Today is Missy’s 25th birthday. My, how time flies. We have had a lovely day – brunch at Five Sisters Cafe in South Brisbane. What a fabulous little gem, tucked away between Melbourne Street and Fish Lane. If you are in the area please take the time to pop in. The food was delightful and the coffee fantastic (according to the coffee drinkers). We were made welcome by friendly staff and it is child-friendly in the true sense of the word.
Later we went to Indooroopilly Shopping Centre, a large suburban shopping mall, in order to buy Missy a birthday present. We had promised her would give her a camera and we also got a Gorillapod. The Gorillapod is the niftiest little invention I have seen. Although the shopping expedition was successful in terms of finding what we were looking for I found the tide of people ‘trawling the mall’ more than a little overwhelming. As Missy described it, the “rampant, mindless consumerism” is quite sickening. When I see people buying so much ‘stuff’, I really feel as though I am swimming against the tide. But I will continue to swim.
The Duke and I rarely go to large shopping precincts these days as we simply have very little need. When we do it is a quick visit with a list of exactly what we need and we are in and out as quickly as possible. Our shopping is mostly small, local independent shops or markets.
Today was particularly interesting in that our brunch was a small, family-run niche business which was in stark contrast to the mass-market, ‘more is better’ mentality of the shopping mall.
I think I am much happier poking around the op shops and markets in our country town and surrounds.