Views of the Neighborhood – A Walk in the Park

It is a pretty slow week in Lakeway, so I decided to get the bus ready and prepare a spread and have a picnic in the park. No moaning. I have prepared roasted chicken served with fingerling potato salad, chilled asparagus, hollandaise sauce, and charro beans to get you in the mood. For dessert, we are serving assorted napoleon pastries and homemade apple crisp. We have top-shelf drinks and AubertΒ Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast UV Vineyard 2018 for the red and KistlerΒ Chardonnay Russian River Valley Vine Hill Vineyard 2017 for the white. Today’s entertainment guest is Mary Hopkin.

So let’s get on the bus and be off.

Views of the Neighborhood

Whoa. Stop the bus. Look at the buck just standing by the road.

Well, we can tell we are here. Everybody needs a mask.

In case you wonder how far is six feet.

Here we are by the lake. It will take a moment to set up the tent, lights, and sound system. So let’s all get off and take a stroll.

Looks like plenty of room for volleyball.

Getting closer to the lake, we can see an artist hard at work. A reminder not to dive off the cliff. Yeah, who would do that?

Here is another artist. Looks like a good day to paint.

There is the bandstand where mary Hopkin will perform.

Have a nice jungle Jim for those who are interested.

So make yourself at home. The drinks and food are ready, and Mary’s ready to sing. I hope you all have a great week, and thanks for coming to our picnic.

 

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  1. Gwen M. Plano · ·

    Oh my, I haven’t been to a picnic as elaborate as yours. What a feast! I loved the bus ride and especially the glimpse of the buck. Thanks, John. 😊

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    1. Thank you for coming along, Gwen. I’m glad you enjoyed it.

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  2. Another fabulous tour. Wondering – Are the majority of people in your area masking in public? Oh – before you answer, more Pinot Noir, please. Thanks for Mary Hopkin … and to think some of us remember when it was a hit.

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    1. Yes, a majority of the people are masking. Here you go on the Pinot. I certainly remember when Mary had her hit. It was grat to see her today.

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  3. Another great tour day, John. That buck looked like he wanted to join . . . mind the antlers in the bus, though. πŸ™‚

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    1. Yes, we know about those antlers.

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  4. Ah a nice easy stroll by the lake. It sounds like just what the doctor ordered, John. Thanks for making all the arrangements. The pictures are wonderful.

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    1. Thank you, Dan

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  5. Sorry to be getting on the bus late, John. The neighborhood must be enjoying a peaceful week now that all the decorating and undecorating is over. (as depicted by the artists) I hold some great memories with an old friend of mine using Mary’s song as the theme! Thank you!

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    1. Those were the days to remember. Thanks for sharing, GP.

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  6. What a great outing! Thanks. Always love to hear Mary Hopkin. Have a great Sunday!!

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    1. Thank you, Darlene. I always liked this song too. 😁

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  7. What a gorgeous day to be out and about. Your bus menu is getting more and more fancy! You might need to upgrade to a luxury coach ride. Thanks for the tour!

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    1. The inside is totally different. Plush leather loungers with entertainment consoles. Maybe I need to show a photo of the inside. I haven’t had an incentive to redo the outside since I like the “Not what you see.” aspect of the yellow clunker. 😁Thanks, Jill.

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      1. Oh yes! I’d love to see the inside! πŸ™‚

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      2. I’ll get a shot of the inside and run it next time.

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      3. Excellent! I get first dibs on the front seat. πŸ™‚

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  8. You couldn’t have chosen a more fitting song for the present moment in time.

    Your buck looks like the DWA (Deer With Attitude ) we get in our yard.

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    1. Yes. Most of these buck have an attitude. Thanks, Liz.

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      1. Our does have the same need for an attitude adjustment. πŸ˜‰

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      2. Ours are the same way. They all push us around.

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  9. Thanks for the lovely picnic and entertainment, John. Happy New Year 2021! πŸ™‚ — Suzanne

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    1. Thank you, Suzanne. Happy New Year to you.

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  10. Great tour. Why does 6 feet apart always look shorter than 6 feet tall? This might just be me.

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    1. I think you may be right. One of those optical things.

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  11. Thanks for letting me accompany you on this tour — always nice to have an outing to look forward to on the weekend! Quick question: the water level looks low to me. Are y’all having a shortage of rain, or is this just not a very full lake?

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    1. The lake is very low. Only 68% full (That’s down 8 feet) We did get three inches of rain which will help but we need more. Thanks, Debbie.

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  12. Another delightful jaunt, John. Thanks so much for getting 2021 off on the right foot. 😊

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    1. Thank you, Lori. 😁

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  13. What a great picnic, John, with delicious food and drink, as always. I also make a yummy apple crisp, so maybe I’ll bring that along next time. πŸ˜‰ I think that Buck planned for a photo op, too. Thanks for a wonderful start to the new year!

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    1. Thank you, Lauren. 😊 Love Apple crisp.

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  14. John, with a menu so scrumptious as yours, you can cater my picnics anytime! However, I wasn’t able to find the “order online” feature for your blog… Help, please? 😊 Best, Babsje

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    1. I thought I had answered this one but will do it again. We don’t have on line ordering but encourage everyone to show up in person. You are most welcome to join anytime.

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      1. Thanks! 😊

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  15. Great shots of your area, John, and a wonderful reminder about a song I had forgotten!

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    1. Yes we need to keep these memory songs alive.

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  16. You have a most interesting neighborhood, John. Do you take Lucy and Twiggy with you?

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    1. Um not usually. Twiggy is so naughty with people and dogs that she is a bit of a strain. Thanks, Noelle.

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  17. Hey, John. Give me directions to your picnic site. I’ll hop in my Lear Jet (I wish!) and get there asap!😁

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    1. We have a nice private airpark here in Lakeway. Might be a little short of a Lear. A king air can do it. Happy New Year, Ron.

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  18. Good morning, John! The lake is pityfully low, isn’t it? I like the picture of that magnificent buck.
    Have a great Sunday,
    Pit

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    1. The lake is only 68% full. Down 8 feet. We need a lot more rain. Thanks, Pit.

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  19. Lovely tour, John. Always such a delicious spread with perfect wine and I love this song!

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    1. Thank you, Dale. Was great you could join.

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      1. Oh, I try never to miss your tours, John! πŸ™‚

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      2. I’m so glad.

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      3. And if you’re gonna keep serving such posh eats and drinks, no way you can get rid of me πŸ˜‰

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      4. Deal. 😁

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      5. 🀝

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  20. Boss,

    The catering is always worth the price of admission, tell you what. And yanno . . I always wondered where exactly the Buck stops and now I know!

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    1. I think we all found out. Thanks, pilgrim.

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  21. Very artistic & encouraging stroll for the 3rd of January, dear John! Thank you!

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    1. You are wwelcome, Maria.Thanks you for coming along.

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  22. That menu sounds delicious. Lovely day in Lakeway. (A poem).

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    1. Thnak you for the poem. Would you sign it please. Thanks, Luanne.

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      1. 🀣🀣🀣

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  23. Happy Sunday Funday, John!

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    1. Thank you, Jan

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  24. Looks like a great quiet place to visit. Mind that cliff, now.

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    1. Yes it is a definate drop from there. Usually water covers that area. The lake is down 8 feet.

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  25. D.L. Finn, Author · ·

    Nice trip to the lake:) I enjoyed the feast, I’ve been craving asparagus for a while. Beautiful buck too!

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    1. I have been craving asparagus myself, Denise. 😁

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  26. The buck stops here πŸ™‚

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    1. That is for sure. Thanks, Jessica. 😁

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  27. You put on a classy picnic, John. Hope you had a fantastic New Year’s!

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    1. I did and you you did as well, Teri.

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  28. Loved the photos. Found some interesting adjectives. It’s all peaceful and nice. It was written in a fantabulous way, I felt like I was with you. Hope for going to more picnics together.

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    1. Thank you for the lovely comment, and visit DJ and Solu. You are welcome to join the trip each Sunday.

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  29. That was a lovely outing, and the Buck was a great bonus.

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    1. He was beautiful. Thanks, Deborah.

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  30. Darn I could not find my mask in time ! That yard really needs a sign Buck n Bus Stops Here.

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    1. I think so too, John. Thanks.

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  31. Such a lovely stroll. Thanks, John!! Hope you are well!

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    1. Thank you, Mar. Happy New Year to you. All is well here. I hope the same for you. 😁

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  32. Your menu is mouthwatering. Thanks for the lovely views, and for the old poignant tune.

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    1. I love that tune. Not for being confined to dwelling in the past but that it does bring up memories of singing it with some pretty swell people.

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      1. Exactly!! Great memories here, too.

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