Posts Tagged ‘Wood’

5
Nov

Goose's Acre Taps

   Posted by: krmb    in Daily

Goose's Acre Taps

29 October 2009

The birthday celebration continues.  We left today for TRF, rather than waiting until Friday.  Kyle had heard about this little pub in The Woodlands, and had informed me opening weekend of faire, that he wanted to visit the place on his birthday weekend.  So, I put it on the calendar, we made plans to take friends along with us, and we made it happen.

Kyle and I got to faire, unloaded the stuff and then loaded up three beautiful women:  Roxy, Damaris and Kelly.  That’s when the rain really got intense.  It had been raining most of the day (most of the week, too, I think) and we knew it was supposed to quit before the weekend.  But, I, at least, didn’t realize it was to get so much more violent before it ran its course!  Kyle drove us from faire to The Woodlands in some awful rain and strong, high wind.  We got there safely, and while there, the rain did finally peter out.

The place is very nice, if a little off the beaten path.  It is in a modern setting—not what I’d expected, but that’s okay—and it is designed and decorated within to recreate a little pub in the UK that was demolished to make way for a motorway expansion.  Apparently, a couple of Americans with money had fallen in love with the place, and when they found out it was closing and being torn down, they made a deal to buy the contents of the pub. We are unclear as to just how much of the interior of this Texas place is original to the British pub, but we know for sure the bar and barback are from across the pond.   

My photo is of the amazing array of taps on the front of the bar—very British in style.  We had a wonderful time—good food, good beer and great company in a delightful setting.  And the drive back to faire was smooth and quick in comparison with the first leg of the trip.  So, birthday celebration day #2 was a wonderful success.

~MB

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24
Aug

Up a Tree

   Posted by: krmb    in Daily

23 August 2007
This day was done. I was done. Completely shattered and not wishing much in the way of company. I was nearly relieved when Terrill decided not to join me at the bar (that doesn’t happen very frequently). With no company, I decided to go home and spend a quiet evening at the house. I pulled into the driveway, got out of my little Mitshubishi and walked to this massive Black Oak that resides in my front yard. I placed the camera against the bark and shot upward not even bothering to compose. I took four shots that way, moving the camera a little each time to achieve a different view. I like this one:
Up a Tree
It sort of composed itself with the ivy moving to a vanishing point that exists at about the spot that the overhead branches diverge. I might very well have even composed the shot that way. On the left hand side there is a fuzzy little blur. That is a web-worm, or tent-caterpillar, or whatever you call those vile little parasites. I killed it.
Cheers.

~KR (23 August 2007)

Listening to:
Coverville-051018 by Brian Ibbott

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: 0.033 sec (1/30)
Aperture: f/4.5
Focal Length: 5.8 mm
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire

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26
Jun

The Lovespoon

   Posted by: krmb    in Daily

21 June 2007
The Welsh Lovespoon
Welsh Lovespoon
There is a lot of supposition and a lot of history surrounding the lovespoon. This particular one was given to us on the occasion of our wedding. It is one of the first items that visitors see (thus the first on which they frequently comment) when they enter our house.

~KR (21 June 2007)

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: 0.1 sec (1/10)
Aperture: f/3.1
Focal Length: 8.6 mm
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire

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15
Jun

Quarto by Him

   Posted by: krmb    in Daily

11 June 2007
Quarto. It’s one of my favourite two-player strategy games. It was created and is sold by a French company called Gigamic. A very limited distribution model means that a lot of folks have never heard of the game much less actually seen one. I’m proud to say that East Wind Games carries the game and in recent months it has become one of our better movers surpassing even Cathedral in units sold.
Quarto
The game is for two players and the seemingly simple object is to get 4 in a row. It’s only seemingly simple because 4 in a row may be achieved through a variety of ways (colour, height, shape &c.), which makes it much more thought-provoking than say, Captain’s Mistress. The real twist to the game is caused by the fact that the piece you play is dictated by your opponent. Marita Beth bought this game for us many years ago and we’ve enjoyed it off and on durng that time (minus the couple of years when we had pieces missing). I was absolutely thrilled when I found the North American distributor for the game. It will remain in my product line for as long as it remains in print.
Cheers.

~KR (11 June 2007)

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: 0.6 sec (3/5)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5.8 mm
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire

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