Indeed, a few of the bloggers are still in Austin with a half-day or even full day of activities planned for Sunday. I, however, am on my way back to Buffalo.
Last night, we had our final dinner for the Spring Fling event at the County Line BBQ, where we were served huge platters of charred flesh (I happen to like charred flesh), as well as some rather good coleslaw and potato salad. The brisket was also superior. We celebrated Kathy/ColdClimateGardening’s “significant birthday” and Pam and Melissa handed out a slew of door prizes. I won some pretty tulip-shaped ceramic candlesticks. Prior to that, we happy houred at Pam’s delightful home/garden, which is everything you thought it would be from viewing it on her blog. I think I had the front yard smaller and the back yard bigger in my imaginings of it. Below you can see the front yard (a composite view).
We drank “Mexican martinis,” which are pretty much margaritas with some kind of mix added. It’s totally an Austin thing and I believe Pam will be posting the recipe. She’s holding one below.
Sorry to say, I missed two blogging discussions led by Carol/May Dreams Gardens and Kathy; Susan and I had discussed enough blog business for the day (secret Garden Rant schemes). We did informally chat to a few bloggers in the back yard and I think we were interviewed by someone for the Austin Statesman. I could be wrong about that. Now, here’s an interesting point: one of the guests mentioned that though she liked the topics we Ranters brought up, she found our manifesto off-putting. I think that was as close as any conversation (that I heard) got to critiquing each other’s blogs. To be honest, I suspect most of the bloggers were overwhelmed by meeting so many people whose blogs they had never read. I know I am returning to Buffalo resolved to start reading at least ten blogs I’ve never looked at before. But now I have a post-Mexican martini face to accompany the experience. I look forward to it.
There will be a link to better images from this trip in a day to so.