Relics of a house
2 April 12
Today we discovered an abandoned house site close to the centre of town. The house has been removed, but the foundations and gardens tell a story about the previous occupants that leads us to speculate about the people who built it.
We still have business that keeps us close to Kaitaia, and so we return to the shops, the library, the familiar and the new. The longer we hang around, the more I like it here. The people are friendly, artistic expression is encouraged and we’re blessed on our way by the people we talk to.
Although we head to the playground, we become waylaid when a pretty walkway catches our eyes.
We’ve seen bottles in the construction of homes and walls before, and the girls recognise it immediately. It’s not a novelty to them, it’s simply a common building material!
Brioni confides that she recognised the house foundation for what it was because she walked on the concrete pad of her grandparents’ house that burned down just recently. Again I’m reminded that our travel experiences are teaching the girls so much that I don’t realise.
Seeing all the mosaics and the moulded concrete work has made me wonder about the person who lived here and built the gardens. Surely they were extremely creative, and I’m sorry that I don’t get to see their whole house. Still, the gardens are a delight, and it’s been a pleasure to wander through them and discover what remains. Sometimes mysteries are more satisfying when they aren’t solved.