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Have greenhouse, will travel...

Saturday, 14 Apr 12 Sunny 25°C / 77°F

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Another milestone in our, seemingly, never ending move to the new abode, a fresh start in a totally new location. (Hmm, a milestone? I wonder if this is worthy of a request to Nic & Nath. lol ;-)

I’ll go out on a limb (ba da boom) and say that our move is nearing completion. It must be if we’re starting to move the garden contents!
Pictured is The little truck that does with the greenhouse snugly in place after travelling 150k’s (approx 100 miles) to its new location at the property. Astute observers will notice that even up there, it’s still sheltering plants under its roof.

The little truck that does? because unlike the story book engine that “thinks it can”, this little baby has performed almost flawlessly and “just does”. It continues to pleasantly surprise despite being in a badly neglected and unloved state originally. It hasn’t all been plain sailing as it required an injection of capital into the bottom end in an attempt to stem the expensive and annoying oil losses, or as the old joke goes: fill it up with oil and check the fuel! After this move it will retire to the farm and lead a peaceful leisurely life, challenged only by the donkeys and goats (when we get them). Hmm, Where was I?

It’s amazing how much stuff one accumulates over 30 plus years, but despite the fact that we are moving, we are not downsizing! Not yet anyway. Everything has gone with us, the lot. Your “Life on the lawn” is an understatement when you forgo the garage sales and just move it all to a 100 acres.
We will sort it all out later but, not surprisingly, the vast majority is destined for reuse and new projects of which the list is already way too long. We wouldn’t have it any other way though.

So – how many trips, loads, tonnes?
Let me start by saying that we always knew it would be a huge move, that it would take maybe 6 months to complete, and that it would require some nifty footwork and sleepless nights.
All this has been confirmed, with the added emphasis of reality. It’s one thing to plan, another to actually live through it. No removalists have been involved either, planning and logistics? As it unfolds – “Here’s the master plan, here are the amendments, now forget it and just do it!”

DW is excellent at keeping track of numbers and dates (some of her many skills) and todate we have made 70 plus trips, comprising 100 plus loads in total (a trailer, as in the photo, counts as a load). 40 odd with this truck, which can carry up to 2.7 tonnes, and had probably come close to exceeding it on occasion :-)
So, Dear Reader, how many tonnes might that be? If a Truck, Pajero and trailer can all carry capacity.

So with that figure in place, and the mouths now closed (and the heads no longer shaking?) How many hours, or rather days in travelling? How many kilometres?
A round trip takes 4 hours, 1 hour minimum to unload, 3 hours minimum to load in the first instance. That’s an 8 hour day per trip. On a few occasions we were able to squeeze a second trip in. For at least a quarter of them they were midnight runs, lovely and quite on the roads at that time.
70 days spent moving, or on the road for want of a more exact total.
22000 kilometres (14000 miles) under the wheels.

(ETA: Part of the trip to Creswick involves the Pentland Hills, a long slow climb over the Great Dividing Range. 410 metres above our starting point in Melbourne, one notorious climb of 200 metres over perhaps 10 k’s , broken into too few dips and rises. )

We aren’t finished either. :-)
Would we do it again? In a heartbeat – YES!
Would I recommend it to anyone else – unequivocally!
If you get the chance to do it, don’t look for obstacles in the way. Look for solutions and less mainstream alternatives. Anything is possible, especially if you don’t constrain yourself to those mainstream solutions.

Well, back to the move, there is no avoiding it after all. :-)


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Messmate Farm garden

Slightly more cluttered now.


  • flowerweaver

    flowerweaver wrote:

    Farmer Rick wants to know if you took all your solar panels? Neat truck! May the remainder go smoothly :)

    Posted on 14 Apr 12 (about 3 years ago)

  • HollyBee

    HollyBee wrote:

    Glad to hear that things are progressing for you. So looking forward to photos once you get settled.

    Posted on 14 Apr 12 (about 3 years ago)

  • graibeard

    graibeard wrote:

    @flowerweaver: Thanks. We are still negotiating about the panels. :-) As an aside, for anyone here in Oz contemplating solar panels, they are tied to your location – the sunshine hours. Think of them as being transferable, but with complications.
    Additionally, they’ve finally incorporated the technology that allows you to have (minimal) battery backup and participate in the grid feed-in, this way power outages don’t have to affect your power supply, you get to use the power generated first, the grid second.

    Posted on 14 Apr 12 (about 3 years ago)

  • graibeard

    graibeard wrote:

    @HollyBee, Thanks. I’m looking forward to being able to take them too. As silly as that may sound, I’ve had the camera on many occasion but other than a documentary on the type of loads, I haven’t had good cause to use it. Harvests, wildlife and improvements to the garden, now that’s what I want to be taking photos of, and no doubt what interests fellow Folians most. Yep, looking forward to it.

    Posted on 14 Apr 12 (about 3 years ago)

  • Bernieh

    Bernieh wrote:

    That’s one massive move, Graibeard. I’m so glad to hear you’re approaching the end of it all. How wonderful it will be to finally be in your new home.

    Posted on 14 Apr 12 (about 3 years ago)

  • HazelJ

    HazelJ wrote:

    I think I missed when you decided to move, but that is a lot of dedication to move it all yourselves! I’ve done several moves (including a long distance move) but have had movers to move everything (after I’ve packed it) and it is still exhausting. I hope the last bit of moving goes smoothly and you’re able to really start settling in at your new place.

    Posted on 14 Apr 12 (about 3 years ago)

  • halhurst

    halhurst wrote:

    You and your DW are dynamos it seems. I’m wondering if there is something in the water down under that makes superheroes. I hope the rest of your move goes quickly and smoothly, and you can get four hours of sleep all in a row sometime soon. Looking forward to your next post.

    Posted on 14 Apr 12 (about 3 years ago)

  • digfrance

    digfrance wrote:

    Nice adventure for sure! wow

    Posted on 15 Apr 12 (about 3 years ago)

  • Sue_McMuffin09

    Sue_McMuffin09 wrote:

    oh boy, the big move is on for you both, looking forward to reading about your adventures once settled… good luck with the rest of the move graibeard..

    Posted on 15 Apr 12 (about 3 years ago)

  • poppyde

    poppyde wrote:

    Maybe you need another trailer (road train) with a bowser in it!

    Posted on 15 Apr 12 (about 3 years ago)

  • rainymountain

    rainymountain wrote:

    Great to hear from you again, and great to hear that the Great Move is almost over – will it make it to the Guinness Book of Records? So hurry up and get it all unloaded and tell us all about the new place, we are all agog.

    Posted on 16 Apr 12 (about 3 years ago)

  • Kevalsha

    Kevalsha wrote:

    Maybe you can rest a little bit when this is all over although you sound like it was mainly fun. I think you guys are fantastic. I never had a move like that. Well, sort of except it was all done through a moving company and we did not do much until everything was at the new place.

    Posted on 18 Apr 12 (about 3 years ago)

  • SneIrish

    SneIrish wrote:

    So glad to hear some news from you, graibeard. You certainly have been keeping busy. Looking forward to hearing about the settling in!

    Posted on 18 Apr 12 (about 3 years ago)

  • Loratika

    Loratika wrote:

    It is great to hear from you graibeard! I admire the courage you and your wife have to tackle that humongous task. As I’ve mentioned before, my husband and I keep debating every day whether we should stay in our home of over 30 years or bite the bullet and make the move out, away from the coast to a property with more land. it seems like evey time we decide we are going to move, some thing happens to make us think that we should stay.

    Part of our rational for staying, probably stems from us starting to go through the 30 years of accumulation and trying to purge, in case we do decide to move. Just going through things gives us a hint as to what a big move it would be and that does kind of intiminate us. But luckily we have you and your wife to look to for inspiration!

    Congratulations on your move and your courage to turn the page that starts your next chapter of your life! Hopefully these next chapters will be some of the best!

    Posted on 19 Apr 12 (about 3 years ago)

  • seeingreen

    seeingreen wrote:

    What a massive move – hats off to you and your DW. Look forward to further instalments – and hope you get to put your feet up soon and enjoy the view.

    Posted on 19 Apr 12 (about 3 years ago)

  • Nakedpippi

    Nakedpippi wrote:

    You and DW are champions! :D
    We purged for 6 months (most weekends) before we moved as we did downsize, yet I swear we still took too much :)
    It’s certainly an adventure you and DW will be able to talk about for years to come, the logistics, how crazy you felt doing it all but loving it at the same time, how you felt leaving the city jealous.
    I wish you both a truck load of luck in your new dwellings, enjoy the serenity of the country and the process of setting up new gardens. Many more adventures to come I would say!

    Posted on 20 Apr 12 (about 3 years ago)

  • Carol

    Carol wrote:

    Glad to see your moving is progressing well.
    Looking forward to your online activities once again, once you are settled in.

    Posted on 21 Apr 12 (about 3 years ago)

  • LillyPilly

    LillyPilly wrote:

    What a big move, but I’m with you on downsizing. If you move to a bigger place (well, in land, if not under roof) you are sure to want whatever it is you got rid of. Time later enough to downsize, or just hang on to everything and know that sorting it out it will torture the kids when you are gone ;)

    Thanks for the update, though we will expect a lot more detail once you shake the dust off.

    Posted on 25 Apr 12 (about 3 years ago)

  • graibeard

    graibeard wrote:

    Ah, Thanks all.

    @Bernieh, it will indeed be wonderful. I can’t wait to join DW there, and she – likewise.

    @HazelJ, This is the first move of any note for us. I don’t envy you doing it multiple times, although no doubt you have it down to a fine art now.

    @halhurst, more than 4 hours and with no dreaming of loading, unloading nor driving? I’ll drink to that!

    @digfrance, wow indeed.

    @Sue_McMuffin09, Thanks. It will be nice to move into the next phase.

    @poppyde, Now that would be with style – we’ve made do with IGA shopping dockets for the fuel discount. With another trailer we could have one of those Long Load signs too, the little truck would really feel like one of the big boys then!

    @rainymountain, the Great Move of 2012? that has a nice ring to it. I notice no mention of unpacking, just unloading? Sounds like you’ve done this before :-) (I’m sure a lot will stay boxed up for a while)

    @Kevalsha, It’s certainly an experience, and because of the eventual goal, it is fun getting there. I will be enormously pleased when the next stage arrives and I can plan, and plant the garden. I’ll definitely have arrived then.

    @SneIrish, You know me – probably won’t be able to shut me up for a while? :-)

    @Loratika, That would make it hard… when something comes up that creates doubt.
    I don’t know your situation fully, but it sounds like the past is holding the future back. It seems that may be an inevitable part of the sorting and preparation process too, especially if you’re still in the decision making stage and haven’t bridged the seemingly huge gap by committing yourselves. I say that because we went through a pre-pack stage (before we had a place) and it was rather difficult to do: after a short while the packing seemed pointless and it became particularly frustrating as our focus was all over the place. I guess you could say it was a poor substitute for the real thing. Once we had committed to this new place then there was no turning back and that sure helps with any focussing problems! :-) Probably not everyone’s cup of tea though – LOL.
    I certainly sympathise, as it helps a lot if the momentum is there. DW was adamant that she didn’t see her future at this (our old) place, ditto for me so there was only one way to go, and the timing was virtually decided for us.

    @seeingreen, I spent a bit of time there this past weekend – did some setting up (chooks, greenhouse), then put the feet up and marvelled at the scenery. It was very hard to come back here (the city)!

    @Nakedpippi, you did well to cull beforehand. We tried but found it difficult to do as it seemed like a poor substitute for the real thing (see above) – plus there is only so much you can box up before it looks like a warehouse! Enjoy the Serenity? We certainly will, considering I came back to here the other night with the sounds of a police chopper passing overhead – It’s for certain that I won’t miss that and similar intrusions.

    @Carol, Hopefully I’ll be able to find my seedpackets again too. I seem to recall an interrupted swap?

    @LillyPilly, Torturing the Kids – I like that, very apt! Having worn that T-shirt once I know exactly what you mean – Emotional baggage was what my sister and I called it when it got to the “difficult” pieces!
    As for the minute detail once I’m here? You got it! :-)

    Posted on 26 Apr 12 (about 3 years ago)

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