Neighborhood Photos: Houses

I found time to take photos on two days, but didn't find time to blog at all, until today! Anyhow, today's theme is houses (and a bunny rabbit). 

Our neighborhood (bordered by Chippewa on the north, Eichelberger on the south, Kingshighway on the east and Hampton on the west) is made up primarily of single-family homes and two- and four-family flats. Most of the homes are brick, and most are four-squares Arts & Craft-styel, like mine, with wide porches, or Tudor-style, with pointed roofs, round doors, and no porch. In the northwest part of the neighborhood, you'll find a few ranches, some of which are even set back from the road, suburbs-style, which is weird, but no one asked me. 

As you can see in the pictures, our homes are close together. This doesn't bother me at all. It's cozy. And all those brick walls insulate sound pretty well. 

Our house. That white cat on the steps is Alfie. If he was a person, he'd be sitting on the steps all day, every day, talking to anyone who'd listen. You might also notice half of our lawn is dead. That was on purpose. Hopefully this picture will resurface later as the "before" pic in a post about putting a rock wall in our yard. Keep your fingers crossed. 

Our house. That white cat on the steps is Alfie. If he was a person, he'd be sitting on the steps all day, every day, talking to anyone who'd listen. You might also notice half of our lawn is dead. That was on purpose. Hopefully this picture will resurface later as the "before" pic in a post about putting a rock wall in our yard. Keep your fingers crossed. 

Lovely Tudors. Many of these have round-topped doors, which are adorable, but I couldn't live in a house without a porch. Okay, maybe I could, but I don't think I'd like it. 

Lovely Tudors. Many of these have round-topped doors, which are adorable, but I couldn't live in a house without a porch. Okay, maybe I could, but I don't think I'd like it. 

The most interesting house on our block, by far. This beauty has a lot-and-a-half, nice landscaping, and a side entrance. No porch - still a deal-breaker for me. 

The most interesting house on our block, by far. This beauty has a lot-and-a-half, nice landscaping, and a side entrance. No porch - still a deal-breaker for me. 

The row of four-families behind our house. I like them, but I suspect I'd like them a lot less if they were on my block. Four families = lots of cars. 

The row of four-families behind our house. I like them, but I suspect I'd like them a lot less if they were on my block. Four families = lots of cars. 

Many of the two-families like this one have been converted to single-family homes, including the one our next-door neighbors have. This particular home plays host to an unusually large squirrel population, which Hazel loves. Really, really, really loves. 

Many of the two-families like this one have been converted to single-family homes, including the one our next-door neighbors have. This particular home plays host to an unusually large squirrel population, which Hazel loves. Really, really, really loves. 

And the Most Awesome-est Landscaping Award goes to... This house always makes me smile. 

And the Most Awesome-est Landscaping Award goes to... This house always makes me smile. 

And there are bunnies everywhere this year. It could be the year of the rabbit. Except it's the year of the sheep, and sheep are cool, but I haven't seen a single sheep in Southampton. 

Next up: Green spaces and plant life.

Then: Lawn ornaments.

And maybe: Windows and doors, or businesses. 

PS: After I'd committed to this photo week, I happened to read something about Ali Edwards's "Week in the Life" project. 

"Week in the Life" goes way beyond photographing the neighborhood. Instead, you document your week in photos. Everything from the highlights to the people to the mess. Then you make a little photo book, documenting a week in your life. 

I love that idea! On the surface, it seems totally dull. Who wants to see my laundry? My view of the highway when I commute? Cat puke? More cat puke? But I can completely imagine how interesting it could be at some point in the future. I know if I had a "week in the life" book from, say, 1999, I'd be all over it. 

So some week later this year, I'll schedule a "Week in the Life" challenge. First, there'll be the challenge of documenting, then the added challenge of actually getting a book together. Did I mention I still have vacation photos from May that haven't made it from the camera to the computer? Despite the obvious challenge there, I'm thinking about making this an annual thing. Maybe I should see how year one goes. 

Week 47: Creativity - Photograph the Neighborhood