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March 2, 2013 / diannegray

The RUC has landed

When I decided to return to my home in the country I found that the old house had really become an ‘old house’. I was determined to fix her up and bring her back to her former glory. Once the walls were down and the irreparable damage uncovered from white ants and the last cyclone, I realised she had to come down.

Coincidence is a beautiful thing. A friend of a friend knew of my disappointment and found that an old Rugby Union Club in the heart of Cairns was going to be demolished. This Rugby Union Club (which has come to be affectionately known as The RUC) is over 100 years old. After a building inspection, the RUC was deemed to be in structurally sound condition. It had been sitting on this site for about 50 years and before that had been a homestead in Smithfield (one of the original houses in the region). The design of the RUC is Federation Queenslander, which was very popular in the tropics pre WWI.

We were told we could have the RUC at no cost to move onto the farm.

When I say no cost – I’m not saying this has been a cheap exercise. Relatively speaking, it wasn’t overly expensive to move, however (apart from hiring a company to move it – Miles & Co who did a brilliant job) there were a lot of hidden costs. Fees to the regional council for inspections, applications and approvals, architectural drawings, energy efficiency ratings, clean-up of old site, preparation of new site – they all add up.

There were also a number of applications that needed to be made to the police (road escort), Road traffic authority (bridges and traffic lights), Queensland rail (house to go over tracks) and Ergon Energy (house to go under powerlines). Getting all these together was like waiting for the planets to align. Each of these applications only last for several days and (for example) if the police were unavailable on the day, our application to the RTA would expire and we would have to re-apply.

All up, getting the applications and ticking the boxes to move the RUC took four months. I’m thinking it will be another two months before the house is ready for me to move in. I’m putting a new roof on it, redoing the floors, putting in a new kitchen and bathroom and adding another set of stairs.

There’s still some work to do – but she’s here now. Let the fun begin!

The RUC has landed2

Sorry if I’ve been absent from your posts for a while – but I’ve been a little busy 😀

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  1. Sheila Morris / Mar 2 2013 7:39 am

    Best news here, Dianne – so glad for the RUC to have made its way home!! I really like it – it must be a cracker of a place and I can imagine how cool this will be when you finish renovating!!! Don’t worry about reading blogs…keep your eyes on the prize. 🙂

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    • diannegray / Mar 2 2013 7:47 am

      Thank you, Sheila! It’s been such a busy time 😯 It’ going to look so beautiful when it’s finished. I was a bit hesitant to put the pics up as it is now still on the truck because it looks a bit battered, but thought it would make a great beginning for ‘before’ and ‘after’ shots! 😀

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  2. Anna Belfrage / Mar 2 2013 7:44 am

    At last! A somewhat dilapidated beauty, in need of some TLC, but it’s there and it’s yours and it must feel absolutely wonderful. Good luck with your new home, and don’t forget to bury a good luck charm somewhere beneath it.

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    • diannegray / Mar 2 2013 8:39 am

      Oh – what a great idea! I may put a time capsule under the cement slab with some of my books and some photos. I’m even more excited now! 😀

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  3. Darla Welchel / Mar 2 2013 7:49 am

    Awesome. Happy renovating! You have to love government red tape, but I’m glad you finally got your RUC.

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    • diannegray / Mar 2 2013 8:41 am

      The government is amazing – for every tick of the box, more money flies out of your pocket! ouch! 😉

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  4. Bonnie / Mar 2 2013 7:51 am

    Yay! The eagle has landed!! Such an exciting process to watch! 🙂

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    • diannegray / Mar 2 2013 8:42 am

      I can’t wait until I can show the pics of the RUC brought back to it’s former glory – YAY! 😀

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  5. lexiesnana / Mar 2 2013 7:53 am

    Can’t wait to see more of the renovations!

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    • diannegray / Mar 2 2013 8:42 am

      I’ll get some pics of the view from the veranda when I can climb up there to take a peek 😉

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  6. John / Mar 2 2013 8:05 am

    Clapping!!!!!!! Great news Dianne, hope to see renovations. 🙂

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    • diannegray / Mar 2 2013 8:43 am

      Thank you, John! I’m so incredibly excited 😀

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  7. Rick Mallery / Mar 2 2013 8:19 am

    Awesome, Dianne. Home, sweet home! Bet you can’t wait to be writing on that veranda! 🙂

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    • diannegray / Mar 2 2013 8:44 am

      My muse is calling me up there! I can’t wait 😀

      I’m about half way through your book and loving it 🙂

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  8. robincoyle / Mar 2 2013 8:20 am

    You mean a minor task, such as moving a building, takes you away from reading blogs? Come on! It isn’t like you were moving a mountain, heaven, or earth. (Tee hee)

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    • diannegray / Mar 2 2013 8:46 am

      LOL! It’s been an ‘experience’ to say the least, Robin 😉

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  9. Maddie Cochere / Mar 2 2013 8:27 am

    So happy for you, Dianne! There must have been a huge sigh of relief when it was finally on your property. It will be so much fun watching the progress as you make it your own. 🙂

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    • diannegray / Mar 2 2013 8:47 am

      I’m really looking forward to it, Maddie. And congratulations again on being an Amazon No.1er !!!! 😀 😀

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  10. lifeonwry.com / Mar 2 2013 8:28 am

    Holy cow, now that’s a project! Congrats!

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    • diannegray / Mar 2 2013 8:48 am

      It’s a huge project and I got a lot of pictures of the truck trying to get around the petrol tank but didn’t post them here this time. That tank just has to go… 😉

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  11. billyraychitwood1 / Mar 2 2013 8:38 am

    Bless you! Four months for RUC to arrive… And, good luck on the two months for roof, kitchen, bathroom and flooring!!! The big upside: it looks beautiful and just perfect setting there among the trees! The other upside, you’re going to have a genuine ‘blast’ doing the needed work…

    Happy for you and can see you writing some soulful books there.

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    • diannegray / Mar 2 2013 8:52 am

      Thank you so much, Billy Ray 😀 I know I’m being very hopeful with getting the rest done, but I’ve got my three kids and their partners arriving to stay for a week in mid-June so it’s going to be like one of those TV shows where everything has to be completed by the end of the show! LOL 🙂

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  12. avwalters / Mar 2 2013 8:56 am

    How exciting. The next chapter begins. I can hardly wait to follow the work and then vicariously enjoy the creation of a new home. Congratulations.

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    • diannegray / Mar 3 2013 6:46 am

      Thank you so much for the congratulations! It’s such a huge project but it will all be worth it in the end. I absolutely love restoring antiques and I’m sure this is the biggest one I’ll ever work on! 😀

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  13. Jenny Ackland / Mar 2 2013 9:01 am

    Fantastic to see the pics of the old place (and sad, because I understand your connection, I also feel a strong connection to places and houses, like *really* strong as if they are people. Sometimes, they are better than people) and exciting to see the new RUC in place. I want to hug myself with anticipation that we get to share the journey in some small way, through your blog. Good luck with everything!

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    • diannegray / Mar 3 2013 6:58 am

      This is such a beautiful comment, Jenny, now I want to hug you! 😀 Its going to be an amazing journey and I love sharing with you. I hadn’t noticed until I was in there yesterday and wiped the ‘bar’ and kitchen benches that they are all made of a beautiful rich red wood (before it was moved they had a thick layer of dust on them and I hadn’t wiped them). I’ll have to ask someone who knows more about wood than I do because I think it may be red cedar! WOW!

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      • Jenny Ackland / Mar 3 2013 10:30 am

        Now I want to hug you too! I find your blog very inspiring and have mentioned it on my personal blog if you’d like to check it out (diff to my wordpress – I’ve been blogging elsewhere since 2005 ‘anonymouse-ly’) but last year, yours and one other blog that I found, are two online spaces that I just adore and both have to do with a vivid sense of place and people connected to their location… post can be found at: http://melbgirltakeonthings.blogspot.com.au/

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      • diannegray / Mar 3 2013 5:23 pm

        Wow! I just went over an posted a comment. Thank you so much, Jenny 😀

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  14. JackieP / Mar 2 2013 9:02 am

    this is awesome Dianne! Yeah!!! Can’t wait to see pics as you go along.

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    • diannegray / Mar 3 2013 6:59 am

      Thanks, Jackie! It’s going to look very spectacular when it’s finished and I couldn’t be happier 😀

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  15. Don't Quote Lily / Mar 2 2013 9:07 am

    Let the fun begin indeed. Best of luck, I’m sure it’ll look great, and it’s all yours. 😀

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    • diannegray / Mar 3 2013 7:00 am

      That’s the great part – it’s all mine and I just want to give it a big hug! 😀

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  16. ly / Mar 2 2013 9:09 am

    Been waiting patiently to see this photo!! Looking good already, Dianne. I know you are partially relieved. Can’t believe how much paperwork was required. You know, this could be a really good TV show. Well, we’ll just watch it from here, I guess.

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    • diannegray / Mar 3 2013 7:01 am

      I think it would have made a great reality TV show – particularly the part where they were trying to edge the house past that stupid water tank that was supposed to have been removed a month ago 😉

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  17. Deborah Hawkins / Mar 2 2013 9:10 am

    So cool. Moving a whole building would tend to make you kind of busy! Waiting for updates!

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    • diannegray / Mar 3 2013 7:04 am

      It’s kept me very busy, Deborah 😉 And the fun part will be the restoration. But now that it’s on the block I don’t have to check the ‘long term’ weather forecast anymore! The monsoon season has stayed away so far, but now it rain as much as it likes! 😀

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  18. mrscarmichael / Mar 2 2013 9:21 am

    Droppppp goal!

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  19. Peter / Mar 2 2013 9:22 am

    So glad to hear the RUC is all there. After living in our 1923 converted 6 room school house for 6 years now I’m so glad to hear that others share the passion of re-tasking grand old buildings. I’m sure that all of the effort and cost yo put into restoring her will be an ongoing source of joy as you enjoy living in her. Good on You!
    And by the bye…. hang in there — it sometimes seems that old buildings are attention hounds and just when you think you’ve done all you need to do — she’ll start feeling neglected and give you yet another thing to re-do/fix/correct.
    Olde Things demand owners with great staying power — just like demanding lovers. 🙂

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    • diannegray / Mar 3 2013 7:08 am

      Thank you for the warning, Peter. From someone who has been there, it’s important for me to know these things 😀 I wiped the inches of dust off the kitchen benches and ‘bar’ yesterday afternoon to find they are (what I think may be) red cedar. Now that has got me VERY excited! 😀

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  20. bluebee / Mar 2 2013 9:29 am

    Bravo! What a project. You should have got the reality TV people involved – it would have paid for itself!

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    • diannegray / Mar 3 2013 7:10 am

      That’s what I’m thinking now! It would have made a great show because there was so much going on behind the scenes that would make you laugh and scream it was amazing! 😀

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  21. Theo Fenraven / Mar 2 2013 9:41 am

    The stress must be great on some days. You make it sound fairly easy but I’m guessing you were tearing your hair out sometimes. 🙂

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    • diannegray / Mar 3 2013 7:12 am

      How absolutely right you are, Theo! Particularly when the petrol tank was still there when it was supposed to be moved a month ago and the truck had to squeeze it’s way around it to get the house into place – it was very nerve-wracking! 😉

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  22. T. W. Dittmer / Mar 2 2013 9:41 am

    Shaking my head, wondering how you got it all done. Pretty amazing to me.

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    • diannegray / Mar 3 2013 7:14 am

      It was a huge project, Tim. I’m still not sure how it happened either, there were so many things to consider and anything could have gone horribly wrong at any time. Luckily, it eventually went smoothly 😀

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  23. EllaDee / Mar 2 2013 9:42 am

    I love the RUC 🙂 Not taking anything way from people who whack up new houses from new materials (I’m sure they love them) but old, recycled is the way to go. The RUC has a story! And, you guys are writing the next chapters. As much as you love her, she’ll love you back. But as Peter says she may be a quirky demanding mistress – she’ll love and and pay you back in spades. I know, we have one who the G.O. restored from a state where most sane people would have demolished and started again – we call her the Grand Old Lady. Your kids & their partners will love the RUC too… and everyone else, such is the charm of an old house 🙂

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    • diannegray / Mar 3 2013 7:21 am

      I absolutely love old houses because they have so much history and character. The Grand Old Lady sounds fabulous and it makes me a little sad when people just knock down old houses because they have so much character and life about them!

      The RUC certainly has a story and you can feel it when you walk into the place – it’s pure history 😀

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  24. Letizia / Mar 2 2013 9:42 am

    Recycling at its finest! What a wonderful place you will call home soon!

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    • diannegray / Mar 3 2013 7:24 am

      It certainly is recycling at its finest! The timber in the house is very solid and all the interior walls are wood as well (even the ceiling!) I can’t wait to see her back to her former glory 😀

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  25. justinwriter / Mar 2 2013 10:03 am

    I never realised there was so much involved in moving a house, but it all makes sense because so many things can go wrong. At least now it’s on site and you can see your dreams starting to take shape.

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    • diannegray / Mar 3 2013 10:19 am

      That’s so right, Justin! Now it’s there I don’t check the weather forecast every day to see if the monsoon is moving in! (Actually, I think the monsoon has gone south this year and hit south QLD and North NSW!). I can just potter around now and decide what I want to go where instead of having to look at the paper plans and ‘visualize’ 😉

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  26. Piper George / Mar 2 2013 10:04 am

    Wow. What a grand old house. Looking forward to seeing the next steps

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    • diannegray / Mar 3 2013 7:25 am

      I’ll be taking a lot of pics along the way, Piper! Once the inside is cleaned out I’ll post them up here as well 😀

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  27. Kozo / Mar 2 2013 10:46 am

    How on earth did that come in two pieces? If that is a semi-truck, then the RUC is huge. Judging from the fact that you are adding another set of stairs, there seems to be tons of room for a visiting Kozo. 🙂
    Congratulations, Dianne. In a few years, those 4 months will be forgotten when you enjoy the karma of recycling, re-tasking, and re-loving. {{{hugs]}} Kozo

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    • diannegray / Mar 3 2013 7:28 am

      Thank you, Kozo! I always love waking up in the morning to see you’ve hugged me! It makes my day 😀 The house is rather large – and a lot of that is veranda which is great because I’m such an ‘outside’ person! The new stairs are going to go at the front from the veranda gate, coming down then splitting off into two (apparently they call them butterfly stairs) 😉

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  28. Invisible Mikey / Mar 2 2013 10:52 am

    I love the idea of moving a beloved building to a new home site. ANYTHING can be re-purposed! This made me smile.

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    • diannegray / Mar 3 2013 7:30 am

      I’m so glad you got a smile out of this, Mikey. It’s great to see old things restored and not just dumped like a lot people do nowdays. The building is beautiful and once she’s restored, I’m pretty sure she’ll look spectacular 😀

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  29. Jill Weatherholt / Mar 2 2013 11:42 am

    What a great house! Welcome home, Dianne! It’s been a long time coming ~ enjoy!

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    • diannegray / Mar 3 2013 7:32 am

      Awwww – thank you, Jill! I love the ‘welcome home’ comment – that’s exactly how I feel 😀

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  30. mcwoman / Mar 2 2013 11:51 am

    I thought you might be busy with the moving of the RUC because it’s been a couple of days I haven’t heard from you. I’m so happy the “eagle has landed” and from now on, you’ll be making your new nest. Send lots of pictures of the renovation. Before and After pictures are always fun. Congrats.
    Barbara

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    • diannegray / Mar 3 2013 7:34 am

      I’ve been quite remiss in reading blogs in the last few days, Barbara. There was just so much to do – but I’m going to spend an hour this morning catching up on what I’ve missed out on! 😀

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  31. Ruth Rainwater / Mar 2 2013 12:21 pm

    How exciting!! You have to keep us updated on the progress!! I’m so excited for you and can’t wait to see the changes!! 🙂

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    • diannegray / Mar 3 2013 7:34 am

      Thank you, Ruth! It’s such a big project and I’m looking forward to posting ‘progress’ pics as well 😀

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  32. The Bumble Files / Mar 2 2013 12:58 pm

    Yay, Dianne!! You finally got it at long last. Congratulations! It will all be worth it when it’s finished. It looks like a nice spot.

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    • diannegray / Mar 3 2013 7:37 am

      It seems like I’ve been waiting for it forever! 😀 Now I’m so glad it’s here because I can just potter around and get things done at my own pace. Thank you so much for the congrats – you’re a darling 😀

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  33. DaydreamsinWonderland / Mar 2 2013 1:21 pm

    Oh this is going to be gorgeous when it’s finished! I’ll echo what a few others said about updating us on the progress. It looks so relaxing there. No wonder you loved it.

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    • diannegray / Mar 3 2013 7:39 am

      I loved it from the moment I saw it (houses sometimes do that!) and I knew it would be perfect for the farm. It fits in with surrounding area and I think it’s actually happy to be there instead of being demolished! (I could have sworn it ‘smiled’ when it was put into place) lol 😉

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  34. sherrylcook / Mar 2 2013 1:23 pm

    This is going to be so cool! I just love the fact that you are fixing up this place… So much history .. If only the walls could talk!

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    • diannegray / Mar 4 2013 6:43 am

      Thank you so much, Sherry! The place is so old that it would have thousands of stories to tell. I really wish walls could talk as well! 😉

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  35. Anna Scott Graham / Mar 2 2013 2:18 pm

    Oh so many congrats on the new digs!! What a laundry list of hoops to jump through, but the RUC is home now, and soon you will be too. 🙂

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    • diannegray / Mar 3 2013 7:40 am

      So many hoops, so many boxes to tick and so many things that could have gone wrong, Anna! It’s is such a relief to have it sitting on the farm now 😀 *EXHALE*

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  36. EJ / Mar 2 2013 2:22 pm

    So glad the planets aligned and you got the RUC to its new home; can’t wait to see its rebirth as your new home!
    🙂

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    • diannegray / Mar 3 2013 7:42 am

      I’ll be taking pics as I go along and I think it’ll be great to see the before and after 😀 Don’t you just love it when the planets align! 🙂

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  37. nrhatch / Mar 2 2013 2:31 pm

    Woo Hoo! Glad that the RUC made it to is new home . . . so it can become your new home.

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    • diannegray / Mar 3 2013 7:43 am

      We’ve both got new homes! LOL – I love it! 😀

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  38. Photos With Finesse / Mar 2 2013 2:49 pm

    Brilliant! So glad you’re posting the ‘before’ pics – looking forward to the rest of the adventure!

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    • diannegray / Mar 3 2013 7:45 am

      You would have loved being there to take pics, Suzan! The amount of times the truck ‘scraped’ that petrol tank trying to make it through there was hair-raising! 😀

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  39. Hazy Shades of Me / Mar 2 2013 3:24 pm

    This is just so very cool. How awesome to have such a unique and interesting home, and you get to add your own touches too! I wish you the strength and fortitude it takes to get through a ‘reno’ and the health and happiness to enjoy it! Bravo!

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    • diannegray / Mar 3 2013 7:46 am

      Thank you so much, my darling – what beautiful thoughts! 😀

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  40. ramblingsfromamum / Mar 2 2013 3:51 pm

    Oh crap you have you work cut out for you honey, all the bureaucratic bullshite one has to go through just to move a pub/house for ffs. I wish you well and fully understand why you are busy! A work in progress to be sure to be sure 😉 xxxx

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    • diannegray / Mar 3 2013 7:49 am

      The bureaucratic bullshite had everyone on tender hooks! I also had to put down a $15,000 assurance with govt. and they don’t give that back until the house is inspected and deemed livable and the site where it’s come from is cleaned up! They sure know how to squeeze every cent out of you! 😉

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  41. donnajeanmcdunn / Mar 2 2013 4:33 pm

    Congrats on finally getting it moved. All the crap you have had to go through will be worth it in the end. Good luck and may everything go smoothly.

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    • diannegray / Mar 3 2013 7:51 am

      Thank you so much! There is something so lovely about an old house and I can’t wait to really be there and wake up in the morning to the beautiful views 😀

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  42. Janna G. Noelle / Mar 2 2013 5:42 pm

    Congratulations, Dianne! How long did it actually take to move the house from point A to point B? And how far was the distance?

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    • diannegray / Mar 3 2013 7:54 am

      They had to cut it in half, Janna because the Road Traffic Authority deemed it too big for one move. So the first half came Thursday and the second half Friday. All up it’s probably about 12 miles from point A to point B! Absolutely amazing that we needed so many approvals fir such a short distance! 😯

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  43. the eternal traveller / Mar 2 2013 5:46 pm

    Oh it will be so beautiful when it’s done! It’s the perfect home for the location. I’m looking forward to seeing the “after’ shots. I can’t believe you had to pay to take your home under power lines and over railway tracks, and with QR being privatised we can’t even blame “Can-do” for that one!

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    • diannegray / Mar 3 2013 7:58 am

      LOL! There is a ‘cost’ in every part of the process. I even had to put up a $15,000 assurance to the govt. that I won’t get back until they make sure it is all legit and the house is ready to live in. Thank god they didn’t take out a traffic light on their way through! There were so many things that could have gone wrong, but didn’t 😀

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  44. Jess / Mar 2 2013 5:55 pm

    I am excited for you as if it were my house being dropped off. I look forward to seeing the lovely finish down the line.

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    • diannegray / Mar 3 2013 7:59 am

      Thank you, Jess! I’m so glad you’re excited about this. If you ever decide to do something similar one day you know to ask me so I can give you some tips! 😀

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  45. harulawordsthatserve / Mar 2 2013 6:00 pm

    Great news – congratulations Dianne! I can second all those comments that are looking forward to seeing more pics to turn the place into a real home. Happy nesting!

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    • diannegray / Mar 3 2013 8:00 am

      Thank you, Harula! I love the word ‘nesting’ because that’s what I’ll be doing when the house is eventually lifted onto the tall stumps – I’ll feel like I’m at the top of a tree! 😀

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  46. pommepal / Mar 2 2013 10:32 pm

    What a grand old Queenslander so pleased it has been saved and delivered onto your home site safely.

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    • diannegray / Mar 3 2013 8:03 am

      I knew you’d love this! You would have seen some beautiful Queenslanders in your travels 😉 I’ve been looking at every one I can find so I can get the colours just right. At the moment I’m thinking ‘mountain blue’ and cream. The handrails were originally that colour because I can see it through the peeling paint. I can’t wait to bring her back to her former glory 😀

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  47. ripe red berries / Mar 2 2013 10:56 pm

    YAHOOO!!!! Looking forward to seeing the process…have fun!!

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    • diannegray / Mar 3 2013 8:04 am

      Thank you! I’m totally looking forward to this project. More pics to come soon 😀

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  48. bodhisattvaintraining / Mar 3 2013 12:42 am

    Exciting! It looks like a lovely building, can’t wait to see the during renovation and after photos..

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    • diannegray / Mar 3 2013 8:05 am

      Thanks, Annie! I’m sure you would have seen some lovely Queenslanders in your travels, as well. I’m so looking forward to the next chapter of this story 😀

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  49. char / Mar 3 2013 1:25 am

    Congratulations. That sounds like a lot of work, but it looks beautiful.

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    • diannegray / Mar 3 2013 8:08 am

      Thank you, Char. It’s a huge project because old houses need things that the new ones don’t (they’re very fussy!) I’m hoping that a new floor, roof and paint job will keep her happy for the next few years! 😀

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  50. ocdreader / Mar 3 2013 3:33 am

    Yay! That is so exciting, it is really happening 🙂 I can’t wait to see the finished pictures of you sitting in front with a glass of wine. In the meanwhile, best of luck with the second (third/fourth?!) phase of the RUC transformation.

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    • diannegray / Mar 3 2013 8:11 am

      LOL! Strangely enough I’ve already climbed up onto the veranda to have a wine! (you know me too well):lol:

      Once it looks a little healthier, I’ll certainly get a pic of me sitting there enjoying the full vista! 😀

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  51. 4amWriter / Mar 3 2013 7:37 am

    Very exciting, and I’m so happy for you! What a wonderful experience to have. Would make a great story! 😉

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    • diannegray / Mar 3 2013 8:14 am

      It’s been a fabulous experience! I wouldn’t want to go through it again, but I’ve learned so much (and that’s what life is all about!) It would have made a great reality TV show with all the ups and downs, but I’m writing everything up to do a complete start to finish post one day for those who are thinking of doing something similar 😉

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  52. 1girl4adamwest / Mar 3 2013 12:17 pm

    The fruits of our labor results in lots of love!

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    • diannegray / Mar 3 2013 5:24 pm

      Aww – this is absolutely beautiful 😀 Your words are always so poetic…

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  53. jannatwrites / Mar 3 2013 6:28 pm

    Wow, that seems like such an overwhelming project but you seem to have tackled it with (relative) ease. My goodness, I’m faced with choosing a paint color and I over-think it to the point of doing nothing. Glad your home is coming along…it will be so nice when you finally get to move in!

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    • diannegray / Mar 4 2013 6:20 am

      It is a big project, Janna, and a big house as I’ve come to realise. The beauty of it is, is a simple design and that makes it a lot easier to do the floors, roof, painting,etc). But I have to choose a colour too, and that’s something I may be over-thinking as well! 😉

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  54. grumpytyke / Mar 4 2013 4:06 am

    Sounds like material for 101 stories to me – great!

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    • diannegray / Mar 4 2013 6:22 am

      I’m going to take pictures of the views as well – they are certainly spectacular 😀 I’m sure there will be a lot of stories written in this house 😉

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  55. tchistorygal / Mar 4 2013 4:33 am

    Your stories are always welcome. It’s good to know what is going on in your world – and that is SO exciting. Never stop blogging entirely, Dianne. 🙂 Marsha 🙂

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    • diannegray / Mar 4 2013 6:23 am

      Thank you, Marsha! I haven’t had time to start up the other project yet – but I know I’ll get there soon 😀

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  56. Rohan 7 Things / Mar 5 2013 8:35 am

    What a fantastic story! Keeping a beautiful old building alive is a great thing to do. It reminds me of when my dad bought a hundred year old house in Lismore NSW and did it up over 6 years. Bought for 13,000 sold for around 80,000 and loved and lived in for many years. I spent most of my teen years there, some great times 🙂

    Sorry to go on about myself haha, but your project brings back nice memories 🙂

    Good luck with all the repairs and renovations. keep us all abreast of the progress on the house. Oh and be sure to do a little irrigation around the house if it’s in a wet area, just a few trenches around, filled with rocks and gravel should do the trick! Bit of clever drainage will keep you and your place bone dry.

    Take care 🙂

    Rohan.

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    • diannegray / Mar 5 2013 12:53 pm

      I’m so glad this project brings back nice memories for you, Rohan! YAY!

      Irrigation is going in (the rocks and gravel etc). We used to live in the same spot in the old cane cutters barracks so we know where the water runs (after a few floods!) This one is going to be on high posts and I’ll have to get used to that because I’m afraid of heights 😯

      They’re ‘pulling it together’ today (it came in two separate pieces) and are going to put the old roof back on while we’re waiting for the new one. We had a huge downpour yesterday and the old place got very soaked on the inside. There may be a cyclone brewing off Mackay, so any roof will be better than none at the moment – just in case it hits us 😀

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      • Rohan 7 Things / Mar 5 2013 8:50 pm

        That’s so cool.We were in flood country as well so ours was up on stilts too. Here’s the place for some inspiration haha: http://on.fb.me/XnbvS2

        I’m not great with heights either but I never had a problem with that place, sitting or standing up on the balcony was a real pleasure, being up off the ground feels quite nice I think 🙂

        Take care, you’ve got a big job ahead of ya but I’m sure it will be very satisfying!

        Rohan.

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  57. Zen A. / Mar 5 2013 9:22 am

    Thank goodness the RUC has finally landed! It really did take forever. I hope you don’t have much trouble with all the renovations though. D=

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    • diannegray / Mar 5 2013 12:54 pm

      The only issue I can see at the moment is the low in the Coral Sea – they say it may form into a cyclone. Poor RUC if this happens! 😦

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  58. jmmcdowell / Mar 5 2013 12:21 pm

    It must look like progress is being made now! I hope the renovations go smoothly and you’re soon happily writing in your new home. 🙂

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    • diannegray / Mar 5 2013 12:55 pm

      Thank you so much, JM. I’m just weather watching at the moment, hoping the low off the coast doesn’t turn into a cyclone (that would be bad) 😦

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  59. eof737 / Mar 5 2013 4:50 pm

    How exciting for you. I love the photo of your home on that truck… it is adorable. Looking forward to seeing the photos and write-up! 🙂
    Eliz

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    • diannegray / Mar 5 2013 5:55 pm

      I’m so happy it’s there (at last) – now we just need to keep the rain off it until the new roof comes 😯

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  60. amb / Mar 6 2013 1:16 am

    It’s here it’s here it’s here! So excited for you 😀

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    • diannegray / Mar 6 2013 8:17 am

      Thank you so much, Amb! 😀

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      • amb / Mar 6 2013 8:44 am

        Can’t wait for more updates, my friend xo.

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  61. Lynda / Mar 6 2013 6:56 am

    Interesting, Dianne, when I first looked at the RUC I thought you were taking both levels, not just the top half. It is much more attractive with only the top half! Love it, and I’m so excited for you! 😀

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    • Lynda / Mar 6 2013 7:04 am

      I just read up on the definition of a Queenslander! Interesting and practical reasons for building on “stumps.” I think we could learn something from the Queenslander architectural method here in the deep south! Brilliant!

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      • diannegray / Mar 6 2013 8:23 am

        It really is brilliant and so very simple! They just don’t make them like they used to. When we had the energy rating done, the architect was astounded because of the efficiency of energy. I think the highest rating you can get is 8 and ours was 7.75! Not bad for a house that was built 100 years ago… 😀

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    • diannegray / Mar 6 2013 8:20 am

      Thank you, Lynda. The bottom half was just built in with cement blocks so they all had to be knock down. But it will go on high stumps on our block so we can always build in the bottom half when we’re ready (hubby is already calling the downstairs part the ‘man cave’) 😀

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  62. maggiemyklebust / Mar 8 2013 5:48 pm

    Congratulations! Good luck with the fixing up and I hope you will be very happy in your new home 🙂

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