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Creating privacy in a crazy world By Tania Moffat Y

ou get home from a long day at work, where phone calls and emails managed to interrupt every coherent thought you had. Co-workers popped their heads in your office

every five minutes and your boss asked you to stay late. Finally, you rush home longing for some peace and quiet

in your back yard only to listen to the sound of traffic playing backup to one of the neighbour’s kids screaming on his tram- poline. Your other neighbour notices you standing outside

and pops over to kvetch about his day. There’s no time for anything – never mind the “me time” you keep hearing you should have.

Serenity now! We all need our own special sanctuary to come home to, a

place to relax and get away from it all. The good news is that you can achieve this goal and create a private area in which to relax, in any size of yard.

If your yard is small, or an unsightly area interrupts your peaceful time outdoors, consider using lattice as a divider to create privacy within your yard, or even on your deck. Clematis or climbing annuals such as morning glories and nasturtiums are great ways to make this airy divider pretty, more comforting and less visible to neighbours.

Set up a few plants or planters, some knickknacks, a seating area and voila – an instant sanctuary! (If you are allowed to erect lattice, try placing it on either end of your balcony. Place a planter box at the bottom with some climbing vines and you won’t be looking onto your neighbour’s balcony anymore!)

Add a pergola or an arbour. Whether you use it to create a quiet spot away from neighbouring homes . . .

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. . .or a nook to escape to with a good book, you will relish even small spots you can call your own.

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