Friday, December 8, 2017

Springing around Springtown

After loading up on holiday food, watching old movies, and generally
Area around Springtown
being lazy it was time to go exploring. We’ve been south of the Metroplex frequently, so taking some jaunts in a more northwardly direction seemed a good idea. Springtown was our destination, partly because we’d never been there, and partly because there was supposed to be a good Mexican restaurant within the environs.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Winding up in Whitney

Whitney is a small town in Hill County was named after, surprisingly enough, Charles A. Whitney. Although it
Dave and Vince, on the road
is near Lake Whitney, that’s not why the town appeared in its location. We took a ride out to Whitney just to get out of the city and to see if the trees had begun to reflect the change from summer to autumn. We were, of course, also looking for somewhere new for lunch.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Going by Blum

Trees beginning to change colors - slightly
Autumn in Texas can be beautiful, but this year it’s been fairly blah when it comes to leaves changing color. Lack of color didn’t stop us from getting out and about looking for some adventure. It was in this pursuit that we discovered Blum, Texas.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Adventuring in Avon

Fall in Connecticut – what a great time of year! I’ve been through the
Top L to R: Four Seasons Necklace,
Autumn Acorn Necklace
Bottom: Harvest Moon Bracelet
state at other times of the year, but I’d never stayed in any particular city and I’d not spent any time exploring. This year I got to participate in the Fall Foliage Bead Retreat in Avon, Connecticut. This event is led by Amy Blevins; each year she brings nationally known beading instructors in for a few days of playing in the beads. This year the instructors were Nancy Cain, Laura McCabe, and Melissa Grakowsky-Shippee. We began two necklaces and a bracelet. I’m still not finished with any of them, but I’m enjoying the work.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Sliding through San Diego

I love to go to beading retreats. I get to see old friends, meet new friends,
Top L to R: Varvona by Marcia De Coster,
Siena by Sabine Lippert
Bottom: Woodland Jewels by Beki Haley
learn from excellent teachers, and create some lovely jewelry. Beaders Dream Retreat was back in San Diego this year and completely met my expectations. I’d taken lessons from two of the instructors previously, Marcia DeCoster and Beki Haley. The person I’d not met before was Sabine Lippert. The pieces for this year were inventive and intricate – I love them all.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Weaving to Weaverville

Main Street in Weaverville
Although I’ve been to the Asheville area several times, I haven’t ventured far from that city. However, this year Linnea and I heard about an art festival in Weaverville. This is a town with a population of about 3000 people just to the north of Asheville. It’s going to be worth another visit whether there is an art festival or not!

Friday, October 27, 2017

Traveling through Tolar

On the road between Granbury and Stephenville in southwestern Hood
Site of Antioch
County is Tolar. This is another of those tiny Texas towns that was settled because of stage couch routes and the railroad.  The stage route from Tolar to Fort Worth provided transportation for the residents of Antioch to these two cities. Now within the city limits of Tolar, Antioch was the site of the last Indian fight in the county, the battle of the Point of the Timbers or the Battle of Lookout Point, in September 1869. Organized settlement of Antioch began in the 1870s, when ranches were established at the head of Stroud's Creek, making this town about twenty years older than Tolar.