The Log House Dream: Its a start.

Now that the logs were here, we had to get them to the building site, down 500 meters of narrow winding driveway. The Man of the House built a ‘log trailer’ that consisted of two sets of wheels on axles, one for each end of the logs. We took them down two at a time, lashed together so they wouldn’t roll.

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It was a good idea but the back wheels zig zagged all the way down and threatened to go over the bank at every bend. We needed to secure them somehow so that they would just follow the front and not go where they felt like. The Man of the House has an engineering brain and he nutted it out before disaster struck. A bar attached to the rear axle, pulled up and secured between the logs locked the back wheels and the ‘trailer’ performed well enough to get all 94 logs down.

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There was one minor disaster, unrelated to the ‘log trailer’. Rob was helping us out that day and he and The Man of the House, jabbering like a pair of monkeys, drove the tractor, with a pair of logs attached into a drain. Funny how trouble and Rob are quite close companions.

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Once the logs arrived at the house site, the crane lifted them onto two platforms designed to keep them off the ground. It was an impressive site and exciting to think that one day they would form the walls of our house.

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8 comments

  1. Thanks Sue, its good for us too. We’ve almost forgotten it ourselves and the pictures bring it all back. We’ve had plenty of laughs remembering.
    Sorry if you got a spammed message response. Fat finger syndrome reading your comment on my phone. ;-(

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  2. Hi Wendy. Ingenious! I was just wondering what yourself and the Man of the House did before you started on this? Did you have careers that prepared you for it?

    I was also thinking that in many ways, from what I’ve seen since being in NZ, you are capturing a fine example of social history and Kiwi culture here…a kind of innovative “suck it and see” approach to life…giving it a go and adapting along the way. It’s great!

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    • Thanks Graham. He he. ‘Suck it and see’ sounds like us. We’re still doing it, I guess with the car and the new power system. We went up to the farm without any farming or building experience. The MotH is a mechanic and I worked in customer service mostly.Experience isn’t as important as a can do attitude or total unawareness of your limitations. You can learn how to do anything. We gave the locals a few laughs while we were learning.

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  3. Wow that sure is a long way back Wendy!…… & the job still continues!! Lol!! So beautiful & quiet up there, always look forward to visiting when we are over home!!

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