A new house has arrived, via the Newell Highway.

There is excitement in the air – a house has arrived from Melbourne, via Tocumwal, on a truck. It’s going to be parked on the Lachlan River and will become the new home for my sister and her hubby.

Ahh, the possibilities

Ahh, the possibilities

Here’s the bare block, as it is ‘pre house.’ Such an exciting (read ‘stressful’) time for them both as they prepared the way for the big arrival.

In their words, it has been a build up like no other. It could actually be compared to the impeding birth of a new baby (my observations, not theirs.)

Rather than a Doctor, the couple are making regular appointments with engineers from Council – who seem to have written every ‘parenting’ book known to man.

And the pre natal ‘huff and puff’ class has been replaced with reading up on the science of house relocation. The resident midwife, John from Golden Age Homes, specialises in transporting houses from inner city Melbourne to a new location. This Victorian style home was originally from Northcote and has now made way for more high rise units. (We think it will be much happier in the country!)

Preparations have been made, not a nursery but rather levelling of the soil, pegging out of the site, mapping of the nearby river and the like. An impending baby is sounding much easier.

And just like many babies, the bloody thing came early! Here she is making her grand entrance…

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Nearly there…

The proud parents watch on

The rear end

Welcome to your new paddock.

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The coming together of two parts to make a whole

The naming ceremony is next – every farm needs a name. So the front runner at the moment is Northcote, as a reference to the origins of the house. Not being overly familiar with the suburbs of Melbourne, the house relocators assured us that it used to be a fairly low brow suburb however it is well on its way to being one of high regard. We’ll go with that.

In the meantime it’s action stations… and I am thinking of setting up a lemonade stall to take full advantage of the local onlookers that have incorporated a drive along River Road into their daily routine.

Cherie

Oh, and did I mention that they are actually having a real baby as well?!

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