Urban Designer - Vernacular Architect - Maritime Planner - Owner-Builder - Servant of Piglet - Educator - Author - Revolutionary - Peacenik - Tour Guide 

Tony Watkins

 ~ Vernacular Design 

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Courier photo by Megan Otto
Thank you for sharing the story of Xena, the St Heliers library cat. (East & Bays Courier, June 17)



When saying hello to her, curled up on the staff doorstep waiting to be let in, I have often wondered, but never thought to ask.

These are the stories which make St. Heliers a village.

Planners do not seem to understand that any built environment is not about height restrictions or setbacks.

It is about friendship, love, and small details.

It is making certain that there is respect for Xena and all the other local stories.

Hundreds of tiny threads make up the fabric of life.

In telling our stories the East & Bays Courier enriches our lives.

Tony Watkins

Karaka Bay


Published 29 June 2011 

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