I haven't added anything to my blog since April, but now I have pictures to share from some recent activities. So click on this picture and take a look at my lemon tree, some fall colors and the Henderson Syrup Festival - that's cane syrup. Good stuff!!
Now I hope I have enabled you to view my Picasa Web Album containing the pictures of some of the homes on the Azalea Trail in Tyler, TX. Click on the small pictures in this entry and you will find five pictures with captions of this spring time delight in Tyler.
Elvis had two planes. This one named the "Lisa Marie" was comfortably outfitted with sofas, a bedroom - a nice way to travel. The other plane was a small, private jet. We could not figure out how the pilots could get into the cockpit it was so small. Next stop - Nashville.
Here you can see the back of the house. From the windows on this side you could look down into the pasture and see the horses. Visitors tour the first floor. When Elvis was living here, there were people at the house all the time. They were restricted to the first floor. The second floor was for Elvis and his family where they could have some privacy.
Elvis purchased this house in 1957 for $102,000. I expected a huge mansion, which in it's day I'm sure it was. But by today's standards, it's really not very big. The lady who owned it before he did named it Graceland. The visitor's center is across the highway. Visitors ride a shuttle across the highway and up to the front yard of the house.
The first night we stayed in Memphis. I wanted to visit Graceland. I've always enjoyed Elvis' music and I even met him in person, in 1968, in Las Vegas. This was my chance to visit his home. So Monday morning, here we are ready for our visit.
We left Palestine, TX and headed northeast into Arkansas. We've been through part of Arkansas in the past, but only on Interstate 40. This time we got to see more of the state. The trees were displaying their fall colors - it was beautiful!
It's been almost a year since I posted anything to my blog. During that time I've been busy doing volunteer work, took several trips to Oklahoma, took a trip to Nashville in November, then a trip to Arizona in December. And our old computer died, so I lost some of my pictures. My fault, I should have saved them to a disc. Live and learn, I guess.
But now that I'm familiar with our new computer, I'm going to try to post the pictures from the trip to Nashville. Let's see what happens!!
I couldn't resist taking another picture of our guests - this time sitting among the blooming violas! This time of the year in east Texas there are blooming flowers everywhere!!! Remember Lady Bird Johnson and her wildflowers? Well, east Texas certainly benefitted from that campaign. The roadsides are a blaze of color right now.
As we entered the Aviary, someone handed Skylar a popsicle stick with birdseed on it. These birds are accustomed to being fed like this. Here Annette is holding a cockatiel. Then Claudia held the cockatiel. The bird just went from one visitor to the next - very social! A little finch (I'm not sure) is visiting with Ella. And then he visited with Skylar, busily eating bird seed from the stick.
The Caldwell Zoo in Tyler was a good zoo to visit. It is not huge but it is very well maintained. Until 2006 entry into the zoo was free. The entry price was very reasonable and we had a fun afternoon.
In Texas it seems like there is a cemetery every few miles as you drive on the rural roads. I've been passing the Starr Cemetery for months. So we decided to make a visit since the Arizona Starrs were visiting. John and Susanna Starr were the first folks buried here and that was in 1872. This is a family cemetery and it was very interesting to take a look at their history. Since our visit I learned that the area is called Starr Hill. I believe John and Susanna homesteaded this land.
These fellows caught a fish while we were watching. There are campsites around the lake. I hope Doug and Marni bring their kayaks when they come - this would be a beautiful place to spend a day. Who knows - maybe I could try kayaking!
On Tuesday of their visit, it was raining in Palestine. So I suggested we take a ride to Crockett, which you've seen before in my blog. About 10 miles from home it wasn't raining. So we proceeded to Crockett, had lunch at the Moosehead Cafe and then headed out for the Davey Crockett National Forest - largest national forest in the state of Texas. First I took a picture of the tourists in front of the Houston County Courthouse surrounded by pansies.