Monday, April 28, 2008

In or Out?

For a long time our backyard has been semi private. We have a wooden shadowbox privacy fence about seven feet tall on the east and north side of the backyard. On the west side was a hedge kept at about six feet tall.

Two weeks ago we had the fence company fence the yard totally in by adding a fence behind the hedge. Now we have complete privacy in our backyard. At least until the next hurricane comes and knocks the whole thing down.

We were talking about this over the weekend and we wondered did we fence ourselves in or did we fence the world out? I’d like to think we fenced the world out. Sometimes you need to be outside in your own private little world. Now I have mine.


Blogger Spartacus said...

PoP, I think it all depends on where you live. The backyard on our property is fenced in because we wanted some privacy from the busy street that abuts it. I'm not so sure if that necessary in a more rural environment.

April 28, 2008 3:05 AM  
Blogger Larry said...

It's not so bad fencing yourself in with what is waiting on the outside.

April 28, 2008 4:04 AM  
Blogger Distributorcap said...

i can see your point. growing up we had one giant backyard with all neighbors -- but times have changed

enjoy your privacy!

April 28, 2008 4:40 AM  
Blogger Forty Paws said...

In Dallas, wooden privacy fences are the norm, unless one lives on an estate. Then wrought iron fences are usually required by the HOA. Our wooden privacy fence used to have a field behind. Now we have a 3 story office building behind it. Time to move.

April 28, 2008 4:56 AM  
Blogger diamondmc said...

Up here in Mpls we have a privacy fence and it is nice to keep the world out. Now all we need is spring to come so we can enjoy it.

April 28, 2008 5:04 AM  
Blogger DCup said...

Way out in the country we haven't put up fences because our neighbors are pretty far away from us. The people in front of us put up a partial privacy fence between our yard and their dog pen which holds three large dogs.

We rejoiced. Now if we could just get them to clean out the pen a little more often...

April 28, 2008 5:19 AM  
Blogger FranIAm said...

Do what you need to do for you - and it sounds like you have!!

April 28, 2008 5:30 AM  
Blogger fallenmonk said...

I just have a chain link fence around the property but fencing in an acre was expensive. It was only to keep the beagles from roaming and now that they are gone it just keeps the grandkids from next door out. It doesn't seem to bother the deer, raccoons,rabbits and other wildlife who seem to come, munch as they please.
There is the old saw about fences making good neighbors.

April 28, 2008 5:38 AM  
Blogger SB Gypsy said...

Everyone needs a little private space. I'm lucky that our yard is private without much need for fences.

April 28, 2008 5:52 AM  
Blogger Jazz said...

You're keeping the world out. And it seems, from the last post, that you're keeping them out of a little oasis of perfection you created.

April 28, 2008 6:04 AM  
Blogger mommanator said...

Well now you can walk around nude if ya want to. Just think what ole Fred will write about that.
Sometimes the way the world is going we need to shut it out, but somehow it always gets in! No matter what our intention!

April 28, 2008 6:32 AM  
Blogger Matty Boy said...

Is it safe for Fred to go to the backyard now? If so, it was worth it.

April 28, 2008 7:24 AM  
Blogger roger said...

i've looked at fence from both sides now.......and still i don't know fence at all.

April 28, 2008 7:28 AM  
Blogger Dr. Know said...

I like the native wild animals able to come and go. Otherwise I would dig a moat and fill it with hungry alligators. Definitely to keep the local bipedal animals, and their roaming packs of nearly feral dogs out.

April 28, 2008 7:29 AM  
Blogger robin andrea said...

Our fencing keeps the deer out of the garden and the coyotes away from the cat. It does, however, let in the occasional bobcat and the ubiquitous raccoon.

I googled Robert Frost's poem Mending Wall, and realized I had actually not read the whole thing before. It's the neighbor who says, Good fences make good neighbors. Aha.

April 28, 2008 7:48 AM  
Blogger annie said...

fences keep thoughtless neighbor's dogs from crapping in your yard, or treeing/harming your cats. good thing.

April 28, 2008 8:21 AM  
Blogger Sherry said...

fences can help a lot at times.

sometimes a little bit of private space can make the rest of the world fade for a little while.

April 28, 2008 8:27 AM  
Blogger The Minstrel Boy said...

good fences make good neighbors PoP. in arizona mine was prickley pear cactus planted at ingenious intervals. it could be crossed, with great care, by humans, rabbits, roadrunners, and other indigenous critters could do it at a run.

April 28, 2008 8:39 AM  
Blogger dguzman said...

Fencing in all that PoP-Fred-Martini goodness!

April 28, 2008 10:29 AM  
Blogger Dean Wormer said...

Fences don't make good neighbors. Shotguns full of rock-salt do.

April 28, 2008 1:30 PM  
Blogger WeezieLou said...

what roger said - LOL.

we made the 'fence' decision abt 8 yrs ago and haven't looked back. i can go out my front door and face the world. when i go out the back, all i want to face are the birds, the bird seed and the bird bath.

April 28, 2008 5:30 PM  
Blogger Mike said...

I love the idea of a privacy fence. We are pretty private on the north and west sides, but I have to do something about the south side. Our neighbors spend the winters in Florida and the summer staring over into our back yard.

April 28, 2008 6:49 PM  
Anonymous via said...

You beat me to it, Robin. I love Robert Frost and have borrowed from two of his poems:

Now I lay me down to sleep
The night is lovely, dark and deep
If I should die before I wake
The road less traveled I shall take

April 29, 2008 1:11 PM  
Blogger Mauigirl said...

We fenced our yard to keep our dog in! So for us we're not keeping the world out. But as they say, good fences make good neighbors. Sometimes you need some privacy!

May 01, 2008 9:33 PM  

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