Our first construction project at Camp Many Moons stretches over 90′, rises about 10′, and is made of local hemlock. Our fabulous new fence! And we put it up all by ourselves. So satisfying.
Why a fence when we live remotely, you ask? Because it isn’t that remote. Yes, we have 300 feet of waterfront, which is more than most lots nearby. And we do have a lot of trees on it. But we have taken down more trees than remain standing, to make room for driveways and cabin, well and septic field. The septic field was the main issue. It’s big and flat and open on top, as required by law, and butts up to the septic field of our neighbor. Which means that our common property line is wide open. We like our neighbor a lot — but we don’t need to see each other all the time. 🙂
I’ve tried to grow things there, but things grow slowly here on the 47th parallel and many don’t grow at all. When you’re in your 60s, you don’t want to wait decades for the desired result. So, for about $2,000 and several days of physical work, we have a wooden barrier that fits in well. It’s not the same as a tree barrier, but it’s made of local trees so that helps. As it ages, and trees grow around it, it will fade more into the background.
And I have my outdoor privacy, which was a key goal in getting this land in the first place. When you spend as many years in cities as I have, privacy is precious.
See the story of our new fence in pictures and captions, below. It was a good partnership. Jeff’s skills and equipment (and strength) were the key, but I wasn’t only the funder and by-stander. I carried boards until my muscles ached, learned how to mix the gooey stuff, hauled brush, and sweated. Jeff is without doubt the consummate “rugged man” who makes things strong and makes them work. But I hold my own. It’s one of the things I enjoy about camp…getting physical and learning new things. When it was done, I used my own chainsaw to cut down trees that were marring the new view. Jeff does the big ones, but I’ve graduated to 8-inch-diameter trees that are 40 feet tall. Ok, they are tiny on top. But still. Not bad for an “urban-boss-lady” who’s spent decades in Washington D. C. 🙂
2 thoughts on “The Fence”
A wonderful job on your fence! Will you need to stain or paint it? I remember doing a similar project, ‘many moons’ ago, & we forgot to use galvanized nails, so we had to replace all the nails a few short years later. Enjoy your fall weather!
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It’s made of rough cut lumber so apparently doesn’t need any kind of finish.