As I’ve said, we live in a beautiful area called Hideola Estates. It’s pretty swanky. And we live next to one of the most elegant homes in the subdivision. The Shithole.
These photos were taken yesterday.
First up. You know, I’m sure, that it’s always good to have a ladder handy for home “improvement” projects and the like. This ladder has been on his roof for at least five years now. I see it from my office window and it inspires my writing, my mood. Every day. Behold:
Landscaping. People just settle for the “green moustache” hedge around the house. Or a tidy lawn. Perhaps a pot with flowers near the front door.
Our neighbor thinks outside the box AND is eco-friendly about it as well. It’s genius. He knows that sometimes it’s best to just let nature do its thing. Some of the most remarkable vistas in our world are entirely nature-made. For example:
Neighbor, thinking out loud: “What if … I let nature infuse the actual DESIGN of my home? BRING NATURE INSIDE?”
TOUCH OF WHIMSY. There is nothing so dull and cliched as something like a small sun dial or bench in the garden, so our neighbor created “PVC-HENGE.” It’s only become more lovely over the decade. Mainly, though, it’s a real ice-breaker when visitors come to our front door. We all stand about, awkwardly. “Welcome to our home.” Yadda yadda. Thankfully, someone will inevitably glance over at the neighbor’s place. It breaks the silence and fake chitchat.
“What the fuck is that?!”
“Oh, yes. That’s PVC-Henge.”
“WTF? It looks like PVC just sticking out of the ground next to that house. DEAR GOD THAT IS WEIRD AND UGLY.”
“No, it’s whimsical.”
“It’s not whimsical, Sherry, it’s fucking garbage. With weeds all around it. Can’t you complain to someone?”
“Oh we did, years now. It’s a whimsical garden ornament. The county said so. So did the HOA.”