I’m not the biggest fan of rainy days, but I have to admit that there’s something about the atmosphere of cold, brooding weather that breathes life into certain places, transforms them into otherworldly wonderlands in the midst of the dark. It’s as if the rain comes down to bring them new life.
The Seaview/ Sardinia Bay/ Schoenmakerskop area of P. E comes to mind.
One quiet Wednesday on Heritage Day, my Mom, sister and I took a drive out to Apron Strings, a garden cafe nestled in the heart of Lovemore Park, along the scenic Sardinia Bay Road. Miles and miles of lush greenery and quaint homes rush into view to meet you, then whiz on past as you drive by.
Apron Strings sits at the end of a long winding tree lined road that, for a brief moment, makes you forget that it’s still a part of the rest of the world.
It looks like a fairy garden, the product of the imaginings of a folktale author, or a place straight out of a picture book, or an indie Sundance film.
I could easily picture all kinds of memories being captured here that couldn’t be rivaled by any other setting; Family gatherings, catch-ups with old friends, first dates, engagements, wedding receptions or extravagant birthday celebrations, the place you’d you’d be inspired by to start and finish a best-selling novel in…
It truly is a sight to behold, the personification of someone’s imagination. The surrounding garden is adorned with flower bushes, while dozens of trees surround the cafe and rise up to the skies as if to protect it. The restaurant itself sits atop a stone walkway, a white walled home bearing the contrasting pink logo, a backdrop that could rival any of its international garden restaurant rivals (also, hello, serious photo op! Fellow bloggers and Instagrammers, amiright?!).
My Mom ordered the breakfast wrap while my sister and I had the vegetarian wrap. 1000 points already for having veg options 😂 It was the ultimate lettuce, feta cheese, tomato, mushroom, grated carrot and chickpea filled goodness, with a side of the most AMAZIIIINNGG beetroot I’ve eveeerrrr eaten outside of my own home! And we eat a looot of beetroot so when my acquired beetroot taste says it’s good, it’s good. 😂 I don’t think anyone could ever argue that restaurants nowadays don’t cater to vegetarians or vegans. Any restaurant that doesn’t is missing out. I think more and more people are seeing the benefits of trying to follow a more plant-based diet.
The interior had me feeling like I was sitting in my very own cosy little cabin in the middle of the woods, or the countryside somewhere! We were surrounded by views of the gorgeous garden all around. The style was simple yet sophisticated, while not trying too hard to be hip or modern, but radiated the homeliness and preservation of a past simplicity that we don’t get to experience much of, anymore.
Everyone who worked there that day were so at friendly and at ease, as if they’d lived and breathed the restaurant for years. They seemed ready to welcome anyone who came to stop by in a way that would have them coming back for more, with even more people to experience for themselves what cannot be described by words.
It wasn’t bustling or busy the day that we went, which I was kinda glad about, because it felt like a scared sanctuary, a best kept secret almost.