before and after…or after and before…

Here’s the new view of the house from the mailbox.

view from the mailbox

This picture was taken from very near the same vantage point, in May of 2005.

irises along the driveway

With the two pine trees and the oak tree from the center of the driveway gone, the house can now be seen from the road. Sure looks odd without those trees…

I know someone is going to ask, “Why did you have those trees removed?” The pine tree by the front porch was about 60 years old (we have a 1954 picture that shows that tree about three feet tall) and, every time we had a big wind storm, it dropped branches. The other pine tree must have been a few years younger. It was not as big and didn’t drop branches as badly as the larger one did.

But we also wanted to open up the middle of the driveway so the flowerbeds will receive more sunlight. We need space for more daylilies. 🙂 The center of the drive way needs about a foot of top soil dropped on it. Every time there’s a heavy rain, we get a pond in there. It sits lower than the driveway does. See?

wet driveway

So, like everything else around an old house, one project leads to another. 🙂



  1. Genny
    Posted October 8, 2008 at 10:42 pm | Permalink

    Wow!!! It’s like de-cluttering the view !!!

  2. Genny
    Posted October 9, 2008 at 10:03 pm | Permalink

    It looks like you moved !!!

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  1. By wednesday is garden day | Christmas Notebook on July 16, 2009 at 10:00 am

    […] We went to the front fence to write plant sale times on the sign and I took this picture, looking back toward the house. I still need to do something about those upstairs window treatments. They look so stark. Didn’t show from the road until we took out two big pines last year, so I never noticed what those windows looked like from the yard before then. […]

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