At the first of the week mentioned that little Kizhi Island in northern Russia had something for all the weekly memes I participate in, including some wonderful old fences that would have been built in the 1700s with all the other wood construction on the island. First this "long" view of a sturdy post and board fence that would have been used to protect grain crops from wandering cattle:
Here's closeups of this fence with the windmill and Winter Cathedral and bell tower (so called because it was heated in the winter as opposed to the more grand Transfiguration Cathedral that I've shown earlier which had no heat, so was used in the summer):
And here's another fence style where small poles are lashed together:
Now I'm not sure that there would have been scarecrows in gardens in the 1700s even though the island was used for pagan rituals back even earlier in the 11th century when Russian settlers established a parish here. Maybe by the 16th century a scarecrow and the cathedrals would have been enough to protect the settlers from underworld demons? :-)
The farm house/barn was also fenced to keep livestock from wandering into grain fields and destroying crops. And then there was this fencing along the lake's edge. Not sure it purpose, but a beautiful scene:
Finally, this more permanent stone and timber-capped wall enclosed the Transfiguration Cathedral and bell tower:
I hope you've enjoyed my "postcards from Russia" over the past couple of weeks. I'm going to leave it for a bit now. Like many of you, I've been looking for signs of fall so will be sharing those scenes in the coming weeks. Warning: expect more Russia though because haven't shown you any of the grandeur of the czars and St. Petersburg!
Now for more Friday Fences go to our host Janice's site at Life According to Jan and Jer .