Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Things I miss about Freo

 

It's always strange going back to a place that was once so familiar. Things change, and you feel very disconnected from it. You feel like a stranger in a place that you once felt so at home. It's amazing that it can feel that way in only 6 months.Yesterday we spent the morning in Freo, our old stomping ground, it's been just over 6 months since we moved away. We didn't move far, just an hour south. We drove past our old house, and had a bit of a sticky beak, we noticed the new owners are just as bad at maintaining the front yard as we were! That made us feel a little better. We noticed the council still is terrible at maintaining the verges!

Going back reminded me of all the things that I miss about Fremantle.

I miss all the facilities and programs for kids, like Buster the fun bus, I miss having an almost endless choice of restaurants and caf├ęs, I miss Run Amuk hotdogs and Missy Moos Burgers. I miss meeting my Mums group down on South Beach, I miss our favourite patisserie that was on the street behind our house, I miss the IGA and all their hard to find food selections, I miss the great Drs surgery just across the park, I miss Little Creatures and their awesome frites, I miss having so many great shops so close, I miss walking to the toy library, I miss having grocery stores within walking distance, I miss our friends.

But, I don't miss the crazy people walking in front of our house and having domestic disputes and having to call the police multiple times, I don't miss the busy road, I don't miss the drafts in our old house, I don't miss only having a gas heater in one room, I don't miss having a shared driveway, I don't miss the weekly teenage parties at the hall across the road, I don't miss our neighbors, I don't miss the busyness and the run down places.

I'm glad we made the move, we are more 'country' now, still very much in a built up area but without the atmosphere that Freo has. I still often miss so many things about living in Freo, there is just something about it! It's nice to spend the morning wandering around, even if the weather was fairly average. I would visit more often if it wasn't just a bit of a mission driving a two hour round trip with two small children!

Karen xx

Linking up with Jess for #IBOT

PS. Gooo Dockers!!

 

 


 


 

19 comments:

  1. We haven't been back to South Africa since we left - I have no desire to go there. We haven't even ever driven past the house we rented when we first arrived here. I think it's hard going back. I know that I felt like that when I left home to get married - when I went back it was familiar but not. My folks would have bought things are changed things and I only saw that when I went to visit.
    I will be supporting Dockers on the weekend although am not too fussed about who wins given we (Suns) aren't playing !!!!
    Have the best day !
    Me

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  2. I would love to go back to our old village in the UK to see how it looks now. I bet my kids wouldn't remember a thing. It's great that you're only an hour away so you can always go back for a visit xx

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  3. I'm the same. Love to go home but some drama always happens and makes me realise I am very lucky where I live.

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  4. I haven't been there but it looks lovely. I feel like that about Wollongong but love living in Canberra. I'm visiting via IBOT. I haven't seen your blog before and am about to check it out.

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  5. What gorgeous photos Karen, I don't really miss any place. Home has always been here and family is always close by. Your new place sounds so much better than your old, surely you will all those amazing conveniences close by soon xx

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  6. Sometimes it's a good idea to go back to where you were so you can appreciate where you are - and this goes for people as well - great pics :)

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  7. I did a day trip to Freo once and it seemed like a really nice, atmospheric town. That was 13 years ago now! #teamIBOT

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  8. I've been to Freo once, and I loved it. Would love to go again. Such a beautiful place

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  9. You will love Karen, Lisa. She is gorgeous xx

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  10. I have heard the same thing from a lot of people who have emigrated from South Africa, I think they are just very much appreciative of the lifestyle here!

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  11. Yes! I've lived on the east coast and in the USA and it is the same going back to visit, it feels slightly strange!! How long since you've been to your old village?

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  12. Oh thanks Lisa! I've only had a short visit to Wollongong, but it is such a beautiful place, I can see why you miss it!! x

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  13. Yes come back again! I will give you a guided tour!! x

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  14. Exactly!! I think we tend to only remember the good things, or make it seem better in our minds!

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  15. It would be so nice to have all the family close! Our new place is SOOOO much better!! x

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  16. Oh it does have a lot of character old Freo!! x

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  17. So cute baby..!!
    This is a lovely place or i'm sour that you will never bored if go to visit this place..Thank you..!!

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