CAMDEN — Walking down Limerock Street in Camden, you may find yourself stopping to look at the assorted whimsy of one house in particular.

Greeting your eyes are a blue bicycle at the mailbox, a hopscotch game chalked on steppingstones, shards of colorful pottery forming a mosaic in the driveway and a caravan trailer, pink and white, door invitingly open.

Most importantly, on Saturday mornings, and only then, you find Rose Cottage Bakery open for business.

The bakery is only open on Saturdays and is busy at that time. Piper Pavelich

It is here that Megan Murphy (pronounced Mee-gan) sells an assortment of sweet treats including cakes, cookies, muffins, sweet rolls and scones.

Murphy said she learned to bake while raising children on Cliff Island in Casco Bay. There was no place to obtain treats, and she has a bit of a sweet tooth, so she began teaching herself. She started with banana bread.

Originally from Newton, Mass., she worked for some time in mental health care at Spring Harbor Hospital in Westbrook. “I never loved any job as much as that except baking,” she said.

With four children, she has also been a stay-at-home mom at times.

After taking on baking, she worked for a time in Portsmouth, N.H. learning the profession and filling glass cases for customers.

Megan Murphy Daniel Dunkle

Later she ran a bakery on Islesboro next to the Dark Harbor Shop.

For six years, she has lived in Camden, and she is now a year-round resident.

The steppingstones are marked with a hopscotch game. Daniel Dunkle

Her business has attracted a following. On the morning of June 5, when it opened for the season, a long line of people was waiting by the time the doors opened.

“In a world of everyone thinking bigger is better, people are more charmed than ever that this business is not getting bigger,” she said.

She said it will remain a one-woman show and limited to what she can do and what she likes to do. If a recipe is not something she gravitates toward, she may not make it.

If anything, the limited availability of her items is making her business more attractive. People order her cakes for anniversaries and birthdays and even change when they will celebrate according to her availability.

A camper offers a place to sit in the shade at Rose Cottage Bakery. Daniel Dunkle

During the pandemic, she received orders from people for cakes which she delivered. In one case a person in Utah contacted her to deliver a cake as a surprise to their father living in Camden. Murphy went around to the back door of a house and knocked on the door and here was a man who had not spoken to anyone in person in months standing there wearing a mask, growing emotional at the arrival of an unexpected cake.

“There’s a closeness with people in these interactions,” she said.

A tree is decorated with teacups like something out of “Alice in Wonderland.” Daniel Dunkle

The eggs she uses are as fresh as possible. Four chickens – Cassandra, Rainbow, Caitlin and Fourteen – help with that side of the operation.

The property includes not only the house, the painted garage that was converted to a bakery and the trailer, but two small buildings that form a “thinking room” she-shed and an accessory dwelling. In the back yard, you find bits of artwork peeking out of windows, small weather-worn chairs, a tree decorated with little teacups like something out of Alice in Wonderland. One of the buildings actually came over on a barge from Islesboro.

Artwork abounds at Rose Cottage Bakery in Camden. Daniel Dunkle

“I try to keep it magical,” she said.

As we were talking in the driveway, a truck pulled up and a man wanted to know when the “best cinnamon rolls in the world” would be ready.

“See me Saturday,” she said.