Views of the Neighborhood – #LakewayStoryWalk

This week is a Storybook Walk – Valentines edition. The book on the walk is “I’d Know You Anywhere My Love” by Nancy Tillman. We will be taking the bus to the Lakeway Activities Center and then disembark to have lunch on the walk grounds. We have a tent and electrical – hook-ups, so our meal will be hot where it needs to be hot and cold where it needs to be cold.

For an appetizer, we are serving cold stone crab and parm and tomato crostini. For the main course, you have a choice of Shrimp Étoufée, Dirty Rice, Roasted Brussels Sprouts. or Beef Wellingtondemi-glace, Yukon gold mashed potatoes, and broccolini.  Both are served with spinach Salad cranberries, feta cheese, candied pecans, heirloom tomatoes, and red wine vinaigrette. For dessert, we are offering warm turtle brownies, and tres leches cake. Home churned vanilla bean ice cream is available. In addition to the Top Shelf liquors, we are serving a 2016 Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico Riserva for the red wine and a 2018 Hall Sauvignon Blanc Knights Valley for the white. Our entertainment for today will be The Seekers.

So hop on the bus, and let’s go. When we get there, we will take a stroll.

Views of the Neighborhood

There’s the sign post.

The book cover.

A footbridge to cross

A pledge to know you no matter what you become.

Your smile will give you away.

The gleam in your eyes will be a tip-off.

How about your grin?

Or maybe your chinny chin.

A leftover from the Walk of Lights

A bench ready for Valentine’s Day.

Love messages in the trees.

A panda and giraffe being friends.

Messages left on the back of the Panda and Giraffe mural.

If you were a bear-cub.

I’d know you by your nose.

Your give away feet.

Your snowy owl wings say it’s you.

I would know your roar.

A lovely message for Valintine’s Day

Thank you for a visit. I couldn’t hope to show you all the pages of the book, but I hope you got a flavor. Now relax and have some food and drink and enjoy the Seekers.

111 comments

  1. What a great idea 👍👍👍👍👍

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    1. Thank you, Chris.

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  2. Gwen M. Plano · · Reply

    Loved this adventure! Who could resist the little pink pig? And…then the Fiction Favorites mention. 💗

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    1. You have a good eye, Gwen. Thank you for coming along. 😊

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  3. What a lovely neighbourhood to provide such inspiration!

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    1. This is becoming an annual event. I really think it is a worth while thing to do. Thank you, Pamela. 😁

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  4. The food is to die for and I so understand the message of the walk.

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    1. The book is very cute as well. 😁 Thanks, GP.

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  5. A lovely walk and a very good idea. Of course the good helps 😏

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    1. Yes, we need to march on a full stomach. Thanks, Dan 😁

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  6. What a great idea! Such a lovely book and the perfect song to go with it. A great way to spend a Sunday. Thanks!

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    1. Thank you, Darlene. I’m glad you enjoyed it.

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  7. What a fantastic idea. This was great, John. Thanks for taking us along. The food was great too! Enjoy the Super Bowl.😍

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    1. Thank you, Jill. I’m so glad you liked it. I hope you enjoy the game as well. 😁

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  8. Your community really does a splendid job of working to keep morale up and brightening people’s day! I’m the only one in my family who loves seafood, so the rest of them will be brown bagging it.

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    1. How about the Beef Wellington? They can have that. 😁

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      1. Three out of four of us will eat it. 🙂

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      2. I have a jar of peanut butter and nice gummy white bread with grape jelly.

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      3. My youngest hates peanut butter …sorry, there’s no pleasing those two. 🙂

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      4. I don’t blame you 🙂

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  9. I love the book!! And The Seekers . . . oh, that song transported me right back to my childhood.

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    1. I loved her voice. She made the group’s sound distinctive. She always looks so happy as well.

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      1. I hadn’t noticed her voice until I watched the video today. You’re right about what it added to the group’s performance.

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  10. I love the thematic ribbon that is flowing through WordPress this week with books/art sharing. It just goes to show that a pandemic cannot contain the human connection. It finds its way through, like water.

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    1. I agree. It is like a spirit that can’t be dampened. 😁

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      1. You got that right.

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  11. What a great idea. I would like to take the walk as well.

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    1. Thank you, Rabirius. It was lovely.

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  12. That’s a really cool event.

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    1. Itis. Thank you, Charles.

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  13. JOHN!! What a wonderful book, and perfect for a StoryWalk! It was you who first introduced me to story walks, and we did three at school this fall. The one I did was “Brown Bear, Brown Bear.” Another big thank you, John.

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    1. This one has the kids do things at the end. It is a great book. Brown Bear, Brown Bear was my favorite to read to daughter and I was always pleased when she asked for it.

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      1. That’s good to know there are things for kids to do at the end. I’m glad you and your daughter have fond memories of Brown Bear, Brown Bear. 🙂

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      2. I do. She probably forgot.

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  14. A lovely book, John, and a creative way to show it. Your meals are great and I enjoyed the entertainment. Have a great week ahead. 🙂 — Suzanne

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    1. Thank you, Suzanne. 😁 Have a great week too.

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  15. Reblogged this on A Teacher's Reflections and commented:
    John Howell introduced me to StoryWalks in his Lakeway neighborhood some time ago. What a great idea! Take a children’s picture book and mount each page along a walkway. It’s fun for everyone to stop and read as they walk.

    I brought this idea back to my school, and we did three StoryWalks this fall. I did “Brown Bear, Brown Bear'” and included movements for children to do; lumber on all fours like a bear, gallop in a circle like a horse, and so on.

    This new StoryWalk in John’s neighborhood is delightful! The book is outstanding, one every parent should have. Thank you for sharing this StoryWalk with us, John.

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    1. Thank you for sharing my post, Jennie. 😁

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      1. My pleasure, John! 🙂

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  16. What a wonderful idea! Good food, great beverages, and even greater signs along the way. Signs that are inspirational, full of love, and will bring lots of smiles. Thank you for sharing, John. I want to live in your neighborhood.

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    1. Hahaha. Better yet, Karen, I will bring the neighborhood to you. 😊

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  17. I really should know better than to read your menu right before lunch-time! Yum, now I’m suddenly hungry for turtle brownies and hand-churned ice cream!! Interesting tour today, John — thanks for letting me accompany you. Have to enjoy reading a book with cute artwork while walking on paths without snow!

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    1. Yes, we are lucky that way. Very little snow. Thanks, Debbie.

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  18. How beautiful !!! What a great idea, John. I wonder if I can entice our library this summer to host a story walk. Hmm.

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    1. They might be interested. Doesn’t hurt to ask. Thanks, Diana.

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      1. I sent a note. I’ll probably need to set it up, but what fun. 🙂

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      2. I agree, Diana.

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  19. Thank you, dear John! What an interesting promotion! 🙂

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    1. Yes, it was fun. Thanks, Maria.

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  20. You had me at warm turtle brownies! 🙂 What a fabulous walk. Thank you for sharing and what a fun thing for a community to do!

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    1. I agree Jan. Thank you.

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      1. And now I’m looking up Turtle Brownie recipes. Thanks, John. 🙂

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  21. I want to live in your neighborhood, John! What a wonderful idea, lovely in all aspects. And the food? Oh my goodness! Is there a treadmill nearby? 🙂 Have fun today watching the game! 🏈🏈🏈

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    1. If you start running from CA now. You’ll be 86 pounds when you get here. 😁

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  22. Good book. Good song. Great trip. Thanks John !

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  23. This a such a great idea! Kids get out for a walk and find something to read on the way. Love it! And kids (an an author) can leave a message. Dining out on your bus is a culinary delight! Cheers!

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    1. Thank you, Joe. 😁

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  24. Your Lakeway Activities Center is amazing. And wonderful. I’d love to take a walk there, especially with my grandkids in tow. Thanks so much for sharing another one, John. (Pardon me if I skip the food, though. Watching my diet, doncha know.) 😀

    FUN post as these Sunday adventure tours always are! 🙂

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    1. The best part of my spreads are they are fat and calorie free.

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      1. Well, in that case, count me in, though it’s the carbs I have to watch. But I’m assuming if the shrimp etoufee is calorie free, it can’t have carbs, either. Hence the delicious-looking scoop I just put on my plate! THANKS! 😀

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      2. Scoop? You can take all you want.

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  25. Wonderful way to share the love, John… ❤ Thanks!

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    1. Thank you, Bette

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  26. What a lovely idea, John, and of course, the repast is spectacular as always!

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    1. Thank you, Lori 😊

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  27. Nice tour, John, and as usual a delicious menu. Funny I was thinking of that song just yesterday.

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    1. A good one. Thanks, Joan. 😊

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  28. Just wonderful from start to finish…A great idea 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Carol. I’m glad you enjoyed it.

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  29. D.L. Finn, Author · · Reply

    This was a wonderful idea, with beautiful artwork and words:) Thanks for the great feast and song too.

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  30. D.L. Finn, Author · · Reply

    This was a wonderful idea, with beautiful artwork and words:) Thanks for the great feast and song too.

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    1. Thanks for the lovely comment, Denise.

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  31. Your neighborhood always has something going on … Wonderful!!!!

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    1. Thank you, Frank. I think you are right.

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  32. What an adorable book! Fantastic menu this week, John. If you’re missing an entire pan of turtle brownies, I know nothing about it. *wipes chocolate off chin*

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    1. Never suspected you for a moment. Here have another pan. . . Er I mean would you like to try the turtle brownies? 😊

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  33. I like the mention of Fiction Favorites. Your community does a lot of fun things.

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    1. They do. Good eye on the chalk board, Craig.

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  34. I love this idea – we have something like this through the library at a couple local parks, but I’ve never gone to see what they are about. Thanks for sharing these pictures!

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    1. You might like them. 😁

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  35. You have some very creative and fun people doing up your neighborhood, John. What a lovely walk and tour today. I love that book!

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    1. Thank you, Deborah. 😊

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  36. Soon winter will pass and I can enjoy a day like y’alls. So nice!

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    1. We are going to be in the low 20slater in the week. 🥶

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      1. It was -18 when I left this morning. Won’t even talk about actual wind chill. Ugh.

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  37. You leave in such a wonderful community, John. There is always something interesting and welcoming going on. I love that.

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    1. Thank you, Dale. I love it too. 😁

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      1. With good reason!

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  38. I think this is such a fun idea, John. A story walk – very cool.

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    1. It was fun, Robbie. 😊

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  39. John, what a wonderful tour! Plus I’m happily surprised by the exceptional quality of that video. Hugs on the wing.

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    1. I know. There were some good videos made in the 60s.

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  40. This is beautiful, John. A storybook walk. What a brilliant idea. I would definitely have the seafood dish with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc, and the brownies. 😉

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    1. Yes don’t skip the borwnie. They are still warm. Thank you, Vashti.

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  41. What a wonderful idea – thank you so much for sharing:)).

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    1. Thank you for the visit and lovely comment, Sarah. 😊

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      1. You’re very welcome:)

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    1. Thank you for the link, Sarah.

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