Grin and ‘bare’ the rain
Righto, which of our farmers did a rain dance in the nude last week?
By the look of the water around Owen farmer, Andrew Parker’s place, I’d say he did more than one dance! Or maybe his was just more impressive than others? I am not saying who this is at right. Does he look familiar?
Anyway, the much-needed rain was welcomed by everyone.
And haven’t the nights been cold? But I don’t mind at all. I don’t like really hot weather, and love having our wood fire burning away all day, warming up our house.
Slothing around in my trackies and ugg boots is the best.
And I’ve just changed all the beds over to flannelette sheets.
I was surprised though when a friend said she didn’t like flanny sheets! How could you not, Tania?
And another friend said similar. What about you? Let me know!
Cold weather brings out other things though, like snails and mice.
As soon as the weather changes, they come in for warmth and end up under our house.
• A funny thing happened last week as I was returning home from a shuttle run to pick up a vehicle from a paddock.
I was driving a ute home about 8pm when I saw something move on the dashboard. On closer inspection, I saw it was a mouse, but thankfully it was actually outside the window, running along the windscreen wipers.
Luckily I had my wits about me (yes, really) and quickly thought of the only humane thing to do.
I turned on the wipers and shot the mouse clean up onto the roof, and hopefully off the roof and under the path of the ute’s back wheels. Well, it wasn’t clinging onto the roof when I got home, so that was a good sign.
One less to breed and cause havoc in the paddock.
My boys tell me I always talk about rodents or bugs (eg millipedes).
But I’m not obsessed really, it’s just there’s plenty of them around, especially in, or around, our place!
If anyone else has had troubles with bugs or pests, please let me know so I don’t feel lonely!
A new talent in visual arts, Jacquline Pomery, is presenting her first solo exhibition at the Kapunda Community Gallery from May 27 to June 24. The exhibition will show a range of subjects in acrylic, charcoal and textile sculpture.
The town’s Memorial Hall front wall has had a facelift with new rendering now complete. The hall sign, which says “Port Wakefield Memorial Hall”, needs to be put back before the new verandah goes up.
However, there is some confusion as to the true name of the hall – is it the Soldiers’ Memorial or just Memorial?
The “Port Wakefield and District–a history” book, says the Progress Club purchased the building, formerly known as Thomas’ Shop, in 1946, with the intention of converting it into a community hall.
The book says “This was finally achieved on April 5 1947, when the Soldiers’ Memorial Hall was officially opened by the Minister of Agriculture.”
The plot thickens.
So, it appears the “Soldiers’” name should be on, but to be sure, the Community Management Committee is asking if anyone has photos of the original sign to confirm the true name.
Balaklava branch of the Women’s and Children’s Hospital Auxiliary held its 50th birthday celebrations with a dinner at the Royal Hotel on May 9.
Special guests included State President Pauline Arbon, and patrons Colin Milton and Harold Lane.
In the past 50 years, the auxiliary has raised $107,678 which is an excellent effort.
• PICTURED cutting a special birthday cake are Colin (left) and Harold, with oldest current member, Ruth Catford.
After the celebrations, the auxiliary held its AGM.
Elected president was Lorraine Reese and secretary/treasurer Cheryl Reid. Well done girls on your mammoth fundraising efforts over the past 50 years.
M-M-MEMORABLE NIGHT AT OWEN
Mark July 28 in your diaries for the next Owen Hall memorable moment.
Tickets for the “M” themed night, “Magnificent Meal, Marvellous Magician and Much More”, will cost $30 and will be on sale at the hall on June 25 at 10am.
Numbers are strictly limited so don’t miss out.
The Pinto Association of SA (painted horses) will be at the Owen oval on June 10.
Come along and have a look at these coloured horses while enjoying lunch prepared by one of the local community groups.
My favourite band, the SA Police Band, is performing at the Owen Primary School hall at 10am on June 7.
A gold coin donation will give you a delicious morning tea afterwards, provided by the P & F group.
The locals were excited to see new freezers in the local supermarket! (Well, Kristin was anyway.)
And on May 11, the locals had a chance to “Come and See” the new “Bodycore Fitness”, a fully equipped gym in the old Uniting Hall.
Janet Hall will be running the gym, and has a wide range of equipment to suit everyone.
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