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The Paddock Fence

Once upon a time, we bought a 10 acre place. It already had a barn, a cabin, and fencing for sheep in both a paddock and a 5 acre field. The field is hay now and the paddock is partly used for the chickens. And irises and trees and E's house. It's on the back side of the house and is the direction most of the windows face, so this vista is the most important to us.

This post will be edited, because the photos are on more than one computer. The before photos were a trip down memory lane for me...some are in here just for fun.
A couple of posts were replaced, but basically the new fence keeps the posts and this gate. Looking back towards the house, a few years ago, with PD walking the lawn...

Along the fence, an Easter years ago. That's my nephew and Naomi The College Student with serious nerf cannons that belong to The Dude and myself.

In late 2006, the place was overrun with hens and Disney Princesses. This one collected eggs, a friend of Miss E.

Ariel and her friend released the hens. This is the original group, which includes Walkabout. No wonder they were tame enough to come into the house. We were always mucking with them. This is also a shot of the old run, with the temporary part that Walkabout would fly over all the time.

The hens didn't move fast enough, so Ariel threw them over the fence.

Here the pink fairy princes chases a hen. The gate in the back is the one that was replaced with one large enough for a vehicle or the tractor so we can access the garden area more easily. This section was always board, painted black.


Next up will be the "after" photos, but I have to do an edit on the other computer to add those...

My neighbor's quarterhorses got loose last fall (I was at Capclave with tcastleb and mindseas) and ended up in our paddock. The older one became upset (as horses do) when the little one was led away first. She panicked (as horses do) and attempted to jump the old fence in the corner where it stopped being board and started being wire. She ended up taking out the fence, swung around and headed for the chicken run. Her owner was right in the way, our neighbor Laurie. The fence was tangled in Gypsy's legs (the horse) and she ran by Laurie and the fence knocked Laurie flat, breaking her (Laurie's) leg at the edge of the knee cap. She's now walking with a limp and a plate and not going to be riding any time soon, as it was her left leg. So they paid G Dude to fix the fence and we paid the difference to have boards put up from the corner to the gate we still have. It looked so nice (but we were out of money) that we wanted to go all the way. This spring, I finally had enough money to finish the job.

looking back towards the house, this is the section G Dude did last fall.

This is the new, larger, gate from under the mullberry tree that's between the gate and my cabin.

from the house, it looks like this now...

and like this, showing my bed of special hybrid irises in lots of colors...

So that's what the new fence looks like. And no, I have no urge to "paint it black."

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tcastleb
May. 31st, 2009 03:02 pm (UTC)
Looks really nice!
deliasherman
May. 31st, 2009 03:31 pm (UTC)
Wow. What a beautiful place. The fence looks wonderful, bird-house and all. And I envy the irises. Maybe some will grow in the box-garden I'm arranging in our providentially sunny back alley. Next to the beans the rats will probably get. It's worth a try, anyway.
birdhousefrog
May. 31st, 2009 03:38 pm (UTC)
The naturalized ones are much hardier and after 5 years, we MUST divide them this year. I can deliver a few rhizomes at Readercon, most likely. July is about the right time to divide them. Definitely at Worldcon. They're a very pretty light blue. We're going to be sending them to Narragansett and Boston as well.

The place screams "Buy me a pony!" doesn't it? Thank goodness I'm more into horses than Miss E is.
deliasherman
May. 31st, 2009 06:32 pm (UTC)
I'm not going home from Readercon, but to Chicago, and then to Maine (it's complicated). But we will be at Worldcon, and will be going straight home, and would absolutely love some light blue rhizomes. I'll save a special place for them.
birdhousefrog
May. 31st, 2009 08:33 pm (UTC)
We shall sneak them in and out of Canada, then! "Oh those? Those are just some sticks, er...ginger root?" I think the timing is better than Readercon. They would need to be planted by Labor Day, fer sure.
deliasherman
May. 31st, 2009 09:31 pm (UTC)
If you can get them in, I'll get them out. ;-)
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birdhousefrog
May. 31st, 2009 04:37 pm (UTC)
my dark purple ones are cherished, I have 3 or more varieties. But there are orange ones "Fireside Glow" that have sentimental meaning (planted at a former house, chosen together), and I have my "Amherst" one that is white with a dark purple edging. And oh, I just love the sheer color splendor of irises! Ephemeral though they are.
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birdhousefrog
May. 31st, 2009 05:13 pm (UTC)
http://pics.livejournal.com/birdhousefrog/pic/000b4bgc/g319

I uploaded to the scrapbook an old photo of the Amherst iris. It may even be called that...or the Williams iris.
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mindseas
Jun. 1st, 2009 12:06 am (UTC)
A variety Louise hasn't planted yet! *gasp* I'll have to show her the pic when she returns from Japan.
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birdhousefrog
May. 31st, 2009 06:15 pm (UTC)
Oh, those princesses are both "foxes" but it's early days yet and they're still chasing chickens.
karen_w_newton
May. 31st, 2009 06:36 pm (UTC)
Lovely! I can see why people like living in the country, even though I have no urge to join them. I don't like to be too far from a Costco.
birdhousefrog
May. 31st, 2009 08:34 pm (UTC)
Why there's a Costco in Leesburg, only 12 miles away! And mustn't forget that a Wegman's will be in that area as well.
karen_w_newton
Jun. 1st, 2009 12:43 am (UTC)
Wegman's! I am so jealous!
deliasherman
May. 31st, 2009 09:34 pm (UTC)
I live in New York City, and the nearest Costco is in the next state. OK, New Jersey isn't that far away, except we don't have a car. And it is the next state.
karen_w_newton
Jun. 1st, 2009 12:45 am (UTC)
I would not live in NYC even if they had a Costco on every corner. It's OK to visit, but I get tired of feeling like an ant when I look up at the buildings. Plus, there are SO many people on the sidewalk at rush hour, I get claustrophobic.
(Anonymous)
May. 31st, 2009 11:26 pm (UTC)
love the new fence
Have been looking at your photos, and think the new fence is very nice. The iris bed is very appealing, too.
birdhousefrog
May. 31st, 2009 11:56 pm (UTC)
Re: love the new fence
Would like to know if this was an lj-er who got logged out or someone who follows the bhf blog from outside. curiosity.
birdhousefrog
Jun. 1st, 2009 04:59 pm (UTC)
Re: love the new fence
Ah, this was The Dude's Mom! Mystery solved! She's learning to use teh internets.
elarasophia
Jun. 1st, 2009 03:40 pm (UTC)
Wow, you live in paradise. It looks so utterly peaceful. Thank you for posting these photos. Just looking at them is calming.
birdhousefrog
Jun. 1st, 2009 05:01 pm (UTC)
Late May, early June is particularly fine. Everything is so green still. The heat hasn't set in. But yes, this part of the property is our favorite for sheer privacy and variety of flora and fauna.
klingonguy
Jun. 1st, 2009 04:02 pm (UTC)
pretty!

all you need is a lake of Diet Coke.
birdhousefrog
Jun. 1st, 2009 05:06 pm (UTC)
Chickens do not do well on caffeine. We have to keep the DC in the house. Walkabout used to come in looking for a fix, but she's gone now and we didn't tell the new chickens we had any. We just pretend we don't know what they're clucking about.

All that's missing right now is getting our hammock back out for the summer and finding a truly private and shady spot for it. Breezy would be a plus as well.
kelly_yoyo
Jun. 1st, 2009 05:00 pm (UTC)
Ah, so beautiful! Thanks for posting these glorious photos.
birdhousefrog
Jun. 1st, 2009 05:08 pm (UTC)
Different from city living, that's for sure. Good wet spring this year, too, so it's all very green. We grow a lot of wine in this area, though you'd have to come and tell me if it was any good. Spend several days going from small vineyard to small vineyard to...you get my drift.
kelly_yoyo
Jun. 1st, 2009 05:09 pm (UTC)
I've heard Virginia has lots of wineries. Love to try them someday.
birdhousefrog
Jun. 1st, 2009 05:13 pm (UTC)
As long as we have this place, you have a base camp for such a trip. It's a messy paradise we live in, but you're welcome to share it.
kelly_yoyo
Jun. 1st, 2009 05:40 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you so much!!!
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