I realized that I haven’t even shown off the new defensive perimeter upgrade for Castle Frostbite yet:
The backyard of the Castle is now ringed by two hundred feet of 5′ chain-link fence, with three gates of various sizes strategically placed along the perimeter. Our friend Mark donated most of the hardware–he took down his own fence a little while ago and had no further use for it. We had to buy a few extra fence posts and some hardware, but most of that fence used to be around Mark’s property seventy miles south of here.
It’s not the prettiest of fences–chain-link fences don’t ever win any prizes for beauty–but it keeps the kids and dogs safe, and it keeps most critters out. The posts have been sunk into pre-drilled holes in the granite and then cemented in, so they won’t be going anywhere. We’re planning on planting some creeping vine type plants all along the length of the fence as a sight barrier.