The Daily KRuMB Garden Sunday, Jun 21 2015 

A look through a relatively new garden bauble at the deliciously green, especially in June,  Daily KRuMB Garden.

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Goose’s Acre Taps Thursday, Nov 5 2009 

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

Blue Anne Fabrics Tuesday, Oct 20 2009 

Blue Anne Fabrics

17 October 2009

As a retailer of specialty items, it is always amazing to me how impossible it is to have what every customer really wants. No matter how wonderful what you have is, no matter how many choices you provide, someone will always want the exact something that you do not have.

That seems crazy when I put it into words, because of course it isn’t possible to have one of every possible conceivable product—the possibilities are far too infinite. But, it never seems to fail, that at least once a weekend, we’ll have the outfit of someone’s dreams, but in the wrong size. Last week it was a Courtesan outfit and Nicole is actually going to take one apart to remake it into a different size. This week it was an Anne Boleyn. Hopefully, this time we’ll have better luck with the fabric availability.

This is the photo I snapped for reference for Nicole to see what to purchase and what to sew for this new order. God Save Nicole and Pendragon Costumes!

~MB

Beads on a Lampshade Wednesday, Sep 30 2009 

Beads on a Lampshade

27 September 2009

Considering this photo was totally an afterthought on the way to bed, I’m really pleased with it! My big confession now, is that I cannot even remember enough about this day to write about it, since I’m still three days behind. I know it was Sunday, and there were bloody marys! I’m pretty sure there was also beer. Hmm . . .
wonder if that’s why I can’t remember?

~MB

Pencil Sharpener Saturday, Jan 10 2009 

9 January 2009
I tend, when on vacation, to buy souvenirs for others not myself. I content myself with the informational booklets picked up at historic places, beer mats obtained at bars to satisfy my tegestological urges and photographs. However, in the gift shop of the Radisson Edwardian in London I saw a miniature red British phonebooth pencil sharpener.
Iconic
Long before Flickr was even a dream, and digital cameras were far from the norm, I took a trip to the U.K. On that trip, my photos were concentrated around this particular British icon. Since then, I have received British phone boxes in numerous forms from friends and family. I suppose I could almost be considered a collector of them. So, when I saw this utilitarian pencil sharpener, I just had to buy it for myself. Now, it sits on my desk next to my laptop.
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 10 January 2009)

Watching:
Newcastle v West Ham United at St. James’ Park
Score 0 – 0 at 18:00 minutes

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
Exposure: 0.125 sec (1/8)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5.8 mm
ISO Speed: 100
Exposure Bias: -1 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire

The Hair Stick Collection Thursday, Dec 4 2008 

2 December 2008
My wife has beautiful, brown hair. Long, luxurious, silky, lovely hair.
But at times, as with anything, the hair is a burden and she needs it out of her way. To accomplish this, she uses hair sticks. Over the years, she has gathered a pretty impressive collection of these little works of art.
Here’re are a few of them:
Hair Stick Collection
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 4 December 2008 )

Listening to:
You Have Been Loved by George Michael
from Ladies & Gentlemen: The Best of George Michael

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
Exposure: 1 sec (1)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5.8 mm
ISO Speed: 200
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire

PF Chang Rails Tuesday, Dec 2 2008 

26 November 2008
I’m not a big fan of Chinese food, but tonight I was in the mood of P.F. Chang. My wife, it turns out, had never been to one, so we found a local restaurant and went there for dinner.
PF Chang's
I had a nice Malbec with their Orange Beef dinner while she had something else entirely. The photo is of their ornamental separators with the bar and a bartender out of focus at the end.
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 2 December 2008 )

Listening to:
When Doves Cry by La Mazz
from When Doves Cry

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
Exposure: 0.25 sec (1/4)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5.8 mm
ISO Speed: 200
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire

Faire Jewelry Tuesday, Nov 18 2008 

14 November 2008
Taking a page from my wife’s playbook, I am posting this as my November 14th photo even though it was taken on the 15th, because I have not yet gone to bed. 🙂
Faire Jewelry
We celebrated a co-worker’s birthday this evening at Rob’s. I’d intended to rush straight home and get an early start on the drive; but the politic, the proper, the polite thing to do was…stop for a beer. Happy Birthday, Earl!
Rod & Alyson were already at the house and had made peace with the puppies which enabled MB & I to begin the drive knowing that our little creatures would be in excellent hands for the weekend. We cannot possibly thank Alyson & Rod enough for their willingness & ability to house/dog/cat sit for a couple of days. Much love to them both.
We arrived at TRF safely, unloaded the car, and started the going-to-bed dance…without a photo. Luckily, MB had just deposited this necklace on a table, so I grabbed my camera and took the photo. Good thing, too, since I was sound asleep about 45 seconds later.
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 17 November 2008 )

Listening to:
One by Bono
from U218 Singles

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
Exposure: 1 sec (1)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5.8 mm
ISO Speed: 200
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire

Smiley Scarecrow Friday, Nov 14 2008 

12 November 2008
I walked over to the Credit Union today. Out in front of the building is this
Smiley Scarecrow
which is a close-up of the greater arrangement. It’s done up nicely and looks pretty in front of the building. But (letting my inner curmudgeon out here), truthfully, I’d rather they skimp on the decorations and raise the interest rate on my accounts. Just a thought.
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 14 November 2008 )

Listening to:
Cantara by Dead Can Dance
from Wake

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
Exposure: 0.02 sec (1/50)
Aperture: f/5.5
Focal Length: 23.2 mm
ISO Speed: 80
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire

Speckled Curtains Tuesday, Nov 11 2008 

9 November 2008
I woke up a bit puny on this Sunday morning, and descended the hill into awfullness fairly rapidly. By 2pm, I had lost most of my voice and was experiencing a wide array of symptoms; each symptom pointing to a different illness or calamity. I went upstairs and went to bed letting the rest of the weekend pass me by.
When I arrived in our faire bedroom, I was struck by the beauty of the dappled sunlight on the curtains
Dappled.
In no way did it prevent me from sleeping. I’m better now.
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 10 November 2008 )

Listening to:
Catwalk by Siouxsie & the Banshees
from Down Side Up

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
Exposure: 0.125 sec (1/8)
Aperture: f/5
Focal Length: 18.6 mm
ISO Speed: 250
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire

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