Saturday, April 30, 2011

Castroville Home Tour

It was a hot and humid day today.  I didn't really take too many pictures of the outside or inside of the houses because there were too many people in the way.  But, I loved seeing how some of these little houses had been restored and renovated.

Taco, the cat.  A little battle scarred, but such a sweetie.

                                  Wouldn't you just love to sit in this swing and sip lemonade.

                              I love the old wooden screen doors and the creaky sounds they make.

        This little cupboard was in a tiny little house owned and lived in by a single man.  Not sure if he did the canning though.

                                            Lovely way of dispaying a collection of old buttons.

    This house had so many pockets of loveliness.  This was outside and the crockpot was bubbling away     
    and smelled delicious!

                                What a charming idea and when the flowers grow in, it will be so pretty.

This the head of one of the ugly wild hogs that roam around Texas.  They are NASTY!

                                      I really like the way they use the corragated metal here.

                                             View of the river from the upstairs bedroom.              

The lady of this house had so many collections, but had the most beautiful way of displaying them.  The house did not feel cluttered at all.

The rest of the pictures are of the patio and garden at the restuarant where we ate lunch.  Unfortunately, it was too hot to sit outside. 

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Flambeau Parade

A little late on my posting.  Last Saturday night we went to the Flambeau parade in downtown San Antonio.  Everyone and everything was covered with lights.  Once again we paid and had assigned. seating.  Those chairs were very close together and not made for the female middle-aged butt. We were also 3rd row back so very hard to see much until it was right in front of us.

        Before it got dark and the official parade started there was some homegrown entertainment.

                                                        Here comes Peter Cottontail!

                                                 Everyone showed their boots to the crowds.
                                                           Texas sized bugs and critters.

 The next day I drove Uvalde and picked up a table I had put on lay-away at an antique store.  They had a wonderful little park in the middle of town.  I walked around and took pictures until the heat drove me back into my air conditioned car.

                                                                    Texas palm trees.

                                             These are roots of the tree.  Very bizarre looking.

Have a lovely evening all!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Friday Hike Friedrich Park

Happy Friday!!!  Perfect weather today, 82, sunny, with a little bit of a breeze.  Today we were off to Friedrich Park.  I am loving my H2O backpack.  I fill the bladder halfway and keep in the freezer, then when I am ready to go I fill the rest of the way with water.  I have icy cold water for whole hike.  There is room for snacks, wallet, keys, phone AND my camera. 

THIS sign is posted at the head of the trail!  Bobcats and mountain lions!  OH MY!

Now hogs, coyotes, snakes I can deal with, but bobcats and mountain lions make me a little nervous.  And WHAT is OTHER SPECIES?  Zombies?

Well, on to the beauty of nature.........

A lot of the trail was walking through trees that formed  canopy over our heads.  The trail we were on was only 1 1/2 miles, but it was 350 feet up and then 350 down.  The up was more gradual, but the down was steep!

Please excuse the dorky hat and glasses.  Take note of the stick I use to defend myself from wild animals.
Flambeau parade tomorrow night.
Adios amigos y amigas!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011


It is Fiesta week here in San Antonio!  Lots of color and flowers everywhere.  I went to one of the many parades last night.  It was on the Riverwalk and the floats were barges going up and down the river.  All had music.  Our seats were right at the edge of the river, seriously my feet were right on the edge and when the barges came by you could touch the people on the floats.

I did take a bunch of pictures, but not too many turned out.  I have don't have enough experience with the camera, or probably not the right lens, to capture what I wanted.

                                           Eva Longoria was the Grand Marshall of the parade.

Parades are NOT free at Fiesta.  You pay ahead of time to reserve a seat. This one was $20 each.  I am going to another one on Saturday night and that one is $10.   There are thousands of chairs lined up all along the river and where this is enough room there are bleachers. Each chair has a section, row and seat number, as does your ticket.   We got there a couple of hours early.  This is a picture of where we were sitting before the crowds arrived.

           Some people watched from the bridge.  That was free.  I think they might have had a better view.

                                                And then the seats directly across from us.

A few pictures from the parade.

                 This guy was a crackup.  He was very animated and really into the music and the crowd.

                                              That's all folks!  Sweet dreams and good night.

Sunday, April 10, 2011


Yesterday was a garage sale day.  Here you have to get a permit for a garage sale and it costs $17.  And to think back home all the people that complained about having to pay $35 to put a driveway into their property and that covered the cost of all the inspections. 

My favorite find of the day was this little guy for 95 cents !!!  It would have cost me at least $50 in a gallery.  Isn't he cute?

It is Fiesta time in San Antonio, so in honor of that I made a bouquet of tissue paper flowers, very hot item here.  The bigger, brighter and gaudier the better.

  And how was your Saturday?