All this, cappuccino and lemon curd tart as well!

October 7th, 2013, 1pm

Eating outdoors is popular almost wherever you go in the world. Sadly in most places, this means execrable sidewalk cafes with their cars, fumes and noise. I suppose many cities boast a few relatively quiet outdoor hideaways where you can grab a cuppa in the sun, like Melbourne’s very agreeable laneways, but only in the country can one simulate a Jane Austen-like picnic in utterly delightsome rurality. These days in some small towns, one can find the finest urban coffee blends to accompany the restful bucolic surrounds. This pic is taken from the deck of a fine restaurant in Olinda a little town in the Dandenongs on the outskirts of Melbourne.

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David Wade Chambers

Born in Oklahoma: 30 years in US. 6 years in Canada, 40 years in Australia. Academic field: history and philosophy of science. Currently, teach indigenous studies online at Institute of American Indian Arts (Santa Fe, NM) and Brandon University (Manitoba). Come visit our B&B on Australia's Great Ocean Road. Mate's Rates for Hi community! (

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