Exploration

Sunday Streets and The Flower Man's House

The weather here in Houston is not always conducive to spending a few hours walking around the city, but this Sunday it was perfect. Sunny, cool enough to wear jeans and a sweater, a slight breeze - it was the perfect day to wander around in Houston's Third Ward. 

Starting at Rosewood, we walked down Almeda, turned right on Alabama, crossed over 59, went under 288, took a left on Dowling, and ended up at Nu Waters Co-op and Project Row Houses. 

We stopped in front of the

Flower Man's

house to take a few photos and look around. The house itself is not open to the public and is in pretty bad shape (water damage, mold, rats) but work is being done to save a handful of his artworks and restore them. 

Even though the property is overgrown with plants and covered with detritus, the whole scene was remarkable. The colors, textures, objects, and arrangements all come together to make this a place of uncommon beauty. There is nothing else like this in Houston. 

While the Flower Man's house was most certainly the highlight of the afternoon, there was also an abundance of pecans to be foraged, iced green teas to drink, and a tiny cupcake shop to visit. Oh, and pattern/quilt inspiration all over the place. 

A tiny getaway

After spending the entire summer working on a sort of exhibition/performance/residency we desperately needed to get away for awhile. We needed to get away from our heads, from our art, our messy apartment, our jobs, our to-do lists, our computers, our responsibilities, etc. We just needed the time and space to relax. 

And I needed to put on my swimsuit. 

So we went to

Jacob's Well

.

We listened to Woody Guthrie in the car and rolled down our windows as we drove through some tiny towns in the Texas Hill Country. We lounged on a rock in the shade at Jacob's Well and swam and sunbathed and listened and relaxed. Kids were playing, a few ducks swam by, and I felt like I could finally breathe. 

We had a picnic under a tree: watermelon, cucumbers, tomatoes, prosciutto, mozzarella. And then decided to stop by Jester King Brewery for a couple wild fermented farmhouse brews (and pizza!)

With full bellies we continued on to Austin, our main destination for the weekend.

We stayed in a cute little studio loft in Eastwood that was bright, airy, very clean, and owned by the sweetest couple. They also had a dog named Snack, whose name I find hilarious for some reason. 

We spent the rest of the weekend lounging around the studio, going to book stores and record shops, drinking kombuchas and beers, devouring fancy chocolate bars, eating delicious food (including some shoyu ramen!), walking, hiking, and enjoying the nice weather. A dip in Barton Springs completed the adventure and then we got back in the car and headed home. 

An excellent way to end summer and relax/recharge/renew.