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
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
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