older couple who liked to ride more than drive. We made lots of day trips to the Hill Country. Mr. Bart and Dan both smoked a pipe and were happy to sit on the benches outside while Mrs. Mann and I shopped in the antique stores. She liked water tumblers and I liked everything. If you try this recipe, you will be surprised. It is wonderful!
APRICOT LOAF CAKE
11 oz.package of dried apricots (cut up and soak in warm water for 30 minutes,drain)
2 cups sugar
4 T. Shortening
½ cup water
1 cup orange juice
4 cups flour, sift before measuring
4 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. soda
1 tsp. salt
½ cup chopped pecans
Cream shortening and sugar, then beat in eggs. Mix dry ingredients together and add to the batter alternately with the water/orange juice, ending with flour. Blend in nuts and apricots.
Line bottoms of 3 loaf pans with wax paper, spray with Pam, and pour in cake batter. Bake 55 minutes at 350 degrees or until done. Cool slightly, remove wax paper and put cakes back in pans. Dribble a mixture of 3/4 cup sugar and 3/4 cup of orange juice over tops of warm cakes.
this series has many actors, many stories, everything all tied in together, it is truly a masterpiece
A nice Christmas surprise this year was the DVD new PBS season of Downton Abby. This is season 7 and the finale of the long running series. My kids know how much I like British Masterpiece Classics and this one is the best of all. It has been a thrill from the first minute. I was going to just watch one episode a day so they would last for a while but that is hard, today I watched the same one twice to try to get control of myself. Not only is the setting beautiful, the Abby is a huge mansion with grand furnishings that I could only dream about, and here I am invited inside and to get to know the people who live and work there. The story is rich with twists, turns and surprises. The great thing about the English, they take time to let each character develop. They keep you spellbound, they are the best of all actors. Pride and Prejudice was my favorite but this one tops it. Another favorite was the Doc Martin series. it is also in its last season( Also the old Fawlty Towers). I know I can go back and enjoy it again and again. I have watched the first four series several times, it is like a favorite song, you never get tired of it~
I have always loved the British Masterpiece Classics, they know how to tell a story, you never want them to end~
As you can see, there are a few chickens in the cages. I saw several people carrying chickens in town, they just held their legs and they stayed calm.
There are shops all over Kitale, if you want produce you will need to find a different store for each item. The egg place sells eggs, it is usually right beside several other egg places. The eggs we bought were always fresh and the shells were hard, no cracked eggs~then the meat market might be by the tattoo parlor, barber shop, or even beside the choo (public toilet).
The men’s toilet was more simple than the lady’s. Two things that desperately need fixing in Kenya are lack of sewer systems and the roads. I feel for them~
here is a typical ladies toilet. The blocks are to stand on, not sit, you figure it out. Only once did I need to use such a facility and that was a disaster.
Since there are few if any refrigerators, ice boxes, or even ice, everything needs to be bought daily and in small quantities. There was a place that sold dry beans, seeds and maize. They had big sacks with the tops rolled open to scoop the grain out and weigh it. That day there was a roaming street chicken in one of the sacks, scratching and eating, she had found the meal of a lifetime. The store owner didn’t even shoo her away, he just kept sweeping the sidewalk. I shivered and kept walking.
This next little shop was on the street near Mili Mani, the man carried a variety of things from eggs, to batteries, phone minutes, sugar cane, jars of nuts and soda pops. (I wondered about tobacco, I never saw anyone smoking the whole time we were there).
This man’s little shed was a going business. He always had customers. I noticed people adding minutes to their cell phone. Nearly every store in town sold phone minutes.
these girls were all fixed up. I saw a woman in the clothing market sitting on the floor behind a bench and she was not happy at all. I passed by later in the afternoon and she was still there, and still very upset. Then I noticed that she was having her hair braided in tiny dreadlocks and I am sure it was very painful.
Here is a beauty parlor, there were a lot of these. In the slums, most people have their head shaved, it is hard to tell if the children are boys or girls, except the girls wear dresses. The more affluent women have longer beautiful hair or wear a wig, whether or not they have hair they are all pretty, tall and slender, and have beautiful smiles. A surprise was the car dealerships, mostly Toyota and Nissan, their lots were filled with a big inventory of vehicles. There were a lot of motor bikes for sale. I liked them, they were whisper quite. I thought the people were quiet too, they spoke softly and were friendly and pleasant. I am just about to the end of my adventure in Kenya , thank you for staying with me. I will have to find something else to write about now.