Sunday, July 31, 2011

On the island and off

Good afternoon Folks ~ Hope you are enjoying your day.

This morning I needed to go to work to take some measurements to email a prospective buyer, so we took the scenic ocean drive and I took a few pictures.

Not my usual photos, that’s for sure. It was nice having DH driving. I don’t take my camera to work and I don’t always take this route, only occasionally. Sunday morning is a perfect time to be out as the traffic is so light.

Looking east, it was around 7:30 I think. No public beaches along this stretch.



We turned down this little street. You can see the Intra-coastal waterway at the very end. The island isn’t all that wide in some parts.


Here was the mansion on the right. We need to go back on this drive on another Sunday morning to take more pictures of some of these lovely old mansions like this one from the 1920’s.



Some of these places are boarded up because no one is here during the summer. This is a more modern place.


I loved the doorway on this one below.



Now I’m at the end of the street. I took a short path to a cement ledge about 2’ wide or so and stood there to take the pictures following this one.


These look across the intra-coastal waterway to the ‘other’ side.



I work about 5 blocks or so west of those building in the picture below.


Now, I’m looking east back up the street toward the ocean.


We then headed south on the ocean road, and I took a picture of Mar-a-Lago’s entry gate. They had the two statues covered I guess to protect them, must only have them showing when the ‘season’ is going on down here.

Mar-a-Lago was built 1924-1927, it is the name of the Marjorie Merriweather Post estate.


And speaking of Mar-a-lago, here is Trump’s International Golf Club. It covers a huge piece of real estate and is surrounded by high, two foot thick hedges and with palm trees on the front edge. It looks nice. One funny thing about this is, the county jail house which is several stories high, overlooks the golf course. I don’t know if the prisoners have a view or not. This is not on the island.


Main entry. Gold and black. They change the flower beds with the seasons. They have caladiums growing there now. Sometimes there are colorful salvias or impatiens.


Now below, we are definitley ‘off the island’ and this building is next to the first railroad track heading west. (I’m more comfortable on this side of the intra-coastal waterway, that’s for sure). I just loved how the sunlight was hitting this old corrugated tin building. I wonder what this building was used for when it was first built.



We live a few miles west of the second railroad track from the island, and it sure felt good to pull into our driveway, to our humble little Plum Cottage. We were home sweet home.

Hope you enjoyed the little tour of how some of the wealthier half of society lives.

This has put me in the mood to do more little tours of the surrounding areas here, from rich to poor and anything in between.

Good news ~ I am working this month after all, as my boss decided not to close up shop for the month of August. Hurray.

Hope you all have a great week.


Life is what we make it,

always has been,

always will be.

Grandma Moses


Rebecca said...

I've been gone a few days (grandchildren visiting us) and hardly recognize "you"! What a change in your blog... Beautiful as always. Your pictures are amazing, FlowerLady!

So, I'm wondering about the nature of your project for which you are out and about and measuring...(?)

I'll have to read some of your back-posts and do a bit of detective work to see if I can find a hint!

Sunray Gardens said...

Those are some incredible photos but than that had to be a nice enjoyable drive also.
Cher Sunray Gardens

Bernie said...

It's great to hear that your job hasn't ended just yet. Fabulous photos showing how the other half live and play. I was amused by the thought of the jail house overlooking Trump's golf course! What a contrast for people on both sides! That was a lovely drive and thank you for taking us along with you.

Grace said...

The Spanish influence of the buildings is unmistakable. Just beautiful. I love all the green and the blue water.

Antique ART Garden said...

Great pictures , I am wondering why everyone seems to watermark their pics off of the blontanical crowd ? I don't think anyone would want mine , and I keep reading everyone's names more than looking at their pictures. I guess I'll have to train my eye to disregard the watermarks, but can't do it so far. You are a blessing !! take care, big hug, Gina

Anonymous said...

Wonderful photos, FlowerLady. Just stunning.
Maybe the jailhouse overlooking Trump golf course is supposed to say to prisioners that if you change your ways, you can golf, instead of being locked up, (Yah, Right) LOL
Take care my wonderful friend, and have a great week

Carla said...

Love the pictures! Thanks for sharing! Carla

organicgardendreams said...

Flowerlady, I thoroughly enjoyed to see a little bit more of the surrounding where you live. I just love the tropical atmosphere (somehow I never get enough of palms and the sea) and of course these mansions are beautiful. Looking forward to more posts of neighborhoods close to you from "rich to poor and anything in between" as you put it!

Meems said...

What fun to Palm Beach mansions through your lens. All those lovely palms, blue sky and green waters make me long for the beach! It is very fun to take a different route once in a while just to see what we see. Loved the use of caladiums for summer entrance foliage. :-)

It's always nice to get back home and appreciate all we've been blessed with. Have a fabulous day. Glad you are still working this month.

gld said...

I really enjoyed this tour. I am looking forward the the rest of the tour series. I have never been further south than Arkansas or east than Tennessee so this is a real treat.

Happy to hear you get another month of work.

NanaK said...

Great new header picture you have. I haven't seen any zebra longwings this year. Very few last year. I think the cold winters must have done them in up here. Glad to see they are still around down your way. Perhaps they will be able to make their way back to my garden soon.

It was very enjoyable to go along on your tour of those beautiful homes. And, so nice to hear your job is continuing.

Susan said...

What a beautiful drive! I think I would take that route everyday to work. Thanks for taking us along...I could feel the ocean breeze in my hair.

Sandy said...

Really enjoyed the photos. Just beautiful!
Thanks for taking the time to share.
Glad you get to continue to work.

Vetsy said...

Beautiful and scenic, I love drives and photos like these. Thanks for sharing.

Darcie said...

What gorgeous pictures! Thanks for taking us along on your drive. I felt like I was right there in the back seat. ;-)

Masha said...

I enjoyed this tour a lot! Thank you for showing us some of these beautiful houses, and the landscaping. A lot of it looks just like California :). I have to agree with you, after a drive like that it is nice to be back home. I couldn't live in one of those mansions...

Tootsie said...

What a great post!!! Your photos are just lovely!
I am just loving the tour of blogland tonight! I am so excited to have time to visit some of my favorite blogs...they are all so inspiring and I am NEVER disappointed! I am lucky to see are inspirations that I would never have found had I not found each of the my friends that I see online! I wish I had more time to visit everyone more often... Thank you so much for sharing with me/us!
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sweetbay said...

Those mansions are like palaces. Beautiful setting too.