Thursday, August 2, 2012



I used to live in a community that didn't allow clotheslines.




or compost bins.





Swing sets needed to be pre-approved by an Architectural Compliance Committee.






Toys left out in the yard warranted a scolding letter from the Homeowners Association




As did grass that got too tall.




Fear of lowering property values and all.




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23 comments:

Beth said...

love these views. wow, i can not imagine a neighborhood that would not allow a clothesline?!! ... that is just nuts!! what is the world coming too? enjoy your day. (:

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Silly neighborhood committees. Hooray for the rural life!

Buttons said...

I am so happy to read USED TO that is very sad to live in such a place. B

Nancy Claeys said...

Would be like living in a prison. I used to live in a similar place many years ago and I really didn't like it.

Yay for freedom. xo

Beth said...

I am glad you are living in a place now that allows all of those things.

Karen @ away for the weekend said...

Ahh, neighborhood associations... Your new place is beautiful - you must love it!

cecilia said...

How on earth did you cope, and who could live without that gorgeous verandah and that beautiful sweep of fence.. actually it all looks too tidy, you had better go out and scatter some more big boys toys around! Just because you can!! c

Kathryn Ray said...

Ah, yes. Farm life is soo much better. :-)

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Glad you moved! Lovely photos and all look very inviting ~ Yes, after the children leave we need to 'reinvent ourselves' ~ at each stage as we move on ~ look for your 'passions' ~ some answers are there ~ ~ thanks, namaste, (A Creative Harbor)

TexWisGirl said...

HOAs can get a bit too self-important w/ their power. love the country life. :) although, a little bit of zoning enforcement can be a good thing. :)

Lynne said...

I bet you have found a new happiness, less rules, country living, wide opened spaces

And sheets dried in the air. The best sleep is one with fresh sheets!

Meg said...

Ugh, all the reasons we have avoided HOAs at all costs! So glad you moved. Gorgeous pictures!

Sue said...

that would never happen in the UK, no one really minds. I love to hang my washing out, mind you mine has just been rained on!! Extra rinse I guess

Jenny Short said...

Your photos are so unconfiningly beautiful. I lived in the country for 25 years then sold my home to move into a garden home in the city. The HOA made me take down a rope swing I had in my front yard which I put up for my first grandson. When Enno asked me to come live with him in the country in Holland I thought that was a wonderful place. xo Jenny

Terri Buster said...

And aren't you glad you don't live THERE anymore! Whoo hoo for the country life!

Pat said...

Your country home is beautiful!

Cathy H. said...

Aren't you so glad you're where you are now!! What warm and beautiful images that show how much you love your home!!

Lmkazmierczak said...

Lovely photos. Congrats on your transition♫

doodles n daydreams said...

Oh those rules and regulations! A long time ago one of our neighbours came over and told my hubby it was time he mowed the lawn, it was getting too long for his liking! Oh dear, wrong thing to do. Hubby immediately went and put the mower away and left the lawns for another week. Needless to say it didn't happen again.

And thank you for the birthday wishes for the above gent, he was chuffed to think people who didn't know him would send birthday greetings.

Diana

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

Wow, know wonder you moved. I can't imagine how frustrating that must have been. When I think of the bikes and balls that were left on my driveway everyday. Hey, as long as there isn't a few old washing machines on the porch I could care less about the toys and lawn. Enjoyed my visit today!

Debbie said...

we are leaving freedom soon and moving to a community with "rules", i hope it's not difficult!!

i adore your collage!!

debbie bailey said...

Country life is best! I want as much freedom as I can get. Your place is beautiful!

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

Hi Joan~

Your farm views are glorious!

Such an ideal setting... just dreamy.


*sigh*

xoxox
Alison