Ms. Tutt, Sea Slugs, and Mauve

TuttPurpleHouse

Unlike Dorothy, the Tasmanian scone maker who hides behind cash registers, Jaqui Tutt from Wellington will gleefully prance down her steps should you want to take a photo of her purple house. 

TuttPurpleHouse2Emily and I pass by her house on Epuni Street everyday.  It is one of our favorites and today I decided to photograph it.  Suddenly a woman is on the porch beaming at me.  I ask her if I can photograph her wonderful house and she immediately says, “Haven’t you seen the photograph and signage at the gate?” So I check it out (and probably you should to – click on the image). As I finish reading it and head back into the street to make a photo, she has ran down the 4 switchbacks of steps and joined me.  We chat. She is a dynamo. Lots of fun.

At the end I get enough nerve to ask her if I could photograph her in front of her house.  She said with a big smile, “OK, but I won’t grin because I don’t have all my teeth in. Today is a garden workday”  I said her sun dress and bell bottom workday jeans would brighten any photo.  She cackled and ran over to her gate – striking a pose that needed no coaching.  Her last words were “Since you are here for a few more weeks when you walk by next lets go out for coffee.” I mumbled something – lord knows what – smiled, waved, and went on my way. I am loving this town – “the best small capital in the world.”

 

 

 

 

2 thoughts on “Ms. Tutt, Sea Slugs, and Mauve

  1. Thanks, Dan – just printed the photos and explanation out for this week’s letter to Mother, who, as you know, has a great affinity for this color!

    1. That’s great,Elizabeth. Good idea. Its too bad we can’t get her the scones, jam, and coddled cream of a Devonshire Tea. She would love that as well

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