Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Tuesday, May 23, 2017


I wasn't aware of this type of vegetable -- according to the sign, it is a Mid-East substitute for cucumbers.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Rockabilly on!

The center stage at the Zach Scott fundraiser had a rockabilly theme on these panels -- Elvis and Johnny Cash.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Big flowers! As in BIG!

Loved the flowers at our table for Red Hot and Soul-- the Zach Scott Theatre fundraiser -- not long ago. Very pretty! A great crowd and nice tablemates.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Professor Harold Hill sings his signature song

This young man did a fine job singing 76 Trombones at the Zach Theatre's big party "Red Hot and Soul" the other night.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Dancers at rest

When you see them like this, just after a show, it's hard to believe these fit young people--the professional troupe of Ballet Austin-- were just on stage in fanciful costumes performing "Alice In Wonderland."

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Alice is always a wonder

Our friend Jaime Witts danced the lead role in Alice in Wonderland the other night. What a performance!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Ten Years Later

Ten years ago today we started this blog with a picture of the Ballet Austin building which was under construction. That picture, looking east, showed the AMLI on Second building still under construction. Our building was just rising up looking the other direction. Looking west today from that spot, ten years later, you can see our building on the right, occupied now for about nine years. You can see a building under construction just to the left of that. This is the Independent Condominiums which will rise across the creek to be the tallest building in Austin. To the left of that, you can see the completed Seaholm Condominiums. The cranes across Nueces from the Ballet are for an office building called Third+Shoal. It's amazing what a difference ten years makes.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Yard Art to Give You Pause

Somewhere in South Austin we walked down a street we don't usually take and voilĂ  we encountered this mildly disturbing yard art.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Hippie Art

This bit of art for your yard or home is available on South Congress. As someone who drove a lot of VW Bugs, images of them always make me smile.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Hopping Away

This one lost shoe was on South Lamar. It always makes one wonder.

Saturday, May 13, 2017


We bought these delicious pierogis at the Farmers Market on a recent Saturday. That is horseradish on top.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Jazzing it -- Miles and Miles

Our friend Jeff Lofton (on trumpet) and his quintet put on a great show at the Stateside Theater the other night. It was a tribute to Miles Davis and a big house showed up.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Flamingo-- not flamenco

This flamingo head is part of the costumery for the Ballet Austin production of Alice in Wonderland.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Come to the cabaret with Lady Day!

We got to sit onstage with friends on a recent Sunday afternoon during the Zach Theatre production of "Lady Day."

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Digging into breakfast

Linda enjoyed a terrific plate of eggs, bacon and buckwheat crepes at one of our favorite eateries -- June's All Day-- one recent morning.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Pulling his weight

Old big dog got a free ride the other day at the Farmers Market. He also got a pat! Not bad for a day's work! How about a treat now!

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Unique Shopping on SoCo

The TripleZThreadZ shop on South Congress serves up vintage Western shirts with their custom embroidery. They are pretty mind-blowing as the mural outside implies.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Abandoned Possessions

We strolled up South Congress the other day to do a little shopping and have some breakfast. At the bus stop, a bike, a golf bag, a slow cooker and some other stuff were abandoned, In any case, no one else was around. We took a different route home so....

Friday, May 5, 2017


Remember yesterday's sunset photo? Here it is reflected in these buildings as seen from our balcony. . 

Thursday, May 4, 2017


Jackie captured a particularly nice sunset this day.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

One Shoe

In the ongoing saga of lost things, particularly shoes, Jackie submits this one, found near her apartment.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Taking her seat at the dais

This photo from the mid-1970s shows the seating of one of the first women to ever hold an Austin City Council seat. Her lapel button says "Uppity Women Unite." Now in her eighties, Emma Lou Linn is still a professor at a local university. The man seating her was part of the old guard.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Beef Tartare -- what a treat

Beef tartare is a perfect nightcap. This version at Fixe, close to our condo, comes with pickled gooseberries, crispy oysters, cornmeal pancakes and celery root remoulade. I had a nice glass of rose' with it. Delicious. This is our entry for the "Food" theme day ("Let's Eat"). Check out entries from our fellow posters all over the world here

Sunday, April 30, 2017

UT Jazz Orchestra was swinging

Here you see our friend Jeff Helmer conducting the University of Texas Jazz Orchestra. The man on piano is famed professional Cyrus Chesnut, who was playing some other-worldly licks.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Gunhild Carling

This is Gunhild Carling who performed a fantastic concert at Austin Cabaret Theater the other night. We loved it! She played trumpet, piano, trombone, recorder, and bagpipes, She also sang and danced.

Friday, April 28, 2017

My creation

An exhibition at the Blanton Museum here in town offers patrons a chance to do their own "Sorted Books" creation. Here you see mine. 

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Big Pay Day

Bob Dylan got $100 to play the Newport Folk Festival, according to this document at the Bullock Museum. It is part of an exhibitions on big music festivals.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Stevie Ray was an Austin icon

This large photo of Stevie Ray is graced by the presence of "Number One" which was his main performance guitar.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Stevie Ray's Hat

Now that is one bright red hat! It is part of the Stevie Ray Vaughan exhibition at the Bullock Museum here in town. 

Monday, April 24, 2017

They're not dummies!

These mannequins have a bird's eye view of Lavaca Street from the balcony outside the Hampton Inn. Kind of an arresting sight!

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.