Hmm... early summer in England can be just as bad, if you've ignored the garden for months!LOL :)
How so? (...perhaps not so _latantly o_vious after all, or do you mean there's lots of other work that needs doing besides spending all day painting and making art...rather a pedestrian point of view, though...and yet you certainly make a good point. I'm conflicted now, and it's all your fault.)
Yes Jinksy, summer and the bursting growth includes weeds too I guess! But I have a trillion leaves. Damp, rotting leaves. There's lawn under there somewhere.Robert, when I first saw this lovely charming villa, I knew it was 'me'. But the wise agent said 'is this a good purchase for a solo mother with three young children?'. I bought it anyway, and it WAS a great place for the kids to grow up in, and there always seemed to be time for the garden, and somehow I found the money for the re-piling and replacing the rotten boards and the paint and plaster for doing-up the rooms one by one. But now I have gone back to 'school', I seem to spend all my time and money on art-y things! And bits are starting to need doing up again...Actually, I don't know if I have actually mentioned this, but I have been studying the last two years. And am now *only* about 2 1/2 years away from a Masters in Fine Arts.- my goal.
Stick with it!We're in a similar situation too, living in a nice small house in the country with (too much) land and (too much) work but wouldn't give it up for the world - lots of our friends live in flats (with hired cleaners!) with 90% less "hassle", but, I believe, 90% less enjoyment too...... though there are days when you have to choose between painting/weeding/tidying/fixing or reading/playing/studying, but ...it's worth it.
Ah. It is indeed a good life, Brian. But I bought this sixteen years ago... now the children have one by one been trickling away each to university. I still LOVE the place, but unless I open a B&B (now that's an idea), there's just me most of the time...