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15 December 2021

Saturday night, we were enthralled by the sun setting in the Pacific as an atmospheric river approached. Since then, soft rainfall has alternated with downpours continuously. Until last night when the sun broke through at sunset again.

Storm Approaching. Nikon D300 with 18-200mm Nikkor at 44mm (66mm equivalent) and f5.6, 1/1000 second and ISO 200. Processed in Adobe Camera Raw.

Just before the storm swept through, we were able to get our fence replaced. It took two guys one day to do it, mounting the 4x4s onto the concrete retaining wall and running alternating redwood planks on 2x4 supports.

The wind can be fierce here on the hill, so alternative boards are preferred. Rather than resist the power of the wind, they let it slip through. And it looks good on both sides of the fence.

We had trouble finding someone who didn't want to plant posts in concrete on our side of the retain wall and quickly nail up a one-sided fence. Seems like everyone knows how to do that.

But hammering bolts into concrete for the 4x4 mounts is the right way to do the job. And the alternating pattern is going to provide a longer lifespan for the fence in these winds.

Storm Aftermath. Nikon D300 with 18-200mm Nikkor at 82mm (123mm equivalent) and f5, 1/8000 second and ISO 200. Processed in Adobe Camera Raw.

The day after the fence went up, the storm came through. So it got a thorough washing. And it held.

When the rains had gone through three days later, the doorbell rang. It was the guy who built the fence with his bill. We paid him gladly.

More than ever these days, we appreciate someone who knows what he's doing. It's how you weather a storm.

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