Pied Beauty

Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889)

Glory be to God for dappled things—
For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow;
For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;
Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches' wings;
Landscape plotted and pieced—fold, fallow, and plough;
And all trades, their gear and tackle and trim.

All things counter, original, spare, strange;
Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?)
With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim;
He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change:

Praise him.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Hurray for the Fort Bend County Fair!

We love the county fair!  Before we moved to Fort Bend, we used to go to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, in the early spring.  It turned out we didn't really know what a real county fair was all about.  It wasn't until I lived in the Kansas City area and attended the American Royal there that I understood that a county fair could be more than just a cowboy-themed circus.

I love that the Fort Bend County Fair features the artwork of young students in the local schools, public and private.

I love that the 4-H still recognizes young people when they learn how to pickle okra.

I love that the animals raised and shown at the Fair are Fort Bend animals!

I love watching the kids at the Midway.

I love the odd things you see here and there at the Fair.  Weather permitting, we'll go back this weekend and report on the wonderful (terrible) terribly wonderful food.

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