Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Visiting the Wildflower Center

Sunday, I drove out to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center for the afternoon. Bobbie's away in PA and this was a good outing to keep me busy and away from my laptop.This wasn't the time of year for wildflower carpets, but I thought it was stunning in that way when you see tones and texture. The buildings are based on a kind of "Hill Country"architecture that I loved and found fitting. There's a gallery, auditorium, library, learning center and, for kids, the "little house." It was a lovely visit.


Observation Tower

Now in bloom

Current exhibit

The natural garden

Have a seat

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Past Travels

I thought I'd put up some photos of places we've been, good times we've had since -- oh, last spring.

Appalachian Trail, MD

Harper's Ferry

Mount Vernon

Wolf Trap

lc's almost Alma Mater -- Trinity College/Washington DC

A new breed

Spring lilacs

Better than cow-patterned clothes

Northshire Bookshop/ Manchester VT

Garden center near Burlington VT

Chautauqua NY

house detail, Chautauqua NY

more to come ...

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Austin on a Saturday

Today we took some time to take Molly to an off-leash park on the river and of course, she had a great time.She still seems a bit bewildered by it all but she played and ran with some other dogs -- it was crowded -- and met many fans. Bobbie commented on how many other "relatives" of Molly were at the park -- border collies, australian shepherds and the like. We even saw 2 Irish Wolfhounds -- huge! No camera though, we left it at the RV.

Next we went on to the Farmer's Market -- how neat that's it's year-round here. Many locovores and supporters of sustainable agriculture. Such a bounty and samples galore! We loaded up on vegetables for soup, a yummy goat cheese,wheat bread, and ate the best scones ever. I sampled a divine chocolate -- a roasted cococa bean which was dipped in white chocolate, milk chocolate, and dark chocolate and then dusted with cocoa. Can you imagine? You must try them -- go straight to the website now. It was a great morning.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Texas Book Festival

We spent some time wandering the Capital grounds during the festival and even managed to see some publisher friends of ours who were exhibiting.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Inside Austin City Limits

We're having a great time in Austin. Our friend Sally is here and we're celebrating her 6oth birthday. We've been all around the city -- Congress Ave., 6th Street, Hyde Park, the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center, and Barton Springs. We stopped at a vintage neon place Sally knew of and had a chat with the neon artist Todd Sanders, one of the nicest people I've ever met. We've eaten Barbeque at Stubbs, tacos at Guerro's, Amy's ice cream and had more than one stop at Hey Cupcake! Yesterday we spent some time at the Texas Book Festival and visited a Day of the Dead exhibit.

Today we'll drive around some of the Hill Country. And of course we hope to hear some music.

I'll add more photos later.
photo by Sally Lindsay