Sunday, June 25, 2006

Going down to So Fi

My daughter called me up and invited me to go with her to a cactus and plant sale, so I grabbed my camera and went with her. It was a beautiful day, hot and sunny, just perfect for shooting pictures.

We drove by one of the new eateries, Baby Greens, on the way to the coffee shop. My daughter told me that they had good food, and that a lot of it is vegetarian. And it's right next to the bus stop.

We kept on going and finally reached the coffee shop, a place called Bouldin Creek Coffeehouse and Cafe, a small place with both indoor and patio seating. It is one of many small mom and pop establishments on South First, which is nicknamed So Fi by the younger generation.
My daughter and I both prefer to support smaller businesses rather than the Big Box Corporations as often as possible.

So Fi is an older inner neighborhood in transition in Austin. As prices go up, the properties become more expensive, so what was once a heavy residential Latino neighborhood is becoming trendy as the working class occupants are being pushed further and further to the cheaper outskirts of town.

Once inside the coffee shop, I looked around. There was a poster on the bulletin board inside the coffee shop. If any of you know 14 year-old Jeremy, tell him his parents are looking for him. It's not safe out on the streets.

There was also a Book Project container in front of the coffee shop, so feel free to bring down your old books to donate to those who need them. Looks like they need some.

Seems like a simple solution to the problem of those who have too much stuff they don't need and those who have too little.


Heading back to the car, I stopped to look at some beautiful blue-lavendar plumbago that is in full bloom all over town right now. Even in the heat of summer, one can always find something that can adapt to the heat. I've seen plumbago bushes at old abandoned homes, where there is no one to water it, and still in full bloom in the heat. So you can have a bit of beauty and conserve water as well.

We walked by Bouldin Creek on the way back to the car. It has rained this week and there is water running across the limestone rocks. Many Austin neighborhoods have access to creeks and parks. We got in and drove down the road to the small group of businesses that were holding the cactus plant sale.


After parking, we walked some more. I passed a gate to one of the businesses and noticed a grouping of signs. Peace signs!!


I thought, here is a business tha does not deal in bullshit! Here is a business that is proud of their stance against the war!! I peeked in, but despite the open sign, the proprietor was not in. They were selling handmade glass and metal wind chimes. I decided to come back later and support this business.

We walked up the street to the small store that was selling the plants. Actually, it looked like a cooperative effort with several nearby shops involved.

There were plants inside and out. They were large and small. There were venders at tables selling handmade jewelry and pottery.

Here are some of the other pictures. Each cactus plant was a small work of beauty.

The spines and colors are delicate works of art, all are small universes unto themselves.

Enjoy!


















32 Comments:

At 6:47 PM, Blogger John Good said...

Nice photography, Glenda! Thanks for sharing your travels with us. =)

 
At 9:40 PM, Blogger Left of Center said...

I love that area G. nice photo series.

 
At 9:46 PM, Anonymous earl bockenfeld said...

You'll have to go back to the closed, "yes, we're open, American for peace" shop. And I hope you take your camera too. Your neighborhood looks very nice and very friendly even if it wasn't kindly to Jeremy Shipman.

 
At 1:05 AM, Blogger charlie said...

You're in Austin! Great place. I was there in March. Loved it. Went to Esther's Follies and so on. Loved it all. Nice folk too.

 
At 2:17 AM, Blogger a rose is a rose said...

man, i MUST get back to austin!

i do so love cacti too. almost indestructable yet some are so very delicate.

 
At 3:01 AM, Blogger Peacechick Mary said...

Beautiful Day. Beautiful pictures and great narrative to go with it. When I plant cactus, I use many layers of newspaper to protect my hands. But, they have such fun blooms, those cactus.

 
At 4:37 AM, Blogger glenda said...

Thanks, all. Yes, I really love this place, even when it's hot.

charlie, Esther's Follies is a riot. I'm a regular fan of their live comedy/political satire show.

 
At 5:39 AM, Blogger Mary said...

I LOVE seeing other peoples worlds. That was great. I have never been to Austin. Looks great as I have always heard. Someday...

 
At 9:00 AM, Blogger glenda said...

Mary, there is a HUGE bloggers convention during SXSW every spring, hosted by blogspot. I might go check it out next year.

 
At 1:35 PM, Blogger thepoetryman said...

Wow. Plants, cafes, coffee shops, mother daughter, sunshine... I'd say it was perfect. Thank you for sharing my friend.

 
At 2:56 PM, Blogger Tinky/Caddy said...

it was pleasing to find cacti again in UT(ah). and, now, in your peace-filling site.

 
At 3:58 PM, Blogger Mary said...

Glenda- Sounds like an opportunity to get to Austin....

 
At 6:26 PM, Blogger Citisucks said...

Cool signs. Speaking of cool signs you gotta love the stop signs where I live. They say "Stop Bu$h".

 
At 7:17 PM, Blogger Kvatch said...

"SoFi" Auuuugggg! Makes me feel old. Course I did leave Austin 20 years ago (when I graduated from UT). Oh well, guess I *AM* old.

Like the pictures though. I miss cacti. (Raised in El Paso...how could I not.)

 
At 7:19 PM, Blogger glenda said...

Hi, poetryman.!! Welcome back.

tinky, sorry, I missed your call. Love your new tattoo.

Mary, It is a good reason to come. SXSW is great if you are a music lover and there is a film fesival too.

citisucks- haha. I love it. Wish I'd thought of it!

 
At 8:05 PM, Blogger Crazy Me said...

Love the pictures. It sounds like you had a great day!

 
At 9:40 PM, Anonymous No6 said...

Whenever I think of Austin, I think of that Linklater movie "Slacker". But no longer. Now, I'll think of cacti.

 
At 3:25 AM, Blogger No said...

Thanks for that, Glenda...now I really want to go back again....

my one question is this..why have a cactus sale when you can find so many natural ones in the great outdoors of Texas?

 
At 6:10 AM, Blogger glenda said...

Thanks!
beth, there are many types of cacti in Texas, but some of these varieties are not native. Also, when you travel through areas that grow cacti, they are usually somewhat fragile lands. You don't want to go digging in the desert as it creates erosion problems and is harmful. Desert take a long time to heal from the mark and habitation of humans.
Actually, Austin is at the hub of 4 geological areas: the piney woods and swamps to the east, coastal plainds to the south, prairie grasslands to the north and hill country/drylands to the west. You can see by the greenness of the creek area, that we are not true desert here. There are lots of trees, actually.

 
At 10:11 AM, Blogger thepoetryman said...

I used to have a pet cacti... No. I didn't. Why am I a liar? After Clinton I was jonesin for BJs and now since Bush has been selected I can't stop lying and I have dreams of mushroom clouds and a fear of cacti-terrorism tactics.

 
At 1:52 PM, Blogger dusty said...

Beautiful photos Ms. Glenda..I especially love the last one.

 
At 5:54 PM, Blogger Neil Shakespeare said...

Looks like a cool area. Great pics!

 
At 7:06 PM, Anonymous ElizabethBranford said...

I hope you do go back to that store!

I love your pictures.

 
At 7:40 PM, Blogger Callooh said...

I support local businesses whenever I can as well - took me three goes to get into this local cosignment shop! (boy was it worth it!)

sounds like a lovely day. I'm sure Austin is beautiful, but being Canadian the heat would be too much for me (I don't like it much above 80) - so no cacti for me...

thanks for sharing!

 
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At 7:18 PM, Blogger glenda said...

Thanks, all. Sorry, I have been negligent the past few days. Work!!

 
At 2:41 PM, Anonymous Libby said...

Beautiful post and great pix. I keep wanting to get to Austin. I have a dear friend there that I never see.

 
At 8:13 PM, Blogger pinkfem said...

libby, It should cool off in 3 or 4 months! :)

 
At 7:51 AM, Blogger Blueberry said...

I am in Austin too! Such a great place!

 
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