Monday, April 20, 2015

San Antonio Blooms

As promised here are some of the beautiful plants in the San Antonio area.

The Texas mountain laurel was blooming all over San Antonio.
This plant is the source of the mescal bean.


Mission San Jose





At the Alamo

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Spring in San Antonio

Recently I traveled to San Antonio with a local group on a bus tour.

We had a great San Antonio city guide with us for two days.

The spring landscape was so pretty.
Walking tour of the King William Historic District


I love old iron work fences.

San Fernando Cathedral

The city of San Antonio was laid out from a point in this old cathedral.

Carnitas at Mi Tierra

The bakery at Mi Tierra

Shopping after lunch at the El Mercado (Historic Market Square)

No trip to San Antonio would be complete without a river cruise after dinner on the Paseo del Rio (River Walk).

The National Museum of the Pacific War at Fredericksburg

"The Bomb"

After a German lunch (Reuben sandwich with red cabbage and German potato salad) in Fredericksburg we headed for the LBJ State Park Visitor Center/Lyndon B Johnson National Historic Park.


The Johnson Family Cemetery

The Texas Whitehouse

Dinner was Texas Barbeque at the Enchanted Springs Ranch.
We were greeted on our wagon ride by this friendly fellow.

 Fun with the livestock.
Mission San Jose

The Alamo

In Austin we spent the morning at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum.

There was a livestock auction in the museum while we were there.
We also went to the San Antonio Shoe Factory. Besides shoe and handbag shopping the site offered an old country store atmosphere with candy and ice cream as well as other items for sale. There were lots of restored cars for the automobile enthusiast.
I will post photos of plants and flowers at a later date.
Another great vacation in the San Antonio area.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Christmas in the Quarter 2014 Tour of Homes

Quapaw Quarter United Methodist Church in Little Rock, Arkansas had their "Christmas in the Quarter Tour of Homes" last Sunday. The event is a fundraiser for the church.

QQUMC began as Winfield Methodist Church in 1889.
The building was designed by Charles Thompson and Thomas Harding, Jr. and completed in 1926. The style is Neo-Gothic.
In 1946 it was the largest Methodist Church in Arkansas .
With the decline of the downtown area the membership has dropped significantly.
The church is very active in the downtown area providing several ministries for the more unfortunate of the community. Stone Soup provides hot healthy meals on Sunday afternoons. Community Breakfast cooks up eggs, biscuits, gravy and fruit every Sunday morning. The Food Pantry serves over 10,000 people each year. The Pantry also provides much needed items such as coats, blankets, etc. The church also has a Pet Food Ministry.
I failed to photograph the church on this visit.
The above photo is from a previous tour visit.
If you wish to make a donation to support the work of Quapaw Quarter UMC the office number is 501.375.1600. They can direct your donation to the program of your choice.
The House at 2101 Louisiana
The house was first listed in the city directory in 1895-96 as a rental property. The Princess Anne Cottage  style features steep gables, dormers, towers, balconies and verandahs.
The house is now a private residence and has been beautifully updated preserving much of the character.

The Empress Bed & Breakfast
Hornibrook Mansion, 2120 S. Louisiana was completed in 1888. The architects were Kasper Kusner & Max Orlopp. There are two main floors with 7200 square feet as well as a wine cellar, laundry, food storage and boiler room in the basement. The style exhibits Gothic and Queen Anne features.
The home served as a rooming house for women during  World War II. In 1947 it became a nursing home. It has since been a private residence, apartment building and halfway house. In 1993 it was transformed into a bed and breakfast.  

One of the Christmas trees at the Empress B&B

Staircase at the Empress.


The Foster-Robinson House
2122 South Broadway
The Craftman-style house was built in 1904 for businessman Harry Foster. The house has two stories and 16 rooms.
In 1930 the house was purchased by US Senator Joseph Taylor Robinson. Senator Robinson lived in the house from 1930-1937.

The Villa Marre
built 1881
Scott Street
If this house looks familiar, it was portrayed as Sugarbaker's Design firm in the television series Designing Women.
Villa Marre features Italianate and Second Empire styles.

Fireplace and wood floor detail at Villa Marre

Villa Marre staircase
Villa Marre is open to the public and is used for weddings and meetings.

While in LR I dropped by the State Capitol Building the pick up the latest Christmas ornament.


Doll collection at the Capitol Building.
There are three more display cases with more dolls from the collection.
Hope you enjoyed the tour as much as I did.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Fall Recap 2014

The last couple of months have been busy with family and several short trips around the state.

Harvesting Mother's corn crop

This old barn is on my way to Eureka Springs.
I finally took the time to stop and take a picture. 

A closer look with hay bale jack-o-lanterns.

I spent the day at the Arkansas State Fair.
Ate some fair food, visited exhibits and watched my husband help judge the Spam cooking contest.

Our son was in Little Rock for a football weekend.
It is always good to spend time with him.
They are always cooperative with my photo snapping (not).
Love the expressions.

I walked around the William E. Clark Presidential Park Wetlands.
The walking bridge and Clinton Presidential Center in the background.

Another interesting building I pass often.
Would love to hear the history.

I made a quick stop at the Peebles Pumpkin Farm near Augusta, Arkansas.
Purchased several pumpkins and gourds for my yard.
My husband planted late purple hull peas in his little garden.

My 95 year old mother-in-law came for a visit and shelled the peas for me.
She kept me busy playing cards and Mexican train.
I spent some time at her home in Eureka Springs before bringing her home with me.