COFFEE @ the Lime & Coconut Cafe, Windsor 2756.
Finding the Lime & Coconut Cafe was like finding treasure. Although Windsor has many cafes and restaurants, some even operating from heritage listed buildings; it is the Lime & Coconut Cafe that will really interest the design enthusiasts.
The two-room space is beautifully and perfectly styled with every wall having something quirky and interesting to take in. Although architecturally the spaces are nothing special (the ceilings are relatively low and the spaces small), the street-facing room is bright and the rear room is cosy and has a working open fire place. The Lime & Coconut Cafe is the type of place you could easily while away a couple of hours sipping coffee and reading the newspaper.
The food is great; fresh and tasty! The lentil patties served on salad were terrific and my cappuccino was thoroughly enjoyed along with an excellent house made vegan tiramisu. The Lime and Coconut Cafe is worth a visit and is definitely on my return list.
NOW & THEN around Windsor
In 1789 ‘Green Hills’ as it was then known, was explored by Governor Arthur Phillip, however it was 1794 before the first European settlers began farming the fertile floodplains. The developing colony in Sydney was experiencing severe food shortages and so the produce from Green Hills was desperately needed to support the colony through difficult times. The settlers’ farms were productive, although the frequent flooding of the area significantly hampered an ongoing reliable supply of fresh produce.
Lachlan Macquarie was appointed Governor of NSW in 1810, at which time he was instructed by the British Government to select five flood-free sites along the Hawkesbury River to establish new townships. The farming communities already established in the high-risk flood plains were encouraged to relocate to the new townships so as to protect themselves, their livestock, and their crops. Further, the establishment of the towns was intended to promote progress and expand food production, sustainability and self-sufficiency amongst the settlers whilst securing the prosperity of the colony.
The five towns selected by Governor Macquarie were Windsor, Richmond, Castlereagh, Wilberforce and Pitt Town. Macquarie renamed Green Hills to Windsor and gave directives for the main institutions of an organised settlement to be constructed in the newly defined town. St Matthew’s Anglican Church, Cemetery and Rectory (1817-1820), Windsor Courthouse (1821) and The Macquarie Arms (1815) are just a few of the buildings built under Macquarie’s instructions.
Governor Macquarie also ordered the construction of a turnpike road that was suitable for carriage traffic; the road roughly followed the route of today’s Windsor Road. The road remained unsealed for most of the 1800s and proved a popular hunting ground for bushrangers with hold-ups being so common that travellers were advised to travel in groups. As the area became more populated bushranging subsided.
A train service to Windsor was opened in 1864. By 1874 the Windsor Bridge was constructed, however the flooding river was a continuing problem and the deck of the bridge was raised in the late 1890s.
Windsor is famous for its numerous heritage buildings; many of Australia’s oldest surviving European buildings are located at Windsor.
A photographic record of my visit to Windsor, NSW
Windsor has largely retained a low scale look and feel. Driving around the residential streets of Windsor reveals a popular trend of ‘styling’ verandas.
Chairs mostly appear in pairs with a small centrally positioned table provided as a place to rest a cocktail or a coffee. Some houses use simple details whilst others incorporate more whimsical elements to create a welcoming place to chill out and enjoy the peaceful surroundings.
Dressing up a veranda is a great way to personalise a dwelling without undertaking structural works or spending a lot of money.
Dictionary of Sydney, Hawkesbury City Council website, Office of Environment & Heritage – State Heritage Inventory.
Historical images courtesy of Kurrajong-Comleroy Historical Society and the State Library of NSW.