The weather has continued fabulous all this week; in fact, July has been glorious as a whole. The wind has been chilly but the sky has been blue and it's been dry.This doesn't bode well for summer but at least we can enjoy it while we can.
I was relieved, on Sunday when both families returned from their short holidays. I'm a dreadful worrier and I imagine terrible car and boating accidents. I suppose they're all in as much danger on Newcastle's roads but I just never seem to consider that! Rebecca has yet to send me her houseboat photos, but Greg gave me lovely ones of the boys in the snow. Here are a few.
On Monday I had an unusual time. I've been taking photos (snaps that's all) for the entire eight years I've belonged to my Probus Club and people said they never saw them. (They stay in my computer.) So I gave a slide-show of them, with the help of a young lady from the church. I turned-it into more of an entertainment by writing poems to link each segment, and I allowed chatter as I knew people would want to compare fashions etc. It went down well but I didn't get to finish all the photos so I'll have to finish another day.
Here am I looking up at the screen and showing lots of turkey-neck!
It was the Club's thirteenth birthday!
On Tuesday 'the girls' assembled at my house and I introduced them to my new melodrama 'The Red Barn'. If it sounds familiar that is because it's a true story that's been adapted hundreds of times. I've added a character and an element of farce, that's all. I was planning it as a filler but everyone liked it and said it should be next year's main play.
These were the first five melodramatists to arrive.
Pam B. Loretta, Pam M. Roslyn and Betty.
On Wednesday friend Bev threw a lunch party. I'd forgotten all about it and had to be reminded by phone! As usual, the wine flowed freely, as can be seen from Pam, in this shot.
Thursday sparkled. Rebecca, Brian, Malcolm, Max and I went to Minmi, where a new park has been opened. It's an old mining area (this part of NSW is like a rabbit-warren underground) so the park had a mining theme. In other words, the play-area was based on tunnels and mazes etc. But it was more of a picnic and barbecue area than anything else. Max didn't care. He still had a great time. And the adults loved the surrounding country.
Max down the mine!
The weather was heavenly and the countryside beautiful.
On Friday I went to the U3A 'Working with Words' class. I left at the start of the year because I thought I was needed for baby-sitting, but Michelle seems to have managed without me so I've signed-up again. The new tutor, Jean Talbot, is very pleasant and we discussed childhood memories. I had lunch in Beaumont Street and changed Harry's library books and continued straight on to Souths where we had a poor turnout for 'Jeopardy' again. Still, we worked on tricky scenes so time wasn't wasted.
On Saturday I joined the Walking Group on a walk around the Wetlands. Once again, the weather was English-summer perfect.The walk seemed quite long and we were surprised to discover it was only 7000 steps; we aim for 10000.
Off we go!
Being silly on the way.
Enjoying the birds.
And the lunch.
I'm convinced the Second Childhood is better than the First!
Till next week.