The next day was sunny and dry and perfect for sight-seeing. However, I was intent on staying in bed for as long as I could and reading my book and the kids were keen to hang out at the playground forever! So while Ben got a haircut and did some shopping, we lay low and it was good medicine for us all.
That evening, we caught up with a family we had met near Tom Price. Graeme, Helen, Molly and Leo live near the centre of Albany in a gorgeous home they had renovated and extended from an old cottage. They had returned from their travels a week or so prior to our visit and very kindly invited us over for dinner. We are so glad they did! We had such an enjoyable evening sipping wine and talking travel, family, Albany and so on, and Graeme cooked a fantastic dinner!! Ben even spotted a Quenda in the backyard. It was really refreshing to be in a home environment again too. We climbed into our beds all feeling happy and relaxed. Thanks guys!!
Albany has many beautiful old buildings. Graeme educated us a little on the town history and we found out that these buildings were mostly built during the gold rush era of the 1890s. There was a railway built between Albany and Kalgoorlie, to the north. A lot of gold and money circulated in Albany because of this link and people were looking for things to spend their wealth on. Many generations later, they are still being appreciated. There is a beautiful vista of the ocean as you drive downhill towards it on one if the main streets in Albany and it is made all the more stunning by the old buildings on either side. I think we definitely should come back here one day.