I live on the outskirts of a big town/small city making me one of the few people with a big yard. I live on top of a little hill and my yard is really big and runs all the way to a small wooded area and then the field next to it is also mine it pretty much cuts my neighbors yard off(Think like an upside down L shaped yard)
One of the major draws of the area I live in is it's lovely view it was also a big part of why I chose to live here. Most of my neighbors have no fences.
Before Corona I was only really home in the evening and weekends corona has forced me to work at home pretty much all the time(I only have to come to the office once a week at most) as a result I have started making a lot more use of well...My house lol, this includes the yard.
I got a backporch and I have noticed that I love sitting outside with my work laptop and a cup of coffee so that is what I have been doing. The problem is, because I was not home much I barely do any gardening aside from cutting the grass which means my yard especially the portion at the back with the turn is a perfect soccer field for the neighborhood kids, especially my neighbors kids are using it pretty much all the time, I even caught them dragging a goalpost into it. I went to talk to the neighbors as I am not happy with random people using my yard and even less happy about notbeing able to work because of a horde of screaming kids in my yard, even if it isn't fenced but I was met with the whole "Kids will be kids, They don't have anything else to do for fun right now, don't worry, you are not using it anyways." I told them I did not want them using it regardless, but as you can guess by me writing this post the kids kept using it.
So I put up a big wooden fence(The preassembled ones where you just gotta put in the posts and drill in the big wooden panels) it was quite a lot of work while only being able to ask 2 friends for help but after a few days I was done. My neighbors kept coming out to complain, begging me to remove it etc claiming they now didn't even have a view.
I figured they were overreacting but now that I am done their yard is literally tiny and their view went from a beatiful hilly landscape with woods, to the top of a wooden screen meanwhile my view is still the same. Their kids have since come over to ask to play in my yard as have a ton of other neighborhood kids as have their parents who were angry their kids now have nowhere safe to play and I am starting to feel shitty.
I am the same I just can’t seem to eloquently describe why.
Hey guys, let me start by saying, fuck my HOA. Past HOA’s were fine. I’d listen to all of you on this sub bitching and whining about everything.....then I moved.....and I became you.
God bless all of you.
Now my latest issue...My 9 year old daughter says, “dad, somebody is in the side yard taking pictures.” Dad mode engaged, corner sus rando in yard, start going off on him. He’s petrified, because he just got caught putting his phone over my 8ft privacy fence to take pictures of my backyard.
I get that they have the ability to do shit like this, but I’m looking to prevent it as much as possible. Do u guys know any type of artificial tree stuff that I can attach to the top of my fence line.
Next will be HOA drones, and then I will move. Until then, any ideas on how to increase my vertical obscurantism into my life? Cheers!
"FYI...I was just up at the Goldstream trestle this AM. There was a construction crew and rail line rep up there. He was polite but asked what I was doing up there and that I had to leave as the rail and trestle are private land. He said they are starting construction on a large fence to stop people from getting onto the tracks and trestle. He said they will be patrolling the area frequently from now on along with the RCMP who will be writing trespassing tickets to anyone caught on the trestle..."