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This well-known statue is also taken from the book.

Helen’s Rubáiyát: Imagery in the Camel Yard

Everyone who visits the Owl House and Camel Yard will always experience something completely different. Some feel an eerie presence, as if Helen is still tending to her birds and flowers, touching up statues and drinking tea in the kitchen, while others will see the hard work that has gone into creating the marvel that […]

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Die Uilhuis in die nuus: Buitestanderkuns

Buitestanderkuns: Die Wonderwêrelde van Miss Helen en Outa Lappies deur Melvyn Minnaar (gepubliseer in Die Burger, Julie 2017) Afrikaans het die mooi, bedeesde woord vir “Outsider”. Waar die Engels die gevoel van afsluiting, afstand suggereer, lyk “buitestander” meer na ‘n filosofiese beskrywing van iemand wat sku-sku nie presies by almal en die gemeenskap inpas nie. […]

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The near demise of the Owl House

Did you know that the Owl House was almost destroyed and refurbished as municipal offices some years ago? The story goes that Helen Martins‘ precious Owl House nearly met its early end when the local municipality, who owns the property, was looking for a new office building and management considered flattening the Camel Yard and […]

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Miss Helen’s last wish: keeping the Owl House alive

If you had ever visited the Helen Martins Museum, which was Huldah van Wyk‘s brain child, you would have seen a number of copied documents against the walls. These include letters to Miss Helen’s friends during her last months. This is also where one of my favourite quotes come from, and it gives us some insight […]

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A true friend of the Owl House: Huldah van Wyk

It was with great sadness that the village of Nieu Bethesda said goodbye to one of their long-time residents recently who moved to the coastal town of Jeffrey’s Bay after years of living in the village. Huldah van Wyk has been a part of the Owl House and the Owl House Foundation for more than […]

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