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New back fence

We thought that taking down the old side fence made our property look less run-down and more cared-for.  Putting in a new back fence had a similar positive effect.

Anne started the ball rolling.

Old fence about to fall down.

The old back fence looked ramshackle and unstable.

A couple of months ago, Anne, our neighbour out the back explained that she was keen to replace the back fence.  After several years of preparation, she was ready to start on her master plan for landscaping her garden.  One of the very first tasks on the list was to replace the fence.  We were happy to agree because it had gone beyond rustic charm and reminded us of the original deceased estate vibe.  Besides, Anne was keen to get started on her indigenous plantings.  Her new garden would complement our own with a combination of native shrubs and trees.  The local wildlife should have a field day on either side of the fence after our gardens are fully established.

Once we’d stripped off the ivy strands and taken out numerous bricks/rocks from the base, the fence was revealed in all its glory.  What a testament to 40+ years of wear and tear.  The fence was so shocked, large sections promptly collapsed.

Fence replaced by a professional.

The fencing contractor who did such a good job on our last house maintained his high standard with this fence.

Old fence fell down once ivy removed

Tired old section originally held upright by massive ivy runners.

New fence replacing fallen section.

Crisp and clean new section looks so much neater.










Section of old fence that just remained upright.

Another section of fence that remained upright, just.

Replacement fence looking good.

New straight line fence looks good to last another 40 years.










New back fence has improved the look of the property.

The view out the back has improved again.

Looking to the future.

Chatting with Joan, another of our neighbours, we were interested to hear the comment that she quite preferred a more open fence construction.  Joan liked the half-finished fence when every second paling was missing.  Excellent!  We’ll have something different for her to consider when we talk about the replacement fence for the side of our property.  It’s not going to be a standard fence like the one at the back.

Perhaps we’ll be thinking about the front fence from our last house.

Fence that is a work of art.

Now that’s a fence! Or is it a work of art? Inspiration from the last house.

Sharing the view of our last garden with people passing by

Sharing the view of our last garden with people passing by










With David’s creativity and our desire to inspire a sense of community, we aren’t going to cut off Joan’s view of our property entirely.  Early days, but our aim is to create a structure that serves as a dividing line but enhances both properties.  Neighbours will have an opportunity to visually share our back garden.

After the combined efforts of family members, the back garden has improved significantly.  Removing the sheds and replacing the fence has produced a patch of lawn that looks as if someone cares.  Of course, it will be changed again dramatically once we start on the houses and landscaping.  In the meantime, we are enjoying our ‘sea of green’.

Surprise flowering of freesia bulbs

Spring has brought some surprises in the garden – freesia bulbs flowering near the garage.


  • Caroline

    October 11, 10 2015 06:44:39

    Don’t they say good fences make good neighbours? Perhaps this is a case of vice versa!
    Well done all, Caroline xxx

  • Gillian Cohen

    October 12, 10 2015 08:26:19

    Onward and upward. Fence looks great.

  • anne thompson

    October 12, 10 2015 11:20:15

    fence gurus – love that you’re so flexible to suit both neighbours needs and love your artwork / fence.

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