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
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
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
Kennett River lies between Lorne and Apollo Bay on the Great Ocean Road. It is a very popular surfing place in summer but in winter only the die-hard surfers are out. From its source in the Otway ranges the river runs into the sea across the sand and beside the rocks of the beach. I … Continue reading Kennett River in Winter
Lyn and I recently visited the Tarra-Bulga and Mitchell River National Parks. We found a rather delightful camping park called the Tarra Valley Caravan Park “Fernholme”, surrounded by tall eucalypts and tree ferns. We walked up the road beside the Tarra River from the caravan park and came across the studio of an artist called … Continue reading Wet Forests and Rainforests