Clandon Park has been it the news recently because of its links to the colonial past of one of it's former owners, who was Governor General of New Zealand in the 19th century .
There is a maori meeting house in the grounds of this National Trust property , which we saw quite by chance on a trip there .
Apparently, the meeting house was saved from destruction and given as a gift by a grateful nation. On the day we visited it was being used by Maori from North London for their Hakari or traditional feast.
Seeing the meeting house gave me an idea for a painting as our middle son was working in Auckland at the time. You can see my painting 'Hinaki' (which means eel trap) on my website (THE TOURS page) where I used some of the decorations to symbolise my feelings about the separation between us.