Tuesday, 14 December 2010

The morning milk

6am
The pigeons do not startle ready for flight as I wheel the corner at Five Ways to tramp up Heeley Street. They claim the early morning as their time: the air is damp, and cool; the latte-set stirs under the covers; people movers snooze in the garage. The pigeons wait, but not too patiently.

Having cleaned up the crumbs of yesterday, they bill and coo anticipating the arrival of Madeleine and Gaston, for it is they who throw open the shuttered shop, slide a batch of croissants into the oven, and double ristretto the first two coffees of the day. The pigeons clatter their claws on the footpath, expectantly.

Once aromas like this permeate Five Ways, people and their crumbs are not far behind.
12 noon

12 comments:

Woody said...

I can feel the sun starting to warm my face and the coffee and croissants warming my belly.

anjoe playhouse said...

Milk makes the day sunny ;-)

Jørgen Carlsen said...

Interesting. I was delivering milk very early 50 years ago. Funny association.

Margaret said...

What a difference a few hours makes...
Margaret

Joan Elizabeth said...

Clearly not in the commuter belt. By 6am we are on our way and certainly no time for lolling around having coffee and feeding the pigeons.

Julie said...

We ARE only 10 minutes to the CBD, Joan. But my guess is that for folk from Paddo, the 'wilds' start from Glebe Point Road.

"All things French" said...

I can smell that coffee~ great little spot.

J Bar said...

Great seeing the differences in time of day.

Lachezar said...

Beautiful photography and storytelling, and an amazing transformation. I love and prefer the mood of the morning image, but then again I love these corner cafes in the sunshine hour too...

Thanks for visiting and your kind comments!

diane said...

Great post. What's ristretto?

Julie said...

Ristretto is a method of making coffee where the milk is sent twice over the beans to extract a richer fuller flavour. Not for the faint-hearted.

rallentanda said...

You've got the Sydney eye awright! Great pics of Paddo and I must check out Redhead Beach. We are at Shoal Bay at the moment.You would love that too!