Having read the comments on my post yesterday I feel I have to write and disagree with what most of you said.
First of all a friend, who reads my blog sometimes, sent me an e mail to say she is coming in the morning to cut my lawn for me. She is not a young lady, she has an electric mower and I am quite overcome by the fact that she has offered to do this for me. The kindness of friends and neighbours never ceases to amaze me.
Now to those who feel that neighbourhood pressure should be ignored and that one should 'do one's own thing'. I am sorry but I disagree. Almost everyone on this estate keeps their house and garden in an attractive state. It is a pretty estate where the houses and bungalows are planned in such a way that it is rather like a village - areas for children to play, areas of grass regularly cut by the council, trees planted in strategic places, everywhere neat and tidy and almost all gardens neat, tidy and colourful. It is a pleasure to walk/drive around. Why should I take it upon myself to be the exception, to make my garden an eyesore which spoils the look of the place? My back garden had not been done and was a mess but at least it could only be seen by the occupants of my bungalow. My front garden (all lawn) is seen by everyone who walks or drives past. Luckily - because I enjoy seeing people - there are always folk about and they stop and chat and our dogs
'chat' too. So yes, I don't on the whole agree with those of you who say it doesn't matter. To me it does matter in this instance to conform to the standard that has been set. But thanks for making your presence felt in your comments. That is what I love so much about blogging.
See you later in the day now that I have got this off my chest!