Thank you patient readers: The Answer to the quiz is:
Niagara (Falls) Cafe and Gallery, South Catlins, Southland, which happens to be for sale. Unfortunately my photo of the lucky hens didn’t come out so well (hens with something orange in a paddock)
A virtual chocolate fish for the best answer to Kristine for “You are in bed, dreaming. You’ve been hitting the snooze button for 40 minutes now.” ,closely followed by Merc and his suggestion of tea with Frida Kahlo.
This little gallery is what you’d expect from a rural gallery. I may have the term completely wrong, but I think it contained “art in the vernacular” – paintings and photographs of local features, shell jewellery, local spun wool etc. Nothing wrong with that really and also as usual one artist stood out (Ruth Short).
Anyway I had a fantastic trip to my old family area of the southern Catlins. We had wonderful hospitality at the Garden House Farmstay near Fortrose (highly recommended). I got not a jot of writing done but it was a wonderful retreat. The cottage was built in 1938 and formerly the school teachers house, relocated from Fortrose. Lovely original deco ceiling mouldings and nicely positioned in a garden. Most importantly, very warm with a heat pump and wood burner. Also full of art in varying guises – student portfolio works, van Gogh prints, original watercolours and oils (those vernacular works again). And lastly a huge amount of books of all genres. I got to read Evelyn Waugh as well as “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” . All very comforting and comfortable.
A nice cliched photo to end of a Southerly coming in to the South Coast at Waipapa Point.
c Pauline Dawson (2009)