Thanks I feel lucky to have found it. It's pretty much what I always imagined I would buy in my head but never had the opportunity to do so until relatively recently. It was my first house purchase.
An interesting comment on the art aspect of chop and trim. I'd never thought of it that way but, yes, lots of decisions as to how things look so I see your point.
Ha! All the time with over-ambition. When we moved in, the land that wasn't totally overgrown trees was full of 6 feet high thistles. I like thistles but not that much. I figured it would take a few months to get them under control (no nasty pesticides here) - it took more like 2 years. Fun learning though.
One last house photo - the view towards the bottom of the garden. That's the sea in the distance, maybe 3 miles away.