2 – 8 April ’11
Another glorious autumn afternoon, so we took Jake and Cat to check out A Greener Way, Sustainable Living Field Day at the Ashhurst Domain. This initiative has been running for a few years now at various locations. It’s an event to show-case alternative, greener ways of living.
Yacob in a Yurt.
We just had to check out the yurt.
“What’s a yurt?”, I hear you ask.
A yurt is a traditional portable, felt-covered, wood lattice-framed dwelling structure used by the nomadic people of the central Asian steppes – so says Wikipedia. This particular one came to New Zealand from Afghanistan in the 1960s. It retains its original felted wool lining, the brightly coloured patterns still visible. Inside the yurt we were cosily protected from the chilly easterly wind, and the sun beamed in through the smoke vent in the roof. I asked the children to stand in the sun. Cat’s position meant that the light was catching her in the eye, causing a major case of the squints. Jake managed to get it right.
I really like the deep black around him, and the play of shadow across his shirt.