So onto lunch. We drove up the road to a cafe called "Petty Sessions", because this had been a court house in a past life. Lovely big open fire to keep us warm, even thought the sun was shinning outside and a great menu.
I had been told they had a scallop pie that was pretty good so I ordered that.
This is what they look like when they come out of the oven. They are handmade with fresh local ingredients and are the most delicious pies packed full of the most delicious scallops in a mustard sauce. I don't like mustard but these pies were so good there was nothing left.
I choose a local wine from the vineyard on the other side of the river from the cafe and that was beautiful. What a surprise from a little cafe in the middle of nowhere.
The other surprise was when a yacht motored past..
towing a house with someone sitting on the back verandah!
We had wanted to take the scenic drive back around the coast but I did want to get to my two shops so we high tailed it up the highway to Wafu Works at Kingston Beach. Now here is a treasure. Antique Japanese fabrics, tools, papers etc plus a huge selection of books and modern fabrics all in a little unpretentious building. I spent so much time there. The owner showed me some of her own collection.
The image on her home page is a applique of a wood cut but it isn't really an applique, nothing is sewn.
The face, hands and feet are printed on fine silk and have then been cut out, mounted over a thicker card and padded. The same process has been repeated for each of the pieces. These have then been reassembled and stuck down onto a hand made thick paper. These pieces all come from the Edo period 1615 - 1868.
The other thing I realised is that the chirimen crepe I have in my collection is not the same as the older chirimen. Apparently the older type is bought up in Japan quickly especially for making dolls. That explains a lot. There is a lot to look at on her blog.
I was surprised at all the wood working and tools for making netsuke in the shop. She said that a lot of the boat builders bought tools from her.
I purchased a selection of fabrics, braid making supplies and some stencils. I'm glad this shop isn't close by or I would have no money at all.
It is so nice to talk to someone with similar interests and the time just flew by. We walked over the road to have a coffee in the cafe and found that we would have to sit outside all the seats inside were reserved.
After talking to locals we heard a familiar story. The developers from interstate had found Kingston Beach. They had bought up property, raised the rents and the locals couldn't pay the increased rate. The developers want them out so that they can knock the buildings down and start again. I looked around me and saw a beautiful setting only 16 kilometres from Hobart. This has happened up and down the coast of the mainland and now Tassie is the next target.
There isn't much here at the moment, just a close knit community and a beautiful beach.
The houses all sit around the ridges overlooking the beach. I suppose that values will rise along with rents and that close knit community may be moved on.
After all the time I had spent in the shop I was worried that we wouldn't get to the next shop, 'A stitch in time.'
This is a small embroidery supplies shop that has two beautiful corgi dogs. When you enter they roll on their backs to be scratched. I don't think they are guard dogs.
Although the shop is small it is crammed packed with great things for embroiderers. Threads, threads and more threads. A great range of linens, books and patterns. I bought threads by The Gentle Arts co but should have bought heaps more than I did. I came home thinking I could buy them at my local store, but no. So it looks as though they have gained an on-line customer.
We left the store at closing time and headed back to the B&B, a warm fire and pleasant company. What a great day.