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      YARRA VALLEY BUS TOUR

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On a very wet Friday 21 members plus 2 visitors set out on our trip to the Yarra Valley.  Driving through a very wet landscape we arrived at th Dairy for tastings.  Unfortunately they were closed due to flooding  and forgot to advise.  Off we went to Beechworth Bakery, Healesville, for a delicious morning tea.

Our next stop was Boato'Craigo Winery for tastings of 5 lovely wines, with beautiful views.

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                Yarra valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery

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Next stop Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery for lunch and chocolate tastings.  After this, there  was plenty of time to

browse the shop for purchases.

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After a tense time waiting for the bus to pick us up for the return journey (delayed by flooding roads and diverted) we arrived home a little late after a very enjoyable day.

Margaret

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SUE'S WALK REPORT:

On the 25th October, we had 13 members and 2 visitors join in for the Beasley's to Petty Orchard walk, which is our best number for some time, very encouraging.  Our soon to be new member Robert joined in with his wife Robyn.  Welcome and hope you join in many more outings.

The weather stayed fine for us and it is a pretty area following along the Mullum Mullum Creek and joining into the Yarra.  On our return we enjoyed a "cuppa" and chat at Beasley's Cafe, followed by a bit of a wander and the buying of some plants for a few.

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Our next walk is 10th November starting at Ringwood Lake, heading out around the streets of Ringwood before coming back to the lake and having our "cuppa' at 'Stirr It Up Cafe' near the end.  I look forward to seeing many of you join in.

The story for Beasley's Nursery.

"It was established in 1976 by Ron & Merle Beasley, along with their sons Bill & Neil.  It was primarily a fern nursery which they expanded and flourished into the award winning garden centre we all know.  The Teahouse was a welcome addition in 1986, Offering tea & coffee along with Merle's famous scones.  As the popularity grew, the Teahouse grew to what we have today"

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A small side story to that is I have a very dear friend who worked at the nursery for many-years and when my son and daughter-in-law were looking for a garden area to have their wedding in 1998, my friend organised for it to be at Beasleys.  The service took place in the fernery with the little waterfall behind,and a lovely wedding it was.  Afterwards it was back to our place for the festivities.

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                        Beasleys

CELEBRATING MELBOURNE CUP DAY AT CHERRY HILL HOTEL

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Celebrations were held at the Cherry Hill Hotel, hosted by the Probus Clubs in the Donvale area.

We all enjoyed our time, meeting other Probus members and had plenty to talk about.

The meals were enjoyable along with plenty of refreshments.

Our group had a Cup raffle, run by Lyn, which was won by Alan.

Nobody wanted to go home and ejoyed the good company of our fellow Probians.

Chas

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AMBLER'S REPORT:

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We had four ladies join in for our amble on the 4th November.  Meeting at Elgar park we headed to the wetlands area, over the footbridge and turned it into a bit of a walk.  The weather was kind to us and we enjoyed our cuppa & chat in the park.

The wetlands were covered in a mainly red plant growth which did look very pretty.  Then we came to the graffiti which is not so pretty.  I often wonder if any of these people die or injure themselves getting into the very dangerous positions they must be in to actually do the graffiti.  See the photo with it on the bridge over the freeway,

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Take note that our next amble will be 2nd Friday (not the first) of December, being the now famous meeting at Maranoa Gardens, followed by a sumptuous lunch at "Chez Maureen's".  We are very grateful to Maureen for putting this event on each year.  Any Amblers' who have been 'missing' this year, and would like to join in, please put your name on the list for catering purposes.  We look forward to seeing you there.

Ros and Sue

SUE'S WALK REPORT:

We had 11 walkers on the 10th November for our Ringwood Lake and surrounds walk.  With a couple of apologies and some away, we could have had  16 - very healthy numbers. The morning was quite warm, but bearable and every now and then we got a bit of a lovely breeze.  We walked around the lake then ventured out into the streets of East Ringwood, where like everywhere, a lot of building going on.

We came across a house which would have given Steptoe & son a run for their money; very interesting.  You name it,I think he had it.  All set up in  his backyard and garage and I think and all over the fence.

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When we arrived at the Cafe, there was another walking group of 20 booked in (which I knew about), ourselves (some had to go early so we were 7) and a bunch of other regular I guess.  It was the busiest Cafe I have ever been to.  We were patient and so were the staff, smiling, making and delivering coffee and eventually getting everyone their drinks.  The coffees were top notch too.  Congratulations to Simon and Sheila at "Stirr it Up Cafe".

Our next walk is 22nd November, walking around Blackburn Lake and surrounds this time, and I look forward to seeing you join in.

CRAZY WHIST:

We had a very enjoyable time playing Crazy Whist on Thursday evening.  It was so different to arrive in daylight. Each game presented different challenges, which stretched our brains, but in the end the cards you are dealt with dictate the games.

Our winner was Graeme beating our Runner-up Mary by 8 points, and Marion romped home with the lowest score. Both Marion and Graeme were very happy with their boxes of chocolates.  Next year we may try a few daytime games as some of our players don't like driving at night.

Have a happy Christmas and holiday time.

Jan

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BARBECUE - RUFFEY PARK:

Well 6 amazing members turned up for our first BBQ of the 'summer' season.  Through hail, rain and a smidge of blue sky and sunshine we spent a happy hour or more with  a few laughs and lots of chat amongst the raising of a glass or two.  We were 

'almost a snug as a bug' in our new venue being the rotunda in Ruffey Park, at the entrance off Church Street.  Not gold but platinum accolades are to be given to the few that turned up .. I applaud you.

 

Susan 

SUE'S WALK REPORT:

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Whitehorse City Council

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What a great turn out we had for our Blackburn Lake walk on the 22nd November.  We had 14 walkers with Peggy meeting us for our "cuppa" at "Miss Lucy" Cafe. I would like to once again thanking Peggy for telling me about the cafe.  They have a wonderful room for large numbers and I think it would be a great place for our Club to have a dine-out - breakfast, brunch or lunch.

I was certainly on weather watch after the crazy weather we have been having of late, but the day turned out perfect for walking. There was a bit of mud along the track, but generally good.  The group did get a little bit ahead of me near the start and while catching up to them I came to a small tree over the track.  So, I tried and succeeded to go under it.  But managed to get my beanie stick in the branches and had to half crawl out.  Asking Lucy afterwards how they managed to go under it, she said "we went around it"!!! Of course they did.

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We have our last walk coming up on the 15th December (3rd Thursday) meeting at the Goldfields Shopping Centre in Warrandyte.  I look forward to seeing you there.

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The history of Blackburn Lake:  In 1829 the lake itself was formed when Gardiners Creek (previously known as Kooyongkoot Ck, meaning "haunt of the waterfowl" was dammed to provide water for local fruit growers.  The lake grew in popularity as a tourist destination, with visitors from Melbourne travelling two hours by steam train to reach it. During the 1990's, artist Frederick McCubbin of the famed Heidleberg School lived briefly near the lake, where he painted works including "Down on His Luck", The Bush Burial" and "Bush Idyll".

John Gardiner, and a sea captain named John Hepburn and Durham cattle -breeder named Joseph Hawdon arrived from Sydney late in 1836 with a herd of cattle. Gardiner returned again in April 1837 with his wife and daughter and settled near the junction of the yarra River and what was then Kooyongkoot Ck.  It was later renamed after him.

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CHRISTMAS PARTY AT ROSEMONT

    Merry Christmas to the Members of Donvale Central Probus Club.

A huge 'Thank you" once again to the members of our wonderful Social Committee.

We thoroughly enjoyed the hospitality of "Rosemont Reception Centre" in Ringwood. 

Santa arrived just in time to draw the lucky numbers to win the many Christmas hampers. Sandra had the lucky number for the biggest of the Christmas hampers.

Another year of Probus has almost ended and we look forward to meeting again in January at the Ruffey Lake Barbecue.

Loris

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CHRISTMAS MEMORIES:

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       CHRISTMAS AT CUNNINGHAMS

              2006

CHRISTMAS IN HEALESVILLE

          2007

          2008

CHRISTMAS AT BOX HILL BOWLING CLUB

  CHRISTMAS AT BOX HILL GOLF CLUB

              2009

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AMBLER'S REPORT:

On Friday, 9th December, we had our last amble for the year.  This one is always held at Maranoa Gardens in Balwyn, heading back to "Chez Maureen's for a delightful lunch that Maureen put on for us. Once again "thank you" Maureen and as always, lunch was delicious.

We only had the three Amigos join in for what was a great walk through the gardens, even getting off the beaten track and finding delightful little nooks and water features we didn't know existed previously.  We then headed to Maureen's where she plus another two were waiting, and so, the festivities began, always washed down with a wee drop of champers!!  Even though our numbers were down, it was a lovely morning enjoyed by all. (The unknown face in the group photo is a worker at Maureen's village and gives her a big hand setting up.  We had to get Peter in the shoot).

   After the champers !!!!!

Our next amble is on the 3rd February 2023 (scary - where are the years going) meeting at Halliday Park, Mitcham and we hope to see you join in.  Ros and Sue wish you all a very happy, healthy and safe Christmas and look forward to seeing many of you join in next year.

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Now, the Maranoa Gardens! The gardens began in the early 1890's, when Mr. John Middleton Watson purchased 1.4 hectares in Balwyn, for a private garden.  He planted many Australian and New Zealand native trees and shrubs and the area was maintained merely as a garden.  He named the garden Maranoa after a river in Queensland, from native words meaning flowing, alive or running.  The former City of Camberwell acquired the area in 1922, continuing the planting, gradually removing all non-native plants.

There is a plaque under one tree - see photo - the tree being planted by Dame Mary Herring D.B.E. Who?? Dame Mary Ranken Herring, DBE,CStj (nee Lyle) born in Carlton 1895 and died in Camberwell 1981.  She was an Australian medical practitioner and community worker, graduating from University of Melbourne, also excelling in sports.  She became a resident surgeon at Royal Melbourne Hospital, working mainly with poor women.  During World War 2 she helped form the AIF Women's Association, serving on its Welfare Subcommittee, looking after the needs of soldiers' families.  She was made a Commander of the Order of St John in 1953 for her charitable work, and a Dame in 1960 for services to nursing in Victoria.

She had a wonderful life and is worth looking up on Wikipedia.

SUE'S WALK REPORT:
 

On Thursday, 15th December we had our last walk for the year. And would you believe it we had sunshine!!! We had 9 members join in, with a few apologies, and two very well behaved dogs, Shiloh and Hermione.  Of course we had jackets and a couple with brollies, just in case, but it was a delightful morning for walking alongside our wonderful Yarra River in Warrandyte.  How lucky are we.

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After the walk, we enjoyed our 'cuppa' outdoors at Scrumdiddely cafe in the Goldfields Shopping Centre. I know they do High Tea there once a month on a Sunday for those looking for something different.

"Scrumdiddely" A word use to positively describe food. Eg , Ummmmmm that pie was scrumdiddely. Or, even better, Scrumdiddelyumptious.

Our next walk is listed for Thursday, 9th February, 2023 in Templestowe starting and finishing at Melissa's Cafe and is a nice easy one. I look forward to seeing many of you join in.  I wouild like to thank all our walkers through the year for making my job a pleasure, and wish everyone at our Club a happy, healthy and safe Christmas.  Here's to many good times in 2023.

Here's one for the road:  "We live in a fast paced society.  Walking slows us down."

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THAT'S ALL FOLKS - SEE YOU IN 2023

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FUN, FRIENDSHIP AND FELLOWSHIP

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