Saturday, January 12, 2013

Last year's persimmon crop

Gone but not forgotten!
We had an incredible persimmon crop this year and got to share bags and bags with neighbors and friends.  Since our persimmons have multiple seeds, it was too much of a task to dry them. I like to peel the fruit, and slice them horizontally a gigantic effort what with the many seeds of ours. The year I dried the fruit, I was drying our neighbor's persimmons.  While they have the flat bottomed fairly seedless Fuyu, this year they had a short crop.
Not to worry, I froze persimmon pulp and have enough to occasionally bake persimmon date-nut bars.
Signing off from Albuquerque, New Mexico 


Pioneer Plaza, Dallas

Pioneer Plaza is located by the Dallas Convention Center at the intersection of South Griffin and Young Street. Pioneer Plaza honors Dallas’ cowboy past by celebrating the trails that brought settlers to Dallas. Pioneer Plaza features native landscaping with a flowing stream and waterfall with a re-creation of a cattle drive in the form of bronze statues of longhorns being driven by three horse riding cowboys.
Each sculpture was created by Robert Summers of Glen Rose, Texas. The sculptures are believed to be the largest bronze sculptures of their type in the world.

Pioneer Plaza is the largest public open space in the central Dallas business district.  Pioneer Plaza is second only to Dealey Plaza as the most-visited landmark in downtown Dallas. Pioneer Cemetery connects to Pioneer Plaza and interesting to walk through. There is a very large Civil War Memorial in Pioneer Cemetery featuring Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson and Jefferson Davis.

Needless to say I was so impressed with these sculptures.  My photographs of the cowboys who were bringing the cattle on the drive were too dark.  As I walked among the cattle I felt as if they would butt me out of the way. Chills and Thrills!