One of my fencing projects this week involves fencing in the house and studio grounds. Fencing in this area requires little more than a straight shot along the road to connect up the existing fencing (with a short shot at connecting to the rear barn yard). The work began yesterday at the drive, setting heavy posts for the double gates.
There is a section of white picket on either side of the drive.
The picket fencing I’m using is what I found in the barn, left by the previous owners.
I’m using field fencing to connect up to the rear barn yard.
I love, love, love the new “grand entrance” with the gates! These gate posts will be painted white to match the picket fencing, and dusk-to-dawn lights will be placed atop each tall gate post. (I’ll probably leave these gates open most of the time, but it’s nice to know I can close them if I want/need to.)
The field fencing also goes up the bank to the house–that would be a difficult spot to use the picket fencing, and it sorta disappears using the wire anyway.
Once up at the house, the white picket fencing starts up again. The support posts for the picket fencing will be painted white to match. I think the picket fencing looks really cute with the little old farmhouse. Quaint. I love it. (Some individual pickets are missing–I have them, and they’ll be replaced by the time it’s all done.)
I have just enough picket fencing to go up alongside the studio, then they’ll finish with field fencing to connect up to the upper pasture.
If an animal were to escape from any of the connecting fields in this direction, they would still be inside fencing, making an easy “catch” for me. It also means that I can move animals (such as cows or sheep) from the front or rear barn yard to the further fields, inside fencing, without going through the goat yard. Right now, all roads lead to the goat yard, and to move animals back and forth from the further fields means getting past goats. Anyone who has/knows goats will understand why this is a big hassle. Now I can bypass the goat yard when moving animals. It also will allow me a secure location for dog visitation on the porch. A dog won’t be able to leap from the porch in a short, fast, straight shot down the bank to the road ever again.
And beyond all of that animal convenience, fencing in the house and studio grounds feels good in some other, more visceral, way, The house feels a little exposed atop this bank by the road. The fencing and gates make me feel more cocooned. This is more of a feeling than a reality, but I like the feeling anyway. I also think it looks nice. I’ll post more photos when this is all completed.
I’m really enjoying this fencing palooza. While I may not be doing the fencing myself, I’m actively involved in it, planning, directing, managing. I love managing this farm on my own. Making plans, and directing their realization. I’m also loving seeing it all start to come together, these little dreams and plans I’ve simmered over the winter. Today, work will continue to finish the house and studio grounds fencing. Tomorrow, the superboys will be back, finishing the Park field, and I have another guy coming to put up electric and make minor repairs (including replacing the gate) in the horse field to prepare for Patriot.
By the end of the week, I’ll be moving animals. Which is a good thing because–
Look at that. The gate isn’t even off the hinges now, so I have no idea how she’s doing it, but that sheep has figured out that she can get out and she’s getting out every day. She doesn’t go anywhere. She’s always right outside the fence, eating the green, green grass, waiting for me to come let her back in. That’s Miss Crazy Jacob, who has, by the way, become much friendlier to me since I’ve spent so much quality time with the sheep this winter in the front barn yard.
P.S. It’s time to call the shearing man! I would really love to have some of my wool processed. If anyone can recommend a place that will process raw wool, please let me know!