Texas bluebonnets
Bluebonnets and Indian paints abound

You know you are in Texas when you leave the city and see fields alive with bluebonnets and Indian paints which add brilliant color to the surrounding landscape.

Texas countryCountry is little more than an hour from Houston, but with its collection of small towns, ranches and farms it seems light years away.  Hay bales,

Texas country ramshackle outbuildings

Texas country animals and livestock of all kinds grazing in pastures tell you you have left the city behind.

belted gallowaysYou might even be surprised to see a herd of belted galloways, a breed common in the area of Maine that is my part-time home but fairly new in Texas.

Texas countryLong fences define the boundaries for large ranches

Lone Star beerand here and there on a country road is a roadhouse where you’ll want to be sure and order a Lone Star, the national beer of Texas.

Texas country facesTexas country facesTexas country facesFirst thing you hear when you walk in is, “You ain’t from around here are you?”  Once that’s out of the way, the locals are right happy to engage in friendly conversation.  Heck, they might even share a Lone Star with you on a weekend night!

And if you want to leave your husband there while you go antiquing, why that’s OK, too.

Texas countryYep, you gotta love Texas.  It’s a place unto itself!

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46 thoughts on “You Know You Are in Texas

  1. This is a great post, Lulu! I would love to visit Texas, it sounds like a beautiful, friendly state with lots to see and do. And it’s so darn big!!! Thanks for a nice peek!


  2. The blue bonnets are beautiful. There was a story in the 4th grade reader , The Legend of the Blue Bonnets. The kids didn’t like it so much but I always enjoyed it!
    My sister has lived in TX over 25 yrs, but still considers herself from NY. I think where you grew up is always your home town.
    You are lucky you get to go to Maine in the summer. She says summers in TX are brutal.
    Of course, winters here can be awful, too! 🙂

  3. Lulu, I’ve lived in TX all my life, and have to agree with you. Texas is a wonderful place to live. Texas wildflowers are always beautiful. I’ve had my own little patch of bluebonnets growing in my herb garden for many years, but not a one this year. Not sure what happened, but I suspect I cleaned them up too soon. They had bloomed early and profusely, and I think I was too eager to clean out the beds. Guess I’ll just have to plant some more. ‘-)

  4. Bwahahahahahahaha! I love the daycare for husbands!!! We need some of those around here!!! That’s funny!

    I’ve never seen that brand of cows, not even in pictures. Those are cool! The bluebonnets are pretty, too. I think you’d want to have them in scores as pictured here, though. That’s what gives ’em that extra oomph! Except for the brand of beer (we’re Boulevard beer folks around these parts), it looks very much like the Kansas City area. Gotta love the smell of cow and freshly rolled hay!!!

  5. Came over from your comment left on my opium bed post. Love your photography and especially loved the tour through the antiques venue. I have always wanted to travel to Round Top – I would have to bring a tractor trailer!

    (Did you know you are a “no reply” commenter?)

    1. Thanks, Jenna. I’d love to see a painting of yours that depicted the barn or anything else! Hey, I see you were hightlighted for your wonderful table. Way to go!

  6. The many reasons why I love Texas. It brought us so many gifts and blessings. Today, a sister city in Waco needs our prayers and support which I know Texans will give generously in a heartbeat. Beautiful! Have a great weekend and best wishes to your family.

  7. Lulu, you really captured the beauty and fun of Texas. We used to live in Dallas and every spring I was so excited to see the bluebonnets and Indian paints. And we used to have an old neon sign advertising Lone Star beer. 🙂 ~Terri

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