Not that I've ever lacked for the essentials, of course, or even tuition at a private college. But on hot, sticky summer days I would sure love to escape the air conditioning and take a dive in this pool, surrounded by acres of gardens in possibly the richest neighborhood in all of Virginia. Lovely setting, doncha think?
But hey, I'm not picky. I'd be willing to take a dive into this more formal swimming pool, especially if dinner were served around it afterward. You know, cooked by someone else.
THESE RICH FOLKS ARE ACTUALLY GARDENERS
If you're not familiar with the Garden Conservancy, it's the nonprofit that funds garden preservation. Their main fund-raisers are the tours or Open Days, and I've gotta say all the ones I've seen are awesome. But not because the owners have unlimited budgets – though they seem to indeed have deep pockets – but because they're also gardeners, at least all the ones I drooled over in Northern Virginia this past weekend. Some of these owners of 5-15 acres even declare that they do all the work themselves, or designed their gardens themselves, and that personal touch made these beauties stand out from the professionally designed and maintained estates all around them.