Momo's Naka Castle

April Fools! - a few months early - Yule fools, perhaps? The Moody Minstrel does NOT really have three new canines in his neighborhood. That was just a strange dream. ;o)

The real story is that we fortified our small lot. There has not been a castle in Kashima City for hundreds of years, but I feel like there is now. We bought heavy golf netting, cut it into three strips about 3/4 of a meter wide and eight meters long and used metal posts woven through the net and pounded into the ground to stretch the net along the lenth of our hedge.

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We then attached the top of the netting to the hedge using gardening ties and pounded tent stakes into the ground at the base to make it taught so they can't slip under it. The hedge is thick, so blocks them above a level of anywhere from 10 to 40 cm from the ground. The other three sides of the lot have concrete walls and the driveway is blocked by an acordion gate. To top it off we bought some sand that has a stong medicine smell to it and is supposed to repel dogs. We put some at the gate and some at the point where the strays used to enter. It only has a range of about 1 meter, so it doesn't bother Momo. Actually, I don't know if that stuff works or not, I just wanted to do something non-life threatening to those dogs for spite.

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Momo's Horse - her favorite toy.

It is a bit of an inconvenience to have to open and close the gate each time we leave, but at last Princess Momo in her Naka Castle can enjoy her toys in peace, and we can all sleep at night.

No longer able to get into our yard, they have stopped hanging around. Perhaps in a few weeks time, or less, they will move on to find easier pickings....in Aso Town perhaps!


Happysurfer said...

Pandabonium, looks like a castle alright - and very samurai-esque era. Nice work!

Noticed water on the left. Is it an ocean?

Pandabonium said...

Hi happysurfer.

The picture is actually a fortress from the animation film "Princess Mononoke". The water is a lake and the fortress is owned by one of the antagonists in the story. The smoke is due to smelting of iron ore. I thought it looked rather forbidding, which is how I want to dogs to see our home!

bonnie said...

I just can't get over this circle of Pacific Rim bloggers! I love it!

Hau'oli Makahiki Hou (almost) from Brooklyn!!

Happysurfer said...

Pandabonium, you got me there. Oops! my ignorance. Thanks for the explanation.

Pandabonium said...

Happysurfer, I should have labeled the picture. Thanks for all your comments on my posts.

Bonnie, Mahalo nui loa E' Hau'oli Makahiki Hou to you too. I've meant to leave a comment on your blog. I envy your sailing experiences. You may find my post "Kayak & Snorkel Korolevu - Fiji" of interest. It's in the September archive. Happy paddling.

The Moody Minstrel said...

I know a man's home is his castle, but THIS is CRAZY!!!!!!!

Pandabonium said...

MM - maybe I did go a little overboard.

Robin said...

Now MoMo is safe. and so are all the toys from MoMo land.

May 2006, the year of the Fire Dog, brings you joy, happiness, love, good luck and lots of money!

Happy Holidays!

Robin said...

hate to be obsence on Momo's toy, but what the brown thingy stratgically located between the legs.

haha.. I think take a second look..
Hope it is the bull's tail.

(hiding under the metal table again)

Pandabonium said...

Robin, you have been taking too many pictures of "private parts" lately! (like that elephant on your blog).

This animal is a horse and as you can see it has a main at the top and a TAIL at the bottom.

Naughty boy. ;^)