It’s hard to believe that we are almost at the end of January. Sherwood Probus Club has had a great and varied start to 2018.
On 5 January, over 30 members got up early to enjoy a New Year champagne breakfast at the Oxley Creek Common on Sherwood Road at Rocklea. Oxley Creek Common covers 115 hectares, although most of this is not accessible to the general public. According to Mustdobrisbane.com, the Common is “a serene patch of bird-inhabited wetland in the midst of an agricultural and industrial area.” There are two easy paved walking trails as well as picnic facilities and amenities. One trail leads from the picnic area and Red Shed and splits into two before ending at two different bird habitats. 180 plus species of birds have been recorded there.
Our group, however, didn’t venture on the walking or birdwatching trails – we were too busy catching up after the Christmas/New Year break. The weather was kind and we relaxed in the shade of the pavilion adjoining the Red Shed while breakfasting and chatting. Our traditional fare included bacon, sausages, eggs, baked beans, tomatoes, bread rolls, and a wide variety of fresh fruit: mangoes, strawberries, apricots, watermelon. We had whetted our appetite with champagne and juice and finished off with tea and coffee. It was a really enjoyable and relaxed way to start the New Year.
Our next adventure was to a Greek Island, transplanted into the middle of QPAC’s Lyric Theatre, where we sang along to the music of ABBA. I’m talking about the musical Mamma Mia, of course. This was vibrant, high energy and fast-paced entertainment. The costumes, lighting effects and music were excellent. The production included the majority of ABBAs famous songs; the words were so well-known that the audience joined in, especially in the encore. Audience members stood up, clapped and sang along. We all left feeling uplifted with the music ringing in our ears.
Our guest speaker at our January meeting was Professor Peter Roennfeldt, who shared with us the story of Madame Mallalieu/Mrs Willmore. This was a really interesting talk and is the subject of a separate post.
Club activities move into full swing from February. Meetings for the book group, scrabble, mahjong, and the gardens group have already been scheduled. Our first tour for the year is to the Mao’s Last Dancer exhibition at the Museum of Brisbane.
Sherwood Probus Club has been going strong since it was established in 2000: many lifelong friendships have been developed over that time. If you’re retired or semi-retired and looking to join a welcoming and active group, come along to one of our meetings. We look forward to meeting you!