Saturday morning started at 10am with a long leisurely walk along the Esplanade with some friends. There was a chill to the air but nothing a warm jacket and scarf couldn’t handle. The sun was out and hundreds of walkers and joggers were making their way up and down the Cronulla coastline.
The surf was pretty decent so my friends and I sat on the wooden fence at the Wall for 15 minutes watching the action. We then slowly made out way down to the Grind Expresso to wake up and discuss last nights antics that took place. Grind is a famous coffee shop in Cronulla, and if you didn’t know that already, you would have guessed it was something special with the line being 20 people deep and out the door. A staff member came along the line taking orders but no one seemed too fussed to wait, especially when there is so much to look at in the cafe. Grinds owner, Richard has a wonderful collection of antique coffee memorabilia, and the photos of customers from all over the world holding up a sign “I’d rather be at Grind” are enough to pass the time.
Latte’s and long blacks were ordered and we decided to head to Shelley Park as it was too busy for our party of 4 to sit inside the cafe. We found a sunny spot on the hill overlooking South Cronulla Beach and South Cronulla Pavillion and watched as families played, lifesavers were on patrol, and the seriously brave went swimming.
On the way home the girls split from the boys and we ventured into Northies to see the Northies Designer Markets – a collection of clothing, accessories and goods by local fashion designers. Stand out brand was “Stevie & Me” which had some adorable children’s clothes. Fortunately I don’t have any children so my fresh wages didn’t take a beating.
Sunday got off to a late start as I caught up with some sleep (Ghana VS Australia 12am the night before). Again, I made my way to Grind with a girlfriend and we both got some hot chocolates and took a seat and read the Sunday papers. After we had finished we made our way to the Shabby Chic Vintage By The Sea Markets held in the Masonic Lodge on the Kingsway, Cronulla. I found out about these markets through researching for our Cronulla Buzz website, so I had to check them out for myself! What a treat! These were great if only just to look at. So many pinks and purples and crocheted fabric!
The outside lawn was scattered with beautiful ornate furniture, vintage mirrors and birdcages. Inside, there were clothing stalls, books, jewellery and home decorations. It really was a pleasure to the eyes, prices were reasonable depending on what the item was (some collectors clothing pieces were in the $200+ range) and to top it off there was a cupcake stall!
Entry was by donation and proceeds went to the NSW Down Syndrome Association.
The rest of the day was spent in the mall browsing the various clothing outlets – Rundles, Funky Femme, Flirty, Dutchee Dutchee and the great shoe shop Freelance scored $300 of our money.
The weather was turning a bit cold and as my friend and I don’t follow football (sorry) and Cronulla Sharks were versing St George Dragons we decided to hire a video from Civic in Cronulla Central. Grey’s Anatomy, blankets and more hot chocolate. A perfect winter weekend in Cronulla.