One of the things I like to do is visit a coffee shop or cafe for a cappuccino. Sometimes I meet a friend and at other times I go alone. Occasionally I will have something to eat with the coffee but usually the cappuccino is enough of a treat on its own. I have deliberately chosen not to buy a cappuccino machine for home as a coffee ‘out’ would not be a treat if I could have the same thing at home. I like to try out a different place for that cappuccino so I read reviews and will try out places recommended word of mouth.
It is fun to catch up with a friend for a natter and to exchange ideas or ask for an opinion. A nice coffee shop is a great place to meet. Being away from the distractions of home allows the conversation to flow. One can talk about the decor, music and general atmosphere as well as what one has been up to of late.
There are times when I enjoy a cappuccino on my own. If I am out taking photos and exploring a suburb I am not familiar with, it's nice to stop somewhere for a leisurely coffee. This also gives me time to write some notes about what I have seen while it is fresh in my mind. When the weather is nice I will sit outside if that is an option.
Some outdoor seating is comfortable and the area is nicely decorated. There may be plants and lots of shade. Other outdoor areas are just functional with no aesthetic appeal. However, being part of the hustle and bustle of a busy street can be stimulating in its own way if I am in the right mood.
Author’s own photo
In some coffee shops magazines or newspapers are available for browsing. Sometimes I read and take notes of anything interesting. This may be an inspiration for an article for Hub Garden. At times there is a magazine I am unfamiliar with and this may have information on a topic I wouldn't usually come across.
On some occasions I just sit and sip my cappuccino slowly and take in the atmosphere. Some places have a modern style while others are retro or a bit quirky. Others are inspired by a particular culture and this may be reflected by the menu.
Interesting rustic style outdoor seating. Author's own photo
My local train station has been converted into a ‘heritage cafe’. There are old train time tables and historic photos on the walls. Recently I had coffee at another old stone railway building which is now a cafe. The area used for the cafe was much bigger and the decor was quite different but again there was an historic atmosphere.
I enjoy sitting and looking at the details of a cafe. This may be an exposed stone wall, artwork, interesting articles such as jugs and coloured bottles used as vases or a fascinating display of objects.
I remember one particular coffee shop in a country town. I was coming home with a friend and it was a cold, grey rainy day. We had been driving for some time and needed a break. When we stopped for a coffee we walked into a lovely cafe in an old stone building. There was a fire burning in an open fireplace. The cafe had a country style decor which was welcoming. We really enjoyed our coffee and cake. The warmth and comfort of the place plus delicious cake and coffee contrasted with the miserable weather outside.
Sometimes after spending time in a cafe I return home to write something. I may have made notes from a magazine, had an interesting conversation or perhaps while I was relaxing an idea came into my mind that is worth writing about.