Moving House

Things are racing ahead now, just like the year is.  How have we reached May so quickly? It doesn’t seem that long ago we were just embarking on this hair brained scheme.  But it can’t have been that hair brained.  I’m sitting here in a house, overlooking an amazing view.  Ok, so the plumber is still plumbing and the electrician still has things to do, but there is a lot more elbow room in here during the day to get things done.

I think this is a million dollar view – even with mounds of earth and a digger in view. These are working towards my ability to have a hot shower, so I love the digger in the view!

It has been over 100 days since we first moved into the caravan and we have seen the best and worst of things.  The wonderful full heat of summer and a terrible, terrible storm.  We have bonded as a family and no one was killed.   I’m not sure many would want to be stuck in a small place with teenage boys.  The smell of socks alone is a challenge.

Temporary container garden
The temporary container garden is still very much a work in progress. I planted my early garlic this week with the full intention of moving them to a proper garden some time very soon.

Moving into the house in a proper fashion, through the front door (that needs to be repaired after the storm blew it off the hinges), opening the fridge and deciding what is for dinner, popping on a load of washing and then going to bed in a proper bed – with a mattress (we gave away our old one, as I know ourselves too well – if we moved it in, it would be a long time before we see a shiny new one!) is so close, so very close.  And what follows that is I can start on the garden.  After a good night sleep and a hot shower, this is the next important thing for me.  I can hardly wait!

But while we wait, you can check out the terrifyingly exciting journey that is moving a house.

Come again soon – it is almost garden time!

Sarah the Gardener  : o)

19 thoughts on “Moving House

  1. What a huge endeavour Sarah. I am always in awe when I see a house moving down the road. Best wishes to you and your family, you can really start to build your new life by the sea. The garden won’t be far behind….

  2. HI Sarah, I have been lurking for years, love your site especially because we are in the same hemisphere 🙂 This sure puts a new perspective on ‘moving house’, if that had to happen here (South Africa) the whole country would come to a standstill! I am curious as to why you didn’t move your old house, since this is possible there? Laura

    1. Hi Laura. Thanks for following my journey. Moving houses is common here – not wildly common but a good option when you have some bare land and it saves old houses from being demolished to make way for town houses. The main reason we didn’t move our old house is it wasn’t our dream house, but one that got us through a stage in life. As it was brick it wouldn’t have moved well and it made a better financial choice to sell it and move on to new and exciting things! : o)

  3. I watched this with Mike as we were both fascinated with the entire process. It’s a charming house in a gorgeous location with a spectacular view. My gosh, Sarah.

    I had to laugh at your teenage socks comment. I know it well.

    I’m so excited for you to have space to move in once again, a proper home for kitty (snicker). Oh and the rest of you, of course. It was fun seeing your chicken come in to view toward the end of the video as well.

    As you say, it won’t be long now. I’m so excited for you.

    1. It is an exciting project, although at times a tad hair raising! But with each day something new happens and before we know it, we will be a normal family in a normal house and not a building project! : o)

      1. I remember the stresses of moving and the stress of remodeling, but you’ve taken it to a whole new level. I hope this is your retirement home Sarah! I must get back to New Zealand and arrange a proper visit.

        1. Absolutely. I am not moving again! But that is what makes this so much fun. When you know for certain you are doing this for the long term you make different decisions than you would if you only thought it would be for a while. You are always welcome to come and visit. : o)

          1. Thank you, Sarah. We are definitely coming back to New Zealand in a few years, and I will plan more time on the North Island then. It will be so wonderful to finally meet you after so many years. Thank you for your warm invitation.

  4. I so loved moving house video and ended up with tears in my eyes
    You are an amazing video maker Sarah
    It has been wonderful having the privilege of watching this whole process on a nearly day to day basis and the best is to come

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