Sepia Saturday 170: Cassmob & co coffee outings

Sepia Sat 170Happy Easter, one and all. How about a coffee with those hot cross buns or croissants?

This Sepia Saturday 170 image offers many story and photo opportunities but I’ve stuck with coffee though flower shops would have been another excellent option. I was vaguely surprised to find coffee with such prominence in the days of the photo when tea was so much more popular with Australians.

Coffee and this family are a matched pair. We’re far more likely to hunt down a café than a bar especially when we’re travelling…after all you can’t be booked for DUI with coffee…if you could we’d be in big trouble!

My first thought was the Monmouth Coffee Shop at the Borough Markets in London but then I found this photo of the nearby coffee and deli. It has a similar vibe I thought to the featured image despite its emphasis on formaggi (cheese). We absolutely loved the Borough Markets and would definitely put it on must-visit list for London.

Borough Markets, London.

Borough Markets, London.

As we got off the bus a man told us we “must’ go to Monmouth Coffee which we did but only took a photo later when it was crowded. It was a bitterly cold morning with a sharp wind and for once coffee just wasn’t a match for a mulled wine even mid-morning, followed by a huge plate of hot Jamaican curry…yummm.

Since I was already trawling my photo folders I just had to share a few of our other travel photos of cafés we’ve seen. France does tea and coffee shops with such glamour it’s hard to resist.

We loved this square in Aix-en-Provence and had a morning coffee there one day. We were amused by the Aix-presso name given Aix is pronounced X.

Aix-en Provence cafe.

Aix-en Provence cafe.

Or how about following in the footsteps of Cézanne at Les Deux Garçons in Aix?

510 Les deux garcons Aix

The vivid colours of this café in L’Isle sur la Sorgue in Provence really caught my eye, contrasting with the blue of the canal and perfectly offset by the matching colours of the family sitting there. Unfortunately since we were only having coffee we were sitting inside.

L'Isle sur la Sorgue, Provence

L’Isle sur la Sorgue, Provence

In Bali you can order your coffee pool-side and this is how ours was delivered.

Coffee by the pool in Ubud.

Coffee by the pool in Ubud.

If you find yourself in Winchelsea near Rye, Sussex, why not have a coffee at this wonderful coffee and tea shop plus deli. Delicious coffee and cakes!

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We didn’t imbibe at this lovely café in Tenterden Kent or the Mermaid Corner Tea Rooms in Cranbrook Kent but don’t they look appealing? 

Cranbrook Kent

Mermaid Tea Rooms, Cranbrook Kent

674 Tenterden cafe KentAnd just like that we’re off to Tasmania even though this café in Evansdale looks very Provençal. Lovely food and coffee (have I mentioned I like cake almost as much as coffee?)

Evansdale, Tasmania

Evansdale, Tasmania

Coffee anyone?

coffee and croissant

Paris in July 2012 – Images of Provence 2

You can tell that we really loved Aix-en-Provence because I wanted it to have its own slideshow, so here it is. I would love to go back again.

This post is part of the Paris in July 2012 theme hosted by Karen from BookBath and Tamara from Thyme for Tea.

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Paris in July 2012 -images of Provence

This post is about total self-indulgence. We visited Provence for the first time in October 2010 and it remains one of our most memorable holidays….another visit is now on our bucket list. We loved everything about it -we even survived driving on the “wrong” side of the road. That is after we finally made it to our B&B late in the evening after rail strikes in Paris.

I hope you enjoy these photos taken around L’Isle sur La Sorgue, Les Baux, Gordes, Rousillon,, Loumarin etc. Aix-en-Provence might have to be another post.

And if you really want to indulge, have a look at one of my favourite non-genealogy sites, French Essence . The author, Vicki Archer, is Australian-born and lives quite near St Remy…I defy you not to feel a tiny bit jealous. I’m not into the beauty regimes or fashion, but I LOVE the scenery, the garden and the design. <Sigh>

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This post is part of the Paris in July 2012 theme hosted by Karen from BookBath and Tamara from Thyme for Tea.

One Lovely Blog Award

One Lovely Blog Award

Earlier this month I was nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award by Sharon at Genealogymatters2me and Aillin at Australian Genealogy Journeys. Thanks Sharon and Aillin for this nomination which I’m very pleased to accept…it’s nice to know that others enjoy reading some of my blog. I’m sorry it’s taken me a while to get to this post… a few busy family weeks.

One issue with the award is that the favourites tend to get swamped by repeated nominations, while some excellent blogs are unlikely to want to continue the chain. However as I enjoy these sites I thought others might like to look at them too, if they don’t already follow them. I’ve diversified into non-genealogy blogs for this award, just for the fun of it.

The rules for accepting the award are:
* Accept the ward, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who granted the award and their blog link.
* Pass the award on to 15 other blogs that you’ve newly discovered.
* Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award.

This post offers some sites to which I pass on this award –some new to me, others old favourites – so you can have a look at them.

The Magpie’s Fancy for great writing strategies and insights.

French Essence for its wonderful writing and even more fabulous images. I love reading about Vicki’s French life!

Chic Provence – I love the image of the pink chair and the flood of pink camellias.

Discovering Darwin for some local knowledge tips by someone who recently arrived in Darwin and wanted to learn the ropes.

Living Delilah lives in Brisbane, Australia and has an interest in the old-style skills that we used to take for granted, but with a new spin.

Butter Hearts Sugar for some oh, so tasty treats (Week 13’s topic turned up this wonderful site)

Dolls Houses Past & Present administered by my friend Rebecca who is passionate about dolls houses and family history and combines the skills from FH to assist with tracing the dolls houses.

Mind Gardener for great strategies to re-train your mind into positive and healthy thinking.

Toowoomba & Darling Downs Family History Society for genealogical news relevant to the Darling Downs in Queensland.

Wholesome Cook is another discovery arising from Week 13’s “52 weeks” blog about sweets.

On a Flesh & Bone Foundation even though it’s been awarded previously but because it addresses Irish research issues so effectively and because the writing is so good.

Family Archeologist for East European and German research.

The Armchair Genealogist remains one of my personal favourites for motivating family historians to write their stories.

No more wriggling out of writing woman for her family history stories, English interest/travel and addressing mental health issues.

Now I need to go and let everyone know they’ve been nominated.