We set the alarm for 1.30am. Just enough time to wake the kids, get everyone dressed, in the car and around to the new house. The moving company had told us they would be there at 2am and they weren't far wrong!
It was the middle of the night, so very dark but our lovely neighbours had given us their key to use as they were away and we settled in with a cup of tea able to watch the whole move easily and in comfort. Plus their outside light was helpful in getting a bit more light for my photos. Grin.
We were totally intriqued by how the trucks worked! During the day, one of the sets of tyres had sunk into the ground. But they easily fixed that. It's all done by hydraulics!
Even the movement was done by hydraulics. There was one man on the truck working a lever which pulled the truck forward, lifting where necessary. And slowly our house seperated.
As you can see, the tyres kept getting 'bogged down', but they just worked through it each time. Lining the area with bricks/concrete/wood basically anything that would keep it solid, then the hydraulics went to work and pulled the truck forward a little bit more.
We weren't sure how the house would get from this point, to a 90 degree turn onto the road properly. But inch by inch, they did.
And then all of a sudden we could see the sleep out from our neighbours. That's not normal!
You can see here how close the fence is. But amazingly, they just worked around it and it was no worries! Inch by slow inch it came off our site and onto the road....
The boys were in their jammies, Sarah had gotten dressed, but all three of them were enthralled by what was going on.
Funnily enough I didn't feel too many emotions as the house left our site. I think I'd said goodbye to it when we moved out. This was just 'par for the course'. But our gorgeous girl, she felt it go.
It seemed to take such a long time to get onto the road, and then all of a sudden it was off...
There were a couple of cars up front, and plenty of people watching, making sure everything was going to plan.
At this point we jumped in the car and raced around to see it coming up the main street.
At this point, those trees broke the windows as it drove along. The noise was so loud in the early morning stillness. But the kids probably found that to be the highlight of the whole thing. LOL.
I think what I found most interesting was how they were able to lift the base of the truck up so it went over the cars that hadn't been moved off the road. Incredible.
And then we drove back home, got back into bed and slept. It was 4am when we got 'home' again. What a wonderful couple of hours that I hope the kids will remember for a long time to come.