Securing the Borders of Sour Cherry Farm
Back in January, the Farm suffered a great loss: A 60-foot oak tree fell onto a high-voltage power line.
As you can see from those blurry photos, it was likely the fence that kept the tree from falling onto the street and killing someone. Hey, we didn’t choose the fence, we inherited it, but it performed its duties honorably by taking that hit for the family — and over the weekend, Greg put it out of its misery.
You can tell by the background of this photo (Which is actually part of another post-to-come about the vegetables in the fields. Just look at those tomatoes!) that the fence was leaning quite a bit toward the neighbor’s house — pushed that way by the weight of the tree.
The first thing Greg had to do was clamp off the back half of the fence and secure the back yard border.
By using those red and orange ties, he applied enough tension on the fence to be able to put new clamps on the chain link. Greg says it’s now tighter than a bull’s ass. I wouldn’t know.
After detaching the chain link, he pulled the top bar out from its posts —
— and hauled it out to the curb, as you saw in the lead photo.
After that, he rolled up the chain link —
— and put it out for collection.
He also removed 2 of the 3 posts, lying there on the ground with their cement still attached. The third appears to be stuck in the tree stump, which we’re going to have professionally removed in the next couple weeks.
(Yes, I’m sure you see the chipped wood at the bottom of the stump. Greg thought he might be able to remove it himself, but alas, his chain saw is too puny.)
And what, might you ask, was I doing during all this? Well, I was offering to help. But he declined. So instead, I opened our first bottle of rose of the summer, and when he was through — we toasted.