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HHave you ever won­dered what your ho­house says about you?

If your an­swer is no, then you could be amamong the lucky few who don’t care what otothers might make of your frog collection or the 1970s wall­pa­per in the hall­way.

But most of us, I sus­pect, have at some po­point con­sid­ered how our homes ap­pear tto vis­i­tors or even passers-by.

I live in a street that re­ceives a lot of ppedes­trian traf­fic, es­pe­cially jog­gers and dodog walk­ers on their way to our lo­cal park.

From time to time, I find people ststop­ping to look at the house and once, pupulling the cam­era out for a cou­ple of ququick pho­tos.

On a good day, I tell my­self they are adad­mir­ing our ma­ture poin­set­tias that prpro­duce bright crim­son flow­ers through auau­tumn and most of win­ter.

Other times, I sup­pose they might have spotted one of our chick­ens, still a bit of a nov­elty in ur­ban ar­eas, free rang­ing (and dig­ging up plants) around the gar­den.

But that only ac­counts for part of the year and, given our gar­den of­ten gets away on me, I start think­ing the house at­tracts at­ten­tion for the wrong rea­sons.

In some ways, what oth­ers think of our homes should not mat­ter — they are our per­sonal do­main af­ter all.

But the way we present to the street in­evitably says some­thing about who we are, whether we have a high brick wall or the front gar­den is over­flow­ing with herbs and flow­ers that spill onto the foot­path.

As I pass houses in my neigh­bour­hood, I imag­ine some­thing about the people who live there, from the front steps with the handrail in­di­cat­ing an el­derly res­i­dent to the ve­randa strewn with bikes and soc­cer boots be­long­ing to a busy fam­ily.

It’s a nat­u­ral re­sponse, which brings me back to my own front door.

Bet­ter get the se­ca­teurs out again.

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