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The House in Sydney 1999
5th November 1999
I grew very fond of our house in Sydney. It was comfortable and large
and had lots of good things going for it. There were also bad things,
including the neighbours from hell. They are probably why I'll never
live there again. Here's some photos of the house, just so I can look
back with fond remembrance.
This is an early photograph of the front of the house. You can see
the characteristics - lots of trees and green stuff, and a modest,
small, unpreposessing house.
In the early days, there was an excessive number of trees. Way too
many. There must have been many more before we bought the house,
because when we came to remove a few stumps, we found that there
were already 30 stumps in our yard that had to be removed. It cost a
fortune to get them all ground down. On the left, you can see a
liquid ambar, one of the worst trees in existence. They grow very
quickly, they grow huge root systems that raise concrete, and they
leave hard little prickly balls on the ground for tender feet to
encounter. We removed every liquid ambar from our property. It had to
From the front, the house looks small. We liked this, because the
front showed a modest aspect, but behind the facade, the house
was large and voluptuous.
Here's the front again, a few years later. Anne's gardening is
showing the payoff. The liquid ambar at the left is gone, the trees
at the front have been thinned, and the shrubbery is neater. It
looks more civilised. With the thinner trees at front, you can see
the massive tree that has rapidly grown next door in Joan's yard.
When we bought the house, the tree was small and blasted, having
recently been smashed with a lightning bolt. Within 3 or 4 years,
the tree grew rapidly and passed the 100 foot mark. I wouldn't have
minded if it was an annual, but it wasn't. Every winter it dumped
almost all its leaves into our yard. It was a nuisance.
This photo is taken to the right of the previous photos. It shows
the left side of the house which is usally obscured by the trees.
That part used to be the master bedroom. When the previous owners
built out the back, they built a new master bedroom, and the old one
became their computer room. It became our computer room too. The
front still belies the interior.
This is an early photo of the back of the house. The swimming pool
is still there, plus the old narrow and rotting deck, and the tacky
fence around the pool. It's also obvious how much vegetation is in
the area. This wasn't called Frenchs Forest for nothing.
When the swimming pool died, we ripped it all out and rebuilt the
back. Read the saga of the deck for the full
story. This shows what happened to the area where the swimming pool
Another shot of the deck, after we replaced the swimming pool.