Views of the Neighborhood – Potpourri

Today we are going to see several things that are more or less random. We will need to get on the bus and make sure we have enough to eat and drink for this little excursion.

We will be having a choice of crispy chicken parm egg rolls or baked brie and sourdough crostini for the appetizer course. The main course today is either Rosemary Braised Lamb Shanks or Coquilles Saint-Jacques. The lamb is served on a bed of garlic mashed Yukon gold potatoes and the Coquilles Saint-Jacques with jasmine rice. Both have a side of fresh steamed asparagus. There is brown betty with freshly churned ice cream or New York Style cheesecake drizzled with homemade dark chocolate sauce for dessert. In addition to top-shelf drinks, we have a 1981Β Reata Chardonnay Sonoma Coast for the white wine and for red a 2017Β Mount Veeder Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley.

Today’s entertainment is The Eagles.

Jump on the bus.

Our first stop in the park, and we have a shot of the shuffleboard. I know, I know pretty tame stuff.

Next is a view of a wren house ready for the next lodgers.

Check this out. A birdhouse that looks like a bunch of lights at the football stadium.

Another group of birdhouses imitating light fixtures.

I couldn’t help putting this one on the route. I hope he is happy to have that in his front yard for the weekend.

Another park and a giant chessboard. Anyone want to play?

Here is an outside photo of a bird blind.

An interior photo of the blind

This is the view from the blind. Β Notice all the feeders around. I’ll bet there are some good pictures taken from here.

Another birdhouse on a pole with Lake Travis as a backdrop.

A rough birdhouse in the woods.

Well, that’s it for this tour. I hope you have a great week and will stay and have some more food and listen to the Eagles.

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  1. Looks like a great place for twitchers, John.

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  2. Gwen M. Plano · · Reply

    What a lovely walk. I loved all the birdhouses, they brought back memories of my dad’s creations. Then to end with the Eagles — Perfect! Enjoy the day, John. In our area, we just might have sunshine! 😊

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    1. Let’s hope you get a little sun, Gwen. 😊

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  3. How great to see people feeding the birds. If I were a bird, I’d head your way, John. Those are some massive houses on the hill behind the stadium birdhouse. As for today’s cuisine, can I skip the main course and have both desserts instead? πŸ™‚ I was always a big Eagles fan, but I don’t remember this some. I like it! Wishing you a peaceful Sunday.

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    1. I was heading straight for dessert as well!

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      1. Yes, you can do that for sure, Liz.😊

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    2. This song was on their final tour in 2007. I liked the energy and seeing each perform. 😊

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  4. What a wonderful meandering for birders. But I will admit that I would come for the food! You put on quite a spread.

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    1. Thank you, Pamela. Just as long as you are on the bus the reason doesn’t matter. 😁

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  5. Some cool birdhouses and ending with the best birds of all, The Eagles. Love love those guys. We saw them perform a few years ago in Vancouver. I believe they started with this tune. They were awesome and seem to improve with age. This was before we sadly lost Glenn Frey. I believe his son tours with them now. Thanks. Hubby and I will be right over to board the bus.

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    1. Perfect Darlene. The nice thing anout the bus is you can board it right from your front door. (anytime you want)😁

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  6. Great tour as always, John. My imagination took flight with that avian adventure! πŸ˜‰ And If you get tired of writing, I am quite certain you could open a restaurant…you set an enticing table!

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    1. Hahaha. Thank you, Lori. I always enjoyed cooking and still do. I think it would be fun to have a hundred or so in for dinner. 😁

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  7. First – I’ll put in my order: baked brie and sourdough crostini
    Lamb Shanks, potatoes and asparagus, hold the rice
    cheesecake
    vodka, splash of water and slice of lime

    A very pleasant tour – boy it’s been a lot of years since I played shuffleboard!!

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    1. I could not get over the loneliness of the shuffleboard court. Maybe a bygone game. The server will be out with your order shortly. Here is your drink. 😁 Thanks, GP.

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      1. Thanks, John. We have a shuffleboard court here too, but I’ll be darned if I know where the equipment is!!

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  8. A very enjoyable potpourri! I’d be interested in seeing what kinds of birds all of those feeders attract.

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    1. Mybe I’ll publish some shots. Cardinals, Blue Jays, Cedar Waxwings, Tufted tit mice, Robins, and Grackles to name a few.

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      1. That would be nice!

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  9. I’m sure the birds appreciate the housing stock. I like that there’s a good place to watch from.

    I’ll have a few of those crispy chicken parm egg rolls, if you don’t mind.

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    1. Here you go. There is a creamy parm -pepper dipping sauce too. Thanks, Dan.

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  10. If you don’t mind, while you are escorting the group on the trail, I’ll guard the bus for extra cheesecake, Cab, and the Eagles.

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    1. Make yourself at home. I have some nice headphones if you want to be all by yourself with the Eagles, Thanks, Frank.

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      1. I’ll socialize when the group returns … Hoping you don’t run out of wine and cheesecake

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      2. Never run out Frank. 😁

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  11. Bird blind must be a relaxing place to go. Never seen one before.

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    1. I think it must be. Its the first time I’ve been there.

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  12. Sorry I missed the bus. After the rice krispy alamode with sprinkles of course I sat down to enjoy the last of the raspberries from the raspberry bounce. What a delightful way to preserve raspberries. I hear if one enjoys enough of them the bird blind becomes totally irrelevant. It sets the stage for arrival at the zen Godzilla un-blind observing station.

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    1. All too true, John. That raspberry bounce packs a wallop right?

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      1. Raspberry bounce will cure just about anything. Potent and good.

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  13. Thank you for the wonderful eats, drink and tour, John. Those are some interesting bird feeders! And that blind. I love the chalk board… wonder if it pulls double duty as a teaching shed πŸ˜‰

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    1. It probably does. Thanks for coming along, Dale

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      1. 😊 I wouldn’t miss one of your tours, John

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      2. I’m glad too. 😁

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      3. 😘

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  14. Compliments to the chef, John. I especially loved the appetizer course. This time–for the tour–I even brought a tablet to take notes. Now I plan to go home and construct a bird blind πŸ™‚

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    1. Hahaha. Send photos. Thanks for the laugh, Mae

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  15. I suppose the Birthday Boy’s friends know he’s 50, but I think if it were me, I’d have taken down that announcement and pretended I was 30!! Thanks for another fine tour, John.

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    1. Youand me both, Debbie. 😁

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  16. I dig the menu . . those egg rolls, please hook me up.

    As for the bird blind, I love it. And the birdhouses remind me of when I used to sell all manner of funky birdhouse design merchandise- from mailboxes to lamps.

    Cool tour, as per.

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    1. Thank you, Marc. 😊

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  17. petespringerauthor · · Reply

    I’ve been following you for such a short time that I didn’t realize you have a love for birds, or possibly you’re just interested in bird feeders. My dad worked for the federal government (Fish and Wildlife Service). We moved to California from the Dakotas as he was on the recovery team for the Aleutian Canada Goose, a subspecies of the Canada Goose. They were threatened at one time, but they have made a comeback. They migrate from the Aleutian Islands, stopping off in our area (northern California) for part of the year before continuing south to the Central Valley and Mexico.

    I’d put The Eagles into the top three of my all-time favorite bands. Thanks for the tour and the music, John.

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    1. Thank you for sharing, Pete.

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  18. A great “bird” tour! Love the bird blind! Wine was good too. Cheers!

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    1. Thank you, Jo.

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  19. Great finds, John!

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    1. Thank you, Becky

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      1. You’re very welcome!

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  20. D.L. Finn, Author · · Reply

    Another fabulous tour, John! I have decided I need a bird blind πŸ™‚

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  21. I like the birdhouses in your neighbourhood, John. We had more birdhouses in Karnes City than we have here now, but here we have more bird feeders than in Karnes City. The birds are enjoying those – as are the squirrels and the deer! πŸ˜€
    Take care, and have a ood Sunday afternoon,
    Pit

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    1. Thank you, Pit.

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  22. An eclectic tour, John. I love all the birdhouses! And the bird blind would be fun to sit and watch from. Thanks for sharing. Great food and great music!

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    1. Thank you, Jan

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  23. That bird blind is a great spot for bird watching! Another fabulous tour, John!πŸ₯°

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    1. Thanks, Vashti

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  24. The blind is a great addition to your park. I’ve never seen that done by a municipality.

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    1. It is a great idea.

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  25. If my family tried that ’50’ nonsense out the front of my house I’d murder them!

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    1. Of course you would.

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  26. A day late for the tour, but I’m here. I love birdwatching. And you can never go wrong with the Eagles!

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    1. I so agree, Joan. Thank you.

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  27. If I were a bird, I’d definitely consider moving in. Love all the houses and the feeders. Awesome menu, John!

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    1. Thank you, Teri

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  28. That tour was for the birds! I’d love to sit in that blind for awhile!

    See you on the next bus, John!

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    1. I would too, Deborah. Thank you for stopping..

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  29. wow so many cool colourful things around you… πŸ˜€πŸ™ƒcheered me up, when everything here is only white, white, white 😱😱

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    1. Yes, but only till June. 😬πŸ₯Ά

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  30. Thanks for the wonderful tour, John. That birdhouse at the football stadium is unique, and oh, to be fifty again! πŸ™‚ I enjoyed the delicious sustenance and what a perfect musical ending with The Eagles!

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    1. Thank you, Lauren. I can’t believe 50 was thirty years ago. I don’t want to go back though. 😁

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  31. Some very tasty food this week, John. Bird houses that look like light fittings is an new one, I’ve seen light fittings that look like birds nests, but never the other way around.

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    1. I had the same feeling, Robbie. They are different for sure.

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  32. I love your neighborhood tours. The Eagles is the perfect listening choice.

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    1. Thank you, Molly Shae.

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  33. What a great idea to put up a bird blind. I always love your views of the neighborhood, I just want to be on that bus eating your magnificent meals.

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    1. Thanks, Jennie. A lot of the menus are wishful thinking too. 😁

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      1. And mouth watering! You’re welcome, John. πŸ™‚

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  34. I love all these bird houses. I had to laugh at the 50-year-old’s birthday sign. That used to be a thing in our neighborhood – people would rent 50 pig cut-outs or 50 cow cut-outs (holy cow, you’re 50!). I warned my family to never do that to me and and they listened! πŸ˜‰

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    1. I’m not even sure I did a 50. That was 30 years ago and not much of a memory. Thanks, Barbara. 😊

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      1. Haha – I don’t like celebrating the big milestone birthdays – unless it’s 100, then I’m in!

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      2. Yeah the 100 would be great.

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