Is that not a beautiful gate? Behold the manifestation of Kim's idea for a homespun twiggy gate to counteract the detention centre vibe of the new deer fence protecting the orchard. It's not quite finished - we're going to paint a sign that says "The Cloister" and hang it between the two overhead branches - but doesn't it look fine? Those twiggy bits are the branches we saved when we trimmed the ornamental cherry near the pond, and I think they were perfect for the job: straight enough to do the job but with enough individual quirks to make them interesting. We're thinking of the gate as a work in progress - for example, if we can get our hands on some more flexible, thinner branches, we might try weaving them into the spaces between the cherry branches.
Making the gate in two parts, saloon-swinging-door style, made it a bit tricky to mount - a task made more complicated by the fact the two fence posts are farther apart at the top than they are at the bottom. It was something of a challenge to make sure each gate was level in all three dimensions, plus level to its partner along the top. As a consequence we had to fiddle with the hinges a fair bit, but we kept our cool and it worked out pretty well.
Our neighbour liked the gate so much he hired Kim to build him one, too, which she whipped off quickly and hung yesterday. That's my sweetie!