Why we need fences in the middle of nowhere
(From September 2020)
We are putting up fences. They are five feet tall. We moved into the vast desert, a landscape that sprawls for miles, two months ago to live in an small off-grid strawbale home. But we are fencing off our little corner, our quarter acre, which is a nice size and yet so small compared to the scenery that surrounds us.
Our fence will hurt our views. To the east, the fence will be wires so we can look through to the Sangre de Cristo mountains and glittering town lights. But to the south and the west, the fence will be metal sheeting framed in wood to block the winds that often blow in from this angle, blasting dirt and picking up anything that isn't unfastened along the way.
From the start, we knew a fence would be necessary. We have a dog. We wanted to protect her. So far the other dogs that wander into our yard have been sweet enough, but they make our nervous dog more nervous. Unfortunately, our dog also enjoys wandering next door and pooping in our neighbor's yard…
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