There’s plenty to do in Houston, but every now and then it’s fun to leave the big city behind and explore the wide open spaces that define Texas.

It doesn’t take long to see what rural Texas is about.  Cattle graze lazily in fields

and the sprawling metropolis is replaced by a series of small towns.

IMG_0456This time of year the landscape colored by wildflowers is spectacular.  No matter how many times I see fields of blue, red, yellow and pink my heart sings in appreciation of nature’s beauty.

Another reason to get out and about now is the Round Top Antique Show which these days is said to cover some 28 miles.  That means a lot of stuff to browse.  Now, I don’t need a thing, but that doesn’t keep my eye from wandering in search of the unusual or interesting.

IMG_0463Bottles never fail to get my attention.  These are truffle jars that when filled with mushrooms and cotton hold in the moisture necessary for preservation.  You can be sure that in my possession they would be filled with flowers to create a centerpiece for a tablescape.

IMG_0472Talk about an unusual flower container.  Take a look at this chemical beaker.  I didn’t buy one, but the temptation was great.  These were $175 each, a little pricey so I’m going to look into finding new pieces and creating the look.

IMG_0474These wooden mallets got my attention because of their varying shapes and heights.  In case you are wondering, they were used for barn building.  I wouldn’t want someone with one of those in their hand to get mad at me!

IMG_0489One exhibit featured lamps and chandeliers made from the most interesting materials.   For a fleeting moment I could imagine one in my eclectic mix of things.

IMG_9777Then, there were those things that reminded me of some of you bloggers.  White porcelain

IMG_0480and blue and white pieces are favorites of many of you.

IMG_0487Exhibits are in fields, tents and enclosed spaces some of which are beautifully displayed.

IMG_0488I have a hard time imagining how much dealers have to sell to justify the cost.   As one said, it’s always a gamble and you have to do a show knowing that you will win or lose.


A day or two of wandering among the exhibits is about all I can take and then I’m ready to get back in the car and wander the country roads stopping here and there to take a photo.

i so appreciate your visit and the comments you leave behind

27 thoughts on “Wandering Country Roads

  1. This is such a wonderful post, Lulu. Loved it. The Round Top Antique Show is said to cover some 28 miles – WOW – that’s some distance. Chemical beaker flower container is expensive but look how stylish it looks. The beaker reminded me of Breaking Bad/Walter White. “I wouldn’t want someone with one of those in their hand to get mad at me!” – ha ha. Happy Easter 🙂

  2. I love antique shows and the Round Top Antique Show looks amazing. I like the vase made with the chemical beaker too. I bought something similar on a road trip to Savannah a few years ago although it uses a test tub instead of a beaker and is not quite as rustic. I think I like the rustic version even better. WeekendsInMaine

  3. I’ve always wanted to go to Round Top but I’ve never made it. I’m like you I don’t need anything but I love walking the fields.
    The wildflowers in Texas are so beautiful. I think this year because it was colder longer has made all flowers better. Our spring flowers were amazing.
    Happy Easter!

  4. LOVE!!! I’ve never been to Round Top, but would love the experience! Those are cattle!!!!!! Those don’t look like cattle to me! They’re so SKINNY!!!!!!!! Taking little trips on meandering country roads is one of my favorite pastimes. There’s so much to see! People who confined themselves to the brick, mortar and perpetual pavement of the big cities just don’t know what they’re missing!!!

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