Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Spring is Springing!

From the looks of our crab apple tree, shown in the header, it seems that spring is on it's way and very little was damaged with the recent snow and ice incident.  The weather has been lovely and we were able to get out and do a few things and I was able to snap a few photos along the way.

Last week was spring break here so my daughter and I had a couple of little outings planned.  My daughter lives on the far north side of town and is quite close to a small community -- it is really a town -- called Southlake.  A few years back the town of Southlake decided the thing to do was to build a "downtown" that houses their municipal buildings and is home to a good number of retail establishments.  This isn't a mall but an actual "downtown".  I love going there as they have stores that I don't have around me (read: L'Occitane) and it is really nice to walk around outside -- reminds me of my youth when we would shop downtown San Antonio before malls became the rage.  I digress.  Southlake is built to look old.  Clearly it isn't but it has a vintage facade to it and it is just a nice place to visit.  I snapped some pics -- none of them very good -- but I will share anyway -- you will get the idea of why it is such a fun place.

After a nice walk and a small purchase at L'Occitane we were off to lunch with my son-in-law and then back home.

Then, on Thursday we went to the Log Cabin Village.  The Log Cabin Village is actually a park located right across the street from the Fort Worth Zoo in the Texas Christian University area of town.  It is a plot of land that has been designated to house log cabins from around the state.  They have been moved there, refurbished, and arranged in a village format.  We first visited this park in 1989, the year before we moved here.  It has been added on to and improved and is just such a relaxing place to visit.  There is a grist mill that produces corn meal that you can buy.  They make candles, there is a gift shop and yes, there is even a ghost! So, I took several photos before my camera died but I didn't get photos of everything but I think you will get the idea.  Enjoy!

this is the haunted cabin

blacksmith shop

The Parker Cabin is a cabin owned by the uncle of Cynthia Ann Parker who was kidnapped as a child by the Comanche Indians here in Texas.  She lived until adulthood as an Indian, married an Indian and had children, one of which was the famous Quanah Parker, the last Comanche chief.  She was located as an adult and brought back to her white family but she was never happy and finally died -- of a broken heart they say.  Cynthia Ann Parker is a sad story all the way around.

Cynthia Ann Parker

Quanah Parker

 After we roamed around the park for awhile we went to lunch and back home.

Seems we go to lunch a lot!