PEAR TREE LOG

pear tree log: I started this blog to keep my younger son, Jonny, in touch with life in Lincolnshire, while he spent a year working in China. That year turned into five! Now he is home and training to become a physics teacher. This is simply a patchwork quilt of some of the things I enjoy - life in rural Lincolnshire, our animals, friends, architecture, books, the gardens, and things of passing interest.



Thursday, 17 May 2012

Friday's Fences


This fence can barely contain the large and very beautiful tree - see how the roots are trying to escape.







If I were a fanciful person I could imagine those roots coming to life on a dark stormy night, trying to grasp the ankle of some unwary person, as they walk by.



Luckily, I'm not.



The gates are beautiful, although they are spoilt, somewhat, by the notice.    Church notices,  I thought, but no,  this is a notice warning that you are being watched and recorded on CCTV.  Small country churches are vulnerable and many have had their lead roofing stolen.






The hedge is growing up through the fence.




There is a small church tucked behind that group of magnificent trees.  The interior of this church is quite something and I plan to post about it one day soon.
I am very happy to be joining with Jan and Jer for Friday's Fences.
You can find lots of other fences listed here.



52 comments:

  1. LOL...I love your description of the big tree roots coming alive n grabbing ones ankles. The little church nestled behind those big trees looks so quaint. I would love a tour inside!

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    1. Hello Jan n Jer, I'm so glad you enjoyed it. I love looking around little churches and this one held a couple of surprises, once again showing me that I shouldn't judge a book by its cover!

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  2. those gates are a delight are they not?

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    1. Hello John, The gates are really beautiful, marred slightly by the notice. Modern life!

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  3. I like how the green is taking over everywhere.

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    1. Hello Lesley, You are so right, we have had so much rain that green is the colour, everywhere you look! Still, after 3 dry winters, we needed the water.

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  4. I'm not sure it may be only tree roots grabbing you...if that tree grows much more the bottom fence board will ping off and hit someone.
    Jane x

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    1. Hello Jane, I wonder whether that will get caught on camera and then put up on You Tube!

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  5. I haven't had a chance before now to tell you how much I like "Friday's Fences". Beautiful structures and how they enhance the properties.

    Looking forward on learning more about the church.

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    1. Hello SAS, Thank you! I like the struggle going on in this one. The church is a little treasure, which I wouldn't have even spotted if I hadn't been interested in the fence...

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  6. What a lovely little church and surroundings!
    Love both the wooden fence and gate! So sad that notices at a church and graveyard is necessary. However, some people have no respect.
    The tree certainly has bowed the slate of the fence. That fence has been there awhile for that to happen.

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    1. Hello Carletta, The fence is putting up a valiant fight, but we know which one will win. The church is set well back from the road and the entrance is hidden - my first surprise was when we saw the porch, it was not at all what we expected to see. Inside was a surprise, too. Thank goodness I had my camera & specs!

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  7. You must wander far and wide to find all these wonderful fences, gates and buildings. I would feel guilty about it if I didn't know haw much you must enjoy it. So, it's a win-win, you get to ramble around taking photos of all those marvelous spots, and we get to enjoy the charming results!

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    1. Hello Ms Sparrow, You know me so well! I revel in hunting for nice things to share with you. I benefit too because I am learning so much more about our surrounding countryside and the history of places. Things which I would not otherwise have delved into. This particular church is only a few miles away and yet I hadn't been there before.

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  8. Beautiful fence! I love the quaint feel to your pictures. It's such a shame churches have to have cameras. That's just wrong.

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    1. Hello edenhills, It is a regrettable sign of the times. This little church is in a very quiet location and the entrance is screened, so I can well imagine that there may have been problems with security. Luckily most churches are left open during the day, including this one. It was well worth visiting.

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    1. Hello Magical Mystical Teacher, You are so right. One of these days it will lose the battle!

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  10. This is marvelous! It's a little like my stone fence with the tree growing through it, but I loved your idea that the roots could reach out and grab someone on a stormy night! What a spooky story that would make! Great photos!

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    1. Hello Marie, No wonder I was afraid of the dark as a child! These Friday's Fence sessions are such fun, they have definitely made watch out for fence photo opportunities - I suppose it is like most things, once you become aware, you start to see them all around. I am so pleased you enjoyed it.

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  11. My wife and I were just talking last night about fencing the front of our property (dog proofing). It'll have to be like your picture of the 3 rail fence. I shall show it to her later.

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    1. Hello Cro, Dog proofing - vital work! Just watch out for large trees.

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  12. These photos are awesome! Love how the tree grew so big and yet they fence it like they take care of the tree so nicely.

    Friday Fence

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    1. Hello Kim, Thank you for stopping by. You are right, they do seem to care for the beautiful old tree!

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  13. Very sad that there has to be a cctv system in place at such a beautiful place. Doesn't seem right somehow, in a church.

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    1. Hello Chris, It is a dreadful sign of the times. Quite how they manage to steal the lead off the roof, and get away with it, I do not know. I am constantly amazed, and delighted to find that almost every church I visit, no matter how rural, still has unlocked doors during the day. I am so glad that they do!

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    1. Hello Tanya, Thank you! I love the challenge of finding fences for Friday - it keeps me on my toes!

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  15. Hmmmm. Thieves steel the roofing off churches?

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    1. Hello EG CameraGirl, It is sad, but true. They simply sell it on for scrap value, leaving the church having to fund new roofing.

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  16. Ok, yeah..I can see those roots tripping someone after dark. Thieves are going where they never dared before...nothing is sacred anymore.

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    1. Hello Coloring Outside the Lines, I wonder whether those roots have grown ready to grab the next miscreant who comes their way - a first line of defence, with the CCTV for backup...

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  17. I've seen old fences like this where the "growing through" section was removed and rebuilt around the tree, either towards the road or around behind the tree. It seems like a great solution.

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    1. Hello River, I will make it my mission to watch out for any changes to the fencing - then it can feature on another Friday post. It is in a particularly beautiful part of the county, so it won't be a chore!

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  19. I love that tree
    the roots look like giant feet trying to slip through
    the fence and gate are beautiful

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    1. Hello Dianne, Now you have set my imagination off again! I wonder whether the roots will still be in the same place when I next visit!

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  20. Hello Elaine....Wow! The response has been wonderful on your post. How sad the thought that someone would consider stealing the roof of a church. I love the third photo...I wonder how much longer before the bottom rail pops off. The composition of this photo is terrific!

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    1. Hello Meggie, I'm so pleased that everyone seems to like it - I think you will enjoy seeing the little church, too.
      It is a dreadful thing, but it happens, leaving churches vulnerable to the weather and facing huge bills. The thieves just sell the lead on for scrap value - a fraction of what it costs to make the buildings sound again.

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  21. nice finding. I love those shots. :)

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    1. Hello NatureFootstep, Thank you very much! I have learned to keep my eyes open for opportunities, and I'm loving it.

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  22. Love the roots coming under the fence! Good post.

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    1. Hello Nature in the Burbs, I am so pleased you enjoyed it. It is a delight to find things like that to share with everyone.

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  23. Such wonderful descriptions to accompany your photographs. Love to you, XOXO

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    1. Hello Susan, I am so pleased everyone seems to have enjoyed it. I love visiting our old churches and enjoying the local countryside and this gives me the perfect excuse to continue!xx

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  24. Yes imagine those roots grabbing someone's ankle. I didn't realize lead was worth stealing, a shame off of churches even. Can't wait to see the church. Thanks for the comment about the victorian bath houses, I will make more with larger wheels and more details.

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    1. Hello Linda, It is laughable really, well it would be if it were not so awful, lead is only worth about £1 per kilo, scrap value - but, of course, church roofs can be very large.

      I really like your little mobile homes/bathing machines, they are great fun.

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  25. Hi Elaine

    Gwynneth Rixon on the Downsizer forum suggested I look at your blog and get in touch after I posted on there asking for contacts, experiences etc of Lincolnshire. Partner and I are thinking about possibility of moving there from Manchester and I'm trying to find people to talk to about different areas of the county, what it might be like living there etc etc. Would you be happy to talk to me at all?

    Lovely photos, by the way.

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    1. Hello Veronica, If you can let me have an email address, my husband and I would be very happy to see what areas we can help you with. It is a large county, so it does depend which bits you are most interested in.

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  26. I felt something come out an grab my ankle at your suggestion. Loved your photo story and will look forward to the church chapter.

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  27. For some reason seeing that tree brought the old song ‘Do The Hokey Cokey’ to mind-I could just imagine that tree joining in...After dark of course...and with a full moon...

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