The Italian Leprechaun owed me for a favour I did for him, I choose as repayment breakfast at the Village Gossip. Village Gossip is a tea garden/restaurant, serving teas/coffee, breakfast and light lunches, right on the main road in Estcourt. It's also the oldest settler cottage, circa 1850, in Estcourt and a National Monument.
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View of the cottage from the tea garden.
View of the front veranda.
Tables set out on the veranda. The black board on the wall has the day's menu.
National Monuments plague on the wall. This means that this building may not be altered in anyway, or additions made.
Part of the garden seen from the cottage veranda.
We choose to have breakfast inside rather than in the garden or on the veranda, at 10 Celsius it was a bit chilly. The interior of the cottage is a bit of a museum with all sorts of displays. Breakfast was ham, eggs, sausage and toast, good dose of cholesterol with which to start the day. Home made marmalade with the toast.
Detail of the fireplace. Note the yellow wood floors, an indigenous timber that would cost you an arm and a leg if you tried to purchase some today.
This Nescafe add was especially made by the Nestle coffee factory in Estcourt for display in the cottage.
Quite a few people have that blood type. Mine is tea, but I did have a big pot of filter coffee for breakfast.
Display of hand made dolls, someone in Estcourt makes them. The photo on the top left of the display cabinet is of the Anglican church in Estcourt, also built in 1850.
Close up of one of the dolls. The realism of these dolls is quite uncanny.