Almost as soon as I arrived we set off to walk across King's Park. My sister and brother in law were staying just off the western end of the park; we walked almost directly eastwards across the whole park and on to Elizabeth Quay, where we paused briefly to rest before turning around to walk all the way back again by a slightly different route across King's Park, stopping for lunch at a cafe on the western edge of the park. Altogether we covered about 11 km/7 miles. We were exceptionally lucky with the weather; after a week of stiff breezes and lots of rain, yesterday was pretty much perfect for a long walk, being clear and sunny with low humidity and a maximum temperature of around 19C/66F.
A very strange coincidence was that we bumped into my ex-husband not once but twice in King's Park, once on our way to Elizabeth Quay and once on our way back, and both times in almost exactly the same location. Quite amazing considering the size of the park and the number of people there yesterday (probably thousands).
When we got back to the Air BnB we had a cup of tea and rested for an hour or so before setting off to drive to the home of one of my other sisters, the only one who lives in the Perth area. I left my car at the BnB and let my brother in law do the driving; I was very glad I'd done so as we were setting off because it was hitting peak hour and the traffic along the main road near their accommodation was extremely heavy, stop and go for a few kilometres. Once we got to her place we sat outside enjoying the late afternoon sun for a while, until suddenly the sun disappeared behind clouds and it got cold, a reminder that it is still actually winter here.
We moved the party inside and started preparing our various contributed dishes for dinner. The menu was pumpkin soup (bought by me) with hot rolls supplied by one of my sisters, pasta carbonara prepared by my sister at her BnB, and chocolate self-saucing pudding prepared by our hostess while we watched - this pudding is an old family favourite from our childhood. After lots of socialising and catching up with news from the various branches of the family we watched the second half of a very exciting football match which finished with a score of 83 points to 80 points so very close. I don't follow football (Australian or otherwise) but I appreciate the skill and athleticism required for this sport. My sisters both had sweepstakes results resting on this match so they were very interested. (I think it was their team which lost.)
By the time I got home at about 9:45 pm I was exhausted but I slept well and feel fairly refreshed this morning. My sister and brother in law luckily wanted an early night because they planned to leave Perth at about 7 am this morning as she is running a half marathon today at a place about 1 ½ hours drive south. (Yesterday, when she did an 11 km+ walk, was her "rest" day from race training.)