Albany has a horse-wash !

Trip Start Jan 06, 2008
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Trip End Apr 18, 2008


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In the one-street town celebrating my BIG birthday

Flag of Australia  , Western Australia,
Tuesday, March 4, 2008


Albany, Western Australia

Reader, I turned sixty today (4th March). But it was hard to feel
gloomy or introspective when I was spoiled rotten all day long by
Mark and by our new QE2 friends, with a huge bouquet of fresh flowers
delivered to our cabin, a Scottish piper on the quayside who piped
"Happy Birthday", a special lunch, a special dinner, loads
of birthday emails, etc etc. And a beautiful aquamarine (March
birthstone) rectangular bevelled pendant and matching earrings
presented to me by Mark. And hey, sixty is the new forty,right? 
 
Albany is a dear little town,picture-postcard perfect example of small-town Australia. The first thing we saw on disembarking was the harbour full of horses, being washed
by their gypsy-like owners, riding bareback in the shallow waters.  I still
don't understand how the QE2 moored there! The entire town (all four streets) seemed more like a film set than a real place. The main street, called Main Street, is just little
picturesque shop after little picturesque shop but the entire Albany
population turned out to greet us, with a country fair, live bands,
bunting and cheeriness all around. She had been a whaling station
until the 1970's, but survived now only on tourism, being surrounded
by some of Australia's finest scenery, with wide rivers, snow-capped
mountains, deep valleys, vast forests and any other type of stunning
landscape you could wish to see.

With new QE2 friends who live in Bermuda, we headed out for the one of the many gorgeous
beaches which surround the town, Emu Point. The water of the Southern
Ocean was cold, but what an array of fabulous colours we saw - from
pale turquoise to the deepest sapphire and every blue in between.
Utterly stunning. The sand is white and fine, and we spent a great
afternoon revelling in this unexpected perfect beach seascape. I was
the only one brave (or stupid) enough to swim, but I simply could not
resist getting into that beautiful water.  My hope is to swim in all the world's seas and oceans before I die, and so far I've done about half of them.
 
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