The Minster. What can I say about the York Minster that hasn’t been said and heard a thousand times before? Magnificent. Massive. Elegant. Historic. Storied. Masterpiece. Inspiring. Wonderful. We have visited it four times. We could probably visit again and again and again. Each time would be the same—yet different. Popping In After our delicious […]
The weather is miserable. The sky drips. We’re breakfasted and packed and paid up—and it’s over. I do love the Yorkshire Dales and I don’t want it to be over. I want to explore every tiny road that I see on Google maps. I want to take walks and see it in the sun in […]
A cry. A sob. A rather loud accusation. “You id-yut!” There it goes again. “Id-yut,” said with just a wee bit of loathing. Looking at the couple seated at the table across from me I ask, “Did he just say what I think he said?” They nod, eyebrows raised, saying, “I think so.” The reason […]
I thought stopping in Skipton for lunch was a good idea. But I was wrong. Boy, was I wrong. I imagined a cute little Grange-Over-Sands kind of place, but it is big. Too big. With hilly streets and no place to park and too much traffic, and I know Michael is frustrated trying to find […]
Walking up Bishophill Senior, we play Russian roulette with our parking space one more time. Taking a chance. Leaving York, on our way to Fountains Abbey. The sun is bright. The sky is blue. The clouds are bare wisps of cotton-white tendrils. Somewhere, somehow, rain spits on us from above. Where is it coming from? […]
We have waited for this day. A day with no rain. A day with no wind. A day with little sun. A perfect day to walk the circumference of the city walls—above the tug and tussle of the tourist hordes. I know I’m one, but I’ve been told by a native I don’t count due […]
In this small town with its warren of twisted streets I am not surprised to find there is a hidden York. And since Michael and I are both off the beaten path kind of people I am intrigued. With a plethora of choices, I close my eyes and point my finger. It looks like we […]
Still yearning for a cozy English Pub experience we cross the bridge over the River Ouse and make our way to the Golden Fleece—one of the most haunted pubs in England. With a name more reminiscent of Greek mythology than Jolly Old England, I’m trusting the recommendation of our letting agency. This pub is cute […]
We stumble along. The weather forecast predicts sun for Tuesday, so we plan another road trip—to the Yorkshire Dales, until Michael sees the tiny roads we have to drive on to get to Kilnsey. “Let’s wait,” he says. So back to the map I go. Searching. I choose Harrogate—the name sounds familiar. Maybe I’m confusing […]
Today is the day. The reason we are here. To see the castle that looms high over the city of Edinburgh, seemingly invincible. After the short time we have been here we are better able to interpret the routes of the hop on hop off tour buses. We know we can be picked up across […]
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Simply put, I love Texas. I have lived almost my entire life in this state. Born and raised in San Antonio, I spent the majority of my adult life in Fort Worth, in addition to ten years—on and off—sailing in and around the Gulf Coast on our 40’ Endeavor, Island Rose. For the past ten years, my husband and I have called Wimberley home—and if I love Texas—I adore the Texas Hill Country.
We have traveled extensively in this state--from deep East to far West, from North to South--and have probably been on more back roads and in more towns than anyone I have encountered. I AM a Texan—through and through!
I’m a foodie. I love to cook. I am a good judge of what is excellent, what is not. We will drive two-and-a-half hours for Saturday lunch; for the journey and the destination. I love picnics and trying out local wineries. Food and wine pairings draw me like a magnet. And music—all kinds. Concerts are on the menu at our house every year, be they concerts in a house, in a park, in a barn, in an auditorium or at a winery--we're there.
I paint. I cook. I entertain. I love back country roads and small towns—we own two convertibles so I can be sure that nothing bars the experience of just being there.
I finally decided it was time to share my love of this state and these hills with anyone who will listen or read, letting them in on on the famous, the infamous and the not so famous places that dot the countryside and cities. I'll share stories, experiences, and recipes.
Hopefully, you will come along for the ride, blaze your own trails and let me know if you are having fun. If you step out your door and take a chance, I know that you will!