The Wall Goes Up!

Thursday | September 6th, 2012


One of the early things we talked about doing (ourselves) was to make the wall higher. As it was, anyone around 180 cm could walk by and have a look over the wall into the courtyard and into the windows. Meow and I talked about a bunch of different ways to cheaply and cooly make the wall taller. My favorite option was to have a beer party and to use the glass bottles everyone would bring with a little cement to have something that would be tall, but also let in light without prying eyes.

Meow wanted wood and cleaner lines. I think that she also doubted what I could do and what we could do and thought that having someone do things for us would be better and cheaper given our time constraints. At least with all the frustrations and cost overruns, she sees and truly agrees that we should be doing these things ourselves.

One interesting thing we had to do was bring our wood section of the wall up to cover the outside bathroom roof where the clothesline is. This is a place Twitchy already loves to run up and when she lives there will likely go up and look out into the alley (she is a people watcher). But we don’t want her to jump off or give people the impression that she is going to jump off and attack them. The other problem is that our neighbor’s to the right have a rather low wall next to this roof. Twitchy could, if so motivated by cat, small dog, small child, or grasshopper, easily jump up here and suddenly be on our neighbor’s land and possibly out their gate. That’s no good. This section (below) is the Twitchy defense wall. She can see through and protect, but she can’t get through and attack.

Standing up on this small roof, the dogs and Meow were standing and sitting below, but the second I tried to shoot all of them they scattered. I think they’re all a bit camera shy.

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