Palabras Pintorescas: Wrapping up the summer season

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By Editha Bartley

Is summer really coming to an end? Time does fly when one is having fun, and fun we have had here at the ranch once again. Sharing nature’s bounty and nature’s beauty with our little people sure is fun.
The little people can’t count hummingbirds buzzing my three feeders any better than I can. But they did take a lots of pictures of them, possibly for show-and-tell at school in the Washington D.C. area.
We also slurped down some really good “green and red Christmas” chile at Hatcha’s in Mora one day. I suggested a tour of our lush Mora Valley area while we were over the hill in Mora, but they quickly voted me down. They had so much fun touring the ranch with Uncle John on his four- wheeler that they couldn’t miss just one more trip. I know they will be back next summer, probably with a list of “to-do” items.
Another end-of-summer event that I never miss is the concert from Music from Angel Fire series. My neighbor and friend who lives just down the road and I make this an annual event. This year we treated ourselves to dinner at Dick’s before the concert. And we both had some of the best salmon, perfectly cooked, that we ever had.
I know from my many years as a caterer and serving three meals a day to our guests here at the ranch that it isn’t easy to find quality ingredients. The cook is the key to good, better and best, and often the best is lost in preparation. Not so at Dick’s. No wonder they were so busy!
The concert was a real treat for those of us who enjoy music with a classical emphasis as a base. The Benjamin Britten piece for strings absolutely pushed these instruments to the limit. It is intense, difficult to play (I’m sure) and was the last composition  he completed before his death.
One could hear a pin drop at the end of this Quartet for Strings, No. 3. I hope every student from Highlands music department was there for this great concert. Attendance at concerts was required when I took Music Appreciation so many years ago. Yes, kids, there is a difference, hearing a live concert won’t compare to hearing it on a CD.
And because this has turned into a “review” column, I must say I enjoyed Art Trujillo’s column on Aug. 9. I do remember almost every business he mentioned in that column, and I wish we still had a number of them.
The highway bypass did make our school bus trip from Valmora/Watrous faster, but obviously the town did suffer because of the bypass. I remember the many gas stations on Grand Avenue and yes, they were always busy as were the many grocery stores back then.
Many (if not most) of the grocery stores would cut you meat just the way you wanted it and then the store would deliver it to your house, no less.
The young people of today don’t even know what I’m writing about! That column, Art, is a keeper, for sure. Thanks for pulling my memory chain once again.
I also must say thank you to my many readers who now are reading “Pilgrims Wilderness” by Tom Kizzia. Tome on the Range has it and can get you a copy.
I do hope both Highlands and our Carnegie Library will also have a copy to lend out. This is such a revealing, sad and true story about Texas, Mora and Alaska ... interesting reading for the end of summer.

Editha Bartley lives in Gascon in Mora County. She may be reached at 454-0563.