Thursday, July 31, 2008

It is Texas...go figure

Yesterday was another day with the temperature at or over 100F. We did get rain in the morning, the amount recorded at the Terrell Municipal Airport was 0.01 inches. How is that for a downpour?

My picture today is of lily pads on Lake Tawakoni from last Saturday afternoon. I can look at this picture and just feel the heat I felt when standing on the rocks taking the picture.

This week I was honored to have three bloggers give me awards. Instead of passing on, I would like everyone to visit the sites that gave me the honors.

Ancient One's Place at Everlasting Mercy
Babooshka from Ramsey Daily Photo
Mary Beth over at Small City Scenes of Stanwood

All three are excellent sites.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

British pilots at rest

19 RAF pilots died during air training in Terrell. They are buried at Oakland Memorial Park in Terrell.

The bottom of the marker is a portion of "The Soldier" by Rupert Brooke

IF I should die, think only this of me:
That there’s some corner of a foreign field
That is for ever England. There shall be
In that rich earth a richer dust concealed;
A dust whom England bore, shaped, made aware,
Gave, once, her flowers to love, her ways to roam,
A body of England’s, breathing English air,
Washed by the rivers, blest by suns of home.

And think, this heart, all evil shed away,
A pulse in the eternal mind, no less
Gives somewhere back the thoughts by England given;
Her sights and sounds; dreams happy as her day;
And laughter, learnt of friends; and gentleness,
In hearts at peace, under an English heaven.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

The Royal Air Force in Texas Fly-in

I want to thank everyone for the nice comments over the last few days. Seeing off the soldiers means a lot. The City promised to be back out there when they return, and I will be there too.

Instead of posting a picture today, I am putting up a poster and a link on my sidebar.

One of the unique things about Terrell is the #1 British Flying Training School Museum. During WWII Terrell hosted one of six British Flying Training Schools. Thousands of British and American aviators learned how to fly in Terrell.

In February, I toured the Museum and posted a few pictures. This October, #1 BFTS Museum will host The Royal Air Force in Texas Fly-in. The fly-in will be a two day event that will bring veterans of the school back to Terrell for a reunion and an opportunity for the citizens of Terrell to learn about the museum and Terrells role in WWII. Go ahead and mark October 17th and 18th on your calendar, save your dollars and pounds and join us in Terrell.

Be sure to check out the link on the right for all of the details of the fly-in.

Be sure to also visit this site. Its a site dedicated to James Edward Castleman of Bogata, Texas who was an instructor at #1BFTS during the war. It includes many photos, stories, and memories.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Today is Deployment day

This morning is deployment day for the Texas Army National Guard. I said yesterday that the troops will be training for a month, then off to Iraq. The training is going to be for 3 months, then off to Iraq. People have been asked to line the streets to show support for the men and women heading off to train, and then to Iraq. Unfortunately, I have to work or I would be out there with everyone else. I said in a post about a month ago that CBS Channel 11 was my favorite local TV station. Here is Channel 11 reporter Bud Gilletts report from Saturday. I posted a few more pictures on More Terrell Photos.

These are the last of the photos from the Deployment Ceremony held Saturday at Ben Gill Park.

See you men and women when you get back. If anyone wants to send pictures in to be posted from the deployment email me at

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Mustang Warriors Foxtrot 949 faces in the crowd

These are just a few of the faces of the men and women who will be leaving on Monday and their families. Tomorrow the final set. I posted a few more pictures on More Terrell Photos. If anyone wants to send in pictures to be posted, email me at

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Mustang Warriors Foxtrot 949

A deployment ceremony was held this morning at Ben Gill Park for the departing soldiers of the Texas Army National Guard, 56th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 949th Brigade Support Battalion, Company F Field Support Company. The men and women of Company F will be leaving Monday morning for a month of training before heading off to Iraq.

To show support for the soldiers before heading out, Terrell Chamber of Commerce treated the soldiers and family to a day of ceremony and fun. Below is the Company marching from the Guard Headquarters to the Pavilion. More pictures to come.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Skywatch Friday-Gas Well

Oil was king in Texas for years. The last few years have seen another energy boom, this time natural gas. North Texas is home to the Barnett Shale, one of the largest onshore natural gas fields in the U.S. Todays Skywatch Friday picture is one of the many gas wells sprouting up in the North Texas area, this one taken in Johnson County.

To visit all Skywatch sites follow this link.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Road Trip-Paluxy River, Glen Rose, Texas the end

Last day for the Paluxy River pics. I posted a few more over on my second page.

Brian also has been posting pictures from the town square of Glen Rose and the Paluxy River. Be sure to check out his pictures of the County Courthouse and square. We both took the road trip. When we got to the Paluxy River, he went one direction and I went the other. Did I mention it was HOT!

No he is not. The river bed is only about 6 inches deep where this guy it at.

Tomorrow, for better or worse, we jump back into the 21st century for Sky Watch Friday.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Dinosaur tracks, Glen Rose, Tx

These are the dinosaur tracks I have been teasing all week. They are actually theropoda tracks. The easiest way to describe what they looked like its they were small versions of the T-Rex. The river bed is full of tracks, but they don't make great pictures. Dinosaur Vally State Park is about 100 miles from Terrell.

Yes, these are real. They are now part of the limestone rock.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Road Trip-Paluxy River, Glen Rose, Texas III

Tomorrow Dinosaur tracks, I promise. This is another shot of the river. The yellow tape on the right marks off one of the areas with the tracks. You will need to enlarge the picture to make out the where the tape is at.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Road Trip-Paluxy River, Glen Rose, Texas II

Another photo from the road trip that Brian and I took to Dinosaur Valley State Park. This is looking the other direction on the Paluxy river. There was really no current, so I don't know whats up river or down river. If I had to guess this would be up river. The limestone formations are something I have never seen before, just brilliant looking. I loved climbing around on the rocks and seeing the dinosaur tracks. More to come.

I have added a new link to the sidebar. Terrell Soup by Laurie. Be sure to check out her site and offer encouraging words. Any other Terrell related blogs out there? Let me know, I may add them to the blog roll.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Road Trip-Paluxy River, Glen Rose, Texas

Yesterdays road trip was to Dinosaur Valley State Park in Glen Rose, Texas. Glen Rose is famous for the Dinosaur tracks in the Paluxy river bed. By the looks of the crowd its also famous for the swimming. I will show the tracks later in the week.

Saturday, July 19, 2008


Homemade Chicken Fried Steak
Mashed potatoes
BBQ Beans
Fried pickles
Louisiana Hot Sauce

Friday, July 18, 2008

Skywatch Friday-Morning drive to work

Would you belive me if I said I was in the back seat and leaned up to take this, as someone else was driving?

You can see all of the sites taking part in Skywatch Friday here.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Summer time

What better way to spend a summer evening than in the park watching a softball game. I think these people were waiting for their game to start.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Terrell Heritage Society Museum

The Terrell Heritage Museum reflected in the windows of the Terrell Post Office. Sometime next year ground breaking is suppose to take place to replace the Post Office. The Museum is the building is my header photo. I have been thinking of changing it to something else. Its been up there since I started my site June 2, 2007. Any ideas? I may choose 5 photos and put up a poll to let readers decide. But I hate change, I do not like it when someone moves my cheese.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Artificial rain

Water sprinklers are becoming a familiar site in Terrell. Summer in Texas always brings dry weather and high temperatures. This is up the street from my house. I wanted to take off my shoes and socks and go run through it.

Monday, July 14, 2008

City of Terrell, Texas

In March I posted about having pictures of mine posted on the Terrell Chamber of Commerce website. Friday I got an email from the webmaster that he has posted a few of my shots on the City of Terrell's website. All of the pictures they used link back to my site and are tagged with my website name. Todays picture is of the City of Terrell's City Hall and Police Station that I posted back in August before I joined CDP, they share a small building and could use something new. This is one of the photos they used. I added a link to the City website to the sidebar.

Sunday, July 13, 2008


Is that a proper name now days, cowgirls? Should it be cowladies? That doesn't sound right, I might get walloped if I call'em that. The men are not the only ones taking part in the calf roping. There are a couple of ladies that also rope. Just as good as the men. Calf roping is every Thursday night at Wade Indoor Arena. I saw a sign that Monday nights in July is saddle roping. Not sure what that is, but I think I need to find out.

Hope everyone is having a good Sunday.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Real Cowboys

I was asked in the comments yesterday where were the cowboy hats. Here are a couple of cowboys still wearing the cowboy hat. Not all of the riders are cowboys though. I will show you one tomorrow.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Skywatch Friday-Wade Indoor Arena, Terrell, Tx

Last night was calf roping at Wade Indoor Arena in Terrell. During the break between rounds, I caught these cowboys waiting just outside the arena doors trying to catch a breeze. Every Thursday night Wade Indoor Arena has team calf roping. Its a great way for me to practice taking pictures and its fun to watch.
To see lots of other great skywatch photos from around the world visit Toms Wiggers World.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Jasons Hot Rodz Cafe

I am not sure what sign shocked me most. The idea that men may be bad cooks or being told to move when I sat down to eat.

These signs are part of Jasons Hot Rodz Cafe. You can also find the hippy sign and 8 veggies daily there. The food is really good and the owner has a good sense of humor. It's located at the corner of Moore Ave and SH 34 in Terrell. Stop by and try the hamburger steak with bbq beans and mashed potatoes.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008


It seems everyone was taking pictures on the 4th. I wanted to get a shot of the flags on the pavilion along with the large drums and I got this one. I like the lady and young child posing for the picture in front of one of the flags.

Brian has an interesting post for today, hop over and check his photo out.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Northeast Texas Symphony Orchestra

Fridays 4th of July festivities included a performance by the Northeast Texas Symphony Orchestra. I have tried to find information about them on the internet but have been coming up empty. Best I can gather is they are a group of 60 professional musicians who come from Paris, TX to Dallas, TX. and all areas in between. I have only been to the Dallas Symphony once. It was a casual Friday performance (that means I could wear jeans). I wasn't expecting much from NETSO, but they are very good. If you have a chance to go hear them play, do it. If anyone has any additional information about the orchestra please feel free to leave it in the comments.

The blooming crepe myrtles made for a beautiful backdrop.

The quality is not very good, but here is a short clip of the orchestra performing Hello Dolly.

A second longer clip is available on the you tube link to the right.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Just a couple more fireworks

Did I ever say how much I love Monday mornings? I didnt think so.

Just a few more fireworks pictures to share.

I love the way the ground was lit up from the blast.

Here is part of the finale. I uploaded a clip on you tube of a portion of the fireworks show. Click on the you tube link on the right. The fireworks show alone is worth the drive to Terrell from Dallas or Collin County. Tomorrow pictures of the North East Texas Symphony Orchestra.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Waiting for the sun to go down

I played with my camera while waiting for the sun to go down and the fireworks to start Friday night. I didnt plan on using the pictures for anything, but here they are.

The first picture was taken at 8:55PM

The picture below was taken at 9:14PM

The next picture was taken at 9:25PM just about time for
the fireworks to start.

The fireworks started at 9:32PM

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Bang up 4th

Ben Gill park hosted the Terrell Chamber of Commerce 4th of July Celebration. The weather was perfect and the crowd was large. I got down there early, listened to the North East Texas Symphony Orchestra then got my spot for the fireworks. I really like the way the fireworks and the symphony photos turned out. So, guess what you get pictures of for the next week?

Other towns in the Metroplex have their own fireworks shows, but I would put Terrells show right up there with the big boys. The Chamber does a awesome job putting this on.

I added a couple of clip to You Tube. Click on the link to the right to see whats new.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Happy 4th of July

Still trying to decide where to watch fireworks on the 4th? Come visit us in Terrell. Activities are planned for Ben Gill Park starting at 5PM.