some before and after photos as we worked on the second-last piece of wall – insulation, board, light feature and paint to come
Anne and I (with the help of a bunch of great people from St Stephen’s) arranged and helped plant 77 fruit trees at our Totara Valley property. Most of these are apples – and most of them are heritage apples. We enjoyed a great week after the rain of the planting day! Some pics will make their way over the next few days… this entry has one of the hound (Griff) with apple trees etc in the background if you look closely, and a (wet) toast to the new orchard with the planters – apple cider of course!
The reporter and photographer rolled up yesterday while we were doing lumberjack work ahead of next week’s orchard planting… we wonder if we wanted the publicity… but front page news we made!
Please understand that the religious references were not made by us!
The last piece of work an hour before the machine was trucked out and off to its next destruction exercise. Peace at last!
We begin a consultation and discernment process for what is next in June. The journey continues!
A BIG TICK to the crew from Southern Demolition Ltd. They were respectful, efficient, fun to be around and very accommodating.
We had a good go at the shack over the last couple of days. On Saturday Anne and I got dropped off by a friend who was visiting her niece who lives nearby – that enabled us to strip the ceiling and wall linings in the spare bedroom and put insulation in and put some wallboards back. Then on Sunday evening we went down again with our friends Geoff & Dale and we put ceiling panels in then lined some walls – especially in the living room behind the kitchen bench (pictured). A lovely sunny day in what has been a dull wet week. We also had visits from the carpet guy (who will cut the carpet we have salvaged from Christchurch and lay it), and the digger guy who will pull out some old and new stumps and rip the strips where the orchard will be planted in a few week’s time. Another busy but lovely trip to Totara Valley!
Today the building is almost down – all that is left is the office level. The demolition crew did what they could to respectfully demolish the roadside section with the concrete built-in cross on it. The sequence of photographs below tell the story. What’s left is going to be pulled down and carted away over the next week or so. The principal machine operator is moving on to another site where his skills are now needed. He has been consistently fantastic to deal with.