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Published: October 26th 2010
Yes tomorrow I leave my new friends Colleen and Peter and the chooks and the sheep and the little blue wrens. It's been a great time here and I would be happy to stay longer but I must move on to my next adventure.
Yesterday was sheep shearing day and I would't exactly say I helped but I did stand in the gateway to shoo any escaping sheep back into the fold....and then I stood and watched!!! What hard work it is, and Peter told me all about the professional shearers and how the organise to shear 1000s of sheep. We only had about 15 sheep - and the wool- we ended up with 2 bags full. Thanks, Peter, for showing me how it's done.
The sun was shining and sitting on the verandah beckoned but I did feel a bit guilty at times so I got up from the rocker and did a bit of weeding, hung out the washing and made some scones....ready for the sheep shearer's tea....didn't want Colleen to think I was lazy or on holiday!!! Family visitors joined us in the evening and Colleen cooked a lovely roast dinner. It has been so nice to meet
their friends and family ...it makes life feel quite normal and not just touristy.
So my last day today in Albany- I did a tour around all the heritage buildings including the old gaol, early settlers homes and also the brig Amity ( well a replica of it) which was the ship the settlers and convicts arrived on to stake a claim to Western Aus. The visit on the Amity was really good with an audio guide.
Also went up to the ANZAC memorial - it is from here that the troops went out to WW1 and so many died at Gallipoli. This is on top of a hill overlooking Albany and its many bays and isands- beautiful views today.
So now I have almost packed - got my maps and will drive back 450km to Perth tomorrow- and no, Suzanne, no chance of stopping to take fotos of snakes....so dont worry.
Might be out of wifi range for a few days till I get to Sydney...so catch up with you all in New South Wales.
1 month down and 5 to go.
Love to all.
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