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March, 2007 Volume 2, Issue 3

The Preserve at Walnut Springs Walnut Springs offers all the benefits and pleasures of a beautiful private 2,000-acre ranch for a fraction of the price. With sweeping 360 degree views, meandering waterways, lush canyons and abundant wildlife, a homestead in this exclusive community comes with access to 1,500 acres of protected open space for recreational use. Amenities include a premier equestrian center and 20 miles of horse trails, two swimming pools and a spacious clubhouse, barbeque facilities, tennis courts, stocked ponds, wireless internet access and much more. Located in Johnson City, it is ideally situated near Fredericksburg and the Highland Lakes. Best of all, owners do not have to work the ranch, but just enjoy it as the onsite dedicated cowboys and concierge staff care for the ranch and property maintenance. Whether watching a beautiful sunset from your porch, from horseback along a ridge line trail, or from poolside with family and friends at the clubhouse, it is hard to believe that Austin and San Antonio are just an hour away. Only sixty-six prime home-sites are nestled at this uniquely appealing ranch in the heart of the Texas Hill Country.

Whitetail Deer by Jane Jones White-tail deer are the most abundant large game species in North America; the whitetail population is largest in Texas, where an estimated three to four million of the deer reside. Their characteristic tails are held erect when fleeing to display the white underside; the rest of their body is reddish-brown in summer and grayish-brown in winter. Fawns less than six months of age have bright white spots scattered on their coats. Adult bucks can attain lengths of over six feet and weight up to three hundred pounds; adult does tend to be smaller. White-tail bucks grow a new set of antlers every year, shedding the old ones after the rut (breeding season) is over. Whitetail antlers are comprised of one main beam per antler; in mature bucks, each beam may have three or more tines sprouting from the beam. White-tails live primarily in wooded and brushy areas, such as the Texas Hill Country. This type of habitat offers good cover, as well as access to a wide variety of food sources, such as: woody plants, shrubs, fruit, and grass.

Inside this issue: Whitetail Deer

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Around Town

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Arizona, Texas

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Construction Update

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Chunky Maple 3 Walnut Spread Calendar

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Closing 2006

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The Nut THE PRESERVE AT

Walnut Springs P.O. Box 133 Johnson City, TX 78636 Paul Sumrall General Manager Linda Kester Ad. Assistant M.J. Love Sales Associate Jane Jones Wildlife & Equestrian Programming Jesus, Jesus Jr, & Isidro Cuellar Cowboys

Phone (830) 868-2155 Fax (830) 868-2156 www.PreserveatWalnutSprings.com


Around Town

by Linda Kester

The Silver K Café is located in the Old Lumber Yard on Main Street in Johnson City. This fine dining establishment offers some of the best in Hill Country Cuisine and is run by locals Kay and Al Pratt who are west-coast transplants. Imagine starting your day with an Apple-wood smoked bacon omelet, homemade biscuit, and a hot cup of fresh brewed coffee or share an order of gingerbread pancakes with a Mimosa. Breakfast is served Monday through Saturday starting at 7AM. The Silver K features a daily lunch special along with an ample selection of specialty salads and sandwiches, my favorite is a grilled portabella mushroom sandwich. Lunch is served daily at 11AM. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings provide a fine dining menu which rivals the best any big city venue could offer and features a selection of Texas wines. The finishing touch to any weekend stay in the Hill Country is the Silver K Sunday Brunch which begins at 11AM. Sunday through Wednesday a home style dinner menu is available, offering a lighter fare of their fine dining menu. Texas music events are regularly scheduled throughout each month, including local favorites The Dust Devils, Thomas Michael Riley, and John Arthur Martinez. The first and third Tuesday of each month features a fun evening of open mic with John Holt Beeler. For information about the Silver K, visit www.silverkcafe.com or call Kay at (830) 868-2911.

Arizona, Texas 78636

by Jane Jones

The latest addition to the Walnut Springs remuda is Arizona … affectionately know as “Zona.” Prior to his arrival we had scheduled a cattle roundup and branding, so he didn’t have much time to get the lay of the land before we put him to work. Zona had just enough time to introduce himself to the other horses and complete a series of interviews before his skills were put to the test. He had never worked around longhorns before but appeared undaunted by the fancy headgear sported by the magnificent longhorn cattle at Walnut Springs. For his first cattle drive on the ranch Zona was ridden by property owner Alice Starr. By the end of the day, the longhorns had been moved to greener pastures, the calves were branded, and Alice was on a flight home. Zona was raised as a working cow pony on a cattle ranch and then as a trail horse at a private stable in Buda, Texas, so he has been well prepared for everything we’ve thrown at him He hasn’t seen all of the nooks and crannies of the property yet. 2,000 acres is a lot to explore, but he has quickly become a popular Arizona with Paco by Jane Jones choice for trail rides and has lots of opportunity to explore the ranch with a variety of riders. I like to think Zona is enjoying the diversity of landscape at Walnut Springs, though admittedly our stable of horses will take a bit of time to fully welcome him into the fold. His riders are certainly enjoying him! Welcome to Walnut Springs, Zona. We’re glad you’re here. Page 2

Phone (830) 868-2155 Fax (830) 868-2156 www.PreserveatWalnutSprings.com


Construction Updates

by Paul Sumrall

Rice Construction Company began work on a residence at Homestead 10 this month. Designed by Rice’s Michael Orsak and the owners, this home features eight bedrooms plus a bunkhouse across its 7,200 square feet. The owners requested a home that looked like it had been built 100 years ago. Orsak followed the architectural guidelines’ suggestion of massing the structure, creating a story line where the home could have been built as a cabin and expanded and connected over generations. Taking advantage of big sky and panoramic views, the home utilizes large outdoor living areas and windows facing every direction. “To maximize the owner’s enjoyment of the ranch, low maintenance construction is key to every decision made in this project” according to Orsak. “Our clients want a ranch home, a place to come and play with their Austin grandchildren.” Family Imprints Construction Site This project is registered with the US Green Building Council’s LEEDs for Homes Pilot Program, and after completion will apply for certification. “I am really enjoying this project.” says Orsak. “Working with our consultants and engineers, we’ve been able to identify opportunities to make this home very energy efficient, low maintenance, improve indoor air quality and comfort, and locate and implement sustainable building practices and components.”

Rendering of Homestead 10 Residence by Michael Orsak

Chunky Maple-Walnut Spread

by Linda Kester

Ingredients • 1 (8 oz/250 g) package low fat cream cheese, softened at room temperature for one hour • 2/3 cup chopped walnuts • 1/2 cup dried cranberries or raisins • 1/4 cup maple syrup • 1/4 tsp cinnamon Directions 1. Put cream cheese in a medium bowl. Add walnuts, raisins, syrup and cinnamon. Stir with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula until ingredients are mixed together. 2. Spread on bagels, toast, or apple slices. TIP: To make as a softer dip for apple slices or strawberries, use twice as much maple syrup.

Phone (830) 868-2155 Fax (830) 868-2156 www.PreserveatWalnutSprings.com

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The Preserve at Walnut Springs P.O. Box 133 Johnson City TX 78636 Upcoming Events: December 2006 Holiday Wine Trail December 1st-3rd Biker’s Toy Run at the Johnson City Courthouse at 9:00 a.m December 2nd Christmas at the LBJ Boyhood Home December 2nd and 16th Holiday Wine Trail December 8th-10th The Preserve at Walnut Springs Homeowners Association Meeting December 13th Ranch Office Closed December 25th & 31st “Let There Be Lights”, 6:30 p.m., Chuck-wagon Food Court and Santa Arrives December 1st-31st Lights Spectacular 100,000+ lights on the Courthouse opens with Hooves and Wheels Parade November 25th - January 1st

2,000 ACRES OF HILL COUNTRY ENJOYMENT RIGHT OUT YOUR DOORSTEP

Closing 2006

by Paul Sumrall

Having come aboard as General Manager this past August, I’m proud of the work our team has accomplished in a relatively short time. By the end of the year we will have closed on the sales of homesteads 26, 31, 32, 38, and 40, as well as Rancho Escondido on homestead 45. We are thankful to have additional property under contract to close in 2007. Completing projects has been a large part of our focus this fall. Our developer provided funding to enhance the waterways along Towhead Creek and improve the dam near Homestead 18. The Walnut Springs entrances have been completed, a new horse pasture was built, our gate systems have been upgraded, and maintenance plans for next year are set. The heart of the ranch, our equestrian, livestock, and wildlife management programs, are in good order. The horses are being worked weekly and have hit the trails more in the past few months than in the past two years. We have leased a bull and are breeding cattle again, and our youngest calves have been registered and branded. Our deer census reports a population that is healthy and growing, and our song-bird community was found to be abundant and diverse. On behalf of your family here at Walnut Springs, warm wishes for happy holiday season. Please plan to come and see us in 2007. So much happening on ranch, you too can discover 2,000 Acres of Hill Country Enjoyment Right Out Your Doorstep. Phone (830) 868-2155 Fax (830) 868-2156 www.PreserveatWalnutSprings.com

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