A fence or a hedge?

Do you have a fence around your house? . . .a hedge?

My home has had a tall metal fence around two sides for the last 20 years.  Suddenly in February, it was torn down without any warning.  Our house is fully exposed to the world.  I feel NAKED!

We have been thinking about what to put up in place of the old fence.  There are many pros and cons to both fences and hedges.  Please give me some good advice.

In the meantime, here are a few phrases, idioms about fences and hedges.Large Banner Image for Hedge vs Fence Blog

  1.   On the fence.  To be undecided about something.  I’m on the fence about building a fence.Sitting On The Fence | Great PowerPoint ClipArt for Presentations - PresenterMedia.com
  2. Good fences make good neighbors.  It’s always good to have clear lines marking your side and their side. My neighbor’s dog keeps coming into my yard, I guess I’ll have to put up a fence.  You know what they say, “good fences make good neighbors”.Mending Wall” Video Summary - YouTube
  3. Fence in.  To trap, or feel trapped.  I really feel fenced in by all these Covid 19 restrictions!Free Hands Children'S Hands photo and picture
  4. Go for the fences.  To try your hardest, make your best effort. I’m going for the fences in starting my new classes.  (This comes from baseball, homeruns).Don't Go Swinging For The Fences | Seeking Alpha
  5. Mend fences.  To repair relationships.  I was finally able to mend fences with my high school friend after 30 years of separation.BBC Learning English - 今日短语/ Mend fences with someone 重归于好

Next time, Hedges

Today’s BGM:  Don’t fence me in. Willie Nelson

Oh give me the land, lots of land
Under starry skies above
Don’t fence me in
Let me ride through the wide open
Country that I love
Don’t fence me in
Let me be by myself in the evening breeze
Listen to the murmur of the cottonwood trees
Send me off forever but I ask you please
Don’t fence me in
Just turn me loose let me straddle my old saddle
Underneath the western skies
On my cayuse let me wander over yonder
Till I see the mountain rise
I want to ride to the ridge where the west commences
Gaze at the moon until I lose my senses
I can’t look at the hobbles and I can’t stand the fences
Don’t fence me in


By the way, have you had time to enjoy the beautiful cherry blossoms this year?  Here are a few photos of the last few days.

Akita is so beautiful.

Taihei River April 9th, so early!
Taihei River
Kakunodate, Hinokinai River, April 15th, my first time to see Kakunodate Cherry blossoms.
Hinokinai River
Famous Kakunodate Weeping Cherry Tree
Skunk Cabbage at Sashimaki, April 15th.

Dog tooth violets at Sashimaki