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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Demolition Day...

When the block next door was being redeveloped last year, the demolition took place while DH and I were away in NZ. But before I left, I gave my neighbour Judy, a small camera and the instructions to take photos on the demolition day...which she duly did :-).
It looked as though the demolition of the 2 houses across the road would also take place while DH and I had our recent overnight stay on the Gold Coast. But as things turned out, because we weren't leaving until late morning that day, I was able to document quite a bit of the demolition process of one of the houses.
The equipment arrived the afternoon before...

And was parked in the yard ready to get to work demolishing, first thing next morning...
The owner of the 2 properties, also owns the house next door which is tenanted. I wonder what those tenants thought when they looked out the window at 7.30 am???? arrrggh! lol
The attachment to the machinery was like a curved bird beak...it took off the guttering first...
Then the tiles were peeled off a section...this guy was really deft with handling his machine...


The tiles in the front part of the house are ripped off and the fascia boards are taken off...
Then that 'beak' starts working on the front wall...a lever action soon moves the wall...and it crashes to the ground!

The workers seen in the previous photos moved in when that front wall was felled and moved the wall to one side and they carefully took it apart. Other houses around here that have been demolished, have literally been smashed into little pieces and then the rubble is taken away in several truckloads to be dumped. At this site, the timber, windows and doors were all carefully stacked and obviously were taken away for resale/reuse. Only the roof tiles and the concrete and brick patio of the house on the left were smashed and taken away to be dumped.

The timber all stack neatly in contraptions that looked like upturned metal tables...
 The windows and doors stacked outside the second house...


 Now the machine and its operator turn their attention to the side wall...

 Going...
 Going...

Gone!


I then left them to the demolition while I did small bit of  the packing for our night away...just before we left for the coast, I took some more photos...



And then when we came back in the afternoon of the next day, another photo or two...
So both houses have gone by then; just the front patio of the house on the left...


Next day the machine worked on that patio...

And the truck was ready to take the rubble...

And then the truck driver operated the cover for the load...


And then the driver headed off to where the load was being dumped...


And that was the end of that!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Fathers' Day...

In Australia, the first Sunday in September is Fathers' Day. And so it was that DsD1 and her partner gave DH 2 tickets for a tour of micro brewery, 'Brews Brothers' at East Brisbane. There are a number of these small boutique breweries spread throughout Brisbane, where small batches of some quite 'adventurous' beers and ciders are brewed. Customers range from private bars, restaurants and individuals. We travelled on public transport which is encouraged by the owners of Brews Brothers, as they are very generous with the sampling throughout the 2 hour tour. When we arrived there were quite a few other people there, also doing the evening's tour.
Many years ago I toured the Castlemaine Perkins Brewery in Milton with my first husband, who worked for the company that printed all the labels for that very large brewery. So this micro brewery was going to be a lot different from that experience. It was like visiting old friends who did some home brewing in their garage/shed; it was very relaxed and the staff very welcoming. :-)
But no prizes for interior decorating! lol
This lady preferred to sit quietly with her mobile phone...
  DH enjoying his first sample...



I tentatively chose a Pear and Strawberry cider...it was a really nice drink...not too sweet and not too gassy.
And pretty soon, the cider was all gone!
This young man worked so hard during the evening...he spent the time running between all these steel 'cookers'. All the ingredients were  already measured and set out ready to be added at the appropriate time. he was doing some orders for people who wanted particular beers brewed for them...



The man in the checked shirt was a customer who had ordered a special brew with honey...he kept a close eye on the brewer...


This was the 'boss' and our tour guide for the night...
Here he is demonstrating adding the yeast mixture...


Looking the length of the room from the other side of those steel cookers...

In the fermenting room...


In the cold room, where the beer goes after fermentation is finished and before bottling...


Looking up, you can see the Blues/Brews Brothers...



Lots of 'kitsch' and beer memorabilia decorated the rooms...coasters, cans and mugs..
 Beer glasses etc....

The tour also included a 'Sausage Sizzle', which featured delicious sausages. My sweet husband took me along with him that night (instead of taking a male friend as suggested by DsD1) but I didn't do justice to the beer tasting opportunities that were offered, preferring to just have a sip of DH's...but it was still an enjoyable, and different evening...a great Fathers' Day gift! 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

FNSI...

Yes! last night was the 3rd Friday night of the month so it was Friday Night Sew In...or in my case, Friday Night Knit In. Wendy from Sugarlane Quilts blog hosts this worldwide link up of craft bloggers and you can find the post with all the links to last night's participants right here.
There's a bit of a story behind my project last night...it's a special request and the item is for a very special person who doesn't know anything about his eventual surprise! 
Scott Alexander owns Mountain View Daylilies Nursery and he donated a heap of money to enable Knitting for Brisbane's Needy to have a large shed erected which provides warehouse storage and packaging facilities for the group. ( Before this, Karen and Peter Croke had had their home, shed and garage, 'overrun' with boxes and bags of donations.)

A bit squeezy in the Croke's laundry :-)



Pouring the slab....




Part view of the outside of the shed...  
On the K4BN site there are a series of photos which show more photos of the shed being built...

Sadly, Scott is not a well man and has now entered a Residential Care facility, leaving his family to run the Nursery. One of his staff had seen one of my knitted throws and through Karen, had asked if I could make one for Scott. After his generosity to the group, it is my absolute pleasure to do this. I asked which design J had seen, and it was that old favourite of mine...the Chevron/Ripple! And would you believe, Scott's favourite colour is 'wisteria', but I was told to use whatever colours I like...so I'm having fun! So back to my FNKI...
Some of the lovely yarns I'm using, including a gorgeous variegated alpaca yarn and some hand spun and dyed wool yarn from Lisa, a member of Knit4charities. 

Another view...


The big ball of hand spun and dyed yarn...

The throw is about 90 cm long, so about half way...must dash off now and do a few rows. :-)

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A night away; Part 2

Following on from yesterday's post...
After watching the paragliders and getting up close to a sweet little wallaby joey, DH and I continued on our way home...the long way! lol
I had recently mentioned to DH that I had never been to Binna Burra but so many of my friends spend time there to relax and unwind, and I wondered what it was like. So DH drove us there for a bit of a look around...
  1. Binna Burra is a parcel of private land and mountain lodge surrounded by Lamington National Park in Queensland, Australia. The lodge lies in the north-eastern corner of the Lamington Plateau in the McPherson Range, 75 km south of Brisbane. Wikipedia

And it is just as my friends described it...quiet, beautiful bush land. There are lots of images of the area here
We didn't go on any of the Binna Burra lodge walks...instead, we strolled to the Lamington Tea House



Beside the door was a noticeboard...


One particular notice caught my eye...


Luckily the notice did not  refer to either myself or DH! 
The view from our table in the tea room...


After a lovely Devonshire Tea, DH and I once more took to the road. DH wanted to find a particular place in the general area that we had visited  once before. It wasn't long before we saw the sign...Lahey's Canungra Tramway Tunnel. 
 
DH parked the car...

Since our last visit, the tunnel has been closed. Apparently due to all the rainfall in early 2011, the entrance had become unstable. Luckily the track from the carpark is still open. 



But you can still look down the length of this historic structure...

This was a private railway which used the 3'6" gauge; the line provided transport of logs to the Lahey's timber mill  


Some of the information signs...
The disused tunnel played a new role during WW2 




Back on the road again after this stop, we made our way to the M1 and continued on to home. It had been fun exploring the smaller roads.