Hard yakka in Venice

In Australia, when there’s hard work to be done, I disappear.

Wait, that’s not what I meant to tell you. We sometimes call hard work “hard yakka“. And, that’s just what these blokes have been doing in Campo Santo Stefano since I arrived last week.

They’re doing maintenance/replacement work on the gas lines, and everything is done by hand. So, those heavy paving stones (masegni) are lifted and stacked by the workers, to reveal the gas lines. Each stone is numbered so they’ll be put back in the correct place. Then, after the gas specialists trot in and do their stuff, all of those masegni have to put into place by manual labour, and tamped into the sandy base.

Here’s the project nearing it’s finish.


And, here is one of the hard working men using a wooden ram to secure the paving block  into place.


They surely earn their pasta and vino after a day of this sort of work. 

 I’ll  leave you with this image of a really adorable little lion.





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42 responses to “Hard yakka in Venice

  1. I saw that process in Amsterdam and was surprised at the sand erupting from the opening in the pavers, not thinking that the soil would be so sandy. Now that you post this, I’m thinking the sand is imported to be a base for the pavers.
    I’m so glad I stumbled upon your blog (thanks to your comment on Michel’s blog). Now I need to figure out how this site works. I followed Michel from Xanga and am reluctant to leave my blog there; but your blog is luring me into Word Press.

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    • Hi, Judy. I started with Blogger, and swapped over to WordPress after a while. It’s OK, has hiccups like every site, I guess.

      I’m glad you spotted me on Michel’s blog which I like, very much!


  2. Of course the music you hear with those work is certainly not Vivaldi .
    And you are lucky ,yet, Yvonne ; There is no rain so no mud . Only to think of this I am going to have a spritz in thinking of you!!:)
    Love ❤

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  3. That lion doesn’t have any teeth, that’s why his mouth is like that…poor thing…

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  4. That lion seems to be grimacing. I wonder what he is looking at.

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  5. Ps I love the lion, what a face! 🙂

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  6. Oh man you put the hard yakka ad theme in my head, now my jet lagged brain is ringing with the metallic clang of hammers and deep voices singing hard yakka, hard yakka… 😛

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  7. I would not like to tamper with anyone carrying a tamper, espcailly when wearing a yakka overall as well.

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  8. This should rock your boat Yvonne. Yakka is just a mixed up Kayak. Akkay sport ? 😀 ❤

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  9. I’m impressed (I have a foolish tendency to make my own brick paths, so I know about (fairly) hard work). The lion makes me want to weep.

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  10. Just like my path with the numbered pavers. In early days in Oz the farmers had to clear the paddocks by hand and one of the hardest plants was a Yakka bush that was very hard to remove so clearing that paddock required a lot of hard yakka. http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-image-yakka-plant-bush-xanthorrhoea-kangaroo-island-australia-image36576301

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  11. Makes me think of all the hard physical labor in Mexico.

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  12. Hard yakka is used commonly in New Zealand too – just another thing, like pavlova and Phar Lap, that the Aussies have pinched. 😀

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  13. People have probably been using those wooden pavement setter rams since Roman times, if not before. I don’t know why ancient ways of doing stuff impresses me so much, but it always does. I also want to pet the lion! 🙂

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  14. Susie L

    That poor lion, I just want to pat his head and tell him everything will get better.

    Those clever Venetians never cease to amaze me!

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  15. Another nice tour. I’ve only ever heard the expression before in relation to the toil of a fast bowler (which I was)

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  16. Mary

    That’s a lovely lion. Where is he?


  17. Hard yakka (love that expression!) in Oaxaca, too!

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