We arrived yesterday afternoon to Albany Western Australia via a noisy turbo-prop Regional Express plane of questionable reliability. After picking up the rental car and checking in to our serviced apartment, we headed down the road for dinner with a business client at the Three Anchors restaurant in Middleton beach. Heading back to the serviced apartment in the rain, I discovered that while first impressions were mostly positive, the accommodation was quite noisy and the bedrooms were dusty, dated and definitely not for those with dust allergies – even I had to pop an antihistamine within an hour of arriving.
Despite the less than ideal accommodation I am actually truly glad I am away. Close friends will know I am dealing with a lot in my life at the moment (legal problems, money problems, family problems, work problems, etc) so this business trip has given me some distraction from my problems, at least for a week or so…
Anyway the plan for today revolves around familiarising ourselves with the real estate market in the South Western corner of Western Australia.
Given Albany is unexpectedly cooler than Perth, I decided to get dressed in long sleeves. Going for failsafe the white blouse/ black skirt look, I matched my favourite CUE long-sleeved button-up fitted white blouse with my favourite CUE black pencil fluted hem skirt with waterfall ruffle. A pair of sensible NineWest ‘Mailin’ heeled point toe pumps, nude hosiery, and my usual earrings, pearl necklace and pearl bracelet set complete the elegant and professional look.
Commercial real estate in the town centre. Display homes in new housing estates in Albany. Lifestyle semi-rural lots in the surrounds. The plan for today revolves around familiarising ourselves with the real estate market in the South Western corner of Western Australia and we made full use of the opportunity and the relatively alright weather.
We spoke to people and inspected commercial real estate in the town centre.
We visited display homes in new housing estates in Albany.
(I asked my boss to take a picture of me standing in front of the display home to send to hubby and my parents – well let’s just say I don’t know what he did. Whatever he did he didn’t get me standing and smiling in front of the display, but instead got two of me walking back to the car – with one of me almost completely out of the frame. I don’t know what he did, go figure. But given he is my boss, I couldn’t complaint.)
We inspected lifestyle semi-rural lots in the surrounds.
(again I asked my boss to take a picture of me standing in front of the display to send to hubby and my parents – well let’s just say I don’t know what he did wrong again. Whatever he did he didn’t get me standing and smiling in front of the display, but instead got two of me walking back towards the car. But given he is my boss, I still couldn’t complaint.)
All in all plenty of driving, but it was worthwhile and what we did provided an insight into the real estate market in the South Western corner of Western Australia and business opportunities no amount of online or virtual inspection can replace.
Yes real estate agents are all mad about technology and saying how people can now inspect virtually, but you know what: technology cannot replace what we learnt and saw today by just being physically there.
As the afternoon approached we finished the day headed back to our serviced apartment in Middleton Beach. We planned to finish our workday with a customary after work drinks at the pub, followed by dinner. It wasn’t until I got back that I notice how dusty my NineWest pumps got
– the pointed toes were all covered with a fine layer of dust! I’ll blame it on all the building sites and the lifestyle semi-rural lots we visited today…
I really wanted to clean my pumps (because it is one of my favourite pair after all) but as Albany was by the sea and I wanted to enjoy a bit of the waterviews before the sunset, I decided cleaning it now might take too long and I’d miss whatever daylight that was left. So I got a spare pair of heels from my luggage and slipped on a new pair of shoes: my ZU ankle strap heels, leaving the dusty NineWest pumps to deal with when I get back.
We headed into the town centre. There is a little harbour of sorts at the end of the main street of town.
We parked outside the Albany entertainment centre, got out for a walk along the waterfront, and got treated to a spectacular sunset over Albany Princess Royal Harbour.
After watching the sunset we headed off into a nearby pub/ restaurant ‘Due South’ for drinks and dinner. A noisy and bustling place, it is full of locals and tourists alike (no doubt helped by its location). The menu seem to cater to the derivative rather than making full use of its coastal location (ie think pizza, steaks, etc rather than local seafood) – so a bit disappointing if you ask me – but at least the views of the harbour was good (if you snag the right table that is, and not at dinnertime as it gets dark and there is nothing to see)
By the time we got dinner done the sun had well and truly set and it was already fully dark. We walked back out to the carpark to the car, stopping for more poor quality photographs (one shaken and the other over-flashed), before heading back to the serviced apartment.
I had to clean my NineWest heels when I got back, but otherwise it had been another enjoyable day.
Looking forward to another new day tomorrow!
Occasion: Business trip
Blouse: CUE long-sleeved button-up fitted white blouse
Skirt: CUE black pencil skirt with fluted hem and waterfall ruffle and exposed back zip
Pumps: NineWest ‘Mailin’ heeled point toe pumps
Hosiery: nude stay-up stockings from Target