Wednesday, 25 June 2014

The Grounds

Oh this place. This beautiful place.

We have a love-hate relationship.

Its walls contain an array of goodness, from smiling children, to yummy market stalls, to tall standing flowers and even a friendly pig called "Kevin Bacon".

But the secret of 'The Grounds' is no longer hidden and in amongst its walls are also an influx of people from all over Sydney coming to enjoy its beauty.

Stephen and I had to wait almost 2 hours to get a table. Usually we would have left (like we have done before) but I was determined to eat here. I didn't want the system to defeat us this time.

So we waited. I got out my camera and we walked around the narrow paths finding all the hidden treasures that lay before us. We found good coffee, delicious caramel slices, a handsome Macaw(!), and some melt-in-your mouth strawberries.

Finally our buzzer started to beep and we ran over to our table in eager anticipation. We ordered some juices that came in rustic mason jars and some chicken pot pie that I could smell from a mile away.

Let's just say we weren't disappointed.

I'm unsure when I'll visit the grounds again. I don't think I'll be waiting 2 hours next time. Perhaps a stroll through the markets will have to suffice. Regardless of what happens, I'm happy we waited all that time. We got to spend more time with each other and with the surroundings that enclosed us. Time slowed and in this day and age that is a true blessing.

p.s. Check out another perspective of the day here. Thanks Jane!

22 comments:

  1. Wow this place looks like a little piece of heaven on earth. Sounds lovely!

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  2. I still haven't visited yet, the crowds have been putting me off! It looks like such a cute place though. I love these pictures.

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    1. as crazy as it is, you have to go! it is a beautiful place - just crazy busy

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  3. Even when I visited the Grounds on a weekday it was packed, so I can't imagine what it'd be like on a weekend! Looks like you got some great pictures though, I don't remember that parrot being there when I went :)

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    1. He seems to be a new addition, on the other side of the grounds. So sweet he was

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  4. this place looks awesome! haha,, i hate it too when 'secret gems' become popular and all people start to come. especially when i feel like i'm the one who 'found' it first.

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  5. This place looks super neat, I promise I won't visit though :P I like how you turned the two hours waiting into something nice too :)

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  6. Samantha your photos have so much warmth to them! I feel happy when I scroll through them :)

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  7. That really is one handsome bird!
    Gorgeous photos.

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  8. Wow it looks like a dream!

    Anna x

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  9. love these pictures of the ground! thanks again for sending over a picture. it was really lovely to have you for the series! and oh man -- pig named kevin bacon. that is just too too cute :)

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  10. Ughhhhh, these images, my gawsh. Beauteous! The coffee looks amazing. I wanna go there. x)

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  11. These photos are just gorgeous, some of the shots are from a really unique perspective I love!

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  12. I need to find something like this Melbourne.

    It looks like somewhere with such a great, relaxed vibe. And the food sounds delish!

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  13. I love everything about this! The photo of the shoes! So sweet!

    -Malia

    littleladychang.blogspot.com

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  14. yup, i need a plane ticket to australia right now.
    these are fab, girl! (i love love love the vibes these photos give!)

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  15. What a beautiful place! Loving these pictures!
    xo TJ

    http://www.hislittlelady.com

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  16. Looks so lovely! I am glad it was worth the wait!
    I think I've read about this place before online and it is like the best place for coffee in Sydney or something like that? :)

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    1. It sure does have good coffee. I'm craving it now actually x

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