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Winter in the country is...

The quiet, soft time is back again


One of this year’s waterbirds enjoys a chilly swim on a stock tank on south FM 908 under what’s now one of last year’s hay bales. 
Reporter/Mike Brown One of this year’s waterbirds enjoys a chilly swim on a stock tank on south FM 908 under what’s now one of last year’s hay bales. Reporter/Mike Brown It’s winter again in Milam County and it may last until April or be over by Valentine’s Day.

Just what is winter in the country?

• It’s a plume of fragant wood smoke curling up into a crisp night sky from a farmhouse.

• It’s extra work some mornings to break the ice on the stock tank so “them old cows” can get something to drink.

• It’s muddy boots left on the mat by the front door and mud on the sides of the pickup that won’t leave until spring.

• It’s a beautiful white horse turning into the north wind, standing in front of a little pink building.

• It’s bare branches along a county road, stretching up to a grey sky, all the colors muted.


A good-looking white horse turns to face into the crisp north wind in a pasture that still contains some green just west of Milano A good-looking white horse turns to face into the crisp north wind in a pasture that still contains some green just west of Milano • It’s blackbirds, seemingly everywhere, sometimes in clouds that darken the sun— when there is a sun—looking like a small storm cloud closing in over the horizon.

• It’s a crisp, clear night out away from all the city lights where the stars look like sombody overturned a bag of diamonds onto a black cloth.

• It’s the sun going down at 5 o’clock, pitch dark by 6:15, making you think about those days in July when 8 o’clock was light enough to start an ourdoor project.

• It’s the earth gathering itself, sleeping just a bit ahead of the annual renewal of life that will come in the spring

• It’s winter in the country and it’s good.—M.B.



Bare branches frame a windmill and reach for the sky along a muddy county road on a grey day in southeastern Milam County as a lone pickup approaches. Chances are there will be a wave and a ‘hi, neighbor.’ Bare branches frame a windmill and reach for the sky along a muddy county road on a grey day in southeastern Milam County as a lone pickup approaches. Chances are there will be a wave and a ‘hi, neighbor.’

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