The Branches

I figured I might as well stick with the tree theme and finish it out.  We live on 71 acres and about a third of our place is wooded with most of those trees being along fence row.  They say, “Good fences make good neighbors,” but none of our neighbors care about the fences so they don’t care if they have dead trees with huge branches that fall on the fence and break the wire, which requires re-stretching the wire to repair it.  I always hate that part, fearing the wire will snap and recoil when it’s being stretched.

So we do the best we can to maintain the trees on our side of the fence.  A huge tornado blew through the Midwest earlier this past week very close to us, though we were only hit with high winds.  High winds are nature’s way of ridding trees of old rotten branches, and of course, the only place for them to go is down.

Today we walked the fence row to ‘see the damage’ because there is always a wire snapped somewhere.  As luck would have it, only one branch had fallen on the fence and it fell right-on-top-of-the-metal-fence-post and lodged there.  The fence post saved the wire from snapping.  What are the odds that a branch would fall and land in that  one and a half inch diameter spot?



  1. Thankfully, we have no trees near our fences. We have Brown Swiss who are incredibly curious and really don’t care if they walk through the fence! 🙂 So, electric fences it is! Of course, if they work, they are great, but that’s a whole different blog!

    Thanks for sharing with us today!


  2. Electric fences are easier to maintain! Thanks for responding. My husband and I got a chuckle out of the inquisitive Brown Swiss.


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