Defence!

When we first saw photos of this property, we loved the pastoral look of the white horse fencing. It was a lovely fantasy…. But the fencing, upon closer inspection, turned out to be very rotten and falling down in several places. Over our dramatic winter, we’ve lost several more sections of fence to wind and falling tree branches. Plus, this type of fencing is not actually ideal for the type of animals we plan to keep here eventually.

So… The fencing has to go! Today, armed with a few crowbars and a mallet, we managed to take apart a section of the garden fence, and all of the fencing around what was a pasture and will someday (with a lot of pulling of weeds) a lawn.

We started in the garden, where some fencing needed to go in order to make it easier to get compost and materials in the space — the gate was too narrow for a dump truck to pass through safely. So we pulled down about 30 feet of fencing along the driveway. 20120325-162232.jpg

Before: fencing between the garden area and the driveway

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After: Only the fence posts remain! Those are buried pretty deep, we’ll need to dig them out, or get a special tool to remove them. Getting the boards off the posts was pretty challenging in this area, because the nails used were not weather resistant, and they’d all seriously rusted! … wondering what’s in the little white fence? That’s our 3 week old chicks, enjoying an outting in the briefly sunny weather. They learned to eat slugs today!

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Next up: the pasture over our drain field, which we’ve learned really shouldn’t have animals standing on it on a regular basis. Since we don’t have a lot of flat area around the house (and since our house plan looks like it will have even less lawn than we currently have), we decided to turn the pasture into a lawn. First step, removing the fencing!

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The fencing around the future lawn was significantly easier to remove, but wrapping up all the electric fence wire was exhausting! Our forearms were killing us when we were done.