Friday, 9 June 2017

Nothing Political

I have been a bit distracted over the last couple of days.  Paul gets bored easily so I’ve been sorting out his latest project – fencing off the courtyard and installing some driveway gates.  We have come up with numerous solutions and designs and have finally made a decision.  This morning we trundled off with our trailer and bought numerous wooden stakes, wire mesh and a pair of metal gates.  Paul is currently slightly stressed about how he is going to put the gates up; they are quite big.

This afternoon we are trundling off again to collect several bags of concrete mix and the component parts for a pair of substantial pillars.  Such fun!




14 comments:

  1. You need Philippe's help with this project perhaps. Farmers around here often have post-hole diggers that make fencing much easier (and deep gate-post holes). I love the look of the gates. We are in for thunder storms this afternoon.

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    1. He's taking a keen interest. I think Paul is planning to dig the holes for the fence posts as the ground is so rocky.

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    2. You need to go deep and get that quick set concrete, its worth the extra money.

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  2. Beautiful gate.You never rest:)

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  3. If you're going to hang the gates on wooden pillars, they'll need to be quite hefty (15 by 15 min; preferable 20 by 20), and set very deep into plenty of concrete. If there's the slightest bit of movement, they wont close. I installed a similar (single) one here, but built it into block walls either side.

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    1. We're going to build solid concrete block pillars either side. Wooden pillars wouldn't be stable enough. Paul is cursing me for choosing big gates!

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  4. Lovely gate. Our last house had a gate, the association here won't allow it or we'd fence and gate the place.

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    1. The gates are quite traditional looking. We would have loved old, antique gates but our budget won't stretch that far.

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  5. Aren't there any French peasants around to put up the gates? You won't need to pay them much - just a handful of centimes and a baguette. It will save a lot of stress.

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  6. Love the gates, they will look stunning when they are erected and framed by two pillars.
    If they are your main entrance, who will get out of the car each time to open them?

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    1. Hmm, that will be me I guess.

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