Saturday, December 5, 2009

Pizza oven waiting game.. (sing along) Anticipaayaayaation!!!!!

Wow, in the summer time, the forms would have been off by now. However with the cool weather, Rosario says we should keep them on for full week! Just went outside and it's still pretty wet!! Will be interesting to see if any critters from the property land, jump or fall into it overnight! This indeed is the bottom of the top! The dome is next, but tomorrow I am putting up the kitchen walls. The Pizza oven is a corner unit and the walls but up against the sides... hence the funky shape. NO wasted space on the counter tops.

Forno di Poggio... it begins

For years along with the house, Jim has been planing the outside pizza/pane oven and cucina, now that cooler weather has arrived, it's time to start the project!!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

To Budapest & Back

Szia!! Jim & I spent a wonderful week in Budapest, Hungary. Even though they are part of the EU, Hungary has not yet switched to the Euro. This has kept costs more reasonable than many of the other eurozone countries. Their public transportation is fabulous and they have a great deal of park space within the city. Entire swaths of city center streets have been converted to pedestrian-only zones and more are in progress.

We stayed at Buda B&B in central Buda. Buda B&B is well located near both metro and tram routes and close to numerous restaurants, and proprietors Ryan & Ron were both great help to us in recommending activities and sights as well as how to get to them.

Hungarian was a pretty tough language to make sense of, but fortunately there were lots of folks who could speak a little English, and menus and signs in most places were in both Hungarian and English. Late October was a great time to visit Budapest; we enjoyed cool, clear days and crisp evenings. Of course, we saved lots of things to explore on our next visit! Hello!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Shelves for the Laundryroom



Interlude - six different wildflowers blooming in the dogyard.

Jim's new favorite.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Cucina Italiana Esterna.

Break in the clouds Sunday.. QUICK BREAK OUT THE STAIN AGAIN! I was able to lay down a coat to the outside kitchen slab this time. Can't believe it took in just one coat! Impressive! I was hearing multi stop process. Nope. Next the blocks for the base of the Pizza Oven. Free plans for the wood fired oven can be found at:

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Weathered Terracotta

This morning, Jim stained the foundation for the fountain a "weathered terracotta" color. Seems to coordinate well with the house and gravel. He also installed a pella screen door in the guest room yesterday afternoon. Looks great and 'twill be heavenly once the weather is a bit more cooperative. Basil seedlings are popping up everywhere... even in the gravel. I have an itch to clean the house... Autum is like a second spring in the Texas Hill Country!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Il Giardino delle Erbe

This is the largest of the two beds and has the nice soil we brought up from Debi's part of the property. There is a raised portion, or second tier in the center of the bed. Inventory... tomatoes, jalapeno and bell peppers, chives, marjoram, oregano, bush and thai basil, sage, thyme, tarragon, lavender, cat mint, and pineapple sage.

Here you can see the two beds and the walkway to the front door. The bed nearest the house has yucky (a technical term) soil that we had delivered and receives less sun, so the plants aren't thriving as well as in the bed opposite. But they are doing okay. Inventory... bay leaf, globe and thai basil, oregano, chives, parsley, cilantro, and lime.

These two pix show the raised tier a little more closely. The tree in the center is an Italian Cypress.



Cilantro (foreground), oregano, lime, various native plants, mexican lime.

Looking north, toward the shed.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Milton Reimers Ranch Park

Yesterday, we visited Travis County's newest park, Milton Reimers Ranch. "This pristine parkland, open space and reserve land in western Travis County with almost 3 miles of continuous frontage along the Pedernales River is the largest parkland acquisition in the history of Travis County. The Reimers Ranch parcel is already well known and well loved by many potential park users. The sizeable Central Texas rock-climbing community views Reimers Ranch as a destination with world class rock climbing. The active local mountain biking community likewise enjoys Reimers Ranch’s over 18 miles of trails through the classic Central Texas landscape. Local anglers have come to Reimers’ for generations to fish for white bass in the Pedernales River. The Pogue Springs Preserve/Hogge Reserve component of the land acquisition is less known but equally spectacular with Pedernales River frontage, deep canyons and panoramic views of the Texas Hill Country. The land acquisition includes 2,427 acres of parks and open space."

For more photos and park highlights vis-a-vis hiking, visit the Milton Reimers Ranch page on Austin Explorer. I know we plan to do some more exploring!

Sunday, February 8, 2009


Earth - Area of extreme drought.

Sky - Red flag warning.

The daily range between high and low temperatures in January 2009 was more extreme than usual...from very dry weather patterns over the region...and the quick change of temperature associated with fast moving cold fronts. The average daily high of 67.1 at Austin Bergstrom in January 2009 was the 8th warmest average January high of record. The January 2009 average minimum temperature of 34.1 degrees was the 4th coldest average low for January at Austin Bergstrom. January 2009 rainfall of 0.40 inches made January of 2009 tie with January of 1950 for the 5th driest January at Austin Bergstrom.

Saturday, January 31, 2009

January 31

A beautiful sun-shiny day.

Looking North from one of the master bedroom windows.

We've been unpacking some of the things we had in storage for the last 3+ years.

Do you think we have enough books and polish pottery?