Well guys I am going to disappear from the forum for a while. I have exchanged contracts for the sale of my house and will be moving in 2 weeks time. Moving was not something that I wanted however I have been forced out by a crooked developer and corrupt local councillors. My current home was my dream home. 2.5 acres of near level land with magnificent mountain views and just acreage around me, a 300m2 house 135m2 boys shed, 90m2 bird aviary complex (another hobby) and a 9m swimming pool, manageable landscape gardens and a horse paddock. Yes apart from the iron horses I have a 4 legged one. It took me years to build where I am and it was my forever home. Value around 1.8m but I had to drastically reduce it due to the corruptly obtained subdivision that surrounds me, and I even had to fight a big battle over a road that the developer proposed through my property. I only just won that one. Been on the market for almost 12 months and have had numerous people early on submit reasonable offers however each withdrew after finding out about the nearby subdivision or road. Then we had our bushfires and now covid, all of which stopped property sales, but fortunately I have just found a purchaser who is prepared to live with the changes to the area, but at a drastically reduced price.
When I first decided to move I spent almost a year travelling up and down the NSW coast each weekend to try and find a suitable vacant small acreage and finally settled on one at Bodalla. I have built a 108m2 shed which will integrate with my proposed house and have built a small flat at the rear of the shed that I will live in while I build. So now I am moving 2¼ hours further south. The really sad part about the move for us is that currently 2 of my 3 adult children are within 10 minutes, and my wife has spent a lot of time minding 4 of our grandchildren, aged between 1 and 10. We will really miss them. I just hope that they visit often.
So I have finished up at work and gone into retirement. I had 66 weeks accumulated annual leave and long service leave and had applied for 20 weeks leave only to get a prompt rejection. It has been ok for my employer to ask me to cancel several holidays that I had booked and to be continually needed but when it comes to actually granting me my leave entitlements that is another thing. They were shocked when I resigned as they did not expect it and I am the only employee with the qualification to do some of the work currently in hand. No longer my worry.
And taking it easy in retirement may have to wait as I have a home to build first so I will be very busy for the next 12 months then I can finish a couple of the bikes that I started a few years ago. I also have most of a 55 Fieldmaster twin for another project that I have yet to start.
For the moment however I have been packing and moving all my gear including lathes, a 3m sliding table panel saw (about 400kg) and a complete workshop of joinery machines, bike parts that I never knew that I had, 10 complete motorcycles and a lot of other things. I am actually starting to get desperate because it seems like there is no end to it. A dual cab ute and a dual axle trailer fully loaded and many trips so far. At the other end everything is dumped in the workshop with no organisation and it is almost full, however at this end it seems like I have only just started. I also have a large bird aviary complex of 25 aviaries that I have dismantled and mostly rebuild at Bodalla. So the last 6 weeks has been very busy for me.
As for household furniture I am leaving that up to a removalist. After I move one of my first jobs will be to arrange an internet connection.
So I may not be able to participate in the forum or respond to any PMs for a while. Wishing everyone all the best, stay safe and I hope to be back on line before too long.