I see lots of fences around here, many of them old ones, no longer serving any purpose. But it's not often that I come across a genuine old snake rail fence - that is, a cedar rail fence built without fenceposts, held up simply by the zig-zagging rails sitting on top of each other.
And while I'm at it, how's this for an old fence remnant?! Three broken off cedar rails held firmly where a tree has grown around them. There was no trace of the rest of this fence, must have been removed years ago.
I was walking with a friend on one of his favourite walks over the fields, along the fencerows, and through the woods. He had never been to the far end of the woods, so we went to investigate.
This is what we found, an old cedar rail fence that started out along the edge of the field, and extended a long distance into the woods. In places someone has added some extra high fenceposts for support.
But most of the fence was like this, just the rails zig-zagging along, resting on top of one another.
An interesting remnant of the pioneers who farmed this land 140 years ago.