What I wanted most in a home, was a large fenced in yard. I like being outdoors, fresh air, and privacy. I also wanted a big dog, and plenty of room for him to romp around. So, even though my house is a bit oddly shaped, and in need of quite a bit updating, the yard was the main selling point. The backyard is fenced in, albeit by five different kinds of fence in various stages of decay. But it has grass in most places and three beautiful mature trees. It’s a work in progress, but it’s my favorite part of my home.
The word “yard” came from the Anglo-Saxon geard, compare “garden” (German Garten), Old Norse garðr, Russian gorod = “town” (originally as an “enclosed fortified area”), Latin hortus = “garden” (hence horticulture and orchard), from Greek χορτος (hortos) = “farm-yard”, “feeding-place”, “fodder”, (from which “hay” originally as grown in an enclosed field). “Girdle,” and “court” are other related words from the same root.