Friday, 11 July 2014

Looking Back to See Where We Started

A few days ago we celebrated the anniversary of moving into our house in the Grove.  I can't believe we've been here for twelve years now.  


Sometimes you have to look back to see how far you've come, so I thought it would be fun to look at some photos of then and now.


This is a photo of our house the day we moved in.  I thought the green shutters made it look like a doll's house so they had to go!



There weren't too many plants worth keeping in the front garden so Andy was sawing down shrubbery on the first day, too.  Notice the stump in this photo.


Gradually, the front borders have been filled with trees and flowers.  Just this week I added two new plants. Gardens are always a work in progress.


The back garden was even more Spartan but that was a plus as far as I am concerned.  It isn't often you get to make a garden from scratch.


I've even managed to squeeze in a few fruit trees and strawberry plants.


The time has flown by and I can't think of anywhere else I'd rather be.  


We've been so fortunate to have a house that has become our HOME.  

11 comments:

  1. Your before and afters knocked me over! They are gorgeous as is your home! What a charming home you have and your garden is so fantastic! The colors are all glorious!!!!! A job well done lady! I am so glad to have found your space here friend! Nicole xoxo

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    1. I am glad you found me, too! : D It's lovely to see you here and to read your very kind comments.

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  2. Your garden looks lovely. It is very interesting to look back at old photos as it's easy to forget how things once looked.

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    1. We are all so busy working that we forget how much we've actually already done. It's important to stop and reflect and enjoy. : D

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  3. In our old house the garden was a builders dumping ground (it was a new build), it was a lot of hard work but we made it into a lovely little sancturary, your house and garden look lovely, if you don't mind me asking what part of the country do you live in.

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    1. We are in Devon. I know what you mean about difficult conditions. My garden in the States was made of pure clay. This garden was once the kitchen garden of a big, old house so the soil is lovely!

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    2. I was born in Devon and still live here x

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  4. Always amazing how things change through the time. Your garden has grown to a comfortable and beautiful place.

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    1. Thank you! : D I still have so much to learn and do. Gardening in England is very different from gardening in the States where I used to live.

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  5. Beautiful garden Debs (and house). All your hard work has really paid off! x

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    1. Thank you, Claire! As with all houses, there's more that needs doing. : D

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