Really though Foti, you should know by now - I never miss a chance to fly the NZ flag.
Also, David has virtually promised that a kiwi avatar will one day have its day. I may hold him to that.
Innocue vivito: Live harmlessly.
Numen adest: The spirit is close
I have to say - its nice to see Kiwis being spoken of properly on the internet. Most inhabitants think we're round, brown, hairy fruit ; )
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Stonelands was kind of OK in the 70s, if freezing, apart from its inconvenient location. It certainly had character. After 1979 when pretty much all the single people moved out to Bullards and Brooke House, leaving the place to the gangs (mobs of unsupervised kids running amok) during the day, the property deteriorated fast, with lots of windows getting broken and not repaired, and so forth.
I never heard about a secret passage behind a fireplace. Still, the original building dates from c. 1580 (remember that winding staircase next to the kitchen?), so who knows?