Friday, July 04, 2008


Anyone heard of the Paua Shell? Similar to an Abalone, the Paua shell is arguably the most beautiful shell in the world. Over 40 years ago, Fred & Myrtle Flutey began collecting Paua shells. They became so numerous, that they began to nail them to the walls of their home!
Soon, there were hundreds - and visitors began to visit the "Paua House." Tourists came too, visiting something uniquely New Zealand.

When the Fluteys died, their grandson removed the Paua shells, and put the house up for sale. He donated the shells to the Canterbury Museum; located in Christchurch, New Zealand. The Museum decided to re-create the original home that the shells adorned; right down to the positioning of the Paua shells on the walls, and the pattern of the carpets! I look forward to visiting the new Paua House one day in the near future. Some say the shells should have remained in Bluff (the most southerly village of NZ); but honestly...I'm more likely to go to Christchurch than Bluff, anyway! :)


Blogger AllyBally said...

Oh, wow... bet that would be awesome!

You're right, paua shells are gorgeous.

11:46 AM  

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