It’s a very exclusive enclave we have here in the country.
Population: 2 (plus 1 cat and 1 kitten)
With our new gate in place at the bottom of the driveway, farm living has become quite chi-chi.
Actually, setting aside my new pretensions, we installed the gate for security. We’re far enough from civilization that neighbours or police really wouldn’t be much help to us in the event of a break in. If we’re home we can keep an eye on things, but when we’re not the gate may just be enough of a deterrent to people who are thinking about trespassing.
I’ll admit that I was initially pretty resistant to having a gate. I don’t like the way they look, and I didn’t want the inconvenience of opening and closing it when I was coming and going.
However, I actually like the way our gate ended up looking. It’s still a bit of a pain to stop, open the gate, drive through, park and close the gate when you’re leaving or arriving, but it’s a small price to pay for feeling secure about our house.
It’s a simple set up: just a chain and a padlock
My Dad and Matt made some metal hooks to support the gate when it’s closed and when it’s propped open.
We do like having visitors at the farm–at least from people we know. So if you’re planning on dropping by, let us know, and we’ll open the gate for you!
Anyone out there live in an actual gated community? How do you deal with security at your house?
See my earlier post for the story of setting the posts for the gate.