Southerly by David Haywood

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Southerly: Bricks and Mortar

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  • David Haywood,

    Oops! Forgot to activate the discussion thread -- very sorry about that...

    Dunsandel • Since Nov 2006 • 992 posts Report Reply

  • Islander,

    Wow! Waua! Impressive! Extraordinary!
    I mean every vowel of every word! (The constants can go hang 'em-selves.)
    I look forward very much, to the next installment...

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • David Haywood, in reply to Islander,

    Thank you! I hope to live-blog the next installment -- starting around 8 am tomorrow (Thursday).

    Cellphone connectivity permitting, of course...

    Dunsandel • Since Nov 2006 • 992 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    fingers firmly crossed for the smoothest of days

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16838 posts Report Reply

  • dc_red,

    The removal of the first pair of chimneys

    (emphasis added).

    A combination of words that has seldom needed to be written, I'd wager!

    Oil Patch, Alberta • Since Nov 2006 • 706 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark,

    Exciting! And tiring! I can't even imagine. I will be sending all positive vibes down South tomorrow, my darlings.

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3123 posts Report Reply

  • Gee,

    The big move is here! Congrats on all the hard work to get to this point, and good luck for today!

    Canada, eh • Since May 2011 • 75 posts Report Reply

  • Judi Lapsley Miller,

    That is the most awesome to-do list I've ever seen - worthy of framing and displaying prominently in home 2.0.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 100 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    A definite high tidemark of suffering was the removal of the remains of our chimneys, in which – very fortunately – I had the able assistance of the lovely Ian Dalziel from Apple Pie Design. Actually ‘assistance’ perhaps undersells his contribution. Saint Dalziel lifted a mind-boggling 75 tonnes of bricks (7.5 tonnes, 10 times). The fact that he hasn’t ended up in a spinal unit is nothing short of a miracle; indeed I plan to use this as evidence in my campaign for official papal recognition of his saintliness.

    The prodigious lifting ability you see in Ian today was honed carrying entire PA Systems up the steep, carpeted stairs of Melbourne pubs and RSLs as the roadie for the legendary Toy Love. The saintly nature itself is, I believe, innate.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 19019 posts Report Reply

  • David Haywood, in reply to Russell Brown,

    The prodigious lifting ability you see in Ian today was honed carrying entire PA Systems up the steep, carpeted stairs of Melbourne pubs and RSLs as the roadie for the legendary Toy Love.

    I hadn’t looked at it this way before, but I guess maybe I was doing a favour to Dalziel in getting him to volunteer to lift 75 tonnes of bricks.

    You know, keeping him in shape for a possible reunion tour...

    Dunsandel • Since Nov 2006 • 992 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP,

    This whole process seems to be a triumph of monumental proportions already, and you haven't even moved the house yet. The story of everyone, and Saint Dalziel in particular, going the extra mile is incredibly heart warming.

    All the best for the move.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2156 posts Report Reply

  • Creon Upton,

    I hope today goes extraordinarily well for you all, David.

    The weather looks good at least.

    Here's what I don't understand. With your property being effectively stolen, why is it so necessary to "Fell cabbage tree" before that happens? Poetry? Spite?

    Christchurch • Since Aug 2007 • 68 posts Report Reply

  • David Haywood, in reply to Creon Upton,

    why is it so necessary to “Fell cabbage tree” before that happens? Poetry? Spite?

    The cabbage tree was blocking the house from being removed. It nearly killed me (psychologically) to cut it down.

    Turns out that I'd rather have a house than a cabbage tree...

    Dunsandel • Since Nov 2006 • 992 posts Report Reply

  • Isabel Hitchings,

    Best of luck for today.

    Christchurch • Since Jul 2007 • 706 posts Report Reply

  • andin,

    The commencement of work on the second pair of chimneys revealed three hitherto unknown cupboards hidden behind the wallpaper.

    Being in the process of demolishing a 1900's era house myself, I was amazed by the nest of cupboards I found constructed around the fireplace, or place where the wood stove would have been. Must have had something to do with drying and airing of clothes, bedding etc.
    Hope it goes well.

    raglan • Since Mar 2007 • 1234 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to David Haywood,

    I hope to live-blog the next installment

    true to his word, here.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16838 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __, in reply to Russell Brown,

    The prodigious lifting ability you see in Ian today was honed carrying entire PA Systems up the steep, carpeted stairs of Melbourne pubs and RSLs

    Ian can and does frequently lift the entire Public Address System, to this day. :-)

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3470 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __,

    David, you write a wonderful story even when exhausted, and long after most people would have lost their sense of humour. Well done to you and Jen and all your helpers! And I hope the move is going swimmingly (but not in the Avon)....

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3470 posts Report Reply

  • JLM, in reply to David Haywood,

    The cabbage tree was blocking the house from being removed. It nearly killed me (psychologically) to cut it down.

    Turns out that I'd rather have a house than a cabbage tree...

    Cabbage trees always seem to resprout, so come back in another 10 years...

    Judy Martin's southern sl… • Since Apr 2007 • 228 posts Report Reply

  • Emma Hart, in reply to Lilith __,

    Well done to you and Jen and all your helpers!

    Somehow (and I suspect it's the result of years of near-pathological niceness) David and Jennifer have produced this effect in our household, and I suspect those of all their friends.

    Me: David wants to know if we can-
    Karl: Yes. Whatever. Anything we can do to help.

    I still don't quite feel that we've really evened up the assistance:beer ledger.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4371 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __, in reply to JLM,

    Cabbage trees always seem to resprout

    You could try digging up what's left and replanting it. I was given a cabbage tree for my garden which had only part of its main root still attached. I stuck it in the ground as an experiment and then when it didn't seem to have done anything after some months I started to dig it up again to throw away, only to find it was busy sprouting roots down there! I hurriedly re-buried them with apologies to the tree, and it went on to grow a magnificent crown.

    Only to be chopped down unceremoniously by the subsequent owner of the house who didn't like having to pick up the leaves!

    But cabbage trees are good at surviving.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3470 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Lilith __,

    Ian can and does frequently lift the entire Public Address System, to this day

    gold

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16838 posts Report Reply

  • Jolisa, in reply to David Haywood,

    The cabbage tree was blocking the house from being removed. It nearly killed me (psychologically) to cut it down.

    Turns out that I'd rather have a house than a cabbage tree...

    This whole thing is like an epic, architectural case of Shag/Kill/Marry.

    Auckland, NZ • Since Nov 2006 • 1427 posts Report Reply

  • Helen Searancke,

    A great story of what is obviously a beautiful house. All the best for its new life (and your, and your family's, new life in it, of course). Congratulations. And thanks.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22 posts Report Reply

  • Tim Michie,

    Watch this space for breaking news.

    Before I begin the liveblog I hope there aren't too many breakages.

    Auckward • Since Nov 2006 • 570 posts Report Reply

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