Concrete Evidence: a short story about the Owl House

The short story Concrete Evidence by Rudolph Mulder was published to Kindle posthumously by his son Ron Mulder. This weird and wonderful tale takes you on a ride to a time somewhere in the past. Two vagrants are mesmerised by the work of the old woman that gives the two a bed for the night: in the Owl House!

The two scamps, Boet and Willie, are as different as two can be. One white, one black, one fat and one thin. Life on the streets is the only thing keeping them together. The pair is on the way north from Cape Town, but gets dropped off next to the road between Graaff-Reinet and Middelburg in the barren Karoo. The two, seeking refuge against the coming storm, take a chance and start walking the 20 miles to the village of Nieu-Bethesda.

On the way they are picked up by a strange old woman in a horse carriage.

The strange story about Boet and Willem visiting the Owl House completely captures the essence of Helen Martins and the Owl House.

But then, as all good stories, it turns a little darker.

Rudolph Mulder
Rudolph Mulder, the author of Concrete Evidence.

Mulder has done his homework on Helen Martins and the Owl House and the colourful tale encapsulates the wonder of the house and garden as well as her inspiration in the form of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, a great influence on her work.

This book is a short, but fantastical ride into the past and anyone with an interest in the Owl House should read it. Even those who has never been will be motivated to do so with the vivid picture the story tells.

You can buy the book or the Kindle version by clicking here.

  • The editor would like to thank Ron Mulder for submitting the book to the website. Make sure to send your stories of inspiration with regards to the Owl House to

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