It’s Still Fall

So I’ve finally been able to cull through the photos we took on our October trip to Boston, New York, New England, and Canada.  While these definitely look like Fall, and the calendar says mid-November, it feels anything but autumnal here in Austin.  As I type outside on my deck (with my glass of Folie à…

Grave Matters

As I’ve noted before, I have an affinity for cemeteries and graves, particularly medieval and 17th/18th century burial grounds.  Our recent trip to New England was a gold mine for the latter.  The first one I ran across was the Central Burying Ground on the Boston Common, across the street from our hotel.  Unfortunately it…

If it’s Monday, it must be New York

So made it to NYC yesterday.  Only one day here before we embark on the Queen Mary 2 for our Canadian adventure. Got in about 2:30 and had lunch at the Shake Shack by Central Park – a great burger and fries.  Last night we went to the Met to see Norma.  My first time to…

Greetings from Boston, MASS!

So finally it’s our vacation…first stop is Boston.  Rain and 56 outside, but much better than Austin at 85 and 1,000 percent humidity. Staying at the Four Seasons, across the street from Boston Common.  Got some great photos – hoping I can post them here. Last night we ate at Masa Boston.  It was fantastic! I…

Greetings from Rapid City, South Dakota – Land of Snow

So I’m at a conference in Rapid City, South Dakota, the day after the worst October blizzard on record.  These poor, poor people – 30 inches of snow, drifting to eight feet in places and power out for days. Despite this, Rapid City seems to be a nice little town.  The downtown area has some…

Gardening Inspiration – China

It wasn’t intentional, but I found that several aspects of my garden were inspired by some of trips we’ve taken.  One of the most different from southwest Austin was our 2007 trip to China.  I really liked all the variations I found on Chinese Guardian Lions, Shishi, (aka Foo Dogs).  Here’s what we have on…

Meet Me in St. Louie, Louie…

So I had a meeting in St. Louis last week.  The meeting was tedious, but my first time in town.  There was an interesting opinion piece in the New York Times about a month ago (Loving the Midwest) about how slow St. Louis is, e.g. nothing going on downtown.  I certainly found that to be true.  It…