I’ve been fortunate to travel around Australia twice now. The first time was a sort of feel around and try out anything. Take advantage of every opportunity that presents itself. Now, I’m not saying that the second time you just coast and give up all goals. In fact just the opposite, since you’ve already had a smattering of options from the first time, now you can hone your targets on something a bit more specific. So in each port of call, you are making the absolute most of your time in the vibrant Land Down Under.
The second time we visited Fremantle or Freo as the locals like to call it, we heard about the main streets for shopping and eating like Market Street and Little Creatures Brewery on Mews Road. We spent quite a bit more time walking the side streets and checking out the fantastic free public art in the forms of statues (Bon Scott), paintings and murals (Horatio T. Birdbath).
You see, we just wanted to get a little exercise and walk around the town. It has a really cool artsy bohemian vibe. In the park in the center of town, there was a fair. Well, atleast that day there was one. There was a breakfast juice cart with some dread locked hippies selling cold pressed watercress juices and some other varieties based on coconuts or carrots. They also made espresso and cappuccinos. My inner caffeine addict was super happy about that. Around the rest of the “fair”, there were some tents of people selling vintage clothing… or things that looked like they came from 1980’s era Mad Max. Other tents had leather goods and some folks were making lunch time snacks on portable bbq grills. Lots of folks just wandering around chatting it up and enjoying a beautiful day. After we passed the park, we walked to the waterfront and followed it around to the marina side of town where Little Creatures Brewery is based. They have two buildings. Basically pole barns with really cool decor. One side is the actual brewery with the big silver vats of suds on display through glass. It has that notorious smell of curing hops and barley. They offer sampler size glasses, allowing a wee taste of their wide variety of beers in the garden out front.
The other side of the building is the main restaurant. Long picnic style tables cross the main floor, huge order windows look into the kitchen that spans the length of the entire main floor. Plus second floor drinking seating area and also additional eating space outside on the pier overlooking the marina and ocean. It’s a wicked place to hang out with amazing pub style food. I recall our group tried almost all of the appetizers, had a pizza, some burgers, and ordered more food than we could consume.
After our lunch, we wandered through yet another park and back into town. Across from the Freemantle Markets is a building with alot of personality. On one wall, there was a fantastically detailed mural with small intricate circles, squares, mazes and spaceship style architectural overtones.
It’s like Horatio has seen the inside of a great machine that we are all just cogs in. On the other side of the planet in a land that is inhabited and yet deserted all at the same time, he’s drawn a map right on the side of the building. Who knows what direction it’s pointing?
Ever wonder exactly who he is calling on that little red telephone receiver?
I chatted with Horatio for quite some time that afternoon. We discussed art, music, travel. We talked about inspiration and why people keep pursuing art. He’s an interesting bird with a free spirit and amazing talent.
Sometimes I wonder what my true inspiration is, should be, has become, once was… “Do justice to your talent”, says Horatio T. Birdbath. Somehow I agree. Horatio insisted on taking our picture in front of his mural. He said something about being able to capture the true spirit reflected in our souls.
I love how the picture turned out. True happiness.