Long after the village of Saltaire was established in Victorian times, housing development continued to grow up the valley side, into the areas now known as Moorhead and Nab Wood. But instead of the compact terraced houses found in Saltaire, much larger mansions were built for business and professional people, followed later by estates of modern detached houses, semis and bungalows. It has always been a desirable area to live, and at one time Nab Wood was considered vastly superior to Saltaire as an address. I am amused these days to see the tables turned and estate agents selling houses in Nab Wood by quoting their proximity to Saltaire!
Many of the properties in this locality have beautiful spacious gardens (whereas our homes in Saltaire just have pocket-sized plots). I am fascinated to see other people's gardens, from all over the world, pictured on the many blogs I follow - so I thought I would share this wonderful back garden, pictured above, which belongs to some friends of mine. Rising steeply to woodland, it has a little (man-made) stream and pool, and terraces that are filled with colour and interest all year round. It's a delight and testimony to their many hours of hard work, as well as their vision. Having not a green finger on me, I can only marvel - and enjoy visiting the beauty they've created. I think the blue painted wall is a lovely touch and somehow gives it a Mediterranean feel.