A few weeks back I made a post about a wedding  I had attended at Serra Retreat in Malibu. Among the photos I took was this castle

The castle valued at 17 million dollars burnt down along with its contents full of art and antiques.

It belonged to Lilly Lawrence, the daughter of a former Iranian oil minister. She said she was able to gather a few things before the fire engulfed her home, including some jewelry and memorabilia that included Elvis Presley’s Army fatigues.

She didn’t seem too worried about losing most of her belongings in the fire.

"My parents taught me not to allow my possessions to posses me," Lawrence told KABC-TV. "So, that’s the story. The house is a house."

Southern Calif is a blaze all over theplace, the wind is blowing like mad with gusts as high as 90 mph.

Our neighbors gigantic tree broke and fell into our front yard and into the street of our corner, there is damage all over the place, these first winds of the Santa Ana season are monstrous. Hubby has to take a different route to work because they have closed Topanga Canyon his normal route which comes out on PCH.

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4 Responses to “Fire!”

  1. tammy Says:

    hi tricia

     i saw the santa ana’s devestation last nite on the news and they did show the castle-how awful to loose such a thing of beauty please be safe:)

  2. Patricia Anders Says:

    Hi Tammi

    The winds are unbelievable. We are in Calabasas and as long as the Malibu fire is contained we should be fine.

    Hope alls well with you!

  3. MLMagness Says:

    Tricia, this is so amazing, how sad but true it is that a house is just a house without its inhabitants… I’m glad Lilly walked away safely while understanding that life is much better lived knowing this. Thank you for sharing this story on your blog, it’s hard sometimes to recognize hardship from so many miles away… but my heart is with those enduring this horrible situation. Be well, Monica

  4. Jeanne Rhea Says:

    Be safe and thanks for the post.  I saw the castle on the news last night.  So very sad, but maybe this is one of the things that give us a little nudge to make us realize so many other things in life are so important.