I should ask my two boys how they feel about the fact that I tend to call them by their first initials. I don’t know that I ever have? Because my brain frequently thinks one thing but says another, I am constantly calling them the wrong name. Or worse, I call my youngest “Justice,” which is the name of my dog, solely because I did not account for the fact that the shared first consonant made their two names too similar for my “flexible” (ha!) brain to keep straight. Instead, when I call them by their first initial, it forces my brain to stop and think in order to pick the correct initial. Don’t know why that works, but it usually does.
Long tangent aside, my oldest son, whom I often call C, built me the most beautiful fence ever!! To learn a little about his fence-making skills and background, you can read this earlier post. TLDR is that in only a few months, he has learned how to build fences! To date, I believe he has built 3-4 different fence styles, including our custom wood panel hog-wire fence for our Seattle front yard (it is gorgeous), the post-and-rail style backyard farm fence shown below, and several other fences for customers in Seattle.
For this fence, which is 200+ feet in length and encloses 1/10 of an acre, he had to dig almost 30 post holes, many of which were filled with enormous tree roots. For one hole, he had to remove an entire concrete plug from a former fence post (??); and in another, he found a whole assortment of metal and glass fragments, including a tiny, intact glass bottle. He also had to figure out how to handle the varying elevation levels in the yard, and what to square each fence line relative to, and on and on and on. IT WAS THE BEST!! I got to play mom, running to and from Lowe’s hardware about a dozen times and trying to make sure he stayed fed and hydrated. In return, I got lots of great talks and walks and a gorgeous backyard fence that will always remind me of him.
Now, as is always the case with any big project, there is still work to be done:
- I need to assemble the outdoor faux rattan sofa that will block off the short side of the back porch (you can see the opening in the photos below). It is proving to be more of a challenge to assemble than I anticipated. I think I will need YouTube video backup.
- The fence posts all need to be cut to the right height. Odds are that this will happen when C returns, hopefully this spring, when my youngest and my husband are likely to visit during J’s spring break.
- The fence needs to be stained. The plan is to stain it a dark black. The wood needs to fully dry before I do that, however, and that’s at least 6-8 weeks away. When that happens is highly weather-dependent.
- I need to block off several areas where the elevation changes left gaps that a dog can easily get through. Design-wise, we kept all the fence lines horizontal, rather than follow the contours of the hill. I love how it looks, but we knew it would require us going back to block off certain areas. Best bet is to cut thick, rigid hog wire to size and attach it to the inside of the fence along the bottom rail. No need to anchor it in the ground, given how rigid thicker hog wire is, which is nice.
- I have to install the fence post toppers. The ones on either side of the 3 gates will get a black post top that includes a solar dusk-to-dawn light, while all the rest will get a simple black metal top. That will require caulking and can’t happen until the fence post tops are cut (and likely it is best to do after the staining as well).
Bottom line is that I am THRILLED with my new fence and cannot wait to complete the finishing touches this spring (though I sure hope it doesn’t take me until spring to assemble the outdoor couch, stay tuned!).