As the girls spent their week at the "G's" in Florida (G and Gdaddy- or Grammy and Granddaddy- or Rick and Betsy's) Todd and I had a few days of checking out restaurants, listening to music in NOLA, and watching "House of Cards" late nights here at the house.
So on Wednesday, it was decided that the rest of our "kidless" time would be spent repairing the back fence. Boards were loose and rotting, and it was a matter of time before Guinness truly used the state of things to his advantage and took a stroll out of the yard.
SO, Thursday the work began. The physical work anyway, as Todd sat with pen and paper for hours configuring what we needed, and we made a trip to Lowe's on Wednesday just to get an idea of the supplies there in conjunction with his list.
Thursday we headed to Lowe's and after at least two hours, left with a trailer full of wood, concrete mix, tools, etc. Thursday was all about post hole digging, which we soon found out only Todd could do in the unbelievably hard ground we had to dig in. Friday after the post hole digger broke and we headed back to Lowe's for some more wood, we installed some 2 x 4's and prepared for the long day Saturday.
Saturday was a 14 hour day.. breaks only for lunch and dinner and one beer break. :)
But around 10 o clock PM Saturday, we installed the last board.
Here are the before and after photos:
The fence behind the retaining wall was surrounded by years worth of organic material and was rotting.
These wood slats had seen better days, the gate wouldn't even open when we first moved in (who doesn't take a trip to explore their own woods???)
with awesome new big gate that can fit a canoe through it
Here are some day by day photos to show the progress. What a job!