Have you ever dreamed of owning a little cottage in the country? One with a rambling garden, verandah and ... a proper bakery in the kitchen?
Bella Vedere in Coldstream, is all of these things.
Mr SSG was really keen for us to have lunch there because a few nights before, his friends and he had enjoyed a very indulgent evening of dinner and drinks.
The sun just would not stop shining for us.
Entering Bella Vedere is like opening the front door of a creative friend's house. There are polished floorboards, vintage cabinets and hints of quirky and warmth everywhere you cast your eye.
There is a bakery in the front room of the house and it's impossible not to turn your head to look at what's baking when you walk down the entrance hall.
Because it was such a beautiful day, Mr SSg and I decided to go for a bit of a walk through the garden before having lunch.
Flowers, trees and ornaments tumbled over the garden path. Herbs and vegetables were thriving, each having their own staked part of the garden patch.
After our walk, I had my first organic cola drink. It was so much sweeter and tastier than the commercial synthetic colas I've drunk all my life.
A boy ran around the garden with a net in search of butterflies.
While I caught some filtered sun on the verandah.
Mr SSG and I opted for a light lunch and dessert only (!!) as we were off to the wedding reception later that day.
We started with the blood orange and almond salad. It was zesty and the bursts of citrus flesh made it such a refreshing salad.
Then we shared a mixed plate of bruschetta. These were filling and full of smoky flavours.
For dessert, we shared a slice of pear tartine.
Will you look at that! At least a whole pear's worth of spicy fruit on a buttery, flaky pastry base.
The hallway cupboards were full of home made produce for sale.
The kitchen bench tops were stacked with bakes and cookbooks.
The bread cupboard.
Every spare area of the house had its role. Eating here was such a homely, friendly experience.
It was hard to leave, but eventually, we had to open the front door to leave.
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