I got some requests after my last post to see more exterior views of our house here in Albuquerque. We got fresh wet snow overnight, so it was a good opportunity. Without the touches of white the views are far less interesting in winter. Lots of brown everywhere. But that is a chief characteristic of the early homes here in New Mexico which have flat roofs in the "pueblo style" and which were made of mud bricks called "adobe."
We live in a historic district of our community which is more rural and near the Rio Grande River. This view is at the entrance to our circle drive which is coverd in pea gravel.
The front door and main entrance is at left, a center courtyard lies behind the gate, and the carport is at right out of frame.
The garden gate I shot in the previous post is directly ahead in this image.
And here it is again leading to the back yard.
Stepping through to the yard and looking toward the street gives you a view of the roof of our neighbor's house, but also shows the stucco walls which are common for privacy around here. You can also see how quickly the snow melts!
The privacy wall continues along the street side of our home, with openings for the circle drive.
This is our neighbor's home as you see it from one of the driveways. It looks old, but is a recent build in the old style.
The view out of my front door.
The view of the circle drive to the left from the entryway alcove.
We have desert plants because of our dry climate, but snow is not unusul in the winter. We enjoy all four seasons in New Mexico.
The large Spanish Broom is drooping from the center due to the heavy wet snowfall.
Already melting. . . .
A view to the street from the entrance to the driveway where we began.
A view of another neighboring home from this end of the circle drive. I envy the row of Russian Olive trees that line our neighbor's drive.
Our mailbox is embedded in the stucco adobe wall to the left, and I have this view down the street every time I collect the mail. The home you see at the end is on the historical register. Also at that corner is a home which was the first schoolhouse (I own a salvaged gate from it), and another which was the jail in the village where we live. Our own property lies within the vast boundaries of land once owned by a founding ancestor in New Mexico. Truly my hometown.
I hope you enjoyed getting a view of the street where I live! It will be nice when it is all leafy green again!
Hasta la vista!
Hope it's a great weekend for you!
And links to more outside views below. . .
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