I've been thinking about fences a lot lately. Ever since our neighbour put a fence up between us where none had existed for the past 31 years that we've lived here. These folks have been here about four years now...long enough for them to decide that we're Mexico I guess. We've never set foot on their property and the most intrusive we've been is a friendly wave. Our yard is neat and tidy so there is nothing warranting screening. I guess they just like fences. They put one up on the other side of their property as well. It wouldn't be quite so bad if they had finished our side of the fence but it is NOT finished and when we step out our side door it looks like the inside of a wooden berry box. (I hope I'm not the only one old enough to remember those.)
The back yard is totally enclosed in a mish mosh of fencing put up by various neighbours on either side and behind..there are actually three houses behind us (which tells you how big our yard is). The back line is also screened by a number of tall cedars. I know why the folks to the east of us put up a fence...they had dogs as do the people behind us....but again, our neighbour to the west, they of the 'love of fences' have no real reason to fence it off...just an antisocial attitude. They also have a gazebo in back with black out curtains hanging all around it. We sit on our deck out back with no protection from neighbours glances and frankly, we seldom look over at any of them. We just sit and talk, read, knit, look at our gardens and mind our own business.
Now the folks across the road from us have put up a mile long run of fencing across the back of their property and along one side between them and their neighbours to the west. Everywhere you look, fences. High fences, low fences, wood fences, metal fences.....all over the place....fences. Is it just me or are people starting to withdraw into themselves and this is just the outward sign of it?
It is not a nice feeling to live all trapped inside these fences. If I was younger and healthier I would head for the hills and live in the country with just a wire farm fence to keep roaming cattle out. Or maybe I would just let the cows come through and eat the grass. It's a dream of mine....these fences, they're a nightmare.