Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Outdoor Wednesday and my back fence...

I have always had a love-hate relationship with our back fence...Don rebuilt it many years ago, using the same cedar boards that have been up since we bought the house when it was brand new...that was almost 30 years ago. He has replaced some of the boards over the years, but that is one of the things I have always loved about the fence...the rustic state...I love the greying boards and the parts of the fence that are in the shade that are covered in moss...I love being able to nail yard art to the fence wherever I chose and even staple gunning the vines of the Morning Glories to the fence in the Spring so they will attach themselves to it all summer long...
I do say used to....look...no more fence...you see the thing about our fence that we hated was not so much the fence...as the slope behind it...my neighborhood, although it appears to be flat...isn't really...the house to the south of us is about 20-25 feet below us and there is a big slope on their side of the fence...a slope I might add that they are not really into maintaining...

So we got a new fence...well, really...a block wall. A wall that goes down into the slope quite a few feet...a wall that the neighbors dogs will not be able to dig under and get into our yard and bark and growl and just generally cause mayhem. It isn't to say that I don't love dogs..oh...I love all animals, but these dogs are bad and want to bite me! Actually, it's their people that are bad for not paying attention to them and so they don't really like people. ..



So now we have a new block wall...it is big..it makes our yard very flat...no more sloping under the fence...and it is quite pretty...


I have some major work to do now that we have a new wall...some plants will have to be moved...trellis will have to be put in for the climbing vines I MUST have...all in all I'm pretty happy about the wall...I think the birds even like it...I see them running and hopping across it now...we still have the side fences that are cedar, so I still have some space for yard art nailed up...now if the wind would only stop, I could go outside and get busy out here...
Enjoy the day, my friends...and go over and visit Susan for more Outdoor Wednesday posts...you'll be glad you did!!




10 comments:

Donnie said...

It is a shame when you have to change your yard because of someone else's pets. I bet you could hang some gorgeous artwork on the block wall. Have a great day.

Jo said...

I like it, it will last forever! And like Donnie says,some gorgeous artwork, alittle paint and
ta da...BEAUTIFUL!And safe.

Jo
LazyonLoblolly

Fish Tail Cottage said...

Hi there. thanks for coming over & commenting on my blog! Want to invite you to a new link party i am hosting...Cottage Flora Thursday's. In hopes of bringing more of us gardeners together who enjoy sharing & seeing cottage gardens! xoxo
~tracie

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Linda, your yard is really pretty, and I love your new fence! I like your old one, too, and nderstand the love for a weathered fence. But like the poet said, "Good fences make good neighbors." ;-) You will be so thankful you have this one.

I am so happy you dropped by to visit me, and I want to wish you a Happy Outdoor Wed in return!

XO,

Sheila :-)

Farmchick said...

Your yard does look great and the wall doesn't look so bad. At least it will solve your problem.

deb said...

I cant wait to see it!!!!!

Kathy said...

I like it. I wish I had a fence - they do make good neighbors and add something to the garden.
Kathy

yodafatkitty said...

Nice! Looks really good too. I like how un-obvious it is...seems to just blend in like it's always been there!
Enjoy the peace and quiet, sounds like you deserve it, :)

Icy BC said...

It looks nice, and will be lots of work for you! We have street cats, and they kill my garden with their droppings!

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