Monday, January 22, 2007

From my front door!

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When I read Robin's post at Pensieve I just had to click to investigate further so I went to visit Living Life and Catching Light. The challenge was to take a photograph from your front door, with everyone posting them today. Alas the view from my front door is not very exciting but it gave me an idea for today's post!

I moved my car from the driveway otherwise all you would see is said car and that would be more boring than this. Plus said car is very dirty and waiting for Dillon to wash it (he needs to earn the money)!

So you can see the house opposite which is quite similar to mine in size and layout but we don't have the same brickwork and our windows are different. You can also see the mud tracks over the grass. One is from Joules motorbike and one is from feet as there isn't much room when the car is parked in the driveway. We hate the wall around our front garden and would like to take it down and get the whole front bricked. Unfortunately that would cost lots of money, something we are lacking at the moment! What you can't see from this photograph is that the right wall is falling down due to Joules reversing a van into it.

We live in a very small estate (about 130 houses). Our house is near the end of a cul-de-sac which makes it very safe for the children to play out the front. They can cycle their bikes, roller blade, skip and socialise with all the other children. In the summer you will find basketball hoops, football nets, paddling pools and tents in our road, well not actually on the road but dotted up and down the road, in people's front gardens and on the communal grass.

It would be nice to have a bigger house. A spare bedroom for visitors, a room for the children to entertain their friends, an office, a utility room, a downstairs toilet, and en suite bathroom and lots and lots more storage but the location of my house more than makes up for the size!

26 comments:

ChrisB said...

I wondered if you would do this.

Sally Lomax said...

Location location - You are right Beccy. That's what is important really!

Asha said...

I just saw your mum's frontyard and then I see your's!YAY!!
Looks pretty!

Beccy said...

I didn't know you'd do this Mum!

I've been looking at some of the other views so I must remember location, location Sally. There are lots of posts with snow, sigh, we'd love snow here, it would make a change from all the wind and would be much more fun. Also not many participants seem to live opposite another house!

Pretty is not something I'd call it but thanks Asha.

Jenny said...

Lovely! I want to live on a cul-de-sac. So much safer!

The very nice man said...

Hi there!
You wrote "Hey I'm British too but live in Dublin, does that count?"
Well, I certainly think so!! Don't you?! Thanks for visiting and I have now added you to my favourites list. :-)
E.

Shauna said...

You are so right about location! A safe place for the kiddos can't be beat! ! ! Sounds like you are in the RIGHT place. . .

The neighborhood looks very nice.

Beccy said...

Thanks for visiting, Jenny, Eric (???) and Shauna. It's been a great way to discover new blogs and be nosy about other peoples houses.

Emma in Canada said...

If my camera (which I found) would download I would do this too. I can not believe that 130 houses is considered a small estate. There are 40 in mine and if I were to take a picture you would see the row across from me, and off to the side a park for the kids. You'd see about 3 feet of banked snow and Saoirse's playhouse. That's about it, not very exciting.

Vicki said...

I can't imagine having neighbors. That's something that occured to me while looking around through people's front doors. I think I might like it. except then they could hear me yell like a banchee at my children. =)

Karmyn said...

I think this view is wonderful - looks exactly like I pictured a neighborhood in Ireland would look like. Too neat!!!

Beccy said...

Emma I've been looking at photos all day with snow and am going green with envy, poor Ben has never seen snow!

Vicki this was a great idea, thanks. Having neighbours so close doesn't stop you screaming like a banshee at the children!

Karmyn, too neat hey, just don't suggest a shot of my back garden!

Barbara said...

It looks like a nice neighbourhood Beccy. It must be wonderful to live in a community that mingles.

Willowtree said...

Sounds like a good place to bring up kids, although I would prefer Brixton.

I agree with Emma, my town (I live a couple of miles outside of it) has only 35 houses, yes I said town not estate. And the nearest towns either side are 20 miles away.

However, I'm not unfamiliar with high density housing, having been born and raised in Sydney as well as living in Los Angeles, London and San Francisco.

tlawwife said...

I always wanted to live in town so that I would have someone to play with. In my mind I can see kids playing out there.

We get tracks on our yards too. I also love the backed in car across the street. Ready for a quick get away.

Devon said...

It is so wonderful to have a place where your children can run and play safely with other children.

Gardens are beautiful and I love mine, but there is this period of time when it is 110 degrees in the summer and if I am not in the garden about 1 hour a day bad things happen.

Kurt said...

After viewing many, many of these front door photos, something seemed different about yours. I like britcoms and was thinking, 'this looks like the neighborhood is overseas.' A glance at your About bit confirmed it.

Thanks for sharing!

Steffi said...

Hello!
I think you live in a nice house at a nice location.

Greetings from North of Germany,

Steffi

Amy W said...

I love seeing the views of somewhere other than the US. Cool!

Sally Lomax said...

You've got 19 commnents! I'll make it 20!!

Vintage said...

21- Wonderful shot, always fun to see how the other half lives. Sounds and looks like a great place to live!

Beccy said...

Wow, I can't believe all the comments this post has sparked. You are all very generous about my little home, thank you.

This was a great idea, thank you Vicki, as not only do we get to be nosy about the way other people live and I've also found many new blogs to read but first I've got to build me a porch with a rocking chair and maybe someone could sort out some snow for me!!!

mark said...

You've got a Great view! I know you're in Ireland, but it takes me right back to the UK and my friend's parent's house southwest of London.

my4kids said...

I am a little late on this one but maybe I will try it tomorrow? We will see if I can get a decent picture. Unfortunatly our snow is now gone so I don't have a cool snow picture. Here it only last a couple of days at a time. It is great to see a picture from other peoples doorways though. I've never seen one in Ireland.

Sue said...

Well, I'm one of the few who thinks this view looks like home, and *not* like somewhere abroad (which is how all the American photos look, LOL!) It makes me feel quite nostalgic.

I can't imagine what it's like not to have neighbours, either... even when we lived in the USA we had houses right next door and more people over the road, although as they all drove everywhere we never met them.

Kaytabug said...

I dug into your archives to find your first Fun Monday! This is FUN!!