Sunday, 23 October 2011

Flower Power

So with  the weather decidedly cooler yesterday and my mum feeling a lot perkier, we went to one of our favourite places in Marrakech.  Casa Botanica for lunch at its cafe, The Flower Power Cafe, which I previously blogged about here.

Ikea fabric!
Casa Botanica  is a huge covered nursery (of the plant variety) and is an oasis of calm (unlike the non plant variety).  Its cafe uses organic produce where it can source it (a relatively new idea here), eggs from its hens, fruit, veg and herbs from the garden and honey from its bees.  With the children`s garden and play area (bunnies to feed, chickens to watch, a play shop and swings and slide) right next to the cafe, the children have a great time while the parents sit and chill. Here is granny doing just that and looking much brighter.


You can see why.  Everything is upcycled and shabby chic.  Look at this flower arrangement in an old olive can.  Now if I tried this at home, it would look more shabby and decidedly unchic.


side tables of bouganvillae blooms


I love these signs for the carrot cake and freshly squeezed juice...



 ...and this sign for mint tea inspires me to try paper piecing or applique right now.

Some of us were happy to be there because of the gorgeous surroundings and food and some of us were happy...

  
because after lunch there was the opportunity for some bouncing on the new trampoline.



Oh, early bed times after an afternoon of bouncing (and being bounced relentlessly by some older boys there being heavier than him) - don`t you just love them?


So if you are ever this way, do pay Casa Botanica a visit - it`s very beautiful, lots of fun, child friendly, adult friendly and the food is delicious.  Hope you are having a great Sunday,

Annabella

20 comments:

Manda said...

Looks like a lovely place :)

Katy Cameron said...

Oh, that place looks like it would be so wonderful to visit *sigh* I think the trampoline/bed time plan is a good one going forward too ;o)

susan said...

I want to come and have Sunday lunch there with you right now!! Zaki looks like he is heaven.

nicolette at dutchcomfort said...

It looks awesome, what a wonderful place to spend SOME time and have lunch!

Ellie said...

It looks like a lovely, bright and cheery place. And Zaki looks like he really enjoyed himself - and the bonus for you, an early night for him. What more could you ask for lol. Perfect day!!

loulou said...

Hello Miss Annabella

I'm back (soooo exhuasted though).

Just wanted to pop and by and say hello - I've missed you lovely lady x

gosh that looks a lovely place you were at. The colour pops completely out of your (very clear by the way) photos.
and that scrumpet bum of your boy - yummy :)

take care and see you soon

x

loulou, hereiamloulou blog

Helen in Switzerland said...

That looks absolutely delightful - I'm all for shabby chic! Glad your mum was feeling well enough to go too!

Jennifer @ Ellison Lane Quilts said...

Oh he is just adorable with that sweet little face and those lovely curls. :)

Prof. S said...

Reading your post was the next-best-thing to being there!! Thanks for the momentary escape from my pile of grading and the chilly (but sunny) day we are having here in Toronto...wish I could join you for mint tea, while Frida joined in on the bouncing :)

aracne said...

Enchanting pictures, they give me a wish to jump on a plane to Marrakesh...one can dream, right?

Catherine said...

what a lovely looking place, so vibrant, can we all meet up there for a cuppa and a chat

sew.darn.quilt said...

Beautiful scenery.
Thank you for the chance to visit.

Carolyn

Cindy said...

It looks lovely.

Archie the wonder dog said...

Looks like a lovely place for lunch! Is there any cake left?!!

Flying Blind... said...

You can take me there when I come to stay!!

Lynn said...

Well I couldn't pop in for lunch but your photos and commentary made me feel that I had. I love the colours - of everything, just lovely. Thank you for a lovely visit

Sheila said...

Lovely photos, thanks for sharing..

Diary of a Flutter.Kat said...

That looks like such a fabulous place to visit! Thanks for sharing :)

Susan said...

It looks like a great place for a visit. Love all the flowers and their unique signs. Such fun!

Ms. Becky said...

it looks a fun, colorful spot for lunch, and your mum is beautiful. I especially like the sign for mint tea. all of your shots are simply grand Annabella. happy day to you. and I hope you're having a wonderful time with your mum!