Whichever staircase you choose, you will end up someplace magical.
The house itself (not open to the public).
Keiki doesn’t know where to look first.
Humuhumu does, though.
She found the pond with the enormous koi carp, and led the bloke and Keiki to it.
The koi were surprisingly amenable to the attentions of children.
They even seemed to enjoy showing off. This big orange one had a fondness for blowing bubbles.
Big Grey Koi actually did allow Keiki to stroke it with his finger. It made his day.
Keiki and Humuhumu prancing past the dahlia beds.
Keiki, Humuhumu and bloke under a stone arch.
Keiki considers the moss on the stones.
Humuhumu and the bloke march up the stone steps, heedless of mossy distractions.
Here Be Dragons.
The pretty, colourful bridge over the pond in the Chinese Garden.
Humuhumu and the bloke were the first to reach the bridge.
Standing on the bridge, looking across the pond of the Chinese Garden.
Another view of the Chinese Garden pond.
Keiki and Humuhumu ascend the steep stone staircase to a pagoda nestling high above the rest of the Chinese Garden.
And now back down, to find the tiniest waterfall.
Humuhumu in exploring mode.
Keiki and Humuhumu found some sweet chestnuts in the hydrangea garden.
They also found a hidden painted rock.
Is this the way out or a way back in? Who knows.
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