When the Smiffs gave up the B & B, they found time to travel and began coming to the States for several months at a time, bringing only what they could easily carry. I hope they won't mind my telling you that they live a frugal life in order to afford such luxuries as extended travel. From all reports, their house on the banks of the Thames is a modest abode and every facet of their lives is carefully thought out and if you were to meet Harvey you'd soon discover that he drives a hard bargain, but that may be what is known as telling tales out of school.
Their garden at home is a splendid sight, but let me tell you how they accomplish it. Harvey plants seeds in their greenhouse and when they sprout, Sheila has the task of setting out thousands of seedlings.........no hired help for them........what you see is the product of hard labor.
We used to fret about leaving our garden for 2 weeks while vacationing. The frequent rain in England makes it possible to be away for extended periods, although when Harvey and Sheila return home the first thing they do is get busy and whip the somewhat neglected garden into shape.
I never get over marveling at their horticultural accomplishments. Such industry brings wonderful results, but I'm simply not that industrious so I'm open-mouthed at what they do year after year in their great outdoors.
I've tried for 3 months to get pictures to line up side by side and all of a sudden today they're doing it and I feel that I should be holding my breath and whispering so that they don't undo themselves. At any rate, isn't this a garden to rave about? The Wrinklies are humble souls and would never wax lyrical about their green thumbs, but I can shout it from the rooftops......especially now that I live on the topmost floor of a minor high-rise.
Harvey & Sheila sign off their emails to us as "The Wrinklies" and because Mr. Bob and I are so unsteady on our feet, we refer to ourselves as "The Wobblies". And as Harvey would say, "That's yer lot."