The Babapapa House
6 April 11
After experiencing the wonders of the Dr-Suess-like Pineapple House, I didn’t know that there were other treasures waiting just around the corner. Upon hearing that we didn’t have a destination for the evening, Clinton offered the Babapapa House to us.
The Babapapa House sits vacant near the road at the base of Clinton’s communal land. It was the original share-house, built and occupied by the five owners of the property, and all five are very artistic people and contributed to the design and construction of this fabulous place.
Inside, Clinton’s distinctive construction style is on display. Many little mosaics are embedded in the walls that are painted random colours.
The girls quickly discovered an upstairs bedroom while it took David and me another day to find the upstairs office which is accessible only by a ladder.
One large ceiling space is completely covered by a collage of magazine pictures. Everywhere you look, there are oddities decorating the house. It’s fun to enter and explore.
We spent two nights in this unique house. Without electricity or running water, we burned candles and fetched water from the neighbouring creek.
It has been a good time of collecting ourselves as a family. The girls return to their happy norm of playing together as David and I rest from our recent social outings.
We’re blessed to be able to effortlessly alternate between visiting people and camping in the wild. One extreme would be hard to take, and a balance reinforces the longevity of our chosen gypsy lifestyle!