Captured moments – Travel – Blanco Gardens

I love visiting Blanco, Texas.  It started out as being a halfway mark for my best friend and I to meet for lunch and spend the day together.  We have an early lunch, then walk over to one of our favorite places, Blanco Gardens.

Blanco Gardens

It is a short walk from the cafe, and we always end up bringing back trays of plants on the walk back. 

Amelia Lintner, the owner, is wonderful.  Friendly, knowledgeable and fun.  Her gardens are colorful and invite you to explore.  She carries trees, shrubs, herbs, flowers, fruits and vegetables.  She also has a wonderful selection of succulents, which I love!   You will also find a nice assortment of planters, garden soils and amendments too, as well as a lovely gift shop inside.  It is a wonderful place to relax and browse.  The zinnias and succulents I bought from her this year have been outstanding.

zinnias

Looking at the store from Highway 29

The porch on her shop is a cool, shady place to relax while contemplating your purchases. 😉

 

Inside the shop

Amelia has a beautiful selection of planters and slag glass in the shop as well as seeds and other gardening supplies.

 

Amelia trying to escape my camera. ❤

 

This is an amazing selection of lavender. To the left is a room with some of the succulents.

One of her succulent arrangements. I love this ice plant.

 

Recycled tires. How cool is that?!

Love this bat!

 

Slag glass in a fun display.

That’s a big boot!

 

A fun area with various decorative items.

 

If you are out and about in the Hill Country of central Texas, stop by and say hello to Amelia, take a stroll through her gardens, relax on the porch and take home a plant or two.  

Blanco Gardens

Address: 500 Main St, Blanco, TX 78606

Hours:

 
Saturday 10AM–4PM
Sunday 10AM–4PM
Monday 9AM–5PM
Tuesday 9AM–5PM
Wednesday Closed
Thursday 9AM–5PM
Friday 9AM–5PM
Phone: (830) 833-2433

 

Dragon Thursday

This weeks Dragon Thursday is for all of you crafty people, knitters in particular.  My friend Christine shared this pattern with me a while back and I came across it again yesterday.  The pattern is a design by author Kim Harrison.  You may be familiar with her urban fantasy, paranormal series, The Hollows featuring Rachel Morgan – bounty hunter and witch.  It is a fun series.  The dragon is actually inspired by her character, Peri Reed, who also knits, in  The Peri Reed Chronicles .

So she created this pattern for a knitted Dragon.  Adorable, right?! Click on the photo and it will take you to her website.  You will find more information and videos she created to help you create this awesome dragon.

I also found a link on ravelry.  I really want the blue and white dragon!

If anyone makes one of these dragons, please come back and share a photo.  

Have fun!

Melyna

 

 

Captured Moments – Armadillos

I never know what I may find when leaving the house in the morning.  Last week, we were rushing out the door and my son pointed to an armadillo snuffling around the yard.  Our eldest cat was lying in the drive way watching it and the armadillo seemed oblivious. They have poor eyesight and apparently, it was too busy digging for food to hear us.   I rushed back in the house to grab my camera and was sternly reminded that we were going to be late. I snapped a few photos then dashed to the car.  This was what caught the armadillos attention and it scurried back into the woods.   These unusual creatures can be destructive to lawns, but we really don’t have to worry about that.  I am surprised it can even burrow in our rocky soil.

To find out more about this adorable armored mammal click this link:

Texas Parks and Wildlife Armadillo page

The article on the website is perfect.  I remembering being fascinated by these unusual creatures as a child and still delight in seeing them.

Dragon Thursday

Good morning!

This week my good friend Sally shared a dragon website with me.  It is called Rocky Mountain Dragons, LLC.  They make Shoulder packs, plushies, handmade dragons that you can bend and pose and T-shirts.  Click on the photos or blue links to go to the Rocky Mountain Dragons website. 

My favorite handmade dragon is this Dark Purple Tones Feather Fur Poseable Long Horn Eastern Dragon.

Rocky Mountain LLC Handmade dragon

They also have these cool Western Dragon Shoulder packs.

Rocky Mountain Dragon Shoulder pack Western with owner

This is the Asian Dragon shoulder pack.  I usually go for Western Dragons but, I think I might have to reconsider, this one is so cute!

Rocky Mountain Shoulder dragon Asian

Then there is the Cape Dragon, so cool!

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The artists has a wonderful video on the Shoulder pack pages that shows how they fit and mentions some recent modifications they have made to their dragons.  Be sure to take a look.

They also have a Con schedule where you can find them and see their products in person.

The link is here:  Rocky Mountain Dragons LLC Con schedule

The dragons are wonderful and the prices are good.  Order from the website or stop and visit them at one of the conventions.  🙂

Thank you Sally!

Dragon Thursday

Good morning.

A friend shared a photo of a glowing dragon ear cuff this week and it led me to many glowing dragon items.  I thought I would share a couple with you.

Click on the images to go to the website.

The first is a glow in the dark dragon necklace found at Baby Boom Studio on Etsy.

 

The next one is a glow in the dark Dragon Ear Cuff from an Etsy shop called  Papillion9

These dragon ear cuffs come in different glow colors, Turquoise, Green, Deep Blue, Orange, White and Purple.