‘Twixt and ‘tween watching the Republican Convention last night (great speech by Melania and too too bad her writers didn’t use Google Word Search first to see some of what she said had already been said, by Michelle Obama nonetheless) I watched a House Hunters marathon. To a one, the buyers all wanted a fenced in back yard.
That made me stop and think of my own youth. I can’t think of a one of my friends or neighbors who had fencing, except those who had horses. We had a stream in our back yard and my parents never thought – we better fence off the kids from the stream.
My next door neighbors had a pond – not fenced off. Pools were not fenced off. Yet at some point, fences became mandatory. And not decorative fencing, like picket, tall and taller fencing.
The White House has erected taller fencing to keep out jumpers.
Mayor deBlasio took Gracie mansion from normal….
Bedford restricts the height of one’s property fence but it didn’t stop people from skirting the law to fence out noise on busy streets here like Route 22 where some of the oldest homes are right ON the road.
This house on Cantitoe had the tallest permitted 8′ fence in front of it for over a decade, obscuring the facade of a classic historic beauty. When a bad storm felled much of the fencing, the current owners took it all down and now it’s back to all its glory, for everyone to see. Bravo.
Fencing can add beauty, no doubt. Picket, split rail….
But when you drove up and this is in your face….well, not very welcoming.
So how did we go from not even a thought of fencing to having it walled off completely? Helicopter parents? Fear of kids being killed by coyote? Run over by a darting car? Lousy neighbors? All of the above?
I’m guilty of having tall fencing myself, walling off a driveway that abuts my property. But I honestly hate it, every last linear foot of it. Plus my fencing getting old, over 15 years now, and the wood is rotting and it needs repainting.Three panels fell during a wind storm last year, giving my home that certain Appalachian look I’m not fond of.
In a perfect world, I’d take down all the fencing, burn it, and maybe plant privet as a hedge for some privacy but not tall like this photo below.
I’m curious, did any of you grow up with a fenced yard?