Since Calvin said he'd like to see what's on the other side of my deck fence, here are some shots I took from the veranda today:
1. Our house lies on a mountainside (elevation at the house is about 220m; the mountain behind the house has an elevation of about 450m; the trailhead is only 30m from our door), so this section is terraced with concrete retaining walls. Bending over the deck (or veranda) fence, one looks down into a small stream coming out from the mountainside (the gray pipes) just beyond where our property's retaining wall ends. Our neighbor has put some kind of tub down there to collect water, but I mostly see it used as a bathtub by Brown Eared Bulbills.
2. Looking up to the NE, our neighbor's farm plot and house.
3. To the east, an open field and bamboo grove
4. To the NW, another open field and more neighbors.
5-6. While walking the dog I took these pictures of a neighbor's house; typical indigenous architecture; I like the overlapping roofs and exposed roof purlins, but C O L D in winter. Some of these details influenced Craftsman architectural designs during the Arts and Crafts period.
7. Another neighbor's house, gable end.
8. Another gable end, with exposed purlins.
9. The oddfellow: our house (built in 1994) with the new siding---and completed stairway going from the deck up to the veranda.
". . . and only the stump, or fishy part of him remained."