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“But you do not even have a Vine yet!” copyright 2013 John J. Rigo, Texas’ Commentator
From the distance I can hear that above thought from some individuals that have found this site. That is true, at this moment there is not a vine one on our farm yet. I am a believer in having vision before one is capable in having dreams becoming a reality. It is one of the Lord’s greatest gifts to us all. Sadly, many of us, lack the courage and belief in one’s self to exercise this gift. Today, my wife and I see this dream in its finished reality. It just a matter of a little time.
“Weeds and not Daisies” copyright 2013, John J. Rigo, Texas’ Commentator
Yesterday I shouted at my wife in excitement, “Honey there are wild Daisies growing in front of our house with butterflies all over them.” My wife had a hardy laugh in her response, “Sweetheart those are weeds and not Daisies.” To say the least, I did feel a little foolish.
You see I am not all city boy being born and raised in the city of New York. From the time I was about 10 years old I got to spent every summer on a dairy farm in upstate New York under the “Fresh Air Fund.” The fund was designed to take poor boys of families in New York City and render them the opportunity to live on a farm for the summer. From age 13 on they were expected to actually work on those farms, which I did till age 16.
Truthfully even those yellow weeds are many, they still look like flowers to me! Click picture above and after download note the fields of pretty yellow weeds I now have in front of our future vineyard and winery.
“Sundown at Silver Star Winery of Texas” copyright 2013 John J. Rigo, Co-Owner
There is a beauty found no where else as it is in East Texas at Sundown. This is especially so when one has open pasture land over twenty-nine acres with open sky. There is nothing else like it. When I visit in what will be 0ur soon past primary home in McKinney, I can hardly breath with the homes being so close by, even though I am blessed with a very large golf course lot overlooking a 50,000 gallon pool with views from seven rooms in the home. Just walking the land on our farm at various parts of the day renders one a freedom of spirit that is like no other. Take time to click each of these pictures. Be patient in the download time. Take time to note the beauty of the detail and the beauty of the open sky.
“Our Garden Beds…Beginnings” copyright 2013 John J. Rigo, Texas’ Commentator
The following pictures were taken today of our upcoming three-quarters of an acre private gardens. Included are the beginnings of raised beds with potatoes and onions planted including various fruit trees planted in one corner. In this day and age of rapidly raising food prices and questionable chemically treated vegetables and fruits, family health in proper eating with safe food has become a priority to many.