October 18, 2010 by jessperriam
“I love a good mud map!”
I’ve said it twice already. I’m one of those few ladies (according to a probable stereotype) who can actually read maps without getting lost (except once in Florence, but I don’t think I was adequately caffeinated that morning).
Sure you can flick off a link to a GoogleMap to a friend to show them the way and I’m prone to doing that too.
Nothing says love quite like handcrafting a map of somewhere you know really, really well to help someone along their way.
Two years ago, when I was living in country NSW, I went for a long weekend in Melbourne with my friends Nick and Lauren. We were having coffee and I suddenly though it would be a bright idea to draw a mud map of Fremantle. No reason. Just because I could.
It was disarmingly accurate(ish) considering I was 4000 kilometres away from the place.
But two years have passed and I thought it was time to update the mud map and expand the map area a little.
So without further ado… The new and updated Mud Map of Fremantle!
And a little closer up for the picture impaired…
As you can see, my drawing skills leave a buttload to be desired and I can already think of one important landmark left off the map (delicious crepe place – how could I?!).
It just goes to show what’s important to me when I draw a map or talk about a place – coffee, beer, bookshops and random pieces of tourist stuff (such as martime museums and old prisons it would seem…). But to me, that’s what Freo is, it’s my Freo.
But could you confidently draw a mud map of a town or city you know like the back of your hand? What landmarks would you make a point of including?
Pencils at the ready…. and go!
(PS. Would you like me to draw more mud maps? We could make this our special Monday thing…)
It’s Pimms Kettle weather again. Sunshine, Pimms Kettle, gin-soaked fruit – who could ask for anything more?