I went over to Chamiers for a cup of cappuccino. Unfortunately, I forgot both my camera and my sketchbook, so I bring you this image from the back of a napkin.
Chamiers is an art deco-ish bungalow from the 1950’s on Chamiers Road, which has been repurposed as a shop, with a little garden café attached. The shop has vegetable-dyed cotton clothing for women, and a variety of handmade things – I tend to get too attracted to the hand-bound books, for example.
I sat in the café, in shade which still felt cool in spite of the heat. Chamiers Road has become busy in the last few years; but the garden is set back enough from the road that it was surprisingly quiet. There are small tables on the veranda; in the open air at the side of the house; and under an arched canopy in back. They have good cappuccino / espresso; quesadillas and such; pasta; and sandwiches, all of which are pleasant enough, when you want to eat something western without going to a five-star hotel.
I drank my coffee, ate my sandwich (egg with dill cream), drew my sketch, in great peace and relative silence, and departed as if from a small oasis, back to the bustling world.