Monday, September 04, 2006

We Laboured....

Found through a Google search:

"Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country."

In the spirit of the working man, we spent a part of our day working. This photo to the left, is the fence at the back end of our property (on the left side of the house/barn) that separates this part of the yard from the neighbor behind us. We live on a corner, and the front of our house faces a different direction than our neighbor, hence they are behind us. We call this our back yard. Technically it's not. Moot point. Anyhow, that fence continues around in an upside down L shape, but this part right here that is in the photo has been about to fall down since we moved in. 5 years ago.

That dead elm tree in the center of the photo was holding it up until the spring, when the fence broke around the tree. No way it would last another winter.. so we decided that even though we won't replace the entire fence until next year, this part had to go. That elm, along with two other dead trees will be going later in the fall.. and we have two big pines that hopefully will come out in the spring before the new fence goes up. Pretty exciting stuff. Anyhow, a rotten fence isn't too much trouble to take down, so we hauled it out of there. Had a discussion with the owner of that yellow house behind us, who is also going to put up a fence behind that yellow garage and on the other side of his property so we will get matching or complementing fences. It should look nice when it's all done. And he offered to help take down those dead trees. They make him nervous. They should, if they ever fall it won't be my house they hit, it will be his. My barn will break the fall and reflect them back at his daughters house.

This is the after photo. You can see where the rest of the fence is. Right past where you can't see it turns and comes back towards where I was standing. It's going to be a big project, but at least we started. After we were done I went and mowed the lawn, and the boy cut down a lot of those low hanging pine branches. The prior owner said if he had known they were going to get so big, he only would've planted two. I think one is plenty and can't wait until they are gone. I had planned to trim the hedges after all this, but my ankle was killing and it looked like rain, so we called it a day. I went off to shower and the boy vacuumed out the wood scraps from the back of our van.. leftover from our last camping trip. I don't miss that rotten fence one bit, but I miss the privacy it provided. Well.. the notion, because as you saw, half the boards were missing and it didn't block much.

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