Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Hulbert St Sustainability fiesta, faerie wings & mango ice creams




Last Saturday we spent the morning in Fremantle at the Hulbert St sustainability fiesta. It’s something I first heard about when a reader emailed (thanks Verity!) to let me know about a few cool thing happening around Perth.

I think I’ve mentioned it a hundred times already, but coming from Raglan (and spending a good amount of time also living in Byron Bay, NSW where Si and I first met) I crave being around like-minded people. Even though we don’t live in Fremantle itself, we are only a quick 20 min drive from the bustling alternative world of Freo and I try to make a trip at least once a week to hang out there. I kinda figure, if we can’t afford to live there; we can at least hang out there all the time so it feels like we do!




It totally fills my cup to be surrounded by barefoot dreadlocked locals and travellers. Being invited in to make Mexican god’s eyes by the lovely ladies at the Hilton Primary school stall made me smile and even though Kye lost interest pretty much right away, Ada loved making hers and already knew the drill having just made some at her kindy as part of this terms international focus.  




Many of the houses in this ‘modern commune-style’ street were open for us all to look around. And one especially made me swoon; vege gardens out the front, chickens and goats out the back. All this on a regular sized city property! They had a plastic-free open bathroom out back, a aquaponic system set up for growing salad greens and herbs and my favourite part of all… the rows and rows of homemade preserves, set out on gorgeous wooden slat shelving. Just like mama use to have!




As children, our parents were right into permaculture, so visiting houses and gardens like these was all pretty normal in our lives. I still remember going on trips to these amazing organic gardens and coming home with bags of chestnuts that we roasted up and ate with butter. I have to say, the hippies always had it right; living a simple sustainable life long before it became the catch phrase it is today.




My brother Ben would have been in heaven. With his trash footwear business just starting to take off and his ideas for re-using old stuff destined for the landfill going into overdrive, I’m sure he would have loved to see all the recycled wares for sale. I couldn’t help take a photo of the uber cool pots below made from old tyres. Awesome eh?




As the kids started to fade we slowly made our way back down the street, spotting a lady selling pure fruit ice creams made using frozen chunks of mango, papaya and banana pressed though a juicer like mine (I won it!). While the kids licked like mad propped up against the wall, hiding from the sun, some lindy hop buskers set up to give us all a little show. 

We all left freo with our cups filled to overflowing. Awesome.


11 comments:

  1. Great post, Emma. Love the photos of lampposts with "cardies" - something which is popping up all over Nelson right now. As for those shelves full of preserves - I hope I will have a few shelves looking like that by the end of summer :-)
    Sue xo

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  2. aren't the cardies classic! Definitely livens things up :-)

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  3. This looks really cool :) Remind me a little bit of Lyttelton in Canterbury actually. Lovely photos too!

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  4. Really cool, what a great place to hang out, but are the houses really so expensive? So who can afford to live there? Rich hippies? Green Yuppies? Would't be cool to transform every street in suburbia like this? Everybody deserves a veggie garden :-)

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  5. I'm not a hundred percent sure Alessandra, but I think most of the people in Hulbert St would have been there for many many years, long before Fremantle became the trendy & expensive place that it now is. Kinda like Raglan and Byron Bay really. Most of the old school hippies live slightly out of freo itself now, I think. Just like they do in the hills surrounding Byron. Freo is totally affordable if you are just after a room in a flat or share house, but to afford a whole house for the family, on one income it just ain't gonna happen! *sigh*

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  6. I visited Perth for the first time a few weeks ago and spent a day in Fremantle, I absolutely loved it (we had lunch at Little Creatures - what an incredible waterfront bar that is!). My Perth based friend was also bemoaning how expensive it would be to buy there. It very much had the feel of a place 'rich hippies' live! Lovely boutique stores and old buildings and eclectic houses - what a beautiful place.

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  7. Oh I meant to ask, are you using film, or have you applied a filter to digital images? The pictures are great.

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  8. Ah little creatures, one of Si's favorites! I've not eaten there yet, but we plan to take the kids sometime this summer, it's always super busy!

    And thank you, yes I've been playing around editing my digital photos. I do still take photos on my film cameras, but not many these days, especially for on here as I need them instantly.

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  9. Love this post, it looks like such a great day :) Very, very jealous of those shelves brimming with jars & jars of preserves.

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  10. Ah, I feel for you, Emm. It's hard not living in the place where you feel most at home. Raglan, Byron, I get where you feel at home! In Brisbane it would be my suburb, West End. I've lived here for 15 years- started out when things were still affordable and now we're watching the new crowds of gentrifiers (yes, we were the first) moving in and we're feeling like an endangered species! Where do 'we' go when West End is too expensive? Well, we're lucky enough to own a third of our house so we get to stay. For the moment. but where will all our friends be?

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  11. Yes, good question. It's a hard one aye and I guess I'm just thankful that we do own a house back home in Raglan, so we know we will always be able to go back.

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Thanks so much for stopping by, arohanui xx Emm

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