Up The Swanny


Out of the blue, a phone call from our grandson, and an offer of an evening trip up the Swan River, on Christmas Eve. Being our wedding anniversary, what better way to round off the day. Few details were provided other than that we needed to be present at the East Street Jetty for around 19:00.

Swan River - View upstream from East Street Jetty - Fremantle WA
Swan River – View upstream from East Street Jetty – Fremantle WA

The trip was being provided by my grandsons partner who runs a charter business.

Arriving at the jetty, we soon found other folks, similarly awaiting the arrival of a boat.

While we waited Steve and I started to scout out the area as a possible fishing venue, having already noted the presence of several anglers. After chatting with one guy, who was packing up, we have added the jetty to our list . Easy access with parking very close by and straight into deep water.

It wasn’t long before our transport appeared upstream and was tied alongside ready for boarding.

MV Cygnus - Approaching East Street Jetty, Fremantle, WA
MV Cygnus – Approaching East Street Jetty, Fremantle, WA

MV Cygnus is a fully licensed 53′ Catamaran and is apparently capable of catering for up to 60 people. I think that might be a tight squeeze, however we weren’t that many so had room to meander.

Posh Pads - Swan River, opposite East Street Jetty, Fremantle, WA
Posh Pads – Swan River, opposite East Street Jetty, Fremantle, WA

Shortly after boarding it was time for a little something to moisten dry throats. Make the most of the next photo. It features yours truly which is a rare occurrence as it’s not often that I step in front of a lens.

Gerry and I - Swan River Cruise, WA
Gerry and I – Swan River Cruise, WA

By 19:15 we were underway, heading up river and it was time to point the lens outside of the boat. Having made a similar daytime trip, several years ago, we knew we would see some very nice properties along the river banks. At least while the sun was still up. However, an evening trip was going to be somewhat different.

Fremantle Dinosaurs !!
Fremantle Dinosaurs !!

These cranes, silhouetted by the setting sun, look somewhat like prehistoric creatures heading to the river to drink.

Water Police Base - Fremantle, WA
Water Police Base – Fremantle, WA

My grandson is a member of the Water Police. This picture shows some of their toys. Am I jealous ? , go on, ask me.

Down here in Oz it gets dark very quickly so photography on a moving platform becomes something of a challenge. Here are some “snaps” taken once darkness had arrived.

Swan Canoe Club - Mosman Park, Perth, WA
Swan Canoe Club – Mosman Park, Perth, WA

At some point we tied up to a buoy, so that the hot food could be cooked on the huge BBQ at the stern. We sat swinging at the whims of the river currents and the wind, just offshore from Mosmans Restaurant.

Mosmans Restaurant - Mosman Park, Perth, WA
Mosmans Restaurant – Mosman Park, Perth, WA

The crew laid out quite a spread, with steaks, chicken drummies and prawns cooked on the BBQ, supplemented with a variety of salads and roast vegetables followed by fresh fruits and cheeses.

Food consumed, we were then of further up river until the city came into view. Time for some more snaps but, several beers in, I wasn’t really up for the challenge.

Blame it on the Little Creatures
Blame it on the Little Creatures – That’s my excuse, not sure what theirs is.

Yes, that’s twice I’ve been in front of the lens on one single occasion.

Here is the best of a bad lot …..

Perth City Skyline - Viewed from the Swan River
Perth City Skyline – Viewed from the Swan River

It would have been nice to have cruised right up into the city, but that was as close as we got. Still looks good though.

There was a disco on board and we did get up to dance, a bit. Well that’s perhaps a very loose description of the gyrations I was making. I am pleased to say that there are no photos of that brief interlude.

All too soon we were heading back to the East Street Jetty. Just a short distance, from the jetty, is the Left Bank, bar and restaurant.

The Left Bank - Bar and Restaurant, Fremantle, WA
The Left Bank – Bar and Restaurant, Fremantle, WA

This place, The Left Bank, was having a Xmas Eve party. It started at Noon and was going on till 2 am . From the jetty we could see that they had swarms of hi-viz jacketed security outside. We could hear it from the river as we cruised by. Call me an old fart, but any pub that requires that level of security is not a place I would want to frequent. Having said that we did have a nice early evening meal there a few years back.

So there you have it, our trip up the swanny.

There are many interpretations of the phrase “up the swanny”, including ballsed up, stuck in the mud, tits up, up shit creek, up the creek without a paddle and so forth.

None of these are applicable. We had a great time and our thanks go to Kate and her crew for a super evening.

 

 

Its Warm


Yes, it’s warm. Temps have been in the high twenties thru mid thirties with more of the same forecast. I know this isn’t what friends and family back home want to hear as they prepare for more high winds, snow and a possible white Christmas.

Just to rub a little salt in the wounds I thought I would let you all know that we have been spending quite a bit of time in the pool, alternating with visits to local hostelries where they are serving well chilled beers. Actually chilled beer is available at poolside too ….

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Chillin in the pool

And when relaxing in the pool gets just a tad too much there is always the hot tub ….

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Just add vegetables … !!!

As I said we have been visiting various hostelries to sample both the chilled beer and tasty seafood. Here you can see some of the locals indicating their approval of the local cuisine …

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Fine Dining Critics – Discussing the finer points of the Beer Battered Squid

We visited The Boat restaurant, up at Mindarie. where we had possibly the tenderest squid served in a lemon pepper coating. Once again I succumbed to the call of Little creatures and had a pint of their draught Pale Ale while the others partook of a local cider.

The restaurant is right alongside the quay within the marina with a fine view of some nice properties …

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Mindarie Marina Properties

…. complete with moorings.

While promenading, and drooling over some rather nice gin palaces, I spotted this craft sitting idle …

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Fishful Thinking – Mindarie Marina

When you consider the current exchange rates $55k is a steal. So, if I blow my pension on this, all I have to do is acquire a nice waterside property where I can park it. Then it’s look out fishies, here I come.

I have just been advised that, should I blow my pension on this boat, it would probably become my home. So I guess that’s another dream shot down in flames.

Oh well, back to the 32 degC temperature and another beer by the pool then.