The Stairway of Hell


The steps from about half way down

Today was Day 1 of the move.  The process of moving house is happening over several weekends for a number of reasons.  Importantly, I have the luxury of being able to do that and I am not someone to throw over a chance to be lazy regularly.  The new house is owned and will be shared with a couple of close friends, so I have the key and access to the house whenever I want.  The most important reason is, however, that they live at the end of the stairway of hell.


At least a kookaburra won’t kill you

Don’t misunderstand me – the location and the house are beautiful.  The random wildlife, possum and wallaby poop as well as the spiders, on the other hand, would benefit from a makeover.  Or at least, with regards to the spiders, not be able to kill you with a single bite.  And there are 90 steps from the road to the house – which makes a lot of steps where you can tread in the poop or otherwise be ambushed on the way.  My friends have casually mentioned that the first person going up the steps in the morning needs to perform a ritual resembling a mad orchestral conductor – the “baton” is waved madly in front of you to catch any spider webs that have been built across the steps during the night.


Note that I haven’t even mentioned the fact that everything has to be carried down the steps, yet…  So, with the help of a friend, today I moved about a quarter of my belongings and it had a real sense of achievement.  Between us we did 25 trips up and down the steps.  No need for the gym today.  A restorative white wine on the other hand was very welcome indeed.


A long-term British expat - 18 years and counting

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5 comments on “The Stairway of Hell
  1. […] the exertions of the weekend – there was another trip to the Stairway of Hell this morning – a hearty meal was in order.  Pasta e Fagioli, something I would normally eat in […]

  2. […] me travelling back to Europe for a few months, including time for some work projects, I am going to move into a friend’s house for a while rather than pay rent on an empty apartment.  Eye-wateringly high rental prices […]

  3. […] last week has been incredibly busy with the move, kick-off meetings for the new project and ebay.  I can’t say anything about the project, as I […]

  4. […] other thing there is more of in the new house is wildlife.  This has already been discussed but on the second night, things took a new […]

  5. […] home this evening was a little on the damp side.  The bonus was that upon arrival at the Stairway of Hell I was greeted by a scene not too dissimilar to just about every opening shot of cheap, gothick […]

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