Sunday, 14 August 2011
I went for a drive down to Cygnet with a friend today. The destination was the Lotus Eaters Cafe. It was an impromptu visit, inspired by the morning sun.
A few months ago, I took a picture of a teapot ashtray. The owners liked the photograph, so I made a print for them as a gift. My first print, from the tens of thousands of photos I have taken. Giselle said she'll frame it, and the next time I visit it should be up on the wall.
And so today, I went for a visit. As I entered the cafe. I searched for a little while and there it was, on the left.
My photograph, on somebody else's wall.
I paused and stare at it for a moment, marveling at the magic of it all, not quite believing it was real. I can't remember if I breathed. Maybe a sigh of relief, perhaps.
The friend who told me about the Giselle just happened to be in the cafe, having a late lunch. What coincidence and who could have planned this?
The frame was made by a local gallery owner. It was simple, a thin black rim and with white board surrounding the picture. A frame made just this photograph. It has a loving home now, and a purpose for its existence.
We then sat down by the big window with a view of the main road and we had lunch, and cake and some tea. There was a plate of beautiful flowers and lemon on our table, and I couldn't help but take a few more photos. I'm not sure what the flowers were, camellias maybe. We used to have a tree at home, down by the side, just before the gate to the backyard. It would bloom with delicate pink flowers like these.
I had some chai and a mushroom tart with the most amazing salad dressing. My friend had a slice of pear frangipani and a pot of tea. The frangipani was fragrant and sweet, with a crunchy sugary top. Two more friends joined us soon after, and the four of us chatted over more cakes and coffees. One of us had a little "performance" outside the cafe, on the other side of the window. He had us in stitches :)
But it was getting late and it was time to go. I said goodbye to a friend heading back home overseas and got big bear hugs as I reached up tip toed. Not an easy farewell, but it was great to have been able to share this moment with some special friends.
Sometimes it's good not to plan :)