The little pond out back has yet to freeze over this year. Maybe in February?
One of the poles stood where you see the bare dirt (or mud) in the right foreground. The other was just taken out in the background, to the left of the short hedge. We had the hedges cut down low in the back, but kept them high along the paved road for privacy. The difference in height is obvious in this picture. I can trim the low hedges myself, but I can no longer do the tall ones. We found a good gardener to do those for the time being.
Maybe one day we'll have them all cut down short, but I'm not ready for that yet. The building with the "Z" shutters is our garden shed, where the lawnmower, rototiller, and wheelbarrows live.