Gift ideas for Mum on her special day.

Take Mum to the Beach
On the beautiful parklands under the Norfolk Pines, just a stone’s throw away from pristine South Beach is one of Freo’s famous venues – South Beach Cafe. This much loved eatery is very Freo, the sort of place where everyone is welcome – kids and dogs included!
The cafe is always a popular spot for Mother’s Day and for good reason. Aside from the stunning location, the food is top notch, offering a range of tasty items to suit everyone, with plenty of vegetarian and gluten free choices.
Treat your dear mum to a scrumptious Beachside Breakfast, delicious croissant or healthy berries and yoghurt for breakfast.  For lunch try the famous Vegetarian Lentil burger or the Kitchensink Burger. The fresh squeezed juices and smoothies are just the thing to quench your thirst after a walk on the beach and the coffee is excellent too. Open 7 days from 6.30am to 7pm.
South Beach Cafe
9 Ocean Road South Fremantle 
Phone 9335 3925

A Touch of Eden
Ramon’s at Willow Pond is one of Perth’s premier venues for all occasions. Set within 2.2 hectares of magnificent Japanese-themed gardens, surrounding a large lake and cascading waterfall, Ramon’s is a popular choice for outdoor weddings, birthday parties, seminars, anniversaries, school graduations, fundraising events, funerals and wakes. With three beautiful function rooms to choose from, Ramon’s has something to suit all tastes and budgets. The experienced and friendly team will help make your special event truly memorable.
Ramon’s fully licensed restaurant is open to the public for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Current special offers for Seniors Card holders include a 2 course meal (main & dessert) with tea or coffee from just $22 per person, available for lunch Monday to Friday and dinner Tuesday to Friday. Throughout the year, Ramon’s holds special themed events, such as a murder mystery dinner, ABBA tribute show and bridal expo. Ramon’s is taking restaurant bookings for Mother’s Day. For more information, please visit the website.
Ramon’s at Willow Pond
Restaurant 9456 1362
Functions 9455 1187
http://www.willowpond.com.au

Books make a fantastic gift for Mum
Tracy Farr’s debut novel, The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt, was shortlisted for the Barbara Jefferis Award and longlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award. Her new novel, The Hope Fault, is about extended family: about exes and steps and fairy godmothers; about parents and partners who are missing, and the people who replace them.
“In New Zealand, the word whānau means extended family, and that includes friends who may not have any formal kinship ties. The closest I can come in the Australian sense is mob. I’m a big fan of mess, in life and fiction, and I’ve always been interested in the non-linear aspects of families.
Some of our most important and supportive relationships are with close family friends, like aunties who aren’t related by blood or marriage; and links with ex-partners often remain important long after the relationship is over. My own family has a lot of this sort of complexity, and I see it in other people’s lives, too. So, right from the start
I was interested in reflecting this in the novel,” Farr says.
As well as celebrating the rich and happy messiness of these strong connections, Farr was also interested in going a little deeper and darker. The novel explores some of the complex elements of family that get hidden, forgotten, misreported, or otherwise remain untold. These elements are in essence fault lines – the slow geological shifts that lie beneath every family.
The Hope Fault is available from all local booksellers and online at Fremantle Press.
http://www.fremantlepress.com.au

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