Cafe in the Gardens

Esplanade Gardens Cafe, Palmerston North, New Zealand, by Val Mills
By Val
@valmnz (13162)
New Zealand
June 11, 2016 11:36pm CST
Earlier in the week I wrote of the tree I came across in our local gardens, suggesting it was a tree for the imagination. Here is another photo from that same outing, of the cafe in the gardens. The cafe is the old Post Office, from the early days of settlement here. Once in the centre of town, it was moved here many years ago, and now provides top class cafe hospitality. The day my friend and I visited last week was a sunny, but not too warm winter's day, so we were pleased to be able to enjoy the wood burner fire that warmed the cafe. After our coffee and cake, my friend and I walked in the gardens, enjoying the winter sun. It was good to be able to enjoy the moment, without feeling too rushed. We're very lucky these gardens were established in the early days of our city's development and have been maintained to bring us all pleasure over the years.
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@xFiacre (10502)
• Ireland
12 Jun 16
@valmnz sounds delightful, especially sitting in the warmth of a wood burner in winter.
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@valmnz (13162)
• New Zealand
12 Jun 16
Only trouble is, it's a haunt of the elderly, I reckon my friend and I were the youngest there!
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@xFiacre (10502)
• Ireland
12 Jun 16
@valmnz That's how I feel when i go to the pool between 9 and 11 in the morning and pensioners swim for free! Most are over 80 and it's great to see that but there are just so many of them and no-one like me who is just 2 years away from 60.
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@valmnz (13162)
• New Zealand
12 Jun 16
@xFiacre oh you youngster you!
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@JudyEv (101135)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Jun 16
Some of the 'older' town planners were quite forward thinking. Kings Park in Perth is about 160 acres I think and a real oasis in the middle of the city. There is now even a boab tree there.
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@valmnz (13162)
• New Zealand
12 Jun 16
I've heard a lot about Kings Park. And I loved visiting the Botanical Gardens in Hobart. Melbourne has good gardens in the city centre too
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@JudyEv (101135)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Jun 16
@valmnz That's true. I remember spending a good few hours in Hobart Botanical Gardens - and have some nice photos to prove it! :)
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@valmnz (13162)
• New Zealand
12 Jun 16
@JudyEv my sister and I spent quite a long time there too, starting in the cafe
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@just4him (92291)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
12 Jun 16
I love the picture. It looks like a nice place to just relax from all the hustle and bustle of life.
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@valmnz (13162)
• New Zealand
12 Jun 16
It's good to see so many people make use of it.
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@just4him (92291)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
12 Jun 16
@valmnz It looks like a great place to relax, especially with all those trees around.
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@Asylum (47312)
• Manchester, England
12 Jun 16
That looks like a really pleasant place to stop for a coffee and snack.
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@valmnz (13162)
• New Zealand
12 Jun 16
It really is. And in the summer they do a roaring trade in ice-creams!
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@Asylum (47312)
• Manchester, England
12 Jun 16
@valmnz I can well imagine that because for a couple with children it would be ideal.
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@valmnz (13162)
• New Zealand
12 Jun 16
@Asylum there's a kids playground, paddling pool and bird aviary just across the way.
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@celticeagle (114487)
• Boise, Idaho
12 Jun 16
It sounds like a very nice and pleasant area..
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@valmnz (13162)
• New Zealand
12 Jun 16
It is a special place in our city
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@celticeagle (114487)
• Boise, Idaho
12 Jun 16
@valmnz ....We have some of those here. Lots of parks, ponds, etc.
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@valmnz (13162)
• New Zealand
12 Jun 16
@celticeagle it makes life so much more enjoyable, doesn't it.
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@toniganzon (41096)
• Philippines
12 Jun 16
I remember that tree. I'd like to visit that cafe someday. I'm not really into coffee as I prefer green tea, but I'm pretty sure I'm going to enjoy the coziness of the place and its surroundings.
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@valmnz (13162)
• New Zealand
12 Jun 16
I think most cafes here provide green tea these days
@toniganzon (41096)
• Philippines
12 Jun 16
@valmnz yeah they do too in here.
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@valmnz (13162)
• New Zealand
12 Jun 16
@toniganzon so I've discovered from your discussion I've just read
• United States
12 Jun 16
a blessin' indeed! i love hearin' 'f ol' buildin's/grounds bein' maintained fer all to enjoy. 'round here, they're typical demolish 'n more pavement added :( what a delight to be able to do a walk 'bout with yer friend'n such a purty settin'.
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@valmnz (13162)
• New Zealand
12 Jun 16
We have a strong sense of heritage buildings here, most places try to preserve the past. Huge amounts of money are sometimes spent to restore buildings. I guess it's because the European part of our country is only 176 years old.
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• United States
12 Jun 16
@valmnz i imagine they do such 'p north, where the "pilgrims" first came'n settled. the state'n which i live didn't e'en become such 'til 1912 i believe? not much'n the line'f buildin' materials handy, so those folks originally started out'n dirt huts 'til the railroads startin' bringin' lumber. that bein' said, there's some lovely buildin's 'round, particularly the ol' spanish churches 'p'n northern new mexico. lots'f ruins from various native american tribes's well. jest sadly not'n these parts.
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@Jessicalynnt (48191)
• Centralia, Missouri
12 Jun 16
sounds like a lovely outing!
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@valmnz (13162)
• New Zealand
12 Jun 16
It was a pleasant way of spending an hour or two
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@marlina (62364)
• Canada
12 Jun 16
It looks like a lovely place.
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@valmnz (13162)
• New Zealand
12 Jun 16
It certainly is
@Susan2015 (18703)
• United States
12 Jun 16
That looks like a very nice area. And look how green everything is.
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@valmnz (13162)
• New Zealand
12 Jun 16
Apparently tourists visiting NZ think we're a very green country. I guess we are.
• China
12 Jun 16
It is a great place with a delightful ambience.Your friend and you certainly had a nice easy moment there.
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@valmnz (13162)
• New Zealand
12 Jun 16
We enjoyed our outing
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@jaboUK (50715)
• United Kingdom
12 Jun 16
That looks like a very pleasant place. Every city needs somewhere to act as it's 'lungs'.
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@valmnz (13162)
• New Zealand
12 Jun 16
I agree
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@glenniah (1250)
• Mandurah, Australia
12 Jun 16
Cafe in the Gardens sounds wonderful espeically as you had a lovely warm day to enjoy it.
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@valmnz (13162)
• New Zealand
12 Jun 16
I should have mentioned there's an outdoor space too, very popular in summer.
@LadyDuck (122261)
• Switzerland
12 Jun 16
This is a lovely place where to enjoy a cafe taking all the time to look at the nature. I need more and more not to be rushed.
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@valmnz (13162)
• New Zealand
12 Jun 16
It's nice to connect with a slower pace
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@jstory07 (57860)
• Roseburg, Oregon
12 Jun 16
That really sounds like a very nice place to be.
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@valmnz (13162)
• New Zealand
12 Jun 16
I like going there
@thelme55 (11873)
• Germany
12 Jun 16
I love spending time drinking coffee in a cafeteria observing people and their behaviour. It's one way of giving me ideas what to write.
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@valmnz (13162)
• New Zealand
12 Jun 16
I agree with you!
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@ilocosboy (33294)
• Philippines
12 Jun 16
that is really a good mood place for cafe especially when you need some inspiration
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@suhail1 (965)
• Manila, Philippines
7 Jan
location of this gardens?
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@valmnz (13162)
• New Zealand
8 Jan
In North Island New Zealand
@suhail1 (965)
• Manila, Philippines
8 Jan
@valmnz manawatu district?
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@valmnz (13162)
• New Zealand
8 Jan
@suhail1 what makes you think that? Do you know New Zealand well? You don't say where you come from in your profile.
@Namelesss (1021)
• United States
18 Jun 16
Hey Val. I could use some of that winter weather right now. Your garden visit sounded lovely. Just stepped in to say hi, hope you're doing well. Hugs!
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@paigea (21209)
• Canada
24 Jun 16
Hi there! I hope you are doing well also.
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@shaggin (26941)
• United States
13 Jun 16
It looks like there are palm trees as well. Am I correct on that?
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