With Bunbury now in sights, I was getting pretty excited. It was sort of half way to Margaret’s River, and I was so keen to get a cup of coffee. The road from Perth to Bunbury was pretty much barren. I had seen one venue that sold coffee, but unfortunately I do judge the book by its cover when it comes to cofee. We noticed that this venue was a big barn turned into a cafe/coffee/I don’t know. It was pretty suspect, as it was just this HUGE corrugated silver shed on reddish dirt ground which gave me flashbacks of a Quentin Tarantino movie set in the outback of Mexico. I also have one major dislike and that is: Burnt coffee. The problem with coffee that if it is made poorly you cannot give it back. Of course I have worked in a cafe as a barista in the past and I know all the little short cuts cafes take to increase the profit margin with the result of a “not-so-great cup of coffee” And if I was going to spend $5.00 on a regular cup of coffee – then I wanted to make sure it was a good investment! So, besides reaching Bunbury – my radar was set on —> GOOD COFFEE SHOP!
I did make just one little teenie stop before Bunbury at a shop that said the Emu Pie Shop. I was attracted to a sign that said Emu Pie and then under it Emu Oil. As I have never heard of Emu Oil before I wanted to find out what it was all about. It was just a little off the beaten track, a corrugated building painted white with an orange logo. Outside were two Emu’s – just waiting for a good feed from us. I had a little venture in the shop and noticed they had no eftpos facility. As I did not even stop at a bank before I left, I knew that my purchase here would be limited. Further – there was NO coffee to be found. The emus were slightly on the disappointed side as we had purchased a drink and some figs….and while one gorged itself on a fig – the other one made this noises (like a “huff”) in utter disgust.
Of course our visit at the Emu Pie Shop was short lived, as we were on the road heading for Magic Marker – Bunbury. Bunbury is sort of a town where you go through a round about, see some shops but can quite easily side step the whole town center with some side roads. Somehow, I managed to do just this and found myself by an industrial wharf. On one side of the road were yachts, ships etc. On the other side was a beach with this amazing turquoise water. Of course, while I was getting all the gear ready this morning I had forgotten to pack the bathing suite. But this did not hold my girls back. The moment I stopped, they were running down the beach for a swim. Of course it was picture time, and I did get the chance feel the water. It was AMAZING. Then my thoughts drifted to the shark sighting they had just a few weeks prior, so while I was taking photos I was also on guard for any shapes moving in the water. I guess – the typical Mum with radar on full alert!
Needless to say – we were pressed for time and our journey had to continue………………..without coffee 😦
to be continued……