Gruene (read "green") is an old community in Texas that grew up during the cotton boom in the 1870s. Today is it part of New Braunfels here in Hill Country. We have been there before but enjoyed another visit. It is full of shops and restaurants and bed and breakfast inns, all located in old, really old, buildings. Some have been restored, some have not.
This is Gruene Hall, the oldest continually operating dance hall in the state, built in 1878.
You know you are near Gruene when you see this iconic water tower.
John took a number of what he describes as "artsy fartsy" pictures during our visit, including buildings
Then were were the trees--live oaks with massive branches, sometime so far extended from the tree they need to be supported or they will break off.
This one had the largest set of wind chimes we had ever seen.
This old truck is a great item in the town. We also saw one about this age that was actually still in use.
Some stores and restaurants have more modern things.
I spotted these plants (weeds?) growing in a rain gutter. You sure wouldn't see that in Colorado.
It isn't long till Christmas. Look at the ropes around this tree, they aren't made of tinsel or popcorn or cranberries, they are lariats.
This will be the 7th year we have been away from Colorado for Christmas but looking at some of the antique decorations for sale in Gruene made me long for the days when we had children or grandchildren to the house for the holiday.