One thing I have not adjusted to in my 22+ years of living in Holland is the lack of privacy. Houses here are built so on top of each other and I find it very irritating to be so seen by my neighbors but also to see them. I know everyone says it is because land is at a premium here but I think that is simply an excuse accepted by all. Land is split up by our city officials and they have created this high pricing. They receive huge amounts of money by pressing everyone into a small area. Only 15 to 20% of the land in this country is actually housing.
You have to become a bit creative to give yourself a feeling of privacy if you do want it. Others leave things wide open but I don't feel comfortable doing that. So when I went with a friend last week to visit this wonderful farm selling all kinds of brocante, I found two wonderful wrought iron window ornaments and knew these would help give me a feeling of some privacy in the guest room.
I have been toying with the idea of having a balcony railing made by the same man who made our gate. It would be very costly and I still wanted more privacy too. Using these window ornaments works for both ideas. I have the added touch I wanted with the upstairs window and I also get a little bit of an obstructed view in the windows.
This is a perfect example of what it is like in our road. Our neighbors and we look directly into each others homes. My neighbor keeps his windows whited out even which means it is not the prettiest of houses to look at either.
If you have a view from your home, take a moment today to really look at it and enjoy it. It is a blessing!