After all the work we’ve been doing and my last 2 posts reflecting that AND Shawn busting his ass finishing up the hillside, THIS anonymous note appeared in our mailbox:
My first reaction was “what an asshole!” what the heck? I had just arrived home and Shawn was still down the hill hoeing and raking. I debated whether to even show it to him but I eventually went down, told him he should be sitting down for this and handed him the note. “Honey, someone doesn’t like your hardware”, was all I could muster. (Okay, that sounded weird). I could see the look of utter confusion on his face, much like mine. First of all, the posts are wood, only the bolts are metal and they are galvanized steel with a matte finish so they do not give off that much shine to begin with. Over the years they will rust.
But, being that I am Canadian and we are internationally known for being so damn nice the paranoid part of me worried that our bolts were reflecting all over Napa taking eyes out with laser beams of light and causing quite a sensation. So I immediately got in the car with my husband and we drove all over the lower neighborhood looking to see if our hillside was lit up like a Christmas tree in the afternoon sun.
First, we started in downtown. We could not see a thing, even the retaining wall. So we drove around the streets below our hill. The streets that are closest to the cliff face would not be able to see the hillside. I took this picture from a few streets back, where the posts are visible. The bolts were a little reflective, but are so miniscule, you can barely notice as we have so many trees.
The only way someone would know the details of the retaining wall (as in the note) would be if they were looking through binoculars. Yes. Creepy.
After spending all this time and money restoring the property, clearing the oleander, ivy, the rotting railway ties and everything else out of that fire hazard of a downslope, bringing back the +150 year old old oaks to health working in conjunction with an arborist, I’m just floored that someone would write this….
Give me your thoughts – someone with too much time on their hands?
(I should mention that the Young Ridge Winery, on the ridge directly across valley from us has a 20 foot tall happy face that lights up every night and can be seen all over the Napa Valley. Just sayin’.)