Welcome to a new Probus Year of Fun, Friendship and Fellowship
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DONVALE CENTRAL PROBUS CLUB
Annual January Picnic (in lieu of a January meeting)
Our annual picnic was held at Ruffey Lake Park as usual, on Tuesday 19th January.
Some early birds who shall remain nameless, left home at 9am, so were very early arrivals!!!
It was a cool and windy day in the park, so most people had flasks of coffee as did the early arrivals, rather than cool drinks, although the men did start to enjoy a beer before too long. About 30 people attended and there was much chatter catching up on the Christmas, New Year periods, family happenings and photos to share.
It was as always a very friendly Probus get together.
10 Pin Bowling:
BREAKFAST at the FOOD REPUBLIC
We were all excited to get back to Probus 10 Pin Bowling after a year long break.
We played really well too, the memory muscles did their trick.
17 members enjoyed a tasty breakfast at the 'Food Republic in Blackburn'.
Venue excellent, food delicious and members enjoyed time to catch up and chat.
SUE'S WALK REPORT:
Hello everyone! Our walkers group is up and running again. Well, maybe not running but certainly walking.
We had our first official walk on Tuesday, 23rd February, since sometime last year between one of our 'Lockdowns'. It was a real joy to be out with good friends again. I must say, I had butterflies while driving to our meeting spot, hoping I remembered what to do!!! It was easy, like riding a bike, you never forget. We had 6 members join in on a perfect morning for a walk in Banksia Park, Bulleen, followed by a chat and coffee at "Cafe Vue, Heide".
This is such a lovely area, magnificent trees, interesting modern art Sculptures around the area and we were lucky enough to spot a very healthy looking wombat.
I must say this is the first wombat I have seen in the wild.
We are very lucky to have such beautiful places to visit so close to home.
Our next walk is PETTY"S ORCHARD TO CANDLEBARK PARK & RETURN on Thursday 11th March ( please note the change of meeting place Bernie sent out) now meeting in the Orchard car park, 1 Homestead Rd ( Cnr. Monckton Rd, Templestowe Mel. Ref 22 A12). This change was because of upcoming road works taking place along Fitzsimmons Lane. I look forward to seeing many of you join in.
Now for Sue's Coffee saying: "Come on, don't you ever stop and smell the coffee?"
No cake saying for awhile, there was too much cake going on during LOCKDOWN !!!
So " Walking: the most ancient exercise and still the most modern exercise".
The AMBLES are back! We had 8 members have a very pleasant morning wandering around the lovely Halliday Park. I'm sure we appreciate just how old and beautiful the trees are in that park. Autumn is here too, with some of the leaves already turning colourful. After our relaxing stroll, out came the thermoses and bikkies and we sat and enjoyed a great chat and cuppa with good friends. We hope to see a few more next time, as it is always a pleasant morning out and a good way to get to know each other a bit better, especially for some of our newer members. And, as we didn't get to see so much of each other last year, a nice way to catch up.
Our next Amble is Finns Reserve, Templestowe on Friday, 26th March, so hope to see you there.
Sayings for the Amblers!! "Take a short stroll in the park down a happy trail!!
Ros & Sue
SUE'S WALK REPORT:
Ladie's Day!! It was a perfect morning for a walk on the 11th March, where 7 "lovely ladies" enjoyed a delightful walk from Petty's Orchard to Candlebark Park and return. We then enjoyed our "cuppa' and chat at the Cafe at the Orchard.
They were very busy with bike riders, mums and kids, but they had a good system going - service was good, coffee nice. The attached photos were taken with our beautiful Yarra River and gum trees in the background. Lucky, aren't we.
I will probably be away for our next walk on the 23rd from the Mullum Mullum Stadium to Park Rd, but Ros is going to lead you "up the garden path" that day for me. Hope you can join in.
Sue's coffee saying: "Life happens; coffee helps!" And walking quote: "I love walking because it clears your mind, enriches the soul, takes way stress and opens up your eyes to a whole new world."
We were staying away from cake quotes for a while, but; "You only live once, so, lick the bowl."
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING PHOTOSHOOT:
Following the Annual General Meeting Probus members enjoyed a three course lunch at the Doncaster Hotel. There was certainly much "Fun, Friendship and Fellowship" amongst members enjoying each others company after our long 'Lockdown'.
Our thanks to the members of the Social Committee for the great organisation of our many activities.
EVA AND NORM
70th Wedding Anniversary
Married March 24th,1951
at St Ignatius Church, Richmond
Congratulations on reaching this amazing milestone from all your Donvale Central Probus friends.
We had a pleasant walk on Tuesday from Mullum Mullum Stadium to Park Road which was attended by seven members.
This was followed by a coffee, provided courtesy of the stadium cafe for us ladies, as a result of us having done the walk.
How special was this. Unfortunately much to Jack's disappointment he was required to buy his ....
RUFFEY LAKE BARBECUE - MARCH 24TH:
This was our last 'Daylight Saving Barbecue' until October. Unfortunately due to the 'Covid Lockdown' we have been unable to enjoy the 'Fun, Friendship and Fellowship' of our fellow barbecuers. We all had stories to tell and experiences to relate about our time in Lockdown and how amazing it was to be able to finally get out and about and enjoy the company of other members. Food and wine were both plentiful and a great evening of companionship was enjoyed by all who attended.
A huge 'Thank you' to Jack and Lucy for the time they have spent in arranging the barbecues and of course reserving the area for us.
SUE'S WALK REPORT:
Thursday 8th April turned out to be quite a warm day for our 6 members that joined in, so we were lucky to be walking alongside our beautiful Yarra River in Warrandyte. It is always busy with walkers and their dogs; it really is one of our favourite walks I think. There are two new quite large "murals" along the way (see one of the photos representing "Where did you slow down in Lockdown? Where did you find freedom?" I guess for a lot of folk, it would have been walking along the riverside in Warrandyte. I do hope the graffiti vandals don't take to them.
We were certainly ready to see the Warrandyte Cafe looming , where a couple of coffees were ordered, but the main drinks of the day were milk shakes - strawberry I believe, and two spiders, one lemon and one blue heaven.
Our next walk is part of the Koonung Trail, on Tuesday 27th April, and I look forward to seeing you come along.
Sue's coffee saying : "As long as there is coffee in the world, how bad could things get!"
And for our tea lovers: "Tea is the answer to most problems."
Not so much cake over the last couple of weeks, but, "I came, I saw, I Hot Crossed Bun!"
Now for our walking: "One step at a time is good walking!"
SUE'S WALK REPORT:
The day was a bit misty with what was almost rain, but not, and not as cold as we expected, on the Koonung Trail walk on Tuesday, 27th April. We had 10 enthusiastic members join in, having our "cuppa" near the end at "Open Dialogue Cafe". They were very pleased to see a group come in, as they are set up in an industrial area in Joseph Street, Blackburn North, where I'd say at least half the folk who work in the area are still working from home, leaving the Cafe, like a lot of others, struggling to stay open. We had great coffees and did linger longer having a good old gasbag - not like us Probus folk,
is it !!
Our next walk is Thursday, 13th May, meeting at the Miniature Railway Eltham, having our "cuppa" at "Second Home Cafe"
near the end. Looking forward to see you there.
Sue's coffee saying: "Without coffee, something's missing" and for our tea lovers: "Tea is liquid wisdom."
OK! Here's the cake saying "After you eat Grandma's cake, everything in life gets better".
Now for our walking: "I named my dog 'Five Miles' so I can tell folk I walk 5 miles every day"!
We woke early to a crisp,clear, Autumn day. 31 Probus members and 2 friends used all types of public transport to arrive at Victoria Harbour, Docklands by 9 am. There awaiting us was the Bellarine Express, a big, white catamaran ready to whisk us across the bay to Port Arlington. After settling into our seats, many outside in the glorious sunshine, we headed slowly through the docks, admiring the life beside the Yarra River. Upon entering the Bay, the speed picked up, as did the breeze and eventully most Probus members finished the trip inside while enjoying a cup of coffee.
At the township of Port Arlington, we were transported to the Golf Club where we chatted over our complementary drinks, then settled into a lovely lunch which included Port Arlington mussels, which were reported to be quite yummy. Back to the township for a wander around the shops, another coffee and eventually a meeting of many in the Op Shop, where little treasures were purchased.
Standing on the pier we could clearly see the You yangs and if you squinted you could just make out the Melbourne skyline on the horizon. Another very smooth trip back to Docklands and spectacular views of Melbourne lit up by the near setting sun.
Thank you Chas for organising a great day out. It was good to be back enjoying the company of our Probus friends once again.
Beautiful Melbourne from the Bellarine Ferry:
On Friday 7th April, we had 5 lovely ladies, 6 really if we include Rosie, Joan's dog, enjoy a delightful stroll around Ringwood Lake. The weather was absolutely perfect, quite warm in fact. This is such a pretty spot, with a lot of history involving the mining era, with historical markers telling the story. After our amble, we enjoyed our "cuppa" and chat in the sunshine.
Our next Amble is Birrarung Park, Templestowe, so please have a think about it and join in. It is a lovely morning for our new members, a good way to get to know people in a lovely relaxed environment. And believe us, we do amble!!
Quote for the day; "An early morning amble with friends is a blessing for the whole day".
Ros & Sue
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Keep smiling!! Remember Probus is all about "Fun, Friendship and Fellowship"
Join in and enjoy some fun activities with your fellow Probians.
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Fun, Friendship and Fellowship