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August 29, 2016

Wet August in Austin and the pretty side of Houston

We returned to an August in Austin that is unfamiliar to us. There has been so much rain, everything is green. This also results in somewhat reasonable temperatures and a distinct mugginess. The milder than usual temperatures don't exclude the afternoon sun and the associated burns. Similarly, the humidity does not exclude heat exhaustion from outdoor labor.

west lke hills modern back yard austin 78746 

So many shades of green in our back yard (SEE IT BIG) 

Kat had a last minute meeting in Houston late Friday.

houston downtown Aug 2016 

Nobody wants to hear they need to go to Houston for an afternoon meeting. The traffic back would be hostile. 

I've seen the nicer side of Houston (It's real, and does exist). I suggested I could drive her to the meeting, we could go to dinner afterwards, stay the night and head home early Saturday.

We had a lovely stay at the Modern B&B. We sampled a few restaurants for dinner, but none of them really made a strong impression. The real gem was walking around the Museum District Saturday morning.

houston museum district 2016  

I think my favorite food place in Houston is the Pondicheri Food Lab on Upper Kirby. We loaded up on treats and had them back in Austin around Noon Saturday.  



August 22, 2016

Kids are back to school, and it's too quiet...

Many people are glad to send their kids back to school. I can't relate. I miss having them near and the summer of 2016 was one I'd like to hang on to. They are all becoming such amazing people and I know this school year will demand much from them.

kettle pond vermont from owl' head 





lake willoughby vt 2016 



if I could freeze time, summer of 2016 would be the one.

There are so many photos I'd like to post. But summer is done, and next week will feature pictures of life at home, here in Austin/West Lake Hills.

Just a few more from Summer in Vermont, 2016 

lake willoughby vermont go-slo pickle boat 


joe's brook vermont 


joe's brook 


August 19, 2016

End of summer 2016, Goodbye Vermont and the Bubble-eer of Hardwick

As summer comes to a close, Fall colors are starting to show. Photo taken from Owl's Head Lookout.

owl head lookout vermont august 2016


bubble guy of hardwick vermont 

The last meal at Positive Pie and a final appearance of the Bubble-eer (part bubble artist, part buccaneer). 


Creating the "bubble in a bubble" 

bubble in a bubble hardwick vermont 

bubbles hardwick vt 

bubble man hardwick vt 



and saying goodbye to friends, for now.  

summer friends hardwick vermont 2016 


August 09, 2016

Peacock. yes, the color is peacock...

We arrived in Vermont almost four weeks ago. The house looked like this... I don't like yellow houses. We started working the next day. 


After some tense moments of high ladder work, We accomplished quite a bit of change. 



People had asked, "what color will the trim be?" once they saw the dark gray going on. I gave a variety of answers, including turquoise, and aqua. After the trim color started going up, somebody said "it's almost a peacock color". I agreed, it's peacock!

modern farmhouse vermont vacation rental


hardwick vermont airbnb vt 

If we had a rainy day, we worked on the interior. 

vermont modern farmhouse  








This summer saw a lot of changes in the Hardwick Vermont Hazel Rochester house that I had referred to "the dollhouse". 

Still a lot of work ahead, I'm happy with the progress we've made this summer.  

August 02, 2016

Hikes, Ponds, Water Falls and Brooks... NEK VT

Sterling Pond, Vermont


Sterling Pond requires a STEEP and rocky hike. Difficult on the knees, but worth it.

sterling pond stowe vt 

sterling pond stowe vt

sterling pond trail view, stowe vt 

bingham falls, stowe vt 

We stopped at Bingham Falls near the Sterling Pond Trail.

von trapp brewery and lodge stowe vt 

S'mores and Pilsener at Von Trapp Family Lodge... yes, "the hills are alive, with The Sound of Music" 

von trapp brewery has wine too 


Joe's Brook West Danville Vermont VT


Joe's Brook, from Joe's Pond in West Danville, VT