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One more day of post-setting.

But all the holes are dug, and it’s less our problem today. We just raise and lower the tarp fence, and let the crew do their thing, while we try to bring order out of the chaos the house has become—mud on the kitchen floor, tools and parts of tools piled everywhere, boxes of catfood [...]

And—-immaculately on time—-the fence crew arrived, and we are setting posts..,

Turned out they wanted us to pull the fenceposts, too. I don’t think we’d have had it in us. We’re exhausted. And of course it turns cold, and we get a 25 mph gust with promise of rain…as they’re setting the concrete.

We turned out to have to move 3 large peonies that are in [...]

Once more into the breach…

The last day before the post-setters arrive. We’ve got some work, yet, which is to pull two gates, a last panel of the back fence, and to bring the tarp inward in the final setup that will protect the pond while the new posts set.

This involves less lifting, but more Rube-Goldberging.

I was so [...]

The day dawns, the tarp still stands, though…

…we’re going to have to move it. In the advent of the wind and rain we took the easiest course and fastened it to standing fence posts. We’re going to have to relocate it closer in, and figure how to secure it without the helpful posts.

Today we tackle a smaller area of fence, and [...]

They lied. These sections don’t weigh 45 lbs. It’s more like 200 lbs…

No plan survives contact with the enemy. In this case, those sections of the fence are, at least the 18 feet we just took down, handmade on the hardware offered for the ‘bought’ sections. We may have some ‘bought’ sections on the west side, but the north is a monster. One section was 10 feet [...]

As we already knew, we have no buried utilities in the back yard. So we’re good.

THat’s done. The contract is signed.

Saturday we start taking the fence apart.

And we really, really hope we like the color we picked out.

I plan for us to have a camera during the takedown. And process. It’s too bad we don’t have a camera-person but hey, we’re the crew and camera [...]

The water is crystal clear, the fish have begun to eat…and we got the pond netting half renewed.

The larger area on the other side of the bridge remains to see to, and a little squib at the U end of the pond, but we’re doing well. I didn’t recognize Grant this year: I kept wondering where we had gotten a medium sized tricolor. But that’s our baby from last year. He’s a [...]

In an attack of brilliance, I called Lowe’s to ask them the weight of these panels…

The ones we have, that is. Since they list every other parameter on their website but weight. The answer is 45 pounds. Yay! Jane and I together could have done it if it were twice that, but we’d so much rather lug 45 pounds than 90.

We’re also hoping the installers had the decency [...]

Permit in hand, and contract signed, fence materials waiting…

I get a call from Rick, the fence guy stating the utility people are going to come to mark the buried lines. Fine. And I should paint white on my fence (dark red)…so,,,, huh? I say, turn the telly off and ask him to repeat that.

Yep. I went out and nailed two dish cloths [...]

We got the new filter in—and today we get the building permit…and call the fence guy…

We’re hoping for a smooth app and permit downtown—it’s only a mile or two from here. The weather for this operation is sketchy, but that’s the season: typically it rains often, but no gully-washers (Southern US term for a large downpour) or toad-stranglers (similar.) It’ll rain gently for a while (thunder is quite rare) and [...]