Posted: 11/12/2015 at 13:35
Hostafan - the garden is very large and I've developed it from nothing over many many years, but I now find it too much to cope with. An opportunity has come up to sell the end part - too good an opportunity to miss especially as I can then help grandchildren through their university education. I know the developer will bulldoze the plot so I'm taking everything possible, including the soil, much enriched over many years, before he gets going on it. Somethings I just have to accept cannot be saved.
Sometimes advancing years just get the better of us and we have been unable to find a garden with a smaller house - the only smaller houses seem to have that awful thing the "manageable courtyard garden". I can survive happily with the smaller house, but not without a decent chunk of garden.