I love Fremantle even more when the weather warms up, when we live more outdoors than indoors, and I like taking pictures from outside through insides to outsides, if that makes any sense. For this one I was standing in the lane between the two Little Creatures buildings and photographed through the window.
With the Swan Brewery operations closing in Canning Vale it is important this sign of the Boxing Kangaroo on the side of the Fremantle National Hotel will be preserved and restored as it is now of heritage significance, linking the brewery to the America’s Cup challenge held off Fremantle in the eighties.
With hail forecast today it is hard to believe we will have a warm and sunny long weekend, but that’s what the experts say. Like many around Australia I will be watching the AFL Grand Final somewhere in Fremantle. If I feel like a noisy crowd I might go to Clancys or I might just stay at home with a Culley’s Chicken Korma pie and a bottle of stout or three.
On Sunday morning I want to take some photos of the Gentlemen’s Vintage Bike Ride that starts at 10 am at the Fremantle Art Centre and from 4-8 is the free KULCHA Caravan Club, so I might pop in there for a bit of Gypsy Swing music.
Good news for those who don’t want to go to the Royal Show in Claremont with the Fremantle Ferris Wheel staying here. It was not dismantled as planned to go to the Royal Show, so enjoy a ride at the Esplanade and see the city and Fishing Boat Harbour from the air in airconditioned comfort. Not sure if the Duyfken will be moored there yet, but it might be.
Fremantle boutique brewery Little Creatures is no longer in Western Australian control with 99.7% of the shareholders in favour of the $ 362 million dollar take-over bid by Japanese brewery Kirin.
It is a bit of a sentimental loss to Freo I assume, but we are used to it as the Sail&Anchor left us in similar fashion, starting as a boutique brewery and then being sold for huge money.
One can’t blame the people behind Little Creatures for taking the profits of this success story, so now hoping the Fishing Boat Harbour brewery will retain its great character.
I’m taking my chopsticks up to the Loft next time I go because the dark White Rabbit and Sashimi would be a combination made in heaven.
At first impression it looks as if the Fremantle Markets have turned into a pub, but take a second look and discover it is simply the reflection of the market in a window of the Sail&Anchor hotel.
Reflections make it possible for us to look left and right, up and down, and back and forward, at the same time. That always intrigues me and makes me feel like a very young child, discovering the world with wide open eyes.
Things are progressing well to make the West End of Fremantle more vibrant. In Pakenham Street the bakery, bar, restaurant is starting to look pretty good, while Steve Wood at Jarrah Corp has put his application for a liquor license in to also create a wine bar on the corner of Pakenham and High streets. On top of that we will also be getting a micro brewery at the former McDonalds, Dome site at Bathers Beach.
Walking through High Street this morning I though what a difference a good street profile and window display makes to the appeal of a shop. Have a look at the B&M Store window dressing. It is gorgeous and so are the stunning big bags. Karteque and Djura always look very appealing and so does Love in Tokyo.
Anyone who sees me knows I am not a fashion freak, people probably describe me more as daggy, but I love Sheree Dornan‘s very feminine clothes at Love in Tokyo and hope my next lover will be wearing her designs. A reason for more hugs!
On the other side of the street is Bill Campbell‘s second hand bookshop. It is so homely that I’d love to live their.
The West End has got many hidden treasures, so go for a treasure hunt on a gorgeous day like today and check out the gems. Freo’s Wonderful West End is a special place to visit, shop and relax.
The development of a bakery, bar and restaurant in Pakenham Street
The brewery bongos have been playing loud that the Lion Group has bought Fremantle‘s Little Creatures Brewery for $ 380 million.
It seems to be the way small boutique breweries go. Some people come up with a great idea, establish a fantastic brand, and sell it off after years of successful trading. There is no doubt Little Creatures in Freo and Melbourne have become iconic tourist magnets, so good on them for putting all the hard and clever work in.
The large amounts of empty, and often broken, bottles left in the Round House area by backpackers, makes me wonder if paying for empty bottles would reduce the litter left for others to clean up.
Night after night visitors to our city use Arthur Head as their playground and rubbish bin and leave broken bottles everywhere but in the rubbish bins. The grassed area is often used during the day by Notre Dame students and tourists, often with children who like to run around bare feet. The stupid inconsiderate vandalism by the drunks endangers the health of those kids and students.
While last summer police sent out regular evening patrols, this year it seems to be too much to get out of the car and walk around the Round House. Unfortunately the City of Fremantle security officers don’t do night shifts
Time maybe to reimburse people who return empty bottles to the bottle shops, hopefully that way encouraging people to take the empties with them.
This is a pretty special exclusive for Freo’s View, so I will indulge a little here.
I heard only a couple of hours ago that Fremantle independent MLA Adele Carles and Minister for Transport, Housing and Emergency Services Troy Buswell will get married in a secret wedding at St John’s Church in Fremantle’s Kings Square at 9.30 tomorrow.
It was by pure accident that I found out. I walked past Little Creatures on my way home from the Wray Avenue lanterns making event, when I noticed Adele’s loyal and lovely office staff Helen and Natacha, and of course went over for a chat.
The normally focused ladies were a little under the weather and tried hard to keep the secret from me, but confessed they were part of a hen’s night party. After a bit of probing and a round of drinks, it finally came out that Adele and Troy will tie the knot in the lovely small church, in front of only their closest friends.
When I wanted to go in and speak to Adele, Natacha and Helen told me that Adele and Troy would deny it was going to happen, to avoid a media scramble at the tiny church. I can understand that.
I admit to feeling a little bit guilty posting this here, but the media don’t read an unimportant small Fremantle blog like this, so I will probably not do any harm by announcing the wedding here exclusively.
This is a big coup for me, so I can’t keep it under wraps. Sorry Adele!!
I hope to post photos of the newly wed on this blog tomorrow morning after the ceremony, so stay tuned.