After our quick stay in Sydney, we travelled on to Perth, where we spent a very HOT and sunny Christmas with my husband's family.
Between visiting friends and relatives and taking our boys for early morning dips in the Indian Ocean, I found a few hours here and there to check out some antique shops in Perth and nearby historic Fremantle.
I came across a lot of Art Deco and Art Nouveau pieces, which was a nice treat...
|I loved this beautifully carved Art Nouveau bench from the 1800's|
If this antique dresser wasn't too big to fit in my suitcase, I might have been tempted by it's gorgeous vintage tiles. What fabulous colours!
|Art Deco tile trivet|
|Beautiful William Morris plate in a North Fremantle antique shop|
Lovely art glass from the 1880's
In addition to the Art Deco and Art Nouveau treasures, it was nice to see some uniquely Australian items...
Like this vintage fruit bowl, painted with native Aussie flora...
And of course there was a vintage kangaroo salt and pepper shaker!
|While not normally a fan of pink, I loved this beautiful piece of Australian pottery|
|"Dingo Brand" flour sack in a Fremantle shop|
I wonder what stories these suitcases might have to tell of their journeys, and what interesting places they may have travelled to before ending up in Perth. I noticed one was Canadian, like myself!
|Fremantle rates high on historic charm and is a wonderful city to walk around|
With my two little boys in tow, it was difficult for me to snap many photos of Fremantle's wonderful historic architecture, but the little port city is full of charming well preserved buildings from the 1800's.
There are lots of beautifully preserved buildings with lovely decorative details. I especially loved the vintage tiled walls. Here is a useful link about some of the great vintage stores in Fremantle.
|The great colours on this Fremantle gem caught my eye|
We did get out of the city a bit during our stay in Western Australia, and to finish I thought I would throw in a few snaps from a trip we did up the coast.
We headed north along the coast to a holiday house in Greenhead, where we spent a few days eating fresh seafood, caught daily by our hosts and my husband. Having fresh Western Australian rock lobster every day was a treat!
|The day's catch|
|An early morning view of Greenhead|
On our journey back down to Perth, we drove through the Nambung National Park to see the impressive Pinnacles. They are a collection of numerous limestone spires that were formed millions of years ago. It's a truly impressive landscape and I hope you enjoy seeing a few shots...
In my next post I'll share more pictures of the landscapes, flora and fauna I came across on our journey...