The GFC ( Great Fence Construction ) is over


On the 26 th of this month we had been here in our new home for 3 years..boy the work we have done…a ten year old house with fencing along the boundaries and that was about it..so a lot of fencing and paddocks needed to be sorted.

The biggest challenge has been the realisation that the wildlife is closer than we anticipated..so keeping the wild/domestic harmony became very important..Forrest being bitten by an Eastern Brown Snake     http://www.avru.org/general/general_eastbrown.html sealed the deal…this was top priority.

Now we decided to totally enclose the back of the house yard..the fencing was not enough to stop Forrest if he wanted to leap over after a roo and the snakeproofing proved inadequate. Considering it nearly did Phil in doing the original house yard fence we were well aware of the work involved

We have 11 acres but we still wanted to have an area that we could enjoy with the pups and without losing the sunsets..we came up with the idea of ‘windows’ in the fence..we thought of stained glass but the trees everywhere proved to be problematic..so we decided on Perspex..

Of course all good ideas involve hard work and loads of cash…so it has taken a long time to get to this point…it has required ridiculous man hours (hubbies) relying on good weather and many post holes in basically concrete ground..which along the back needed a man with a rig that had a huge posthole attachment..which still lifted off the ground..

Every fence  paling (and all the gates which are fence paling also for a seamless look)..have been screwed on by hubby…what a guy…this has nearly killed him…talk about hard work..the yard is still a dump zone as we have to now start the clean up…but the yard is done..some snakewire on the outside…and all over….we are then moving on to making the catio out the back..this will be a lot easier..less pain I am sure..we will have a doggy door soon to put in the laundry door and the pups can then be outside when we go out and can go in to their beds inside in the laundry if they want..

Outside they have a large covered verandah and their outside beds…water etc..3 years we have not been able to leave the house for more than a few hours as we have had them inside for their safety…so it will be lovely to go out and have a life…without worrying that they are locked in the house.It’s different with the girls they can wander the house inside for hours…but not the boys..i am pretty sure my couch would be eaten!

The catio will have access from the main bathroom to the outside..this means the girls can come and go day and night..in summer a real bonus…we plan on hanging an old wooden ladder from the rafters of the verandah with chains..and I will make hammocks on the rungs..so the girls will love this I am sure….there is a lot of work in keeping the pets and wildlife safe..and we are just glad we have finished before Summer..

So then then the gardens will be fixed up.. with an enclosed area in the corner for my veggie garden..which i have sadly missed..but landscaping is kind of the last thing after practicality..

So after who knows how many hours and about 4 thousand dollars later ( and that was after i spotted a whole load of really cheap palings ..made a big difference believe it or not) ta da…the safe pet backyard…still messy but hey that will be easy to fix 🙂

I may be absent a bit soon as the yard needs a lot of work..the scrub needs burning off before Summer and my poor garden out front is trashed from frost..i will try and pop in as I can…I will never catch up I am sure but needs must and this lovely property is a lot of work this time of year..

 

 

106 thoughts on “The GFC ( Great Fence Construction ) is over

    • Thanks Rachel and Speedy 🙂 been an epic job…poor Phil is wrecked..think he was glad to get back to work today 😉 ..I should still be popping in to visit blogs 🙂 just not as often 😦 loves to you and Speedy 🙂 Bev xxxxx

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  1. Bitten by a Brown Snake…yuck! Glad you’re making a pet safe yard. NO Snakes Allowed! We’re not allowed some walks in the summer because SHE is afraid of snakes. We know a few dogs and cats went to the bridge because of snakes.

    Love your fence with the windows. A great idea.

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    • Yep YUCK…and a lucky lucky boy! saw him just as he had it in his mouth…we always walk the pups on lead here ..even in winter…roo chasing is not a great idea either as you would know! and yes a lot of pets round here were lost to browns last season….I have a very healthy respect for them….ewwwww…and thankyou I think the fence looks pretty good so far 🙂 hugs Fozziemum xxx

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  2. A most amazing project – it’s been wonderful watching it happen too but I know it was a BEAR to complete. Bravo to hubby….and you for the patience….it is gorgeous and I’m sure the yard will look that way in its’ own time as well. Meanwhile, you and the animals are SAFE – and isn’t that worth everything? Of course it is……the catio plans sound great too. Congratulations………amazing job!

    Hugs, Pam and Sam

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    • Thanks Pam and Sammy 🙂 yes it has been a labour of love/hate hahaaaha it is perfect for humans and animals so very happy it has been finished 🙂 the Catio will be fab and started very soon..and then maybe we can go out for a day ….hahahaaahah 😉 hugs and loves Bev xxxxx

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  3. What an amazing accomplishment. It is really beautiful with the windows – enclosing you for safety but still being able to see nature. Perfect shot with the sun coming through! Bravo! 🙂

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  4. Perspex windows in an otherwise solid fence – what a magnificent idea! It looks fabulous. I can’t imagine the hard work required, but the result is amazing and something to be so proud of. All the very best with your garden work to come. xoxoxoxox

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    • Thank you so much 🙂 yes with this ground on rock ridge it was like ye olde days of the gold miners..which is what founded our town..i am surprised anyone survived those years hahahaa 🙂 the result is worth it..the sunsets still visible and the pups safe so win win 🙂 and thankyou i so look forward to the fun part of gardening 🙂 xxxxx

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  5. Bev, that’s a masterpiece. I’m sure now all your furkids are safe. ( hope the birds will not drop the snakes in your garden via air mail again). I can’t wait to see your garden when the summer arrives in oz, bet that’s great to see it when we have wintere here.

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    • Thank you my sweets so much…it ure is a much safer and attractive alternative..the sunset looks lovely still and the kis are all safe…and yes if a bird drops one then all we can do is say we tried all we could to keep them all safe 🙂 I am so excited to get a veggie garden done..i miss the huge ones we had in our old place..but the animals come first and that is where all the time and money has gone..ironically while I really needed to save by growing my own veggies bwahahhah…and I look forward to working n the Catio..I have some great ideas for that too! ..pee ess TV 3 dud!!!!!!!! arghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh 🙂 xxxx Bev

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      • noooo even #3 is a goner? it’s great that you haven’t to live ina village or town with nosy neighbors… they would think you are stinking rich and can purchase every day a new tv :o( what’s wrong with that thingies? is there no reception or are they just painted black by The Stones and say nothing?

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        • Bwahahha damn thing is lucky Fozziedad didn’t hurl it in the dam! it has a line up the side….and ths morning he took two Tvs..back to the warehouse which is near his work 2 hours away..and when he exchanged it they turned it on..fine..he bought it home properly packed in the P Van…as he knows about transport..it’s his job..turned it on..it worked..then the line of doom…….sound picture but a whopping defect …he is not happy…at all bwahaaahaaaha 😦 and I was looking forward to watching Heston Blumenthal on the big screen….mannnnnn

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  6. Great idea. We live on 17 acres our biggest problems are coyotes, skunks, porccupines.. Well so far I have tangled with a skunk, Old Cissy has done skunks, and one porccupine incident. We are careful in the morning when we walk in case of a lingering coyote from it’s night hunt. Dadwithoutpaws brings protection and keeps us close. The fenses we have is one acre of fence for Esther, a electric fence around motherwithoutpaws flower garden, it is huge, and a back of the house oasis more momwithoutpaws fro fro stuff

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    • Fred indeed living on land can be fraught with danger..roos here and the snakes..we have echidnas but they pose no problem as hey are more likely to be a victim to dogs…we walk the dogs on lead all times due to roos..the bottom paddock is often the safets for free range pups as we can clearly see if roos are around..in summer though leads there as well due to browns and red bellied blacks..so all 11 acres is fenced the paddocks are fenced and the house yard now has been expanded at the back ..this means my front garden will be safe from doggies now 🙂 we all need that oasis of greenery and I have missed it.. 🙂 thanks Fred we think it looks pretty good 🙂

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  7. OMP (oh my pig!) That looks fantastic! What a delight to have some semblance of protection and still be able to see the sunsets / sunrises. What a delight! With all of that protection, I would feel safe running around in your haven with nary a fear of anything. Awesome job ya’ll!! Now I’m off to show daddy and add this to his honey do list – snorts. XOXO – Bacon

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    • Hahaaaahah thank my sweet friend..Fozziedad and I are nothing if not inventive…and all because the quote we got was hideous!! if you can believe that haaaaa 🙂 pee ess 3rd TV ..don’t ….ask…. I swear….sheesh you could un around and go for a swim in the pups pool 🙂 hugs and loves Fozziemumxxxx

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      • Snorts and rolls around laughing. I wasn’t going to ask about the television. I told daddy about it the other night and he asked me last night if I had heard anything. OMP – he is going to crack up when I tell him. And Yes. I could run around the back yard, play with the pooches, go for a swim, get tired and come inside and watch the HUGE invisible television. Snorts. That would definitely be my game plan. XOXO – Bacon

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  8. What a FABULOUS project… it has all the protection needed… and yet you can ENJOY the things that you want to see. BRILLIANT Planning and BRAVO to the Master BUILDER.

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    • Frankie and Ernie thankyou!! it has all been well worth the toil! and now we can get on with the less arduous tasks!! 🙂 I shall pass your Bravo’s on to what is left of hubby haahhha :)xxxx

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    • Thank you Will we are really happy with the result..funny the pups seem a bit more settle..maybe not the stimulus of watching 11 acres all the time..they seem a bit more secure 🙂 it sure will not come down in a hurry!! 🙂

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  9. rockin awesome job bev…phil deserves a few 100 rounds of applause; and as many beers. The windows in the fencing are just to cool….you can still see out….without being there….great great idea
    and the precision he built this fence with !!! even going up an incline ♥something to be proud of

    ~~~ enjoy planting and getting your garden ready; will be anxious to see the finished yard…love the panorama shot at the end!!!

    laura….

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    • Thanks so much Laura..he did a pretty good job 🙂 yes the incline and the rock..a nightmare.. but at last…so now the Catio..and the gardens 🙂 🙂 and that shot…well love my phone 😉 takes a good panoramic shot 🙂 Loves Bev xx

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  10. Oh mmmyyyy!! What an AMAZING job he did!!!!! LOVE the window solution! It is just gorgeous!! I am beyond impressed with your husband, I can’t even begin to imagine how hard this had to be but in the end you are blessed with a gorgeous fence. 11 acres??!! OMG sheer Heaven! Don’t over exert, take your time cleaning up….be good to YOU! xoxo

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    • Thanks sweets 🙂 it sure did take a lot of work and we are both so glad it is done..and now the Catio..which will be a piece of cake in comparison! hubby is a machine for sure 🙂 and yep sheer bliss I agree…have been watching the roos this morning enjoying the sun..pretty relaxing start to the day 🙂 xxxxxxx

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  11. Oh Bev, it looks wonderful! So much hard work but you know when the bones and eased and the hurts have stopped it is going to be more than worth all the effort!
    I don’t think I have ever seen such an amazing fence!
    Hugs, Carrie and Pups x

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  12. What a massive endeavour & Phil is absolutely amazing!!! Your own personal Superman with a shovel 😉
    The fence looks fab! I love the pix & that last one totally captures the look you were going for….you can enjoy the sunsets & sunrises w/out fear of certain critters slithering up for a snuggle!
    Love the idea of doggie/kitty door so the 4 leggeds have more freedom which gives you more freedom! You & Phil thought of eVERYTHING!!!
    ongratulations on the GFC being finished. Should you smash a bottle of champagne to celebrate?? LOL…or maybe just drink some……
    Love Sherri-Ellen & Nylablue too ❤ ❤ ❤

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    • Hahaaah thank you sweets 🙂 yes he is a machine! poor thing ..his feet and hands have really taken a beating…every time I say “how about” I can see him slump hahahaa 🙂 we have tried to think of everything..and if anything happens then we know we have done our best…as for the champers..i think it is well called for…urghhhh Loves Bev xxx ❤ ❤

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  13. Wow, fabulous Bev! Such a lot of hard work. I always say a good handyman is worth his weight in gold. You have come up with a workable compromise for allowing space for the wildlife, which I do believe hold Native Title after all, and pets , and garden. Reminds me of many years ago when I bought a country property with my ex, and looking at the huge kitchen and big windows saying, “wonderful we will be able to watch the wildlife.” We didn’t realise the wildlife was saying..”Fab! We will be able to get in and watch the humans.”
    I have a big wildlife habitat here, but no longer any domestic animals so I no longer have to worry about them.

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    • Thank you so much 🙂 totally agree..for a man who spends all day on computers he is very handy!! and totally agree the wildlife was here first..this does show you can have the best of both worlds though and keep the balance 😉 yes first day here when I sat out the front with the pups waiting for the keys a visiting mob of roos arrived…soon realised that we needed to make some changes hahaahhah 🙂

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  14. It looks wonderful!!! I love the sun coming through the fence. What a lot of hard work, it shows how much you both love your animals. I can’t wait to see the Catio as well when you get that done.
    Homes can be so much work!! We have been in ours 20 years and we’re still doing things, always improving something!

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    • Thank you so much Jan..yes a hard job but for peace of mind very necessary 🙂 Forrests episode with the brown this year really made it a hurry job!i never want to go through that again…our pets mean the world to us and we also love the wildlife…they can live in harmony with a bit of hard work 🙂 I agree there is always something to be done around the home.They really just built this and sort of did nothing for ten years..so in a way we have a blank canvas 🙂 The Catio will be fun to do! the wire is already ordered and so I am making plans up as we speak 🙂 hugs and loves Fozziemum xx

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    • Haahahah thankyou 🙂 …think hubby is about dead though hahahaha…plus I need him for my Catio 😉 I have great ideas..poor man..i can hear him groaning as I type hahaahah 🙂

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      • Haha. Well when you are done with him… We have a flat that is in need of repairs, decoration and the cats would love some wall walking shelfs and a ceiling hammock ;o (great ideas but lack of time and DIY skills xD)

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            • Urghh…our winter is nearly over..and I hope Summer is a tad kinder than last Summer..a beautiful morning here I was just watching the roos…one pulled a piece of bark off a gum tree and flung it aside…never seen that before 🙂 guess they are enjoying a nice day for a change 😉

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              • I wouldn’t have thought they would pull bark off o.o. Our summer is almost over. 😦 Tho as most people know English summer isn’t always the best and this August has been one of the worst in terms of weather lol. I may have to come over and hibernate there for our winter haha!

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                • I have never seen this before..wonder if it was simple curiosity 🙂 I must spy more 🙂 well I think our summer may be a tad too violent for your liking! last year temps of 45C and 95% humidity made for some homicidal thoughts 🙂 I hope it is a mild summer here I really do 🙂 or may come hibernate through summer with you 🙂

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                • Ok 45C with 95% humidity doesn’t sound nice LOL. We did survive similar hotness in thailand tho =o. Went for songran festival (water splashing!) this year and OMG. Who would have thought April could be so hot in any country LOL.

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                • It is apparently filthy hot there!! our son went and could not believe the humidity….he s off to the US on Monday so I hope he finds the weather a bit better 🙂 🙂

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  15. 😉 Champers all around! That might be the only way you get Phil to do any more work, hahahaha!!!
    I am so happy for you that the fence is completed. You have a fortress now!
    LOL 🙂

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  16. Don’t you have snake trainers there? We have them here. They bait a dog on a containerized snake and then zap the dog whenever he even so much as looks at it. Works wonders I hear. We’ve been fortunate (knock on wood) in only having 1 snake bite in 19 years, and that was a snake in the middle of the trail who bit poor Angus who was just following me – who nearly stepped on said snake.

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    • No I don’t believe we do..i have seen them in the US bloggers posts..not many snake handlers even want to deal with these guys..the one bite this year was enough for me.we have had a whopper removed and it was a nasty piece of works…the guys was sweating bullets trying to get it..we still hope that they all keep away this season..25C today Spring on the 1st..they will all start stirring..

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    • WOO HOO thanks Wally and Samuel 🙂 he loves it when I have an idea and he gets the hard work hahahahaa 🙂 we are very happy with the result 🙂 yay Fozziedad…what’s left of him hahaaha 🙂 hugs and loves Fozziemum xxxx

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  17. I think that your fence is the most ingenious fence that I’ve ever seen! I am also going to have to take some down time in order to finish writing my third book. You’re right, catching up is a dream. ☺

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  18. Deeply impressed the the hard work you put into this and the fabulous construction you have created. What a deep relief for you to have a safe place for all your critters. The hammocks for the cats sound wonderful 😀 Well done you all.

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