May 17, 2013I think I've managed to get the blog over that ALL CAPS nonsense. Technology can be so annoying!
We spent most of the past week building a planter at the end of our driveway. It's a great "patio" area but it is a bit like sitting on the street. I'm hoping, as the plants take root and grow, we will gain a bit of privacy there. When we bought this home last summer, the exterior was pretty stark, especially along this side. It's getting better.
|New raised stone planter and low wall.|
This place is an interesting exercise in judgment. We want to make it pretty -- and functional -- so that we can enjoy being here but we have to avoid the trap of investing more that the place is worth ;-)
It's also a bit odd to own the house but lease the land. This park is owned by a BC government workers' pension fund and a management team operates it. I find it strange to have to apply, in writing, for permission to make outdoor improvements. It also feels a bit like a fishbowl after 20+ years in a floating home with almost total privacy and, before that, 23 years in a heritage farm house in the midst of two acres.
Let's face it, no matter what we build or plant, we will never equal that view. I fail to understand why people do not leap at the chance to live on the water. Modern floating homes are not any different -- comfort-wise -- from any other home. We built ours with 2X6 walls, fully insulated and with double-glazed windows. The barge is reinforced concrete and it would take a torpedo to put a hole in it!
So, why on earth did we leave? My beloved's arthritic knees found the ramp access and the two-story floorplan trying. We are living level now, but I sure miss the swans.