|Our ten acre square is roughly 665ish feet on each side. Two of those 4 sides have decent fencing, nothing fancy, just some cattle fence. |
The south side fence I installed even before we moved on to the property.
The west side was installed professionally by a previous owner back there. The newer owner may think it is my fence since they make no effort to repair a pulled staple, etc. I will let them think that.
The north and east sides (east is front here) are both in sad shape with huge gaps in the rusting wire fencing and decaying, untreated split rail type cedar posts.
You can see some of them hanging in the shot above.
The big pressure treated 6x6 in the foreground was put in by us decades ago.
It held an aluminum farm gate until a hurricane turned it into modern art.
|So, these are before pictures.|
This is a journal of what we do, after all, and ... I forget stuff sometimes, so I need these to see where I came from after I am through getting to wherever it is I am going with this fence.
Last weekend, Mrs. FC and I pulled old posts, cut and bundled old rusty fence wire, slashed and dug smilax, grapevine, farkleberry, yaupon holly, oaks, and other offenders who had the misfortune to grow directly in the path of the "NEW" fence to come.
I have some GOPRO video of my wrestling some bottom buried, rusty fence out of the brush, and if I can upload it here at the house, I will update later this weekend.
There's a lot of grunting and heavy breathing in it.
|Above, you see the reason for fencing our property ... at least the most immediate one.|
You may have noticed that every BEAR post has a leash in it.
That''s because SOMEBODY is as hardheaded as a yearling bull and almost as big and strong.
And he is waaaaay faster.
A deer, a neighbor's trespassing
The problem with that is with large wooded acreage all around, he could get caught up in the chase and be far away and out of sight in seconds.
At least if our 4 sides are fenced, we can catch up with the knuckle head and he can run free more often, which is a beautiful thing to behold.
Secondary reasons for the fencing project include the usual property demarcation, beautification up front (wood fence there!), and who knows, I may actually get a pair of cracker cows some day.
|I always think about the folks who put up a fence when I tear one down. This one has to have been here a very long time.|
Split cedar rails just aren't used for fencing down here anymore, and these were here when we bought PFHQ back in 1986.
The fence was rusty and sad-looking then, although it was intact enough to contain some woods cows that were grazing here the day we first saw, and fell in love with this piece of Pure Florida.
Like the cows, I imagine the fence maker is gone now.
I am the new one, and someday, someone will wonder about me.