Sunday, March 18, 2012

wheatbelt gallery, moora

Every autumn we load up the ute for an annual mid-west trip to the wheatbelt area around Mullewa, Three Springs and Dongara.  Tom grew up amidst the red dust, double-gees and stubble, and many of our mates have stayed on the land, contributing to the population and the food security of Australia.  Espresso in these parts is confined to domestic machines and dreams of George Clooney, with one exception in the small town of Moora.  If you leave Perth after breakfast and head north along the Midlands Highway # 116, you'll arrive in time for morning tea.  Pull up under the eucalypts near the tourist bureau and train station and stroll on over the road.  Don't move too fast, you aren't in the 'burbs anymore.  

Owner, operator, barista and baker, Denise Clydesdale-Gebert has an uncanny ability to remember us and our coffee orders from one year to the next. One soy latte, one soy flat white, heading north. Yep, that's us.  

The space used to be a picture framing workshop and a gallery, housing an eclectic range of Aboriginal and Australiana art.  Denise has turned her focus over to the cafe and expanded the space to include a covered patio out the back for functions. It has become a popular meeting place and focal point for the community. Much of the art remains, hanging above retro and new furnishing with no apparent relation to each other.  Stacks of newspapers and magazines are scattered on various surfaces, the melting moments are like nana used to make, and fresh muffins are cheap ($3) and home made.  Our order could be improved with better quality soy milk (Vitasoy please), but still, I'm flushed with Denise's welcoming smile and impressive memory.  

If you're in the area, I encourage you to slow down, stop for a break, and support this local business.

Open Tuesday to Saturday 9.00am to 5.00pm

While we are in the country groove, I thought I'd share some images beyond the cafe. 

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