Pictures of the Christmas Lunch 2019
A big thank you to all that contributed to the very successful Christmas Lunch 2019.
We enjoyed the friendship, good food and the fabulous entertainer was great fun.
Hope you enjoy the images.
Autumn Tour of Japan – Review
21 November – 9 December 2019
The recipe for success:
- A fabulous group of fellow travellers,
- An experienced/patient/knowledgeable guide,
- Spectacular autumn colours,
- Exciting food,
- A zillion temples and shrines,
- Friendly, courteous Japanese,
- Trains, trams and buses always on time,
- Clean toilets with heated seats and tinkling music available everywhere….
What more could a traveller want?!!
Arriving in the quaint city of Kanazawa after an overnight flight to Tokyo and an early morning flight to Kanazawa, we lost no time in getting stuck into sightseeing setting a pattern of walks through historic districts, visits to shrines and temples (and getting to know the differences between them) and manicured gardens resplendent in their Autumn colours- returning at night to see the red and orange trees lit up. The cameras were kept busy day after day recording all the wonderful sights.
A few of the absolute highlights of the trip for me were:
- The ONSEN (traditional Japanese hotels with hot baths). Staying in such places reminds you that you are in a different country, with different traditions and ways of doing things. Challenging AND rewarding. We stayed in Onsen for 4 nights, with another night at a temple. In these traditional Onsen we learned how to cope with sleeping on futons on the floor and bathing in the nude in gender segregated hot baths with only a face washer sized towel. A bridge too far for some, a new addiction for others!
- The FOOD. You know you are in a very different culture when you walk around a small supermarket and cannot recognise any of the food on offer or are presented with an eleven-course meal and need the printed menu to be able to identify what you are eating! The tastes and textures were very different to our usual fare and eating with chopsticks can be challenging but the variety and presentation of the food (always seasonal and served to please the eye as much as the palate) were outstanding. A few even developed new food addictions to treats such as Green Tea Ice Cream.
- Using PUBLIC TRANSPORT. Hopping on and off trams, buses, trains and ferries- sometimes crowded but always on time is great fun as you get to see the surroundings and the people on their own terms. When navigating through the multi storied train stations and bus terminals you are glad to have the guide with you making sure you get to the correct train line and platform. Travelling on the Bullet Train and reaching 300km an hour was a highlight.
- The Japanese PEOPLE are polite and courteous and always willing to assist. They are great rule followers- no-one crosses against the lights, they are all great queue formers and even when massing to cheer the Emperor the crowd automatically lined up against the barriers in lines. The streets are impeccably clean with no graffiti and no rubbish (or even rubbish bins). Local food outlets are responsible to take back their packaging. No one eats or drinks in the street- eating is for home or inside the numerous small eateries. You become very aware of the separation between the outside world of the street and the inside world of the home. This is very obvious when visiting the numerous temples and shrines, staying in Onsen with Tatami matted rooms and the need to be constantly taking off one’s shoes to move into inside spaces only to have to put them back on to re-enter the outside world again. If you love cleanliness, adherence to tradition and order then Japan is the place for you!
- One outstanding feature of Japanese culture is attention to DETAIL and a commitment to quality. The museums we visited were not huge and did not contain room after room brimming with artefacts. Instead beautifully designed spaces surrounded by manicured gardens to be glimpsed through the picture windows contained a few high-quality artefacts displayed with care and technically perfect lighting. You could appreciate each item without feeling overwhelmed or ‘museumed out’.
- The VARIETY of places visited kept us interested and busy – while there were many temples, shrines, castles and gardens as one would expect of a tour of Japan in Autumn, there were also sand dunes, lakes, seaside, reconstructed villages, rope bridges, chair lift and gondolas, a gorge river cruise, traditional houses, a cemetery …and the very moving Peace Park at Hiroshima. There were also free evenings and afternoons to rest or to explore independently- or grab yet another hot bath….
- Our FELLOW TRAVELLERS- what a great group we had on this tour! Getting to know each other, supporting each other, always being on time, and willingness to ‘give it a go’-the description of perfect touring companions.
- Our GUIDE Hide. What a treasure he was- ever patient, always in control of the timetable and the itinerary, knowledgeable about the places and people. Having such a great guide makes such a trip luxurious for me – you don’t have to worry about a thing as felt confident that Hide had it all under control.
All in all it was a fantastic trip and I hope it will be the first of many Probus trips to overseas destinations in the future- where will we go next????
By Christine Hingerty
Probus Club of Cabarita and Breakfast Point 5th Anniversary Celebration – review
Friday 6 September dawned a beautiful sunny day – just perfect for our Club’s 5th Anniversary celebrations.
By 9:00 am the Community Hall was abuzz as Kathy Beresford was arranging decorations around the room – blue and yellow Probus balloons and anniversary banners – whilst the usual chairs were setup.
In the kitchen meanwhile our fabulous ‘Morning Tea’ ladies and gentlemen were busy filling urns and setting tables. At home Gilda McRobert was adding the final touches to the celebratory cake she handmade.
By 9.30 am the hall was filling and our Guest Speaker Jim Haynes OAM arrived wearing a jacket not to be missed! He was quickly followed by Silvana Martignago, CEO Probus South Pacific.
And so our celebrations began – the Anniversary Certificate was presented by Silvana to Brian Roylance, President and then Dorothy Faulder, President, 2016 cut the cake on behalf of all Past Presidents. Jim Haynes then regaled us with laughter as he spoke of Áustralia’s most unbelievable stories.
Morning tea followed with the celebratory cake and some little tarts. Not a crumb was left by the time the hall emptied and people went on their way. And as the photos demonstrate, a good time was had by all!
Group photo of foundation members.
Review – ’30 Something’ at the Hayes Theatre
On Sunday 6 October a group of Probus thespians attended a fabulous show, “30 Something – A 2019 show where you’ll party like it’s 1939”, at Hayes Theatre starring the wonderfully talented Phil Scott on piano and Catherine Alcom providing wonderful vocals. While the songs belted out were of the era, the lyrics had a comical nod to present day issues and characters. All climaxing with a boisterous welcome to the new year, 1940.
Then on to Caffe Roma in Potts Point, a quintessential Italian restaurant where we gathered in the palm covered courtyard on one large table that required some to perform gymnastic feats to launch themselves into the seats.
That accomplished, we enjoyed a wonderful meal of pizza, salad and pasta varieties that was very pleasing to all tastes. Mirth and merriment flowed freely.
Although lacking the champagne corks flying and the high jinks of New Year’s Eve parties no doubt we all celebrated in our younger years, it was certainly a grand night.
Review – The Great River Walk
On Friday 9 August, eighteen members of our club assembled at Strathfield station.
Judy had made it easy for us to remember: 9.31 am train, platform 3, carriage 3. We disembarked at Emu Plains Station and headed across the car park to begin our walk.
The Great River Walk is at the foot of the Blue Mountains. For the first section, Judy explained that there were two choices, the upper (sealed) walkway or the lower ( unsealed) walk. I took the lower which was more protected from the winds. We had some spectacular views of the Nepean River. The scenery was stunning. As well as the natural environment, this part of the walk presented us with some enigmatic sculptures. The sculptures tell a story about local history. The only one which meant anything to me was one with oars on either side. It was easy to work out that this was to commemorate the GPS Head of the River which used to be held each year. There were signs too, one detailing a convict prison established by Governor Macquarie.
Our first stop was the Penrith Regional Art Gallery for a well earned coffee and highly recommended muffins. Feeling full from our late morning tea, we continued on our walk towards the Nepean River Bridge. We crossed the bridge with the M4 traffic speeding beside us and the Nepean Belle Paddlewheeler gently moving down the river on our other side.
Across the bridge there were some inviting picnic areas but we decided to press on before stopping for lunch. At this point our walk took us north along Tench Street until we finally reached the Yandhai Nepean Crossing. Yandhai means walking in the path of past and present. This pedestrian walkway was opened by the Premier in October 2018. We stopped for lunch on a cosy river bank on the other side of the bridge. After enjoying our picnic lunch we sang “Happy Birthday’ to two of our members while Phil generously shared his jelly beans with everyone!
After lunch, it was just a short walk back to the station. We had walked a total of 9.5 kilometres in winds gusting 35 knots according to Rob.
Many thanks to Judy and Rob for organising such an invigorating, interesting and energetic walk.
Christmas in July 2019 Review
Fun day, beautiful surroundings in an amazing building.
78 members and guests enjoyed lunch at the Grand Dining Room, International College of Management, Manly.
The room was abuzz with lots of chatter, fun and friendship. And what would Christmas be without Mr and Mrs Santa Claus.
Neil Price was the lucky recipient of the lucky door prize.. accepting the prize from Mrs Santa! And of course, Phil Canty expressed his Christmas wishes by whispering in Santa’s ear!
“Best Christmas in July ever”…Lis Parrague.
Kangaroo Island Adventure – Review
Saturday 22 June to Saturday 29 June 2019
We arrived at Adelaide Airport. All went well as some folk came earlier than others. We were picked up by a chartered bus and drove through McLarenvale grape vine country to Victor Harbour.
VH is delightful! It reminds me of Manly. The pines were planted on purpose so the ships knew where good wood could be found for repairs. Then off to Cape Jervis along a scenic ocean drive to catch a ferry to Penneshaw, Kangaroo Island.
Our motel/hotel is right across from the ocean and a penguin rookery. There are impressive views across to the mainland Australia. We headed off to Rob’s farm for a sheep shearing show. His grandson was ‘helper’ for the show. Good stuff. Genuine people. Next stop was Willoughby Lighthouse (1860s) which is still operating. The shipping lane between the mainland and Kangaroo Island is not easily navigated and very busy. A guide gave us a huge insight into the history of the lighthouse and those who worked to keep it going. We climbed to the top and the view was magnificent. Next stop was Dudley Winemakers for a wine tasting. Always good stuff. We drove back along the dirt road for a late lunch and then a wander around a sculpture/nature walk in Penneshaw.We left Penneshaw and visited Pennington Beach which is beautiful and at the point on the southern side of KI where there is only 9 km across to the north side. Plans are in place to fence across it to maintain a feral cat free zone for all the eastern part of the island. First stop was the honey farm with the special Ligurian bees from Italy (1860s). We then went to Emu Farm Tea tree oil distillery, then a Lavender Farm. We ate lavender scones with Lavender jelly and cream. Then off to the a gin distillery too. Tasting was fab. Only KI botanicals added.
Came in to Kingscote, which is the largest town. It’s claim to fame is the oldest human planted tree in SA (mulberry tree). It is fenced off and ‘special’.
We spent the day in Kingscote. Breakfast was enjoyed looking at the Backstairs Passage (sea) and seals sailing in the water. Later on some of us walked around the sea shore. More seals, more bird life and small abandoned penguin rookeries. Later on we hit the shops (all 2 of them) and arrived at the arranged cafe for our pre-booked lobster lunches. Wonderful!
After lunch we caught up with 4 members of the KI Probus Club. Pat Cass (President/ Vice President/ Committee member – 2010-2019), Jeanine Ellison, Ria Kendall (President 2018), Erica Barrett (President 2019).
There are 30 members of their club mainly Kingscote folk. They are desperate to get off island speakers. They meet every 3rd Monday of the month and would welcome visitors to attend and join up for lunch. They were delightful women and gave us each a small jar of KI honey.
We then headed south and west. Seal Bay was magnificent. It is a conservation park for sea lions. Up close and personal. Seal Bay also sported a bird sanctuary run by David and Lisa Erwin (Steve’s cousin). The love of native animals must run in the family…crikey! We saw magpies, owls, falcons and black parrots. We petted a few. Some also did a reptile show with tiger snakes, lizards and baby crocodile. Then off to Vivonne Bay to watch 3 humpback whales frolicking just 50 metres from shore. Amazing! Next stop a wildlife sanctuary with kangaroo, wallaby and koala in a grove of trees. All just doing their thing. No cages and no shows. We drove to our wildlife resort.
Flinders Chase National Park was the next target. We headed for the ‘Remarkables’ which are a granite outcrop right on the Southern Ocean. Very impressive. Then Weir’s Cove with old stone warehouses at the top of a former horse drawn winch. Every 3 months a steam ship would bring supplies. Bad luck if the sea was too rough. Wait 6 months for supplies. This was to service the Lighthouse which is now fully electric at Cape du Couedic.
Next stop was visiting the New Zealand fur seal breeding area at Admirals Arch. Amazingly windy! Later we travelled to the Flinders Chase National Park Visitors Centre for a lunch break and the start for the Platypus Walk. Some folk headed off. Some didn’t.
Back at our accommodation we played Canasta and dice. Great day!
We drove north through the National Park until we reached the north coast of the island again. Snelling Bay Beach is very scenic. White beaches and very isolated with the odd holiday unit let. There was a huge fig tree of interest, in the past it was used as the location for intimate gourmet dinners. What a hoot. The business went bust. Next stop was Morton Bay Beach. It had a rocky headland and caves to wind through to the beach on the other side. Unfortunately high tide prevented most of us from getting through. Some got wet! We lunched at Parndana at THE Pub. Great fish and chips. Then off to American River. We stopped to chat to locals about the building of an historic ship/boat, the ‘Independence’. The Mercure was our last night on Kangaroo Island.
Last day on Kangaroo Island was rainy and the seas were rough (2 metre swell). Our crossing back to Australia (as they call it. Unlike the Tasmanians which call it the mainland) was fun for some but sickening for others. We were picked up on the other side by Russell our driver and came back to the airport via Glenelg. Some played cards to waste time and arrived back into Sydney at 5:00 pm. Happy times were had by all and everyone was looking forward to our own beds.
Many thanks to Jane Elliot for being THE best tour organiser!
New members welcomed
7 June 2019
Happy New Members who were inducted to our Club at our June Member’s Meeting.
New Members were welcomed by President, Brian Roylance, and Senior Vice-President, Kathy Beresford.
Visit to the Tramsheds at Glebe via Hawthorne Canal and the Light Rail
On Thursday June 13 on a mild winter’s day, 18 Probus members and friends caught the bus to the Hawthorn Canal and walked to Lewisham West along the canal to catch the Light Rail to the Tramsheds at Jubilee Park for coffee, a walk in the park and then back to the Tramsheds for lunch.
This was a good opportunity for fellowship, good food and coffee before we returned via the light rail back to Leichhardt North, walking to Marion St and home again via the 439.
There was one heart stopping moment when someone thought their had lost their wallet but after mild panic, it was found .
It was great to see some new faces on the walk including some of our newest Probians, recently inducted …thank you all for participating and we hope you will join us again.
Nutcote Visit – Review
Thursday 30 May 2019
Last Thursday eighteen gum blossoms and four big bad Banksia men set sail for their ancestral home, “Nutcote”, on the shores of Sydney Harbour at Neutral Bay. It was there that May Gibbs wrote and illustrated her works, the most famous being “Snugglepot and Cuddlepie”.
After the obligatory caffeine hit at “Thelma and Louise” at Neutral Bay wharf, we continued on the short walk to our destination. There our informative volunteer, John, guided us through both May’s life and delightful home situated among trees and garden sloping down to the shores of our sparkling harbour. May’s home is restored and decorated evoking the period of her early years in residence, which began in 1924 and ended in 1967.
Following on from the tour, the “Nutcote Gumnuts” provided a luncheon of assorted sandwiches and cake with cream and strawberries, served to us on the verandah of the visitors centre.
To return home we ended with a last minute dash to catch the next ferry and much to the embarrassment of tour leader “Mrs Kookaburra”, “Snugglepot and Cuddlepie “were left behind. However all ended well with all the gumnuts and banksia men returning safely to Cabarita.
The end of another happy day with our fellow Probarians.
Review of outing to HARS Museum
Saturday 18 May 2019
On a balmy autumn day in May, fourteen aviation aficionados of varying enthusiasm explored the HARS Aviation Museum at Albion Park. The aim of this museum is restore to flying condition, aircraft that have played a significant part in Australian aviation history both in the civil and military arenas.
On arrival, our group was kitted out in high visible safety vests which come in a large range of colours of bright orange or….bright orange.
We were escorted around the extensive hangars by volunteer guides, to look over, look in, clamber into and walked through the large number of aircraft. We learnt that the museum is staffed by 700 volunteers, aviation engineers involved with restoring old planes, retired pilots who fly the operational planes, guides who escort visitors, others who serve on the counter and cafe. HARS could be considered a very exciting ‘Men’s and Ladies Shed”.
- Walking through the Qantas 747 jumbo ‘City of Canberra’ which holds the dual world records for the longest non-stop flight from Heathrow to Sydney Airport and the shortest flight of 11 minutes from Sydney airport to Albion Park airstrip for its final destination.
- Climbing up the same boarding stairs used by the Beatles when they arrived at Sydney airport in 1964. Who can recall that event?
- Clambering up the pilot seat of the controversial F111 bomber which was known as “The Pig”. Definitely proves that pigs can indeed fly if you throw hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars at them.
- Looking inside an Orion anti-submarine tracker which uses MAD technology. This does not refer to the crew but to Magnetic Anomaly Detection systems which can detect large metal objects which can change the earth’s magnetic field like a submarine. This Orion aircraft was used in the search and rescue of Tony Bullimore in the Southern Ocean. It also searched for the missing Malaysian flight MH370. Who remembers these events?
- Bringing back fond memories of planes to our group which included a pilot, an avionic engineer and one who admitted that as a boy he assembled little model aeroplanes from plastic kits. Another revealed that her father was a Qantas captain who flew the Super Constellation and she was keen to come to the museum to relive her memories of flying on this plane affectionately known as “The Connie”. Connie is now the only flying Super Constellation in the world.
Our aficionados were well fuelled by coffee and home made snacks from the award-winning Cafe Connie. Our group enjoyed a super day out; learnt so much about aviation as we mixed flight with Friendship, Fellowship and Foxtrot-Uniform-November.
Review – Tour of the Sydney Cricket ground
Tuesday 30 April 2019
Eighteen Probus members and friends experienced a most interesting tour of the SCG today in glorious autumn weather.
The tour took 2 hours with our informative and enthusiastic guide, Gail who loves any sport.
The ground was originally part sandhills and part swamp but in 1851 the land was granted to the British Army , stationed in nearby Victoria Barracks , for use as a garden and cricket ground for the soldiers .
Since its establishment , the SCG has been used for cricket, NRL, AFL, Rugby Union, athletics , baseball and cycling and was used as the main stadium in 1938 for the British Empire Games. The giant light towers were added in the 1970s for Kerry Packer’s night cricket.
The tour started with inspection of several of the 10 commissioned bronze statues of famous cricketers and athletes including Richie Benaud, Stan McCabe, Fred Spofforth and Steve Waugh . We also had an impressive view of the ground itself and the demolition of the Allianz Stadium next door.
We were taken to the dressing rooms, spa room and physio rooms , the press room, the commentary and media sections and the beautiful timber bar in the Members Stand, finishing in the museum.
Having very little knowledge of cricket, I must say I learned a lot!!!
Report on the visit to Susannah Place
Thursday 28 March 2019
Susannah Place is one of Sydney’s Living Museums. On Thursday the 28th March, a group of us visited the Museum with guides Grant and Avril. We were divided into groups because of the size of the rooms. Susannah Place is actually a terrace with four houses. These houses were “lived in” between 1844 and the early 1970s. Sydney Living Museums is doing its best to preserve the historic nature of the terraces. We were able to see some of the physical restoration, which has taken place with great care to maintain the original look and feel of the rooms. The tour centred around specific rooms which each told their own story. These stories came alive when we looked at the furniture and the “mod cons” or lack of them. My group was invited to pick up the old cast iron! No need to do weight-bearing exercises when you had to use that every day!
One of the houses became a corner store with the family living behind it. This shop was run by the wife while her husband went out to work. The wife even had a window cut out between the shop and her kitchen so she could see customers when they entered. The shop would have been like a coffee shop today where people gathered for social interaction. Unfortunately the shop fell on hard times during the Depression and had to close. Today it is restored and sells items such as Sunlight Soap and string bags, which would have been in demand in most households in the early part of the 20th century. The houses represent a time capsule of Sydney spanning more than 100 years. They would not be here today if it wasn’t for the collaboration of Jack Mundey and the local residents in the 1970s who fought hard to preserve them. The tour was both enriching and vitalising. We enjoyed a delicious lunch afterwards at The Orient Hotel. Thanks must go to Judy Mitchell for organising such an inspiring day.
Rotary Corporate Golf Day – Review
Tuesday 12 March 2019
Last Tuesday our Probus Golf Club was again extended an invitation to participate in a Rotary Corporate Golf Day at the lovely Penrith Twin Pines Golf Course. The day was to raise funds for Rotary Health an organisation that supports work on a broad range of health problems especially in mental health plus support for the local Nepean Hospital. Twelve of our members accepted the invitation and joined 120 golfers on the course. Our golfers accredited themselves well with one of our teams of 4 comprising our captain Ron Hutchinson, Keith Stockwell, Steve Jurd and our president Brian Roylance taking out overall second place in the Rotary versus Probus teams event. (A great effort as our Probus members were giving the Rotary team many years start). David Forsyth and Phil Canty were also well rewarded for their drives on the par three getting inside the club’s pro. A great day was had by all followed by a healthy delicious buffet lunch. It is the clubs intention to participate in a number of charity events throughout the year. If any Probus members would like to join us for golf on any Friday afternoon please contact our current captain Ron Hutchinson.
Annual General Meeting – Friday 1 March 2019
Elected Management Committee
President – Brian Roylance Senior Vice Presidents – Kathy Beresford Junior Vice Presidents – Colin Peterson Secretary – Jan Sayers Treasurer – Keith Stockall Membership Officer – Gil Vella Outings Facilitator – Gilda McRobert Groups Co-ordinator – Connie Fraser Speaker Conveners – Victoria Mitchell, Pam Floyd Member support – Judy Mitchell