Blisswood, TX

Late last year Kelly and I visited Blisswood Ranch to get away for the weekend. The plan was to drive about an hour away from home, unload a few things form the car, then do nothing for three days. Which is exactly what happened. So, naturally, I took a few pics. === In other news, I’ve recently caught up on a backlog of photos....

Canyon Lake / Austin / Washington DC

21 photos from Canyon Lake, Texas Canyon Lake is where we and a bunch of friends spent Memorial Weekend. Weather didn’t permit tubing on an icy cold river which was at a low level, so we simply ate BBQ, drank beer, talked nonsense, and laughed a lot. Coulda been worse. Bonus: random photo of a rainbow over Houston from my office...

Cowboy disco

Late last month Kelly and I, and a small bunch of our mates, braved the opening night of the Houston Rodeo. Actually, this is a little misleading, we attended the ground of the rodeo, but being the first night, none of the things you may associate with a rodeo were happening. Instead of watching cowboys being violently flung from the...

Terry the owl

While I was downstairs at my computer this morning I received a photo message from my wife (who was upstairs). It was a photo of a Northern Cardinal bird hanging out in the neighbour’s tree. Kelly was excited because I had excitedly relayed sightings of this bird to her on several occasions, and this was the first time she’d...

Texas housewarming

After two months of moving into our house in Houston, it was about time we sprang a housewarming on the friends we’ve made here. It’s a busy time of the year for everyone, but we definitely wanted to sneak it in before the year ended — who’d want to warm a house after six months? We had a great turnout with pretty much...

Gator Park

So, you’re heard of swimming with sharks, but how about riding with ‘gators? You can do this at Brazos Bend State Park, Texas! And once our good mate Nina[1. Nina was the first friend we met in Houston, and actually the very first ‘local’ I ever spoke to :)] invited us to go riding in the ‘Gator Park’,...

Austin, TX

A few weeks ago, Kelly and I made our first trip to Austin. My cousin Marty was in the US at the time so he flew across to hang out with us. Is was a pretty chilled visit — testing the waters for our next trip up. We spent the time eating, drinking, and being merry, plus a day in San Antonio to see what the Alamo was all about, a walk in...

Block party

Here are most of the people who attended the block party at the place we’re staying at until Saturday: Yes, I was telling people to keep their hands of our BBQ! ;) We move into our new place this weekend, so I think we were quite lucky to win a BBQ, during the only month of our stay here, and during the only block party held all...