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The Gardens at 173 - An Impressionist Retrospective

Going through some pictures, and looking around the yard made me realize I haven't done a "flowers" post yet this summer.  So I decided to take some new pics and some from last year's post and do something a little different.  I found a nice little app in the Play Store called Bonfire (no remuneration of any kind), that did a nice job with artsy filters.  So I thought it would be fun to do the pictures with an impressionism filter, you know - a la VanGogh!  Enjoy!
First, a couple non-flower shots.

The Stoop Stairs - Softening the Blob!

You know how some things just bug ya?  And sometimes it's just little stupid things?  Well, I've had a stupid little thing bugging me here at 173.  It's the front steps.  Here's a shot of the front probably 2 or 3 years after moving in:

I have no idea how long those steps had been there, but they were pretty old.  You may not be able to tell in that picture, but there was no stoop, the risers were really high, and the treads way too narrow. Several years back I built a stoop and installed new steps, and it was ---- okay.

Out of love for all things Adirondack, 173 had that whole brown-and-white theme happenin'.  But, a few years later they were beginning to look a little ragged:

But then we had the big porch redo back in '13, and the front stoop ended up looking like this:

So far, so good.  But there's one...stinkin'....little thing that always bugged me.

You see it?  It's right there!  All that work that went into the outside of the house, the tota…

Carport: Second Time Around!

Yeah time flies.  I hear others say it all the time, so I don't feel quite so all alone when I say - the older I get the faster time goes.  It seems like it was just yesterday we re-built the carport, but apparently that was in 2002 - a full 14 years ago!
First a little background.  The carport was here when we got ol' 173, and here's what it looked like:
There's The Bruegger-Monster - such a great pooch!  That's what the back yard at 173 looked like back in 1997, chain link fence, iron pole and the angle-iron carport with the plastic (?) roof.  The yard went through some subtle evolutionary changes those first five years, then came the great re-do of 2001 and 2002!  Picket fences went up, and the roof of the carport was replaced:

Because of city codes, I really didn't want to take the carport down, but I did want a more substantial look to the posts, so I bolted wood to the angle iron to give it a totally different look! That was all 14 years ago!  And here…