You know you want more fencing pics…. a few more recent highlights from D to C and C to B!
Arrive at D, turn the corner and we are heading for C. Now we have to practice our downhill fencing skills.
And below the Hornbydale entry in the all Zimbabwe Adventure Fencing Competition 2015.
It has really arrived! The day we start putting up the 2.1m mesh fence supplied by Fence Secure of Msasa Harare and made in Zimbabwe (also termed Veld Fence or Bonox Fence).
I will post under the alphabetical boundary sections. We are starting from point E (close to the house) and heading off to D about 250m away to the east.
I’m sure there is a technical name for this device – ‘fence grabber’ will do for now!
To pull the fence tight requires the use of a fence puller. The puller is tied on to the grabber (which is temporarily screwed down onto the fence) and then itself wraps around the straining pole (right of picture below). The straining pole has extra (barbed) wire tied down to a large stone(s) buried in the ground. You can just see the barbed wire below top right.
As we learnt the hard way – the chain must not be twisted or else, sooner or later, the puller cannot grab any more links as they are twisted out of alignment compared to the jaws.
The whole lot is tightened using the jaws, one by one, to grab and slide over successive chain links. There is a lever coming off to left below which provides the manual driving force.
And if you must be tarred and feathered at least don’t do it to yourself ‘Hamletta’!
And, finally, more of our home made poles ready to continue the fencing journey.
In clearing the fireguard area more completely this year we have been able to tackle a large area of Wattle trees and make our own fencing poles and droppers (narrower supporting poles).
The Wattle is a highly invasive foreign species i.e. a weed in Zimbabwe that is out of control. Seeds can stay dormant for 50-70 years so its not going away anytime soon. Based on the clearing of the fireguard last year I can see new saplings (from previous roots) growing to 2.5m high in a single year! That is no joke when it comes to trying to control the spread and growth of this tree.
Below right you can see the already de-barked poles left to dry in the sun.
OK lets end with a true local botanical – at least in the foreground (wattle and pine in the background of both pictures below – you see the challenge!)