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My Courtyard


By chung


After rattling around in our five-bed roomed spacious detached house for a couple of years once our three girls and three foster children had flown the nest, we decided to look for something smaller for our retirement, maybe a three bed roomed semi we thought. (downsizing) We had lived for thirty-five years in this house that had massive lawns to three sides with huge flower beds too.

When we sold our property we had five weeks to complete and no where to live, all the superb housing that we had previously viewed had now been snapped up. ‘Typical’ I can honestly say that I have spent more time buying a pair of shoes than I did buying this sadly neglected semi-detached two-bed roomed bungalow (Big mistake.) although the local charity shops, friends and relatives benefited from our uprooting.

The property was empty and a corner location situated on a tree lined grass verge road overlooking a bowling green and tennis courts. The garden was colossal and full of broken flagstones with weeds as big as trees and gigantic bushes. However the trees were full of birds and the elderly lady next door was delightful. Ten years on I’m still here! however, we have a loft conversion, ‘two extra bedrooms’ a dining-room and conservatory.
My husband loves cutting the grass and the front and side lawn’s always looks the business when he has just cut them.
The back garden is now a courtyard bursting with colour, chock-full of various grasses, bamboos, Acer’s, and an oriental arch. It’s also a haven for the enormous variety of birds that visit as well as a great pleasure for me, my husband, friends and family that sit and enjoy in my conservatory.
I still miss my large house and garden but wouldn’t want it back and I fined it easier to maintain my colourful backyard.

My garden has been a little neglected just recently – I have been busy crown green bowling every day enjoying the good weather, although some of the greens are in a very poor state, those especially in the parks are crying out for rain. I have decided that this Friday evening weather permitting I’m giving my garden some TLC.

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That move was meant to be! would love to see some pics?

12 Jun, 2010


I have a backyard too and find it easy to maintain (everything is in pots or baskets) Would love to see some pics....:o)

12 Jun, 2010


If you have good neighbours that is such a bonus... glad you arrived to find a nice lady next door and lots of bird life ready to visit :o)

12 Jun, 2010


I agree with TT we have lovely neighbours one side of us we have lived next door to since we moved in here 21 years ago, the others are 'new', only 7 years lol, i wouldn't move for any money (well maybe a million!) i love my house and garden it may not be 'posh' or have all the mod cons but its home to me and mine :o)

12 Jun, 2010


Ooh yes chung ... some photos would be lovely!
It's so much better to have a manageable amount of garden than a huge one you can't keep on top of!

12 Jun, 2010


I know this courtyard...and I love it!

14 Jun, 2010


Really -
I thought that I recognized my woodpigeon Peggy amongst your photograph's too!

14 Jun, 2010


Peggy visits quite often.

16 Jul, 2010

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