Nice to see you!

Three major events occurred for me last year (2010), all in the space of about 2 weeks. I turned 50. The following day I got married. Two weeks later, my oldest daughter became pregnant with her first child and my first grandchild.

Most middle-aged people will tell you that in their minds, they still feel 20 something. It's the same for me.

Wasn't it only yesterday that I was planning a night out with guys from the surf club? That gorgeous new perm. Flaired, cuffed denims and the red t-shirt with the off-the-shoulder frill. Corked platform wedgies. **sigh**

Suddenly I'm looking in the mirror and wondering how 30 years can flash by so damned quickly!

So here I am in cyberspace, sharing my genuine shock and horror with anyone who'll listen and maybe I'll even meet some other over 50s who find themselves in the same predicament!

Welcome to my dilemna!!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

A Nice Place to Visit

On my way for coffee this morning, I found some stripes ...

Stripes - Photo 17 of 104
Once upon a time, not that long ago, Thursdays were my favourite day of the week.

Indoor bowls at the local hall, 9am every Thursday.

When we first arrived in town, we joined the Amateur Fishing Club and met a lot of other 'new' locals. Not as new as us, but new, just the same.

It was very successful for us and we found a wonderful group of friends with whom we now socialise regularly.  It was the perfect way to introduce ourselves to the new area.

Not long after that, during my morning walk, I met the boys at the Seat of Knowledge, and one of them invited me to Indoor Bowls.

It took me a while to gather my courage, but eventually I decided it was time to be strong and just do it!

It was one of those horrible, nerve wracking experiences!  As I got closer to the hall, the noise from the crowd within got louder and I really had to push myself to walk in the door.

One of the ladies looked up as I entered and immediately walked over to me and introduced herself.  She introduced me to some other people there and when I told her that I'd never bowled before, she gave me a quick run down of the rules and showed me how to bowl along the indoor mats.

I had a couple of practise shots before the games began and by the time we all started bowling, I felt very comfortable and very welcome.

Most of the people in the hall, were locals who had lived in town for anywhere between ten and fifty years and the majority of them had lived in the general area, within a fifty kilometre radius for their whole lives.

They all had so many stories to tell and they were warm caring people who welcomed new comers with open arms.

For the first couple of years, I planned my whole week around Thursdays and only very special circumstances could make me miss bowls!  That's how nice the people of this town are!

Just recently, there have been lots of new people and tourists attending, so that it's very crowded.  This makes the hall very noisy and very hot.  It takes much longer to finish the games and it's difficult to have conversations with so much noise and kerfuffle.

Even though the same old locals are still there, it's lost it's appeal for me, because the newcomers have almost taken over.  It just doesn't feel as intimate.

Anyway, today I decided to drop in and say hi and while I was there, took a few shots of the layout.

A Sporting Event - Photo 18 of 104
This then became my 'Sporting Event' photo for my 104 challenge!   It's still a very nice place to visit and the local ladies are still just gorgeous :D

Once again, it was too hot for pedalling around town, so after a short ride I found my way home to our empty house - Adoring Husband was at golf in Maryborough - and I had a nice relaxing morning at home.

I've been spending a lot of time in the facebook group that I started for the '104 Things to Photograph in 404 days' challenge.

As of this moment, 107 photos have been posted on the group wall!  I love the enthusiasm that everyone is showing, especially Bubbles and some other family members, but I'm most excited about my brother joining in.

I know that he's been doing it tough in the last few months and I love that he wants to be a part of this group with me.  I hope that he is enjoying it as much as I am and that it's giving him something to look forward to each day.

I look forward to seeing the photos that he is taking with his phone and I wish that he had a DSLR camera because I remember the wonderful shots that he used to take years ago.  Hopefully, one day soon, that will happen!

So that's it for another day with me.  I think I will actually get an early night tonight!  Wonders will never cease!

Nite all.  

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