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Welcome! As "Annie in Austin" I blog about gardening in Austin, TX with occasional looks back at our former gardens in Illinois. My husband Philo & I also make videos - some use garden images as background for my original songs, some capture Austin events & sometimes we share videos of birds in our garden. Come talk about gardens, movies, music, genealogy and Austin at the Transplantable Rose and listen to my original songs on YouTube. For an overview read Three Gardens, Twenty Years. Unless noted, these words and photos are my copyrighted work.
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Thursday, July 20, 2006

Liberty Hill, where quirky rules

To see the scope of these ponds you really had to be there. While the quirky touches can be seen in the photographs, I can't capture the actual experience of being in the Texas countryside, walking around this engaging creation. All I can do is add one last picture of the miniature Hoover Dam.

My dad traveled to Las Vegas just to see that dam, and we're going to get there some day. Last Sunday the water and sun had me imagining things. I love the romantic comedy Fools Rush In, an admittedly goofy movie in which Hoover Dam plays a role. When I saw a small blue, truck-type vehicle placed on the road atop the model dam, I couldn’t help pretending that it was being driven by Salma Hayek.


  1. I think I'd like a pond with a fairy-tale theme... maybe a Nessie-type figure poking its head out of the water, sprites hiding in the foliage, and fairies floating overhead. Hmmm... you've got me thinking...

  2. That is one odd pond! Done by an engineer of some kind?

  3. Carol, I think he was in septic tank construction, which is why he owns the backhoe. For those of us who live in Austin, the only odd part is that it was built in the far NW Austin region, rather than in urban South Austin, where the bumper stickers read, "Keep Austin Weird" and anything you can imagine will be used as art.

  4. This pond is weird even to me in South Austin. We just walked in from seeing "Viva Las Vegas" where you catch of glimpse of the dam as it was in 1964 as Elvis Presley races over it. My family is all in Las Vegas, so Hoover Dam is a familiar landmark for me. I don't think I'd want a replica of it in my back yard though.

    Here's a photo the last time I went over it...Lake Mead was down 30 feet because of drought. Quite shocking.



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