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Gardening in America

by Nancy Fletcher

    After thirty years I'm gifted with not having to look over the back fence to whatever project the neighbors have involved themselves and they don't have to see our doings, either.  It is wonderful. A board fence solves a lot of gripes:   Of all these pictures ours is the very plain board fence but I can't tell you how wonderful it makes me feel.

     I was reading in the Woman's Day magazine that one way of getting chores done is to do them bit by bit. For instance, instead of cleaning the whole refrigerator at once when she didn't have the time, the shelf that needed it the worse was simply wiped out. This is how I have operated the homestead for years. Wherever I'm standing is where the cleaning is done for whatever needs it.  Eventually, everything gets done.

    It took Rodney and my son-in-law approximately two hours to put this fence up. That is with pouring the cement for around the the posts and all. Two hours compared to wishing for the fence for thirty years is quite a sobering thought.  The bull with his ugly horns and the electric fence the neighbors were using was the catalyst to cause the fence to finally go up. I have seen those electric fences nearly kill a baby goat. My daughter pulled the animal off and it knocked her down, too. Imagine what they might do to a human child.

    Onward and forward with the saga of  suing for peace on an acreage between the town's city limits and the rancher's prairie domain.
The wind came up in an angry rush at sixty miles an hour but evidently the cement had already hardened enough so that the fence did not move, so all's well that ends well.

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