Don’t fence me in

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(“Don’t Fence Me In” – lyrics by Cole Porter)

Only a little bit of fencing, honestly

When we were kids we walked everywhere, just about.  Yes, there were trams and buses and then even more buses when the trams stopped, but mostly we walked.  Often we’d pass by fencing – mostly wooden fences, as a lot of the iron railings hadn’t been replaced since they were scavenged for the War Effort the decade before.

Did you ever watch the flickering images formed by the snapshots of view through fencing?  I used to do it a lot, trying to keep my mind busy, especially on the longish journey home from school, carting an over-stuffed satchel and walking bent backwards to balance its weight.

The whole fence thing came to mind this week, as I have still not found the parts of the side wall I’d prepared months ago and was now unsure of the whole idea of blocking off the view with a solid structure.  Why not go for fencing you can peek through instead?  And why hadn’t I thought of that before?  And what’s the betting that the wall pieces will now turn up?

Less talk more action

As am still playing silly devils with the whole vertigo thing, all ladders and tipping of head up and down are out, so no ceilings and roofing for me.  That does makes it a good time to play with this fencing idea.

Not all the way down the length of the path, I think.  Have a bit of low hedging for the first 20 cms or so and then run the fencing down to the back.

I’ve been noticing lately that, around this area at least, there’s a sudden rush (or should that be rash) of garden fencing that looks just like lollipop sticks.  It’s as though miniature/dolls’ house fencing has suddenly become full-sized.

A starting point

  • I’ve added four panels so far, but left the last one until have worked out what is to happen on the short run at back edge of the path.
  • Am planning to add a little undergrowth in the slot of the ‘U’ below the fence, giving a little greenery and the odd lost toy.

Scary house

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Shadow fence – when first tried out the ‘U’ profile as support for the prototype panel

2 responses »

  1. Excellent end result! It’s nice to see the return of round-topped fencing in real life. It used to be popular years ago because it allows rain to run off the top of the posts and therefore prevents rotting. Fencers have been taking the easy but second-rate option of straight tops for too long. Pointed-top posts are equally effective from the rot point of view and easier to make than rounded ones but aren’t nearly so condusive to leaning on the fence chatting with neighbours or passers by! (Who knew I could get on my soapbox about fencing!!)

    • There’s deep feeling there, I can hear it 🙂 I find the modern trend in round topped fencing too reminiscent of lollipop sticks as they use such flimsy, narrow uprights unlike the quite wide ones I recall from way-back-when. Am only using the full height stuff at the coal bunker end otherwise I can’t get my mits in to tidy or straighten up etc.

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