This blog is meant to be a documentation of our journey into the world of retirement. I know the title should be "Older, but wiser". However, I really didn't know if that would be accurate. The "Older, but better...?" title could also be misleading. The 5 cats in the above pics are: Molly, Rose, Tux, Julie, and Ghost. (I have tried to make this collage smaller, but with no luck...)
I spent the last 5 days 'house-sitting' in the Texas Hill country while my daughter and her family took a short vacation. My friend and I stayed at their house and fed their horses, chickens, etc. and used their place as a base while day-tripping to the cute little towns of Marble Falls, Gruene, Fredericksburg, and Wimberly.
We started off stopping in Marble Falls at the Bluebonnet Cafe... a well known local favorite that also has a "pie happy hour". However... as usual the place had a line to get in around the parking lot, so we didn't stay. Hopped over to a little coffee shop across the way called, "Choccolatte's" and got some coffee for ourselves and some dark chocolate English Toffee for DH.
Next stop was my daughter's place in Bulverde where we visited and spent the night. The next morning, after they left for the area around Austin, we headed out to Gruene, a little German town on the Guadalupe River. Shopped a few places and ended up eating at the Grist Mill - a great hulking restaurant that winds around the river and is open to viewing it all. It also has beautiful fireplaces (hence, the following pic of my grand daughter who decided to go to Gruene with us). They have the 'best ribs' that I've ever eaten (and I 'm not even a meat person).
grand daughter at the Grist Mill in Gruene
The following day we drove to Fredericksburg... another little German town where we visited our favorite places (yes, we've been before); der kuchen laden (think that's right - a very well-equipped kitchen store), Chocolat (a chocolate shop that specializes in chocolate with whiskeys, bourbons, Irish cream, etc. inside), and The Pie Shop (where they make on site dozens of fresh delicious pies each day and simply close when they run out).
the Pie Shop in Fredericksburg
Of course we visited other stores, but these are our favorites! We did stop at Der Peach Haus on the way home. The Wisteria outside was gorgeous.
The next day was to be a "rest" day - sitting on the front porch enjoying the scenery, collecting eggs, picking veggies from their vegetable garden, feeding horses, chickens, dogs, and cats, etc. We had brought our quilting, so we did a little of that...
The town of Wimberly, TX was our next stop. Had lunch at the Wimberly Cafe's open seating area (captured 3 honeybees in Styrofoam cups that kept circling our table), visited the shops, and then picked up some coffee to go for our trip back to Bulverde. Turned out to be Anderson's coffee (had never heard of it, but it was very good!)
That evening we finished off the Chocolate Cream pie we had bought at the Pie Shop in Fredericksburg. And headed back home yesterday. Fun trip! Daughter and hubby had returned home and had had a wonderful (albeit short) get away for themselves. Worked out well for all!