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December 4, 2011

Places of the Heart




Hera left home just as Bobbie James began to flower in the cabbage tree outside her bedroom:  white and yellow old-world blooms threading through creamy plumes of ti-kauka - a perfect marriage.  One night only, did she stand on the veranda breathing in their perfume before leaving them to the mercy of the Nor’wester.  That demon wind with its hot consuming breath would sweep through the garden sometime before Christmas; the cabbage trees only rattled their tough and bladed leaves in collusion, but all the lush perennial foliage, the early blooms and abundant old roses, would be beaten down and stripped to straw by mid-summer.  This year Hera wouldn’t be there to revive them.  She had planned no special schemes, no colour harmonies nor textural depths for the summer ahead.  Instead she’d pruned and weeded and mulched, and left the garden uncomplicated for the benefit of the incoming tenants.




7 comments:

John Gray said...

Jeneane.
thank you

Owen said...

If it's Sunday it must be London ? Or is this somewhere else entirely ? Happy travelling to you...

Jeneane said...

John Gray: I'm thinking of you.

Owen: The teasing photos are of Oxford. How good to be back, feeling like a tourist, but acutely aware that this is also my daughters' roots. We are staying by co-incidence with family just around the corner from the house their father grew up in.
I am having to prepare photos and post on my daughter's laptop, whcih is unfamiliar territory for me, but she helps me and I hope to be able to keep this blog going a bit while I'm travelling.

the cuby poet said...

This is so strange to think that you are in Oxford place I have driven past many times but never actually been to. The weather here is cold so I hope that you and your daughter are keeping warm. Keep wrapped up and enjoy your trip. Claire x

The Sagittarian said...

Colour me puce with envy!! Hope your trip is very fulfilling, can't wait for more photos to appear.

Being Me said...

I let out an audible "Ohhh!" at the end of the teaser. I was completely immersed for a moment there. Beautiful.

Wow, you're in Oxford? (England, I take it??)

Jeneane said...

Hello Claire and Saj and Being Me. I've not had ready access to the internet so being a bit tardy with answering comments. Yes, Oxford England, one of the places of my heart. Strange to be here playing the tourist in the place where I was married and lived a life neither Town nor Gown, but also by chance staying in the suburb where Elwin grew up, so the girls are treading their father's childhood pavements. A richly layered visit.
I hope to post more pictures of our travels in due course.