Plans are rolling along to add a greenhouseto Blanton Hill this winter. The idea would be to shelter the fig tree and lime tree already happy in their pots and expand into an olive tree, some dwarf lemons and maybe even some tea plants.
The gazebo in question is small and white and sits in eight acres of Texas meadow. Lately, some big muddy raccoon tracks have appeared on the front steps, meandered across the floor and ended under the soft cushions of the porch swing.
Somebody needs to collect the myths, legends, lore and facts about whoever made these tracks, and what really happens in this unique place on the Great Plains when we are not standing around, watching.
I guess that would be me. So, off we go.
A careful Wikipedia search reveals that these muddy feet probably belong to a fairly large example of Procyon lotor, a confident nocturnal tree-dweller “adaptable to novel conditions and even to the presence of humans.” Let’s be stuffy and list her entire description here: Order Carnivora : Family Procyonidae : Procyon lotor (Linnaeus)