But I'm being brave and posting the two views anyway.
Front Door View
The shade in this photo (sorry about that) is because the front our house faces east-southeast and unless I photograph on a cloudy day the light shining right in the lenses or the house is casting a shadow across half of the front garden.
Anyway, the gently curving path is lined by assorted rocks that I found in a pile that was buried under composed fallen leaves in our back garden when we first moved here. The previous owner had been a rock collector, and I found his rock pile! It was a wonderful find.
The path is pea gravel so it's nice and crunchy when we walk on it to go and get the mail from the mailbox that sits under the pergola tucked in the vines of the Red Japanese Honeysuckle on the right. Our Princess Diana Bower Vine grows up the left side.
Incidentally, both vines came with us from our apartment patio in pots when we moved here. The pergola and picket fence were already here with just bare dirt for a front garden. I knew the vines would be perfect next to the pergola. It was like the house was just sitting here waiting for us and our transplants.
Back Door View
The back of our house faces slightly west-northwest. The only door to the back garden is on the southern end of the house so the view from the back door is only of the flagstone leading up to the fish pond. We will be doing more construction of a deck over the next year or so which is why there is an expanse of sand and dirt before the flagstones. The deck will help connect the house visually with the back garden. We are really looking forward to the day when our contractor tells us its our turn in his queue. You see, good contractors are hard to find and good ones have long waiting lists. After almost 8 years of hard lessons in renovation and remodeling, we're perfectly willing to patiently wait for a good one.