We woke this morning to a temperature of 13 degrees, heavy overcast skies, an expected top temperature of 18 degrees, and a forecast of 2 days of rain and stormy weather. We started the day with a visit to the Albany Boat Shed Market, thinking that it might be a sea-food market. Not so - it was quite a small market with only a handful of stalls selling mixed produce and hand crafts. There was one seafood stall, however at the best the could do was mullet, leatherjackets, and squid - we gave it a miss. There were almost more stallholders than customers, perhaps both were affected by the rain.
Given the bad weather we decided to visit Whaleworld thinking that the Museum guided tour might be inside - a big mistake! Whaleworld is a museum developed at the Albany Whaling Station that was closed down in 1978, and uses the old buildings and oil storage tanks to house the exhibits. It was still raining so we had to dash through the rain from one exhibit to the next with our tour guide. The Albany Whaling Station operated 4 whalers, Cheynes I, II, III and IV, the first 3 were converted mine-sweepers, while Cheynes IV was purpose built in Norway and is now a museum exhibit.
At the finish of the tour we shared a seafood platter for lunch in the restaurant. On the 50 km drive back to Albany we stopped at the Blowholes, The Natural Bridge and The Gap, and as the rain had eased we managed a few photos.
About 5:30 pm Di got a message from her brother Geoff asking how we were with the wild weather in WA - Di replied that it had just been wet in Albany. Within half an hour we were outside strugging to roll up our awning in a 40 knot wind storm that came out of nowhere. The caravan park is nested between Albany's hills and the sand dunes and is really very sheltered.