This is a picture of the entrance of my house.
That lovely vine you see has taken about 5 years to get that size. In the spring it will blossom with tons of tiny white, very fragrant flowers. At Christmas we cover it in tiny white lights attempting to duplicate the look of the flowers.
Between the two large pillars is my koi tank. Last November, we lost our last 5 year old koi. We took two weeks to clean and rebuild the tank. We now have 4 new, healthy, happy fish who will eat from my hand. (Sorry all you cat and dog lovers, but the days of indoor pets is long gone). We really like the constant sound of running water and the fish are relaxing to watch.
Now you are wondering why I am showing these pictures to you. You'll have to come back tomorrow for the rest of this tale.