Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Don't Fence Me In

When I think of "fence" four board horse fencing immediately comes to mind.  Call it "farm mania" if you will.  You have to have the money to install it, then you have to paint it, mow around it, weed wack under it and wire it if you have an animal that likes to chew on it.  Well, you get the picture.  It looks good, that we know. It does a great job of keeping most animals in and some out.   I never thought of being sentimental around the word "fence" or thinking about it beyond its utonian purpose.  But "fence" has a much more existential meaning if you start to think about it.

"Don't Fence Me In" is a motto that a friend of mine, a writer, adopted to remind herself to take risks, to do things out of the ordinary and to help her keep her creativity burning and to become aware of the fences that other people build that have a sometimes untended influence on you.

Don't Fence Me In is in fact an old cowboy song that many famous artists have adopted over the years. Harry Connick Jr. does it quite well.

All right, enough philosophy for one day!  I happen to love fencing.  All kinds.

One of the first things we did on our farm in Virginia was to replace the old wire fences that had housed cows.  We replaced ours mostly with four-board.

I love and appreciate all kinds of fencing:

(My Design Chic.com)

(My Design Chic.com)

(Hooked on Houses)

Even stone ones:


Hope you aren't feeling "fenced in" today!  Enjoy!


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