This picture has only an indirect connection to gardening (but then, it's my blog and I can put anything I want on it)... I previously wrote about the bounty of used railroad ties that I now possess to use in the garden; this is where they came from. The new block retaining walls on the left were previously done with the railroad ties. Our house is sited in the bowl right at the head of this little valley, so our driveway comes steeply downhill to arrive at the front of our house (though we've never figured out which is the front and which is the back of the house; the side of the house pictured above consists of the garage doors and this entryway, but little else as it's on the north side. The other, south side of the house is mostly large windows and the greenhouse, with decks and a screened porch, all looking out over the valley with its pond and the gardens). Needless to say, the south side is where we spend most of our time, so everything in the house is oriented towards the south, making it seem more like the front. Well, front or back, the above door is where you'll enter our house and hang up your jacket.