We bought a home in October 2014, which fits our criteria of having a place that we can add value to and make our own. Since moving in we have been planning and scheming with each other, friends and family on where to start and what to do. So far we’ve ripped out shrubs, planted hedging and trees, put in a vege patch, pulled down ugly net curtains and old blinds, attempted to kill pesky convolvulus (an impossible weed), met our neighbours… and now we have a fence.
Over the summer break, Tristan (along with our lovely brother-in-law, Timee, and Mauritian friend, Lionel) built us a much-needed fence out the front of our property. Previous to having a fence, we just had a small concrete wall and a few granny-ish shrubs out the front. No privacy whatsoever. I was so ridiculously excited to see the progress and to no longer be exposed to every car that drove past and person that walked by. (Oh, and it’s made such a difference to cutting down the road noise in our house.)
It feels like a big achievement on the renovation front, and was something we couldn’t wait to do when we moved into our very exposed home back in October. We are yet to remove the damaged concrete wall from in front of it, paint the fence, remove the old letterbox, put up in a new letterbox and plant along the roadside. But for now, we’re just happy to have it built.
This summer is our time to do as many things outside as we can, and it’s exciting to start getting some visual satisfaction from the things we’ve been doing. So much more to do, but we are enjoying every moment!
Ps. The poem – a little old man who had walked past the construction of the fence a couple of times came up to Tristan and handed him a poem that he’d written about what he’d seen. Heart melt!