The Gallery – Shapes from Stoneridge Cafe & Maze

Whilst on holiday in Nelson we visited the wonderful Stoneridge Cafe & Maze. The cafe is set in a beautiful villa, with tranquil gardens and expansive grounds for the children to run freely on. A special highlight for young and old is the well-maintained hedge maze. We set off with Chinese Granddad in tow.  Grandma opted to stay at the holiday home soaking up the sun and views from the deck. She waved us off with a ‘Ta ra!’ and ‘Please try and lose Granddad whilst you’re at it’!

We’ve visited the maze on previous visits to Nelson, but never in the season of summer. As we admired the hedge maze from the balcony of the Stoneridge Cafe I marvelled at the view.

Stoneridge Cafe & Maze

Peering through the shapely, wooden balcony I felt the sun beating down and gazed with a relaxed sigh at the neighbouring farm land and vineyards.

Stoneridge Cafe & Maze

The first time we visited  the maze we had spent ages getting utterly lost (which inspired a poem at the time and the making of a little video of our escapade). I wondered if our memory would serve us in finding the middle quicker this time around. A quick glance at the squared hedges twisting and turning in their fine greenery wasn’t really cheating…

Charlotte & Sophie get an arial view of the maze

Not like this little impish daughter of mine taking a short cut into the middle of the maze (ahem!)…

Charlotte takes a short cut

Thankfully, the old brain cells did prove useful and we successfully discovered the middle a lot quicker than before. We didn’t linger in the middle too long – as the thought of tea and scones, with lashings of freshly whipped cream and jam, got our feet quickly pacing our return route through the rectangular passageways of shapely green hedges.

In the maze looking wistfully at the Stoneridge Cafe

And we found the arched exit of the maze in quick-shape time.

Arched exit of the maze

A perfectly wonderful afternoon.


Linking up with Tara’s ‘The Gallery’ over at Sticky Fingers. In case you hadn’t guessed, the theme this week is… Shapes! Go take a look for some awesome shape inspired photographs from around the blogosphere!