This old globe has a tale to tell…

“When we get out of the glass bottle of our ego and when we escape like the  squirrels in the cage of our personality and get into the forest again, we shall  shiver with cold and fright. But things will happen to us so that we don’t know ourselves. Cool, unlying life will rush in.” – D. H. Lawrence…

Last week my sister gave me a stunning present ~ this darling old globe. She knows I love to travel and is always on the lookout for cute vintage travel memorabilia for me. She purchased the world globe at a garage sale during Paddington Second Hand Sunday.

The globe has a sad but beautiful history. It once belonged to a Dutch man who brought the globe with him to Australia all the way from Holland. He settled in Paddington and here the globe resided for many years. Towards the end of his life the old man fell upon hard times and was evicted penniless from his Paddington terrace. He then lived for the last few years of his life in a tiny, leaky tent near the cliffs at Bondi beach. His treasured globe kept him company in his tent and still bears the watermarks from his tough last few years there.

I was so touched that the man had kept the globe all those years. A reminder of his old life? A desire to some day travel again? None of us will ever know but I feel honoured that the globe has now come to me. None of us know what our future will hold or if “cool, unlying life will rush in” and change our lives forever. All we can do is live in the moment and cherish the small things that bring us joy…

6 thoughts on “This old globe has a tale to tell…

  1. I see Sri Lanka still labeled as Ceylon! How wonderful that not only do you have the globe, but you have the story too. No doubt he would be very happy that you cherish the globe just as he did.

    • The globe has all the old names which is gorgeous to read. I have it in pride of place in my kitchen 🙂 thank you for sharing his story…

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