Nov 22, 2020

The end of the story

We have gained close to three feet of yard.  As you can see that area is a mess of old landscape cloth and a mix of pea gravel and other stuff. The plan was to wait until spring but Colin wanted to fix it right now.

So even as Frank was finishing the fence on Wednesday, Colin started to lay fresh landscape cloth. This way nothing will grow up out of the ground.

He worked tirelessly. It was so cold that the best I could do was pop out onto the landing and take a few photos.

We had made arrangements for Oyama pink shale to be delivered  first thing Thursday morning.

We wanted 5 yards and ended up with 5.84 metric tonnes.

A lot of shovelling involved which neither of us were going to do. I went online Wednesday morning and found a handyman to come and fill the wheelbarrow and to move  the rock where we asked. And repeat and repeat.

All together we have 142 linear feet of new fencing. That bit to the left is a mini garden area for ‘things’. We will cover that with fresh Oyama pink shale as well.  Too windy to grow any flowers. We tried over and over and gave up. So I have put my Dad’s fossils there and a few other things there.

It was so cold that I never ventured out to get photos. Yes I am a wimp, while these two are out there working so hard. Tony, my handyman, did the hard part. Colin raked the stone where needed, added more landscape cloth and also shovelled shale as needed. All I had to do was open the door and say, more there or rake that area higher. So you can see we three all worked hard, I was the warmest though:)

We were out most of the day Friday. So yesterday was the first opportunity to take photos of the completed project.

The lawn ornament is covering the spike that comes out of the ground that our piece of art sits on in the summer. Knowing me, Colin decided to cover it  with this guy, so I did not trip.

A cool Saturday but what a wonderful blue sky. So we have an 8′ height from left to right.  Then we drop down for one section to 7′ and the last section ( in the shadow because we angled the fence at that point ) down to 6′.  As per our revised arrangement with the neighbours ( giving them 2.5 feet of our property ) we can move that last section up to 7′.  Even then they can see into our home. But every inch helps. We would love 8′ the last two sections but felt it only fair to give them more of a view from their home.  As per our agreement, they wanted more of a wide view and did not care about the height.

From inside the yard next to the shed ( which will be moved in the spring ) and the gate.

We like the look, 8′ high along the side and then down to 6’6″ in front plus the 3′ high, 8′ long mini fence, just to complete the project.

From the driveway going into our yard. Definitely a doxie proof gate.

From the front steps looking down the yard to the lake. Neat that you see both rain chains and the back steps.

The pink shale looked white. Likely from the crushing. Once washed by the rain and snow it will all look like the top four pieces. I love the colour, it looks so alive.

Many of you have expressed concern as to how close our fence is to the neighbours home. They only purchased in June and they always planned to build a new home in the large part of their lot.  Only recently they have decided to move this older house and place it in the wider part of their lot and have it renovated. So please don’t worry, this has all been done with their approval and all the official checks. Not our fault that the previous owners somehow managed to get more space towards our property. We were not living here then. Not only did we give the new owners the extra 2.5 feet lakeside, they also received an extra 4 inches the entire length of the fence. They are doing well because of this fence.


Stayed tuned for the next project.  Christmas may be involved 😉



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26 responses so far

26 Responses to “The end of the story”

  1. Jim and Barb says:

    The final product looks great, and the bonus is no maintenance! Does it get any better than that!?!?

  2. KenB says:

    Terrific job, very well planned and executed. My colours for sure. Love the shale. KenB

  3. Maxx Trails says:

    Thanks for sharing the finished pictures. The fence looks really nice and gives your yard a nice clean edge!

  4. Peter says:

    The finished result is impressive. Isn’t it nice to have a labour pool in the area where you can get help for a few hours. We have a similar organization here in the Cowichan Valley. They sent us a strong young man to help unload our moving container three years ago. Four hours minimum at $20.00 per hour…

    The fact that you’re “stuck” here for the winter is having some good outcomes for your northern casa!

    • contessa says:

      We actually paid Tony $40.00 per hour. I found him through Kijiji. Yes being stuck here for this winter is acceptable.

  5. Nicely done project.
    Especially like the Two Sayings for the day
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It’s about time.

  6. Jannose says:

    The finished project looks great!

  7. Rod Williams says:

    Looking good.

  8. Catheline says:

    Contessa and Colin,
    The two of you must be so excited with the finished project, it looks so clean and organized.
    You will notice a big difference when the warm weather comes and the bugs are not everywhere because their home is gone, the hedge.
    Can’t wait for the Christmas project!

    Love reading your blog,

    • contessa says:

      We are so very happy to have this done. Especially that all that is left is to mover the shed in the spring. The bugs were a big thing fo us as well. The neighbours hate spiders.

  9. Sally says:

    Very nice! I’m glad you got it all worked out.

  10. Janet Ashworth says:

    Looks amazing! Everyone did a great job, love the two tones. Well worth the expense.

  11. Cindy says:

    Looks great!

  12. Karen says:

    Wow what a huge difference! It looks so much nicer than the shrubs and I actually was a fan of shrubs until now. Finished product gives you so much clean privacy and certainly opens it up way more for you. Love it.

  13. Sharon says:

    Looks amazing! All fresh and new and more space. No more trimming! Enjoy!

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