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Tuesday, January 06, 2009 |
( 1/06/2009 06:34:00 AM ) Bill S.
GOOD FENCES: Spent much of my weekend outside, away from the computer, tearing down and putting up bamboo fencing. Our backyard is walled in with a faux adobe edifice for two-thirds of the way; the west side, however, is blocked off with six-foot bamboo fence. It works to shield the back from the sometimes punishing winds that come down off Mt. Graham and also provides a break from the desert sun for our small vegetable garden.
The previous fencing had been put up two years earlier by the couple who lived here before us –- and it was looking pretty weather-beaten. Even a medium-sized wind would get parts of it flapping, and there were breaks in it that our younger dog Kyan very quickly discovered. I decided to try reinforcing our new fence by sandwiching the top between strips of chicken wire: the more flexible wiring, I hoped, would suit the curve of the yard and yet be sturdy enough to withstand the wind.
Wound up pricking the tips of my fingers a lot with the wire -- making it difficult to keyboard Sunday night -- but we'll see if it was worth it. Last summer during monsoon season we watched a dust devil drop into our yard and lift the lawn furniture in a mad swirl. The Arizona desert cares little for property values. But for now, at least, our good fencing looks really spiffy . . .