Well Easter has come and gone already, hope you had a good one.
Our annual holiday was a great success, all 35 members who boarded the XPT at Seymour station on the morning of March 12 were eager to get on their way. They were not disappointed, the train journey was great.
The service and the pre-ordered meals were good and if desired we could top up at the diner carriage.
Our accommodation in Sydney was within walking distance of Central Station, so we were soon settled in for the week. Our activities included a Sydney Harbour Cruise; The Big Bus tour around Sydney; Paddy’s Market was in the same block as our hotel; the Fish Market was handy for a lovely lunch; and The Riverboat Postman cruise up the Hawkesbury River delivering mail on the way was interesting.
We had plenty of time to explore and do some shopping or, as two lovely ladies did, head to Bondi beach.
The temptation to go for a paddle was too great for them; unfortunately they were both ‘‘dumped’’.
A lifeguard was on hand to ensure they were okay. They sheepishly returned looking like drowned rats while plenty of laughter followed. All agreed it was a great trip.
Thanks to Roger Mansbridge who did all the planning and organising; just hope he and Colleen had time to enjoy it themselves.
We also enjoyed a day out at Yea Wetlands, and the weather was good for strolling around the park.
Our next general meeting is on April 17, and the guest speaker will be Seymour Hospital chief executive officer Chris McDonnell.
Bookings and payment are due for the overnight trip to Bright on April 23: $90 per person, includes bus, accommodation and breakfast.
On May 6 we are going to Flowerdale Estate for High Tea. This car-pooling outing leaves from Yooralla (aka gate) car park at noon.
On May 24 there is a bus trip to Portarlington then ferry to Docklands where the bus will meet us again.
June 28 will be a visit to Rippon Lea Estate.
All bookings to Heather or Moira.
— Lyn Hadfield,