it This winter I have been photographing the activities in our Shed – the Dingley Village Men’s Shed. I wanted to show the bonhomie of men in retirement and that it is an enjoyable and busy stage in life. I chose an old worn tarpaulin that still has a bit of life left in it as a backdrop. A bit like us really.
The Shed exists for men to pursue hobbies and interests and to pursue friendships and camaraderie. Most of our members are in their seventies and eighties and have retired from a wide range of professions and trades. They are interested in traditional Men’s Shed activities such as woodwork, but also in bike riding and maintenance, metalwork, art, music, photography, snooker, car and mower maintenance.
For fund-raising we run raffles, manage the parking at the local Farmer’s Market and sell renovated bicycles. We make picnic tables and seats and undertake various voluntary tasks for our Regional Parks.
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It was election day. The smell of the sausage sizzle came wafting through the polling booth at the Dingley Community Centre Hall. Naturally I had to have one. A barbeque had been set up immediately outside the booth exit and it seemed that no one could escape. I must say it was a rather over … Continue reading The Dingley Village Men’s Shed
Driving from Bar Harbor to Prince Edward Island we were bombarded with high winds and heavy rain. In Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island’s capital we escaped the weather by taking refuge at a community theatre performing the musical “Anne and Gilbert”. It was an excellent production and a great introduction to “Anne of Green Gables” country. … Continue reading The Maritime Provinces
We arrived in Boston by train from New York. There is always a degree of anxiety changing hotels and cities. Boston was hosting a Red Socks match so the town was buzzing. As a result, our hotel was two train stops out of town near Sullivan Station. The Station area itself is a picture of … Continue reading Fall in New England
Lyn and I spent a week in New York each armed with a seven-day subway ticket and a New York Pass for five attractions. We visited the Met, the Natural History museum, the Guggenheim and the Museum of Modern Art; sauntered through Central Park and had a picnic; hired bikes and rode over the Brooklyn … Continue reading A Week In New York
Lyn and I enjoy camping and find it an excellent way to explore the Australian landscape and meet the people of outback towns. We have just returned from such a trip in which our goal was to visit a number of National Parks in New South Wales and Queensland. At Lake Mungo the sand dune … Continue reading Some NSW and QLD National Parks
This post is all about the current production of Oscar Wilde’s famous play “The Importance of Being Earnest” by The Mordialloc Theatre Company. It is directed by Vicki Smith who also designed the almost black and white set. The play features Stephen Shinkfield, Kieran Tracy, Ian McMahon, Keith Hutton, Melissa New, Haley Lawson-Smith, Janine Evans … Continue reading The Importance of Being Earnest
While searching for images to run as a slideshow for our 50th wedding anniversary this month I found a number of black and white pictures. They are of my three sons who are all grown men now.
Some of these images are from negatives that I had lost years ago and have just rediscovered. I notice that there are not many pictures of Martin and Paul when they were very young and lots of Michael. This was because I only shot colour slides during the early part of their lives.
In those days husbands were kept well away from the delivery process and it was only with Michael that I was allowed to photograph his birth.
Camping It was the feral bees swarming around water we had left in a dish that caused us pack up and hastily leave the Pink Lakes some years ago and they did it again this time. Keeping them out of the car while we were packing and not getting stung was a very necessary … Continue reading Limestone Coast and Pink Lakes
Throbbing V8 motors, glowing primary colours, immaculate chromium that reflects the sky and clouds, hundreds of exotic vehicles packed in around the town’s clock tower lining each side of Ireland and Anderson Streets. It’s the annual hot-rod rally at Bright, Victoria. The cars range from early roadsters and touring cars, through to 1960’s Cadillacs that … Continue reading Vroom, Vroom…