Friday 28th of June to 8th of July 2013
This morning we left the Perth area after having spent 10 nights at the Keswick Convention Centre. In part it was a place to organise a number of things, in part it was a visit to see how the city that I lived in for years in the 70s/80s has changed and for Lesley it was a getting to know Perth as it is a first for her.
All the business dealings went amazingly smoothly. I was certainly surprised that I could have an eye check at 11:00am and pick up the glasses at 2:00pm the same day.
We did 4 trips that were sightseeing trips.
On Sunday 30th of June we went for a drive to Chidlow where I used to have an acre of land with a small house. The house is still standing and the wattle bushes that I planted on the street verge have grown to completely hide the house from the road. Whereas there used to be 4 houses on the street block, there now are about 25. Lots has changed. Even the nature reserve Lake Leschenaultia, has changed dramatically. It was virtually untouched, a railway dam built in the late 19th century, today it is a well developed recreation area.
I enjoyed seeing some of these familiar places, places I worked and places I spent quite a lot of time in. But overall, Perth is a big city and I preferred the city as I remembered it.
I took a drive along Hackett Drive overlooking Matilda Bay. I used to live for a bit over a year in sailing boats. The area where I was moored is virtually unchanged, but a new marina has been built off the Royal Perth Yacht Club, with many very expensive boats tied up there. Lots of good memories came back from the time I spent on the Swan.