Hospitality

While in Texas, I had a wonderful dinner at the home of the mother in law of my son. She is a fabulous cook and always prepares meals you think of months later. Our meal was no exception.

The table was beautifully set in an Autumn theme.

There were flowers, of course.

This was a thick pork chop topped with a crushed pretzel topping. So yummy.

She has the sister of this dog belonging to my son, and another one to boot.

Grapevine

As I said in my last post, I visited a town called Grapevine in Texas while visiting with family nearby. Grapevine was originally called Grape Vine after Grape Vine Springs where some wild grapes grew. The famous outlaws, Bonnie and Clyde hung out around here too and two policemen were killed nearby by one of their gang members. Who knew? Anyway, a few more photos:

When I brightened up this photo it made the eggs look shiny which they weren’t. The eggs aren’t dyed but colored by the diet of the chickens. I saw Martha Stewart do this years ago with her chickens.

This little baby goat-don’t you love its ears?-belonged to a family selling goat cheese and soap bars made from goat milk. Their business was started when the daughter raised a goat for 4-H and they now have 70 of them. My daughter in law wants to have a small farm one day and have goats and chickens. Sounds like a lot of work to me but I’m not that young anymore.

The girl proudly wore this belt buckle that she won in a State Fair for her goat. There are so many lives and interests out there that I never even think about.

The lady in the cowboy hat makes very cute t-shirts and baby outfits. I loved “Storm Pooper”. They were all funny.

There was also a man selling geodes. They are hallow rocks often full of crystals as you can see to the left with white crystals. The man had partially cut through the rocks and then, if you bought one, you took the tool, put it in the crevice and hit it with a hammer and it fell apart perfectly. You didn’t know what type of crystal would be inside until you cut it in half. These geodes came from an ancient, dead volcano in Mexico made from bubbles when it exploded and then over years, rocks dissolved and colored the inside. I love geology.

Texas

 

It’s I have made a quick trip to Dallas to visit family. While there we made a trip to the historic town of Grapevine (known as the Christmas Capital of Texas) to check out their farmers market. It was small but had all sorts of things.

The city hall had this nice sculpture at the top above the clock.

They have a windmill too.

It is pumpkin season as you can see.

And look at these great baskets of fruit and veggies. All grown locally.

Lights

There were lots of lights to photograph in Austin.

Two historic theatres in downtown Austin.

A funky place on the water called Oasis.

You don’t see many palm trees lit up in blue.

Aplace called Mozarts went over the top in Christmas lighting and it was drawing crowds even after Christmas was over.

More Austin

  • More photos from beautiful Austin:

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From the 22nd floor of the apartment building where we stayed we could see five buildings in various stages of construction and it was so fascinating. I often would turn on the TV and then stand at the window with my back to it ¬†looking at what was going on down below. One of them was going to be the highest building west of the Mississippi and when finished it will block the view of the State Capitol building of those from nx??our building. Luckily, there is an old power plant on the other side which is historic and so it won’t be torn down and replaced with something to block the view of Town Lake.

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Another stunning sunrise reflected on the side of a building down town.

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You can see part of the old power plant lit up at night through the window of a bar and grill.

image¬†Stevie Ray Vaughan is a deceased singer famous especially in Austin. They were having live music and firworks on Town Lake for New Year’s Eve and we went over to have a look. The statue had fog and all sorts of lights to give it this super look.

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A view of the Austin skyline with the railroad track in front crossing Town Lake.

Austin

Maurice and I met in Austin and both have great memories of our time there. It’s an especially photogenic city and it didn’t hurt that the apartment that we did an exchange with was on the 22nd floor with an incredible view.

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Our view of Town Lake down below early one morning.

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One evening in the other direction.

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I was especially taken with the train track crossing Town Lake. The sound of the whistle and the cars rumbling along bring back a strong nostalgic feeling deep inside.

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I love seeing turtles basking in the sun when we walk down by the lake.