Thursday, June 29, 2017

Gate bliss

Our new farm gate was completed this week, though the opener had a glitch and is being replaced. I love this gate so much I am happy to open and close it manually until the opener is working! From the inside, looking out.

Outside, looking in. My first chore today is to trim back the sycamore on the right side to expose the upper edge of the post. Our contractor and gate virtuoso beveled the edges and they are gorgeous!

 The gate is perfectly hung. You can push it open with one finger and it stops when you stop pushing. I am in love with it. We'll let the wood season until August and then the posts will get several coats of dark tung oil and the gate itself will be painted soft white to match the porch and I'll go over that with several coats of light tung oil to finish it off.

My reward for doing that work? A new mailbox and finally, the farm sign I've been trying to get made since we moved in 12 years ago. I finally found a way to do what I want, and we'll see how it turns out. Stay tuned.

This is a sample of what the entire perimeter fencing will look like come September. This little area is the only piece of our farm that wasn't secure so I'm very happy that now it is. No horses from down the lane galloping up to our barnyard fence, no worries if someone gets out of the grass paddock or barnyard and heads down the driveway.

When we do the fencing in September we will also be dog-proofing the new gate. I'm so happy to have this long-time farm dream come to fruition.


Matthew said...

I love watching all these improvements like the cat porch and tunnel, the new green metal barn roof and cupola, and the barn gate come into existence from your vision into actualized real improvements to November Hill. :)

billie said...

It's wonderful to get some of these things done - thank you for your support in the dream-making. :)

Grey Horse Matters said...

Love the new gate! I'm a fan of keeping the animals in and knowing they're secure. You've done lots of improvements lately and November Hill is looking wonderful.

billie said...

Thank you! How are things up your way? I hope you're enjoying your summer with the grandchildren and the horses and dogs. I'm coming to Ithaca July 31 - August 4th, and wondering how far it might be for son and I if we can manage a little day trip the 2nd or 3rd? I'm not positive it will work this trip since we have to get apartment set up, but be assured I'll be up again in early fall and we can aim for that visit if it works better.

Grey Horse Matters said...

My daughter and son-in-law returned from their anniversary trip last week and I brought the girls home. I forgot how much work younger girls can be with lots of energy. I needed two days to recoup!

If you decide to come by we would be happy to see you and your son. I think I'll send you an email with the address and you can figure out the mileage that way and see if you can make it. I don't want to put my address on the internet.

billie said...

Definitely email! Just broaching it here but wouldn't ask you to put details on the blog. :)

LOL - two days to recoup! I know I would need that too.