Katherine Mansfield's birthplace has been wonderfully restored. The house is in a lovely location away from the town centre, the wallpaper inside has been reconstructed, a lot of work and thought have gone into this, you can easily spend a few hours here absorbing the information and watching the 50-minute video, printed information sheets guide you round, etc.
But one of the things that makes visiting an author's house a real experience is taking photos of the place, as you can at Janet Frame's house in Oamaru, Frank Sargeson's bach in Takepuna, even Ronald Hugh Morrieson's attic in Tawhiti Museum, Hawera. So this is the big disappointment: I can't quite grasp the memory of it, and my blog post on it looks a bit poverty-stricken with only images of the exterior.
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