For the love of plants

A popular activity in the Sherwood Probus Club is the monthly meeting of our Garden Group. Many Sherwood Probus members are avid gardeners who enjoy passing on their expertise to others and, of course, learning something new themselves.

We tend to mix meetings at a member’s house with excursions to other garden related places. Strolling around a lovely private garden and listening to the owner explain why certain plants are doing well or, maybe, not so well, is an educational experience. A plant swap often takes place during morning tea.

Recently the group enjoyed a visit to the Brookfield Garden Centre (http://www.brookfieldgardencentre.com.au). The colourful range of plants was a sight to behold and it was an ideal opportunity to stock up on new plants to brighten up our gardens. The obligatory sit down over morning tea gave an opportunity to learn what plans members have for their gardens over the next few months and how they are coping, in particular, with the lack of rain. Thanks to Dorothy Eyears who organises our gardening activities.

 

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Sherwood Probus at Hockney exhibition

Sherwood Probus members were joined by fellow Probians from other clubs on a tour to the Tweed Heads Regional Gallery to view an exhibition by British artist, David Hockney, entitled Words and Pictures.

The Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre is in Murwillumbah, New South Wales. Lonely Planet Australia describes it as “an exceptional gallery… home to some of Australia’s finest in a variety of media.” Club members had visited previously to view the Margaret Olley Art Centre. The gallery is situated above the town and you will appreciate the glorious views from the verandahs.

We weren’t permitted to take any photos inside the David Hockney exhibition due to copyright reasons, so do visit his website at http://www.davidhockney.co to read about him and see examples of his work. There is also more information about him on Wikipedia at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Hockney. Hockney is now 80 years old and still exhibits throughout the world.

Fellowship over coffee and/or a meal is an integral part of the Club’s ethos, so it’s not surprising that you can see us taking up the opportunity to chat with fellow Probians.

We returned to Brisbane via the Commonwealth Games Village at Parklands on the Gold Coast. The buildings are a riot of colour and after the Games they will be transformed into a mixed-use community. Parklands is adjacent to Griffith University and not far from the Gold Coast University Hospital, so perhaps its future is promising.

Since none of us had seen the netball complex near Dreamworld, our driver obligingly took yet another detour. This is a huge complex, with no internal columns. Could we manage yet one more detour off the M1? Of course we could as this was to stock up on pies for dinner at Yatala.

What a great day.

 

 

 

Christmas in Winter

For those of us born in the Northern Hemisphere we we016re accustomed to celebrating Christmas in December when it’s cold, and if we were lucky, snowy. In Queensland we do things differently and celebrate Christmas in July or August, which is the coldest part of our year. This year we decided to travel to the Fox & Hounds Country Inn at Wongawallan in the Gold Coast Hinterland. The weather was perfect for a drive through the country, except for one poor member travelling independently. She got lost and missed out on lunch! Sadly she missed out on a great day.002

All our travellers entered into the spirit of the day – Christmassy dressed, bringing their secret Santa gifts with them. En route we stopped at Logan Village for morning tea. This was a pleasant spot where the amenities were good; there was also a lovely craft shop, museum and other activities.

Some of us succumbed to ‘Christmas’ shopping in Logan Village. Travelling on Mt Tamborine Road we drove along Gallery Walk, which we revisited after lunch for a stroll around.

The Fox & Hounds Country Inn was imported from England and had a really cosy English pub atmosphere. Our traditional lunch comprised turkey and ham, plum pudding and pavlovas. We also enjoyed birthday cake to celebrate Charlie McKeown’s 90th birthday and Paul Coghlan’s 84th birthday. Happy birthday to both of you!

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Charlie and Paul celebrating their respective birthdays

 

A lovely day was had by all.

Wellcamp Airport and Highfields Pioneer Village

At 8:30am on Wednesday 21 June twenty two Probians boarded a bus in Chelmer and set off on a much anticipated day trip to the new airport at Toowoomba and the Pioneer Heritage Village nearby.  Jeff, our driver, kept us entertained as we drove westward on the Darren Lockyer Highway and climbed the steep approach to Toowoomba.  After stopping for morning tea at Picnic Point we skirted the city and headed further west for 15 kilometers to Australia’s newest major airport capable of handling large jet passenger aircraft.  As we arrived at the modern terminal building a QantasLink aircraft was taking off on a scheduled service to Sydney.  Other airlines service destinations such as Cairns, Melbourne and Western Queensland cities.

Officially known as the Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport it has an associated aviation and business park.  Its most unique features are that it is privately owned and developed by the Wagner family, and that it was completed in record time.  From acceptance of plans to the first scheduled passenger service was only 19 months. It’s no wonder that many have suggested that the Wagner brothers be contracted to build Sydney’s long awaited second airport!

At HighfieldsAfter leaving the airport we drove to Highfields Pioneer Village north of Toowoomba city where we were served lunch and enjoyed the sunshine.  The Village has a number of interesting attractions which include the Heritage Chapel (built in 1909) and a restored slab hut from 1900.  A number of us were keen to see the car museum as well as the amazing collection of bicycles and historic farm machinery.  All in all it was a good day out!

Joan, our Tours Organiser, arranges a number of interesting outings during the year, so why not join Sherwood Probus and see what we have to offer.

Inner city tour of Brisbane

May has proved to be a very busy month for our active club. On Friday 5 May 16 Sherwood Probus members and friends toured Brisbane’s inner city. Sherwood Probus at Anzac Square.JPG

Here we are at Anzac Square enjoying a cuppa and Anzac biscuits to start our tour. Graham Clark, a Brisbane Greeter and fellow Probian, was our guide for the day. He was a fount of knowledge about early Brisbane especially. He explained the significance of the trees, scupltures and memorials in the square.

Our first stop was the refurbished Anzac Square Memorial itself, which is well worth a visit.  There are memorials to many who had fallen in various battles. We then followed a well-worn path through Post Office Square, and St Stephen’s Cathedral, gradually making our way towards the river. However, we took a short detour to admire the garden and indigenous artwork at 380 Queen Street. To rest our weary legs we caught the free ‘red’ bus to QUT and Old Government House. At QUT we were able to play with the interactive feature called The Cube. Images are projected onto various touch screens.

By this time our Anzac biscuit and cup of tea were a pleasant but faint memory, so we headed to one of the cafes on the QUT campus for a delightful lunch full of friendship and fellowship. Thanks to Joan for organising the tour and especially to Graham. We realised that there are many other places to discover in Brisbane so will have to organise another tour at some stage.