A Breath of Fresh Air....

We have now experienced our second set of visitors to join us out here and what a breath of fresh air it was....just being around familiarity was the medicine I needed to overcome any lingering homesickness. 

The day they arrived it was raining so hard we were having second thoughts about it being safe for us both to drive to the airport to collect them all however after a few hours of torrential rain the clouds finally dispersed and the sun come out....we are told this is fairly normal for extreme weather changes in Austin obviously the heavy rain was rare for this time of year though.

Our eldest is still at school for a few days so one morning I take our visitors children into morning assembly, the classroom and to meet the teacher, already they are fascinated by the different accents, children not wearing uniform and E's new friends. 

As we still feel new to Austin we spend the next few days taking our visitors to tried and tested haunts we already love such as Maudies Tex-Mex, South Congress Avenue, Steiner Ranch Steakhouse, Zilker Park and of course many hours just by our pool.

Saturday night adults only we headed to downtown Austin along sixth street and then on to a fancier bar called W Hotel and Bar plenty of margaritas later we hop onto numerous pedicab's which was hilarious fun and arrive at Rio Nightclub where we stayed drinking and dancing until home-time.

After a much needed lazy Sunday when Monday arrived we gather up all five children and head down to Deep Eddy Pool the pool is popular with adult swimmers for its lap swimming and with children for its large wading pool. The pool is fed with clear, cold water from a hand-dug 35-foot well and in summer months, the pool sponsors Splash Party Movie Nights showing family films on an inflatable movie screen.

The next day we try another popular resort in Austin named Barton Springs Pool it is also a man-made recreational pool located on the grounds of Zilker Park, very similar to Deep Eddy but water fed by the main spring plus its far bigger than Deep Eddy Pool and looks more like a lake than a lido.

We have been living in Austin now for 12 weeks, just as I was getting used to a new routine it has all changed again as the children are both off school for three months. Watch this space!

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