With the power lines raised, the demolition could at last take place 4 months after we purchased the block. The tiles and anything else of value had already been removed, but now they could move some machinery onto site.
Finally on Friday the 26th, the house was demolished.
The garage has to wait until there is a site surveyor on site, since the garage wall is on the boundary with our neighbour. After that they should be able to remove all the trees and we can order the second soil test. Its not until we have the second soil test that they will know what sort of slab is required and we can sign the contract.
At this stage it looks like we will get the pool installed (did I mention we are getting a pool?) just before or shortly after the Christmas break, and then the slab laid in late January.