The longer I live in Oregon, the more I’m aware of some of the preconceived notions there are about Oregonians.
Like, for example…
We all wear clothes made out of hemp.
We hug trees.
We offer a dark and moody ambience for filming a little movie called Twilight.
Oh wait…that one is true!
The other preconceived notion is that we must all live in the middle of a forest and that those trees we hug are abounding in every neighborhood.We realized just how untrue this was when we began searching for a “new” home 4 years ago and noticed that builders were leveling the beautiful trees to try and squeeze as many houses as possible into the newly developed areas. We were very drawn to our current neighborhood in particular, because it had been built over time, the houses weren’t brand new, there was space between them, and there were established TREES!!
In our backyard for example, we found these huge arborvitae trees lining the fence (in our neighbors yard) on one side,
these giant cedar trees along the back fence,
Apparently they just forgot about this side.
When we first saw it, it was completely taken over by blackberry bushes and other assorted weeds, so much so that you couldn’t even see that there was a fence there.
So, in an effort to keep our children from plummeting down the hill every time they played outside AND to get some privacy along this side of the yard, we decided to put in a retaining wall and backfill the area. This photo was taken in 2010 when my little guy was little-r. Sigh…
We put our daughter to work shoveling dirt.
She was only 3 at the time, but we believe in starting them young.
Builds character, right?
This is what it looked like once the wall was built and with a row of red-tip photinia along the fence and small arborvitae along the house.
And here is how it looks today…or more accurately, a few days ago when this photo was actually taken.
I love this little nook back here. It may or may not be because the kids forget about this part of the yard and I can hide out from them when they are getting on my last nerve I’m needing a little “space”.Oh, and because it’s pretty too, of course!
BUT, as much as we love knowing that soon we will have full privacy on all 3 sides of our backyard, that red-tip photinia will need a couple of more years before it has enough height to give us privacy while we are sitting on our deck.I was looking at Carmel’s deck, from Our Fifth House, one day and I knew I had found the solution.
We decided to go for some deck privacy of the “instant” variety by adding this framed wood lattice!
“We”, meaning my husband, first screwed through the bottom of the frame into the deck railing.
I held it while he did that which was really hard and almost made me break into a sweat!
He then, with me still overseeing mind you, attached these support braces to the back so it wouldn’t blow off with the first gust of wind that came through.
We put pots of jasmine on either end and have loved watching them wind their way around the lattice. When I open up my kitchen window, their heavenly scent comes wafting through.
And using an S hook, I hung a lantern on each end with battery powered candles in them.
It makes us feel so cozy out here now and gives the deck some extra character.
And speaking of characters…
If you decide to do something like this on your own deck, may I recommend not doing it while your lovely neighbors on that side of your house are sitting out on their patio having lunch?
You may end up bringing the lattice and your tools up onto the deck with your son trailing behind ready to “help”.
And then you may end up going back inside for a minute.
And then your lovely neighbors might start talking to your son.
And then they may ask “What are you doing up there?”
And he may just reply, “Oh, we’re just gettin’ some privacy!”
And then you won’t be able to look your lovely neighbors directly in the eye for the next 2 or 20 weeks.
Thanks so much for joining me at the Fence today!