a bit like an old-fashioned slideshow at the rellies - and probably just as boring. You've been warned.
Albany is a 4.5 hour drive South of Perth. 416 "clicks" to be precise. It is the oldest permanently settled town in Western Australia and my idea of heaven. It ticks all my holiday boxes (and my non-holiday boxes too). There's only one bad thing about a holiday in Albany and that's knowing it's a holiday and not a more permanent arrangement.
I could go on and on (and on!) about why I love Albany so much, but this is meant to be a slideshow not a word fest so I'll shut-up and get on with it.
Here I am in heaven on Middleton Beach,
(showing a bit too much leg, me thinks...)
(wearing a pair of boardies I made from an old barkcloth curtain).
Here I am with a new doggy friend I.H.O.M.B.(!)
(sadly our own little pooch, the Jedster, isn't quite up to the 6 km return walk from Middleton Beach to Emu Point these days. His heart is willing but those little old legs of his just aren't up to it anymore. Sniff!)
Here is the house we stayed in while we were there
a 60's brick veneer - pity about the render, but it had a cool front door
and drawers full of vintage board games, including Anthony's childhood fave
(needless to say I whipped his sorry board-game-playing arse!)
Grand old buildings (practically ancient by Australian standards) are everywhere in Albany, like the Courthouse (1895-96) - check out its arched doorway
isn't it magnificent?! Imagine the hard yakka that went into its construction...and there are two of them! One slightly smaller than the other, both constructed of Albany granite.
consecrated in 1848 (the oldest consecrated church in Western Australia), just to give you a couple of examples, but as much as I respect these beautiful old buildings (and I do, I really do) you know what really get's me going architecture-wise don't you???
Yep! Buildings like this one
Modernist beach shack - a few doors down from 'our' place.
(did I mention I was in heaven already?)
Feast your eyes on these beauties!
(just a smidge of what I could've taken - my photo taking got a bit ridic actually - my demands to "stop the car!" started to wear thin pretty quickly. 'They' wanted to stop the car and throw me out of it! A ten minute walk to the beach took 45 - you know what I mean...
My photos are not that crash-hot either - this year I need to get a proper camera and...learn how to use it!)
I love the concrete structure that supports the front stairs.And this one,
this one is for sale!
Here's a photo from it's real estate listingwhich you should definitely check out. The views, et al!
...and while you're there, you must (please, I insist!) check out this listing too.
Okay well I think it's (high!) time I called a halt to the proceedings - it's been a very long post.
You'll be relieved to know I'm saving the awesome John. A. Barnsbey Brutalist Lookout Tower for another time ;)
(actually it deserves a post of its own - you know how I feel about Brutalist lookout towers, don't you?!)
Thanks so much for reading
p.s. here are a couple of links you might find interesting/useful:
This is where we stayed. Clean, comfy and pet friendly! Not easy to find here in W.A. I'm talking pet friendly here - not clean and comfy ;)