Front and centre for first impressions
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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