Have you noticed how hilarious all my blog title references are? I know, I'm a comic genius! Though really, I arrived 12 hours later than I was meant to after 2 days on a bus, not so fun. However, the rest of Houston involved no problems at all!
After Vegas I was pretty run down and with the "sit in a small metal box with 40 other people" aspect of public transport I immediately caught a cold. So, by the time Rosie (my Mum's cousin) picked me up at 11pm two days later I was quite ready to be whisked to the country and put to bed!
After a night catching up on sleep I tagged along on her way to work. I wandered around the grounds for as long as I could stand the heat while Rosie was being productive and I stumbled across this little guy:
Rosie was incredibly welcoming and had organised for me to be shown round (babysat) by a family friend's son - Miles. So she dropped me off there in the afternoon. We hung out in the pool and he showed me his dog Alfie who is pretty pawsy on a skateboard!
I also got my first taste of Tex Mex! We grabbed lunch at a little place down the way which was delicious. We also hit up a local bar for some pool in the evening (I won!!). Unfortunately I was pretty patchy with photos in Houston so none of this is documented!
The next day I was left to my own devices which largely consisted of me sleeping in. However, I managed to get some paperwork done and in the afternoon I took Stonewall - one of Rosie and Tom's dogs for a walk. He's a great dane and comes up to my waist!
I haven't been in the country almost the whole time I've been travelling.Well, not farming-type country anyway so Texas in summer, while overwhelmingly hot, was also very welcome. Just look at how idyllic it is!
(Yes, there are gratuitous tree shots)
Houston seemed to be dog central! Rosie and Tom have two giants - Stonewall and Boris, while Madison (who will pop up later) has tiny Cookie, and every house I went to seemed to have at least one. So here are the horse-dogs I was staying with for the week.
We began early by getting some of the frames from her beehives for harvest. I was excited to put on a beekeepers jacket and hood, though it's Rosie in the picture.
Then is was a quick trip to the grocery store to stock up for the dinner party that evening before we went to pay a social call to Roly - Rosie's horse.
We had some ginger ale and floated around on blowup rings. Not a bad afternoon and there weren't even any alligators! (We checked - you have to do that in Texas apparently!!)
I met my first 'Real Texan' who had a twang and drove us back to the car in a show of Southern hospitality.
That night we had a dinner party which I have no photos from as I was far too busy socialising! Rosie's workmate's husband is a Kiwi so I chatted to him about home which was lovely.
Rosie and Tom are also British originally and Rosie made a giant pavlova which I decorated.
That night I was taken out in Houston town by Evan - another family friend (read babysitter!) whom I'd met at the dinner party. I met some of his friends and away we went.
I fell into bed later that night and only just managed to make it to a baseball game the next day! Evan was again on mother duck duty and opted to take me to a Houston Astros vs LA Angels game. I got into the spirit of things with a borrowed cap, a newly bought shirt and a hot dog!
Still, it was fun to go along and see what the fuss is all about, especially with a local who knows the rules and didn't get too mad when I clapped for the wrong team... whoops.
Then it was a quick dash out of town to a dinner with some of Rosie's friends who, of course, owned dogs!
They live in a beautiful community, but we're in Texas, so of course there are alligators in the river. That didn't stop some brave boys swimming over to our side and they were rewarded with beer.
P.P.S ~ Rosie and Tom - thank you so much for having me, was lovely to meet you and your giant children and I hope I don't get you sick!