Decrepit housing

A construction birthday party was inevitable for Alan’s third birthday.  He’s been visiting building sites since he was in utero.  When I was pregnant with Alan, we were part of a joint venture to develop units on a site that was purchased with this delapidated house on it.

auchenflower delapitated house

The owner of the house was a hoarder and a recluse.  He lay deceased in the house for about 9 months before his body was discovered.  So sad.  My husband was convinced he’d have been the type to not trust banks, and instead have a huge stash of money hidden under his mattress.  So at 7 months pregnant, my sister and I sifted through the contents of the house.

auchenflower under house
auchenflower living roomauchenflower houseWe did not find any cash.  Instead there were hundreds of empty yogurt containers and tea boxes stacked neatly on top of each other as well as the packaging belonging to any other consumable he’d encountered in his hoarding years.

I often wonder about his life.  What made him that way?  I suppose that’s why the world was so fascinated with Grey Gardens and the Beale women (aunt/ niece to Jacki Onassis).  How do two privileged high society women end up recluses living in squalor?  I watched the movie some time ago.  Think crazy cat ladies living in a house filled with cats, raccoons, fleas, garbage with no running water.

mansion eddiemansion mess

The house has since been purchased and restored.  You can rent it for $125,000 for September-July.

mansion restored

Unfortunately, the house on the building site was in a state of disrepair.  It was declared a health and safety risk and a demolition order was issued.  The boys have since frequented the building site.

building site grandad ii pic monkey

building site grandad

Hence the construction theme for the party.  I wasn’t sure guests would show up as my husband had decorated the entrance with caution/ danger tape.  Turns out our friends are risk takers.  They came in despite the warnings.  Fed the troops themed food.

Nuts and Bolts

Nuts and Bolts

party pies

party traffic cones

parrty sawing birthday cake

You know those claw crane games at shopping centres/ timezones where you insert $2 and hopefully get a fun sized mars bar in return? Save your money friends and come to a birthday I host where you can scoop a handful of treats out.  Promise it won’t cost you a cent!

party digger lolliesthird birthday digger game

The other highlight was building cubby houses out of the boxes we’d used in our move.

third birthday building game- boxes

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13 comments on “Decrepit housing

  1. Mother Down Under on said:

    Wow…I can’t believe that house.
    When we bought our place it was a deceased estate and we were convinced we were going to find buried treasure…so far no luck!
    The party looks great…I love the digging for lollies idea…definitely Pin-worthy!

    • admin on said:

      Any treasure buried in that house is no longer accessible to us and has been covered in several levels of building. Good luck finding your treasure!

  2. Kirsten @ Kirsten and Co. on said:

    LOVE the party! The digging for lollies is such a great idea.

  3. Slapdash Mama on said:

    Wow. I often watch those shows
    about Hoarders and wonder about the lives these people had. Sometimes I think I have hoarder tendencies.
    The party idea is adorable.
    Now just excuse me as I go and feed my 12 cats and sort through my newspaper collection xxx

  4. Kylez @ A Study in Contradictions on said:

    Awesome, awesome, awesome! Can you be my Mum and do my next birthday party, pretty please???

    • admin on said:

      I don’t have any girls of my own, so I would love to throw your next birthday party! Am assembling the My little ponies as I type, and tiaras as I type…

  5. Emily @ Have a laugh on me on said:

    I gotta say I found that very interesting – NINE months – how sad is that. I bet it smelt putrid :( Did you found anything interesting? Antiques? I would have LOVED to sift through it, I’m a bit of a hoarder myself, just not with empty food containers!
    On a brighter note I love the nuts and bolts theme.

    • admin on said:

      I too am a bit of a hoarder, Emily. But am now cured. No antiques worthy of keeping were found. A lot of medicine scripts and rubbish. There were some press metal ceiling details that we rescued.

  6. Heidi on said:

    You’re gamer than I… no way would I have sorted through the junk at 7 months pregnant! Hope you wore a mask. And gloves. Often people that hoard have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. They can’t throw anything out in case it’s useful one day. It’s the opposite end of the spectrum with the hand washing/ sanitisation side of OCD.
    Love the construction themed party, every little (and big) boy’s dream!

    • admin on said:

      Heidi, my husband convinced me that theyre would be millions under those piles of newspapers and bits and pieces! No such luck!

  7. Alicia - One Mother Hen on said:

    You know how to hold the best boys parties :)
    There must have been some high hopes at the start of that house clean up.

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