This is a photo I took from the window of the loft, shows my neighbour's house and garden. They have 2 houses in their property, the old one-story house(left) and 2-story one(right), an old couple lives in the 2-story house on the right and their son lives in the old one with his wife and children - originary this was his grandfather's house so it must have been built before the last war just like my grandfather's old house. I like he still lives in his grandfather's house though I'm sure he has made many renovations inside of the house.
Not like us XD, they take care of their garden well, it looks always neat with many traditional garden trees. I've loved looking at their garden since I was a child. Do you see the trees with white flowers in front of the each houses? Those are Ume (Japanese apricot) trees in bloom. Every winter I feel really lucky to have the neighbours who have Ume trees! :)