Thursday, October 21, 2010

Flashback Friday ~Home Again Home Again

Well I'm back from vacation. We spent a week back home in Louisiana at my parents. So it was a week of flashbacks. I always love to visit my home state especially to enjoy those things that I don't see every day up here in the Northwest. Every once in a while when I'm feeling nostalgic I break out into song....Oh I wish I was in the land of cotton...... hehe..sorry I couldn't resist.

But I was in the land of cotton this past week! The fields were being picked and I had to stop and snap a shot of the pretty white fluff.

Or was it the land of sugar cane? Sugar cane fields always remind me of driving to my grandmother's house and maybe having a bowl of gumbo waiting :-)

Or the land of alligators? Look...up on the shelf above Randy's head. I made him pose in front of the cypress stump salad bar at a favorite restaurant in my hometown called Tunks Cypress Inn where you can get a bumper sticker that says I ate Alligator at Tunks! Or at least you could back in the day.

The Rapides Parish Fair was going on while we were there, so I got to relive that through they eyes of my great niece

Not really a flashback, but I had to throw in her Jigs imitation. She kept this up for the whole week :-) Jigs was not amused.

I got to spend the day with my nephew and my other great niece. Talk about a flashback...she looks just like he did when he was a baby. Which by the way seems like it was yesterday and here he is with a baby of his own and one on the way!

An image I will flashback on often...the two greatgrandbabies on my Mom's lap. I love those little girls!!!!!! And my Mom of course!

It was fine Louisiana fall weather while we were skies, temps in the 80s...not too humid. Perfect for strolling my parents yard. This begonia is a REAL flashback. These plants have been in their yard as long as they've lived there..since the late 70s and who knows how long since then. They are perennial and love the hard pack clay and shady spot they are in. I've tried moving some but haven't had success...they just love their spot.

And one of my favorite plants in my parents yard....their monster fig tree. Unfortunately for me the figs ripened in July.

While in the area we traveled over to my brother's house in Conroe for an annual family gathering and trek to the Texas Renaissance Festival. I actually planned our trip around this weekend. Its a blast and we even have fun on the shuttle bus there and back :-)

Flashback 500 years :-) It was "fantasy" weekend, so even more people watching material walking around than normal. Like this little gnome that trudged past me.

Fairies floating around

Castles around every corner

And brothers in costume.

Its the kind of place that lets you be a kid again! When was the last time you swung on a swing? Okay...last But was it a giant swing swung by a man in tights?????? I think not!

Hope you enjoyed my flashback this week. If you have a flashback of any kind that you'd like to share add your link below.


Why I garden... said...

Hi Suzy, I just discovered your blog and think its wonderful. Very creative & interesting. The Flashback Friday is a great idea too. I'm an american living in Ireland (for past 18 years). Feel free to drop by my wee garden blog. All the best, Kelli

Debbie said...

Suzy, I love the last photo of you happily enjoying the swing! What a great week you had with your family! And I see you brought Jigs with you ;o) Wonderful!!

Muhammad khabbab said...

I think my first visit to your blog. The images of kids and nature are excellent. Keep it up.

Marsha said...

I really enjoyed this flashback post - it looks like you really packed a lot of fun into your vacation. I too love the photo of you swinging away but my favorite is your niece imitating Jigs.

Dishesdone said...

Great flashback, Suzy! Fun pictures, and your nieces are the cutest! They're getting to be such big girls, so fast! Adorable!

Glad it was a great time!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I loved picture of Ryley imitating Jigs - too cute for words!!

Looks like you have another wonderful trip to Louisiana, Suzy.

Kathleen said...

Looks like you had a great trip! The little ones are adorable!

Foley said...

Looks like you had a wonderful time - for some reason I thought Randy and Jigs had to stay home!
Love reading about your visits - makes me feel I was there with you!

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