Thursday, 29 November 2007

Moving House

The phrase 'moving house' in New Zealand can mean something rather different to the phrase when used in the UK.

A friend recently sold her house and at 0300 hours one morning the owners took it away. Many houses are built to withstand earthquakes and that often means a wooden frame and no bricks. So the building is often a selfcontained unit resting on (and bolted to) the ground. Buildings like this can usually just be jacked up off the ground and a lorry can be backed in underneath. The jacks are lowered and the lorry drives off with the building. 0300 is a popular time to move house because there is less traffic around then.

1 comment:

  1. Good job they don't have those here on Merseyside. Imagine the routine 999 calls at 3 a.m. on a Sunday. "Somebody's pinched my bloody house again. That's the third time this year. They even took the potted Geraniums from the back patio."