I was planting geraniums in our window boxes yesterday and thinking about gardening.
Before we downsized to a small flat in the city, we lived in a semi-detached house and had a reasonably large garden. The garden had apple trees, a beautiful silver birch and a rowan tree, a pond that was always full of frogs and a pretty wooden greenhouse. The garden had been neglected when we bought the house and in the 20+ years we were there we tended it and made it a very special place.
I did get a lot of pleasure from the garden. We had good soil and the garden faced south and was sheltered and warm. In the summer the garden buzzed with bees, butterflies flitted through and we had plenty of birds visiting the bird table and bird bath and nesting.
However, the garden took up lots of my and Mr BOTRA’s time. Looking after the garden competed with our desire to be away in the ‘van as much as possible. The garden needed regular tending, particularly in the spring and summer when we most wanted to be away … so the time to move on had arrived.
Now, we live in the city and have a couple of pots by our front door and some window boxes. We chose our flat because it is in a development that was built in a time when land was cheaper and benefit from having large sheltered central gardens that the management company employ gardeners to maintain.
Sometimes friends ask if I miss having a garden. But why would I when I now have a garden that someone else cares for and the great outdoors to enjoy in the ‘van. Camping in the ‘van provides opportunities for the fresh air and tranquillity we crave and takes us to natural surroundings. The beauty of natural landscapes is that they can be different every day, we can choose coastline or mountains, moorland or woodland and we don’t have to spend time maintaining it.
Owning a flat and campervan work well together for us, helping us to be both financial independent and happy.