You don’t know what you’ve got till its gone

My sister Celia, often quipped, “Everything is subject to change!” We probably would all agree with that, and yet we seem to be surprised when change actually happens.  The house next door was sold and we were advised that they would build a unit at the back. We weren’t too worried because the block sloped away a bit, as long as they built the unit on a slab, we would keep most of our lovely view. For two years nothing happened then the graders came in and took away truckloads of soil.  “Yep,” we thought, “Definitely a slab.” However; this week they came in and started to lay bricks. Fourteen courses later the floor level was reached and it looks like we will lose our view completely.

Useless, before it was roofed last summer, our side deck has become a lovely outdoor space and makes a great eating area. Up till now we have sometimes felt we didn’t have the time to make the most of it. Much quicker to eat your meal inside than set up outside when you feel time poor. Now we are out there as much as possible.  The 1970’s song by Joni Mitchell comes to mind.

Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got
Till it’s gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot

It’s a timely reminder to make the most of what we have. We owe it to ourselves to use our talents and abilities without delay, and not wait till a more convenient occasion. We must redeem the time now, as later may never come, Celia would tell us if she were here, “Everything is subject to change!”



The zoomed in View



You can just see the fourteenth course under the stacked bricks



About Veronica Nowell Author

Veronica Nowell has published four books since 2008. 'a farthing cone', 'a fourpenny wafer' and 'six chocolate coated ice creams'. These have now been produced as a trilogy under the name 'ice creams'. the fourth book is titled 'rainbow icecream'.
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2 Responses to You don’t know what you’ve got till its gone

  1. Gill says:

    oh that is terrible! do they have permission to build there, did they even ask you? it seems crazy that a country the size of Australia should allow buildings to be all on top of one another and blocking such beautiful views. I hope you can fight it.
    Celia was so right wasnt she, i have found that so many times. Sieze the day
    Gill xxx

  2. Yes they do have a Council permit. Unfortunately they can do as they like to some extent. Melbourne is 100 Kms across and they are trying to stop the sprawl, or so they say. Methinks its the councils looking for more revenue. We still love our space but it will be a shame as It is so relaxing to gaze at the view, puts you in another place. You are right Seize the day!

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