As long as we’ve been living here, we’ve mostly kept the property as it was when we first purchased the house. Granted there have been minor changes, in that there were two sizeable trees in the front and side yard 20 years ago, but one fell down on its own and the other was leaning too far towards the house, so we had it removed before it dropped onto our roof or into the neighbor’s. In the backyard, we’ve been fighting a losing battle against the Japanese knotweed a previous owner planted, but so long as we keep tilling that patch of ground and mulching the hell out of it, we can (for the most part) keep it from growing wild like it does on two other sides of the property on the opposite side of the fence.
Considering we don’t have a great deal of land to begin with (the lot is listed at 0.157 acres) and the house and garage take up a good deal of that space, we make do with what we have here, for the most part. There’s an old patio behind the house, that probably could do with an upgrade, but there are other things we’ve been wanting to do first, so that’s going to get shelved for another year. Two years ago we managed to get the driveway paved, that had been an eyesore for the longest time. I can definitely say my old snowblower is very grateful it doesn’t have to chew through gravel and stones every winter just to keep the driveway clean. Our walkway leading up to the house needs a bit of an upgrade, the concrete forms have heaved somewhat over the years and a few are split as well. So far as I know, the sidewalk across the front of our property is our responsibility, since it is within the stakes that designate the property lines. Although I do mow the strip of grass beyond the sidewalk, leading up to the street we live on, and clearly that and the trees that sit on it, belong to the village. Just one of those curiosities when you live in a municipal area, rather than out in the country.
At the present time, and probably for the next ten days, our focus is on getting a new leased vehicle, since we have to turn in the Edge on the 17th. Then we can get busy on making the property look nice for the visitors that we’re still looking forward to hosting for the remainder of the summer, as well as the coming fall. Hard to believe that I’m planning ahead for autumn when it’s not even summer yet! How times change as I get older. At any rate, there will be some before and after pictures as things progress. One definite thing I have to do is get someone to take down the dead tree behind the garage. Before it falls into the neighbor’s yard.