Greetings from Houston, Texas!

Last weekend was our annual ‘double performance’ weekend at Houston Grand Opera.  Friday night was ‘Sweeney Todd‘ (they’ve started including one musical in the season) and Saturday was ‘Die Walküre‘  I have a thing about knives and straight razors, so I was nauseous after Sweeney.   This was the second time I’d seen, Walküre.  I’d forgotten what an ordeal sitting through more than five hours of opera can be.  It might not have been so bad if it had been a ‘traditional’ production with Viking helmets and breast plates, but this was decided a ‘modern production’ where you sit through the thing and thing “Well, that’s certainly odd…” 

Die Walkure

Die Walküre – Houston Grand Opera – April 2015

Anyroad, I had an hour or so free on Saturday afternoon before the marathon, so I wandered around Hermann Park, which was near our hotel, the ZaZa.   It was a pretty day, but at 1,000 percent humidity, it was yet another reminder about why I would never live in Houston, ever.

Hotel ZaZa - Houston, Texas - April 2015

Hotel ZaZa – Houston, Texas – April 2015

Hotel ZaZa Limo - Houston, Texas - April 2015

Hotel ZaZa Limo – Houston, Texas – April 2015

Mecom Fountain Near Rice University - Houston, Texas - April 2015

Mecom Fountain Near Rice University – Houston, Texas – April 2015

Cattle Topiary - Houston, Texas - April 2015

Cattle Topiary – Houston, Texas – April 2015

HMFA - April 2015

‘Sculpture’ – Houston Museum of Fine Arts – April 2015

Bridge - Japanese Gardens - Houston - April 2015

Bridge – Japanese Gardens – Houston – April 2015

Bird - Japanese Gardens - Houston - April 2015

Bird – Japanese Gardens – Houston – April 2015

 

 

Iris - Japanese Garden - Houston - April 2015

Iris – Japanese Garden – Houston – April 2015

Japanese Gardens - Houston - April 2015

Stone Lantern – Japanese Gardens – Houston – April 2015

Japanese Maple - Japanese Gardens - Houston - April 2015

Japanese Maple – Japanese Gardens – Houston – April 2015

 

 

 

Now is the Month of Maying

Still haven’t had much leisure time lately, but May is here and finally had a free day to work in the garden.

The end of April-beginning of May is the wrap up of the opera season in Houston.  Last weekend was ‘Das Rheingold,’ the start of HGO’s four-year Ring Cycle.  I’ve never seen ‘Rheingold’ and was really looking forward to it.  The music was great, but the staging was typically bizarre.  The Rhein  Maidens were in plexiglass boxes filled with water.  Their costumes looked like something straight out of Barbarella.  Wotan, Fricka, Donner, and Froh were wheeled about on stage in these weird looking things that look like what the power company uses to fix transformers on power lines.  Loge went riding about on stage on a Segway.  Again – bizarre.  After the opera, we ate at Cook and Collins.  A nice place, but challenging to get to.

Friday was Carmen.  What can I say – it was Carmen.  We ate at Batanga, a really interesting South American Tapas bar.  I’d go there again.

So today was my free day in the garden.  I planted a couple of things.  Most interesting was a lantana which had been trained to be a topiary – I hope I can maintain it.

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And my clematis is doing very well this year – enjoy!

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