Homes; Houses; Gardens

Homes and Gardens are inextricably linked. They are essential parts of our leisure time - and much benefit can be derived from getting them 'just right'!

There is a difference between House and Home.

A house is simply four walls a floor and a roof; a building. It is a material thing that can be bought or sold – or lived in. For most, the house is their home where they live much of their life. Bungalows here are also classed as houses, but of course only have the single level floor area.

Apartments and flats are also home for many, but normally lacking some of the essentials which classify 'a house'. Nonetheless it has the same characteristics to take into account when talking about 'homes.

A ‘home’ can be described differently, for it encompasses all the material aspect of the house, but also includes the feelings – good and bad – that are part of living in the house and its close environment - hence the sayings “feeling at home”, and “good to be home!”

House and garden illustrationIn summary, it is much easier to move house than it is to move home! Moving house is swapping one building for another. Moving home is changing from one environment to a totally different one.

The Garden

The garden is important to being both part of the house or being part of your home.  It compliments your house, and is often a selling point to be taken into consideration by a would-be purchaser. It can have a more important role as being part of your home. Invariably it will be part of you, the person who created and maintained it.

When moving house, people often assume that they can take a prized or beloved plant with them to their new home. Unless otherwise made clear to the new purchaser, the house garden and all the plants within are part of the deal, so Aunt Agatha’s gift of a magnolia, has to stay put!

Gardens take many shapes – though the long rectangle is the norm. Rectangular gardens were easier to place on an overall estate or other locality drawing and simpler to define the area of ground surrounding the house. A multitude of houses normally makes up for a residential area, and the rectangle is much simpler method of allocating plots of land and in the practical sense much easier to stipulate – and partition – boundaries.

 In rural areas there has been more scope for defining land areas, but still the general shape is that of a rectangle – even if ‘modified’ to slightly irregular shaped plots.

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