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  • Carol George lives with her father and mother in the Resident’s House on the hill. In front is the sea. Behind are coconut trees with plenty of lallang growing underneath them. Opposite the coconut trees, across the road, is a small jungle. Coconuts grow here too. Before I went to school, my mother used to bring me when she went into the jungle to collect coconuts. We live in Banyan Drive. It is up a slope from the road to the Tawau Resident’s House.

    The House is white in colour and all wood. It is square. There are eight French doors, narrow double doors with glass panels in squares. From the one near the inside stairs going up to the bedrooms you can see the coconuts growing below. And if you look out to your left, you can see the back wooden stairs. If you go up the steps, you can enter the bedrooms from the outside. If you go round the corner to the side, two doorways lead straight out to the grass where a big Flame of the Forest tree grows in the middle. We play under its spreading branches during the birthday party.

    Two French doorways open to the front, one on each side of the main doorway to an open air space with cane chairs on a marble floor, and a bedroom over it. If you sit here and face the front you can look at the sea below. The marble floor goes round as a walkway you walk onto when you step out the French doors. It feels cool under our bare feet.

    The dining table is on the left as you enter from the front. Behind it is the door to the kitchen. It has a roomy pantry.

    A side kitchen doorway with an ordinary door opens into a canopied cement walkway. If you walk down it, you will come to a few steps going down into the servants' quarters.

    If you are sitting at the dining table, you can get up and step out straight to the square of grass through either of the two French doors facing that garden. It is hedged in on three sides. On the fourth far side, opposite to the Resident's House, is the Annexe. There is a row of ground orchid growing up squared wooden stakes close to the high hedge on the side facing the sea. There are two varieties: maroon flowers with spots and cream flowers with spots. Their roots grow out just anywhere. They reach straight out to the side, and also up, into the air.

    A gray paved drive leads in from the outside road going steeply down the slope. This drive goes past the annexe for guests and on up right by the open air sitting area to curve round and back out again.

    In the centre of the grassed circle stands a flagpole. It has a flag flying in the sea breeze.

    In front of the annexe. a side drive climbs up the slope to it, past two round fat chiku trees on the left, growing so low their leaves touch the ground. At the top it joins the drive leading out of the circular driveway.

    The Resident's House is like a Chinese house. It has two roofs. One going round the house shading the French doors and one on top over the bedrooms. Only a Chinese house is bare wood, like Kadazan village houses, with no paint.

    In his house we sit, sing, and play, with Carol during her birthday tea party.

    Op. 100 No. 4 - Petite reunion (Children's Party)
    1:27 published: Apr 08, 2012 by Jeremiah Jones, Lisztonian
    Johann Friedrich Burgmuller
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