Hi Chris!! It has finally happened. The long discussed idea of walling in the back garden. As you know, we put up  temporary shade cloth fencing to give us some privacy. But that was some 6 years ago. We have been in our home for 7 years now (in October), so the temporary shade cloth has stood the test of time – but has to go now!! There is so much ground that has been wasted – well, the chickens are in this separated area, and we are now ready to reclaim this. The arrow points to the shade cloth (behind this is my back garden) and the distance of 3.5m wide area x 12m length space that will add to the garden area. It also ended up as the “dump” site for all the orphan things that had no home. So this too will have to change…..

Have  a look at the industrial equipment we had to rent – massive petrol auger with a 225mm drill bit. The noise was so intense it freaked me out, but I had to help Hannes because it is a two-man machine. We needed to drill 60-90cm holes x 8 for the long 3m poles we needed to plant. The usually hard-as-concrete ground is now soft and the time is now to get this done! Summer is too hot and the ground is too hard and I am fit and ready to do a man’s job now!!

Holes for the poles

Two-man petrol auger

Toughest job now done!

Ready mix cement and stones for the holes

Poles are all in now – just to get them level

With builders line and precision measuring, we have each pole straight and evenly spaced. I am so thankful to have a hubby that is amazing with his hands and can build most anything!  We now wait for 1 week to 10 days for the cement to set before round 2! We are going to put up corrugated steel sheeting – l love the industrial look – have a look how inspirationally fab this fence looks - http://www.flickr.com/photos/roludsgn/544763779/lightbox

Our fence won’t have that boxed look, but the corrugated steel is clean and cost effective as well as going well with my back garden look.

Now for a new chicken run for the girls……. umm….. I wonder if my hubby feels like a new project :-)

Happy gardening xxxxxx