I generally do my best to avoid the Kiwnana Freeway, especially in the morning. However, on this particular morning, it was open roads. Maybe we left early and missed the traffic?
I enjoy road trips. It is 'my escape' from the hustle and bustle of city life. Every road trip is accompanied by a picnic basket packed with homemade cuisine. Today's selection was egg mayonnaise or fresh veggie sandwiches. Both choices were made with hearty brown bread. The only thing lacking in this mix was coffee.
The Sign that made us Stop - Photo Compliments of SocialHummigBird
The plan was to go straight to Bunbury. We were halfway between Bunbury and Mandurah when we saw a very intriguing building. On top of the roof was a sign that said 'Crooked Carrot'. That was enough to convince us to stop. Of course, not having coffee in our midst was another reason for a quick detour.
Let's talk Money - photo compliments of SocialHummingBird
Upon entry, we were greeted with a friendly 'hello'. The interior was breathtaking. It was obvious that someone had gone to great lengths to tell a story to every customer that walked in. Everything about the decor exhibited a headline that should say: "Halfway from City to Rural".
A Western Style Invitation - photo compliments of SocialHummingBird
Placed near the centre of the cafe were two barrels. They were in close proximity to a selection of handcrafted drinks. Placed randomly on top of the barrels was a selection of money that was covered with resin. I thought amusingly to myself 'I guess this is where they stand and talk money!"
Shirley Temple would be Proud - Photo compliments of SocialHummingBird
Just adjacent to the 'money talk' zone were automatic doors. At first, I was a little perplexed. I have never been in a cafe that used automatic doors. One would think that this would be practical, given that staff move in and out with trays of crockery, cutlery and food. Notably, it is also an invite to encourage customers to venture to the outdoor western styled garden.
Rural Selection for the Road - photo compliments of SocialHummingBird
My eyes were suddenly drawn to a checked covered area just outside the patio. It was a chessboard. I gazed along the landscape and saw a playground that was so big, kids could spend a complete day exploring it.
Chess Anyone? - Photo Compliments of SocialHummingBird
To the right were toilets which, under closer inspection, were very tidy. Adjacent to the toilets was a vegetable garden. Suddenly the idea of a fresh salad really meant it was hand-picked from the garden.
I walked back through the automatic doors to the 'money talk' zone. My coffee was waiting, together with a crew that was in deep conversation. I stopped for a moment to digest it. Normally, they would be eager to leave. On this occasion, however, they did not notice that 20 minutes had passed and they were in no rush to leave either.
The coffee was exceptional and I began regretting making a picnic basket. I did not want to waste food, however, at the same time, I was extremely motivated to stay for a fresh homemade meal. Unfortunately, the road was calling and I made a mental note to make this a destination for a well-deserved break in the near future.