Friday, 17 May 2013

Blog #2

May 17, 2013

I 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.
The cedar hedge at the north end helps shield us from the street and there is a cool green space behind it for really hot summer days.

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.