Sugar sand at Don Cesar

This weekend is our second visit to the Don Cesar “pink” hotel in St Pete Beach; the beach sand there is so very soft and powdery, and the hotel is pretty good too. On this visit we also discovered that their Martina Grille dining is very special – especially the “reveal” dessert which we had twice!

Here’s some pictures of the hotel and beach:

When we left this morning we took the “long way” home, over the Sunshine Skyway Bridge which we’d gone under a few years ago; stopped to take photos, of course:


Settling in to Stanton

It’s been a few weeks now since we moved and we’re getting slowly settled in to our new home; we had the whole house painted to colors chosen by our interior designer, and quite a lot of new furniture arrived – especially for the “great room”, our main living area. Here’s that room with the new Stressless chairs and the spectacular green glass topped Island Fusion Hermes Reef table, and also our kitchen since it’s all part of the same huge space!

Also in that area is Margaret’s work desk (and she’s planning to get a filing cabinet to match).

We have four bedrooms in our new home, down from six at Independence; our master bedroom now has it’s designed colors with the new bedding – and of course there’s my favorite and spectacular shower in the ensuite:

The second bedroom has it’s ensuite walk-in shower, while bedrooms three and four share another bathroom – all downstairs of course.

Also downstairs is a “flex room” where we will be installing a projection TV / sound system for watching movies. With the home basically designed on a single level, the attractive stairs lead only to my office – although that space is also huge so I’ve split part of it into another movie / music / seating area …

Outside is not much changed from when we moved in, although Dixie Pools have now completed the pool install. There’s more to do out there (maybe just better outdoor furniture) but finishing the interior comes first!


UPDATE: Robert asked for more pictures of the table:

Oakland Nature Preserve after Irma

Since our earlier visits to nearby Oakland Nature Preserve (very nearby since we moved!), Hurricane Irma did some serious damage and until very recently the boardwalk there has been inaccessible. It’s actually still under repair but open enough for an enjoyable (short) walk – with lots of clearings, open blue sky, and downed trees, as evidence of Irma’s passing last year. Here’s some photos: