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July 6, 2015 / diannegray

Building fences

Because our dog Casey thinks she’s half kangaroo we’ve had to build a higher fence around the RUC. It’s not that she wants to escape (I’m sure she could do that in an instant) it’s just that sometimes creatures run by and she wants to chase and play with them (bandicoots, wild cats, pigs). She just can’t help herself.  This concerns me because there is a danger she may inadvertently knock over my mother or father-in-law in her excited state (and they’re not very steady on their feet).

Hence the fence:


It’s very straight (that’s probably important when it comes to fences)


We didn’t have enough wood so we inserted some of the iron that was left over after we put on the new roof.
I think it looks kind of trendy.

My daughter has also been putting up fences around her house because she has just welcomed a new pack family member.

He’s huge.

He’s ferocious.

His name is Boris.

Here he is with my daughter, Chrissy (from Little Food Blog).

Chrissy & Boris2


Boris is a Toy Cavoodle. He Skyped us the day he arrived at his new home with my daughter and her hubby. He wasn’t very talkative, but I’m sure he’ll be yapping at us through the screen soon.

He’ll love going on our daily dog walk (in my back pack) when he comes to visit.

I don’t have a picture of Boris’ fence because it’s not as HUGE as the one I had to build.

Welcome to the pack family , Boris!




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  1. Theo Fenraven / Jul 6 2015 7:04 am

    Boris is cute. 🙂 How big will he get?

    As for the fence, it’s a shame you had to put it up, but protecting your fur babies is important. I like the metal too.


    • diannegray / Jul 6 2015 7:15 am

      Boris is very cute indeed 🙂 He may grow to a foot (or two). I’m sure when he comes to visit he’ll need to be carried around the dog walk so we don’t lose him in the rainforest 😉

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  2. Amy Reese / Jul 6 2015 7:06 am

    That fence is quite hip! It works. I like it, and it looks especially strong. Half kangaroo, huh? I’m sure my cat is half-kangaroo or at least half bunny, but he’s not breaking any fences and we don’t have any wild creatures running around. It all sounds so exotic where you are, Dianne! Your daughter is absolutely gorgeous. I’m sure little Boris will have fun riding around in your backpack.


    • diannegray / Jul 6 2015 7:20 am

      I think the fence is very cool as well, Amy. My father-in-law wasn’t so sure about it because in the old days you could tell if people were poor because their fences weren’t made of all wood (they’d throw old iron in here and there). We had to convince him that it’s trendy now. I’m still not sure if he’s come around to our way of thinking yet! 😉
      Thank you for the lovely compliment about my daughter – she’s a darling 😀 and yes – little Boris will love his walks in the backpack!

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  3. Pagadan / Jul 6 2015 7:13 am

    I like your fence–and it reminds me of the fence I created in Velvet of Swords…


    • diannegray / Jul 6 2015 7:23 am

      Thank you, Joy, and Velvet of Swords sounds very intriguing! 🙂


  4. JackieP / Jul 6 2015 7:19 am

    Very trendy fence indeed. Boris is a cutie pie! Lets hope when he visits he stays in your backpack, or one of those bird eating spiders might grab him! 😉


    • diannegray / Jul 6 2015 7:26 am

      Argh! Now that would be a disaster, Jackie! Then there are the hawks and the snakes and the… (I don’t think she’ll be keen on him going on the big farm the dog walk) 😀


      • JackieP / Jul 6 2015 8:57 am

        Um, no, don’t think she would be too keen on that. 😉

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  5. 1EarthUnited / Jul 6 2015 7:20 am

    I like your fence, very nice use of materials. Boris is adorable!


    • diannegray / Jul 6 2015 2:25 pm

      Thank you so much 😀 Boris will be reading this so he’ll be chuffed! 😀


  6. Carrie Rubin / Jul 6 2015 8:00 am

    Your fence does indeed look trendy! By the way, I told my family about your snake story (and how he seems to want to roam around in your ceiling…) I got creeped out even talking about it, but needless to say my teen sons thought it was very cool. Not sure they’d say that if they found it in their own bathroom though. Talk is cheap, but their reactions would probably speak volumes. 😉


    • diannegray / Jul 6 2015 8:08 am

      I’m sure the boys would think it was fantastic knowing there was a snake in the ceiling (particularly if it scared the life out of their mom!) I heard some heavy tapping in the ceiling last night and knew it had caught a fairly big rat. I slept well knowing that it was full (LOL) 😉


  7. Lily Lau / Jul 6 2015 8:03 am

    Chrissy, Boris and your fence are three cuties! 😉


  8. Daydreams / Jul 6 2015 8:38 am

    Aww! What a little sweetie! & Your daughter is beautiful. Hope you & your family are having a nice weekend. 🙂


  9. Bonnie / Jul 6 2015 9:49 am

    Boris is beyond adorable – thank you for introducing him to us! Your fence is impressive and Iove seeing all the progress on your home!


    • diannegray / Jul 6 2015 10:28 am

      Awww, thank you so much, Bonnie. Boris has quickly become a sensation in the family. One day soon I hope to give him a real cuddle instead of Skyping 😀


  10. EllaDee / Jul 6 2015 9:52 am

    That a very stylish, and high fence 🙂 Lovely daughter and puppy photo. I bet Boris will love visits to the farm… just like all grand-fur-babies 🙂


    • diannegray / Jul 6 2015 10:30 am

      I’m glad you like the fence, my father-in-law thought it made us look poor because it had corrugated iron in it (an old idea when people didn’t have enough money to buy wood) lol. We told him it’s all the trend now 😉

      I love grand-fur-babies! What a great name for them 😀


  11. Sharon Bonin-Pratt / Jul 6 2015 10:10 am

    The fence makes a fantastic case for re-purposing. Like the application and love the look. As for Chrissy – beauty made even more so with that gorgeous smile. And Boris? Want the long list or the short? Adorable, cutie pattootie, cuddly, cute as a button, sweetness personified, love bug, huggable, smooch pack, just plain awwwwwww……<3

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    • diannegray / Jul 6 2015 10:31 am

      Haaaaa! I love all your names for Boris, Sharon! He is all of the above! 😉


  12. pommepal / Jul 6 2015 10:52 am

    Awww so cute and Boris is too…. Love the use of the left over iron for the fence Dianne it certainly gives it pizzazz. We house sat with a cavoodle, they have a lovely character


    • diannegray / Jul 6 2015 2:19 pm

      I just took another look at that post, Pauline. That cavoodle is gorgeous! 😀

      I thought you might like the fence 😉


      • pommepal / Jul 7 2015 10:52 am

        I agree the fence is very trendy. I have seen feature walls in corrugated iron on some of the new houses around here…


    • Chrissy / Jul 7 2015 12:24 pm

      Hi Pauline! Thunder, awwww. What a dude. He’s very cute. Boris is settling in nicely 🙂 had his first trip to the vet today and was very brave when he got his vaccination. Proud parent moment!

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  13. jmgoyder / Jul 6 2015 11:30 am

    Innovative! Love the photo of Boris and your beautiful daughter.


    • diannegray / Jul 6 2015 2:20 pm

      Hello, Julie! It’s great to see you here 😀 I’m so glad you like the photo 😉

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  14. avwalters / Jul 6 2015 12:17 pm

    Great fence. Always nice when you can get a great result, using what’s already available.


  15. anotherday2paradise / Jul 6 2015 9:03 pm

    What a lovely photo of your gorgeous daughter and sweet little Boris. “Hence the fence” is such a lovely phrase. 😀 I think you did a great job. It looks quite artistic. xx


    • diannegray / Jul 7 2015 8:20 am

      Thank you, Sylvia. I had some friends drop in and they told me they had recently paid for a fence to be built and the tradesmen had done an appalling job. They said next time they want a fence we can build it! lol I don’t think I’d do it again but it’s nice to know the work looks good, and it’s straight and strong (their’s wasn’t straight which is why I made the comment in the post) 😀

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  16. Gallivanta / Jul 6 2015 9:20 pm

    Your fence is great and, most importantly, straight. Hope Casey doesn’t now start to think she is half rabbit, and therefore very good at digging under fences. 😉 Boris is gorgeous, as is your daughter.


    • diannegray / Jul 7 2015 8:24 am

      I love the ‘straight’ comment because we had some friends who just paid a lot of money to have a fence built and it wasn’t straight. They were astounded when they saw ours and wished we’d built their fence – lol 😉
      Casey will dig, but I’ve put cement under both sides of the fence (you’ve got to think ahead when predicting what our furry friends will do). Also makes mowing a lot easier 😀

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      • Gallivanta / Jul 7 2015 8:51 am

        The straight comment came, of course, from one who doesn’t have a straight fence, thanks to the earthquakes. And as all the builders are too busy building houses, I expect to have a crooked fence for a long while yet. Hey, but there’s a thought ~ you could come over and straighten my fence and have a holiday, too. 😀


      • diannegray / Jul 7 2015 9:33 am

        YAY! That would be cool 😀

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  17. Amy / Jul 6 2015 10:03 pm

    Beautiful photo of you daughter and the dog! Adorable Boris 🙂


    • diannegray / Jul 7 2015 8:25 am

      Thank you, Amy. She’s an absolute darling and I’m so glad Boris has come into her life 😀

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  18. nrhatch / Jul 7 2015 1:21 am

    Thanks for a fun share, Diane ~ your fence looks cool. 😎


    • diannegray / Jul 7 2015 8:26 am

      It is very cool, Nancy. Now I just need to create a gate lol 😉


  19. Billy Ray Chitwood / Jul 7 2015 1:48 am

    Poor Casey! Oh, well, he still has his walks… Wow! Chrissy is beautiful as is Boris! Naturally so, of course… No, you and Dad couldn’t be proud!!! 🙂 Great pics. Also, great book trailers. xox ♥♥♥


    • diannegray / Jul 7 2015 8:29 am

      Did you have a browse through the book trailers, Billy Ray? YAY! I’m so glad 😀

      We’ve always had a fence for the dogs so Casey is used to it (the big dog walk in the afternoon makes up for the boredom during the day). This fence is just much higher 😉
      Chrissy absolutely loves her new little Boris – he’s such a cutie! 😀

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      • billyraychitwood1 / Jul 8 2015 12:24 am

        Your book trailers are well done… I’ve had problems with my eyes and can’t read for long stretches — also trying to finish “Stranger Abduction.” I’ve read some of your excellent work and want you to know all of your books will be in my library. All good things for you and your wonderful family – that includes, of course, Casey, and Boris! 🙂 ♥♥♥


      • diannegray / Jul 8 2015 7:44 am

        Thank you so much, my friend xxxx


  20. char / Jul 7 2015 7:39 am

    I like the look of your fence. Very eclectic. And Boris looks like a cute stuffed animal. I could fall in love with him pretty easy.


    • diannegray / Jul 7 2015 8:31 am

      She sent me a pic yesterday with him asleep on her lap with his paws in the air. He’s SO cute! You’d think he was a fluffy toy 😉
      I’m so glad you like the fence. They’re not as easy to build as they look 😀


      • char / Jul 8 2015 1:43 am

        Adorable! And I didn’t think the fence looked easy at all, but it was definitely creative. You’re living the life!

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  21. Chrissy / Jul 7 2015 12:27 pm

    Thanks everyone! Boris is settling in very nicely. He doesn’t need quite such a big fence as your dogs mum, but he’s learning to jump up and try to get onto the couch. Still can’t quite make it so he tires himself out. haha He was very brave getting his vaccination at the vet today and even let her clip his little nails. I am totally smitten with this little furry guy!


    • diannegray / Jul 8 2015 7:35 am

      Awwww. He’s such a good boy. Liking the vet is an important part of a dog (and owners life!). I can’t wait to give him a ‘real life’ cuddle! 😀


  22. Helena / Jul 7 2015 5:00 pm

    Love the fence Di – I think the metal looks great. Boris is so cute that he gives me rage. Xox


    • diannegray / Jul 8 2015 7:39 am

      It’s so good to see you here, Helena! I hope you’re not freezing. I don’t know how I would cope now going from Cairns to Canberra in winter (let alone Jakarta!). brrrrrrr. 😉 When we took JD to Canberra when he was little he kept saying ‘there’s something wrong with me. I keep shaking.’ I said, ‘you’re just cold’ LOL!


  23. A-Ku / Jul 7 2015 8:25 pm

    Hahah! That’s actually a VERY cool looking fence, the striped look makes it so much more interesting than the cliches white-picket-fence.
    Also, Boris is deadly cute! 😀


    • diannegray / Jul 8 2015 7:40 am

      I’m so glad you like the fence – I think it’s pretty trendy 😀 Yes – Boris is something else and such a cutey! 😀


  24. mrscarmichael / Jul 7 2015 10:40 pm

    Boris is a stunner! We now have a cockatoo (Lyle). You daughter is in for lots of naughty and loads of loving 🙂


    • diannegray / Jul 8 2015 7:42 am

      So lovely to see you here, Mrs C! Lyle is a great name for a cockatoo 😀


      • mrscarmichael / Jul 9 2015 12:21 am

        Of course I don’t mean cockatoo I mean cockapoo – hahahahha #bloodyautocorrect


      • diannegray / Jul 9 2015 7:40 am

        Haaaaaa! Oh, I get it now. Cute! lol 😀


  25. Cynthia Reyes / Jul 7 2015 11:50 pm

    He looks sweet — er, ferocious.


  26. jmmcdowell / Jul 8 2015 5:00 am

    Boris is indeed a cutie! And probably a tempting morsel to the wildlife beyond your awesome fence. I hope Casey will help keep an eye on him when he comes for a visit!


    • diannegray / Jul 8 2015 7:45 am

      Casey will keep a very close eye on him. She loves her toys and will snuggle Boris as much as she can (if I ever let him go) 😉


  27. Sheila / Jul 8 2015 5:06 am

    I didn’t know your daughter had a blog too – I’ll have to check it out! I’m wishing I could snuggle up with Boris now. It must be hard to snuggle up with Casey if she’s half kangaroo! My dog was always crazy too but they’re a lot of fun that way.


    • diannegray / Jul 8 2015 7:48 am

      My daughter is a fantastic cook, Shelia, so she blogs great recipes 😀 They’re certainly worth a look (and try) 😉
      We just love our crazy dogs! 😀


  28. olganm / Jul 8 2015 6:15 am

    Great fence and love Boris. So sweet! I’m going to check your daughter’s blog now, Billy Ray. Good to know you’re all safe…

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    • diannegray / Jul 9 2015 7:44 am

      Thanks so much for coming by, Olga. Nice to see you here 😀


  29. Jacqui Murray / Jul 8 2015 8:47 am

    I think you’ll be trend setters with that fence, Diane. I like it. Paint it bright orange and tweet it out–you’ll be famous.


    • diannegray / Jul 9 2015 7:45 am

      What a great idea, Jacqui! It would certainly capture the attention of the twittersphere 😀


  30. bulldog / Jul 8 2015 6:51 pm

    Now the new dog looks too ferocious to have as a pet, that can only be an attack dog… lol… I love your fence, very trendy, must remember that…


    • diannegray / Jul 9 2015 7:40 am

      He is an attack dog, Rob – he attacks the heart strings 😀 lol
      I’m glad you like the fence. My father-in-law is of the old school that fences with corrugated iron on them are usually made by poor people. Oh dear….

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  31. Kate Johnston / Jul 9 2015 7:11 am

    Boris is adorable. What is a toy cavoodle?? Part poodle and…? I really like your fence. What a smart idea to use the iron instead of buying more wood!


    • diannegray / Jul 9 2015 7:43 am

      Cavoodle. Poodle and Cavalier King Charles spaniel (I think) 😉

      I’m so glad you like the fence. It really was a lot cheaper going with the iron and I hate to just see it there rusting away in the shed 😀


  32. Luanne / Jul 9 2015 9:29 am

    Oh my gosh, what a CUTIE!!!! Just adorable. Your daughter’s blog is great, too!


    • Luanne / Jul 9 2015 9:29 am

      I realized I didn’t have you on my blogroll, Dianne, so I fixed that!


    • diannegray / Jul 11 2015 8:01 am

      Thanks Luanne 😀 I hope you enjoy cooking because she’s got some great recipes on there 😀


  33. Minuscule Moments / Jul 9 2015 9:20 pm

    Love the cool fence and your daughter’s puppy is adorable Dianne.


  34. agjorgenson / Jul 10 2015 12:28 am

    I agree. I think the fence looks very trendy, and what a great group of photos!


  35. beeblu / Jul 11 2015 9:13 pm

    So sweet 🙂


  36. ripe red berries / Jul 13 2015 11:54 am

    I’ve been wanting to tell you how much I LOVE your fence and the metal in between – great use of materials!!


    • diannegray / Jul 13 2015 1:24 pm

      Thank you so much! I can’t stand waste and when I kept looking at that left-over roofing I knew I could use it for something. It’s great when things like this fall into place 😉


  37. ParentingIsFunny / Jul 14 2015 6:31 am

    OMG that puppy! Ach! Cuteness overload!


  38. Britt Skrabanek / Jul 14 2015 1:23 pm

    That fence is rad and I’m stealing that puppy!!!


  39. restlessjo / Jul 14 2015 5:57 pm

    Hi Trendy Person! I think I’m in love with Boris (and your daughter’s awfully bonny too 🙂 )


    • diannegray / Jul 15 2015 8:10 am

      She is a darling! And Boris is a cutie 😉

      I love being trendy 😀


      • restlessjo / Jul 15 2015 4:17 pm

        In those wellies you couldn’t be anything else 🙂

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  40. Margie / Jul 18 2015 2:47 am

    The fence was a good idea, and a great way to use ‘left overs’!


  41. EJ / Jul 27 2015 6:58 am

    Love the fence, Dianne. Call it something like Deconstructed Industrial and you’ll end up in a design magazine… We have a ‘shorkie’ (shih tzu and yorkie) and he’d be lucky if he could jump on your planter! Boris is a cutie, but you’ll probably end up carrying him when you go for walks with your dogs 🙂


    • diannegray / Jul 27 2015 1:10 pm

      Your shorkie sounds like a beautiful mix – I’ve never seen one (but I’ll google it now) 😉
      I love the idea of Deconstructed Industrial – brilliant! 😀



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