During the winter, the fence between Mr. Delaney’s house and ours started coming down, just another victim of old age and the elements. Richie came by and shored it up and got us through the winter. Originally we were going to have the one panel replaced pretty quickly but the shoring up, although ugly from our side of the fence, was working way too well.
Then it was decided we would do it pretty much first thing once the weather got better. We put that aside since again, it was hanging in there all too well. Not that it was in good condition, because it wasn’t, but it was not threatening to fall down in the near future. It was also decided that we would ‘bite the bullet’ and replace the entire fence between our yards. This time it was our turn.
Mr. Delaney had put it in with his son many years ago and this time we were going to pay for the fence and put in something that fits in more with the other fencing surrounding our yard, none of which we had put in or had even contributed monetarily to. In the back, we had had a short fence that came apart and we pieced together just to keep the dog from escaping. Our first dog had an electric fence, the second (a border collie) was able to stay in the yard on her own, once trained, and Stewart, well, is a border collie boy and still loses focus at the age of almost three. The neighbors behind us had a fence put in without even talking to us and without taking care to not kill any of our plantings. The six foot fence there has cut off communication completely. To the south, the neighbors have informed us that they will no longer maintain their fence, so it is up to us. For right now, it has been repaired here and there but I don’t think there is great risk of it falling. There are parts of it that will not be replaced, which may kill the neighbors as they value their privacy, so I am curious to see how that will play out.
Neighbors and fences make for interesting conversation.