The boring Good Fridays of the past are over in Fremantle and most cafes are open for business and were busy already just after nine this morning.
I have never seen so many people fishing on the South Mole as today, with (illegal) parking on both sides full.
Supermarkets are closed but the great Peaches in South Freo is open and so are the Fremantle Markets and the Fishing Boat Harbour traders.
The Fremantle International Street Arts Festival is on at the Esplanade from 12-5 pm and there is live music at J Shed from midday and a pancake stall to have some yummy food.
Just go for a wander and explore beautiful old Freo and find more traders open for business.
One of the first requests the City of Fremantle should make to new WA Premier Mark McGowan is for his government to review the buffer zone boundaries for Fremantle Port, to enable serious and realistic planning for the development of South Quay.
At present the buffer zones do not allow for residential or tourist accommodation at the southern side of the port. In my opinion it is inconsistent that cruise ships with thousands of older people on board can stay within the industrial and dangerous goods buffer zone, but residential and overnight accommodation on land next to it is not permitted.
The emergency evacuation of a low-rise hotel would take considerably less time than evacuating thousands of geriatrics off a cruise liner, and it would take a long time for such a vessel to leave port in an emergency.
That was a pretty brilliant and perfect Fremantle Sunday.
Nice and warm and great community spirit at the Walk The Bridge Roe 8 Highway protest in the morning.
After that a stunning concert by the Fremantle Chamber Orchestra and the superb Dutch violinist Rudolf Koelman at the Townhall.
To finish it off we had a beautiful sunset so I took some happy snaps at Monument Hill and the harbour.
What a beautiful morning to start the long weekend!
A stunning sunrise with lovely clouds created these photos of Fremantle Port and Point Walter.
The beautiful Silver Whisper cruise ship is in Fremantle harbour but at the unusual location of C Shed, not the Passenger Terminal.
I believe Freo is due for many cruiseliners in the next weeks, which is great as it has been almost eerie quiet in town lately.
Men standing on the vehicle bridge of a RoRo vessel at Victoria Quay that is offloading hundreds of cars at Fremantle Port today, while the sun sets behind the cranes on North Quay.
The humidity today was more like Bali or Bangkok than Fremantle, but no matter what the weather is every day in Freo is a beaut one.
One of the things I very much enjoy is showing people around Fremantle and a few of the hidden treasures they might not otherwise discover, so today I spent two hours with the lovely Italian Elisabetta and Matilda.
Matilda lives in Freo and runs the cute fashion boutique and Birkenstock outlet Creato a Mano at Marine Parade and her husband Roberto runs the equally cute Galleria D’Arte West End just a few metres awy, so go and check them out!
Elisabetta though lives in beautiful Rome, so hence the need for a guided tour.
The Roundhouse and Arthur Head had to be the starting point and soon we walked into Bruce from Replants who is setting up a tree installation on Bathers Beach for the Sculpture@Bathers show which starts on the 24th of this month.
The former long jetty and ocean pool and the mortuary and kerosine store were clearly a must and gave me the opportunity to talk about the horrendous Rottnest Island indigenous Quod prison.
From there we wandered into Notre Dame University territory. We had a few sneak peeks inside some of the gorgeous adaptive reuse heritage buildings, the beautiful library and also the stunning Aboriginal art collection of UNDA. I recommend anyone to take a guided tour of the campus on Friday morning which UNDA organises. Contact them to book it!
The flat where FBI boss J Edgar Hoover lived, which is now part of Kerry Hill architects in Mouat Street, is also largely unknown. Kerry Hill by the way designed the new City of Fremantle Civic Centre at Kings Square.
I showed my guests the PS Art Space and studios upstairs, the former Police Station at Victoria Quay and the historic artworks inside B Shed, even the toilets, and wandered around the Maritime Museum under the watchful eyes of a lone Nankeen heron.
The old submarine, the connection to Gallipoli and the migrant wall were a talking point for us that connected Freo to Europe.
From there past the J Shed art studios and back through the Whalers Tunnel for a nice iced coffee at my friends at Chalkys in the former Trams Building.
What is there not to love about Freo. So happy I live here!
The first of the FREE Harbour Sundays concerts at the Fremantle Maritime Museum starts today and will go on every Sunday from 6-9 pm until 26 February.
With local live music, DJs and panoramic views over the Indian Ocean, it’s the perfect way to finish your weekend.
Today The Durongs, The Floors and DJ Sarah Tout will provide the entertainment and the bar will be open.
Great views from the upstairs deck over Fremantle Port and the perfect location to watch the sunset.
Photography is soul music for me. Whenever I feel a bit down I go out and try to find good images. Taking creative photos makes me happy.
I took this one at the Fremantle East Street jetty today just before 7 pm.