Monday, August 23, 2010

Some quick pictures from around the outside.

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I haven't had a chance to pull my camera out and take more detailed pictures around the property, hopefully I'll be able to do that soon enough and get them posted.  In the meantime, I had my cell phone camera out and took a few pictures around the outside of the property to show how things look after a few months in (for those of you that had been up here previously or seen older pictures).

As usual, you can click on any of the photos to see a larger version.

Looking from the house towards the driveway gate.  You can see the dog kennel in the background.   A lot of poorly cared for roses and other plants were removed from around the tree in the gravel driveway area as well as along the driveway.

Looking from the driveway gate, kennel is to he right.  Straight ahead, just to the left is the fenced in garden area.  More on that area below, but all of the "grass has been mowed down (was waist high when we got the place) and irrigation has been repaired so we can get it in better shape.


Looking just to the left of the previous picture, detached garage in the background.
Here you can start to see the house in the background.  A lot of small trees, brush and ground cover has been removed.  We do plan on taking out some more trees in that area to open things up a little more so you can see the house better.
Looking to the left of the house a little, this part of the deck takes you to the "main"entrance, through the gazebo.  There is lawn area to the left of that.
The fenced in raised bed garden area.  Vincent and Chris did a huge amount of work clearing out this area, it was so overgrown you could not see through the fencing.  Right now our goal is to clear things back so we can start clean.  The grape vines were left, just pruned back and that is our potting bench from Gilroy. 
Here you can see the two HUGE 7-8' tall piles of brush and tree waste that Vincent and Chris cleared out of the yard.  This is where it will sit until we can get a chipper over here and chop it all up...
Looking at the side of the house.  To the left is the detached garage, on the back side of it is a seating area covered with a trellis and the top pond is in the middle just outside the house next to the seating area.
This is looking down from the back of the house towards the pastures.  You can see the larger pond that is used for irrigation of the pastures, just in front of it is the Georgetown Divide irrigation ditch that runs through our property which feeds our pond
Looking up at the back of the house, you can see the rear deck of the house that overlooks the lower pond, pasture and barns.

View of the main barn from the upper part of the property.



You can see the upper small pond in the foreground, the seating area behind the detached garage in the background.  The pond was completely overgrown, you could hardly see it and we had to replace the pump and filter.  Thankfully all of the fish survived the pump/filter failures.
Another view of the small pond, you can just barely make out some of the Koi in the picture.
This is the seating area with the trellis and grapes growing through it.
Last photo for this round...this is back up to the front/top of the house, the front porch.  The main entry is off on the far side of the porch, the closest door in the photo takes you into the mudroom.

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