Archive for August, 2013

Mystery Gate Revealed

Monday, August 19th, 2013

We were invited to a Fourth of July party in The Malibu Colony. We didn’t realize what a treat this was until we arrived at the gate and chose to walk in instead of using the valet service. We immediately spied wildly expensive cars and unbelievably amazing homes. Although we tried not to be star struck, we were!

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Without being too obvious I snapped a pix of a stunning gate.

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And a few of the stunning party house, perched on the Pacific.

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The tv room had walls that opened wide to the courtyard. I wanted to immediately repaint our house the same color.

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And buy all new furniture and change windows and moulding. I have never wanted to redo my house top to bottom, but suddenly I did. One can dream!

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Dinner was served buffet style. We had the most delicious salmon cooked on a salt block and grilled lobster. I was photographing this from a deck suspended over the sand and facing the ocean. Wish I had taken pictures of the bar, powder room, living room, master bath and rooftop deck. I couldn’t find fault with anything but I couldn’t pull out the phone constantly.

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We were treated to three fireworks displays, including the private one put on by the Colony residences. The evening was incredible from beginning to end and such an unexpected treat. Today I was surprised to see the house behind the turquoise gates featured on Hooked on Houses . The house lives up to the gate, that’s for sure. Take a quick peek.

Very soon I will post about another party and what “casual elegant” attire means in Malibu. Let’s just say it is something else entirely in my world.

Caribbean Insta

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

We have been home for two weeks and have no plans to travel for a while. I have picked up plants for the new rear garden design, scrubbed bathrooms and floors, and unpacked all the luggage. Now I can finally write a post without a mound of laundry or dust covering the floors.

As I mentioned in the last post, we took a short cruise in the Caribbean. I am not a big fan of traveling on ships, but Spenc and Kirk love them.

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We boarded the ship on Father’s Day and after checking out our room, headed straight for the first of many endless buffet meals. We then explored the ship and the boys played a quick game of putput golf.

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Our first stop was on Grand Turk where we took a kayaking tour through a creek. I apologize in advance to all of you who follow on Instagram as I didn’t pull out my camera.

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We saw little of the island as we traveled to our destination, which is my biggest complaint about cruising.

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While on board the Heat won the NBA playoffs. They broadcast three games on the pool deck while tons of fans routed for their favorite.

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Our next stop was Jamaica. We took a tour around Ocho Rios ending with some relaxation at the beach.

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We stopped to admire a church.

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Before heading back to another day at sea.

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Next stop…a water park in the Bahamas. Most of it was too adventuresome for me, but they did have Starbucks! I had been reduced to drinking watered down fountain iced tea with a splash of lemonade for days.

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A spirited band wandered through just before we left.

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I loved this building we glimpsed on the way back to the ship. Spencer lost his cruise card, but they did let him back aboard.

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Before we knew it we were back in Miami and off to the airport for a flight home. All in all we had a great trip. Maybe by writing this post I will actually remember where we stopped!