If you’ve followed along with me on this blog this summer, then you’ve probably seen this picture before, it’s a picture of our new porch that used to be a pergola, and it gives you a starting point for the tour of the back of ‘Our House’.
From this point of the picture, here are your bearings:
Straight through those French doors is our dining room, and entry area, and rest of ‘Our House’ beyond.
Behind you is more paved driveway and a large reproduction shed/barn/garage and the apple orchard beyond that. (Yet another couple of posts…) And the Willow River is down to your right.
To your front left is the front garden I showed you last time.
To your right is the back garden, with a small deck and boardwalk and then below is a screened porch, patio & outdoor kitchen with steps bordered by a meandering water feature with 3 ponds and unique waterfalls that follows the hill down. (I’ll do a post on just that later.) But for now, here’s that back deck leading to the steps down to the lower patio and screened porch:
You can see the small deck straight up with a small bistro set on it, and the steps go to the right and all the way down and around. This big evergreen I think is called a bird’s nest spruce, or something like that… I think it was named that for its growth pattern, but birds do really like to nest in it too!
Here you can get a better feel for the space…
The room jutting out on the 2nd level with the bank of windows is our sun porch. The screened porch is directly below that.
The unique water feature I told you about is just on the other side of that light green hedge.
This wooden bridge actually crosses over a narrow part of the water feature.
This picture I took from the river looking back up toward the house and barn. You can just see part of the reproduction shed/barn/garage on the left… I’m actually in the process of painting it. Since I painted the house this summer, I felt I needed to paint the shed too. The new color is a dark brown/black/taupe color… (I’ll show you more when there’s more progress with that).
Between ‘Our House’ and the barn is a path that goes to the river.
‘Our House’ sits on a hill with a forest of trees in the far back, between those trees and ‘Our House’ is a fork of the Willow River.
As you enter the path to the river, to your right is a fenced in, albeit long forgotten, garden.
My son made this darling arbor for it a long time ago, and the old wire gate I got at a garage sale. The soil in this garden plot is good, I just haven’t had (or taken) the time to garden it for several years.
Continuing down the path you come to a clearing with a picnic area, a fun swimming hole, and one of the best trout fishing spots in the county… right at that bend… it’s a sweet spot!
The picture doesn’t give the sound with it, or you’d hear the babbling river as it goes over the rocks and falls just to the left… and the birds singing… it’s a wonderfully peaceful place, in the back of ‘Our House’.
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