Friday, May 25, 2018

Västerås Mängd (Västerås Variety)

Part of the school
The second day we spent outside of Stockholm was in Västerås. Although we had to work most of the day, we did get to spend some time wandering the streets and getting a quick look at this little city. It does have an interesting history and at least one place I’d like to return to see. There was also a very nice restaurant in which we glimpsed a popular opera star.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Uppåt till Uppsala (Upwards to Uppsala)

On one of our days in Sweden we journeyed to the small town of Uppsala. Because of the excellent public transportation, the less than an hour train trip was comfortable and interesting. The countryside, viewed through the train window, was lovely; the seats were comfortable and there was free WiFi – what could be better?

Friday, May 11, 2018

Slår ut för Stockholm (Striking out for Stockholm)

Sweden has always been one of the places I’ve wanted to see, but have
Ice on the river
been deplorably ignorant about.  It has good food (smorgasbord), a lot of snow, and people who say ‘ya’. I was right about the food, but not about the snow, although we did have a chilly visit, nor did even one person say ‘ya’. Everyone we spoke to had little to no accent and used excellent English. We visited three different towns during our stay, and all were delightful.

Friday, May 4, 2018

A Pleasant Point

Not too far from Cleburne and from Keene is an old cemetery. We’d
Entrance to the cemetery
driven by a couple of times, but never stopped. On this pretty spring day, we did have a bit of time and decided to explore this small plot of history and art.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Kicking around Keene

When I was really young I loved to listen to the stories my grandparents
Texas Bluebonnets and shadows
told about their lives in Texas. As I got older, I didn’t pay as much attention and time slipped away. Thinking back I wish I had listened more closely or had written down some of the things I was told. Looking at pictures in old albums, I wonder who some of the people were and if they were the ones who lived at Keene.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Hiding out in Cedar Hill

Cedar Hill meant nothing more to me than some hills and some cedar
Antennas, cedar trees, on a hill
(juniper) trees. It’s a pretty area near Joe Pool Lake, and it’s a bunch older than I had anticipated. Of course, the day did not cooperate – a slow drizzle that became a rather chilly rain, instead of bright sunshine. We did find a nice place for lunch, so that mitigated the gloom, somewhat; and I did get a look at Joe Pool Lake.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Coming into Coyote Flats

Getting from one place to another in rural Texas may mean that you see
Coyote Flats City Limit
lots of plains, or trees, or deserts, or shorelines, or mountains (Texas has every ecosystem except Arctic tundra and rainforests). You also may see little towns that may not be apparent on a normal scale road map – it’s amazing what Google Maps will show you when you zoom in. When we run across one of these small hamlets, with no obvious historical trail nor railroad siding, we wonder just how it came about. Coyote Flats is one such example.