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… some things changed. In Batemans Bay shopping centre revamped parking and a new road complete with traffic lights. In Bodalla a new cafe. It was once Mexican, as you can see from the sign, beginning its afterlife as a ghost sign complete with Mexican hats.

You look at the notices in the window, to see what’s on offer as well as food.


You walk through a blue door, held obligingly open by a wooden dog wearing a studded collar.

You notice the textured white walls straight away, and then the collection of bonsai. A woman in her seventies is walking round with a tan plastic watering can, making sure her dwarfings have enough water.



You have a choice of four spaces for your meal, including a semi outdoor area and armchairs in front of an open fireplace.

You might choose inside space, which acts as a gallery for three artists: Rita Easton, Lois Selby, and the cafe owner, Megan Small.


When you leave through the opening into the car park you encounter a muscly tree;  a dilapidated shed buried under honeysuckle and lush grass; and a view out to the mountains.