Barbed wire fences erected to maintain boundaries and secure farm animals
I am finally entering Dutch Goes The Photo Challenge
This weeks photo challenge subject is – fences. I am reminded of the saying “Good fences make good neighbours” attributed to the poem “Mending Wall” by Robert Frost.
In the poem two farmers are rebuilding a stone wall on the boundary between their farms. The purpose of the wall is questioned in the poem by one farmer when his neighbour replies:
“Good fences make good neighbours.”
If we have healthy boundaries with one another, we will have healthy friendships – a major life lesson for me !
Barbed wire fence along road to Dooey Beach
Donegal has a mixture of barbed wire fences and stone walls dotted around the landscape. These were erected to maintain boundaries between neighbours and keep farm animals secure and safe.
Sadly, there are fewer sheep, cows, horses and donkeys feeding on these pastures today.
Old fences and stone walls dot the Donegal landscape
Happily, people are returning to growing their own vegetables and fruit and Farmers Markets are making a comeback.
Brigid P. Gallagher is a retired natural medicines therapist, passionate organic gardener and author of “Watching the Daisies- Life lessons on the Importance of Slow,” a holistic memoir dedicated to the art of mindfulness and healing from debilitating illness.
She lives in Donegal, Ireland – an area of outstanding natural beauty.