Monday, August 29, 2011


All this travellin' and filmin' you've been readin' about weren't for nothin'! Our editing team hasn't seen the light of day since starting work on our awesome sizzle reel  !

We are so pleased with the results and just couldn't wait to show it to you. We hope you will enjoy watching it. Please let us know what you think.  

Friday, August 26, 2011

Around Austin - Day Three, June 19th

In between marvelling at the unspoiled beauty of the countryside, we had the chance to run around Austin marvelling at the urban sights. We loved seeing the food trucks along South Congress Avenue. Imagine the mall food court meets open air dining. Clever restraunteurs have re-purposed vintage travel trailers and food catering trucks and are serving up some of the best street food you've ever had. 

As if we could eat anymore, we were treated to a wonderful vegetarian lunch at Mother's Cafe and Garden. We all know that Texas is known for its BBQ, but you've probably never had BBQ Tofu!

Just on the outskirts of Austin, but only minutes from town, live Lynne and Jim Weber, authors of Nature Watch Austin. Their home and the surrounding hills are a shrine to the beautiful and fascinating native flora and fauna described in their book.  

Friday, August 19, 2011

Farms and Ranches - Days Two, Four and Five - June 18th, 20th and 21st

In Elgin, we visited Coyote Creek Organic Feed Mill (the first commercial organic feed mill in Texas) where simple grain is turned into the very best organic feed for raising healthy animals. Jeremiah Cunningham raises some lucky chickens and cows who are able to live as nature intended, on open pasture. We were inspired by his love of the land and his committment to sustainable practices

Our journey led us to the Selah Bamberger Ranch Preserve where we met J. David Bamberger, a man who has dedicated his life to restoring 5500 acres of over-grazed, under utilized land in Johnson City. Selah means "to pause and reflect," and there is no better place to do just that than looking out at the breathtaking views at the Bamberger Ranch.

Co-founder of Church's Fried Chicken, Mr. Bamberger always wanted to make a difference; so 40 years ago, the day the company went public, he went out and bought a piece of the Texas Hill Country. He has brought springs, creeks and ponds to life where there was once no water to be found. He has planted native grasses on once cedar choked hillsides. He built a bat cave and enticed a colony of Mexican Free Tail Bats to come home. We braved flesh eating insects and the possibility of contracting deadly disease to enter the bat cave. It was a magical and rewarding experience.

After our brave adventures into the bat cave, we were appreciative of a relaxing evening swim, a comfy bed, fresh hot breakfast the next morning and some mighty fine hospitality at the Best Western in Johnson City. They have the very best Texas shaped waffles ever!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Farmers Markets - Days Two and Three - June 18th - 19th

There are lots of Down to Earth folks at your local farmers market. In Bastrop, about 30 miles east of Austin, we visited the 1823 Bastrop Farmers Market where we met Charles Eastland selling his big juicy tomatoes.Mr Eastland's great, great grandfather was the first judge in Fayette County! We sampled fresh baked vegan pretzel bread from Tough Cookie Bakery and admired the work of some local artists. The Producers Market is an indoor farmers market and small grocery store. They provide the products of local farmers year round alongside basic staples. After hoofing around the markets, we sat down to a yummy lunch at Maxine's on Main which serves some of the best pie in Texas (we tried several pieces, we should know)!

Pie at Maxine's on Main
Back in Austin, Ty Wolison of Windy Hill Organic Farm showed us around the HOPE Farmers Market. which is a part of the HOPE Campaign whose participating artists promote education and peace around the world. We saw planters made from recycled bicycle parts alongside fresh homegrown summer squash and heard tunes from strolling hometown musicians. We loaded up on some great local goodies.
Filming at the HOPE Farmers Market

Fresh from the earth!

Ty Wolison shows us around.