Sunday, April 23, 2017

Love those dogs!

Another shot from the Taliwaggers gala that we attended -- lots of cute dogs were out there getting hugs.

Saturday, April 22, 2017


That's us in the middle -- we have a great time at this Tailwaggers Neo-Gala for Austin Pets Alive the other night.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Men Working

It's not all done by machine. The building going up where the Austin Music Hall used to be was pouring columns. Those guys are guiding the funnel into the forms. The poster on the fence (lower left) shows what the office building will ultimately look like.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Serpent Handle

This is a detail from the decorative gate at the Zilker Botanical Garden. A reference to the Garden of Eden, perhaps.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Anvil Cloud

Jackie caught this anvil cloud from the balcony of her apartment.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Local Hindu Temple

Jackie attended a retreat at a Hindu temple that used to be Barsana Dam, now Radha Madhav Dham. The ashram occupies 200 acres about one-half hour’s drive south and five minutes’ drive from the Salt Lick BBQ restaurant. It’s the oldest Hindu Temple in Texas and the largest in North America. It was founded in 1990 by Swami Prakashanand Saraswati. In 2011 Saraswati was convicted of 20 counts of criminal sexual contact with a minor and sentenced to 280 years in prison. But before he could be imprisoned, he skipped his $10 million bond (provided by a TV infomercial entrepreneur) and disappeared, creating quite a local scandal. Federal officials believe the Swami’s followers moved him to Mexico and then helped him travel to India on a fake passport.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Joe Ely

Jackie made it to Joe Ely's 70th Birthday Bash at the Paramount.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Mural in Progress

Jackie shot this near the Hyatt Regency. I haven't seen the finished product and I'm unsure what it's all about. Have to track down the finished product.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Another shot from the Electric Drive event. This piece of Second Street has places to charge your gadgets as well as electric cars. The old Seaholm Power plant in the background has been recommissioned for businesses and a restaurant.

Friday, April 14, 2017

 Jackie was on hand to celebrate the ceremonial launch of Electric Drive. Mayor Adler and other city staffers were celebrating Austin’s progressive work toward alternative energy sources. The mystery we raised about the kiosk in the background has been resolved. It is indeed a place to charge your gadgets from the sun's energy.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Fried chicken at Mattie's

Linda tried the fried chicken at Mattie's, the updated version of Green Pastures, not long ago. She said it was very flavorful and the potatoes were good as well.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Little lost shoes

Some kids are missing one shoe in the trail area around the lake.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Row, row, row those boats!

We were walking over the Barton Springs Road bridge recently and I snapped this photo of some boats being rowed towards the lake. Nice day for a boat ride.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Nice day for a ride

Lots of people were taking advantage of the Zilker train to have a nice ride in the sun the other day. 

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Big boy koi!

Another shot from the Zilker Garden Tour the other day. These big koi fish are obviously thriving in this pond.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Uh oh, Dino!

This sculpture is in the Zilker Garden area at our central downtown park. They had a tour the other day -- it's been a while since we had explored it.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Warm shoulder to feast on

 I love the pork shoulder at Fixe, one of our favorite restaurants.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Fuzzy face

I love seeing the dogs at the Farmers Market. This one was especially cute.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Helen Thomas and a friend of ours

We went to a memorial service for a friend the other day-- here is a photo of him with Helen Thomas, the famed AP journalist.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Matties new bar welcomes new patrons

This upstairs bar at Matties at Green Pastures is full of comfy ambiance. The management group for this restaurant has renovated an old Austin favorite.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Always Wet!

It's theme day at City Daily Photo. For April the theme is, simply, 'wet.' This view of Lady Bird Lake across the lake from our house makes it look like we might be about to take a wet shortcut home. But really we always take one of the bridges! Click here to see what others have on offer for theme day.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Spring is Here and Cookies!

Sweetish Hill had these beauties on offer to celebrate spring. It's one of our favorite bakeries.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Biking is fun, but maybe a kayak?

This little guy was speeding up and down the Butler Hike and Bike trail on Lady Bird Lake but paused to check out some kayakers.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Take Your Furry Friend Boating

But safety first! Be sure to check out a life jacket for your dog.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017


We took an unfamiliar path (a certain alley) in a familiar neighborhood (Old West Austin) the other day and I saw this pig sculpture 'rooting around.'

Monday, March 27, 2017

SoCo Shoping

FFP looks over a display of cool socks at CoStar on SoCo. He ended up with a T-Shirt.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Watering Cans

It's spring and thoughts turn to gardening. Whole Foods will sell you a watering can from the artistic display,

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Friday, March 24, 2017


A part of 2nd Street west of the old, re-purposed Seaholm Electric Plant has been designated Electric Drive and has places to plug in electric vehicles as well as a solar-powered charging station for bikes and gadgets. See here.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Willing Participant

This dog seemed resigned to the Mighty Texas Dog Walk and that costume as long as Mom is carrying her.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017


An art installation appeared on the north side of the Congress Avenue Bridge. It is by Jennifer Chenowith. It is part of a project explained here.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Happy B-Day, Texas!

It was colder than usual on March 2, which is Texas Independence Day -- the Yeti sign pointed that fact out. 

Monday, March 20, 2017

Moments to remember

These folks will be thinking about this day for a long time to come. Hope they have a happy life.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Winding down the day at The Grove

Loved going to The Grove for a late afternoon treat the other day. Linda and I enjoy relaxing with words and food.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Princess dog

Lots of people had on cool costumes the other day at the Dog Walk -- this lady and her pup were no exception.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Grilled Prawns -- delish!

These tasty prawns with spaghetti squash were on the menu at Coast, a restaurant in our building the other night. I loved this dish.

Thursday, March 16, 2017


Local celebrity dog KAXAN made an appearance at the big Dog Walk the day -- he's all dressed up for a news show. He really does show up on KXAN, Channel 36, sometimes.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Uncommon Objects

The Uncommon Objects store on South Congress always offers an interesting array of things to buy.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Open Air Stairs

This stairway is exposed at the new business building under construction at the University of Texas.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Alliterative Pawn Shop

The Cash America on South Lamar advertises the things they specialize in.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Observing the New Blanton Gallery

The Blanton Museum has reorganized and hung its main collection. These two viewers made a nice tableau when we visited. I love it when the visitors and their clothing and the art and colors in the gallery make a sort of painting together.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Long Walk to the Front Door

This newly renovated home in Old West Austin is lovely, but make sure you are at the right house before you go to the front door!

Friday, March 10, 2017

The Love Keeps Popping Up

Discovered this new portrait mural on the side of a building on South Congress.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Where's That Crane?

It's not often that you see the end of a crane rope in front of your condo window. They were using a portable hydraulic crane to assemble the static one for a building just south of us.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Spring is Announced

Jackie caught one of the first redbuds downtown and the Lamar overpass. They are one of the early bloomers and have been going for a couple of weeks.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Graffiti Tile

Noticed this one on the bridge over Barton Creek on Barton Springs Rd.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Oh, yes, Bacon!

This appears on the Sputnik restaurant. A kind of pork-specific answer to the famous Jo's coffee shop "I Love You So Much."

Sunday, March 5, 2017

This new sign?/sculpture?/playscape? appeared at our Whole Foods recently. One day we saw kids crawling on and inside the letters.