DANCING UP A STORM:
SUE'S NON - WALK REPORT:
It's me again - your Non-Walkers convenor and reporter. What do I have to report this time? Well, on a beautiful sunny morning on the 28th September we would have been walking the Cootamundra Walk and beyond in Blackburn, having our cuppa at "Aunt Billies Cafe". This is another one to be rescheduled - I won't have anything to do next year the way we are going. Our next scheduled walk is 14th October, Banksia Park, Bulleen, where, hopefully, we are going to see the cherry blossoms in bloom. Wouldn't it be nice if we do get to do that one? Here's hoping. If we do, I can't guarantee the cherry blossoms in bloom. Noticing all the beautiful spring gardens around, the blossom trees have been in flower for some time.
The attached photo is taken from our walk "Harp to the Park", Anniversary Trail, Kew, on Tuesday, 27th April, 2010.
Probus Spring Barbecue
How do you think we are all looking? Pretty good I reckon!!
We had 18 walkers that day, including Bernie and Barb as newcomers. According to my report, "I thanked Bernie for help with the map, and Kerry was overwhelmed with all the men that turned up - he had 5 buddies".
Now, as part of my Supermarket ramblings, Woolworths have a new range of Kitchen & Cookware, brand name m.i.n.t. and their story is to inspire the foodie in you with their range of everyday cookware. They also have handy hints on their labels. I bought s new egg lifter recently and "tip No. 06 is: Garlic might smell great in a dish, but not so great on your hands. To remove "that" smell, rub your hands on a stainless steel sink for 30 seconds before washing them."
Like many of you probably have, Brian & I have been doing a lot of take away coffees to support the local businesses. I have found that many of them have take away cups that are very pretty nd just too good to throw out. So, I have developed this obsessive disorder or pre-loved take away cups, that will get used, as soon as I'm allowed to use them.
The attached photo is some of my collection.
That's it for this time folk; I hope you are all keeping well, trying to stay positive and hope to see you, maybe, on the 14th October at Banksia Park. It is all up to Dan the Man. Cheers Sue
Come on Dan - we are vaccinated and need some freedom
SUE'S NON - WALK REPORT:
I know, tedious isn't it! Here I am again, your Non-Walkers convenor and reporter. On Thursday 14th October we were meant to be walking around Banksia Park in Bulleen and wandering through the Cherry Blossom trees. Well, I did manage to go there with my grandson just to get away from the laptop. (Home schooling going on - that's another story!) It was a lovely morning and the blossoms were in full bloom and very pretty they were too. It is obviously a very important time for the Japanese community, as there were many,many families there, all dressed in their finery, toddlers up to grandparents, setting up picnics under the trees, taking photos and having a lovely time. It was special to see. I am sad that as a group we missed out. Something we can slot in this time next year.
These gifts were a gift in February, 1980 from the then Japanese Prime Minister, Mr M.Ohira to the people of Victoria. They were originally planted in Jells Park, but were relocated to Banksia Park in 1988. They were nurtured by Parks Victoria and the Cherry Friends volunteer group and have regular working bees to maintain the trees. I took the photos above.
Yarra River, Bulleen
Now, as part of my Supermarket ramblings, it hasn't been all ice-cream and cake that I have been buying and learning about - porridge has been on the menu too. Very healthy! I have tried Carman's Porridge sachets, last one Honey, Vanilla & Cinnamon - yum.
Carolyn Creswell, creator of Carman's tells us "For over 25 years now, we've believed in the simple philosophy, real food made with real passion! We believe food should come from the kitchen, not the Chemist. We believe in enriching lives every day, and we're proud to be Australian Made and Owned. We hope you enjoy your porridge as much as we've loved making it for you!"
And, this washed down with Twinings Cranberry & Pomegranate tea. "Our Cranberry & Pomegranate fuses sweet and tangy notes to create a vibrant and delicious fruity infusion. Close your eyes, imagine yourself on a beautiful island and savour this flavoursome pairing - it's mouth-wateringly good."
A good start to the day, do you agree?
Our next walk is set down for Tuesday, 26th October, starting at Old Warrandyte/Tindalls Rd car park. Who knows, we may or may not be allowed to walk as a small group. Once again, it's up to Dan the Man. We will have to wait and see what the Road Map tells us for that date: ring or sms me if you would like to join in, if we're allowed too!!! THat's it for this tim folks. I hope you are all keeping well, trying to stay positive and maybe I'll get to see some of you the 26th October.
DONVALE CENTRAL PROBUS CLUB ZOOM MEETING OCTOBER 19TH
There were 63 participants at our October Meeting.
We all thoroughly enjoyed the speaker 'Br Doug Walsh' from St Vincent de Paul. He spoke about his involvement in the soup kitchen and work wth the homeless - A very caring and amazing man.
GOODBYE LOCKDOWN - LET'S GET TOGETHER AND HAVE FUN
SUE'S WALK REPORT:
After 15 1/2 weeks, our Club finally got back to having a walk. Yay!!! Not without some hiccups, but 10 members finally got to enjoy a morning out and have a good catch up. On 26th October, we had a lovely walk along the riverside in Warrandyte. The sun was shining and the Yarra was looking beautiful. We enjoyed a cuppa and chat on our return at 'The Bakery'. It was great to finally get an activity in. Now, when I mentioned "not without some hiccups' I had planned to walk along the Mullum Mullum Creek trail in Donvale to Beasleys where we were to enjoy our cuppa. I had checked to see if it was open - yes it is! But when I rang to book us in, first question was "Is everyone double vaxxed?". I assumed we were but said we would comply with what the rules were. So, after checking with her manager, I was told we couldn't have 10 for coffee, and when I said we would be happy to take away, I got a negative to that too. So, after a quick ring around the night before, the walk was changed. This is a learning exercise for me and I realize I will have to ring Cafes to find out not only if they are open, but what the rules and regulations are currently.
We were lucky to have Steven "alias Jack" Spielberg join in who filmed us as we walked all the way along the Yarra. I'm not sure if this short documentary will be shown at the Cannes Film Festival, or at a later date at one of our meetings. Something to look forward to I'm sure.
Our next walk is the Tarralla Creek Trail Croydon, Thursday 11th November and I will definitely check this out and make sure we get our coffee. Hope to see you there.
At the time of writing this report, Libraries are still not open, so my Supermarket ramblings are continuing. I have done the story of Bushells and Twinings teas, so here is Lipton's tale.
:Rich & Robust flavour in every rich cup of English Breakfast. say hello to the mornings and awaken your senses with this deliciously satisfying blend of rich and robust tea leaves from our own sustainable tea gardens in Kenya, Tanzania and more.
The world's full of wonder, embrace the bright heart with Lipton tea. Made with top sun-ripened tea leaves freshly picked for their brightening, bold and aromatic flavour.
A sunny sip to awaken you to what the world has to offer, to awaken you to the things that really matter.
Our story began over 120 years ago with our founder Sir Thomas Lipton - A man who believed everyone around the world deserved high quality, great tasting tea. His passion is what drives and inspires us today, to make you the richest tasting cuppa."
Sir Thomas Lipton.
What more could we wish for.
SUE AND ROS - AMBLERS REPORT:
The Amblers are back!! We had nine ladies enjoy a lovely morning ambling and catching up with a cuppa and chat at the Mullum Mullum Park at the back of the Donvale Bowls Club area. The weather was absolutely perfect, sunshine and no wind. It was so good to see everyone, and enjoy a great morning catching up with friends we hadn't seen for a while.
Men, you are allowed to join the Amblers too. And, for any of our newer members that haven't had a chance to really get to know people due to the Lockdowns, this is a nice relaxed way to get together and catch up. Think about it. The last one is always a spectacular event where we start at Maranoa Gardens and finish back at 'Chez Maureen's" for what has become a breakup feast!! Please let Ros or Sue know if you would like to join in, Friday 3rd December at 10am. Details in the Newsletter.
This is Sue doing this report, and for those of you who have been following my "Supermarket Ramblings" on my non-walks reports, I thought I may do one for our Amblers report (I'm not sure if the Libraries are open yet). This could be of interest to our menfolk too.
"Uncle Toby's Plus" .... the perfect blend of all the good stuff"! Now, did we know that: " Uncle Tobys has been fuelling Aussie greatness since 1893. We are the proud supporters of the Australian Men's Shed Association which helps build thriving and resilient communities surrounding our home of Wahgunyah". Following the gold rush in Australia, two brothers Leonard and George Parsons left England and started manufacturing John Bull Oats in Melbourne. In 1861 the Uncle Tobys Company was born, originally under the name of Parsons Bros. It wasn't until the expansion of the railway in the 1890's that enabled more of Australia to be opened up for farming, but also enabled our oats to be transported all over Australia. In 1893 the Uncle Tobys oats product was introduced to the market by Clifford Love and Co. in Sydney and, well, the rest is history."
Uncle Tobys Web Page
So, that's it for me today. We look forward to seeing you on the next amble.
SUE'S WALK REPORT:
On the 11th November 11 walkers joined in for the Tarralla Creek trail in Croydon. And how lucky were we with the weather. Raining the day before, raining the day after, a lovely morning for our walk. Having said that, looking at the skies we were a bit undecided, so jackets and brollies came out as insurance. Of course, they weren't needed. We did a shortened version of this walk: I feel like I still have my training wheels on from all the lockdowns so I'm breaking into things gently. After our walk we headed to the Twisted Zest Cafe for our "cuppa'. Being a nice morning, we chose to sit outside, but we were all asked to show proof of our double vax. (Something to be aware of now.) Service was friendly, prompt and coffees were nice.
Our next walk, 23rd November, is closer to home meeting at Greythorn and walking to Bulleen Rd, cuppas halfway. Details in Newsletter and I look forward to seeing you there.
I have quite enjoyed doing my "Supermarket Ramblings" and I'm sure it is keeping my brain working - sort of anyway - so while I can find the products, I think I will keep going. So, today it is "McVities Digestive Biscuits."
While doing my shopping last week, I randomly picked up some McVities Digestive Choctaws, and very yummy and moreish they are too. So, of course I looked into the history of the Company.
'McVitie's is a British snack food brand owned by United Biscuits. The name derives from the original Scottish biscuit maker, McVitie & Price Ltd. Robert McVitie was born in Dumfries (same place as my great granny). He served and apprenticeship as a baker and in 1834, with his father John, moved to Edinburgh and in 1835 set up a "provision shop". After Robert retired his eldest son, also Robert, took over. In 1875 Charles Price joined the company. In 1894 the original Gorgie factory was burned down and rebuilt the same year. It remained operative until 1969 when production ceased & operations were transferred to the English sites at Harlesen in 1901 and Manchester in 1917. Over the years the company evolved and merged. In 1947, McVitie & Price made the wedding cake for Princess Elizabeth & Philip Mountbatten. In 2009, McVitie's biscuits were voted the most popular biscuits to dunk in tea. In June 2014, McVities announced their intention to make 157 shop floor roles redundant at their Manchester facility. This was due to modernization agenda of the company, which also involved a move from and 8 hour day operation to a 12 hour, 7 day operation. In November 2014, United Biscuits, and hence also McVitie's became owned by a Turkish company Yildiz.'
There is a lot more to the story of this company, but far to much for me to publish. So if you like dunking your biscuits, McVitie's may be the way to go.
That's it for me folk, hope to see you all soon.
MORNING COFFEE AT THE PINES
We're back at 'The Pines'. Over 30 Probus members enjoyed having a morning coffee and chat again. It was great to catch up after the long Victorian Covid Lockdowns. We all thoroughly enjoyed the fellowship of chatting with our wonderful Probus friends again. Thank you Pat and Ros for your early start to save the tables for us.
DONVALE CENTRAL PROBUS CLUB ZOOM MEETING - NOVEMBER 16TH
63 participants attended the Zoom Probus Meeting today. Those members who joined in before the meeting enjoyed chatting with their Probus friends. We are all looking forward to being able to meet in the Hall again for Probus next year.
The speaker was Tony Shaw, former Collinwood player and Sports broadcaster: "Football to Media"
SUE'S WALK REPORT:
On the 23rd November 9 walkers joined in for the Koonung Trail in North Balwyn. The day was fine but quite warm and humid. 3 kms to Hahndorf Coffee Shop where we spent quite a bit of time having our drinks, (plus a free chocolate of choice) chatting and recovering, ready for the 3 kms back to the car. Jack & Lucy had an iced coffee which arrived in a large glass with the substantial left overs still in the container. Highly recommended for next time.
Our next walk is the 9th December being the Doncaster East end of the Koonung Trail and is only about 4.5 kms, having our "cuppa" at "Open Dialogue Cafe" near the end of our walk. Details in newsletter and I look forward to seeing you there.
Seeing as we had our cuppa break at "Handoff Cafe:" today I thought I might do a bit of a story on their history.
'WELCOME TO HANDORF'S'
"On the Glenelg Highway, about an hour's drive from the Victorian, South Australia border lies a small town called Coleraine, population 1,300 people. Coleraine is not only the home of Handorf's Chocolates but also the home of the Kolberg Family. In 1967, Manfred & Erica Kolberg arrived in Australia from Bavaria in Germany, where Manfred had learnt the great German traditions of chocolate making. Manfred's father was an acclaimed cheese maker and pushed his son into manufacturing at the age of 13. Instead of cheese, Manfred was introduced to chocolate via Brant Chocolates in Germany.
Upon arriving in Australia, Manfred worked for MacRobertson's chocolates in Melbourne (my Nan worked there as a young woman too), however after a period of time he was lured to the country lifestyle and thus Coleraine, just outside Hamilton in Western Victoria. With the ambition of making their own traditional handmade chocolates, the Kolberg's estalished themselves in 1986 and since that time have been making exclusive German truffles and creams for wineries, lavender farms, speciality outlets and of course, the Melbourne Handorf stores.
In 2001, Handorf's opened their first Melbourne Store in North Balwyn (where we were today) followed by the Caulfield store in 2002, Elwood 2003, Surrey Hills 2004, Black Rock 2005, Hobson's Bay 2006, Doncaster 2006 and Croydon 2006. Since then there is one in Blackburn. Due to the growth and demand a second manufacturing plant has opened in Montrose. The Montrose store allows visitors to view the process of chocolate coating while enjoying a hot chocolate or coffee."
So, enjoy your coffee and chocolates if you go to Hahndorf's Cafes !
HANG OUT THE STOCKINGS - IT WILL SOON BE CHRISTMAS
LET'S ALL GET TOGETHER AND HAVE 'FUN, FRIENDSHIP AND FELLOWSHIP'
AT THE CHRISTMAS LUNCH AT ROSEBANK ON WEDNESDAY, 24TH OF NOVEMBER
2021 CHRISTMAS LUNCH
69 members and 3 quests all enjoyed our Christmas lunch at Rosebank. It was so nice to be able to see and greet everyone in person, the smiles on faces were wonderful to see. We enjoyed a traditional Chriostmas lunch snd had a noisy sing along wiht Laurel who entertained us with a mixture of Pop and Christmas songs. The day ended with a short visit from Santa who gave out chocolate goodies to one and all, a perfect end to the day.
SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN !!!!
A HUGE THANK YOU TO OUR SOCIAL COMMITTEE FOR ORGANISING THIS GREAT CHRISTMAS LUNCH - WE HAD ALL MISSED THE 'FUN, FRIENDSHIP AND FELLOWSHIP' OF BEING WITH OUR DONVALE CENTRAL PROBUS CLUB MEMBERS.
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU ALL.
On the 6th December, we had our last Amble for the year. This has become quite an event on the Probus Calendar year, meeting at Beckett's park in Balwyn for our wander around the beautiful Maranoa Gardens, then heading to "Chez Maureen's" where a sumptuous lunch awaits. There are sandwiches, hot nibbles, delicious cakes, fruit, all washed down with champers or champers and orange juice, then a cuppa with Birthday cake to celebrate Lyn's birthday which falls near the date. Happy Birthday Lyn. Nine ladies and one brave gent, Kerry, shared in this Amble for the year. Please keep this outing in mind for next year.
We look forward to seeing you on the Ambles next year, and we wish you all a safe and Happy Christmas. Here's to 2022.
Of course, we have a bit of a history story to go with this report, the history of Maranoa Gardens.
"The story of Maranoa Gardens began in 1901, when Mr. J.M Watson (see attached photo) purchased 1.4 hectares
(3.5 acres) in Balwyn for a private garden. He planted many Australian and New Zealand native trees and shrubs, and the area was maintained purely as a garden. The former City of Camberwell acquired the land during the early 1920's and combined the planting, gradually removing all non-native plants.
In September 1926, Maranoa Gardens was formally opened to the public. In 1962 the original gardens were doubled in size by expanding east into Beckett Park.
Contributors to the gardens development were Frederick Chapman and Edward Vidler as first honorary curators, Ivo Hammer (a pioneer of Australian native plant growing), Mr A. Swaby ( a teacher and botanist who was a founding member of the Society for Growing Australian Plants), Charles French Jnr and Ernest Lord. The longest serving head gardener at Maranoa, Mr Bob Bury (1937-1968) preserved and promoted the gardens plants.
A Maranoa Gardens Conservation Management Plan has been undertaken to assess the gardens cultural significance through a detailed history and a thorough physical analysis using the Burra Charter values."
Sue and Ros
SUE'S WALK REPORT:
Our last walk for the year !!
We had 9 walkers including Jeff, Ros's hubby, who is going to be a regular and help booster the numbers for the men."Welcome Jeff". The weather was fine when we set off but there was the threat of rain. Kindly it held off until we got back to the cars.
As you can see from the attached photo, there were many large trees that had come down in the area, damaged during the storms last week I would imagine. There were workers in the area repairing damage to power lines along the way. This is a pretty part of the Koonung Creek wilth lots of nasturtiums growing along the banks, but spoilt with so much rubbish that seems to be dumped in the area. We saw scooters, a couple of picnic chairs, a plastic basket and various plastic bags just in one small section. Such a pity.
We had our "cuppa" along the way at "Open Dialogue Cafe", that is located in an office industrial area, with still no-one working in the offices. Where the Cafe would be usually quite full and busy, we were the only ones there. They have been hanging in there and hope that after Christmas things will start to pick up for them. I will organise for us to have a Breakfast walk there next year.
I would like to thank everyone who joined in for the few walks we were able to get in this year, and wish you all a Merry Christmas. I hope that 2022 will be a happier, healthier and brighter one for us all and we get to participate in our Probus activities in full force again. See you next year.
I wasn't going to do a Supermarket Ramble this time, but oh well, last one for the year. I picked up a bag of grapes without paying attention to where they came from, just a bag of 'Red Seedless Table Grapes I thought. But on paying attention to the packaging they are known as "Pretty Lady" grown by Mr. Jakov P Dulcich in California, family grown for flavour and taste for 3 generations. For 50 years Jakov P. Dulcich & Sons have been growing table grapes in California. Through hard work, determination, and many blessings from above, our family farm has grown and been able to bring our customers the best tasting grapes that the earth can offer. "I am pleased you will be enjoying my grapes". Jakov P Dulcich.
SATURDAY MORNING COFFEE CLUB AT 'THE PINES'
This was our last coffee club meeting for the year 2021. Our thanks go to Pat and Ros for arriving early at The Pines to reserve the table. As always there is much chatter and laughter among the members who attend.
The next Coffee Club will be on Saturday, January 8th, 2022.