Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Our Visit to The Field Lab

I talked to J.W. @ The Field Lab this morning to catch up with him , as it's been awhile since I had seen him.

Then remembered the photos my wife shot while we took the "tour" as his guests in July.

Although I follow his blog it's not the same as going there and walking around his place.

Here are a few I though he would not mind me showing on my site .

Thanks for today's material John .

I stand in the middle of highway 118 about 35 miles south of Alpine , just because I could !

We arrive a little early , but J.W. showed soon after . Of course we meet at Betty's "Grub Shack"and had a quick lunch ,

As John has stated many times the food is great ! The idea of not stopping here , was not an option ! If invited to the Field Lab this is a good place to start.

I really got my self involved in all of Johns clever ideas and taking mental notes at the same time. The sand and gravel catch dam was well constructed , doing it's job very well.

There are many interesting transitions on JW's property . This is below the sand dam and leads to a ravine , then to a large natural dry river bed that drains his area during the rainy season .

Any one who has visited "The Field Lab" blog site knows this V.I.P critter as "Benita"

I lived in this same desert for 5 years . In July the temperature's get into the 120's . As the afternoon worn on we just sat in the shade and had a few refrigerant's , as John calls um .

Now ain't that a site .

This was one of the thing's that I really wanted to see , The Solar Oven

And dinner is served !

Our daughter standing on the bank of the ravine . The natural limestone on JW's property is beautiful.

This shot is just about 50 feet up from the last picture . Except we are in the ravine itself .

Another look from the top looking down into the ravine, John has a picture on his site with this thing filled with water to the edge ot the banks.

J.W. solar hot water supply and shower .

This was one of the last critters we saw at Johns before we left a beautiful
Mexican General Cricket

The day at J.W.'s was well worth the trip down from Ft Davis as his humor and wit kept us laughing most of the time. The link below is to "The Field Lab" the day we visited.
The Field Lab guy likes to drink "gift beer" so please think about that if ya decide your tough enough to handle a visit to the lab.
don't forget your hat .

and that's the way it is !

cheers jw !

Monday, September 28, 2009

Really Thinking about 6000 Feet !

Been talking a lot about real time things going on in our lives the last few weeks here at sea level,

I'm been thinking a lot about the mountains , as they are calling to me to return !

So went to my files and found a few shots to share today.

Enjoy some of our sunsets .

Taking it easy !

Barry and Michell arrive on the 4 wheeler for a cocktail and visit.

This shot at Barry's place further into the resort , looks like feeding time ?

Barry and myself get caught by my wife's shutter bug instinct . This while we visit his place in the mountains .

The rest of these were taken from our front porch .

We move out of this home soon . Over the next 2 weeks to another address !
Will be breaking ground in November on the upper pad ,
and that's the way it is .
cheers .

Sunday, September 27, 2009

U-Tube vidoe for Jeka .

If anyone cares to take a look at this , It's my daughter playing piano .This is a
birthday present for her friend in Russia .

It's worth a look,


and that's the way it is '


Last Night !

Last nights party was , as always excellent , good music , friends and eats and drinks,

My wife celebrated her birthday and we said Good Bye to our home on the coast,

I now have 8 months to get #2 ready in the mountains , No problem !

We are ready to split and head back out West ,

Barry moved yesterday and will catch up with me out in Ft Davis sometime in 2011 , at least I can make a few more fishing trips , as he going to keep the boat a few more years ! We will again be neighbors out west .

I'll miss the friendship as neighbors , But Houston's only 600 miles away and a good bike ride to boot.

Flower delivered to my wife !

Empty for now .

My wife and Daughter , They are why I fight for everything I've ever gotten or will ever will have !

The music man Gary Taylor took over the piano for a few before everybody arrived .

TC Smythe and Gary sing a few warm ups .

Another view .

No stage , no amps ,no mikes , totally unplugged.

My brother in law and "Beautiful" .

A shot of some of the crowd. While our daughter plays "Prelude in C" ( Bach )

I get caught in a shot by my wife .

Co workers and neighbors just having a good time .Check out the bald headed guy , that's Jeno , great friend and neighbor !

What the ~/`":%#/~* happened to my buddy Jeno??

We start to break it down after a few hours and visit for one last time as neighbors !

It's not as easy a I make it look , as it saddens my family and myself , leaving such a good block of friends !

Getting close to midnight .

After all are gone only the beauty remains !

Getting ready for the home inspector tomorrow @ 10:00am , then hand off to the appraiser and close this bitch out !
and that's the way it is ,
cheers !

Saturday, September 26, 2009

House Party Tonight "The Last Hoo-Ra at the House"

Tonight we are having our last house concert here on the bay.

Smythe & Taylor will provide the music here for one last time .

the photos today are from several different venues .

This shot from our backyard last year before Hurricane Ike arrived !

Gary Taylor

TC Smythe

We are in Galveston !

Again at the Hops House in Katy , Texas

Here are some links ,and if you like there music they will play a house concert for your next party or wedding !

I wish everyone a Great and Blessed day ,I'll have some real time photos tomorrows post .
and that's the way it is !