~ No matter how let go a building gets, a neat lawn makes all the difference. Personally, I'm not a fan of lawn. Mowing it anyway.
Despite being invented waaaay back in 1830, the lawn mower didn't really take off until a century later, when the home owning obsessed 20th century middle class had the capital - and so the space - to cultivate.
As was the case with the lawn owning aristocrats of the 18th century, and the lawn owning upperclass of the 19th century, it became, to the quarter of an acre man, a demonstration of having more land than one knew what to do with.
Today, with houses now having more living space than one knows what to do with, there is little room or time for a lawn boasting society; with the average new build yard not being more than a few metres wide... although, this diminishing landscape is probably, in large, related to the high cost of AstroTurf...
In closing, I'd like to point out the relationship between the development of artificial lawn, and it now being the working classes century (periodically speaking) to boast of lawn. Coincidence? I doubt it.
(You have been warned, I can be bitchy.)
#howthelawnmowerchangedus#clunes#lawnobsession#grass#one 😂#fire#fireman#firebrigade#architecture .
Oh yeah the photo: Clunes fire brigade showing a contemporary annex on the original 1864 build, surrounded by acres of well kept lawn that has become a country tradition. Cute innit?
I was at a dinner party the other night and sat across from two men who are striving to achieve "perfect" lawns. I listened to their regimens for care, and silently cringed. Those perfect lawns come at quite the cost - massive amounts of water waste - exposure to chemical fertilizers for your family, wildlife and water table - and elimination of pollinator friendly plants, such as clover. Now, don't get me wrong, if there was a way to keep a section of my lawn lush and green all year round, without these costs, I'm onboard, but until there is, I'm okay with imperfection.🌿