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Monday, October 17, 2011

Every thing changes..............

in today's world.........it just makes sense.................
 That does not mean I like it any better............
especially when it comes to the things I have always loved.............like long country roads.......embellished with barbed wire fences.  These fences have stated their claim over a course of many years..........the posts cut from fallen trees.  Each post holds it's own unique character.

Tumbleweeds find their journey's end up against an old barbed wire fence.

Just recently, I was told that it costs $10,000 a mile to make a barbed wire fence...........

the old posts being exchanged for the metal T posts and losing all of it's character with each long Texas mile.  For now, this small stretch of fence still stands firm, it's posts as strong as when they once grew as a tree.  I hope it stays that way.
What about you? What kinds of fences do you have in your area?
Has new day and more convenient replaced the old worn out charm?
I would love to hear.

16 comments:

Mitzi said...

You got me thinking about fences. I don't think we have many fences here except for the fences to keep the horses in. Maybe cattle too, now that I think about it. Mostly the fences are metal posts. Alot of them(for horses) have what looks to be like white plastic connecting to the posts. Our area has a lot of horses. A beautiful picture when we are out riding around.

LindaSueBuhl said...

gotta say - those metal t posts are WAY easier to work with than wooden posts - may not have character but reasonably priced and hold up the wire. We have a little "old" fence on our property - it is charming but with each repair we realize - nothing earthly lasts forever.

Vickie said...

Hi Kathleen - fences, hmmm...

Well, there are lots of barbed wire fencing with t-posts, but we still have alot with cedar posts. In fact we have some cedar post fencing on our place. Alot of them need to be replaced cuz they're rotting, but they've been there no telling how long. We did have a pipe fence with locking gates put up around the house after the break-in we had 3 years ago. I think my hubby is going to slowly replace our field fencing with cedar posts. We like the old look of it. More natural. But it IS costly - may have to re-think that when we actually come to doing it!

Michaele said...

I love the character of the old wooden fences too, but not the upkeep. Always two sides to a coin. Nice photos there.

lil red hen said...

When we build new fences we use t-posts. We rent a place that still has the old wooden posts, which are gradually going down; the same place also has so many briars, honeysuckle vines, and privet bushes in the fence row, that they almost become the fence. That makes it very hard to fix a wire fence.

Cora from Hidden Riches said...

Loved your post today. . . and the pictures!!! When I lived in Virginia, I loved the old fences with the morning glories blooming or wild roses bright red and pink. But you are right -- the metal ones seem to be taking over. And here in Florida, all I see is chain link or miles of metal posts and cattle fencing. I love the wooden fences that are pained white or left natural.

grammy said...

great thoughts (o:
We have fences like that just out of town...
and all the city ones you can imagine in town...

Daisy said...

Neat pictures, Kathleen! Most of the fences I see are privacy types of fencing around people's back yards here in town. :)

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Honestly, Kathleen there are not many fences in our neighborhood, but years ago we had a short white picket fence and growing up my folks had a split rain fence - both gone now.

papel1 said...

Well tumbleweeds are fun to watch roll but you don't want to catch them under your truck or trailer. Thanks for stopping by my blog today. A steelhead is a rainbow trout that goes out in the ocean and then swims up the river to spawn.
Judy

Suma Subramaniam said...

Old is precious. Thank you for sharing the pictures of a stable life. The fences in my neighborhood have been replaced with trees or metal wire fences or picket fences.

nancy huggins said...

I Love old Logs from fallen down trees and there is a ton of them in the woods behind us .. we plan to go haul some up to the house and then Billy will try and make me a rail fence out in front with the logs...Should be interesting since we have never tried this before. Maybe I was just born in the wrong Centry :)

Paula said...

I love your pictures, Kathleen... it's hard to imagine it costs that much to build a barbed wire fence, but then, everything seems so expensive now it wouldn't surprise me!

peggy said...

In the city, it is full of the ugliest fences of wood and plastic and chain link. In my garden I make fences of tree limbs so I have something that looks like country.

I hope you gals will rescue some of the old barbed wire and make some wreaths with it. Kinda snip off the very tips tho. Wouldn't that be lovely.

Terry and Linda said...

Tumble weeds rolling mean wind...and bitter cold. Not yet, I plead.

Linda
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Bev C said...

Hello Kathleen,

These are great photo's. I loved the one with the electricity pylons in the background, a great contrast with the old and the new.
Happy days.
Bev.xoxo