It’s an atypical 29 degrees C (84F) at 3.30 pm on a late October Sunday. The trees are slow to turn this year but I got a great taste of autumn colour on a morning walk with friends on the King’s Trail at Stone Mountain Park just outside of Atlanta.
Saturday included a late breakfast in Decatur followed by a wander around the neighbourhood. This Little Free Library is at Decatur City Hall. My hosts have one themselves and I’ve been honoured with the task of making the next selection of books.
This largely children’s bookshop is called The Little Shop of Stories and I got to meet a local author of Young Adult Books. Took me back to my days as a librarian.
I can’t finish the weekend post without mentioning the baseball, although, if the Cubs don’t win tonight, I may never be able to mention baseball to my lovely hosts again during my visit. (Go Cubs!)
Twenty-four hours ago, or thereabouts, I was arriving at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta airport after spending the previous 24 hours in transit with an occasional doze on a plane posing for sleep.
What follows is proof-positive that you can swing into activities straight off two long flights and a layover.
First stop – the launch of the Color ATL colouring book at the newly revitalised old Sears Roebuck Catalogue Distribution Centre. Follow that with Fish Tacos at the Ponce City Market and then home to bed.
A segmented night’s sleep and out into the sunshine this morning – summer temperatures in autumn weather. This weekend is the last one for the Dale Chihuly exhibition at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Sunshine = melatonin. The brain is kicking into the idea that I’m 14 hours out of my usual time zone.
We took a day trip on the water taxi to Stradbroke, armed with only an iPhone as camera. Back to playing with haiku with these three photographs.
(with tassels tucked underneath)
as a small pillow.
beach obstacles in the sand,
– driftwood as sculpture.
Skipping over waves,
a kite surfer grabs cross-winds
for the love of speed.
A little bit of down time in Hoi An during the rainy season, a note book and a pencil.
We loved the food and the atmosphere of Rosie’s Cafe so much that we returned there for breakfast this morning. The French Toast with jackfruit, strawberries, pineapple and banana was delicious.
As the sun was shining, we took an hour long boat ride up the river. It was a largely uneventful trip with minimal birdlife. Some local fisherman were doing anything but fishing, as we discovered, when they cast their net and suggested that they would do it again for a small fee.
There are a number of not-for-profit organisations working to promote the training of youth in the hospitality industry. Today we had lunch at Streets and enjoyed summer rolls, Cao Lau and a Banh Mi.
The Chua Phap Bao Pagoda was our next stop.
Tonight is the Lantern Festival for the full moon. We’re looking forward to heading out to join the festivities.