Friday, September 13, 2013

Janet Frame's first words

"I was told that my first words were 'Pick walnut up, Mummy'."
~ Janet Frame, from To the Is-Land
(Autobiography Volume 1)
Janet Frame as a baby on her mother's lap
under the walnut tree at Railway Lane, Outram near Dunedin.
The Frame family lived at Outram until Janet was 2 and a half years old.

Late in her life Janet Frame revisited the walnut tree in Railway Lane
(detail from a photograph by Reg Graham)
There is still a walnut tree in Railway Lane.
Is it the same one?

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