It has been an interesting week: Monday 3rd. State Newsletter arrived. Printed it off then went down to the church to photocopy it for distribution. The photocopier started playing up, somehow the settings changed – fixed that (Shredded paper). Started again – paper jam. Fixed that (shredded paper) Second paper jam – cleared that, shredded paper, closed down and went home. AMP Papers arrived, downloaded them to fill in shortly. Annabell started getting things ready for the church Christmas Lunch found her trifle bowl was missing. Last used at Anniversary Service last week. Back to church – opened up gates again – unlocked kitchen and searched for missing bowl. Not found. Closed up and went home. RFDS Meeting ended the day. Temp 28c
Tuesday and we drove all around town looking for a new glass bowl – without success. Made a feeble attempt to clean up the untidy bomb shelter that is sometimes referred to as my office. Picked up ladies and took them and Annabell to the coffee
evening. Collected and took them back home. Temp 32c
Wednesday and I sat and made out RFDS Greeting cards to send to people who have been a help to us over the last year. Had serious brain fade and decided to hand deliver rather than post. Did that. Wrote a thank you letter to the Woodworkers Association for the two Gavels they made and donated to us – signed, sealed and also hand delivered to the far end of town. Official temp 42. Temp on the industrial thermometer under the pergola – 46c.
Thursday decided to make another attempt with the State Newsletter. Clear run. No problems at all. Not having found a new glass bowl by conventional means I suggested we try Lifeline and see if they had anything suitable. They did and I bought it for her. Filled in AMP Papers and took them to the post office for Registered and Express Delivery. Collected Jacket from dry cleaners. Phone call from Adelaide – Husband very unwell and will be operated on soon. Might be a little bit before they are home again. Assured her Dougal was fine – missing her – but fine. and not to worry too much about him. Temp. 40c
Friday. Took Annabell shopping. This took up most of the morning and by the afternoon I was here at the desk writing. Phone call from STRATCO to ask me if the RFDS would be able to help them out on Saturday 15th. Sent email to all members asking for three volunteers. That done – contacted STRATCO and told them we would do it. Annabell reminded me that the church kitchen needed milk and could I attend to that. Supermarket, bought milk, took it to church. We decided that we should put the tree up so I got the boxes from the garage only to find that the support legs for the tree were missing. Searched everywhere for them. Decided to get new tree- not a fiber optic tree to be had anywhere. Without the support legs the tree is unstable. I will have a good search and if I cannot find them, I will drive through to the Port and see what I can find there in the way of a new tree. Temp. 37c
Saturday and Sunday morning it rained and we were having more concerns about the Christmas Pageant and Market. It did clear and although it remained cool it also remained dry, so the pageant and the market were able to go ahead. I was at home and didn’t attend. And here we are, back to Monday again, cold wet and miserable – so much for the summer weather. The Eastern Seaboard battered by storms and it looks as if much of December will be cold and wet. Sumer is coming – have no idea when but it is coming. It’s like a hair shampoo advert that was popular here some years ago with the catch phrase “It wont happen overnight, but it will happen”
I took the dogs out for their walk this morning, I was at home starting to get ready for the three events today. I would be involved in two of them. About 7:30, down it came – heavy rain, no wind but heavy, straight down rain. It didn’t let up but my fundraising was under cover ( not the best of cover, but still cover) and we were mostly protected. The other one was not and they bravely took the rain in their stride. By 11am the thunder started and then some lightening. There was some concern regarding the Children’s Christmas Pageant due to start at 5pm today. There was no let-up in the rain and the thunder so it was decided at 3pm to cancel the Pageant and the After Pageant Fair. It will now take place on the 9th December. Sadly the RFDS Simulator started back to Adelaide and it is unlikely that we will be able to get the simulator back up from Adelaide again. This is a great pity because it’s a great draw-card and it is very popular, giving people`the opportunity to see how the inside of a RFDS aircraft is set up and all the equipment it contains. This also presents problems for the organisers of the After Pageant Fair in that some of the traders who would have been at the Fair will not be able to come back on the 9th December because of other commitments. We will just have to see how things work out, but the decision not to go ahead with the Pageant was the right decision given the weather at the time. Actually it has been raining again today (Monday) I have to get my terminology right and it’s not the After Pageant Fair anymore – it’s the After Pageant Market
Referring back to the last post, I did resign as Secretary four years ago. The person that took over lasted for less than a year, then left and I was asked to take it over again until the AGM and new elections. LOL, I’m still here…
Dougal is still with us and will be here at least until the weekend, perhaps even beyond that, depending what happens in Adelaide. The were home during the week and I spoke to them and it was my suggestion ( and the right one) that Dougal should just stay here until they finish all the medical appointments Adelaide and be back home. I thought that was preferable to him
being moved back and forward – Benji and Dougal get on well so it’s not a problem. — Wife phoned and Sam is not too great and still in hospital. Not very sure about when he would be allowed out and home. She was concerned about the imposition on us. I assured her Dougal was fine and I was happy for him to be here. It was not an imposition in any way and we were happy to help — better here than in some Kennels ( however good they might be)
Since I started writing this we have had an RFDS Workshop which was run by Central Operations during which we were told that it would be unlikely that we would get the simulator back but they would see what they could. Well, they did very well and the Simulator will arrive here on the morning of the 9th and be set up. The tentative date for the Pageant was Saturday 8th Dec. but it turned out that the Ada Ryan Gardens had been booked out for that day with a big wedding and that date could not be moved, so it became Sunday the 9th. I am not sure if I will be able to assist – actually it is unlikely that I will be able to assist. The same will apply the following week – Carols in the Park – which clashes with our own Carol Service at church.
During this coming week we are in for a few days of hot weather somewhere between 28c on Tuesday up to 37c on Thursday and a cooler 30c on Friday. I think the weather should be ok for the children’s Pageant and the Market afterwards. Annabell has not been at her best this last week, so we will have to keep a close eye on her and make sure she does not overdo things. Only two more coffee nights and them they break up until next February.