From the Church I headed back to Grafton Road, seeking a Link bus stop. This is a great service that does a circuit taking in Newmarket, Parnell, Downtown, Ponsonby and Karangahape Road, all for $1.60. I saw a bus go past but no sign of any stop until I’d walked as far as the University. I got off at Three Lamps and walked up Ponsonby Road.
In 1970 we lived in a flat above 119 Ponsonby Road, with a front entrance through a long narrow corridor beside a shop. That shop is now Amaze, selling cards, gifts, and stationery. The red door is what used to be our front entrance, although it was a wooden door then, not glass.
The windows above, which used to be ours, also have a red trim:
Next door is an attractive cafe called One2One. It has a folk theme, and Lynn Lorkin plays there on Friday nights.
I was surprised to find that their courtyard area at the back takes in what was once our back yard, and I sat with a pot of tea in a spot which was once ours – quite a strange feeling. There’s toys and a sandpit for the kids, and as sign advising that they have two cats who are happy to be gently patted, but must be removed from the sandpit if they venture there.
I sat at the table on the right underneath what used to be our kitchen window. The room on the left was once our bathroom.
“Our home was once this cafe yard
‘Twas strange to sit there and regard.”