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Puerto Vallarta 2006

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In October 2006, Rick, Patrick and I vacationed in Puerto Vallarta. We stayed at a beautiful spa called Villa Premiere. The Villa has only 64 rooms and each suite is spectacular! The view is incredible. I have never stayed in Mexico in such a glorious hotel. Around the pool and on the private beach, are white cabanas. Each cabana holds a double bed that sways gently in the breeze – white curtains can be pulled around the bed for privacy. Service was great although we generally dined outside the hotel. So may restaurants to choose from…. We toured a tequila factory and brought home some very old and smooth varieties of the drink. All in all, it was a truly perfect holiday!

Rick_Brenda_and_Patrick_in_Puerto_Vallarta_2006Bed ElephantsPatrick at the Tequila FactoryRick at the Tequila FactoryView from our Deck

Meeting Kathy, Patrick’s steady girlfriend, in 2006

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Patrick brought Kathy to meet Rick and I in the summer of 2006. We had lunch at the golf course, Mayfair Lakes, and the sat out on the deck at home in the sun. She is a really sweet girl and beautiful young lady. And – Kathy has a very unique laugh!

Kathy and Patrick at Mayfair Lakes - summer 2006Kathy in a sunbeamPatrick and Brenda at Mayfair Lakes for lunch

Kootenays 2006

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n the summer of 2006, Rick and I flew to the Kootenays in southern BC. Many “hippies” of the 1960’s lived here. The ferries are quaint and we even found a brothel in an old ghost town. Harry Potter brooms are made just outside of Nelson.

Old Brothel House in a ghost townSign in window of Molly Brown's BrothelMaking Harry Potter broomsBroomsRick on the FerryBrenda on the Balfour Ferry

Christmas 2005

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Rick opening gifts in 2005Patrick and Lucky after opening giftsAshley sleeping in the wrapping paperPatrick, Brenda and Lucky after gift opening

Ixtapa 2005

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Our planned trip to Playa del Carmen in 2005 was cancelled because the hotel, and much of the Mayan Riveria, was destroyed in a hurricane. So, we went to Ixtapa. Although the hotel was lovely and the scenery magnificent, the beach was rocky and not good for swimming. The countryside held pretty homes with an abundance of flowers. We also spent an interesting day in Zhuatanejo.

One of the hotel poolsOur HotelBrenda in ZhuatanejoPretty House on the HillThe BeachRick in ZhuatanejoView from our suite

Cuba 2004

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Rick, Buck May, Patrick, Patrick’s friend Danielle, and I went to Cuba for a holiday in 2004. It was Rick’s 60th Birthday Party holiday.

Danielle dancing at Rick's 60th Birthday PartyPatrick and Danielle at Rick's Party in VaraderoThe Beach at our HotelPatrick in HavanaBrenda in old church in HavanaBuck May in Old HavanaCastro Poster in HavanaChe GuevaraCuba Rum Factory TrainHavana CemetaryHotel Seville in HavanaMother and 2 Children in Old HavanaNew HavanaOld Woman with cigar and dog in Old HavanaPatrick and Danielle in the cavesPoster of Pavarotti in Cigar Store in Old HavanaRick and Brenda at Rick's birthday dinnerin VaraderoRick and Buck in old church in Old HavanaSinging Dog in Old HavanaPatrick and the Dolphins Cuba

You can also see my son’s photos of the same trip.

Manzanillo 2000

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In November 2000, Rick, Patrick, Danielle Doucette and I vacationed in Manzanillo. We stayed at the beautiful Karmina Palace. The hotel was wonderful and we loved our huge suites.
Karmina Palace HotelPatrick and Danielle by one of the many poolsPatrick and his friend, Danielle by the oceanRestaurant at the point of Karmina PalaceRick, relaxing after a tough day by the poolWaterslide at Karmina PalaceRick and Brenda by one of the pools

Scotland and England 1999, 2002 and 2003

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Rick and I toured Scotland by car in 1999. We stayed at many beautiful bed and breakfast places. One morning we awoke to the bleating of a sheep – it had stuck it’s head in our bedroom window to have a look at us! Scotland is steeped in history and although we are not members of The Royal Troon Golf Club, we were able to have a small tour. We saw the world’s oldest wooden golf club and also the huge gold Rolex Clock in the Club lobby. The people were gentle and we even happened upon a Scottish wedding in a pub and were invited to join in the festivities. St. Andrews was a marvel and the course appears as a windswept, small hilled field by the sea! We also visited Loch Ness and got lost in the fog.

Cawdor CastleLoch LomondRoyal Troon Golf ClubSouth Ferry QueensDining in Girvan

I took this photo in 2002 when I visited Patrick in Scotalnd. We took a day trip to Carlisle, England and stopped at a tea house next to the Old Fish Shop.

In 2003, I again visited Patrick and we stayed at the old, old Peat Country Inn. The suites were two levels and very quaint.

Carlisle, England 2002Wild flowers by a CastleSt. Andrews 18th Hole June 2003St. Andrews Old Course June 2003The Peat Inn Scotland Brenda and Patrick June 2003

Loretto, Mexico 1997

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Rick, Buck and I went golfing in Loretto, Mexico in 1997. It was a very pretty golf course and we had a lot of fun. Mexico suffered much rain that spring and some of the holes were kind of wet.

Bridge to the 18th holeBuck and BrendaRick and Buck have a haloBuck ponders lifeRick and Buck at the 19th holeRick tries out a new clubLoretto, Mexico 1997

Patrick Audley – 18th Birthday

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We celebrated Patrick’s 18th birthday with dinner at Chianti and gift opening at home. Patrick popped a balloon from Rick and I and out fell our gift of a $1000 bill! It was exciting and fun. Elaine Waddell was Patrick’s girlfriend at the time. His birthday card, a caricature designed by Gary Reynolds, was also depicted on his cake. It showed Patrick wearing his brown signature hat and carrying a computer. He still has the hat, 12 years later, and has built and owned many computers since then. Yes, I am a proud Mom.

18th Birthday CakePatrick and Elaine WaddellPatrick, Brenda and Rick before the partyPatrick holds his $1000 bill18th Birthday cardPatrick - old enough to drink - with his Dad, Bruce Audley