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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

De-Fence Against The Public... Part Two

Where we last left off......

Yesterday I shared part one of the adventures our family here at Muse Cottage had in raising a fence. A de-fence against the public as my youngest daughter put it, hence the title. Since moving to the cottage on the busy corner , where there is a constant stream of both regular traffic, but people on bikes, scooters, and on foot. We live right near two bus stops and very close to businesses as well. Our street, at the other end is even the exit off of the freeway. So really busy is an understatement!! There are no sidewalks on our street or the side of the cross street we live on and during the rainy season people would walk across our yard to avoid the muddy path, or  to avoid walking in the street. I can not say I blame them. Then we put in the drive way and new pathways around our home, and a few actually used our new walkways, would walk down the side of our home, across our porch and down our drive way to avoid getting their shoes muddy. That was just too much! The other issue is that all my windows, and I like to open the blinds, face the busy streets and I felt like I was in a fish bowl. So a fence was put ahead of getting a new bathroom, or any more work inside  at all till it was complete.  

In part one I shared that we had quite the bumpy time of it getting the holes dug, as there was just so many roots from a near by tree and a tree that had once been there, been cut down, but the roots remained. I would swear there is not a square inch that is not riddled with the darn things. We had rented a gas powered pole digger, it did us no good past the first three holes. The man powered one did not either, not in the long scheme of things. So, it came down to small garden clippers, shovels, and even saw blades. Eventually as the sun set over the trees half the fence was up and the rest was to have to wait till the next day off that my husband had. So when that day finally rolled around a few days later, and we lucked out with good weather... other than it being very breezy we once again rose very early, went and got breakfast, and then set to work. 

Up with the birds yet again......

Just like on day one, the day started with coffee and
a bagel.. oh and some yummy Mandarins. 

The sun now up......
A close up of the cute Pintrest inspired front door decor
for Spring.... combo of a grocery store umbrella and
a few Dollar Tree flowers and ribbons, and even
the cute sign is Dollar tree ! Fifteen minutes later and this
was the result. 

My new gardening shoes on , I was ready to get to work.
Yes, I was actually going to help hubby this stretch of
fence.  And I did  too, until....

.....our oldest daughter showed up and took over....
and I let her.  *giggle* Seemed like she was
enjoying it. 

The middle daughter showed up near the end of the second day
to come see the process .....

The day continued on, and our oldest actually helped get the bulk of the large privacy panels up until hubby and and our oldest had to leave to go help HER hubby move some furniture. So day two ended a bit early and things got pushed to a third day before completion.....  

Day Three 
Youngest arrived on day three, another Sunday, one week
to the day of when the project started to help her Dad
finish up. Finally the picket fence I have always wanted was going in.
Another warm day, and just like the previous
Sunday the ice cream truck drove by and
we treated ourselves. 

While our youngest helped her Dad out, I took to the task of adding more
flowers to the growing flower bed. 

Lookie here is your first peek at the completed project....

Close up of new porch lights....yes I know
I am a tease.....

Finally....... What do you think??? 

One day I shall get a photo without cars in the drive.... Perhaps once we get roses along the fence line, flowers over the arch ... you know all the final touches.... but use your imagination for now won't you???

The view from the front porch as the sun set on the third day.....
glass of wine in hand and admiring the job well done.

Till next time we "meet" ....
With affection from Muse Cottage. 


  1. Well that should stop them! Looking good! I'm feeling whiny looking at your sunshine!! We're still about 20 degrees cooler than normal and are just hoping it might hit 60 on Easter!

  2. Great job! Im jealous of all the beautiful sunshine. We've had snow all week. =(

  3. Congratulations on a job well done. Hopefully this will give you some peace and quiet.

  4. Wow, you have been busy. It looks great! I'm a little jealous too since my yard and garden are currently covered in snow. At least someone is planting flowers somewhere! :)

  5. Phew! I'm exhausted for you, guys! But, I used my imagination and it's going to be great! Kudos, all 'round.

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