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Christmas in March

March 27, 2014
Jane's gate

Jane’s gate

All I wanted for Christmas was a working gate in the loafing shed…famous last request.

homemade hinge detail

homemade hinge detail


But I got a work of art instead.  Beautiful, and a reminder twice a day at least of how talented my other half is.  And as if Jane needed another nickname – now I call her Spiderwoman since she’s always waiting at this gate for morning milking.


42 Comments leave one →
  1. March 27, 2014 9:59 am

    That is just gorgeous! Having beautiful details like that amongst the things you use every day is so meaningful. You and Jane are lucky gals!

  2. March 27, 2014 10:07 am

    Wow, holy bananas. If Hangdog has extra time on his hands we’d welcome a stay at our farm! The hinges alone are amazing.

  3. March 27, 2014 10:07 am

    Beautiful Gate – Work of Art:) Happy Thursday!

  4. Ben permalink
    March 27, 2014 10:10 am

    I’m impressed!

  5. Ben Hewitt permalink
    March 27, 2014 10:16 am

    Crikey. I’m going to burn all my gates in shame.

  6. March 27, 2014 10:24 am

    That thing is spectacular!!! Well worth the wait!

  7. March 27, 2014 10:49 am

    That is not just any old gate! How totally cool!

  8. March 27, 2014 11:54 am

    Next thing you’ll be seeing messages like “Nice Pig” interlaced in your gate… Or maybe “Nice cow” 🙂

  9. March 27, 2014 11:56 am

    Oh wow. That is quite the most stunning piece of work, what a pleasure to have something that glorious in your workplace!.. very talented indeed.. c

  10. March 27, 2014 11:58 am

    That’s pretty cool.

  11. March 27, 2014 12:08 pm

    Utterly WOW!

  12. Chris permalink
    March 27, 2014 12:27 pm

    Wow! That truly is a work of art! It’s so lovely that you guys take such great pride in places as simple as your outbuildings. I remember the twine hook that HD made too…didn’t you have a drawing for one? I’m still disappointed that I didn’t win…I’m still hanging my twine on a nail! 😦

  13. Bee permalink
    March 27, 2014 12:47 pm

    Your Hangdog and my hubby are birds of a feather — if you want it, they will build it. Doesn’t matter if it’s wood, metal, cement, dirt or a combination, those guys can do it. Lovely, lovely gate, and those hinges are really something!

  14. Bev permalink
    March 27, 2014 12:51 pm

    That is so beautifu! My DH said the same. You are blessed, especially when you think of all the many things your husband can do about the ranch. Had to chuckle, glad the spiders aren’t that big.

  15. Randi permalink
    March 27, 2014 1:34 pm

    Very Charlotte’s Web. You just need a pig named Wilbur.

  16. Emily Summer permalink
    March 27, 2014 2:06 pm

    You are one lucky gal. I think that is the most beautiful ranch gate I have ever seen. Going to save it to my pictures. Please put it on Pinterest.

  17. March 27, 2014 3:47 pm

    Love this gate, he done a great job, very pretty

  18. March 27, 2014 6:10 pm

    Beautiful, you are a lucky lady, I like the first pic with Jane peeking around the corner.

  19. March 27, 2014 6:19 pm

    That is really something! Just gorgeous.

  20. Brig permalink
    March 27, 2014 6:44 pm

    thank you for sharing the beautiful pictures of the gate! my favorite is the one where you can see Jane peeking her head in the background. Very sweet cow you have!

  21. March 27, 2014 6:59 pm

    Beautiful gate. Cool husband!

  22. March 28, 2014 2:10 am

    As everyone else has said, that is one beautiful gate. All my DH’s artistic work goes into fishing rods which then (usually) leave the farm. Most things are nicely done, but not beautiful.

    This is his work:

    Scroll down. It’s all thread work, 1 thread at a time.

    But, oh! to have something as beautiful as that gate to greet me each morning….

  23. March 28, 2014 2:51 am

    Gorgeous gate, amazing workmanship. Love the detail of the hinge!

  24. March 28, 2014 3:11 am

    Amazing. Metal work is one thing my hubby would love to have a go at and hasn’t had the chance yet.

  25. March 28, 2014 3:23 am

    Oh that is just such a splendid gate. How lucky to have such a talented chap about the place – I guess he likes you (and the farm) a bit, eh? Beautiful, stunning…

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  27. March 28, 2014 6:56 am


    “The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider’s web. ”

    ― Pablo Picasso

  28. March 28, 2014 8:00 am

    I love the gate, it’s nice to see touches of beauty in random places. I also like the cow peeking around the corner!

  29. March 28, 2014 8:01 pm

    That is really lovely.

  30. quinn permalink
    March 29, 2014 4:25 pm

    Isn’t that a beautiful thing! I love the hinge design, and even the shaping of the edge. Wow. It’s priceless to have tools that make us feel joyful every time we touch them!

  31. March 30, 2014 5:36 pm

    How wonderful to have someone close who does metal work. I LOVE Jane’s gate. I wish I had a Rhonda’s gate just like it. He’s a talented man, that man of yours. :- )

  32. March 30, 2014 6:48 pm

    Truly gorgeous! What a talented hubby you have!

  33. March 31, 2014 2:00 am

    Very cool!

  34. Jan Varley permalink
    March 31, 2014 1:27 pm

    What an absolutely gorgeous detail of your everyday life!

  35. April 7, 2014 7:53 am

    That is beautiful….it reminds me of Charlotte’s Web. Clearly you are loved!

  36. A.A. permalink
    April 7, 2014 9:09 am

    What an absolutely wonderful gate and gift! Somebody likes you 😉 Apparently you’re one homey spider yourself ;P

  37. Carolyne permalink
    April 21, 2014 3:54 pm

    Oh, YES~! I would wait ’till March for Christmas *every* year if my love were to gift me wonders like this♥

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