tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-82577833772613301862015-09-05T04:10:09.804-05:00The Austinitesnack | adventure | snoozeKate in Austinhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/08276237311808903495noreply@blogger.comBlogger64125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8257783377261330186.post-14537436247047034352015-08-27T23:13:00.005-05:002015-08-27T23:21:51.113-05:00From the Mountains to the Shore<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-4JJBtI2rdUc/VdjSXshck2I/AAAAAAAAERA/kzQc7e7tnxM/s1600/IMG_2456.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="438" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-4JJBtI2rdUc/VdjSXshck2I/AAAAAAAAERA/kzQc7e7tnxM/s640/IMG_2456.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br />Waking up to blue skies and this view makes it easy to leap out of bed (nothing to do with the promise of Reblochon for breakfast...)<br /><br />After scarfing down industrial quantities of cheese - and more croissants than I care to remember - we set off up the mountain behind the chalet to get our blood pumping and take in the views from the peak.<br /><a name='more'></a><br /><br />A gentle stroll quickly turned in to a steep wooded scramble when we decided to take the 'direct' (read straight up the side of a mountain) path to the summit.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-hw7LHIv_Qe0/Vdk2mATzXBI/AAAAAAAAESo/VPsudUoqKzI/s1600/IMG_4634.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-hw7LHIv_Qe0/Vdk2mATzXBI/AAAAAAAAESo/VPsudUoqKzI/s640/IMG_4634.jpg" width="426" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-LEMQnIG_IQE/Vdk2owVeBRI/AAAAAAAAESw/lDrk2Y-Qhm8/s1600/IMG_4635.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-LEMQnIG_IQE/Vdk2owVeBRI/AAAAAAAAESw/lDrk2Y-Qhm8/s640/IMG_4635.jpg" width="426" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-c-50YcsNwAo/Vdk2v7GPVuI/AAAAAAAAETI/81FbbKt_Kqs/s1600/IMG_4639.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-c-50YcsNwAo/Vdk2v7GPVuI/AAAAAAAAETI/81FbbKt_Kqs/s640/IMG_4639.jpg" width="426" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div>But the view when we emerged out the top beyond the tree line was entirely worth the sweat.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-qmJ-Vz2gAUE/Vdk2ToanduI/AAAAAAAAERQ/ePF4WY_ph1Q/s1600/IMG_2461.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-qmJ-Vz2gAUE/Vdk2ToanduI/AAAAAAAAERQ/ePF4WY_ph1Q/s640/IMG_2461.jpg" width="480" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-eZ7705vlv-k/Vdk2UTvZeOI/AAAAAAAAERY/qffjLnm2-rg/s1600/IMG_2481.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="480" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-eZ7705vlv-k/Vdk2UTvZeOI/AAAAAAAAERY/qffjLnm2-rg/s640/IMG_2481.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Ex_CEkklwec/Vdk2UCKLWoI/AAAAAAAAERU/QphOhbPKv_k/s1600/IMG_2485.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="480" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Ex_CEkklwec/Vdk2UCKLWoI/AAAAAAAAERU/QphOhbPKv_k/s640/IMG_2485.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-pbF9bkB9X1U/Vdk2sgDvi6I/AAAAAAAAES4/Uzv_9w9HpJE/s1600/IMG_4651.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-pbF9bkB9X1U/Vdk2sgDvi6I/AAAAAAAAES4/Uzv_9w9HpJE/s640/IMG_4651.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-UPOZKGYN0zY/Vdk2vUpItxI/AAAAAAAAETA/y0tVVZSCN3M/s1600/IMG_4658.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-UPOZKGYN0zY/Vdk2vUpItxI/AAAAAAAAETA/y0tVVZSCN3M/s640/IMG_4658.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-39c2NysgQmc/Vdk2kYw_FUI/AAAAAAAAESg/PELQCWJo9N0/s1600/IMG_4632.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-39c2NysgQmc/Vdk2kYw_FUI/AAAAAAAAESg/PELQCWJo9N0/s640/IMG_4632.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div>After drinking in the panoramic views we made our way down the actual path (a significantly more relaxed and winding affair than the straight cut we made up to the top). By the time we got back to the chalet it was time to get cracking on our round-the-lake road trip so into the car so with sad farewells to our lovely host we left to make tracks back towards Swizerland, and down to the water<br /><br />via a little stop to stretch our legs at Chateau de Ripaille <br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-R03SDVaNZBU/Vdk2av8-zhI/AAAAAAAAESI/heslnZd6u2o/s1600/IMG_2529.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="480" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-R03SDVaNZBU/Vdk2av8-zhI/AAAAAAAAESI/heslnZd6u2o/s640/IMG_2529.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-kGtiPD8BNLw/Vdk2dZQm8DI/AAAAAAAAESQ/_N9nNmuiZ7g/s1600/IMG_2530.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="480" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-kGtiPD8BNLw/Vdk2dZQm8DI/AAAAAAAAESQ/_N9nNmuiZ7g/s640/IMG_2530.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-y7kGQvMd214/Vdk2ZLUK-fI/AAAAAAAAESA/ABDAYCLnT1E/s1600/IMG_2525.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="480" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-y7kGQvMd214/Vdk2ZLUK-fI/AAAAAAAAESA/ABDAYCLnT1E/s640/IMG_2525.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br />Before lunch in Thonon-Les-Bains, where Jon spent his teenage summers as a waiter in lakeside auberges.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Sc38ig1GiVY/Vdk2YAqsEyI/AAAAAAAAER4/F7IBZhojwNI/s1600/IMG_2514.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="480" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Sc38ig1GiVY/Vdk2YAqsEyI/AAAAAAAAER4/F7IBZhojwNI/s640/IMG_2514.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br />And cooling off with a happy afternoon paddle, and some lakeside sunshine basking.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-V1_67CCcLm8/Vdk2xAjK23I/AAAAAAAAETQ/MIwmMNo0YT4/s1600/IMG_4676.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-V1_67CCcLm8/Vdk2xAjK23I/AAAAAAAAETQ/MIwmMNo0YT4/s640/IMG_4676.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-U6kCSbMoaeg/Vdk2V2eW_hI/AAAAAAAAERo/A1nP7IRD0dU/s1600/IMG_2512.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-U6kCSbMoaeg/Vdk2V2eW_hI/AAAAAAAAERo/A1nP7IRD0dU/s640/IMG_2512.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-M-q4Wpe40po/Vdk2WnMv-WI/AAAAAAAAERs/aQthPsME2gg/s1600/IMG_2502.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="480" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-M-q4Wpe40po/Vdk2WnMv-WI/AAAAAAAAERs/aQthPsME2gg/s640/IMG_2502.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br />Before heading off down down the coast road to Montreaux.<br /><br />Location: St Jean Sixt, Thonnon-les-Bains, Lac Lemans - All France<br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Kate in Austinhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/08276237311808903495noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8257783377261330186.post-84932575089645533752015-08-22T14:36:00.000-05:002015-08-22T14:37:35.244-05:00Annecy and St Jean Sixt. A trip back home for a wedding and a hen party was long enough to whet my appetite for more time East of the Atlantic so, after a month back in Texas with my nose to the grindstone finishing off the last of the school year, we dropped off the dog with friends for seven long weeks and returned back to Europe for a Summer full of (yet more) weddings, catching up, parties and some weekend trips further afield<br /><br />Wanting some quality time with my parents we planned a four day trip to the French-Swiss Border. &nbsp;Planning to meet a family friend at the airport in Geneva for a night in her beautiful St Jean Sixt Chalet before leaving for a road trip round Lac Leman / Lake Geneva.<br /><a name='more'></a><br /><br />Landing early we collected a car and bleary eyed drove from Geneva Airport over the Border and towards Annecy for lunch and a potter<br /><br />Through beautiful medical french streets,<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-dZ_waNJHoxY/VdjJklJtbzI/AAAAAAAAEOQ/Xpa9zn3Kxng/s1600/IMG_4572.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-dZ_waNJHoxY/VdjJklJtbzI/AAAAAAAAEOQ/Xpa9zn3Kxng/s640/IMG_4572.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-S05dWqF4doM/VdjJk6ogDCI/AAAAAAAAEOU/SN6agSXOEJQ/s1600/IMG_4573.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-S05dWqF4doM/VdjJk6ogDCI/AAAAAAAAEOU/SN6agSXOEJQ/s640/IMG_4573.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br />over bridges,<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-7-eQ_8OXNug/VdjKMju9HfI/AAAAAAAAEOw/R2RWXdvpHt0/s1600/IMG_2427.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-7-eQ_8OXNug/VdjKMju9HfI/AAAAAAAAEOw/R2RWXdvpHt0/s640/IMG_2427.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-0f8CuD6k26o/VdjM_CnRcbI/AAAAAAAAEPw/-Z78yquR4uQ/s1600/IMG_2401.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-0f8CuD6k26o/VdjM_CnRcbI/AAAAAAAAEPw/-Z78yquR4uQ/s640/IMG_2401.jpg" width="480" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-GFnk4DTllUM/VdjKM7AjyNI/AAAAAAAAEO0/U_3Vr22_EL8/s1600/IMG_2408.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-GFnk4DTllUM/VdjKM7AjyNI/AAAAAAAAEO0/U_3Vr22_EL8/s640/IMG_2408.JPG" width="640" /></a><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-R15ctrPwysc/VdjKMwGVSfI/AAAAAAAAEO4/50hV_jX_3mw/s1600/IMG_2409.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-R15ctrPwysc/VdjKMwGVSfI/AAAAAAAAEO4/50hV_jX_3mw/s640/IMG_2409.JPG" width="640" /></a></div>&nbsp;and around lakes<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ORbUMM21C-8/VdjLMUWtRyI/AAAAAAAAEPM/mzc1jeohXq4/s1600/IMG_2395.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="480" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ORbUMM21C-8/VdjLMUWtRyI/AAAAAAAAEPM/mzc1jeohXq4/s640/IMG_2395.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Axp8tKbE23I/VdjNGmhDhBI/AAAAAAAAEQQ/vA8B6YdfxNU/s1600/IMG_4589.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Axp8tKbE23I/VdjNGmhDhBI/AAAAAAAAEQQ/vA8B6YdfxNU/s640/IMG_4589.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-UoG94vDqGXU/VdjNEdv78uI/AAAAAAAAEQE/8Oo4o8xV3gs/s1600/IMG_4588.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="402" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-UoG94vDqGXU/VdjNEdv78uI/AAAAAAAAEQE/8Oo4o8xV3gs/s640/IMG_4588.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br />And then jumped in the car to drive through the mountains to explore St Jean Sixt<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-7hAPf10j8GI/VdjNKHZYwCI/AAAAAAAAEQY/D-b74ZeFjkw/s1600/IMG_4598.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-7hAPf10j8GI/VdjNKHZYwCI/AAAAAAAAEQY/D-b74ZeFjkw/s640/IMG_4598.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-wbeKRpudTQg/VdjM8xPRboI/AAAAAAAAEPg/9CXRv7lHziA/s1600/IMG_2426.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-wbeKRpudTQg/VdjM8xPRboI/AAAAAAAAEPg/9CXRv7lHziA/s640/IMG_2426.JPG" width="640" /></a></div>I love ski resorts in the summer. Mountain bikers and hikers galore.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-nSRG6Aolofw/VdjNLcWMreI/AAAAAAAAEQg/j6JV8AlHNuo/s1600/IMG_4624.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-nSRG6Aolofw/VdjNLcWMreI/AAAAAAAAEQg/j6JV8AlHNuo/s640/IMG_4624.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-8uC7717kACI/VdjNPPdD7CI/AAAAAAAAEQw/7WGGbch6TgY/s1600/IMG_4625.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-8uC7717kACI/VdjNPPdD7CI/AAAAAAAAEQw/7WGGbch6TgY/s640/IMG_4625.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div>And still just as much Cidre and Tartiflette as your heart desires.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-9LyyduzaBTY/VdjKJzjcdKI/AAAAAAAAEOo/OG4vD-x9Qis/s1600/IMG_2450.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="480" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-9LyyduzaBTY/VdjKJzjcdKI/AAAAAAAAEOo/OG4vD-x9Qis/s640/IMG_2450.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br />Before all the mountain air and rich food sent us to bed in preparation for a morning hike.<br /><br />Location: Annency and St Jean Sixt, France.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Kate in Austinhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/08276237311808903495noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8257783377261330186.post-51078407983461488622015-05-21T07:56:00.000-05:002015-08-22T14:48:40.987-05:00Well I'll be Dam'ed... 36 hours in Amsterdam<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-1780ZTyYMyY/VXWMANJH26I/AAAAAAAAEKw/k3MmRFS42Eg/s1600/IMG_4510.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-1780ZTyYMyY/VXWMANJH26I/AAAAAAAAEKw/k3MmRFS42Eg/s640/IMG_4510.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br />Everyone in the world is getting married this year so life is a constant round of hen parties and weddings. But some of them are worth 5000 mile commutes for and Jess definitely qualifies. I've managed to engineer myself on to the right side of the atlantic for the engagement drinks and the hen do - and I could not be a more excited bridesmaid.<br /><a name='more'></a><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Gn3kABrevHI/VXWL8KYuvUI/AAAAAAAAEKs/nyKplJkZh_M/s1600/IMG_1100.JPG.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="346" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Gn3kABrevHI/VXWL8KYuvUI/AAAAAAAAEKs/nyKplJkZh_M/s640/IMG_1100.JPG.jpeg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-zGCNc__cXSk/VXWL4dt7EPI/AAAAAAAAEJs/pPag8imj_uk/s1600/FullSizeRender.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="480" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-zGCNc__cXSk/VXWL4dt7EPI/AAAAAAAAEJs/pPag8imj_uk/s640/FullSizeRender.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />We mananged to keep proceedings mostly a surprise until we herded all ten of her nearest and dearest to the airport to jump on a plane to Amsterdam for an entirely silly weekend.<br /><br />Apartments at Leidsplein and beautiful spring weather meant we walked all over the city.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; 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text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-BrT1mQedYG4/VXWMI0NBayI/AAAAAAAAELs/AHOfx13ApKg/s1600/IMG_4540.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="372" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-BrT1mQedYG4/VXWMI0NBayI/AAAAAAAAELs/AHOfx13ApKg/s640/IMG_4540.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br />For a Cheese and Wine tasting event that was much more serious than we expected (rather more cheese and less wine...)<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-vTdLd70kmno/VXWL4t_gnaI/AAAAAAAAEJ0/nt88wuL_w5Q/s1600/FullSizeRender.jpg-1.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-vTdLd70kmno/VXWL4t_gnaI/AAAAAAAAEJ0/nt88wuL_w5Q/s640/FullSizeRender.jpg-1.jpeg" width="480" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-2p6oDiOZ8Uw/VXWO_n6a8aI/AAAAAAAAEMY/_5mMOKj7-EU/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2015-06-08%2Bat%2B13.44.26.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="382" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-2p6oDiOZ8Uw/VXWO_n6a8aI/AAAAAAAAEMY/_5mMOKj7-EU/s640/Screen%2BShot%2B2015-06-08%2Bat%2B13.44.26.png" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div>For an completely un-publishable class in the red light district that the Bride-to-be's mother bore remarkably well<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-RjcaZe4nRyc/VXWMEJWVYOI/AAAAAAAAELM/pqKL-roQuPQ/s1600/IMG_4520.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="420" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-RjcaZe4nRyc/VXWMEJWVYOI/AAAAAAAAELM/pqKL-roQuPQ/s640/IMG_4520.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-TG-F386mMXo/VXWO_U5UIpI/AAAAAAAAEME/F-GHIngUshM/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2015-06-08%2Bat%2B13.44.11.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="460" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-TG-F386mMXo/VXWO_U5UIpI/AAAAAAAAEME/F-GHIngUshM/s640/Screen%2BShot%2B2015-06-08%2Bat%2B13.44.11.png" width="640" /></a></div><br />All followed by a long bubbly supper at Bo Cinq - delicious Wagyu burgers and pudding that no-one could finish.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ki_IgGUjX8U/VXWO8WiypqI/AAAAAAAAEMA/iyWjkeSBtAY/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2015-06-08%2Bat%2B13.42.10.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="354" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ki_IgGUjX8U/VXWO8WiypqI/AAAAAAAAEMA/iyWjkeSBtAY/s640/Screen%2BShot%2B2015-06-08%2Bat%2B13.42.10.png" width="640" /></a></div><br />And an attempt to dance properly at Jimmy Woo - before giving up and heading out in search of more Beyonce (she hasn't got the ring on it quite yet..)<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-nMeSzeUFMLQ/VXWMG-pBuEI/AAAAAAAAELg/lEqiBf2Jyiw/s1600/IMG_4523.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-nMeSzeUFMLQ/VXWMG-pBuEI/AAAAAAAAELg/lEqiBf2Jyiw/s640/IMG_4523.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br />Our Sunday was (understandably) rather more subdued<br /><br />A sunny <a href="http://www.yourlittleblackbook.me/paper-planes-amsterdam/" target="_blank">Paper Planes</a> Brunch and a quiet boat ride round the canal<br /><br />Before creeping exhaustedly onto our plane, and sleeping all the way back to London.<br /><br />(The most delicious of our) Locations: GS Cafe, Bo Cinq Restaurant, Jimmy Woo, Paper Planes Cafe: All Amsterdam Centrum.Kate in Austinhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/08276237311808903495noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8257783377261330186.post-45962759455958992542015-05-18T16:29:00.001-05:002015-05-18T16:30:52.307-05:00Somerset Celebrations - Wedding season begins in the West Country<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-A4O2NJQjxCQ/VVVfmxvNeoI/AAAAAAAAEGE/B_q6va4d-uQ/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2015-05-14%2Bat%2B21.49.11.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="394" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-A4O2NJQjxCQ/VVVfmxvNeoI/AAAAAAAAEGE/B_q6va4d-uQ/s640/Screen%2BShot%2B2015-05-14%2Bat%2B21.49.11.png" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-nzRD92ASm3E/VVVfrdXGJaI/AAAAAAAAEHE/wPR6NvhGXDI/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2015-05-14%2Bat%2B21.47.41.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="370" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-nzRD92ASm3E/VVVfrdXGJaI/AAAAAAAAEHE/wPR6NvhGXDI/s640/Screen%2BShot%2B2015-05-14%2Bat%2B21.47.41.png" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;">My short trip across the Atlantic was mainly for the purpose of a road trip down to the West Country to celebrate the wedding of one of my oldest and dearest friends Tom in Sunny Somerset. Despite British weather being notoriously unpredictable in April - the sun shone, the Somerset sand stone glowed&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-aSX0m1JgtZc/VVVuNJ6wdYI/AAAAAAAAEH8/U8W2ctyPRjw/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2015-05-14%2Bat%2B22.52.49.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-aSX0m1JgtZc/VVVuNJ6wdYI/AAAAAAAAEH8/U8W2ctyPRjw/s640/Screen%2BShot%2B2015-05-14%2Bat%2B22.52.49.png" width="638" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">and they were led from the village church to their perfect garden party reception by a hairy suited fiddler.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/--rlr-zPKJ5g/VVVuNCU5aGI/AAAAAAAAEIA/LMfKvloxRS4/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2015-05-14%2Bat%2B22.52.58.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="622" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/--rlr-zPKJ5g/VVVuNCU5aGI/AAAAAAAAEIA/LMfKvloxRS4/s640/Screen%2BShot%2B2015-05-14%2Bat%2B22.52.58.png" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-RcRYToaEGuk/VVVfn9L96SI/AAAAAAAAEGQ/aI9fKRLXfcI/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2015-05-14%2Bat%2B21.49.51.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="412" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-RcRYToaEGuk/VVVfn9L96SI/AAAAAAAAEGQ/aI9fKRLXfcI/s640/Screen%2BShot%2B2015-05-14%2Bat%2B21.49.51.png" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-NWhFXfB68dM/VVVuN77x7ZI/AAAAAAAAEIU/hSgz9XDhQ1I/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2015-05-14%2Bat%2B22.54.12.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-NWhFXfB68dM/VVVuN77x7ZI/AAAAAAAAEIU/hSgz9XDhQ1I/s640/Screen%2BShot%2B2015-05-14%2Bat%2B22.54.12.png" width="636" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Have you ever seen such a magic cake? And the blooming magnolia trees inside the marquee were glorious.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-NcHyjf8e7b8/VVVfoqhPFJI/AAAAAAAAEGc/d54rMCm3xfo/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2015-05-14%2Bat%2B21.51.00.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="379" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-NcHyjf8e7b8/VVVfoqhPFJI/AAAAAAAAEGc/d54rMCm3xfo/s640/Screen%2BShot%2B2015-05-14%2Bat%2B21.51.00.png" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;">We sipped champagne to 'Stomping dave'</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-wdVVIKEX2b4/VVVquqJsMfI/AAAAAAAAEHw/QXU3op1XNC0/s1600/IMG_1263.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="616" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-wdVVIKEX2b4/VVVquqJsMfI/AAAAAAAAEHw/QXU3op1XNC0/s640/IMG_1263.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;">Laughed until we cried at the much-too-close-too-the-bone speeches&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-OI3TDovrgeA/VVVoaerQ3fI/AAAAAAAAEHU/pjrRssDVmZc/s1600/IMG_4482.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="404" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-OI3TDovrgeA/VVVoaerQ3fI/AAAAAAAAEHU/pjrRssDVmZc/s640/IMG_4482.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-evzUR3-Ph7E/VVVuNGbpQkI/AAAAAAAAEIE/9PUJAbBBB50/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2015-05-14%2Bat%2B22.53.14.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="634" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-evzUR3-Ph7E/VVVuNGbpQkI/AAAAAAAAEIE/9PUJAbBBB50/s640/Screen%2BShot%2B2015-05-14%2Bat%2B22.53.14.png" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;">And slipped off in to the night to make the long trip back to Surrey before sunrise.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-NVeIUkbplEo/VVVfoCPDgsI/AAAAAAAAEGY/MwdKTem_I9Q/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2015-05-14%2Bat%2B21.50.37.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="394" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-NVeIUkbplEo/VVVfoCPDgsI/AAAAAAAAEGY/MwdKTem_I9Q/s640/Screen%2BShot%2B2015-05-14%2Bat%2B21.50.37.png" width="640" /></a></div><br />Kate in Austinhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/08276237311808903495noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8257783377261330186.post-50532400314473267532015-04-23T09:41:00.001-05:002015-04-23T09:42:17.238-05:00April in England - I'm HOME. The dog is less impressed than he should be. <div style="text-align: justify;">After a turbulent nine hours in the air and three hours negotiating public transport from Heathrow back to Surrey I was more than ready to collapse. I'm rubbish at sleeping on planes and get horrible jet lag though so the only way to cope is to power through. I was greeted Bertie (the dog) and my sister Alice. Who made me tea (Alice), Sniffed me distainfully (Bertie) and whisked me off on a good stomp through the fields to wake me up (Alice and Bertie).</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">England is halfway through an April heatwave and absolutely at its most glorious at this time of year, warm enough to enjoy being outside without roasting, the fields are just beginning to develop their first glow of green and the trees are full of bird squawks</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">We pulled on wellies, whacked on hats and filled our pockets with dog treats and set off to blow away the cobwebs - it is SO GOOD to be home (even if i'm so tired I look crossed eyed - see below!).&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-0Db18jX_BXU/VS-OAZAJMwI/AAAAAAAAEEI/f12oqnGJPLE/s1600/IMG_9261.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-0Db18jX_BXU/VS-OAZAJMwI/AAAAAAAAEEI/f12oqnGJPLE/s1600/IMG_9261.jpg" height="640" width="480" /></a></div><br />Location: Home sweet home.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br />Kate in Austinhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/08276237311808903495noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8257783377261330186.post-84651229767639368052015-04-16T05:58:00.000-05:002015-04-23T09:44:57.220-05:00A Birthday Bear - Apollo turns one<div style="text-align: justify;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/--KKAtjaeWJ4/VSS3sNd8zUI/AAAAAAAAEDA/ZN46ZC7n3eQ/s1600/11037334_10100450835166744_9060730181324093177_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/--KKAtjaeWJ4/VSS3sNd8zUI/AAAAAAAAEDA/ZN46ZC7n3eQ/s1600/11037334_10100450835166744_9060730181324093177_n.jpg" height="320" width="320" /></a></div><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">I have on more than one occasion flippantly suggested that I'd have an actual baby once I'd managed to keep a dog alive for a year. Apollo was one recently. He is exhausting. No part of me feels any more capable than I did when I got him so we're postponing the non-furry-child indefinitely. Or until I get confirmation from a credible source that I am in fact an adult.</span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Unpleasant reminders of my own age aside, my bat-eared-frog-legged-skunk-scented dream pup is a whole year old - or seven in dog years - which is worthy of some sort of celebration.</span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">I checked him in to Woof Gang Bakery and Spa for a morning nail trim (my steadfastly gender neutral parenting / insistence on buying him unicorn toys means this boy KNOWS about pedicures..) while I perused the doggy pick and mix for a suitable birthday biscuit selection.</span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"></span><br /><a name='more'></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">For those of you that don't know Austin - or aren't in America - this place is a hilariously pink and fluffy dog spa and bakery - <a href="http://woofgangbakery.com/woofgangbakerywestlake/" target="_blank">LOOK HERE</a></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">We collected our gift box selection and, with Apollo coiffed to perfection, drove down to bull creek to undo all the groomers good work galloping round in the River, chasing sticks and guzzling down pieces of biscuit.</span><br /><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">What a different dog from the shivering cast wearing astronaut we bought home from Austin Pets Alive! seven months ago.</span><br /><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-7IxJf9x5pwo/VSS2fl2D8oI/AAAAAAAAEBU/E4BpG_omQQk/s1600/IMG_6168.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-7IxJf9x5pwo/VSS2fl2D8oI/AAAAAAAAEBU/E4BpG_omQQk/s1600/IMG_6168.JPG" height="320" width="320" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-a8WjpvWpC_8/VSS2gzSFzFI/AAAAAAAAEBs/lQesX5pL9TM/s1600/IMG_8070.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-a8WjpvWpC_8/VSS2gzSFzFI/AAAAAAAAEBs/lQesX5pL9TM/s1600/IMG_8070.jpg" height="320" width="314" /></a></div><span style="color: #666666; 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text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-48DtdyGADwI/VSS2jexHPRI/AAAAAAAAECc/FZel2MXvEUs/s1600/IMG_8523.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-48DtdyGADwI/VSS2jexHPRI/AAAAAAAAECc/FZel2MXvEUs/s1600/IMG_8523.JPG" height="318" width="320" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-aHlAXh-DY4I/VSS2jr4PyyI/AAAAAAAAECg/bdQGCaDS-pw/s1600/IMG_8787.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-aHlAXh-DY4I/VSS2jr4PyyI/AAAAAAAAECg/bdQGCaDS-pw/s1600/IMG_8787.JPG" height="240" width="320" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-tiVYhkXQ_6o/VSS2kSWgCSI/AAAAAAAAECs/6ZS1d-RVaAU/s1600/IMG_8883.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-tiVYhkXQ_6o/VSS2kSWgCSI/AAAAAAAAECs/6ZS1d-RVaAU/s1600/IMG_8883.jpg" height="320" width="225" /></a></div><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Happiest of Birthdays little bear. Here's to many more (but please stop growing soon..!)</span><br /><br /><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Plenty more Moon Pups awaiting&nbsp;rescue at www.austinpetsalive.com - check them out if you're in the market for a new family member. Much more fun than buying from a breeder.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Location: Home, Woofgang Bakery and grooming - Westlake, Bull Creek - Austin.&nbsp;</span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><br />Kate in Austinhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/08276237311808903495noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8257783377261330186.post-59365871076730697752015-04-07T23:50:00.000-05:002015-04-08T22:33:22.751-05:00Sunny Sunday - Austin Summer 2015 starts.<div style="text-align: justify;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-T5woXmKhgnY/VSSzQRMQFjI/AAAAAAAAD_Q/EkvbydncMps/s1600/12519_10100447845617824_4085367539872408771_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-T5woXmKhgnY/VSSzQRMQFjI/AAAAAAAAD_Q/EkvbydncMps/s1600/12519_10100447845617824_4085367539872408771_n.jpg" height="640" width="640" /></a></div><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">You know that Summer has truly begun when Nancy's wearing her Raybans - and a quick catch up brunch turns in to lunch, then drinks, then a BBQ &nbsp;- and suddenly it's midnight and you're still warm outside by the pool.&nbsp;</span><br /><a name='more'></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">After what feels like months of grey skies and drizzle, the clouds suddenly parted on Sunday morning and cold muggy weather gave way to clear clue skies and sunshine.&nbsp;</span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Our indoor brunch at Guero's Taco shack (don't go here - the staff are a delight but the food is distinctly average - book a table at Olivia or Perla just down the road instead) gave way to some sunny drinks in the Court Yard of the San Jose Hotel further down South Congress.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-3ewIpYimLyc/VSSzWpxNRYI/AAAAAAAAEAE/yteyxQfIt5I/s1600/10422257_10102853715658037_3771836023941365802_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-3ewIpYimLyc/VSSzWpxNRYI/AAAAAAAAEAE/yteyxQfIt5I/s1600/10422257_10102853715658037_3771836023941365802_n.jpg" height="640" width="640" /></a></div><span style="color: #666666; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">The San Jose is one of my favourite spots for an afternoon drink - such an Oasis from the crazy of SoCo.</span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-MbwP4v8bj5U/VSSzWpUDD4I/AAAAAAAAD_o/Z17Z16WtwDo/s1600/10469675_10155332431930029_7332874019611214852_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-MbwP4v8bj5U/VSSzWpUDD4I/AAAAAAAAD_o/Z17Z16WtwDo/s1600/10469675_10155332431930029_7332874019611214852_n.jpg" height="640" width="480" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-VIF3uwKvceM/VSSzXO2m3eI/AAAAAAAAD_8/ZYLoms0F5YY/s1600/10486217_10155332432195029_2162319707281466442_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-VIF3uwKvceM/VSSzXO2m3eI/AAAAAAAAD_8/ZYLoms0F5YY/s1600/10486217_10155332432195029_2162319707281466442_n.jpg" height="480" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-0o3AHvyX4Co/VSSzFApvW-I/AAAAAAAAD-U/doml0KWu0vU/s1600/10301516_10155332432340029_5579751421271148131_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-0o3AHvyX4Co/VSSzFApvW-I/AAAAAAAAD-U/doml0KWu0vU/s1600/10301516_10155332432340029_5579751421271148131_n.jpg" height="480" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-BToANtDJ5xE/VSSzXc2jJFI/AAAAAAAAD_0/FG2Kk9SJ2Jo/s1600/10616095_10102853610823127_7251958655658564570_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-BToANtDJ5xE/VSSzXc2jJFI/AAAAAAAAD_0/FG2Kk9SJ2Jo/s1600/10616095_10102853610823127_7251958655658564570_n.jpg" height="640" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-8zTZ81Xj1Hc/VSSzWqHiG7I/AAAAAAAAD_s/GkLNxUyn9Qo/s1600/10421617_10155332667940029_372557769093155713_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-8zTZ81Xj1Hc/VSSzWqHiG7I/AAAAAAAAD_s/GkLNxUyn9Qo/s1600/10421617_10155332667940029_372557769093155713_n.jpg" height="640" width="480" /></a></div><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">...And after we'd warmed ourselves up with a couple of champagne and passionfruit cocktails we made our way home to the pool to stretch out and make the most of the sunshine (and expose our blindingly pale legs) in slightly more discreet environs.</span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Glass by the pool is strictly verboten (boooo), but being law abiding home owners we carefully decanted our Veuve in to plastic solo cups and sat with our feet in the pool until the time came to fire up the grill for supper.&nbsp;</span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-zH0S8t8U9Wc/VSSzQWfauoI/AAAAAAAAD_U/cJAILfeuCqw/s1600/22690_10100447879110704_8113074493681286199_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-zH0S8t8U9Wc/VSSzQWfauoI/AAAAAAAAD_U/cJAILfeuCqw/s1600/22690_10100447879110704_8113074493681286199_n.jpg" height="480" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-UsrzfUqWf6c/VSSzQVKaoxI/AAAAAAAAD_Y/dD1m6rjhVX0/s1600/13621_10155332431130029_80696443280104678_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-UsrzfUqWf6c/VSSzQVKaoxI/AAAAAAAAD_Y/dD1m6rjhVX0/s1600/13621_10155332431130029_80696443280104678_n.jpg" height="640" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-LTef1McGr2I/VSSzFHILwrI/AAAAAAAAD-c/_hw73VoAO8Q/s1600/10309656_10100447879050824_8357402891109704930_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-LTef1McGr2I/VSSzFHILwrI/AAAAAAAAD-c/_hw73VoAO8Q/s1600/10309656_10100447879050824_8357402891109704930_n.jpg" height="480" width="640" /></a></div><span style="color: #666666; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Salads and Steak and Champagne and Sunsets makes for a pretty glorious start to the Texas summer.&nbsp;</span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-BiMNTQ6s2kQ/VSSzFA6gHzI/AAAAAAAAD-Q/jdi2snz2BJM/s1600/10295663_10100447879000924_336468042483070298_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-BiMNTQ6s2kQ/VSSzFA6gHzI/AAAAAAAAD-Q/jdi2snz2BJM/s1600/10295663_10100447879000924_336468042483070298_n.jpg" height="480" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-mckTmL_3sSs/VSSzLZymEHI/AAAAAAAAD-o/RP07vIIt1q0/s1600/10980706_10100447879020884_8835481521373208631_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; 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font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">By the time we strolled back down the hill for a night cap at Angela and Julius' house on the way home we were sunburned and exhausted, and almost ready for the working week to give us some time off to recover!&nbsp;</span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Location: San Jose Hotel, South Congress Austin. Home. &nbsp;</span></div>Kate in Austinhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/08276237311808903495noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8257783377261330186.post-16383304605019825852015-04-07T23:40:00.000-05:002015-04-08T18:35:10.825-05:00SXSW 2015 Friday : Clean Bandit at Stubbs BBQ<div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">A terribly belated SXSW update - festivals eat up your life....</span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-_bjks18TJ7I/VSSvsxezbJI/AAAAAAAAD9o/HaLuw-aT1Jk/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2015-04-07%2Bat%2B23.32.29.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-_bjks18TJ7I/VSSvsxezbJI/AAAAAAAAD9o/HaLuw-aT1Jk/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2015-04-07%2Bat%2B23.32.29.png" height="428" width="640" /></a></div><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Having missed my old friends 40 minute set on the thursday night (a combination of terrible restaurant service and even more terrible planning on my part - but </span><a href="http://www.theluckmusic.com/" style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;" target="_blank">The Luck Music</a><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"> are wonderful &nbsp;- do track them down if you're in San Francisco) we were determined to do SOMETHING downtown for SXSW other than whine about the extra traffic and the tourists.&nbsp;</span></div><div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div></div><div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">We rolled in to town on Friday night to meet friends at Nova on Rainey - and, as is often the way in a town of not-very-many people, managed to make our way on to the Clean Bandit guest list at Stubbs for later that night.&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">They're a London based band that mix classical instruments and strings with electronic music - pretty infectiously happy!&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">I've had 'no place i'd rather be' stuck in my head for MONTHS so I was pretty delighted about seeing them live and hearing some more of their work.</span></div></div><div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"></span><br /><a name='more'></a><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div></div><div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">We trotted (via the Soulection party at Bungalow -&nbsp;extreeemely dull!) &nbsp;down to red River Street for 10:30, just in time for the rain to begin in earnest... Fortunately the drinks were free, the crowd was happy and Elizabeth Troy's (currently on tour and singing with Clean Bandit) voice and some pretty sensational violin-ing were more than a match for the drizzle dampened acoustic. And a happy crowd dancing in warm rain felt more like home for these exiled brits than anything else this chaotic week could have offered.</span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ra8Hr6475pk/VSSvpsKxXkI/AAAAAAAAD9A/kpSRxbRmBFE/s1600/1782065_10100447073829494_1805561736973800601_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ra8Hr6475pk/VSSvpsKxXkI/AAAAAAAAD9A/kpSRxbRmBFE/s1600/1782065_10100447073829494_1805561736973800601_n.jpg" height="640" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-nf5Jz2I6STc/VSSvqR8s1TI/AAAAAAAAD9Q/7bMMfk4I7cU/s1600/19984_10100447073984184_5194151635402434241_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-nf5Jz2I6STc/VSSvqR8s1TI/AAAAAAAAD9Q/7bMMfk4I7cU/s1600/19984_10100447073984184_5194151635402434241_n.jpg" height="640" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-lzd3BDXqNbI/VSSvsUwx6HI/AAAAAAAAD94/mRbkimhp18k/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2015-04-07%2Bat%2B23.30.47.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-lzd3BDXqNbI/VSSvsUwx6HI/AAAAAAAAD94/mRbkimhp18k/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2015-04-07%2Bat%2B23.30.47.png" height="634" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; text-align: justify;">A lot of very silly dancing, grainy photo taking, glow stick waving and determined shoe destroying ensued. Such a very fun set. &nbsp;</span></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-KFBOJm7PKi0/VSSvsfTWjKI/AAAAAAAAD9w/vYfygvBCGbU/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2015-04-07%2Bat%2B23.31.05.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-KFBOJm7PKi0/VSSvsfTWjKI/AAAAAAAAD9w/vYfygvBCGbU/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2015-04-07%2Bat%2B23.31.05.png" height="640" width="636" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-eE9Zx9pjd38/VSSvwfg8OLI/AAAAAAAAD-A/2Dg0pzn_Xrs/s1600/10906087_10100447074064024_3119094827309294013_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-eE9Zx9pjd38/VSSvwfg8OLI/AAAAAAAAD-A/2Dg0pzn_Xrs/s1600/10906087_10100447074064024_3119094827309294013_n.jpg" height="640" width="640" /></a></div></div></div><div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">But as soon as the set ended we made a beeline for the exit and escaped the increasingly muddy Stubbs crowd before everything got too churned up. And headed on to Barbarella (always a good idea at&nbsp;time, always extremely regrettable for morning after..!) for a proper dance,&nbsp;</span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-erKsw5vNoiM/VSSzccbbaAI/AAAAAAAAEAQ/nBSUVjqzDIU/s1600/10686653_10102850692406657_908573114056690806_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-erKsw5vNoiM/VSSzccbbaAI/AAAAAAAAEAQ/nBSUVjqzDIU/s1600/10686653_10102850692406657_908573114056690806_n.jpg" height="640" width="640" /></a></div><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">before piling in to cabs home to the Hillside in the early hours to dry off properly...</span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-D5M-nqYNvQU/VSSv0566ewI/AAAAAAAAD-I/At7WqK0tg2Q/s1600/9982_10102850692336797_6731195648235928339_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-D5M-nqYNvQU/VSSv0566ewI/AAAAAAAAD-I/At7WqK0tg2Q/s1600/9982_10102850692336797_6731195648235928339_n.jpg" height="640" width="480" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div></div></div><div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">SXSW - last year you confused me - this year I think I've come round rather more. Especially now I'm living far enough away from downtown to drop in and out as it takes. Wandering round the streets, collecting freebies and hearing tiny new bands play in the week - followed by a big concert on a Friday night all without buying a badge. This is excellent. Until next year!&nbsp;</span></div></div><div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div></div><div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Location: Nova, Rainey Street. Bungalow, Rainey Street, Stubbs BBQ, Red River Street and Barbarella, Red River Street. All Austin Texas</span></div></div><div><br /></div>Kate in Austinhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/08276237311808903495noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8257783377261330186.post-40838870921017835902015-03-20T11:58:00.000-05:002015-03-20T12:29:00.684-05:00February Run of the Month: A not very foamy five K<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-f7sfynVdSAA/VQZ7tXkoTMI/AAAAAAAAD24/iNqidSfB_4Y/s1600/IMG_3817.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-f7sfynVdSAA/VQZ7tXkoTMI/AAAAAAAAD24/iNqidSfB_4Y/s1600/IMG_3817.JPG" height="426" width="640" /></span></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">A late December panic decision to sign myself up for at least one organised run a month (precipitated by a post Christmas pudding failure to zip up my jeans) &nbsp;seemed like an extremely brilliant idea from the comfort of my caribbean sun lounger - and was an excellent reason to eat a few more festive snacks (gotta fuel those runners legs...).</span></div></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">But was less marvellous a plan on a cold, dark February Austin evening in the middle of a cold snap. Even more regrettable was the fact that this was a 'fun run' - a 'black light foam run' to be exact. I am not someone who&nbsp;thrives on 'organised fun'. A lot of my soul wanted to die.&nbsp;</span><br /><a name='more'></a></div></div><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"></span><br /><div style="text-align: justify;"><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-xTGZs4gsqh4/VQZ7uROa0VI/AAAAAAAAD3M/ZqWLE0Xwjg4/s1600/IMG_3819.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-xTGZs4gsqh4/VQZ7uROa0VI/AAAAAAAAD3M/ZqWLE0Xwjg4/s1600/IMG_3819.JPG" height="426" width="640" /></span></a></div><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"></span><br /><div style="text-align: justify;"><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Nevertheless I put on the&nbsp;necessary (gigantic) white T-shirt and, shivering and caffeine fuelled lined up to take on the easiest run of the year (I've committed to a 10K race a month until September and then we'll see - I feel tired just typing that) and, in my chilly grump managed to skitter past the tutu wearing sober ravers avoiding all the foam cannons to arrive back at the finish line just under 25 minutes later - a credible time for my first run of the year - particularly given the crowds and buggies I had to dodge.</span></div></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div></div><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"></span><br /><div style="text-align: justify;"><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-tcBdMijwRo8/VQZ7wDXcPdI/AAAAAAAAD3k/lu7_gW7Drjo/s1600/IMG_3822.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-tcBdMijwRo8/VQZ7wDXcPdI/AAAAAAAAD3k/lu7_gW7Drjo/s1600/IMG_3822.jpg" height="640" width="426" /></a></span></div></div><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-yVEw-MwBBLQ/VQZ7V3IqvxI/AAAAAAAAD08/VGg6qJ_XOVU/s1600/IMG_3829.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-yVEw-MwBBLQ/VQZ7V3IqvxI/AAAAAAAAD08/VGg6qJ_XOVU/s1600/IMG_3829.JPG" height="426" width="640" /></span></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Having got my chilly run out the way we ran made a token dash right through the foam cannons on the way back to the car.</span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div></div><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-FQb_PKTxZQo/VQZ8Bd7EqrI/AAAAAAAAD6w/_hQSEV1EG4A/s1600/IMG_3849.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-FQb_PKTxZQo/VQZ8Bd7EqrI/AAAAAAAAD6w/_hQSEV1EG4A/s1600/IMG_3849.jpg" height="640" width="426" /></span></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">And then went and undid all our good efforts with a large and delicious supper.</span></div></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">I eat therefore I run. Or the other way round.</span></div></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Either way. I'm already looking forward to my post 10K supper at the end of this month. Twice the distance definitely = twice as much food.</span></div></div><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"></span><br /><div style="text-align: justify;"><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Next up the Rogue Trail Series 10K Maze - Walnut Creek on the 29th March. A bit less silly, a bit harder work.&nbsp;</span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-KjTL7uRb1bY/VQZ7pliDpqI/AAAAAAAAD2Q/gt2YRxk6s1o/s1600/IMG_3812.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-KjTL7uRb1bY/VQZ7pliDpqI/AAAAAAAAD2Q/gt2YRxk6s1o/s1600/IMG_3812.JPG" height="426" width="640" /></span></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-7-alKUEoi_w/VQZ7rqJqCuI/AAAAAAAAD2k/llVU2v0fwJI/s1600/IMG_3814.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; 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text-align: center;"><br /></div></div><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"></span>Kate in Austinhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/08276237311808903495noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8257783377261330186.post-91581353160031152642015-03-17T00:17:00.000-05:002015-03-17T00:18:27.467-05:00Wink Gobble Munch - my favourite new Austin feasting spot.<div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Wink is a tiny restaurant tucked behind World Market on Lamar. It markets itself as Farm to table with a daily changing menu of fresh, local, seasonal produce. It's not new - It opened in 2001 - but a couple of different people have raved about it to us so I've been excited about trying it for weeks.</span></div><div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div></div><div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">It's a small, glowing, buzzy restaurant - devoid of much in the way of ornamentation it feels very much more cosy than any where else we've been in town. Once we tucked ourselves in to our corner table and started perusing the menu we quickly came to the conclusion that with so many delicious things the best thing to do was to have the tasting menu and try as many of them as possible. And some wine. Lots of Wine</span></div></div><div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div></div><div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">We started with a wild mushroom soup with blue cheese and roasted walnuts - that I guzzled down much to quickly to photograph.</span></div></div><div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div></div><div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="line-height: 17.5px; text-align: center;">Followed by hamachi sashimi with edible flowers and beetroot</span><span style="line-height: 17.5px; text-align: center;">&nbsp;- unusually delicious to have sashimi without asian flavours. Melty.&nbsp;</span></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="line-height: 17.5px; text-align: center;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/--wGnSRK6q74/VQcPb-i_AyI/AAAAAAAAD7Q/Zh-E_Z3TyPw/s1600/IMG_3768.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/--wGnSRK6q74/VQcPb-i_AyI/AAAAAAAAD7Q/Zh-E_Z3TyPw/s1600/IMG_3768.JPG" height="386" width="640" /></span></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #666666; line-height: 17.5px; text-align: center;"></span><br /></span><a name='more'></a><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">The sea scallops with black lentils, pickled cauliflower, and yoghurt were probably my favourite.</span></div></div><div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div></div><div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 17.5px; text-align: center;">But a half way hanger steak was pretty excellent&nbsp;</span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-QQUPDqYkF7U/VQdGg0YXI8I/AAAAAAAAD70/ZZcKacUaC1E/s1600/IMG_3785.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-QQUPDqYkF7U/VQdGg0YXI8I/AAAAAAAAD70/ZZcKacUaC1E/s1600/IMG_3785.JPG" height="448" width="640" /></span></a></div><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div></div><div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="line-height: 17.5px; text-align: center;">And the duck breast&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 17.5px; text-align: center;">with trumpet mushrooms and quinoa was Jon's favourite</span></span><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="line-height: 17.5px; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ZPhP5I4mW14/VQdGhdnykmI/AAAAAAAAD74/6XJvk7BBLuY/s1600/IMG_3774.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ZPhP5I4mW14/VQdGhdnykmI/AAAAAAAAD74/6XJvk7BBLuY/s1600/IMG_3774.JPG" height="398" width="640" /></a></span></span></div><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="line-height: 17.5px; text-align: center;"></span></span></div></div><div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div></div><div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">All topped off with a local Cheese Platter (and I stole the details of their goats cheese supplier: Pure Luck Farms, Dripping&nbsp;springs - you can find it, and lots of other delicious local cheese at <a href="http://henrischeese.com/" target="_blank">Henri's Cheese</a> on South Lamar, see you in there!)</span><br /><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div></div><div><div style="text-align: justify;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-NcRzQSKo5hg/VQc6ZsRscQI/AAAAAAAAD7k/_EczxWnwCTI/s1600/IMG_3789.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-NcRzQSKo5hg/VQc6ZsRscQI/AAAAAAAAD7k/_EczxWnwCTI/s1600/IMG_3789.JPG" height="426" width="640" /></span></a></div><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div></div><div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">The lovely April kept our bread&nbsp;basket topped up with warm ciabatta rolls - so after 5/6 courses (and probably at least as many rolls) even with our MOST valiant eating faces on we couldn't bear the thought of pudding after all - but we'll be back for it soon.</span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div></div><div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">The wine parings threw up some unusual flavours - lots of delicious Reds</span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-z1FqVCIRv_8/VQcPbsYKAtI/AAAAAAAAD7E/AwEN1MqaeA0/s1600/IMG_3781.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-z1FqVCIRv_8/VQcPbsYKAtI/AAAAAAAAD7E/AwEN1MqaeA0/s1600/IMG_3781.JPG" height="478" width="640" /></span></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">And a particular gem in a Basque country white (</span><span style="color: #666666; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 17.5px; text-align: center;">2012 Bengoetxe Hondarribi Zuri,&nbsp;</span><span style="color: #666666; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-style: italic; line-height: 17.5px; text-align: center;">Txakolina Spain)</span><span style="color: #666666; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">&nbsp;which will be my summer picnic wine of choice.&nbsp;</span></div></div><div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div></div><div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">It's a busy bustling place, not somewhere for soulfully gazing into each others eyes. But the atmosphere is fun, the service impeccable and our food was faultless. They have truly embraced the slow food philosophy - and it's a treat to not feel rushed through your meal. We spent nearly three hours lingering over our food and wine, and would have stayed longer had we had space.&nbsp;</span><span style="color: #666666; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Wink is a wonder.&nbsp;</span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">They can cater for pretty much any dietary requirements (we we're sat next to a very happy vegan couple). Not the most wallet friendly spot in town but absolutely worth the splurge.&nbsp;</span></div></div><div><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">And if you find the wines as delicious as we did you can grab bottles to take home at retail prices. Then scamper home to tell your dog about all the delicious things you've eaten without him...</span><br /><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color: #666666;"><br /></span></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-TCZM6Urrc6U/VQdGlmAT7OI/AAAAAAAAD8M/-KvM7tvWm7g/s1600/IMG_3802.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-TCZM6Urrc6U/VQdGlmAT7OI/AAAAAAAAD8M/-KvM7tvWm7g/s1600/IMG_3802.jpg" height="640" width="408" /></span></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Location: Wink Restaurant and Wine Bar,&nbsp;<span style="background-color: white; line-height: 30px;">1014 North Lamar Blvd, Suite E,&nbsp;</span><span style="background-color: white; line-height: 30px;">Austin, Texas www.winkrestaurant.com</span></span><br /><br /></div><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"></span></div>Kate in Austinhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/08276237311808903495noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8257783377261330186.post-58356623949513836302015-03-16T01:18:00.000-05:002015-03-16T03:03:41.811-05:00"That fish Cray..!" The Inaugural Crawfish Boil of Summer at Moontower Saloon.<div style="text-align: justify;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Fop5GE2AvBc/VQZxhwXlptI/AAAAAAAADzY/cEtj7d3A884/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2015-03-16%2Bat%2B00.51.53.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Fop5GE2AvBc/VQZxhwXlptI/AAAAAAAADzY/cEtj7d3A884/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2015-03-16%2Bat%2B00.51.53.png" height="636" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">The Moontower Saloon is an Austin institution, hidden behind tall oak trees in Deepest darkest 'Way South' Austin, a 1950's Ranch house turned legal speakeasy.</span></div><div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div></div><div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">It's one of those places that's not obvious from the main road - but everyone know's where it is. And Apollo's more than welcome which is always a bonus.&nbsp;</span><br /><a name='more'></a></div></div><div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div></div><div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">A firm favourite weekend location at the best of times - it has volley ball courts, corn hole, washers, food trucks, friends for the pup and absolutely no children (hurrah!) - the call to come and get involved with the first 'Crawfish Festival' of the Summer was impossible to resist - so we gathered a tribe of our most fish friendly friends and their four legged tag-alongs and made our way down to contribute to tucking away 1500 lbs of freshwater lobster in the sunshine.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">A Crawfish (or Crayfish as we call them on the right side of the Atlantic) boil is a Louisiana Cajun tradition - in which buckets and buckets are boiled up with Corn on the Cob and Potatoes in Spiced Broth as the&nbsp;center of a social occasion - like a fish stew BBQ! There are different variations&nbsp;across the southern states - but the&nbsp;original, the spiciest and in my&nbsp;opinion absolutely the best, are the Cajun)</span></div></div><div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Despite arriving at the appointed time - the crawfish queues were crazy. But American Gypsy Band (down from NOLA for the weekend - check them out <a href="http://americangypsyband.com/" target="_blank">here</a> - their lead singer is quite a character!) were in full swing and the sun was shining.&nbsp;</span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-PNetzuLWxeg/VQZyryv9kVI/AAAAAAAADz4/ihn8CXC1yOM/s1600/IMG_9369.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-PNetzuLWxeg/VQZyryv9kVI/AAAAAAAADz4/ihn8CXC1yOM/s1600/IMG_9369.JPG" height="640" width="640" /></a></div><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">So we sipped cold cider, tossed bean bags and lounged with the dogs on the lawn while we waited.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-_G7BaTONV24/VQZyq00ElpI/AAAAAAAADzk/qJhlO9-i8z4/s1600/IMG_9346.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-_G7BaTONV24/VQZyq00ElpI/AAAAAAAADzk/qJhlO9-i8z4/s1600/IMG_9346.JPG" height="480" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-jtG7XAKsaOE/VQZyq_v7VbI/AAAAAAAADzo/dR5GrkuG-0k/s1600/IMG_9342.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-jtG7XAKsaOE/VQZyq_v7VbI/AAAAAAAADzo/dR5GrkuG-0k/s1600/IMG_9342.JPG" height="480" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-UeOcyFXSguU/VQZyqxH4xxI/AAAAAAAADzw/XqvOvNY6gA0/s1600/IMG_9340.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-UeOcyFXSguU/VQZyqxH4xxI/AAAAAAAADzw/XqvOvNY6gA0/s1600/IMG_9340.JPG" height="480" width="640" /></a></div><span style="color: #666666; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="color: #666666;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Although they make undeniably brilliant finger&nbsp;puppets...</span></span><br /><span style="color: #666666;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-nwJ5pA2tTsg/VQZxhCmHyjI/AAAAAAAADy4/wbQ9D4kxRzw/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2015-03-16%2Bat%2B00.51.17.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-nwJ5pA2tTsg/VQZxhCmHyjI/AAAAAAAADy4/wbQ9D4kxRzw/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2015-03-16%2Bat%2B00.51.17.png" height="640" width="454" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><span style="color: #666666;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">I confess I like the idea of crawfish more than the&nbsp;reality - much too labour intensive, especially if you're hungry (get the Etoufee from the Cajun food truck - gloriously spicy, no effort required and&nbsp;half the queuing time). But the experts amongst us declared it marvellous. And f</span></span><span style="color: #666666; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">our or five balmy hours slipped away rather too quickly, having far too much fun to remember to take any&nbsp;photos - the best sort of afternoon.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="color: #666666; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-c5pBY6aoQcg/VQZzLsJVHgI/AAAAAAAAD0I/3Ipo5gyCK1k/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2015-03-16%2Bat%2B00.49.54.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-c5pBY6aoQcg/VQZzLsJVHgI/AAAAAAAAD0I/3Ipo5gyCK1k/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2015-03-16%2Bat%2B00.49.54.png" height="395" width="400" /></a></div><span style="color: #666666; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-oUUQhdXmFIc/VQZzLv7akuI/AAAAAAAAD0M/p7rHP7PmeKA/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2015-03-16%2Bat%2B00.50.40.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-oUUQhdXmFIc/VQZzLv7akuI/AAAAAAAAD0M/p7rHP7PmeKA/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2015-03-16%2Bat%2B00.50.40.png" height="397" width="400" /></a></div></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">This was the first Crawfish boil they've had this summer - a bit of a taste for them (dipping a claw in the water..?) but judging by the roaring success there'll be many more. And on any other day its a glorious place to while away a sunny afternoon.</span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Location: Moontower Saloon,&nbsp;<span style="background-color: white; line-height: 16px; text-align: left;">10212 Manchaca Rd, Austin, TX. &nbsp;</span></span><br /><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="background-color: white; line-height: 16px; text-align: left;">www.moontowersaloon.com</span></span></div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-8OVN_Rqoi9g/VQZzgEeaKNI/AAAAAAAAD0k/o3uLPvk7QnE/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2015-03-16%2Bat%2B00.58.27.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-8OVN_Rqoi9g/VQZzgEeaKNI/AAAAAAAAD0k/o3uLPvk7QnE/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2015-03-16%2Bat%2B00.58.27.png" height="198" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-905XZBI5Wgg/VQZzgXKKmcI/AAAAAAAAD0o/dTFrG2lB4zE/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2015-03-16%2Bat%2B00.59.06.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-905XZBI5Wgg/VQZzgXKKmcI/AAAAAAAAD0o/dTFrG2lB4zE/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2015-03-16%2Bat%2B00.59.06.png" height="300" width="640" /></a></div><br /></div><div><br /></div></div>Kate in Austinhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/08276237311808903495noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8257783377261330186.post-25858063246326356712015-03-12T00:35:00.001-05:002015-03-16T00:31:42.956-05:00WHIP IT! A Roller Derby initiation at 'The Blood Shed' Austin. <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-WoDBN-7-kF8/VQEc5GA18SI/AAAAAAAADug/gnpBkOp9HXo/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2015-03-11%2Bat%2B23.14.37.png" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-WoDBN-7-kF8/VQEc5GA18SI/AAAAAAAADug/gnpBkOp9HXo/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2015-03-11%2Bat%2B23.14.37.png" height="320" width="319" /></span></a><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Qm8vvtghWyw/VQEc5Ks1G8I/AAAAAAAADuk/kvA4vFGK7JE/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2015-03-11%2Bat%2B23.14.58.png" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Qm8vvtghWyw/VQEc5Ks1G8I/AAAAAAAADuk/kvA4vFGK7JE/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2015-03-11%2Bat%2B23.14.58.png" height="319" width="320" /></span></a><span style="color: #444444; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #444444; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Texas Roller Derby has been RIGHT at the top of my Austin-must-do list ever since I watched Whip It (I'm unhealthily obsessed with everything Ellen Page does!) so I've been excited about last Saturday night - and my&nbsp;inaugural visit to the excellently named 'Blood Shed' for WEEKS.</span></div><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><br /><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #444444; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">A new season double-header promised two bouts (matches) - and so two chances for me to understand quite what was going on...</span><br /><a name='more'></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #444444; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="color: #444444; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Pre-reading on Wikipedia had not proved enormously enlightening - but we arrived, very willing, at the track with twenty minutes to spare and jostled ourselves to the front (standing room only, brilliantly fighty.) next to a self-professed Roller Derby expert (apparently there are Men's teams too - strap up boys!) who very kindly made sense of the system for us - and pointed out the American flags of the national team players to watch for - before the fun started in earnest.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color: #444444;"><br /></span></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #444444; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">A rousing National Anthem (this is Texas!) and some enthusiastic rabble rousing from a giant bumble bee geared the crowd up to cheer wildly for the skate out / entry of the Hustlers and then the Hot Rod Honeys. And battle commenced.</span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #444444; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #444444; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">No description (nor my photographs) can do justice to the ridiculous and the brilliant fighting / skating / hat-swapping / jumping seriousness of it all.&nbsp;</span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #444444; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-THJ2dcvKatQ/VQEibc7gF4I/AAAAAAAADvM/w9dWezNFoE8/s1600/IMG_3856.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-THJ2dcvKatQ/VQEibc7gF4I/AAAAAAAADvM/w9dWezNFoE8/s1600/IMG_3856.JPG" height="458" width="640" /></span></a></div><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-lT9kqBEnZH0/VQEibG8fXsI/AAAAAAAADvI/hlh5DLhj3jY/s1600/IMG_3881.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-lT9kqBEnZH0/VQEibG8fXsI/AAAAAAAADvI/hlh5DLhj3jY/s1600/IMG_3881.JPG" height="506" width="640" /></span></a></div><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-sS6FEUc-4ss/VQEicXnlZII/AAAAAAAADvY/hJxm0ChY5FA/s1600/IMG_3948.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-sS6FEUc-4ss/VQEicXnlZII/AAAAAAAADvY/hJxm0ChY5FA/s1600/IMG_3948.JPG" height="404" width="640" /></span></a></div><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-XWQN0M04F9A/VQEicm0TOrI/AAAAAAAADvs/dgZtygbnoPA/s1600/IMG_3991.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-XWQN0M04F9A/VQEicm0TOrI/AAAAAAAADvs/dgZtygbnoPA/s1600/IMG_3991.JPG" height="378" width="640" /></span></a></div><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-RL_MoRsJ1D4/VQEic17yCEI/AAAAAAAADvc/F7AvCxHfiF0/s1600/IMG_4142.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-RL_MoRsJ1D4/VQEic17yCEI/AAAAAAAADvc/F7AvCxHfiF0/s1600/IMG_4142.JPG" height="430" width="640" /></span></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color: #444444;">Impressively physical, with lots of&nbsp;painful falls, bad-ass tattoos and multi coloured hair (I had a hankering to go pink again just watching them) but definitely less deliberately violent than I had anticipated. I loved how much sportsmanship there is in the game. D</span><span style="color: #444444;">espite there being large numbers of referees around the track it's actually pretty self governing.&nbsp;</span></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #444444; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-fqmlK51MonI/VQEiL0JWXbI/AAAAAAAADu8/y_BoJ1vX1zo/s1600/IMG_9208.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-fqmlK51MonI/VQEiL0JWXbI/AAAAAAAADu8/y_BoJ1vX1zo/s1600/IMG_9208.JPG" height="480" width="640" /></span></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-TECdQ_VXcrs/VQEiLfXt5-I/AAAAAAAADu4/BqhENhxdmw8/s1600/IMG_9205.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-TECdQ_VXcrs/VQEiLfXt5-I/AAAAAAAADu4/BqhENhxdmw8/s1600/IMG_9205.JPG" height="480" width="640" /></span></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #444444; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #444444; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">By the end of the first thirty minute bout we were sore from tensing&nbsp;every time a player hit the ground and hoarse from cheering on the Hustlers 'Freight Train' - absolutely my hero of my new favourite spectator sport.&nbsp;</span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #444444; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-5nQGo67FNPM/VQEid7isl5I/AAAAAAAADvw/62Arfrt7fvY/s1600/IMG_4150.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-5nQGo67FNPM/VQEid7isl5I/AAAAAAAADvw/62Arfrt7fvY/s1600/IMG_4150.JPG" height="472" width="640" /></span></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-sS6FEUc-4ss/VQEicXnlZII/AAAAAAAADvY/hJxm0ChY5FA/s1600/IMG_3948.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-sS6FEUc-4ss/VQEicXnlZII/AAAAAAAADvY/hJxm0ChY5FA/s1600/IMG_3948.JPG" height="404" width="640" /></span></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #444444; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #444444; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">And an hour and a half later when the second Bout started - Honkey Tonk Heartbreakers vs. Hell Marys - we had our rules down and were hooting and hollering with the most ardent fans. and probably a bit more&nbsp;sweary.&nbsp;</span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-WQi54Hjsfqk/VQEigVYKPZI/AAAAAAAADwc/qQp_OPAGJXU/s1600/IMG_4355.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-WQi54Hjsfqk/VQEigVYKPZI/AAAAAAAADwc/qQp_OPAGJXU/s1600/IMG_4355.JPG" height="468" width="640" /></span></a></div><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-UGCd6DpNi2A/VQEig8j1kYI/AAAAAAAADwU/Hf0vtuWmZFA/s1600/IMG_4412.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-UGCd6DpNi2A/VQEig8j1kYI/AAAAAAAADwU/Hf0vtuWmZFA/s1600/IMG_4412.JPG" height="486" width="640" /></span></a></div><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-360XageHUTU/VQEih75gj0I/AAAAAAAADwo/uhvbSckD6h4/s1600/IMG_4418.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-360XageHUTU/VQEih75gj0I/AAAAAAAADwo/uhvbSckD6h4/s1600/IMG_4418.JPG" height="418" width="640" /></span></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #444444; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #444444; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">I am definitely not brave enough (or good enough at staying upright on skates) to be joining in in the near future - but we'll be back to the Blood Shed for sure. An excellent saturday night. The bar right next to the track keeps the drinks flowing - and Chaat Shop (a delicious local food truck) was parked outside so we could mop up the drinks with indian snacks.</span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #444444; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #444444; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Elated and horse from shouting we piled in to Uber's to finish our night playing shuffleboard at Javelina on Rainey Street. So Texan. I love this City. &nbsp;</span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #444444; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #444444; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Definitely a must do for &nbsp;all and any Texas visitors - check out&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texasrollergirls.org/">www.texasrollergirls.org</a> for details of the next events at the Blood Shed. It's definitely worth getting tickets in advance online (for the princely sum of $12 a pop),&nbsp;because they do sell out.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #444444; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Location:&nbsp;<span style="background-color: white; line-height: 19.5px;">The BloodShed | 6110 Trade Center Drive, Suite 101 B. ATX, 78744</span></span></div>Kate in Austinhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/08276237311808903495noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8257783377261330186.post-51803977699376350232015-01-21T18:41:00.001-06:002015-03-16T00:22:34.492-05:00Korean Mexican BBQ feasting (EVERYTHING IS OK because Chi'lantro has a restaurant now)<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-GPqRsduc4iI/VMA2_KYCKhI/AAAAAAAADrE/n3EaabF6zrs/s1600/IMG_3711.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-GPqRsduc4iI/VMA2_KYCKhI/AAAAAAAADrE/n3EaabF6zrs/s1600/IMG_3711.JPG" height="478" width="640" /></span></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">A long and blistering summer gave way to a warm and sunny Autumn and then, just before it got really cold, we flew south (or South-East-ish) to Cayman for three weeks. &nbsp;We had forgotten the horrors of our freezing arrival last February until we clambered off the plane last week... Youch. Winter's back. Air conditioning has switched immediately to heating, winter clothes have been hauled out of moth-ball-filled boxes and we we've been bulk buying everything furry (and bulk eating ALL the carbs) in an attempt to stave off the cold.&nbsp;</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"></span></div><a name='more'></a><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">The dog is completely unable to thermoregulate having been spoiled with air con all summer - and refuses to stay outside for any longer than it takes to do the necessary - his&nbsp;preferred snoozing position under the sofa has become a place of almost hibernation.&nbsp;</span></div></div><div><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">I've been sulking under blankets with slippers on reading blogs about warmer places. And in my internet wandering discovered that Chi'Lantro - my favourite Austin food truck - has opened up a bricks and mortar restaurant in our absence. &nbsp;Chi'Lantro started life as a Korean BBQ and Mexican fusion taco truck that moved&nbsp;location day by day, sometimes sadly tricky to track down - so I'm DELIGHTED that they now have a permanent place down town on South Lamar (address below!)</span></div><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">No more frantically tracking down the food trucks on twitter, or trying to hungrily load up their website on the go. This was enough to lure me (although not the dog) outside in to the cold to stock up on spare rib bulgogi and everything else I love.</span><br /><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">I called my excellent friend Jessi and we scampered down to make sure that everything was just as delicious from the&nbsp;restaurant as it is on wheels.&nbsp;</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-jhbOTBf9PxA/VMA3DejdI7I/AAAAAAAADrg/gy2ulEfzmdQ/s1600/IMG_3721.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-jhbOTBf9PxA/VMA3DejdI7I/AAAAAAAADrg/gy2ulEfzmdQ/s1600/IMG_3721.JPG" height="462" width="640" /></a></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-HOE9BgSFYO0/VMBE48jDDlI/AAAAAAAADsU/EMkOcqcOiHk/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2015-01-21%2Bat%2B18.18.24.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-HOE9BgSFYO0/VMBE48jDDlI/AAAAAAAADsU/EMkOcqcOiHk/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2015-01-21%2Bat%2B18.18.24.jpg" height="424" width="640" /></span></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Jessi hadn't been&nbsp;before so I felt it my duty to&nbsp;order ALL of my favourite things. So she&nbsp;didn't miss out...</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-hpjE0fcDdmE/VMBCy1pAZFI/AAAAAAAADsA/0lK_06CHGUQ/s1600/IMG_2135.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-hpjE0fcDdmE/VMBCy1pAZFI/AAAAAAAADsA/0lK_06CHGUQ/s1600/IMG_2135.jpg" height="482" width="640" /></span></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-KLGJxGblqcY/VMA3EEtUVSI/AAAAAAAADrs/sBWUvHzHIzk/s1600/IMG_3722.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-KLGJxGblqcY/VMA3EEtUVSI/AAAAAAAADrs/sBWUvHzHIzk/s1600/IMG_3722.JPG" height="464" width="640" /></span></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Kimchi Fries - invented by Chilantro. Spare rib beef bulgogi and Kimchi (pickled vegetables) with chilli and cheese on top of french fries.&nbsp;</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-nUpUKo1Q8Tg/VMA2_KbpGRI/AAAAAAAADrI/VdIKY8sLjgw/s1600/IMG_3714.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-nUpUKo1Q8Tg/VMA2_KbpGRI/AAAAAAAADrI/VdIKY8sLjgw/s1600/IMG_3714.JPG" height="428" width="640" /></span></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-h8r5__UIviQ/VMA2_9RbyjI/AAAAAAAADrM/JIad1io6hy4/s1600/IMG_3716.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-h8r5__UIviQ/VMA2_9RbyjI/AAAAAAAADrM/JIad1io6hy4/s1600/IMG_3716.JPG" height="640" width="504" /></span></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Two types of K-Pops, (delicious chicken lollipops) in sweet chilli and 'Gangnam' sauce.</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-qkLfPeFJ4A0/VMA3Dr1aU_I/AAAAAAAADro/SkDxTfe4VR0/s1600/IMG_3717.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-qkLfPeFJ4A0/VMA3Dr1aU_I/AAAAAAAADro/SkDxTfe4VR0/s1600/IMG_3717.jpg" height="640" width="488" /></span></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-psnkvqCAZpw/VMA292ITVfI/AAAAAAAADq0/fqIOBqsSaxU/s1600/IMG_3713.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-psnkvqCAZpw/VMA292ITVfI/AAAAAAAADq0/fqIOBqsSaxU/s1600/IMG_3713.jpg" height="462" width="640" /></span></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">A huge mixed avocado and sweet corn salad toped with pulled pork pibil.</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-OqDcwkzMoZY/VMA3C3ci8vI/AAAAAAAADrU/OsKtU9Y2o8I/s1600/IMG_3720.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-OqDcwkzMoZY/VMA3C3ci8vI/AAAAAAAADrU/OsKtU9Y2o8I/s1600/IMG_3720.JPG" height="422" width="640" /></span></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">All washed down with Maine Root Sodas - left no space for the baby churros we'd planned to finish up with before we admitted defeat and&nbsp;waddled out. We'll be back for them. Possibly tomorrow...</span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Delicious, far too nutritious, and&nbsp;cheap as chips. Do it! (AND they can make everything vegan by topping with marinated tofu instead of meats)</span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Location: Chi'lantro BBQ, 1509 South Lamar, Austin, Texas</span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Or you can&nbsp;track down one of their food trucks in Austin or Houston <a href="https://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=pthpqhkbb0cqbjqdi5tdmt06mc%40group.calendar.google.com&amp;ctz=America/Chicago" target="_blank">here</a></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div></div><div><div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div></div><div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div></div></div>Kate in Austinhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/08276237311808903495noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8257783377261330186.post-23280786388434874472015-01-13T22:09:00.000-06:002015-03-16T00:22:48.023-05:00Wave Runners - A Cayman jet ski safari<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-kW1_0GM5LLs/VLXlZaeCCzI/AAAAAAAADow/F1sCL7UyPQM/s1600/P1010365.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-kW1_0GM5LLs/VLXlZaeCCzI/AAAAAAAADow/F1sCL7UyPQM/s1600/P1010365.JPG" height="480" width="640" /></span></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Jet Ski's make everyone feel like the best sort of bond villain. It's certainly the closest I'll ever come to feeling like an international spy - I&nbsp;love them! Before we left Cayman to go home to Austin for a while, we gathered our favourite people for an afternoon and hired a set (what is the collective noun for jet skis? there should be one!) to say good bye to a couple of our favourite places.</span><br /><a name='more'></a></div><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; text-align: justify;">It was looking pretty choppy when we met our guide Lee at George Town</span><br /><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Barcadere - but he seemed unconcerned - so we pasted on our brave faces and jumped aboard. Lee was clearly fooled by our bravado and set off at a serious pace into the swell leaving us to crank up the speed and follow in his wake or be left floundering in the shallows by the dock.&nbsp;</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-xJzAcsMLr88/VLXlX0TGFFI/AAAAAAAADoM/C7RfoJ0gn_M/s1600/P1010351.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-xJzAcsMLr88/VLXlX0TGFFI/AAAAAAAADoM/C7RfoJ0gn_M/s1600/P1010351.JPG" height="422" width="640" /></span></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">We closed our eyes and braced ourselves and zoomed. &nbsp;</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-9qCpFYAoogM/VLXlTTtVW1I/AAAAAAAADnM/NPO6zbpPBMQ/s1600/P1010261.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-9qCpFYAoogM/VLXlTTtVW1I/AAAAAAAADnM/NPO6zbpPBMQ/s1600/P1010261.JPG" height="480" width="640" /></span></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Remembering pretty quickly that its much easier to take the waves standing, and at speed, especially head on.&nbsp;</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-zZN0sBYHsiQ/VLXl4zY95EI/AAAAAAAADqQ/e8jiqXJmifg/s1600/IMG_8107.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-zZN0sBYHsiQ/VLXl4zY95EI/AAAAAAAADqQ/e8jiqXJmifg/s1600/IMG_8107.JPG" height="480" width="640" /></span></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">And then remembering quite how fun it is.</span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">We skimmed over the sea for half an hour until Lee stuck up his hand to slow and we pulled up to the Stingray city sand bar, tying our craft together and pulling squid out of pockets to entice the rays to play.</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-pJdMTQt05DA/VLXlTUR7RhI/AAAAAAAADnI/K4SYA7fcQw0/s1600/P1010263.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-pJdMTQt05DA/VLXlTUR7RhI/AAAAAAAADnI/K4SYA7fcQw0/s1600/P1010263.JPG" height="480" width="640" /></span></a></div><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-WSejWLk-RaA/VLXlZyuQjCI/AAAAAAAADo4/q1SMluCNX04/s1600/P1010271.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-WSejWLk-RaA/VLXlZyuQjCI/AAAAAAAADo4/q1SMluCNX04/s1600/P1010271.JPG" height="480" width="640" /></span></a></div><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-vMCYndu2h5c/VLXlUJurB0I/AAAAAAAADnY/DpEAFNgDAWU/s1600/P1010281.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-vMCYndu2h5c/VLXlUJurB0I/AAAAAAAADnY/DpEAFNgDAWU/s1600/P1010281.JPG" height="480" width="640" /></span></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-4hIAAE_1iu8/VLXlVJ-nT2I/AAAAAAAADng/Y-z9k8FwWzw/s1600/P1010304.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-4hIAAE_1iu8/VLXlVJ-nT2I/AAAAAAAADng/Y-z9k8FwWzw/s1600/P1010304.JPG" height="480" width="640" /></span></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; text-align: justify;">The Stingray here, like in similar spots all over the caribbean, got used to fisherman cleaning their catch here over the years so congregate to eat the scraps (much easier than catching it themselves. lazy). There are so many of them now that tour boats come and feed them squid. So they keep on coming. No cages, no lines, just lots and lots of greedy stingray rubbing themselves against you like sea cats.&nbsp;</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-0AFpwDJ_MYo/VLXlVlQwPYI/AAAAAAAADnk/hfpilS2RvgQ/s1600/P1010310.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-0AFpwDJ_MYo/VLXlVlQwPYI/AAAAAAAADnk/hfpilS2RvgQ/s1600/P1010310.JPG" height="480" width="640" /></span></a></div><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-J8pynpigCwI/VLXlWKbtFyI/AAAAAAAADns/PVr5TY018dw/s1600/P1010321.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-J8pynpigCwI/VLXlWKbtFyI/AAAAAAAADns/PVr5TY018dw/s1600/P1010321.JPG" height="442" width="640" /></span></a></div><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-dkZ5dbt6kEQ/VLXlWHWKXGI/AAAAAAAADn0/ntb_S9SU0zo/s1600/P1010323.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-dkZ5dbt6kEQ/VLXlWHWKXGI/AAAAAAAADn0/ntb_S9SU0zo/s1600/P1010323.JPG" height="456" width="640" /></span></a></div><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-_bwlI8UHgDY/VLXlW_E48vI/AAAAAAAADoA/YCzBUP41AnI/s1600/P1010343.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-_bwlI8UHgDY/VLXlW_E48vI/AAAAAAAADoA/YCzBUP41AnI/s1600/P1010343.JPG" height="480" width="640" /></span></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">It can be a bit of a tourist trap in the morning with hundreds of day trippers from cruiseships out on big boats. But in the late afternoon we're almost the only people there. Much more fun!&nbsp;</span></div><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; text-align: justify;">Once we'd depleted our squid supply the rays&nbsp;disappeared as quickly as they'd arrived and we jumped back on our skis to head over to Starfish point.&nbsp;</span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-wGbH-sTzcCo/VLXl4e3796I/AAAAAAAADqI/dKIIW3ld2rE/s1600/IMG_8118.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-wGbH-sTzcCo/VLXl4e3796I/AAAAAAAADqI/dKIIW3ld2rE/s1600/IMG_8118.JPG" height="426" width="640" /></span></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">To attempt very inexpert wheelies on our machines, gently hunt the local starfish, and take silly silhouette jumping photos in the shallows.</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Pn3LvDaSepo/VLXlX1r03DI/AAAAAAAADoU/Or83XS1xY3k/s1600/P1010359.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Pn3LvDaSepo/VLXlX1r03DI/AAAAAAAADoU/Or83XS1xY3k/s1600/P1010359.JPG" height="480" width="640" /></span></a></div><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-dCipasNvchE/VLXlYkM_mEI/AAAAAAAADoc/59wcPUkJ3As/s1600/P1010361.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-dCipasNvchE/VLXlYkM_mEI/AAAAAAAADoc/59wcPUkJ3As/s1600/P1010361.JPG" height="480" width="640" /></span></a></div><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-kfELGEY4MlQ/VLXl4drdOBI/AAAAAAAADqM/k2bQkVe940k/s1600/IMG_8116.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-kfELGEY4MlQ/VLXl4drdOBI/AAAAAAAADqM/k2bQkVe940k/s1600/IMG_8116.JPG" height="480" width="640" /></span></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Before we climbed back aboard and raced back over the sea. With the wind behind us we almost flew.&nbsp;</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-nBtFNnd1O_s/VLXlY_02xlI/AAAAAAAADok/XagTiqhxqg0/s1600/P1010364.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-nBtFNnd1O_s/VLXlY_02xlI/AAAAAAAADok/XagTiqhxqg0/s1600/P1010364.JPG" height="480" width="640" /></span></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Getting back to the dock salty and shivering we picked up jumpers and drinks to go and dance in the surf at South Sound Community Beach as the sun set on our last evening here for a couple of months.</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-0PjxZ3q8NgI/VLXlbQhiFAI/AAAAAAAADpU/qL5L4j8R5NQ/s1600/P1010399.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-0PjxZ3q8NgI/VLXlbQhiFAI/AAAAAAAADpU/qL5L4j8R5NQ/s1600/P1010399.JPG" height="480" width="640" /></span></a></div><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-QQFzE4kEMZw/VLXlbmRwQ7I/AAAAAAAADpc/haIHHrAYSok/s1600/P1010405.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-QQFzE4kEMZw/VLXlbmRwQ7I/AAAAAAAADpc/haIHHrAYSok/s1600/P1010405.JPG" height="640" width="480" /></span></a></div><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-KZYGa4s4vWU/VLXlcJ0_3FI/AAAAAAAADps/5LFvGHUyAbs/s1600/P1010409.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-KZYGa4s4vWU/VLXlcJ0_3FI/AAAAAAAADps/5LFvGHUyAbs/s1600/P1010409.JPG" height="480" width="640" /></span></a></div><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Fe77WGtq3uQ/VLXlcNfUkmI/AAAAAAAADpk/gyANT0siSyo/s1600/P1010410.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Fe77WGtq3uQ/VLXlcNfUkmI/AAAAAAAADpk/gyANT0siSyo/s1600/P1010410.JPG" height="480" width="640" /></span></a></div><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-RyOka-XgFUI/VLXlcZpGHUI/AAAAAAAADp4/pmdLA3zRReg/s1600/P1010412.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-RyOka-XgFUI/VLXlcZpGHUI/AAAAAAAADp4/pmdLA3zRReg/s1600/P1010412.JPG" height="480" width="640" /></span></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">A really fun way to see some of the islands best spots without all the tourists there (If you're looking for quiet - make sure you book an afternoon tour when the cruise-shippers have gone back to their boats for the day)</span></div><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Location: We booked a private tour with Lee from Moore Marine - Departing from George Town Barcadere: Call +1(345)9496672 to book</span><br /><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color: #666666;"><br /></span><span style="color: #666666;">Most Photos taken (again) by the excellent Katie A</span></span></div>Kate in Austinhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/08276237311808903495noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8257783377261330186.post-77520969755117013712015-01-11T09:42:00.001-06:002015-01-11T16:17:15.068-06:00Wreck hunting for beginners - free diving the USS Kittywake<div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;">As someone with a (I think understandable) fear of deep water / sharks / giant octopus tentacles, I've always been a bit wary of sub aqua activities. I've scuba dived a little and done plenty of snorkelling and a &nbsp;bit of free diving but I'm never at the front of the queue to get off the nice dry boat.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-3pCU6EsW58o/VLKRgxEto5I/AAAAAAAADjU/60KlrAwLMI4/s1600/P1010138.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-3pCU6EsW58o/VLKRgxEto5I/AAAAAAAADjU/60KlrAwLMI4/s1600/P1010138.JPG" height="480" width="640" /></a></div><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"></span><br /><a name='more'></a><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif; text-align: justify;">The Kittywake is a former US Naval ship, originally launched in 1945 - she saw nearly 50 years service before being bought by the Cayman Islands and sunk as an artificial reef in 2011. She's a pretty popular wreck dive and I've been making non committal noises about swimming out there ever since I first came to the island in 2011. But it's taken be four years to summon up the courage (and organise myself off the extremely comfortable pool loungers) to get out there.</span><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"></span><br /><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;">Fortunately my mother in law is a prodigious life organiser and excellent ignorer-of-my-fear-of-sharks and so six of us got aboard a charter dive boat from Don Foster's Dive shop and made the 20 minute boat trip out to anchor above our wreck site.</span></div><br /><div style="text-align: justify;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-kC62tzci0pI/VLKS2Dd_kpI/AAAAAAAADmk/-M1DF_ZIITI/s1600/IMG_7766.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-kC62tzci0pI/VLKS2Dd_kpI/AAAAAAAADmk/-M1DF_ZIITI/s1600/IMG_7766.jpg" height="640" width="524" /></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-pBlzMz5xMTI/VLKS2R8lKLI/AAAAAAAADmg/PK_bYsjRpqM/s1600/IMG_7780.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-pBlzMz5xMTI/VLKS2R8lKLI/AAAAAAAADmg/PK_bYsjRpqM/s1600/IMG_7780.jpg" height="320" width="240" /></a><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-9HWh73d5v3A/VLKS2opG2JI/AAAAAAAADmo/OSIfqHnJCW8/s1600/IMG_7760.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-9HWh73d5v3A/VLKS2opG2JI/AAAAAAAADmo/OSIfqHnJCW8/s1600/IMG_7760.jpg" height="320" width="228" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;">She lies about 15 feet below the water at her highest point so we'd opted to snorkel and free dive this time. I find exploring, once you've remembered to equalise, much less terrifying with out the bubbles and darth vader breathing soundtrack that inevitably accompanies a scuba trip.</span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ftO1euE5OEI/VLKT_9lsMDI/AAAAAAAADm4/9F4uEhsArQ0/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2015-01-11%2Bat%2B09.14.32.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ftO1euE5OEI/VLKT_9lsMDI/AAAAAAAADm4/9F4uEhsArQ0/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2015-01-11%2Bat%2B09.14.32.png" height="388" width="640" /></a></div><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;">It was not without trepidation that I jumped off our boat into dark blue water but, as with most fears, the reality is quite different.&nbsp;</span></div><br /><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-NGP0HIF9uGU/VLKRowjb0HI/AAAAAAAADmM/NR8_nNE6_ig/s1600/P1010235.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-NGP0HIF9uGU/VLKRowjb0HI/AAAAAAAADmM/NR8_nNE6_ig/s1600/P1010235.JPG" height="480" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-CH6YWAO8oEM/VLKRkN-PMbI/AAAAAAAADkg/Or9urrW7Wsk/s1600/P1010171.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-CH6YWAO8oEM/VLKRkN-PMbI/AAAAAAAADkg/Or9urrW7Wsk/s1600/P1010171.JPG" height="480" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-BG24nuUCek0/VLKRlm0ttII/AAAAAAAADlE/2ol9-LGDPEo/s1600/P1010194.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-BG24nuUCek0/VLKRlm0ttII/AAAAAAAADlE/2ol9-LGDPEo/s1600/P1010194.JPG" height="480" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;">Once your head is beneath the water the Kittywake looms eireily beneath you, close enough to take a deep breath and swim down to hang on to railings and scare clusters of parrot fish hiding in dark corners.</span></div><br /><div style="text-align: justify;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-K2OuDsu_x_g/VLKRhFvph_I/AAAAAAAADjY/y6i856fXUgk/s1600/IMG_7796.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-K2OuDsu_x_g/VLKRhFvph_I/AAAAAAAADjY/y6i856fXUgk/s1600/IMG_7796.JPG" height="640" width="584" /></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-zEDbOcsnxeA/VLKRgt2xQuI/AAAAAAAADjc/mbJ9a1RiSrg/s1600/P1010141.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-zEDbOcsnxeA/VLKRgt2xQuI/AAAAAAAADjc/mbJ9a1RiSrg/s1600/P1010141.JPG" height="422" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-FkDRfVpFmbk/VLKRiN0VwCI/AAAAAAAADj0/tQKKXC-QFr0/s1600/P1010152.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-FkDRfVpFmbk/VLKRiN0VwCI/AAAAAAAADj0/tQKKXC-QFr0/s1600/P1010152.JPG" height="480" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;">We ducked and dived and dipped and dodged..!</span></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-JwcNb239maA/VLKRmwWILOI/AAAAAAAADl0/WswJwIaU--Y/s1600/P1010215.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-JwcNb239maA/VLKRmwWILOI/AAAAAAAADl0/WswJwIaU--Y/s1600/P1010215.JPG" height="424" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-6KIxYZ48FGs/VLKRmWzjs3I/AAAAAAAADlY/g_ROFTkKP24/s1600/P1010205.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-6KIxYZ48FGs/VLKRmWzjs3I/AAAAAAAADlY/g_ROFTkKP24/s1600/P1010205.JPG" height="640" width="520" /></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-nIaChUxJSjI/VLKRmA8QZ0I/AAAAAAAADlQ/3VZnOT5Onpc/s1600/P1010197.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-nIaChUxJSjI/VLKRmA8QZ0I/AAAAAAAADlQ/3VZnOT5Onpc/s1600/P1010197.JPG" height="640" width="480" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;">Practised our best Kung Fu</span></div><br /><div style="text-align: justify;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-_buWBKBtYVo/VLKRmSOHvcI/AAAAAAAADlc/8ur_jHglMg4/s1600/P1010212.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-_buWBKBtYVo/VLKRmSOHvcI/AAAAAAAADlc/8ur_jHglMg4/s1600/P1010212.JPG" height="416" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-B0sZPtXiO0Q/VLKRneo4xdI/AAAAAAAADlw/VQKRxwHqYRw/s1600/P1010234.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-B0sZPtXiO0Q/VLKRneo4xdI/AAAAAAAADlw/VQKRxwHqYRw/s1600/P1010234.JPG" height="480" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;">Tried to catch the fish</span></div><br /><div style="text-align: justify;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ZHhC2K7Odms/VLKRkaeCcFI/AAAAAAAADko/63rt8gRGxxU/s1600/P1010183.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ZHhC2K7Odms/VLKRkaeCcFI/AAAAAAAADko/63rt8gRGxxU/s1600/P1010183.JPG" height="480" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-rbmOah29WWo/VLKRimqm0iI/AAAAAAAADkE/JQZarlEkU-Q/s1600/P1010153.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-rbmOah29WWo/VLKRimqm0iI/AAAAAAAADkE/JQZarlEkU-Q/s1600/P1010153.JPG" height="480" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-xJIR58EfTHg/VLKRhw1tK3I/AAAAAAAADjo/CQTVVH1pvYQ/s1600/P1010149.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-xJIR58EfTHg/VLKRhw1tK3I/AAAAAAAADjo/CQTVVH1pvYQ/s1600/P1010149.JPG" height="480" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-jvOiJ_-boQs/VLKRoR8eJMI/AAAAAAAADmE/hdUF-kGk8sk/s1600/P1010238.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-jvOiJ_-boQs/VLKRoR8eJMI/AAAAAAAADmE/hdUF-kGk8sk/s1600/P1010238.JPG" height="480" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;">and bubbles rising up from the scuba divers below us&nbsp;</span></div><br /><div style="text-align: justify;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-3qgmDu0yZ6g/VLKRlQoP1YI/AAAAAAAADlA/7HFKhaex9rs/s1600/P1010192.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-3qgmDu0yZ6g/VLKRlQoP1YI/AAAAAAAADlA/7HFKhaex9rs/s1600/P1010192.JPG" height="480" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-UmSmwDD6ZV8/VLKRnMZt-KI/AAAAAAAADlo/S9QsKxp8rQs/s1600/P1010218.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-UmSmwDD6ZV8/VLKRnMZt-KI/AAAAAAAADlo/S9QsKxp8rQs/s1600/P1010218.JPG" height="458" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/--ImaRhgvAtE/VLKRonHnsyI/AAAAAAAADmI/2mtR4TKthjw/s1600/P1010240.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/--ImaRhgvAtE/VLKRonHnsyI/AAAAAAAADmI/2mtR4TKthjw/s1600/P1010240.JPG" height="480" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;">...And I completely forgot about the potential giant squid attacks. A bit embarrassed its taken me 28 years to over come my fear of the sea. I think I get it now though. As Jaques Yves Costeau is&nbsp;quoted in dive shops all over the world </span><i style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;">"the best way to observe a fish is to become a fish"</i><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;">. He had a point. I'll definitely be back here. And will try and be a bit more adventurous exploring the rest of the reef next time.</span></div><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif; text-align: justify;"><br /></span><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif; text-align: justify;">Locations: USS Kittywake, George Town Harbour and Don Foster's Dive, South Church Street. Both Grand Cayman.</span><br /><br /><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif; text-align: justify;">All underwater photos taken by my excellent sister in law Katie.&nbsp;</span><br /><br /><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div>Kate in Austinhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/08276237311808903495noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8257783377261330186.post-59157920154708087592015-01-10T10:05:00.000-06:002015-03-16T00:25:11.261-05:00Hanging out mid air - Seven mile parasail<div style="text-align: justify;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-93JyxWJinrs/VLCI2NvJwFI/AAAAAAAADiw/VDYuvvRGrLw/s1600/IMG_6985.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-93JyxWJinrs/VLCI2NvJwFI/AAAAAAAADiw/VDYuvvRGrLw/s1600/IMG_6985.JPG" height="480" width="640" /></span></a></div><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">One of the best things about having friends to visit with us is&nbsp;that they are a perfect excuse to do all the holiday things I love again. guilt free. Excellent.</span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">I love parasailing - all the parts of me that feel nauseous just thinking about the physics of helicopters are completely ok with being suspended by a tiny clip underneath a giant kite on a rope behind a boat.</span><br /><a name='more'></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">So Jon called an old friend (oh how I love this island) and half an hour later we were bouncing down the coast road to Seven mile beach to await Nigel and his 'parasail bus' - to take us out into the middle of the North Sound to meet the main boat.</span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">We buffeted across the Sound for ten minutes in pretty high winds - arriving sea sprayed and champing at the bit to get in the air - there is absolutely no better feeling than blustering across gentle swell in the sunshine. It should be prescribed.</span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Jon, seasoned old sea dog that he is, stayed on the boat to chat to the guys while James and I gleefully strapped ourselves in and, as the boat picked up speed threw ourselves backwards to float up in to the sky.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color: #666666;"><br /></span></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-7o63CP6nD0A/VLCIznyZNPI/AAAAAAAADiE/tc75QrPRAhA/s1600/IMG_6965.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-7o63CP6nD0A/VLCIznyZNPI/AAAAAAAADiE/tc75QrPRAhA/s1600/IMG_6965.JPG" height="480" width="640" /></span></a></div><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-3X_bc3jUS1I/VLCIzdM1DbI/AAAAAAAADiA/jFOQkibesCI/s1600/IMG_6971.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-3X_bc3jUS1I/VLCIzdM1DbI/AAAAAAAADiA/jFOQkibesCI/s1600/IMG_6971.JPG" height="482" width="640" /></span></a></div><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-lIUzB7N0zkE/VLCI0_HaZVI/AAAAAAAADic/Qkl-v-E3C3E/s1600/IMG_6974.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-lIUzB7N0zkE/VLCI0_HaZVI/AAAAAAAADic/Qkl-v-E3C3E/s1600/IMG_6974.JPG" height="480" width="640" /></span></a></div><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">The noise of the boat fades away as you rise and the deep blue of the sea lightens to aquas and greens (and you become very aware of QUITE how flat Cayman is!).</span><br /><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color: #666666;"><br /></span></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-DMxv7q8ypR0/VLCI0xvwCUI/AAAAAAAADiY/rrATJ1VskK4/s1600/IMG_6976.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-DMxv7q8ypR0/VLCI0xvwCUI/AAAAAAAADiY/rrATJ1VskK4/s1600/IMG_6976.JPG" height="480" width="640" /></span></a></div><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-P27K6MQmUQk/VLCI1Mu5r8I/AAAAAAAADig/Ia8aJKFxb3E/s1600/IMG_6978.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-P27K6MQmUQk/VLCI1Mu5r8I/AAAAAAAADig/Ia8aJKFxb3E/s1600/IMG_6978.JPG" height="480" width="640" /></span></a></div><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ohD-fi0XIa0/VLCI2YRy5uI/AAAAAAAADi0/SjRZfrcjN-A/s1600/IMG_6984.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ohD-fi0XIa0/VLCI2YRy5uI/AAAAAAAADi0/SjRZfrcjN-A/s1600/IMG_6984.JPG" height="480" width="640" /></span></a></div><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-93JyxWJinrs/VLCI2NvJwFI/AAAAAAAADiw/VDYuvvRGrLw/s1600/IMG_6985.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-93JyxWJinrs/VLCI2NvJwFI/AAAAAAAADiw/VDYuvvRGrLw/s1600/IMG_6985.JPG" height="480" width="640" /></span></a></div><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-9SDLgC_eyoY/VLCI2qkNL2I/AAAAAAAADi8/Z4TIpRlKNE8/s1600/IMG_6995.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-9SDLgC_eyoY/VLCI2qkNL2I/AAAAAAAADi8/Z4TIpRlKNE8/s1600/IMG_6995.JPG" height="480" width="640" /></span></a></div><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color: #666666;"><br /></span><span style="color: #666666;">It was a windy day and we certainly swooped about rather more than I had promised James we would - but, having made our escape plan should we suddenly be cut from the boat (elaborate, we would probably end up in Honduras..), we sat back in silence, suspended above the sound until the boat decided to reel us in, dunking us in to the sea as they pulled us back aboard.</span></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Shamelessly touristy? yup. But a brilliant was to spend an afternoon - especially if you haven't seen the island from the air.</span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Location: Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman.</span></div><br />Kate in Austinhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/08276237311808903495noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8257783377261330186.post-57752724237240348512015-01-09T18:24:00.000-06:002015-03-16T02:52:36.224-05:00Island road trip - Cayman Kai House party<span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Christmas is a brilliant time to be on island because everyone is home for the holidays. Most of J's school friends are back and staying with their families, so, in order to cut a little bit loose (everyone's on good behaviour when they're staying with their mum!), we all made our way to Drew's beach house at the other end of the Island for a 24 hour house party.</span><br /><div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-JjdkYIHzE3U/VLBu-OQEq-I/AAAAAAAADf8/1gJWPennxc8/s1600/IMG_7211.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-JjdkYIHzE3U/VLBu-OQEq-I/AAAAAAAADf8/1gJWPennxc8/s1600/IMG_7211.jpg" height="640" width="480" /></span></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><a name='more'></a><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-o7HzjKqSNYo/VLBu-TJBJdI/AAAAAAAADgA/0-aqRn-juG4/s1600/IMG_7214.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-o7HzjKqSNYo/VLBu-TJBJdI/AAAAAAAADgA/0-aqRn-juG4/s1600/IMG_7214.jpg" height="640" width="424" /></span></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Filling the car coolers up with ice, drinks and BBQ food we meandered down the coast road to dump our things and join our friends at the Rum Point bar - for some much anticipated mudslide gluttony.</span></div><div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-wOQlEBY7eTk/VLBu-vDn0eI/AAAAAAAADgM/OJnLVUYWxkE/s1600/IMG_7215.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-wOQlEBY7eTk/VLBu-vDn0eI/AAAAAAAADgM/OJnLVUYWxkE/s1600/IMG_7215.jpg" height="640" width="490" /></span></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">I love these things - Khalua, bailies and chocolate milkshakes (with a very important cherry on top) - they are absolutely dreadful for you and slip down terrifyingly quickly. I definitely didn't realise they were alcoholic the first time we came here - but that's another story!&nbsp;</span></div><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-3GbytM4-h50/VLBu_I0iVlI/AAAAAAAADgY/ED011_jGvg4/s1600/IMG_7219.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-3GbytM4-h50/VLBu_I0iVlI/AAAAAAAADgY/ED011_jGvg4/s1600/IMG_7219.jpg" height="640" width="480" /></span></a></div><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ZOP9u6c3dAM/VLBu_txQpqI/AAAAAAAADgg/KuTqKN89PNY/s1600/IMG_7228.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ZOP9u6c3dAM/VLBu_txQpqI/AAAAAAAADgg/KuTqKN89PNY/s1600/IMG_7228.JPG" height="480" width="640" /></span></a></div></div><div><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">We lounged on the beach with our drinks to watch the sun go down - before wandering back across the beach to fire up the BBQ for a long evening of silly card games and spectacular jerk chicken.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color: #666666;"><br /></span></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-X_9LfKR4xqM/VLBu_fDUlmI/AAAAAAAADgc/Rvmmm1HUn9c/s1600/IMG_7227.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-X_9LfKR4xqM/VLBu_fDUlmI/AAAAAAAADgc/Rvmmm1HUn9c/s1600/IMG_7227.JPG" height="480" width="640" /></span></a></div><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-oglGAFyE_OA/VLBvBg2qBtI/AAAAAAAADhM/g7loHnge_wI/s1600/IMG_7235.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; 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margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-rHjLhliHlhE/VLBvArJttbI/AAAAAAAADg0/w9N-T1l_DtM/s1600/IMG_7231.JPG" height="480" width="640" /></span></a></div><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-hs760Lc8N3I/VLBu9_4jhcI/AAAAAAAADf0/ZWWiOHAHhl0/s1600/IMG_0084.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-hs760Lc8N3I/VLBu9_4jhcI/AAAAAAAADf0/ZWWiOHAHhl0/s1600/IMG_0084.jpg" height="480" width="640" /></span></a></div><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-hex8OCQQgRk/VLBu9U1Qj9I/AAAAAAAADfw/WW_mZDnpbp4/s1600/IMG_0085.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-hex8OCQQgRk/VLBu9U1Qj9I/AAAAAAAADfw/WW_mZDnpbp4/s1600/IMG_0085.jpg" height="480" width="640" /></span></a></div><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Chattering happily until everyone dropped off - we woke next morning for a swim in the sea to clear wooly heads before heading back to civilisation to finish off the rest of the festive season more sensibly!</span><br /><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color: #666666;"><br /></span></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-tXZ3pXtd1tE/VLBvDehLFaI/AAAAAAAADhY/_voI4upXBJA/s1600/IMG_7266.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-tXZ3pXtd1tE/VLBvDehLFaI/AAAAAAAADhY/_voI4upXBJA/s1600/IMG_7266.JPG" height="480" width="640" /></span></a></div><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; 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text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Du-6xb05p9k/VLBvEPQb0II/AAAAAAAADhg/T12bznD0Q5Q/s1600/IMG_7293.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Du-6xb05p9k/VLBvEPQb0II/AAAAAAAADhg/T12bznD0Q5Q/s1600/IMG_7293.JPG" height="480" width="640" /></span></a></div><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Location: Rum Point Resort and Cayman Kai beach houses, Grand Cayman</span></div>Kate in Austinhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/08276237311808903495noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8257783377261330186.post-49657397604342822872015-01-06T13:03:00.000-06:002015-03-16T00:25:34.726-05:00Barefoot blacktie - New Years eve on Seven Mile Beach<div style="text-align: justify;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color: #666666; margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"></span><a href="https://images-blogger-opensocial.googleusercontent.com/gadgets/proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2F3.bp.blogspot.com%2F-_h9qR4rbYOo%2FVKtt2H5pJjI%2FAAAAAAAADcY%2FHiOObxuoJEY%2Fs1600%2FScreen%252BShot%252B2015-01-04%252Bat%252B11.56.07.png&amp;container=blogger&amp;gadget=a&amp;rewriteMime=image%2F*" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em; text-align: center;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-_h9qR4rbYOo/VKtt2H5pJjI/AAAAAAAADcY/HiOObxuoJEY/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2015-01-04%2Bat%2B11.56.07.png" height="425" width="640" /></a></span></div><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br />Not much explanation required here - It was NYE, friends had arrived from New York and we had a cooler full of champagne and tickets for the Barefoot Blacktie party at Calico Jacks later on.&nbsp;</span><br /><a name='more'></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">We swung by an early evening party for&nbsp;canapés and a drink or &nbsp;two with family before heading to the newly opened Craft on Seven Mile beach - an&nbsp;unusually civilised start to New Years eve anywhere.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br />We moved on to the beach with an hour to go before midnight and met friends to set up camp in the sand with our cooler - 100 yards away from the entrance to the party - to count down to midnight and watch the competing fireworks displays from the Ritz and the Westin with our feet in the ocean.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-EaH-OzBT6Ts/VKttYc8HPxI/AAAAAAAADbw/-Z22Y5GE3aY/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2015-01-05%2Bat%2B23.56.48.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; 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text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Qi09ccVtpjA/VKttbgFbIiI/AAAAAAAADb4/AwF4EVD4aYA/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2015-01-05%2Bat%2B23.57.51.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Qi09ccVtpjA/VKttbgFbIiI/AAAAAAAADb4/AwF4EVD4aYA/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2015-01-05%2Bat%2B23.57.51.png" height="366" width="640" /></span></a></div><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color: #666666;"><br /></span></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-V7C-oCKla58/VKttR6Ucn3I/AAAAAAAADbY/WAZj6a7XBMA/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2015-01-05%2Bat%2B23.55.31.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-V7C-oCKla58/VKttR6Ucn3I/AAAAAAAADbY/WAZj6a7XBMA/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2015-01-05%2Bat%2B23.55.31.png" height="372" width="640" /></span></a></div><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">After the clock struck twelve and we had exhausted our own bubble supply we hid our cooler in the sea grape and headed in to the party to top up our drinks, dance the night away and catch up with people we'd missed on the beach.</span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;">When the music stopped and the bar gradually emptied we moved back on to the beach to paddle, then swim, then sit in the sand and wait for the sun to come up on the new year. It started pretty beautifully.</span><br /><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif; margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-f6YiNTCr5r8/VKttIXoGWVI/AAAAAAAADbM/Wm4TV4bwyLM/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2015-01-05%2Bat%2B11.48.50.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-f6YiNTCr5r8/VKttIXoGWVI/AAAAAAAADbM/Wm4TV4bwyLM/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2015-01-05%2Bat%2B11.48.50.png" height="476" width="640" /></a></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Locations: Seven Mile Beach, Craft (Opposite the Marriot) West Bay Road &amp; Calico Jacks - West Bay Road</div><span style="color: #20124d; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div>Kate in Austinhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/08276237311808903495noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8257783377261330186.post-6421925264409336592015-01-04T00:07:00.000-06:002015-03-16T00:25:44.370-05:00ALL of 2014. <div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">As I began sorting my photos to print from the last year they fell neatly in to a picture timeline of 2014. A bit twee. But also relieving. Looking back on the year in its entirety I feel vindicated in my exhaustion! We've moved continents, thrown a serious sized wedding, flown far more than any purportedly environmentally concerned couple should and adopted the worlds most excellent (and possibly least intelligent..!) pup. Here's to a bit more napping in 2015!</span><br /><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><b>January</b></span><br /><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Sll-THbfuFA/VKLw17aHl_I/AAAAAAAADYc/RQ93Pyl5XH8/s1600/jan%2Bplus%2Btext.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Sll-THbfuFA/VKLw17aHl_I/AAAAAAAADYc/RQ93Pyl5XH8/s1600/jan%2Bplus%2Btext.jpg" height="270" width="640" /></span></a></div><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">In January we packed up our London flat ready for some tenants to move in - a little bit heartbreaking for a first home we've loved so much. I made the worlds least impressive cow boy birthday cake for J, we saw as many old friends as possible and threw a leaving (for now) party in Southwark to mark our departure from London for Texas skies and sunshine in Austin.</span><br /><a name='more'></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><b style="color: #666666;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">February</span></b></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-DdVxGJiDVW0/VKMpxc-kdnI/AAAAAAAADYs/-qS3irXiyTY/s1600/feb%2Btext.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-DdVxGJiDVW0/VKMpxc-kdnI/AAAAAAAADYs/-qS3irXiyTY/s1600/feb%2Btext.jpg" height="320" width="640" /></span></a></div><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;">We arrived in Austin with one suitcase each - met by the coldest winter in 30 years - and I realised that my carefully curated bikini selection probably wasn't going to cut it. Freezing. We moved in to a&nbsp;temporary apartment (functional not pretty), I explored the city while J got used to working in an office again and we started house hunting in earnest.&nbsp;We ate Texas BBQ almost exclusively while we waited for it to warm up and jumped in to our swim wear at the merest sniff of sunlight.&nbsp;</span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><b>March</b></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-I1QuaeRnJ44/VKMp5q0AZLI/AAAAAAAADY8/MNqZUCuG-Vo/s1600/March.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-I1QuaeRnJ44/VKMp5q0AZLI/AAAAAAAADY8/MNqZUCuG-Vo/s1600/March.jpg" height="320" width="640" /></span></a></div><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;">Buying property is SO much easier in Texas. In March, six weeks after we landed, we signed on the line and have an Austin home (with our own front door. and stairs. and a gigantic american fridge. and space for a dog). My parents, understanding that having visitors is important to make you feel at home, came to stay and played the part of excited tourists as I showed them round my barely discovered home city. Not wanting to waste their transatlantic travel we hopped over to Cayman as well to show them Jon's home town too.</span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /><b>April</b></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-xo1Qx_t60CY/VKMp19JHf1I/AAAAAAAADY0/qHvO7Hm9ri8/s1600/April%2BCollage.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-xo1Qx_t60CY/VKMp19JHf1I/AAAAAAAADY0/qHvO7Hm9ri8/s1600/April%2BCollage.jpg" height="320" width="640" /></span></a></div><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;">We celebrated my 27th Birthday with a hilarious weekend in Las Vegas. I was a bit dubious/worried that it wouldn't be my thing but, with the best company in the world (friends flying in from London and driving up from Arizona), it was - as is often the way with things you're not expecting - one of the most entertaining weekends we've ever had. I'm not sure we'll be able to go back.</span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><b>May</b></span><br /><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-SaZo9fGWisQ/VKMqAozJsWI/AAAAAAAADZE/l74x6gTKx9A/s1600/May%2BCollage.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-SaZo9fGWisQ/VKMqAozJsWI/AAAAAAAADZE/l74x6gTKx9A/s1600/May%2BCollage.jpg" height="320" width="640" /></span></a></div><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;">In May I decided I needed to do something while I job hunted - and my life was completely was taken over completely with foster puppies from the local shelter (do NOT do this if you expect to do anything else at all while you are looking after them). They looked glorious, were always delighted to see me and made an unholy mess and unbearable noise if left alone for more than 10 minutes.</span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /><b>June</b></span><br /><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-OgC-sDD6iss/VKMqCWzlmII/AAAAAAAADZM/RaUFlFnUmY0/s1600/June%2Bcollage.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-OgC-sDD6iss/VKMqCWzlmII/AAAAAAAADZM/RaUFlFnUmY0/s1600/June%2Bcollage.jpg" height="320" width="640" /></span></a></div><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;">The puppies were thankfully old enough to be adopted to their real homes. Free of canine shackles we went shooting, road tripped to Bandera to be&nbsp;cowboys for a weekend and baked FAR too many apple pies for a friend. I then abandoned Jon to fly back to England for a month (with a quick trip to Amsterdam) to organise the final bits and pieces for our wedding next month.</span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><b>July</b></span><br /><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-xbhWIA2O7NM/VKjVVT-lDTI/AAAAAAAADZ4/Bp0z5-4AKzM/s1600/July%2Bwords.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-xbhWIA2O7NM/VKjVVT-lDTI/AAAAAAAADZ4/Bp0z5-4AKzM/s1600/July%2Bwords.jpg" height="202" width="640" /></span></a></div><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;">July is wedding season amongst my friends at the moment - so I managed to fit in another hen do in London as well as my own - a weekend glamping in a giant pink TeePee at Lattitude Festival in Suffolk. Followed by celebrating our Wedding (again!) on the 26th in Surrey - with huge tent, silly bulb signs and a hella lot of rum to dance with at the party afterwards. Topped off with a slightly hungover brunch the next day to dissect the previous evenings events. Best party we've ever been to (which is absolutely how you should feel about your wedding!)</span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><b>August</b></span><br /><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-jtzobBn46Lo/VKjVZ06yaeI/AAAAAAAADaI/tL6emitYwGs/s1600/August.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-jtzobBn46Lo/VKjVZ06yaeI/AAAAAAAADaI/tL6emitYwGs/s1600/August.jpg" height="320" width="640" /></span></a></div><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;">In August we went Hawaii Island hopping for our honeymoon. Starting on the Big Island to take in the most active volcanoes before working our way to Kauai - probably the most beautiful place either of us have ever been - for beach walks, turtle watching, helicopter touring and generally melting in to a very Hawaiian pace life - delicious.</span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><b>September</b></span><br /><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-XyVOoOM4WG0/VKjVCvytf3I/AAAAAAAADZg/5k8YCz3j7TU/s1600/September.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-XyVOoOM4WG0/VKjVCvytf3I/AAAAAAAADZg/5k8YCz3j7TU/s1600/September.jpg" height="320" width="640" /></span></a></div><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;">In which I don't think I'll ever be not-jet-lagged. We returned from Hawaii and, planning to be at home in Texas for the foreseeable, we bit the bullet and bought our puppy Apollo home. After which I immediately abandoned both boys to fly back to the UK for a London engagement party and a Devon wedding.</span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><b>October</b></span><br /><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-u4PY9ZLd7Zo/VKjVId257UI/AAAAAAAADZo/nhHFR92QKm8/s1600/October.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-u4PY9ZLd7Zo/VKjVId257UI/AAAAAAAADZo/nhHFR92QKm8/s1600/October.jpg" height="252" width="640" /></span></a></div><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;">Back in Austin was a more gentle month - it was beginning to feel much more permanent, A puppy and a new job will do that. My role at a Non-profit in Austin teaching Sexual health started (and continues) well, and the dog is gradually letting us sleep.</span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><b>November</b></span><br /><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-vrkwDFNbUwg/VKjVMQU4gQI/AAAAAAAADZw/sAYMMDaxns8/s1600/November.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-vrkwDFNbUwg/VKjVMQU4gQI/AAAAAAAADZw/sAYMMDaxns8/s1600/November.jpg" height="320" width="640" /></span></a></div><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;">J's sister spent the month with us decorating and furnishing our home. I know we moved in in March but we've been travelling a lot and it seemed easier, especially because Katie is brilliant at such things and we are definitely not, to wait for her to come and stay. She's a hard task master but the house is beginning to look like a show home (in the best possible way). I'll show you when its picture perfect! In between trips to Home Depot, Ikea and West Elm - J and I manage to slip away to Vancouver for the weekend for some proper winter with two of our favourite people. Canada deserves a lot more exploring. We loved it. We'll be back!</span><br /><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /><br /><b>December</b></span><br /><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-YEKqyIx6A1s/VKjVXmw1Z8I/AAAAAAAADaA/PXybuMuskG8/s1600/December.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-YEKqyIx6A1s/VKjVXmw1Z8I/AAAAAAAADaA/PXybuMuskG8/s1600/December.jpg" height="320" width="640" /></span></a></div><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;">We threw a champagne fuelled early Christmas party to celebrate with our Austin&nbsp;friends before dropping Apollo off with a trainer for festive boot camp and flying Back to Cayman to see out the year in the sunshine.</span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br />Although blogging can sometimes feel narcissistic in the extreme - It's pretty &nbsp;great to have such a comprehensive record of 2014. We've come a long way &nbsp;since Jan! Thank you for your messages, comments, suggestions, and for making the time to read.&nbsp;</span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="color: #20124d; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div></div>Kate in Austinhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/08276237311808903495noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8257783377261330186.post-68309552908146612972014-12-29T17:34:00.000-06:002015-03-16T00:25:54.745-05:00Festive floating - Cayman family Christmas.<div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">After a very unconventional Christmas eve by my standards - failed lobster fishing, jerk pork gobbling and sunbathing - I wasn't feeling especially festive. But my morning jog down South Sound Road and some very inexpert beach graffiti (even less expertly photographed with my phone) kicked me out of my early morning funk.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-5wGSCK7hEzo/VKHiH1eTYZI/AAAAAAAADYE/hEz9_8kvEHk/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2014-12-29%2Bat%2B17.07.46.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-5wGSCK7hEzo/VKHiH1eTYZI/AAAAAAAADYE/hEz9_8kvEHk/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2014-12-29%2Bat%2B17.07.46.jpg" height="414" width="640" /></span></a></div><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br />All the Merry Christmas greetings, beribboned palm trees..&nbsp;</span><br /><a name='more'></a><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color: #666666;"><br /></span><span style="color: #666666;"><br /></span></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ebit07aVIkc/VKHiH1uM2vI/AAAAAAAADYA/SCJgfX8553w/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2014-12-29%2Bat%2B17.14.43.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ebit07aVIkc/VKHiH1uM2vI/AAAAAAAADYA/SCJgfX8553w/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2014-12-29%2Bat%2B17.14.43.jpg" height="476" width="640" /></span></a></div><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color: #666666;"><br /></span><span style="color: #666666;">and an exercise induced endorphin boost had me tucking in to pre-breakfast snacks (a christmas essential) with appropriately festive gusto. Cake at 9am? absolutely.</span></span><br /><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color: #666666;"><br /></span></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-sdqnFkzR_pg/VKHcIXJVQZI/AAAAAAAADW4/j7KlSxXssUE/s1600/IMG_7133.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-sdqnFkzR_pg/VKHcIXJVQZI/AAAAAAAADW4/j7KlSxXssUE/s1600/IMG_7133.JPG" height="640" width="640" /></a></span></div></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">We crowded round the tree to open presents to each other before&nbsp;piling into cars and zipping up to the other end of the island for a morning in the sunshine on Frank Sound. With family flying in from Edinburgh, London and Paris the plan was to float out on the boats catching up and toasting the season.</span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;">I love post-breakfast-morning-canapés even more than I love pre breakfast snacks - so as people ran around launching boats and tying themselves and sails in to knots I tucked myself in the kitchen to poison test the nibbles...</span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-bEhJC6kOpP0/VKHcRDfCkZI/AAAAAAAADXA/1eeb35svZIs/s1600/IMG_7134.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-bEhJC6kOpP0/VKHcRDfCkZI/AAAAAAAADXA/1eeb35svZIs/s1600/IMG_7134.JPG" height="640" width="640" /></span></a></div><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-eE0vdKowT5I/VKHbGvyYPuI/AAAAAAAADVk/DLL3Is6e3EE/s1600/Cayman%2Bchristmas.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-eE0vdKowT5I/VKHbGvyYPuI/AAAAAAAADVk/DLL3Is6e3EE/s1600/Cayman%2Bchristmas.JPG" height="480" width="640" /></span></a></div><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-wlXwsjo1VhQ/VKHbGMEgzPI/AAAAAAAADVY/JwBRbAIouT0/s1600/christmas%2Bboat%2Btrip.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-wlXwsjo1VhQ/VKHbGMEgzPI/AAAAAAAADVY/JwBRbAIouT0/s1600/christmas%2Bboat%2Btrip.JPG" height="480" width="640" /></span></a></div><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-g8TyV1l5kkk/VKHbIWN7v0I/AAAAAAAADVw/yQO4-KZCB2k/s1600/frank%2Bsound%2BCayman.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-g8TyV1l5kkk/VKHbIWN7v0I/AAAAAAAADVw/yQO4-KZCB2k/s1600/frank%2Bsound%2BCayman.JPG" height="640" width="640" /></span></a></div><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-a7pGfUss_sE/VKHb4C3BYFI/AAAAAAAADWY/3gqCxsE9WfY/s1600/IMG_7130.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-a7pGfUss_sE/VKHb4C3BYFI/AAAAAAAADWY/3gqCxsE9WfY/s1600/IMG_7130.JPG" height="640" width="640" /></span></a></div></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;">A breezy boat ride, singing carols (very much on my own with that one!) to the fish and mince pie munching, culminated in floating champagne - I love this floating flute holding cushion. So clever!</span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-E9rKMWcUmfU/VKHcHvdWm8I/AAAAAAAADWw/-2Ovfb0Sr8U/s1600/IMG_7132.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-E9rKMWcUmfU/VKHcHvdWm8I/AAAAAAAADWw/-2Ovfb0Sr8U/s1600/IMG_7132.JPG" height="640" width="640" /></span></a></div><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;">and more nibbling in the shallows.&nbsp;</span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-1wvQe0tXHUI/VKHcbLayp6I/AAAAAAAADXQ/0lXVfq-2w58/s1600/IMG_7135.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-1wvQe0tXHUI/VKHcbLayp6I/AAAAAAAADXQ/0lXVfq-2w58/s1600/IMG_7135.JPG" height="640" width="640" /></span></a></div><span style="color: #666666; 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font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;">Before acknowledging that we were not completely immune to sunburn and heading back to shore</span><br /><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-8FkW01yc1MA/VKHbnC7Yq5I/AAAAAAAADWI/Mfdvi10gXpc/s1600/IMG_7112.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-8FkW01yc1MA/VKHbnC7Yq5I/AAAAAAAADWI/Mfdvi10gXpc/s1600/IMG_7112.jpg" height="640" width="480" /></span></a></div><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Ho65cS9vZNE/VKHcUJB0zqI/AAAAAAAADXI/x-W_Klu4UnU/s1600/IMG_7131.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Ho65cS9vZNE/VKHcUJB0zqI/AAAAAAAADXI/x-W_Klu4UnU/s1600/IMG_7131.JPG" height="640" width="640" /></span></a></div><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;">&nbsp;to wash of the salt and sand in the pool&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-UZwog3oOrs0/VKHb7f7gVII/AAAAAAAADWo/fGxxeu9WIKs/s1600/IMG_7113.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-UZwog3oOrs0/VKHb7f7gVII/AAAAAAAADWo/fGxxeu9WIKs/s1600/IMG_7113.JPG" height="520" width="640" /></span></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif; text-align: justify;">and dig in to the first of two big Christmas meals the days second round of gifts.</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif; text-align: justify;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Xkrpbg5gMRQ/VKHbnmPr79I/AAAAAAAADWM/jf3aWM84WKs/s1600/IMG_7121.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Xkrpbg5gMRQ/VKHbnmPr79I/AAAAAAAADWM/jf3aWM84WKs/s1600/IMG_7121.jpg" height="640" width="480" /></span></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></div></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;">Several, very delicious, hours later we squeezed ourselves in to cars back home to scrub, peel, sauté and argue about the proper placement of Christmas crackers in preparation for our evening guests.</span><br /><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-t0LtAqxd3FI/VKHcmf8IgdI/AAAAAAAADXg/LFVpoHbeg-I/s1600/IMG_7144.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-t0LtAqxd3FI/VKHcmf8IgdI/AAAAAAAADXg/LFVpoHbeg-I/s1600/IMG_7144.JPG" height="640" width="640" /></span></a></div><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;">With sixteen people coming for Christmas dinner I was fairly sure we had enough wine (and had clearly misplaced my hairbrush. again.)</span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;">but I always get a bit anxious about potato quantities...</span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;">Fortunately this lot are rather less greedy than my tribe. Despite a raucous couple of hours of eating and drinking and game playing we didn't even start the second turkey - I've been living on stuffing and left over roast pots ever since. perfect.&nbsp;</span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></div><br /></div>Kate in Austinhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/08276237311808903495noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8257783377261330186.post-331938988313867752014-12-23T18:41:00.003-06:002015-03-16T00:26:12.592-05:00Back to the Island - The first of three very relaxed festive weeks in Cayman.<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-RI3pK1kBBf0/VJoIAwrblGI/AAAAAAAADUo/wy1SqSsbfEA/s1600/IMG_6644.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-RI3pK1kBBf0/VJoIAwrblGI/AAAAAAAADUo/wy1SqSsbfEA/s1600/IMG_6644.JPG" height="640" width="640" /></span></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">We haven't been home to Jon's parents since March so, in preparation for Christmas, we packed our MoonPup off to bootcamp (to learn to be an even-more-super-dog) for three weeks and jumped on a plane to fly South (or South-Eastish) for the winter. Scooping up our former housemate and all round favourite person James in Atlanta en route.&nbsp;</span></div><a name='more'></a><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span><br /><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;">We've been here for nearly a week now - touristing fully with J who's never visited before - So we've driven the whole coast road, eaten marinated conch at our favourite beach side bar in West Bay and&nbsp;made silly faces at the turtle farm</span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-wsPI5nI9XnY/VJoFaKLu8wI/AAAAAAAADTs/u7TaZVt4jEI/s1600/IMG_6781.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; 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font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;">We've clambered in and out of boats with fresh cut coconuts&nbsp;</span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Pykoku455a8/VJoFydOdyJI/AAAAAAAADUM/XmebH3TNqY0/s1600/IMG_6796.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Pykoku455a8/VJoFydOdyJI/AAAAAAAADUM/XmebH3TNqY0/s1600/IMG_6796.JPG" height="480" width="640" /></span></a></div><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-65nbjDnQ5kg/VJoFXJLrXMI/AAAAAAAADTc/5DS046bthKU/s1600/IMG_6815.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-65nbjDnQ5kg/VJoFXJLrXMI/AAAAAAAADTc/5DS046bthKU/s1600/IMG_6815.JPG" height="640" width="640" /></span></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;">Paddled, and splashed and beach walked and swam</span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-nUrAlBGHojw/VJoG8Jt4unI/AAAAAAAADUc/DtkQ7DCpiTo/s1600/IMG_6615.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-nUrAlBGHojw/VJoG8Jt4unI/AAAAAAAADUc/DtkQ7DCpiTo/s1600/IMG_6615.JPG" height="480" width="640" /></span></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-LjSqKohQA8g/VJoIBRtDfCI/AAAAAAAADUs/gtPyoj6Zu9o/s1600/IMG_6645.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-LjSqKohQA8g/VJoIBRtDfCI/AAAAAAAADUs/gtPyoj6Zu9o/s1600/IMG_6645.JPG" height="640" width="640" /></span></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-PW3HWjwEpDM/VJoG7uq-wEI/AAAAAAAADUY/rOWpyq5OD3Q/s1600/IMG_6738.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-PW3HWjwEpDM/VJoG7uq-wEI/AAAAAAAADUY/rOWpyq5OD3Q/s1600/IMG_6738.JPG" height="480" width="640" /></span></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #20124d; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">...and the island fatigue is beginning to set in (it amazing how exhausting lying in a hammock can be!) - round after round of catch up champagne, birthday brunch and pre christmas eggnog...</span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #20124d; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-5-5eSSh6qSg/VJnq2hR5JaI/AAAAAAAADQI/yrqiiO6yrOk/s1600/IMG_6850.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-5-5eSSh6qSg/VJnq2hR5JaI/AAAAAAAADQI/yrqiiO6yrOk/s1600/IMG_6850.JPG" height="640" width="640" /></span></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Cp-hh7_PitY/VJnq9LRt2GI/AAAAAAAADQQ/IqSJO8634Gs/s1600/IMG_6591.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Cp-hh7_PitY/VJnq9LRt2GI/AAAAAAAADQQ/IqSJO8634Gs/s1600/IMG_6591.JPG" height="640" width="640" /></span></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #20124d; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">...has resulted in some very contented but increasingly rotund campers.&nbsp;</span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #20124d; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">This mornings efforts to rectify this with a long run were probably too little too late. And certainly far too hot.&nbsp;</span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #20124d; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-oW1fKS-UegI/VJnruOWuNQI/AAAAAAAADQc/R64hd5K4c2k/s1600/IMG_6928.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-oW1fKS-UegI/VJnruOWuNQI/AAAAAAAADQc/R64hd5K4c2k/s1600/IMG_6928.jpg" height="640" width="480" /></span></a></div><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-rD2HOD_b7rM/VJoD9UvWmGI/AAAAAAAADSE/m9Jm7g0NAhQ/s1600/IMG_6943.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-rD2HOD_b7rM/VJoD9UvWmGI/AAAAAAAADSE/m9Jm7g0NAhQ/s1600/IMG_6943.JPG" height="480" width="640" /></span></a></div><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ZtdSRvC-ev8/VJoDfuXq1_I/AAAAAAAADR4/5hQbe2MApXU/s1600/IMG_6944.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ZtdSRvC-ev8/VJoDfuXq1_I/AAAAAAAADR4/5hQbe2MApXU/s1600/IMG_6944.JPG" height="480" width="640" /></span></a></div><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-fmf7tviyxwU/VJoEKRp0_jI/AAAAAAAADSk/cTbWPA57v0E/s1600/IMG_6945.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-fmf7tviyxwU/VJoEKRp0_jI/AAAAAAAADSk/cTbWPA57v0E/s1600/IMG_6945.JPG" height="480" width="640" /></span></a></div><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-RtW-8LdhkrE/VJoD_UbbipI/AAAAAAAADSM/rIfAb-x8Sq4/s1600/IMG_6946.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-RtW-8LdhkrE/VJoD_UbbipI/AAAAAAAADSM/rIfAb-x8Sq4/s1600/IMG_6946.JPG" height="480" width="640" /></span></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #20124d; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Beach running is beautiful. Sprints on the beach in the midday sun with an over competitive running buddy are absolute hell. Blurgh</span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #20124d; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #20124d; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">But at least its easy cool yourself down afterwards.</span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #20124d; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-HCwgzetfQ-Q/VJoEF3e-iEI/AAAAAAAADSc/qZSwtKMBwzw/s1600/IMG_6949.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-HCwgzetfQ-Q/VJoEF3e-iEI/AAAAAAAADSc/qZSwtKMBwzw/s1600/IMG_6949.jpg" height="640" width="480" /></span></a></div><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-tpSwnAoYqyQ/VJoEuRw3mLI/AAAAAAAADS0/FMYZ0aEBG3M/s1600/IMG_6951.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-tpSwnAoYqyQ/VJoEuRw3mLI/AAAAAAAADS0/FMYZ0aEBG3M/s1600/IMG_6951.jpg" height="640" width="480" /></span></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Ji8yyYxb1e8/VJoEgOkOzlI/AAAAAAAADSs/ldHe0RilBk0/s1600/IMG_6950.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Ji8yyYxb1e8/VJoEgOkOzlI/AAAAAAAADSs/ldHe0RilBk0/s1600/IMG_6950.jpg" height="640" width="480" /></span></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="color: #20124d; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Locations: Seven Mile Beach, Cayman Turtle farm, Alfresco restaurant, South Sound - all Grand Cayman.</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #20124d; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div><br /></div>Kate in Austinhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/08276237311808903495noreply@blogger.com0Cayman Islands19.3133 -81.25459999999998218.355452000000003 -82.545493499999978 20.271148 -79.963706499999986tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8257783377261330186.post-32404357500133363872014-11-27T01:28:00.000-06:002015-03-16T00:26:40.489-05:00A Cultus lake (hangover) cure<div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">After a rather more&nbsp;raucous night than we intended (featuring raving Sushi at the '<a href="http://heeatery.ca/" target="_blank">Eatery</a>' and a white themed party - none of which is remotely internet friendly!) we woke up to a crisp, sunny morning in Abbotsford (about an hours drive from Vancouver and home of two of our favourite people) - Perfect for being outdoors - but the groaning noises coming from J's direction suggested that he and Mike might not be feeling so fresh - so we dosed them up with tortilla chips and breakfast burritos before we headed to Cultus Lake water park for a bracing walking and, for the boys, a head clearing dip.&nbsp;</span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">British Colombia remains astonishly beautiful. Our friends assure us it's completely miserable for 75% of the year but we've seen no evidence of it - and are planning our relocation immediately!</span><br /><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-yxswkh7d97E/VHVOs0PrQNI/AAAAAAAADNw/BXhl7MoNP6w/s1600/IMG_5302.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-yxswkh7d97E/VHVOs0PrQNI/AAAAAAAADNw/BXhl7MoNP6w/s1600/IMG_5302.JPG" height="480" width="640" /></span></a></div><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color: #666666;"></span><br /></span><a name='more'></a><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Nw9EUr_PoCY/VHVOsgqHDuI/AAAAAAAADNo/8FNzCG4YEfg/s1600/IMG_5311.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Nw9EUr_PoCY/VHVOsgqHDuI/AAAAAAAADNo/8FNzCG4YEfg/s1600/IMG_5311.jpg" height="640" width="480" /></span></a></div><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color: #666666;"><br /></span></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-yt0CR_njOM4/VHVOsrnDIiI/AAAAAAAADNs/Q5c749rMdjo/s1600/IMG_5319.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-yt0CR_njOM4/VHVOsrnDIiI/AAAAAAAADNs/Q5c749rMdjo/s1600/IMG_5319.JPG" height="480" width="640" /></span></a></div><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color: #666666;"><br /></span></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-HeTf6QzSuOw/VHVOtyTGICI/AAAAAAAADOE/2lex-3KuTfM/s1600/IMG_5322.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-HeTf6QzSuOw/VHVOtyTGICI/AAAAAAAADOE/2lex-3KuTfM/s1600/IMG_5322.jpg" height="640" width="480" /></span></a></div><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color: #666666;"><br /></span></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ZfJF1Uz5el8/VHVOtx7LwVI/AAAAAAAADOA/YujmZMA_Dqw/s1600/IMG_5348.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ZfJF1Uz5el8/VHVOtx7LwVI/AAAAAAAADOA/YujmZMA_Dqw/s1600/IMG_5348.JPG" height="458" width="640" /></span></a></div><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color: #666666;"><br /></span></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-4VJ3Q0wEXBU/VHVOuQaD_1I/AAAAAAAADOI/t5GInwBvc60/s1600/IMG_5363.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-4VJ3Q0wEXBU/VHVOuQaD_1I/AAAAAAAADOI/t5GInwBvc60/s1600/IMG_5363.JPG" height="480" width="640" /></span></a></div><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color: #666666;"><br /></span></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-xnjvVKd6FnE/VHVOvKJYjNI/AAAAAAAADOY/780w930Uwoo/s1600/IMG_5367.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-xnjvVKd6FnE/VHVOvKJYjNI/AAAAAAAADOY/780w930Uwoo/s1600/IMG_5367.JPG" height="480" width="640" /></span></a></div><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">The lake is glorious. The light here is just as magical as Lynn Valley</span><br /><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color: #666666;"><br /></span></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-4tWleEGhUXc/VHVOvXDKFzI/AAAAAAAADOc/gOB9SsucKyQ/s1600/IMG_5370.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-4tWleEGhUXc/VHVOvXDKFzI/AAAAAAAADOc/gOB9SsucKyQ/s1600/IMG_5370.JPG" height="334" width="640" /></span></a></div><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">And the maddest of us actually did brave a dip.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-45gbR5clKeg/VHVOvSL2PAI/AAAAAAAADOk/gjoQl4pjqlo/s1600/IMG_5379.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-45gbR5clKeg/VHVOvSL2PAI/AAAAAAAADOk/gjoQl4pjqlo/s1600/IMG_5379.JPG" height="480" width="640" /></span></a></div></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br />The noises that emanated from him as he hit the water persuaded Jon to stay firmly on dry land.&nbsp;</span></div><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color: #666666;"><br /></span></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ytDpSij6R8M/VHVOwMPt9LI/AAAAAAAADOo/4EvbKOy1fd4/s1600/IMG_5395.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ytDpSij6R8M/VHVOwMPt9LI/AAAAAAAADOo/4EvbKOy1fd4/s1600/IMG_5395.jpg" height="480" width="640" /></span></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color: #666666;"><br /></span></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-hWH4R_RZvWc/VHVOwRNL8WI/AAAAAAAADO0/NIIS0pC7Bsk/s1600/IMG_5396.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-hWH4R_RZvWc/VHVOwRNL8WI/AAAAAAAADO0/NIIS0pC7Bsk/s1600/IMG_5396.jpg" height="480" width="640" /></span></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; text-align: justify;">And so we waved a sad farewell to the most beautiful place we've been in a while and flew South before the worst of winter happens here.&nbsp;</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; text-align: justify;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="text-align: justify;">Location: Cultus Lake, </span><span style="background-color: white; line-height: 26px;">B.C.</span></span></div>Kate in Austinhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/08276237311808903495noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8257783377261330186.post-76862657203262125392014-11-24T15:11:00.000-06:002015-03-16T00:26:51.100-05:00More Vancouvering - Lynn Valley and Lighthouse Park<div style="text-align: justify;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-3rKL5R9cXKM/VHJNaJDb30I/AAAAAAAADMc/NJ1fbzRDtOY/s1600/IMG_5222.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-3rKL5R9cXKM/VHJNaJDb30I/AAAAAAAADMc/NJ1fbzRDtOY/s1600/IMG_5222.JPG" height="480" width="640" /></span></a></div><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br />Having been in the country for less than 24 hours I &nbsp;am a fully paid up, Maple Syrup swilling, Poutine loving, Canada fan. I love Vancouver.&nbsp;</span></div><div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div></div><div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">We woke up slowly with plans to breakfast at Joe Fortes. But on arriving at 10am it was discovered not to open until 11 - not to be dissuaded we pottered down the road for pre-breakfast snacks and coffee (Zucchini and chocolate muffins. A revelation.) at JJ Bean</span><br /><a name='more'></a><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color: #666666;"><br /></span></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-dYxzSS52qwQ/VHJNTCK8H1I/AAAAAAAADKQ/0zM3Ma1DnRk/s1600/11.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-dYxzSS52qwQ/VHJNTCK8H1I/AAAAAAAADKQ/0zM3Ma1DnRk/s1600/11.jpg" height="424" width="640" /></span></a></div><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br />&nbsp;- before returning for breakfast number two (coconut scones and eggs benedict) under heaters on the roof.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-N6Qj739Uj_I/VHJNbaSIXeI/AAAAAAAADM4/_51c9MKwLFs/s1600/JoeFortes001.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-N6Qj739Uj_I/VHJNbaSIXeI/AAAAAAAADM4/_51c9MKwLFs/s1600/JoeFortes001.jpg" height="422" width="640" /></span></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-EmKbB7s9n1g/VHJNThPauhI/AAAAAAAADKU/jBANjXdRrPg/s1600/IMG_5064.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-EmKbB7s9n1g/VHJNThPauhI/AAAAAAAADKU/jBANjXdRrPg/s1600/IMG_5064.JPG" height="640" width="640" /></span></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div></div></div><div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Fuelled by two breakfasts we set off for Lynn Valley park, via a brief stop at the childhood home of my Mother in Law to take a photo.</span><br /><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-bP96ZozbR94/VHJNTgMBbfI/AAAAAAAADKc/G_D4jHqnXaw/s1600/IMG_5069.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-bP96ZozbR94/VHJNTgMBbfI/AAAAAAAADKc/G_D4jHqnXaw/s1600/IMG_5069.JPG" height="480" width="640" /></span></a></div><span style="color: #666666; 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text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-aDYWE6NzPwY/VHJNWH9r_zI/AAAAAAAADLQ/ZfcVj0LwUhM/s1600/IMG_5131.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-aDYWE6NzPwY/VHJNWH9r_zI/AAAAAAAADLQ/ZfcVj0LwUhM/s1600/IMG_5131.JPG" height="480" width="640" /></span></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; text-align: justify;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; text-align: justify;">This is exactly what I imagined Canada would be like, clean, crisp, clear, absolutely magic. The light at this time of year is so soft it feels like that golden hour after dawn/before sun set all the time.&nbsp;</span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-LvQ5B09ZR_I/VHJNXnXyeII/AAAAAAAADLo/pO2OYUnBqWc/s1600/IMG_5145.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-LvQ5B09ZR_I/VHJNXnXyeII/AAAAAAAADLo/pO2OYUnBqWc/s1600/IMG_5145.jpg" height="640" width="480" /></span></a></div><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color: #666666;"><br /></span></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-skeHsQX08uA/VHJNYCDXpII/AAAAAAAADL0/icYMyvTZTd8/s1600/IMG_5150.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; 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font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">We wandered through the woods and across bridges, getting only moderately lost...</span><br /><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-A7-UyML4N2A/VHJNW-Rud0I/AAAAAAAADLg/WDypOVk1G7Q/s1600/IMG_5137.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-A7-UyML4N2A/VHJNW-Rud0I/AAAAAAAADLg/WDypOVk1G7Q/s1600/IMG_5137.jpg" height="640" width="480" /></span></a></div><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color: #666666;"><br /></span></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-BBriJkt1Wrg/VHJNXnNtB9I/AAAAAAAADLs/ge_SwbRD8aQ/s1600/IMG_5138.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-BBriJkt1Wrg/VHJNXnNtB9I/AAAAAAAADLs/ge_SwbRD8aQ/s1600/IMG_5138.jpg" height="640" width="480" /></span></a></div><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div></div><div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Before jumping in the car and making the short drive to the Lighthouse park for more breath takingly beautiful trees and a sunset over the sea.</span><br /><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-XDkTjmDaen4/VHJNY2r3klI/AAAAAAAADL8/6Lu8q-qTwOs/s1600/IMG_5178.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="color: #666666; 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font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br />By which time our double breakfast extravaganza was beginning to wear off - so onwards to some silly psychedelic sushi, and an even sillier white (k)night...</span><br /><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br />Locations:</span><br /><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br />JJ Bean.&nbsp;<span style="background-color: white; line-height: 18px; text-align: start;">740 Hamilton St,&nbsp;</span><span style="background-color: white; line-height: 18px; text-align: start;">Vancouver, B.C.</span></span><br /><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Joe Forte's seafood and chophouse - 7<span style="background-color: white; line-height: 18px; text-align: start;">77 Thurlow St,&nbsp;</span><span style="background-color: white; line-height: 18px; text-align: start;">Vancouver, B.C.</span></span><br /><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Lynn Canyon Park -&nbsp;<span style="background-color: white; line-height: 18px; text-align: start;">663 park road,&nbsp;</span><span style="background-color: white; line-height: 18px; text-align: start;">North Vancouver, B.C.</span></span><br /><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Lighthouse Park -&nbsp;<span style="background-color: white; line-height: 18px; text-align: start;">West Vancouver, BC</span></span></div></div>Kate in Austinhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/08276237311808903495noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8257783377261330186.post-41548826510127329622014-11-23T05:00:00.000-06:002015-03-16T00:27:08.119-05:00A Vancouver weekend - Coal Harbour and China town<div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">I love bears and Jon loves Maple syrup so Canada should technically have been top of our travel list for ever. It looks a bit cold in the pictures though, so it took a couple of our best friends moving to Vancouver to lure us up so far North.</span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">We hadn't been on an adventure for a while because all our too-ing and fro-ing has been wedding related to the UK and back (or Honeymooning which doesn't count...) - so to counteract our end-of-summer blues we jumped on a plane up and over the border for a long weekend in the land of Mounties and Ryan Gosling.</span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">As with all good weekends, this one mostly involved hiking round beautiful places interspersed with regular food stops. We Arrived on Friday afternoon and were whisked on &nbsp;a whistlestop walking tour of the city&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-IsFq17ECy4c/VHFuEwY9vWI/AAAAAAAADI4/g7hNFylG9sg/s1600/IMG_5026.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-IsFq17ECy4c/VHFuEwY9vWI/AAAAAAAADI4/g7hNFylG9sg/s1600/IMG_5026.JPG" height="480" width="640" /></span></a></div><a name='more'></a><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color: #666666;"><br /></span><span style="color: #666666;"><br /></span></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-28yBIWw8vpc/VHFuEylaEWI/AAAAAAAADI8/nlygZZsbE_k/s1600/IMG_5028.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; 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text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ABmCQNfoEq0/VHFuGDnCEvI/AAAAAAAADJc/uP94O264S8g/s1600/IMG_5055.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ABmCQNfoEq0/VHFuGDnCEvI/AAAAAAAADJc/uP94O264S8g/s1600/IMG_5055.JPG" height="452" width="640" /></span></a></div><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color: #666666;"><br /></span><span style="color: #666666;">... and on, via sunset whisky sours at <a href="https://www.vancouverdine.com/carderos" target="_blank">Cardero's</a> - Coals Harbour</span></span><br /><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-GNAFwlIeRac/VHFvak6Ag8I/AAAAAAAADJo/WmMb0aHS3ZE/s1600/d0c04fbab7f0ec43566afd66be88bb34.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-GNAFwlIeRac/VHFvak6Ag8I/AAAAAAAADJo/WmMb0aHS3ZE/s1600/d0c04fbab7f0ec43566afd66be88bb34.jpg" height="640" width="450" /></span></a></div><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br />to delicious contemporary chinese food at <a href="http://bao-bei.ca/" target="_blank">Bao Bei</a> in China Town</span><br /><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-1d7x5674mMc/VHFvjRegE6I/AAAAAAAADJw/3xPA4VPD7rM/s1600/Bao-Bei-Chinese-Brasserie-1.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-1d7x5674mMc/VHFvjRegE6I/AAAAAAAADJw/3xPA4VPD7rM/s1600/Bao-Bei-Chinese-Brasserie-1.jpg" height="478" width="640" /></span></a></div><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br />Where the silken tofu was so good we ordered it again, and the soup dumplings were entirely worth the&nbsp;quantity of stock that ended up down my jumper sleeves. If you find yourself in Vancouver I strongly recommend you&nbsp;make a beeline here as soon as you clamber off the plane. I wish I'd taken some photos but I was far to busy being chin deep in &nbsp; &nbsp;delicious chinese things.</span><br /><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br />And then, gleefully abandoning all rock and roll pretensions (old friends are the best friends!!), we&nbsp;wandered home to tuck ourselves in to cozy beds at the <a href="http://theburrard.com/" target="_blank">Burrard hotel</a> (via an&nbsp;accidental post dinner poutine stop..) ready to hit the national parks with a vengeance tomorrow morning.</span><br /><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/--kepum2m6s8/VHFyWeA_paI/AAAAAAAADJ8/llvjIDoZjTY/s1600/queen-plus1.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/--kepum2m6s8/VHFyWeA_paI/AAAAAAAADJ8/llvjIDoZjTY/s1600/queen-plus1.jpg" height="426" width="640" /></span></a></div><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Locations:</span><br /><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br />Cardero's Restaurant -&nbsp;<span style="background-color: white; line-height: 16px; text-align: left;">1583 Coal Harbour Quay, Vancouver, B.C.</span></span><br /><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Bao Bei Chinese Brasserie -&nbsp;<span style="background-color: white; line-height: 19px; text-align: left;">63 Keefer Street, Vancouver, B.C.</span></span><br /><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">The Burrard Hotel -&nbsp;<span style="background-color: white; line-height: 16px; text-align: left;">1100 Burrard St, Vancouver, B.C.</span></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div>Kate in Austinhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/08276237311808903495noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8257783377261330186.post-82228101170585662592014-11-22T11:48:00.000-06:002015-01-08T11:19:56.147-06:00Everything is better when its Texas shaped... Restoring waffles at the Driskill Hotel<div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;">After an entirely unnecessary afternoon at the Tailgate we needed to celebrate my Sister in Law's (also called Kate. Not confusing for anyone at all..) birthday in a restoring fashion. so "TO BRUNCH" we cried, googling 'Texas-shaped-waffles' as we drove in to town and booking a late table at the Driskill's Cafe 1886 en route.</span><br /><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /> </span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Ylk01HK22Yg/VHDGvMOxpRI/AAAAAAAADIQ/Qq-G2wnSERc/s1600/about-us-masthead.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Ylk01HK22Yg/VHDGvMOxpRI/AAAAAAAADIQ/Qq-G2wnSERc/s1600/about-us-masthead.jpg" height="252" width="640" /></span></a></div><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><a name='more'></a><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;">J has a theory that the best thing to do when you're feeling a bit sorry for yourself the&nbsp;morning after too-much-fun is to dress up nicely and go somewhere smart - thus convincing your body that you are somewhere very important and that it needs to behave itself&nbsp;accordingly. It's not a perfect cure but it normally works marginally better than giving up on the day before you've even got out of bed. The Driskill - Austin's oldest hotel is all marble flooring, columns and stained glass - fitted the bill perfectly. &nbsp;In combination with nicely ironed shirts we felt almost human just walking through the doors!&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-jaacDwPn9Tc/VHDFZnpbNmI/AAAAAAAADHQ/ljNGb5jDPhQ/s1600/Driskill%2Blobby.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-jaacDwPn9Tc/VHDFZnpbNmI/AAAAAAAADHQ/ljNGb5jDPhQ/s1600/Driskill%2Blobby.jpeg" height="640" width="480" /></span></a></div><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-rezw6dmK1vc/VHDFaYr6bWI/AAAAAAAADHU/7mgmx2JWjeY/s1600/cafe%2B1886%2Bbakery.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-rezw6dmK1vc/VHDFaYr6bWI/AAAAAAAADHU/7mgmx2JWjeY/s1600/cafe%2B1886%2Bbakery.jpg" height="466" width="640" /></span></a></div><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;">Big bottles of San Pellegrino, delicious Lattes and some gigantic breakfasts were in order...</span><br /><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-DuQNlzO_loE/VHDF1VyE7LI/AAAAAAAADIE/AVkDkqewcnk/s1600/IMG_4895.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-DuQNlzO_loE/VHDF1VyE7LI/AAAAAAAADIE/AVkDkqewcnk/s1600/IMG_4895.jpg" height="640" width="480" /></span></a></div><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;">Migas for me</span><br /><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-coQe-R6XN3w/VHDIcjyeWAI/AAAAAAAADIY/NIzAlY5V1Ec/s1600/IMG_5449.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-coQe-R6XN3w/VHDIcjyeWAI/AAAAAAAADIY/NIzAlY5V1Ec/s1600/IMG_5449.JPG" height="640" width="640" /></span></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></div></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;">(compulsory) Syrup drenched Texas Waffles for the birthday girl</span><br /><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-MlR1Fp6hVcg/VHDKnXHlq8I/AAAAAAAADIo/LBfVYdDFczs/s1600/IMG_4912.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-MlR1Fp6hVcg/VHDKnXHlq8I/AAAAAAAADIo/LBfVYdDFczs/s1600/IMG_4912.JPG" height="640" width="640" /></span></a></div><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;">Hydration all round</span><br /><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-v733BSKweIA/VHDFsyvFiqI/AAAAAAAADH0/7Zlf7NK7qM0/s1600/IMG_4913.JPG.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-v733BSKweIA/VHDFsyvFiqI/AAAAAAAADH0/7Zlf7NK7qM0/s1600/IMG_4913.JPG.jpeg" height="640" width="640" /></span></a></div><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #20124d; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">And an hour later re emerged blinking in to the sunshine and ready to face real life - at least real Sunday life. On a sofa. With my puppy and Nexflix...</span><br /><span style="color: #20124d; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-oSEf-2DgaH8/VHDFZ8-QuFI/AAAAAAAADHM/uzrVUEzU2ec/s1600/Austin%2Bpets%2Balive.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-oSEf-2DgaH8/VHDFZ8-QuFI/AAAAAAAADHM/uzrVUEzU2ec/s1600/Austin%2Bpets%2Balive.jpeg" height="640" width="640" /></a></div><span style="color: #20124d; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="color: #20124d; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Location: 1886 Cafe and Bakery @ The Driskill Hotel - 604 Brazos Street, Austin TX</span></div><span style="color: #20124d; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br />Kate in Austinhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/08276237311808903495noreply@blogger.com0