Finishing a Fence

Our fence has been an on-going project for a few weeks and is finished at last  . . . .for the time being anyway. The Eastern side of our fence is going to be moved out another 25 feet or so in the coming weeks but for now we are enjoying the completed one.

A fence is really a “Westerner” thing. Here in Africa, things are more fluid and more communal. Just because a tree is on your land, doesn’t mean that you are the only one that is allowed to pick the fruit from it. Anyone can walk up to the tree and take what fruit they want because culturally it’s communal. That goes for anything growing. All those hours spent planting, weeding and watering for those tomatoes- they are free for the picking if not fenced in.

So for the sake of not loosing our minds, privacy and produce we wanted a fence. A fence also allows us to have chickens, eventually add a dog to our homestead and a cat, and it will also be a safe place for the kids to play without having to be supervised the whole time. It’s very much a Western-culture thing but we are not Congolese. Bringing multiple cultures together is just that; taking pieces of each culture and integrating them into a mesh of both. The fence is just one piece of our American culture that we are incorporating.

The fence brings peace, security, happiness, and privacy. Our little Oasis. My husband Dave was able to finish the gates this last Thursday so since then, it’s been complete. So here are photos of the fence from start to current* finish. More pics to come once it does get moved out though, no worries.

The posts in their holes
The posts in their holes
The posts after being secured in their holes are cut to the right height
The posts after being secured in their holes are cut to the right height
Long horizontal bamboo runners are added to the posts
Long horizontal bamboo runners are added to the posts
A closer image of what the inside of the fence looks like. The horizontal bamboo rails are nailed to the posts and the vertical bamboo is tied on using very thing strips of tire rubber (it's surprisingly strong and doesn't look bad either).
A closer image of what the inside of the fence looks like. The horizontal bamboo rails are nailed to the posts and the vertical bamboo is tied on using very thing strips of tire rubber (it’s surprisingly strong and doesn’t look bad either).
The vertical bamboo starts going up, which really make it a privacy fence that will keep animals and kids in.
The vertical bamboo starts going up, which really make it a privacy fence that will keep animals and kids in.
Working on the Eastern side of the Fence
Working on the Eastern side of the Fence
Finishing the Northeast corner, leaving room for the gate
Finishing the Northeast corner, leaving room for the gate
The Northeast corner finished, minus the gate
The Northeast corner finished, minus the gate
The new fence on the West side had to be set back from the old one so it was on the actual property line
The new fence on the West side had to be set back from the old one so it was on the actual property line
Finishing the last side of the fence on the West
Finishing the last side of the fence on the West
Complete minus the gates
Complete minus the gates
Measuring boards for the gate frames
Measuring boards for the gate frames
The gate frame being screwed into place
The gate frame being screwed into place
Bamboo is screwed to the gate frames to match the rest of the fence.
Bamboo is screwed to the gate frames to match the rest of the fence.
The last of the bamboo is screwed on, now to put on the latch
The last of the bamboo is screwed on, now to put on the latch
Screwing the latch on
Screwing the latch on
The completed gate
The completed gate

So now that our fence is complete, at least for the moment, we have let the two chickens we currently have run free around the yard and they are loving it. It also makes it possible to begin working on the other projects we have been wanting to get started, but that’s in an upcoming post.

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