No, we're not going pluck it out, but we are going to block out what offends us...
So much for escaping to the country. Enjoying the quiet and lebensraum (definition: space required for life, growth or activity) away from the invasion of privacy and hustle and bustle of city life.
Our neighbour, who has a smallholding which is one and a half times the size of ours, has, for some arbitrary reason, chosen to build his haphazard "house" almost on the border of our two properties. Not only did he build his "dwelling" with absolutely no plans, foundation nor building inspections, but without any aesthetic consideration - for anyone, it would appear.
|The position of the two houses on their|
We have tried, unsuccessfully, in a number of ways, to express our feelings in the politest and most "gentlemanly" ways possible via a friendly conversation or two (over the fence LOL)...
...so to 'block out' the "dwelling" and mess...
...we have planted a double row of Eugenia trees (which are taking far too long to grow to a decent height) and...
|Yellowwoods planted to give some future privacy|
They will all be our long term solution.
But... RMan has been busy again...
To finally resolve the problem in the short term, we ordered, and purchased, 1000 thin Black Wattle tree poles - 3.0 mtrs high. By the time the wattle poles have degraded, the trees / bushes should be well enough established to take over the privacy solution.
No, it is not a cheap exercise, but it was the more cost effective of all those that we contemplated.
The poles were cleaned of side branches and stripped of bark...
|Black wattle saplings stripped of side branches|
... and they are proving ideal as a screen in that corner of our property.
|There will be 23 sections in all - two more will|
be added to the right hand side
The screen is not completely solid - there are enough spaces between the poles to allow strong winds through...
|The screen after the first day of work|
... and it is certainly effective as a visual / privacy barrier.
Hopefully, they, and the future trees, will also help mute the clatter of the noisy blades of old windmill he has just erected and the noise of both the 5.5Kw petrol and the 30KvA diesel generators that he has decided he cannot do without. So much for going of grid...?!?!?!
A pity that our neighbourly relationship has had to sour to this extent. But it is not pleasant to have the watchful eyes of our neighbour, his (new) wife and his two current live-in workers (he arbitrarily changes them for complete strangers every 2 - 3 months) apparently constantly trained our way - we are aware of this because when we go outside we are inevitably called to the barbed wire fence for some reason or the other. I also have a penchant for, and thoroughly enjoy, wandering outside in my gown (a flimsy one in summer LOL) to drink my first cup of rooibos tea in the early morning to hand water those plants which need it. Not so pleasant with an audience.
Thank goodness for the trailer that RMan
purchased a couple of years ago - it's been
put to more uses than we conceived of at the
On the plus side, we now have a bit more privacy - hopefully, a bit of a sound barrier, an effective wind break, and, lastly, we have also provided employment to the locals who cut down the alien Black Wattles, and who earned some well deserved income in the process.