I Re­mem­ber When...

Hills Gazette (Kalamunda) - - REAL ESTATE - - Mil­ton Ren­dell, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Real Es­tate Plus

DO you re­mem­ber when the Freema­sons Ho­tel was open and had ve­ran­dahs and bal­conies on the front sec­tion?

We have a photo in the re­cep­tion of the ho­tel back in its hey-day in 1939.

It was a grand build­ing in its time, with a sign on the tower which said “Kal­go­or­lie Bit­ter”.

It was fan­tas­tic to see it re-open just be­fore Christ­mas and I popped in for a lunch be­tween Christ­mas and New Year’s, which was a good feed. Tony and his team have done a great job with get­ting the build­ing back up and run­ning.

I hope ev­ery­one had a great Christ­mas and New Year.

I caught up with my old mate Peter Di Marco and we en­joyed re­liv­ing old times while fish­ing just up from Guild­ford land­ing on the bend. There were plenty on boats on the wa­ter and it was a beau­ti­ful day.

We did catch a few fish, but they were small so we put them back – three yel­low­tail and one bream, and even the small bream still gave a good fight.

We had plenty of bites on the line as well, but I’m guess­ing the fish were so small they didn’t take the full bait.

There is noth­ing bet­ter on a hot day than putting your feet in the wa­ter and a line out, think­ing about noth­ing.

I try re-live my child­hood with an old mate at least once a year.

When my daugh­ters were kids, we used to go into the city to en­joy the Chrissy lights and drive around the sub­urbs to see the lights put up by those who get right into the dec­o­rat­ing.

The old Boans depart­ment store in the city used to have great dis­plays when I was a young­ster in the ’60s.

This year my youngest daugh­ter Aimee and I thought we would have a quick drive around lo­cally to see what lights were out and I think the best street we saw for lights was River­bank Drive in South Guild­ford.

There were a cou­ple of houses that put in huge ef­forts; a big thank you to those peo­ple from ev­ery­one as it is truly nice to see the Christ­mas spirit is still around.

I am look­ing for­ward to shar­ing some more sto­ries from our area this year.

If you have any of your own mem­o­ries you would like to also share, please send them to us at mem­o­ries@realestateplus.com.au.

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