"I started at McCahon house in 2011 as a docent, while studying towards my masters degree in painting at Unitec. I relished the time spent in the quiet, bush surroundings & have met some wonderful people during my time there.
I have had some special moments when a woman came with Naomi McCleary who was a close friend with friends of Colin & Ann. I have spent time with a woman who was the cousin of Colin McCahon. My father came & reminisced of his times in that era & being at the same parties as Colin McCahon & Jenny Hunt was also at the same parties & she & my Dad had similar tales of those times at the Symonds street gallery of Don Moller's & Hamish Keith.
I remember two couples arriving & when looking at the chronological images on the wall of McCahon's works, one of them ribbing the other about 'who used to own that painting?' & the other one admitting that they had once, however his wife wanted a $40,000.00 kitchen renovation. There have been all sorts of reactions to the bunks downstairs from shock, horror to how free the kids must have been. Depending on whose perspective you listen to on the audio boxes, it seems that some enjoyed their time there more than others. From what I can gather it was the younger ones that had the most fun. I have since moved into the area & am living in a 1920s cottage myself. I have fallen in love with the area & enjoy my times as a docent at the cottage, sometimes it offers respite from what else is going on & other times I meet interesting people. Quite a few people relate to the era of architecture & either have lived in or holidayed or someone in their family has something with similar characteristics.