Saturday, October 11, 2008

Satchel's Fall Trip to the Bio Park

Friday, October 10, 2008
was a holiday for local city schools.
It was also a beautiful and warm day
so I went to look for fall leaves at the Bio Park! I found that a few trees were starting to change color
but there was still a lot of green left.
So, I looked for other signs of fall at the Bio Park.
These metal frames are covered with tube lighting.
Animals and insects and plants
popped up all around the park.
These light sculptures will be used in December
for the Festival of Lights,
which keeps people coming to the Bio Park
in a month that is cold and dormant.
There will be so many lights
that I'm sure they must get started with the displays
in October!
Either that, or they remind fall visitors to come back in December!

Near a real prickly pear cacti in bloom,
I found this iron one!
Art among the plants!
Imagine that!
This flower was pretty and unusual,
but it wouldn't tell me it's name.
I even introduced myself the polite way.
I sat on the bench next to it for a few minutes.
And a lady walked by and asked if I was a travel doll.
Wise visitor!
Mom replied, "Yes, he is."
And the lady replied, "Oh, HE!"
The lady continued walking with her friend.
And I'm glad mom did not have a chance to explain
that I am indeed an anatomically correct boy.
How embarrassing to have that explained to strangers!

It was mostly sunny, but it came and went at times.
The clouds cast a shadow and a coolness
as I entered the Heritage Farm area.
Doesn't a farm sound like a place to look for fall?
Last weekend, there was a Fall Harvest Festival here.
The farm sold cider that they press themselves.
This farm even grows real crops like grapes and apples.
I thought the pumpkins scattered around were fun signs of fall,
but we have these at home!
You can see the farm house behind me,
and that the trees are not turning colors yet.
This is the barn for the animals.
The animals are messy creatures
like a cow and goats and sheep!
I sat on a second fence outside of the cow pen.

I was very careful not to fall in the mud below!

Next to the farm, there is a Japanese garden
called Sasebo Japanese Garden.
You don't see Japanese gardens every day in New Mexico!
I like the bridge.

And the Japanese sculptures and designs!

A path goes around the main pond,
which also has several streams and waterfalls
pouring into it.
My favorite part was the trains!
A model train club works with Bio Park
to design and maintain this garden scale train set.
They also get to play in it!
One day, I want to ride a train!
I want to play with the little buildings!

Fall leaves on the train track.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Chile in Old Town

Old Town Albuquerque
is the first Spanish settlement in Albuquerque.
It is built around a plaza, which is a square.
Our trip around crossed across the plaza courtyard several times,
and is by no means a sequential door to door trip.
It is more a meandering journey to take pictures
and buy a chile ristra.
San Felipe de Neri Church
est. 1706
I got to sit on a curving wall by San Felipe de Neri.
It was covered by stucco.
Apparently stucco holds up better than adobe.
The church has gotten a recent face lift.
But I don't know if they have done the walls yet!

I saw the gazebo in the plaza!
The sign on it says that confederate soldiers were buried here
during the Civil War in April 1862,
when the confederate flag was flying in Albuquerque.

I thought the canons were the best!
These are way better than mom's Canon Powershot!

Doesn't this look like a power shot?
There are two canons.
They were also buried during some war.
And are another historic memorial.

New Mexico Roof Line
Red pitched tin roof next to flat roof with ristras on the wall.

Our errand was to buy a mini ristra
to replace an old one at home.

Did you know that chile can be big or little?
These ristras are FOR SALE.

A wagon wheel!

Wagon wheels are interesting places to explore!
Two wagon wheels are in front of a store called
The Covered Wagon.
The t-shirt hanging on the door
looks like the New Mexico state flag.

After purchasing the ristra, we wandered back across the plaza
and there were musicians playing!

The green grass and green leaves won't be here much longer.
Soon, fall will make the leaves turn color and fall from the trees.
And the grass will turn a sleepy brown.
I want to remember the last weekend of summer!

This store is the best for little things!
It is Old Town Rug and Basket
found online at .
There were sombreros, little woven rugs,
tiny doll sized resin cactus, incense cubes,
and LOTS of toys, postcards, and magnets with cool stuff!

My last stop was the plazuela outside of Old Town Rug and Basket.
There is a pretty fountain,
and the state flag of New Mexico was blowing in the breeze.

The Pirates' Life

"Yo ho, yo ho, the pirates' life for me!"
Argh! I 'm going to be a pirate for Halloween!

My mom is making my costume for me.
We had the Boneka white short and long sleeve shirts,
but she made me a pair of pirate pants, the bandana head cap,
and a felt vest!

September 19th was International Talk Like a Pirate Day!
Would you like some cake, matey?

The cake, tiny treasure chest and sword
are from Re-ment Fairy Tale Sweets
Set #7-Pirates' Treasure

Thanks to Jim at
for providing really cool treasure maps!
The big one is playscale,
the smaller one is 1 inch scale.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Exploring at Dusk

Around dusk,
I was finally allowed to go out into the front yard.
I don't know if this counts as "going out",
but the trees are real trees
and not calendar photos.

It is still very green outside.

I like my new bag.
I like to carry it on my back.
I have a lucky coin I carry in my backpack.
It is a replica of coins found on shipwrecks.
It is a pirate coin!
This one is the small or medium size.
I looked at this place today.
They have more cool pirate stuff,
including the pirate coins like mine:

My coin must have brought me a lot of luck,
because I found a fall leaf and it isn't even fall yet!
See, the big tree is still green!
Where did this leaf come from?

Wow! Look at all the ants and the ant hole!
They sure are busy!

On my way back in, I found a green grasshopper!
He stayed really still for me to look at him
and to get his picture taken.
I wonder if he was looking for dinner. very quiet when you are looking at nature!


Saraya said there were lots of adventures in this house.
So I got dressed, and grabbed my bag.
Today is Saturday!
The Day for Play!
I waited and waited and waited...
What is up with not going out on Saturday?
Isn't there somewhere we can go?

I waited and waited and waited at the picnic table
and played with my elephant, Tiny.
Aren't you ready to go, yet?

Friday, September 12, 2008

Satchel is Home!

My name is Satchel.
I am Saraya's brother.
I guess we will share a journal now.
I hope we will get to play a lot
and share our adventures, too!
At first, there was some confusion
about my being a girl
and not quite right.
But now it has been made right,
and I can assure you
that I am indeed a boy!
I hope Saraya and I don't have to dress up like twins
because we aren't twins!
Apparently mom thinks it is cute in photos
to dress us in similar clothes.

When I arrived yesterday, Saraya gave me a boat!

I love this boat because I can even ride in it!

I was up bright and early this morning!
I got dressed and I want to go out and play!
Mom said she has to go to work first
because it is Friday,
but we can play this afternoon,
and all weekend!

I like this clubhouse!
It is called "Will's Cowboy Clubhouse".
This a guy hang out!
Saraya and I share a room,
and it is not exactly a boy kind of place.
Maybe I can play here sometimes!