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Southerly: Liveblog: Moving House (Literally)

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  • Thomas Johnson,

    Wow! The house we live in has been relocated in this way - easy to tell from looking at the random reframing in the roof space, and the big circular saw cut right up the length of the hallway - but I'm glad I wasn't around for the process. Altogether too stressful.

    Hope you have a fun night!

    Wellington • Since Oct 2007 • 98 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Hebe,

    Looks like someone is making a garden on the site of brick Piko too

    that's a Greening the Rubble base and nursery.... also displaying their ingenious standing pallet gardens....

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 4221 posts Report Reply

  • Rob Stowell,

    Good luck and a jinx on the rain gods :)

    Whakaraupo • Since Nov 2006 • 1354 posts Report Reply

  • dyan campbell,

    Here's hoping everything went beautifully for you & family & St Dalziel & crew!

    auckland • Since Dec 2006 • 595 posts Report Reply

  • 3410,

    I t warms the heart to see this happening.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2007 • 2618 posts Report Reply

  • Creon Upton,

    I just gotta say: it is only diabolical circumstances keeping me away from Avonside Drive tonight. I really wish I could have seen this.

    I also gotta say that I'm detecting in our learned author's words evidence of some incipient-but-severe man-crushes. It's the old-world charm of actual, real manual competence, plus the earthy humility that tends to go with it; gets me every time too.

    Hope the night-time convoy goes well. This is pretty much the coolest thing ever, and I'm extremely happy for you guys.

    Christchurch • Since Aug 2007 • 58 posts Report Reply

  • Emma Hart,

    I have absolutely got up out of bed to get some writing done, and not to keep watching David on Jen's Twitter feed at all...

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4286 posts Report Reply

  • StepDoh,

    Is the new house near the Dog dosing strip? My frequent sing-alongs on drives from Dunedin demands it so.

    Watching the twitter feed is a bit like watching The Wages of Fear (or Sorcerer if you are of a more 80s Synth bent)

    #lovethetron • Since Jan 2008 • 24 posts Report Reply

  • Islander, in reply to Emma Hart,

    eep watching David on Jen’s Twitter feed at all…

    Sometimes – extremely occaisionally – I kick myself for not being on Twitter…

    meantime, I keep floating good thoughts out there for the Haywards-

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

  • Islander, in reply to StepDoh,

    Is the new house near the Dog dosing strip? My frequent sing-alongs on drives from Dunedin d

    That thing was out on the main drag= no.

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

  • Emma Hart, in reply to Islander,

    The first half of the house has arrived;
    http://twitpic.com/9dyged

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4286 posts Report Reply

  • Islander, in reply to Emma Hart,

    Excellente!

    And many thanks e Emma!

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

  • StepDoh,

    @islander = Och.

    @Emma = Yay at the movers. Folks here see house moving as an amusingly alien concept.

    #lovethetron • Since Jan 2008 • 24 posts Report Reply

  • Creon Upton, in reply to Emma Hart,

    David on Jen’s Twitter feed

    It's pretty focken exciting, isn't it?

    Christchurch • Since Aug 2007 • 58 posts Report Reply

  • Islander, in reply to StepDoh,

    We'll all probably be up for an hour or so yet, just to see the home has got there - aye, indeedy-

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

  • Bart Janssen, in reply to Islander,

    just be really selective about who you follow

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3114 posts Report Reply

  • Bart Janssen,

    It all looks great David and Jen.

    So when does the roof go back on? And do you have a big tarp?

    Did I read the tweet correct, 80 kph house?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3114 posts Report Reply

  • Deborah,

    Attachment

    Threadmerge.

    Shamelessly acquired from Coley Tangerina's tumblr.

    Manawatu City • Since Nov 2006 • 1275 posts Report Reply

  • Raymond A Francis,

    Are we there yet?

    45' South • Since Nov 2006 • 522 posts Report Reply

  • Allison Haywood,

    I liked the fact the light was swinging as the house went past, and the stove seemed to still sit triumphantly in the kitchen like the last appliance standing.
    Fingers crossed for no (or not much) rain in Dunsandel. Doesn't Dun mean hill? Can't recall any hills that way. So, I looked it up.
    Dun can actually mean:
    (v. t.) To cure, as codfish, in a particular manner, by laying them, after salting, in a pile in a dark place, covered with salt grass or some like substance.
    (n.) A mound or small hill.
    (a.) Of a dark color; of a color partaking of a brown and black; of a dull brown color; swarthy.
    (n.) One who duns; a dunner.
    (v. t. & i.) To ask or beset, as a debtor, for payment; to urge importunately.
    (n.) An urgent request or demand of payment; as, he sent his debtor a dun.

    I particularly like, "one who duns; a dunner."
    One sees how 80K can be spent when the risks are considered of driving off the river bank and hitting powerlines........and potentially resuscitating palpitating passers by....

    Blenheim • Since Jul 2011 • 4 posts Report Reply

  • David Haywood, in reply to Allison Haywood,

    I particularly like, “one who duns; a dunner.”

    You're too polite to say it outright, Dr Haywood, but your observation of my character over the last 43 years (and your two-year superiority in age) has enabled you to make a spot-on diagnosis. I am indeed “one who duns; a dunner.”

    Dunsandel has clearly been my destiny all along...

    Dunsandel • Since Nov 2006 • 864 posts Report Reply

  • David Haywood,

    An almost factual article in The Press – with a truly great photograph of our house and (some of) my loved ones.

    Moving house, literally

    Dunsandel • Since Nov 2006 • 864 posts Report Reply

  • Islander, in reply to David Haywood,

    Bless "The Press"!
    And thank you very much, all of you, for what is a hope, beacon , guide & incentive for others in ChChCh-

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

  • Gee,

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

  • Ross Mason, in reply to Allison Haywood,

    When I first saw (further back up post) 80k and house (moving) I immediately put 1 and 1 together and got 3.

    I thought... house sailing down SH1 at 80kph. Not the $80k to move.

    Heh

    Upper Hutt • Since Jun 2007 • 1459 posts Report Reply

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