Robert Frost wrote that “Good fences make good neighbors.”
Our goal this weekend was to start building a rail fence at the Hideaway. We inherited a big pile of cedar rails with the property, so we thought that it would be nice to build a fence with them before they decayed too much.
There are some interesting fences in the area. Here are a few examples.
This one must have taken a long time to build!
Before we could start building our fence, we had to determine the lot line. We had located corner posts, but there isn’t a clear view from one to the next because of all the trees in the way. Fortunately, we had received a copy of the survey with the lot. It came in really handy here. From it, we learned that besides the corner markers, there is one more marker 132 feet from the back corner along one side. So we measured out 132 feet from the back corner attempting to aim for the front corner as best we could, weaving the tape measure between the trees as we went. Charlie dug and dug, slashing the shovel into the ground at an angle, hoping to hit a steel bar. We had almost given up when suddenly he hit something. It wasn’t a stone this time! Hidden a few inches below the surface was this marker on a rod!
Charlie tied a red ribbon around it, so it wouldn’t get lost again.
We strung up a string from the back corner toward the front one being sure to pass over our newly uncovered marker. Now, we could see just where our property line actually was. I know, it’s difficult to see it in the photo, but the string is there!
Whenever we sit out in front of our trailer facing the back of the lot enjoying our morning coffee, we see two majestic pine trees towering over the many cedars. They are positioned near the back corners of our lot. One was obviously within our boundary, but we weren’t sure about the other one. Well, with the string in place we could see that the second pine tree was ours, too! Charlie was very happy about that!
Then, using the string as a guide, we began to place the rails.
Well, Charlie placed the rails. I “offered suggestions” and brought iced tea.
Charlie worked hard, and the fence began to take shape.
It was a hot, humid day; so after a good start at the fence, we jumped into the lake. No, I’m not posting a picture of myself in a bathing suit! Charlie constructed an anchor by tying one end of a rope around a rock and dropping it into the water. We tied the other end to an inflatable raft and floated there as long as we wanted to. It was lovely!
Dinner was beef cooked over an open fire by the bunkie. That was followed by S’mores for dessert after dark.
Before the weekend was over, we found ourselves totally rethinking the design of the house we’re planning to build. That will probably happen a hundred times before we get started! As Charlie said, I had better buy a new sketch pad! It’s really fun to look at the lot, think about which rooms we want aiming at which views, and how to make it all fit together. I just love the whole process!