"What I left in Malaza in the nineties" Malaza Travelogue by Norali
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Though I have had those pictures for years (more than a decade), it is now, some days before my 3-week-holiay that I feel the need to share about what I left there. I left Madagascar to carry on my study in Belgium. The initial plan was to complete my study (this was done years ago) and return when finished. Life has taken a slight change and has kept me in Belgium till now.
Only now, seeing the pictures in my old albums (of what I left and that are subject of memories) and browsing directories in my pc (with pics of how my Malaza uses to be) that I realize I will have to expect some changes. I use to return there every two years but this time, I become just aware of things.
First, my house has changed. I grew up in a house in Malaza, very comfy and I am really tied to this house. It used to be my haven. We moved in this house when works were over. That was in 1979. I grew up seeing my haven growing up, more shrubs here, a shed added there, another carparking hub, more roses, new flower species, a pool added mid-80s, roof changed (from orange clay tiles to pink shaded concrete tiles)..etc... Greener and greener (ever told you that my family uses to love flowers and gardening.. it is not rare that we trade flowerpots with aunts and uncles on Sundays). We grew up with our house, we lived (in) the house.
I left Madagascar in the 90s, used to return very regularly to my haven. Last time I returned, we were finishing the works on another house, not far from "my" house. They moved in in 2003. So here I am, excited to return home but not to my haven. The haven is left empty, since then. It undergoes repairs, wood replacements... Even the pool is left empty since everybody seems to be busy with the new home, the daily routine... No Poollife anymore. No noonlunch in the poolhouse anymore. Yesterday (Feb. 11 2005), I asked whether the pool had water, I was answered "NO".. What ? It's summer and no water in the pool ? What is left for me ? You've removed all my memories of the "haven *sniff sniff*
The new home is not far, though. It is in our same domain. Yes.. strange..two villas in the same domain. Plus a loftish apartment that fits in an aisle of the new villa to let one enjoy a separated life from the main household at the new villa... Life was much simpler in my times *sigh*... Well, I am joking, I am very excited to return. but something has surely changed.
Instead, Greenhouse life has made its way to Malaza. In summer, noonlunches are reported to be had in the greenhouse. It sure has my Mum's orchid pots but it has a corner wit a sofa and a table where to enjoy the noonlunch when weather permits... I even know a guy who has already elected the Greenhouse as a living room since it has a mini-bar with fresh beer and other beverages (some things would remain the same be it in Belgium or somewhere in the South).. hahaha I'll have to trade the Poolhouse life with the Greenhouse life then... Oh well... lol
Oh! btw, in the background (right) is a jackfruit tree (or is it a "jack" ?). One of my favourite fruits. Next to it, and more visible, you can see the avocado tree too. Next to the new villa area is a orchard that has about hundreds of peachtrees. At their feet, lines of pineapple plants. The then home (actually "my" home, the one I know and love best) is in the direction of the avocado tree.
There is a vegetable patch where the avocado tree lies. Then, backing the patch is the (ex) house of the keeper then a cypress fence then our ex home (the first villa). My parents' bedroom in the first house looked onto the pool...
By moving in the second villa, we are a bit far from the pool but get closer to the orchard :-) So, it should be great. The orchard is one of my favourite spots too *gourmette me am blushing*
Anyway, my thoughts seem vain, don't they ?... To sum up, I am returning home but will have to adapt to a new home where I've never lived. I saw it being built but never lived there. But home is in Malaza, parents are there, large family is there (many have returned to the "cradle"), I still have friends in Tana. La vie est belle...
I've left my home, full of loved ones. Here are they with me around June 16 more than a decade ago. It was my last birthday celebrated home. It had some bitter taste. We were preparing my visa for Belgium whilst I was sitting for my Baccalauréat exam. We snapped plenty of photos that day: many group photos.
OK... short hair, glasses.. hihi this is not my favourite pair. I broke my fave while smashing during a volley training...
The gifts were meaningful: a plush from my sisters and a make-up box from my Mum (the first one). Even after more than a decade and some decaying colour powder, I still keep this box (I stopped using it for my make-up, too afraid of allergy)... I still have the plush (I just added friends for him: 3 other plushes to make for a family of four :-)))
Each time I return, I see them. They even managed to come to Belgium every summer. Also, my sisters joined me in Brussels for their suties. We recreated our family of three. Then, in summer, family reunions either in Brussels or in Malaza (or both.. ) with sometimes roadtrips in Europe or in Madagascar. Moramanga, Antsirabe, The Big South road in Madagascar, Mahajanga, Amsterdam, Breda, Koln, Bonn, Luxemburg, Paris (again Paris), Charente Maritime (La Rochelle & Ile de Ré), Lille and surroundings...
And now, I will return to Malaza to see them, with the addings. Not only both my sisters got married (they are younger than me !!!) but my first sis got Alec last December. Also, while building the second house, one of my cousins used to work for my Dad, he started assisting my uncle who was in charge of the works but after some time, it was clear that my cousin was the appropriate person to run the works. He then elected home our place since it was the cheapest way to go to work (no commuting). My cousin had lived with us for some years... 4-5 years. So, it is now familiar to see him sometimes around on long week-ends. He has lots of work for him running a business in the constructions area. Also, Grandma is sometimes home for 3-4 days, a week. I have a picture of the bunch on my intro page. My cousin is married too. they are the young couple at the right. My first sis's hubby snapped it so he is the "invisible man".
But whether in the first or the second house, there would be always flowers, comfy furnitures, good food.
Flower bunch... Both my parents use to confectionate them. Making flower bunch, placing them can take some time with perfectionist people. :-) Well, if my Mum is busy with her orchids, my Dad may make he bunch for the living room. Sometimes, Marie, the housekeeper (she cleans, she decorates, she cooks.. I don't know how to call her) makes the bouquets too. My parents introduced her (and the others) into flower bunch making. She is gifted at many things, learns quickly and is creative. Btw, she too is part of my little world. She started working for us (and living with us) in 1981 and is still there... She is nearly an older sister for me.
Aaah! a strange detail (that I use to find funny)... whilst my Dad use to enjoy flower bunches, he forbids you to pick roses from his garden, it is OK to pick one or two roses from "his" rose patch, for soliflora for instance... but he used to buy roses when he wanted to make his roses bunches. Everything else, you can pick but certainly not the roses... lol here the white azaleas. The fuschia azaleas, you can pick but not that many. Well, depends on the rarity of the species, I think. But he loves roses. I guess my Mum wouldn't agree either to have her orchids cut and put in soliflora.. hahaha I think noone has ever tried...
Talking about those orchids, this is my favourite. Hanging from the branch of a Bonara tree. Bonara tree is a very special one with both fragrant leaves and flowers. Some white delicate flowers that matches the paper-like white petals of the orchids... In full bloom, when wind blows, it spreads a fresh, peppery (?) smell... undescribable.. As for the orchids, I was so fascinated by those aerial roots. Also, when the orchid plant blooms, its flowers come from underneath... amazing ! Enlarge to see it.
Sorry for the bad quality of the picture. It is a scanned Pola. I'll be there in summer and hope to see the orchid blooming, in fact. Since everyhting on this picture is so lush, I think we snapped in summer period.
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