Wednesday, June 27, 2007

I Have a Dream

I am so happy. I have been having so many problems with my neighbours. Maybe it's because I am a lady living by myself in today's world, but I have been having a horrible time with the people living on both sides of me saying that my property line is not just inches from where I think it is - but they were saying it is feet different than where I thought it should be. So I made the plunge with the grace of my father and went and got my property surveyed. The whole thing once and for all. And now I have bright orange pins in the ground on the edge of my property - one of which is basically in the driveway of one of my neighbours driveway my neighbour had clawed so much of my property over on to his.

But now there is no disputing who owns what, there will be no more digging away of my property (I hope) and I can finally put up a fence without anyone threatening to tear it down immediately.

What does a fence mean to me? It means my dogs will be safe. I can't tell you how much that means to me. That Daisy will finally be safe. That whenever she goes outside that she is not going to have some encounter with something that is going to get her killed. Up until now every time she has gone outside this house there was a chance that she would come upon a human or a dog or cat that she would have a negative encounter with, and simply because of the way she looks that encounter could have resulted in her death. And now this fence is going to keep her safe from that. I can't tell you what a monumental load off my shoulders that will be.

And also I feel like I will be safe inside the fence. I won't have any more negative encounters with my neighbours because I will be on my property, and the neighbours will be on their property and the fence is separating us, and I'll be able to do whatever I want. I'll be able to make a garden, mow the lawn, push rocks around, and I won't have to have any interaction at all - all because of the fence. It is going to be absolutely fantabulous.

I can't wait. With a good fence I'll be able to stay in this house forever. The red lines in the survey are lines that I've drawn in where I want the fence to go - I can't have the fence right on the property line in one part because there's a ditch that's been dug, and I'm not having it go back all 200 feet because someday there might be a subdivision built and I'll be able to sell the back lot and get a couple bucks. Neither next door neighbour owns their back lot - I have no idea who owns the back lot next to me.

Below are some pictures I took out at my Dad's cottage tonight. The dogs haven't gotten any less cute with some hot weather we've had the last couple days. They are very cute. The last picture is Charlie and Daisy when we were walking up in the woods behind my house tonight - they were panting pretty good, because it is pretty fan-damn hot in the city here right now.


  1. Anonymous11:21 AM

    Good fences make great neighbours - good for you Joan :P

  2. Anonymous3:23 PM

    Wow- that's cool Joan. I am living in the same situation. I live in a Duplex and my neighbours are dog- haters (big time!). I didn't know you could do a survey and from there get a more accurate fencing job done. Can you please tell me approx how much a survey costs and the fencing job? I'm sorry for being a snoop but I am tight but very interested in doing the same as you to get my neighbours off my back. Cheers, joe

  3. Hi Joe - it cost me almost $2,500 - but that's because there'd been no other survey's done around me - so they had to start all their research from scratch - I learned a survey can cost from $1,000 - $2,500 - but unfortunately I caught the upper end of the wave! haha! But to me it was worth every cent for the peace of mind it's given me.

  4. Anonymous4:55 PM

    Hi Joan- thanks for the update. And whoa- that's a lot more $$ than I thought. But my dogs are worth it. Thanks!! joe

  5. Wow, that WAS expensive Joan, but I agree - so worth it for you! Now there can be no dispute with your neighbours over the fence line. When are you planning on fencing?