As my husband and I are now settled into our farmette for the ‘duration’ I find myself wanting the simple pleasures…like privacy.  With a new neighborhood bordering our 5-acre pasture this has been a challenge. I put up a 6-foot privacy fence and that did nothing. In fact, it was a nightmare.

The 6 neighboring houses all have back yards that are typical of single family homes. There is also the noise factor. Most of my neighbors are great, but their presence is really imposing. The following picture is MY VIEW.

Susan Moore, TSM


NOW...see my neighbor's views...Kim, Colleen, and Nina have shared some of their pix:

This week I ordered 12 trees to grow into ‘Phase One’ of a hedge.  The Admiral Junipers grow to 20 feet tall and 10 feet wide. They will be planted by professionals half way between the neighbors and us in the middle of the pasture.  I won’t miss the rocks and weeds there now and with a watering system necessary for the trees, grass may actually be a possibility as well.

This is ‘Phase One’ because I’d saved up the money for the start to this project which I hope will enhance my favorite time...outside with my horses…for many years to come.

My parent grew up in the great depression and that has such influence on me still today.  My dad could fix anything and always drove an ancient pickup that ran like a top. He never had a car payment. He built our house from lumber that grew on our farm. He never had a house payment. I learned early that if you didn’t have the money to pay for it, you didn’t buy it.

We never wasted anything nor did we want for anything.  Both of my parents have passed away, though their preference for the just the basics is strong in my life every day.  Marvin and Ethel would approve the trees, I’m sure.