It’s raining and cold and people being miserable about it in good old Freo, including friends visiting from Lismore.
Took this photo in Henry Street just after catching up with the NSW folk at the Moore&Moore cafe.
I am ready for nice warm and dry weather!
Spring is in the air with many wildflowers popping up and the sun is finally out as well.
I shot this photo of the swan family at Bibra Lake this morning.
It’s a great time of the year for a walk and to discover some of nature’s beauty. Manning Park just down the road from Fremantle is looking great as well with fantastic views from the lookouts.
A couple of winter reflections I shot in Fremantle today. The top one is at the Sail&Anchor and the second one just a few metres from there in a rain water puddle.
The sunny weather is not going to last very long according to BOM, so I made the best out of today’s lovely day.
This long bubble tube at the Fremantle Winter Festival at the Esplanade is very popular with children who run and roll around inside it.
It looks like a whole lot of fun, so can we have a senior night in them as well? Only kidding!
If you haven’t been there, go and check it out. There is ice skating and a huge slide, toboggan, food and drinks and even hot chestnuts and ‘real’ snow.
A tree reflected in a big puddle after heavy rain, with a single leave floating on the surface. An arty impression of a winter day in Fremantle.
It was a rather crisp start of winter this morning but the early sun light always creates some magic for photographers, as these photos taken in Fleet Street and of the arrival of the cruise ship Pacific Eden show.
The annual Christmas Show and Carol singing is on again this Sunday from 6.30 pm at the North Fremantle Bowling Club, so hop on the bike or train, or wander over to North Freo before those greedy Mossie Parks people get their hands on the jewel in the crown.
North Freo might well become Mosman Park South if all goes wrong.
A survey by the City of Fremantle of Fremantle traders on the impact of the Winter Garden Festival on the Esplanade during the month of July has been very positive:
74% of respondents believed there were positive flow on effects for the wider business community of Fremantle (48% Agree, 26% Strongly Agree)
80% of respondents said they would want it to return next year, 0% said no, 20% were indifferent.
55% of respondent reported an increase of foot traffic in their store (18.5% no change)
44% said they had an increase on trading from last year same school holidays (25% no change)
There is no doubt thousands of people flocked to the festival and it would be nice to see the figures on how many people bought tickets for the icerink and for the big slide. It would also be good to see a survey of the food stalls to find out if it was a financial success for them as well.
I liked the Winter Garden festival but would love to see some real snow there and the lay-out should be changed to make it more cohesive. The food stalls were too far away and the events at the teepee should have been to the south of the icerink closer to the slide.
I hear the City is considering putting the Winter Garden in the carpark near the Youth Plaza next year because of problems with flooding of the area where the festival was held this year.
The days are getting longer, the sun is shining and the Fremantle Winter Garden Festival is over. There were a lot of people there on the last day of the event with a long queue for the huge slide.
Above all the music, the smiling, and some crying, children, a plane let vapour trails in the stunning blue sky.
Bathers Beach was busy and so was central Fremantle and the Roundhouse, so good olf Freo still is an attraction for young and old on weekends.