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Texas Wineries to Visit Near Brenham

March 13th, 2014 by Pamela Murski

Texas wineries are ever increasing and Brenham has it’s share of really great wineries  to visit during  your stay at Murski  Homestead Bed and  Breakfast.  There are three Texas wineries all within 15 minutes of the  our Texas Bed and Breakfast.  These three Texas wineries are located  on the Bluebonnet Wine Trail, a meandering trail that  includes 10 different wineries, all of which  are drivable  and tourable during  a weekend stay with us a the ranch in Brenham, Texas.  Below is  a sampling  of  some of the great Texas wineries on our  Bluebonnet Wine Trail  and near Brenham.

The first winery  which  is just north  of  the B&B is Windy Winery.  This Texas winery is known for  the fact that  the  grapes used in  their wine making  all  come  from  the  great state of Texas.  Owners/vintners, Linda and Augie Mientzen are the most delightful  vintners you will come  across while  touring  and tasting on the  trail.  Of German descent, they hold  true to their heritage and the German  wine making  process.  They thoroughly  love  what they do  and sharing that love  with those who come into their wine shop.  You can take a tour, enjoy a variety of festivals/events, partake  in numerous wine/dinner pairings offered  throughout the  year, sip and savor a personal tasting  of their wines while  on  premise and of  course,  join their  wine  club for monthly deliveries of their delicious wine and advance notice of events!  
Windy Winery

The True Meaning of Christmas at the Ranch

December 24th, 2012 by Pamela Murski

Crucifix

A Prayer For Life

Dearest God,

Please never let me

Crowd my life

Full to the brim.

So like the keeper of Bethlehem’s Inn,

I find I have no room for Him.

Instead, let my heart’s door

Be ever open,

Ready to welcome

The newborn King.

Let me offer the best I have

To Him

Who gives me everything.

–author unknown

Matthew 25:35– I was a stranger, and ye took me in.”

Live life with no regrets, don’t spend time thinking of past mistakes, live life in the present, enjoy the life you’ve made for yourself, live out your dreams ~ Tasha Tudor

 

Christmas Poem

December 16th, 2010 by Pamela Murski

TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS, HE LIVED ALL ALONE,
IN A ONE BEDROOM HOUSE MADE OF
PLASTER AND STONE.

I HAD COME DOWN THE CHIMNEY
WITH PRESENTS TO GIVE,
AND TO SEE JUST WHO
IN THIS HOME DID LIVE.

I LOOKED ALL ABOUT,
A STRANGE SIGHT I DID SEE,
NO TINSEL, NO PRESENTS,
NOT EVEN A TREE.

NO STOCKING BY MANTLE,
JUST BOOTS FILLED WITH SAND,
ON THE WALL HUNG PICTURES
OF FAR DISTANT LANDS.

WITH MEDALS AND BADGES,
AWARDS OF ALL KINDS,
A SOBER THOUGHT
CAME THROUGH MY MIND.

FOR THIS HOUSE WAS DIFFERENT,
IT WAS DARK AND DREARY,
I FOUND THE HOME OF A SOLDIER,
ONCE I COULD SEE CLEARLY.

THE SOLDIER LAY SLEEPING,
SILENT, ALONE,
CURLED UP ON THE FLOOR
IN THIS ONE BEDROOM HOME.

THE FACE WAS SO GENTLE,
THE ROOM IN SUCH DISORDER,
NOT HOW I PICTURED
A UNITED STATES SOLDIER.

WAS THIS THE HERO
OF WHOM I’D JUST READ?
CURLED UP ON A PONCHO,
THE FLOOR FOR A BED?

I REALIZED THE FAMILIES
THAT I SAW THIS NIGHT,
OWED THEIR LIVES TO THESE SOLDIERS
WHO WERE WILLING TO FIGHT.

SOON ROUND THE WORLD,
THE CHILDREN WOULD PLAY,
AND GROWNUPS WOULD CELEBRATE
A BRIGHT CHRISTMAS DAY.

THEY ALL ENJOYED FREEDOM
EACH MONTH OF THE YEAR,
BECAUSE OF THE SOLDIERS,
LIKE THE ONE LYING HERE.

I COULDN’T HELP WONDER
HOW MANY LAY ALONE,
ON A COLD CHRISTMAS EVE
IN A LAND FAR FROM HOME.

THE VERY THOUGHT
BROUGHT A TEAR TO MY EYE,
I DROPPED TO MY KNEES
AND STARTED TO CRY.

THE SOLDIER AWAKENED
AND I HEARD A ROUGH VOICE,
‘SANTA DON’T CRY,
THIS LIFE IS MY CHOICE;

I FIGHT FOR FREEDOM,
I DON’T ASK FOR MORE,
MY LIFE IS MY GOD,
MY! COUNTRY, MY CORPS.’

THE SOLDIER ROLLED OVER
AND DRIFTED TO SLEEP,
I COULDN’T CONTROL IT,
I CONTINUED TO WEEP.

I WEPT FOR HOURS,
SO SILENT AND STILL
AND WE BOTH SHIVERED
FROM THE COLD NIGHT’S CHILL.

I DIDN’T WANT TO LEAVE
ON THAT COLD, DARK, NIGHT,
THIS GUARDIAN OF HONOR
SO WILLING TO FIGHT.

THEN THE SOLDIER ROLLED OVER,
WITH A VOICE SOFT AND PURE,
WHISPERED, ‘CARRY ON SANTA,
IT’S CHRISTMAS DAY, ALL IS SECURE.’

ONE LOOK AT MY WATCH,
AND I KNEW HE WAS RIGHT.
‘MERRY CHRISTMAS MY FRIEND,!
AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT.’

This poem was written by a Marine.

Early Summer Gardens Texas Ranch Bed and Breakfast

August 26th, 2010 by Pamela Murski

The summer brought on the grasshoppers and leaf cutters but the gardens  transitioned beautifully from Spring to Summer producing zinnias, gladiolus, sweet peas, roses, flowering basils, incredible cardoon blossoms, and so much  more.  Our  vegetable gardens at the B&B were chock  full of cucumbers, squash, thyme, fennel, colorful swiss chard, bell peppers, basil, yellow and red tomatoes.  We spied this fun cucumber that we had missed that was now firmly entrenched in the landscaping timbers!  What were your gardens like this summer?

Texas B&B Antique Roses, Herbs & Spring Gardens

July 24th, 2010 by Pamela Murski

Our gardens at the ranch are worked year round so that we and our guests can enjoy being outside and the wild birds have plenty of food, water, hiding places and nesting material!  We had a great flush  this past Spring after the hard freezes of the winter helped put nature back in balance with growth patterns, weeds and bugs.  We use of a lot of the flowers, herbs and fruits in our cooking classes and food preparation.  There is nothing better than “farm fresh”.  We encourage all our guests and cooking class participants to use anything they can find locally and fresh from the farmers markets and meat markets…..Some great photos of some of  our flowers and herbs:

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