After waiting over a month, our fence contractor finally put up our new fence yesterday. There’s only one little panel waiting to be inserted on Monday after the cement foundation for the new gate has set, and then this project is done. Beware–serious November rain tristesse up ahead, not to mention bare muddy bits where some old and straggly things were removed (see previous post here). It’s amazing how quickly a 47-year-old fence can be removed. The workmen arrived at 8:05, and by 8:15 it was gone and loaded onto their truck. We kept a few meters of it, some of which we’re giving to neighbours who want to mend their own fence, and some to plug a gap in the hedge out back that our and our neighbour’s dog like to pop through when it’s least convenient. We opted for a steel fence with protective, rust-proof coating in anthracite grey. Here you can see the gate propped up for setting purposes until tomorrow. Apparently this type of fence requires zero maintenance and is extremely sturdy and long-lasting. Around here it’s used for residential properties and industrial areas both. We’re thinking of training ivy to climb along the fence as an alternative to a view-shielding, but high-maintenance hedge that would rob us of a lot of space.
Aside from this initial, tentative idea, we’re going to have to spend the winter coming up with a plan for the replanting of the front garden. Any ideas gratefully received!