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Caretaker's Cottage
Caretaker's Cottage
$300
by Warren Stark

This cottage with the grass roof is in Undredal, Norway, located far up the Sognefjord. I believe it is occupied by a young woman who is the caretaker or docent of the stave church across the lane. The shadow of the church steeple may be seen in the painting. The church was built in the twelfth century. It has forty seats and is the smallest church in Scandinavia. Undredal has a population of about 130 people and 500 goats. Three very different varieties of goat cheese are made in the village and they are all delicious. There is a bronze stature of a goat in the center of the village. A rapidly rushing stream runs along the road to Undredal which is surrounded by the high cliffs of the fjord. Groceries may be purchased in the one small country store. Many small boats are tied to the shoreline. This village is very isolated and far to the north. I imagine they get about twenty hours of sunshine a day in the summer and an equal time of darkness in the winter. It has to be a rugged life, but the village has been in existence for at least nine hundred years and probably well over one thousand years

Warren Stark 2006
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