got your attention?
I woke up last Saturday to sounds of banging and crashing fairly close by. By the time I'd showered and dressed it was over, no more to be heard.
On the way to the shop a bit later, I found out what it had been.
this house, behind the very overgrown garden, is being demolished.
We had notification a long time ago, so anyone who objected could take it up with the council. I thought it was being torn down last September, but it seems I was mistaken.
this is the machine causing all that early morning ruckus, the front half of the house was torn down, carport and front porch.
there's a hole in the wall now where the porch was attached at roof level, it looks a bit like the red bricks were a "facelift" covering older bricks behind them, the older bricks look darkened by fire.
front door, the porch wrapped around the house a little bit to cover the door.
a closer look, you can almost see inside. the door is still there, open to the right, you can just see the glass in the frame.
a small pile of rubble, this would have been the low wall of the front porch.
the business end of the machine
the corrugated iron from the porch roof.
things were quiet for the rest of the weekend, then on Monday while I was out, the rest of the house came down. when I got home, I grabbed my camera and set off up the street, it's just a few houses up and across the road.
a larger, sturdier wire fence has been erected in front of the flimsy orange plastic that was the only thing keeping people out on Saturday. The green roof with supports you can see there is the house next door.
the machine was still there, moving rubble around, sorting it into piles.
wood and garden rubbish,
bricks and stone,
corrugated iron. See where I've put the blog name? a little to the right and down from centre? hold that spot in your mind. Where the sun is shining on the metal.
if you can see that same spot way down the back of this photo, you'll see just how long this block of land is. An original large block, when houses held families of kids and the back yard held washing line, trees, veggie gardens and plenty of play space. Probably a dog and a cat too.
This morning, Tuesday, I had to go to the shop again, I was all out of mineral water, so I noticed three very large covered trucks, one filled and moving away, a second one being filled with rubble and the third waiting at the kerb.
I've heard the block may be built with one of those "two on a block' constructions, they seem to be popular around here. Two homes, narrow and long, joined by their garages front and centre, dividing fence from the back of the garages to the back of the block. Similar dividing fence at the front.
I'll be watching the construction, because I like to see houses going up and I'll have my camera with me as often as I remember.