Remote Cheese Tasting

In the spirit of supporting our local business during the pandemic, we signed up for a cheese-tasing course with Antonelli’s. We picked up a half pound of cheese from their shop: a pre-selected sampling of seven different cheeses. Then we embellished it with a little prosciutto, Castelvetrano olives, a baguette, and some wine. We then tuned into their video stream while they talked us through the full tasting menu. It was great, especially considering they had never streamed a tasting before and rushed into it with about a week’s preparation.

A cheese plate with wine and bread.

West Texas

We went to West Texas in November. Turns out it was an ideal time to go: cool at night, and the midday sun was not strong enough to be miserable.

We stayed at El Cosmico in Marfa for a couple of nights. Here is the inside of one of the tipis. Plenty of space and a fire pit to boot.

The inside of a tipi with two beds, a fire pit, and a love seat.
Inside an El Cosmico Tipi

Finding the desk at Sul Ross in Alpine was harder than we expected. It was pretty far, and we felt lost a couple of times. We pressed on and eventually found it.

A desk sitting atop a short mountain overlooking an empty landscape.
The Famed Desk at Sul Ross

Merchant of Venice

Sunday before Memorial Day was the last day of the Austin Shakespeare production at Zilker park. Here we are waiting for the play to start.

Crowd waits for the play to start.
Waiting for the play to start

Churchwood at SXSW

One of the advantages of things like music festivals and SXSW is the chance that you’ll happen upon a band that you’ve never heard of before, but stops you in your tracks. Churchwood was one of those acts for me. A couple of years ago we were at the Yard Dog for the cheap Lagunitas and the Jon Langford show. We got an entire day of great music, including Churchwood. They had a great sound and put on a great show. So much that we now just spend our SXSW Saturdays at the Yard Dog and trust them to take care of us. Here are a few pictures from the 2017 and 2018 shows.

Churchwood microphones, harmonicas, set list

Churchwood Performance

Churchwood Performance

Churchwood Performance

Vintage Folding Cameras

A couple of folding cameras we inherited.

The one on the right is an Agfa. I don’t know what the one on the left is. The lens is a Rodenstock. The shutter is a Pronto, made by Gauthier. The AGC logo apparently stands for Alfred Gauthier Calmbach, and also refers to the shutter (the shutter people sure got a lot of branding on this camera).