Very fast action by City of Fremantle officer Daniel Sharp on the faulty street lights at the Round House and Bathers Beach in the West End. He contacted me this morning after reading my blog post. Electricians are coming to fix the fault tomorrow, but to make sure there is light tonight, Dan has gone to override the system and the lights are on now and he will switch them off manually tomorrow morning.
That is the kind of professional conduct we would love all CoF officers to have. Great job, Dan!! Thanks.
I have always liked markets. My dad and I would often go to the Saturday markets in Hague, Holland in the morning and always ended up in the market pub where dad had a couple of beers and I got patat met kroketten (chips and beef croquettes). No matter which countries I visited on my holidays, if there was a market nearby it was a must do on my agenda.
Evening markets are even better. There is a sense of romance about it when all the stalls light up in different colours. It reminds me of the kermis(fair) we had at home. While it was exciting to go during the day, it was magic to go there at night for us kids, and I still have that same experience now.
Last night’s Fremantle Bathers Beach Sunset Food Markets was just magic. It was perfect harmony of people, nature, food, music and ambience. I accept I am a little biased because I help organise the event, but I would give the same credit if someone else organised it. It is so stunningly Freo, so relaxed, and it is so good to see so many smiles and people saying how much they love the markets.
For us fellas it is a bit like being in paradise as well. Aren’t we lucky that we live in a city that has such an abundance of stunningly gorgeous women. It was an absolute feast for the eyes last night.
I admit I am a wee bit bias because I am involved with the organisation of it, but I love the Fremantle BATHERS BEACH SUNSET FOOD MARKETS. The atmosphere is so special and very Freo, and the food and craft stalls, people playing music, kids having fun, and the camel ride make it one of the best markets around. We receive great compliments about the food, and people are so relaxed and friendly that it is a joy to be part of it.
It’s bloody hard labour though to set it up and dismantle it, so I am still far too tired to process all the photos I took last night, but here are two of them. The second one is our very own charismatic and quirky artist Horatio Birdbath dressed up in fairy lights. He’s such a really likable and interesting guy. Check him out working on the mural behind Gino’s.
Something exciting will be happening at Bathers Beach from next week, but I have been sworn to secrecy, so you’d better come to the markets next Saturday to enjoy something new, well not so new really. ; >)
On your way to the Fremantle Bathers Beach markets this evening? Go for a walk through High Street and check out the changing colourful lights on the heritage buildings. The kids will like it, so make it a family night out, walk through the fairy-lit Whalers Tunnels and along the romantic fairy-lit beach path that could well become Freo’s lovers’ lane. There are more hidden treasures in Fremantle than on a pirate boat!
All over the world heritage buildings, that are hundreds of years older than those in Fremantle, are colourfully lit up at night, but former councillor John Dowson, who wants to become the next president of the Fremantle Society, believes the new lights in Freo make High Street “look like a candy bar.”
Dowson is also not in support of the FREOPEDIA QR code project, which is a smart phone guide to sharing our history with international visitors.
A VOTE FOR PRESIDENT HENTY FARRAR AT THE SOCIETY AGM ON DECEMBER 10 IS A VOTE FOR REALISM AND PROGRESS AND WILL STOP THE SOCIETY FROM RETURNING TO OBSESSIVE NEGATIVITY UNDER DOWSON!
If you like it or not, Fremantle is on the move, and while most of it is about building new modern buildings, the heritage significance of our city has not been forgotten. A great idea that started just over two years ago at a West End Traders committee meeting has finally been realised because Fremantle BID (Business Improvement District) just about makes all the right decisions, so with strong support from Chamber of Commerce CEO Tim Milsom and the City of Fremantle, today all the beautiful buildings in Freo’s historic High Street were lit up in changing colours, and what a great sight it is!
A very special thank you has to go to photographer Adam Monk who took the project on and saw it to fruition. His tenacity shows that people with passion can move mountains. Also not to forget are the electricians from Pro Design Lighting, who were working till the very early hours throughout the night to get it all done in time.
It is a really great job by all that deserves a heritage award!
I decided to take some photos of the Fremantle Cappuccino Strip new Christmas lights at dusk, but since this not too clever old fella left his tripod at home, just happy snaps will have to do, to give you an impression.
MYRE the all new retail concept at Fremantle Kings Square is doing very well, according to the shop owners I talked to today. They refute the negative comments that the place is struggling, telling me it is going really well, that they love working there, and that sales have past expectations. They are hoping to get a big boost over the Christmas shopping period that will be starting soon.
Go and check out MYRE if you are coming to the city for Fremantle Festival events on Sunday. MYRE is open Wednesday to Sunday from 10 am.
A beautiful new feature and tourist attraction for Fremantle will be unveiled during the Fremantle Festival in early November. Electricians have worked hard to install coloured lights along a large part of historic High Street and the gorgeous heritage buildings will be lit up every night of the week.
I understand the project has been funded by the Fremantle BID group and is a collaboration between photographer Adam Monk, who did the leg work, liaised with electricians, got quotes, etc. the City of Fremantle and Tim Milsom CEO of the Chamber of Commerce (and candidate for Preston Point Ward of East Fremantle council-VOTE FOR TIM!).
The idea was branded last year at a committee meeting of the now defunct West End Traders and it is great to see Adam Monk took ownership off it and saw the project through. BID also should be congratulated for supporting it.
It is pretty frustrating when stupid idiots vandalise things and even more so when they do it to things that have just been installed. The nice unobtrusive solar lights at the new path along Bathers Beach that connects J Shed with Kidogo Arthouse, where damaged within a week of having been put there, so today Aryan Vargas and Chris Mitchell from Kardiniya company WILCO Electrical were repairing the damage, of course we, the community are paying for it.
Let’s hope the morons who did the damage won’t return to do it again.