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found the camera

Friday, February 15, 2013

I met hubby for dinner and he had this balloon and two bars of dark chocolate waiting for me as well as my drink and the meal already ordered (which is good because shortly after he got there, all the tables were filled).
I found my camera but it seems many people have had problems with this model, just like me, so the company stopped manufacturing it, I sent it back to them they sent a gift card instead of replacing the camera. I'll use my old camera till the new models come out and I can pick out something better. My old camera has been dropped a couple times so it sometimes shuts itself off but it's better than nothing. Yesterday I went to a wonderful place in Palm Springs owned by Leonore and Walter Annenberg (both now deceased) it was just opened to the public 5 months ago three days a week for tours. Can't take photos inside the home but plenty of outdoor photos. It's located at the corner of Bob Hope and Frank Sinatra Blvd. They originally owned over 900 acres of undeveloped land and created an oasis complete with golf courses and manmade lakes and falls. Now there is also a visitor center with art pieces on display and a theater room to show some history of the Annenbergs (both were Ambassadors under two different presidents), and their philanthropic accomplishments. Arid gardens greet you when you enter the gates to the visitor center.

there were even some butterflies I got lucky and one landed

the back of the visitor center also landscaped with reflecting pools and a labyrinth and you can see the local mountains have some snow on them

here is the group

here are some of the art work in the center, the Annenbergs loved to collect art

we got on trams to visit the main house (also has guest cottages)
here is an overview of the property

the entry to the home

the inside was gorgeous but like I said no photography inside, so this is out back with the swimming pool

kinetic sculpture

that piece on the top is a skylight

the golf course has some interesting features like a totem pole from the Governor of Alaska

the only palm trees on the estate donated by Pres. Eisenhower

even a pagoda to eat under, just so much beauty

they entertained many celebrities and politicians and royalty (yep even Queen Elizabeth and her mother and prince Charles), peace conferences and lavish New Years Eve parties and wedding took place here, to do good and de-stress

rose gardens too and look at this specimen

Greek bench

and there were egrets, geese and ducks hanging around

the block walls were made of lava stones
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