Last weekend saw Perth experience its coldest December day in over 5o years. The temperature briefly struggled to the dizzy heights of 19 degrees though for much of the day it was considerably cooler – not what we expect in sunny Perth during summertime! Since I had to hunt out my winter jumpers again for a short while, it reminded me of our late winter trip down to the South West Cape region at the end of August.
Not only does the area have a marvellous coast line with wild rugged scenery and beautiful forests, it is also renowned for its culinary delights and vineyards. The cape is dotted with gourmet restaurants and cafes all serving high quality local produce and a myriad of wineries, which leaves you spoilt for choice. Following on from last week’s afternoon tea in Hohenschwangau, this week I’m reminiscing about a lovely morning tea at the Cape Lavender tearooms.
Cape Lavender is situated at the junction of Caves Road and Canal Rocks Road near Yallingup and we stopped off for a bite to eat mid morning before heading off to walk off the excess at Canal Rocks. This charming place, as its name suggests, is a homage to lavender. You can find gourmet lavender produce in the form of jams, chutneys, honey and even teas. The well-stocked shop adjacent to the cafe also sells a wide range of lavender essential oils, soaps and all manner of lotions and potions designed to promote healing, harmony and relaxation. You can even buy a lavender dog shampoo – not that we took any home for our resident canine, Winston Le Schnoodle, on this occasion!
In the rustic setting of the cafe, we enjoyed a beautiful home-made Devonshire tea with a view out to the pretty garden, whilst watching the rain clouds roll in. Fortunately the sunshine soon made a welcome reappearance!
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