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Fence phase 2

So this past weekend, Manuel and I joined by Josée and Tim finished off the east fence, about 150 metres.  I still have some grading and landscaping to finish off but that will happen over the next little bit.  The fence ended up very straight (thanks to the survey!) and very tight.  We used my come-along attached to Bob’s bucket as a stationary pulling point in order to get the fence taut.  Overall, I think the finished project is pretty good, all things considered.  I now have to finish the front fence (about 50 metres) and then eventually the back-side (another 200 metres).  More to follow!!

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Random acts…

Another weekend in paradise; I think we’ve now had one day with rain in about the last two months.  We picked our Italian plums this weekend and got an absolute pile; the pallet forks on Bob sure helped elevate our picking.  I rust proofed my dirt screener so now it is fire engine red, visible from a mile away.   By the way, if you need soil (sandy loam/soil, great for root veggies), I have it for sale.  I also finished off the fence posts and gates so the fence is pretty much done.  Throw in a few walks with the crew and it was a busy yet productive weekend.  Now we just need the endless summer to continue!

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The Great Fence Project of 2012 (almost done…)

Short update – got the caps done on the fence posts, most of the gates done and some of the ground re-graded.  Now I need to hang the last gate, get some baskets and planters arranged and then re-landscape everything with the veggie garden ready for next season.  Almost there….Manuel is hanging in there!

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The Great Fence Project of 2012 (phase V)

Not much new to report in this phase; we’re just continuing the fence line across the top of the garden, moving on to the homeward leg down the driveway.  Following this, we’ll build the gates and take a look at some pergolas.  I’m thinking about adding some hanging baskets but I’m also going to plant some new vines.  Then it’s a re-grade of the driveway, adding a compass/sundial type of thing, a retaining wall around the silver birch and then an overhaul of the side building!

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The Great Fence Project of 2012 (phase IV)

Old fences removed, sod (er..) turfed and a rough grade finished, it was time to move to installing the first few fence posts.  Timber was provided by my friends at Dove Creek Lumber; we’ve got the fence posts as 6×6 Western Red Cedar, the windows as 2×4 and the rails – well, I haven’t finalized that decision yet.  The nice thing about our lumber is that it is all non-dimensional, rough and thick; a 2×4 is actually 2×4 and so on.

We started setting our fence lines using some batter boards I’d cut.  Apart from the pets moving the lines about a bit, we got things square which is a major achievement as nothing on this property is square.  We decided to square things off the house mostly, ignoring the side building as they work at slight odds to each other.  We came up with a fence design to keep as much of the view as possible, using lagged bolted 2×4 windows to create a sense of openess – at least, that is the theory on paper.  Manuel recruited another labourer, Jorge, who joined us for a few hours here and there; six hands are better than four.  Next phase – more fence posts and some windows!

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The Great Fence Project of 2012 (phase III)

So, with Manuel helping with Phase II which was removing the old fence posts and the wire deer fence, we quickly were ready to move to Phase III – removing sod, followed by a quick grade with Bob’s boxblade.  You can see the results below; Bob actually outdid himself with the fence posts and wire.  Next phase – fence posts!

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The Great Fence Project of 2012 (phase II)

With the side gate complete, it was time to move on to the main garden area.  The idea with a new fence (besides being nicer to look at than a wire fence) was to keep deer out of the veggies and provide a safe, secure area for the pets to reside when we’re at work while maintaining a semblance of the view of the back of the property.  The last thing I wanted to do is create a prison in the back yard.  I think we’ve got a decent design but who knows – by the time I’m done we may be looking at the Federal SuperMax.  Old fence down – on to Phase III: sod removal and grading, courtesy of Bob.

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The Great Fence Project of 2012 (phase I)

Good fences make good neighbours; or is it good neighbours make good fences?  In our case, we’re not trying to keep our neighbours out but rather our pets in – safe and secure while we’re at work.  Our existing backyard fence was meant to be a temporary situation but as with many projects at the farm, priorities change with the demands of the day.  Well, the time has come – a fence upgrade is in order.

Bob and I contracted Manuel to come down for some assistance the other night, mostly to help with measuring but also to offer some perspective.  We had a good session and came up with the general plan of attack.  First off, was the side gate by the woodshed.  As you can see by the image of the front of our property, our plan is to create a second level of gating in order that we can open the front gate to parking.

Now onto Phase II – cleaning sod and setting posts!  The slideshow below shows the first steps of the side gate.

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