Due to a small plane accident in the Swan River in front of thousands of people enjoying the public holiday and waiting for the fireworks in the evening, the event was cancelled due to the death of the pilot and passenger. A very sad event. RIP
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FREMANTLE & Coogee Beach
In the last days of 2016, we took the visiting family to Fremantle - enjoyed a beer at "Little Creatures", the iconic Fremantle brewery, a sunset swim at Coogee beach (near Fremantle).
Coogee Beach, is one of the beaches with a shark protection area, but I was surprised to see many people were actually swimming outside of that area, obviously not afraid of sharks!
|Top: Little Creatures Brewery (1,2,3) Outside another restaurant (4). Bottom: the fishermen memorial statues, the harbour, view from Cicerellos restaurant over the fishing boats, yellow statue outside Cicerellos restaurant.|
|A Sunset swim at Coogee Beach|
I also took the family to Pinnaroo Cemetery - you can read my 2014 post about it. It's a huge park in the northern suburbs, where there are no headstones or monuments to mark the graves, just bronze memorial plaques.
It's also a popular place to see kangaroos! This time we saw a lot of females with their joeys.
|Plaques and plastic flowers around the lake, Christmas tinsel around the trees, and Kangaroos at Pinnaroo Cemetery|
New Year's Eve was spent at the Portuguese Club dinner and dance event. The food and company was nice, the music was a bit of a let down, but we still managed to dance.
NEW YEAR'S DAY by the river & FIREWORKS show
On the 1st of January we were invited to spend the day with some friends who live by the Canning River (an affluent of the bigger Swan River).
We love going there, it's very relaxing, and we get to feed the ducks and black swans that come around. Our friends got them used to being fed, he's even bought special food for them and when he calls them they all come running...well, swimming.
We also took out the canoes into the river and swam in their beautiful pool.
A day well spent in good company!
Top L to R: Feeding the swans, swimming in the pool, me in a canoe
Bottom L to R: My daughter takes off in a canoe near the swans, a Heron in a nest w/little ones, a cheeky duck jumps on the pillows.
|Lots of black swan awaiting their feed at the jetty in our friend's house|
|And look at the tiny duckling following the Mother!|
Just 15 minutes, but it's always exciting for me to watch beautiful fireworks.
And that was how we spent the end of 2016 and the beginning of 2017.
30th Dec to 1st Jan