So there has been a flurry of activity in the Cooke-Daly household as we've searched for a new home. Whilst we cannot sell up in the UK, (visas, gay marriage and all that - don't start me!) we do not have the cash to buy so it's rental again. Palm Springs has no shortage of rental property but being a tourist destination it's mostly short-term.
We've visited a string of properties - mostly useless! There was one beautiful condo that Philip fell in love with but it had no yard so you can imagine my reaction. Another extensive property, far bigger than we needed, was filled with Indian artifacts - like a museum. Screens jostled with ivory tusks, huge sculpted elephants, enormous chandeliers and a grand piano. There was a yard but overhung with electricity cables. A clear 'No thanks!' Another had been trashed by previous tenants and still smelt of cats and dogs.
Finally we've found a place! What relief. Not only does it have all the space we need but it's unfurnished so we can create our own minimalist style. Note to Philip - we DO need some furniture! And it has a yard! The back yard is a blank canvas with some concrete patio areas and a matrix of loose gravel. The front is partially landscaped and the grounds within the whole development are beautiful. We are currently awaiting approval from the letting agent but it looks as if this will be our new home and my new garden. And I'll be able to tell you all about it as I landscape it.
|.................to this - the virgin back yard|
|and the front yard which can no doubt be improved!|