Thursday, June 12, 2014

Palm Trees get their annual cut ...

And here they are, in no particular order ...

 Ooohh, what exciting lives we lead!!!!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014


So many things have happened over the last month. Least of all our three bicycles being stolen from out the back including the two Treck road bikes we rode from San Francisco to Los
Angeles in 2000 ... Nobody would know they were there unless they had been back there. How did they get in?  Also my mountain bike I bought way back in 1995. All were delapidated,  flat tyres, rusty chains and crusty seats.  Anyhow thanks to Paul who found us a  wrought iron gate which now stands blocking the back Try carrying bikes over that!!

This morning we discovered 3 kittens plus mother on the patio of room #2. So adorable all of them and only about 3 weeks old. You can just about make two of them  out hidden behind the stump of a Mexican Palm Tree. We can't keep them and mother seems to have disappeared.  Never a dull moment!!!!

Friday, May 9, 2014

The saga of the trash cans .... continues!!!

After the so called 'roll-out' of the new trash cans, you remember, they couldn't decide when we were to get delivery and then the day of the week for collection of trash was up for discussion? And we had 10!!??

Had a call from the Palm Springs Disposal Service a couple of days ago. "Hello, this is the Palm Springs Disposal Service. Do you know who we are?" No, I said, are you the people who read the gas meter?? Honestly, do I know who they are? Am I stupid? Anyhow I was told that it had come to light due to some rigorous review that we had been undercharged by A LOT over the last 13 years and that our new monthly collection fee would be going from $56.10 each month to ... drum roll ... wait for it ... $244.80!!!!! LOL. Anyhow, he agreed they would  take away 5 of the new trash cans to reduce our monthly payment to $122.40, still double what we have been paying for the last 13 years. .  We agreed on a day when they would be collected. Were they? Of course not. It took an e-mail and another day before they turned up. Talk about ineptitude!!  Well done Gas Meter Readers!

Sunday, April 27, 2014

My view early yesterday evening whilst sipping a Manhattan

Lovely view of the Mount San Jacinto range.

Oh, and a picture of room #4's door advertising his 'wares'. Takes all sorts!! I think it say's RAUNCH.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

The saga of the trash cans!!

Finally our new trash cans were delivered today, Wednesday April 2nd. Oh what an exciting life we lead! Many, many telephone calls to the Palm Springs Disposal Service we are now the proud owners of 10 (that's right, TEN) brown 'wheelie bins'. We still havn't found out our new collection day. Is it Monday or Wednesday? Nobody seems to want to make a decision!!! All we know is, they delivered the new bins today and didn't take away the old trash!!!

As I said, what an exciting life we lead!!!!

And thanks to Mike, I am able to post pictures again. Here they are .. our new trash cans!!!! Tah Dah!!! Count them. There are 10!! Plus we also have the blue recycling container!! Different day of collection, of course. See what you are missing, Jim!!!!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Shock!!!, Horror!!! Ice storm hits Palm Springs!!! (Not really).

OK I know, I know. This blog is like a London bus. You wait for ages for one to arrive and then 3 arrive together!

The roof of the hotel was due for it's 10 year makeover.  The company came in on Monday and were supposed to be finished by Wednesday. Well guess what? They didn't finish until today (Thursday).  The last word we want to hear is 'problem' so apparently there were a few.

They started by washing down the roof, both the single  and the two storey buildings. When I got back from LA Wednesday afternoon, the mess .. beyond description. You wouldn't believe after the wind over the last 10 years or so there wouldn't be many little chippings left up there. Oh yes there were!! They actually did a good job washing down but I'll be doing it as normal Friday morning.
Anyhow, this morning the crew arrived around 8am and set about shrouding everything in plastic. Then they disappeared for 3 hours!!! And we have guests wanting to use the pool and spa naked so they did. To cut long story short as they say, it was all done and paid for by 1pm, plastic away.

I am trying to download pictures but Google has changed some settings. Typical.