Saturday, April 28, 2007


My son, Hondo, and I were trying to catch our wayward cat, Max, who had snuck outside and was hiding in the bushes. As we were chasing Max, we came upon a fawn snuggled in the bushes right up next to our home. It hasn’t moved all day. We’re hoping momma deer comes back to get her tonight.

Michael Reilly

Friday, April 27, 2007


(CBS 42) AUSTIN Two people are dead after a collision on Highway 71.

Department of Public Safety troopers are investigating the crash that shut down Highway 71 from Old Bee Caves Road to Southwest Parkway Friday night.

The multiple car crash happened in the 10,000 block of Highway 71 near Southwest Parkway.

A driver of a Volvo, believed to be speeding, crossed over the center line and hit 4 other cars. The driver of the Volvo was killed.

Thursday, April 26, 2007


This from a neighbor... and a great idea!

Yesterday I had an LCRA audit. It is a free service, well I am sure I paid for it 1,000 times last year in my water bill, but they come out for 5-6 hours to test and evaluate your sprinkler system and reset it for more efficiency. For new neighbors, this may be something they are not aware is available. LCRA provides a detailed report on any repairs, adjustment, etc. as well as a recommended run schedule by station. As landscaping matures, this service is invaluable because growing plants can block water flow, new shade can change watering needs, and wear and tear can create clogs or bent heads. The guy I had was a Master Gardener so he knew the watering needs of my various plants as well. I would highly recommend this every year! Just a phone call away...


Just wanted to let you know that Minnie came home today after being lost since Tuesday. There wasn’t a scratch on her. It’s such a miracle!!!


Your Spanish Oaks Blog has become quite famous, and when I sent out an email to my neighbors (in Barton Creek Preserve…right behind Spanish Oaks) about my missing dog, the only response I got was to try and post this in your blog!

Our dog disappeared on Tuesday and I’m simply frantic. I contacted the Spanish Oaks Guard House and left a picture of her. She had a collar and tags (which I guess could have come off), and I’m certain no one would want to steal her. She’s a 50-lb female brindled “mutt” who resembles a dingo. Is there any chance that you could post something about her in your blog, in case someone in Spanish Oaks has seen her?

Thank you so much,

Joni Benson

11949 Overlook Pass
423-4696 Cell

Our house is right at the gate to the Preserve, but it seems that few Spanish Oakers (Oakians?) have reason to travel down Overlook Pass, so may not even be aware of the Preserve, which was 'land locked' by Spanish Oaks, and is its own gated community of properties of about 15 acres each. As such, the population density is pretty low and there aren't many residents... but they are neighbors, so, this post deserves to be included as many of us are dog people and here's a neighbor in need.

Monday, April 23, 2007


The gala formal opening of the Fish Camp and Road to the west took place this past Sunday with many enjoying the music, chow, fishing, and the company of neighbors.

I have a nice batch of pictures but will post them on our website. The site is password protected and soon will include the residents' list and also the NEWLY REVISED guidelines for homes. (Password appears in the weekly HOA emails - be sure you've opted in!)

That tank of crawfish bait caught children and adults. Not sure about fish.

The pictures will appear within a few days. I have a great shot of one of the neighbor little girls catching a 13 inch bass (I think.)

A cute scene: a little boy - tiny tyke - was sitting at water edge with his line in the water, but he was crying. I asked him what was wrong - "Why are you crying?" He said, "I don't know..."between sobs. I told him I know the feeling all too well.

THE ROAD is open. Let their be great rejoicing! You'll still see crews landscaping (hey guys, need some weeds?) but the passage is clear. Get the old buckboard hitched and head west with the settlers.

Sunday, April 22, 2007


Forecasters call for a cloudy but not foggy or rainy afternoon, which might turn out to be pleasant for the official opening of the back road and fish camp.

While on the subject of the road, here's a photo from Friday sent in by roving correspondent/artist/advertising exec/homeowner Tim Sabo:

According to the Guiness Book Of Records people, this doesn't count as the first accident since the road wasn't officially open. Apparently the driver wasn't hurt, and neither toxic nor environmental nasties were let loose. Embarrassment, however, was awarded by crews on the scene.

Friday, April 13, 2007


Our own Spanish Oaks resident, Tim Sabo, will be showcasing his work at the Austin art festival this weekend.

The subject matter of his paintings are margaritas. Yes, margaritas. Much study is presumed!

See his website at HERE or say hi at the festival.

The event is downtown at the intersection of 5th and Guadalupe.

Saturday, April 07, 2007


The ice skating planned for Easter on the fish camp lake has been cancelled due to ice which is too thin.

Thursday, April 05, 2007

ANOTHER ACCIDENT on 71 AT EAST ENTRANCE (ALMOST) of a truck over the bridge almost at our east entrance on 71. To be more precise, it appears from the pictures provided by a neighbor, that the truck went BEHIND the guardrail. Traffic stopped, hazardous waste cleanup underway. (Diesel and oil, I presume, since the truck appears to be carrying mulch or dirt.) This was reported at about noon. All traffic was stopped - a large crane was brought in to remove the truck. It sure has the look of a brake failure. If that's the case, the driver probably did an heroic thing to avoid hitting someone.

It was later reported that the driver was unhurt and the truck came to a stop before entering the creek. No other vehicles were involved.