Monday, November 28, 2016

Retired Ministry Fellowship

This morning our Retired Ministry Fellowship had an end-of-year function at East Geelong Uniting Church - about 25 of us, with small gifts for each one, ( I wrapped up necklaces, one from a Maldon op-shop!) morning tea, Advent hymns, a catered lunch (which I missed because of the book-club lunch) and an excellent devotion based on the Jesse Tree, beautifully organised by Margaret and Malcolm Campbell. This is a lovely group of mainly elderly men and women who have worked in ministry up to retirement and I have known most of them for many years. They are kindly people, interested in how I am going after Peceli's death last December. I didn't take the camera but this image gives you the idea of a Jesse tree which uses symbols to tell the story leading up to the Christmas Nativity.

Brioche Cafe Geelong

Today our book club had our final meeting for the year, discussed a book La's Orchestra Saves the World
by Alexander McCall Smith, decided on eight books for next year, and had a lovely lunch at Brioche cafe in Newtown. Excellent meals for from $13 to about $17 in a very neat environment. It's in West Fyans Street Newtown, before you turn for the bridge to the Balliang Sanctuary. Website:

Geelong Brioche Cafe & Catering is in the Heart of Newtown offering beautiful coffee, food and catering. Come in for a bite or drop in for a catering quote.

Thursday, November 03, 2016

An angel at the gate

We occasionally go over to Eastern Cemetery - two minutes by car from home -  to tidy Peceli's grave and put down some flowers. It's located in the grass section, no large stones, and a flat metal plaque will be placed there by Christmas. At the entrance via McKillop Street we are greeted by this lovely statue of an angel.  I usually don't like statues like this nor all those stone carvings and blocks, but I think this one is nice.

Bad weather in Geelong

This late winter, early spring has seen stormy weather and very little sunshine in Geelong, and at times damage to roads, houses and trees.
After sunshine came the wind and the rain. During our concert the lights flickered a few times and we thought they would actually go out, but of course the band could have played on! A huge pine tree came down in nearby Eastern Park yesterday,.
Jessica Michels takes a closer look a fallen tree in Geelong's Eastern Park. Picture: Glenn Ferguson.
Change whips Geelong region after sunshine
October 31, 2016 9:56am
BUILDINGS were damaged, trees felled and power lost at thousands of homes after strong winds whipped Geelong on Sunday.
A pleasant sunny stretch gave way to wild wind gusts of more than 70kmh, as the temperature dropped from more than 24C into the mid-teens.
Buildings in Lara and Geelong West, including a Pakington St menswear business, sustained damage and trees came down across multiple suburbs.
The State Emergency Service was called to a gum tree that fell on a home in Ocean Grove, while a roof began lifting off a shopping centre in Torquay.
More than 4200 homes in Leopold, Moolap, Newcomb, Clifton Springs, East Geelong, Hamlyn Heights, Drysdale and Whittington lost power as the cold change swept through from 3pm.
Power to the 1447 affected homes in Leopold were restored within half an hour, but outages in other areas dragged on longer.
About 80 Powercor customers were affected when a tree brought down powerlines in Quamby Av, Hamlyn Heights
A fallen pine tree also blocked Holt Rd in Geelong’s Eastern Park.
Geelong State Emergency Service duty officer David Brown said units had been called to half a dozen incidents but none had been severe.
Sunday’s wind also raised dust levels, with the Environment Protection Authority warning that poor air quality would potentially continue into Monday.
Strong winds are expected to continue across the Geelong and Surf Coast region today, with possible showers and hail.
Rain is also likely to fall in the region on Melbourne Cup Day, with a top of 18C expected.

Fixed account

A knowledgable young man has fixed my account so now I can post again, so I'll write something soon.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Almost a flood in Geelong

With all the heavy rains each day in Geelong there's a possibility of flooding in parts of Geelong with several road already closed. At Fyansford the river is really running now at Buckley's Falls.  And down near Lorne there have been land-slips onto the Great Ocean Road, and towns such as Birregurra are flooded.

Friday, September 09, 2016

Congratulations Neil
7 September 2016 | Tennis Victoria A long-standing member of tennis in Geelong, Neil Lamond has received a Tennis Victoria Highly Commended Tennis Service Award for his ongoing involvement with a number of different tennis associations.
The award aims to recognise volunteers for their outstanding and exemplary service to the sport, with only a select number presented each year.
Neil’s involvement in tennis began in 1965, when he joined the Geelong District Churches Tennis Association Senior Competition Committee, where he remains today. He has spent a number of years in many different roles, including President, Vice-President, Treasurer and Secretary.
Neil was a prominent figure in the re-forming of the Geelong East Uniting Tennis Club in 1977, with the club naming a pavilion in his honour in 2010. Unfortunately, the land the club occupied was sold, however Neil was a driving force in finding a new site for the club in Breakwater.
In 1990, Neil became the Senior Competition Recorder of the Geelong District Churches Tennis Association, where he implemented an elaborate computer program that is still used today in all three of their competitions. He remains in this position today.
Neil retired from playing tennis in 2012 due to injury, but remains as the Senior Secretary at Geelong East. Neil’s outstanding contribution to tennis in Geelong for over a half-century is why he is a worthy recipient of a Highly Commended Tennis Service Award.
We would also like to congratulate Nigel Wilson, Bernie Morris and Des Bath, who each received a Tennis Service Award. All three have devoted a huge amount of time and effort to tennis in the region for the Geelong District Churches Tennis Association.

Friday, September 02, 2016

A time to be planting

A piece of writing from Ecclesiastes is popular at weddings, funerals, and special occasions and I wonder why because it is rather dispiriting, the positives and negatives of life. Perhaps we do need both to understand that life does have contrasts. A time to be planting.... and the reckoning when the bouganvillea is dying. How different and how sad.  ;Yesterday my son started demolishing the almost dead bouganvillea in front of our house, one part had even rooted into the rooftop. Very prickly and tangled, but it was time.

New International Version
A Time for Everything
1There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
2a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
4a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
5a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
6a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
7a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
8a time to love and a time to hate,

a time for war and a time for peace.

An art exhibition opening

This evening we went to the Hub (Karingal) in East Geelong for the launch of an art exhibition by Lindy Banner, an artist from Jan Juc, with her lovely acrylic and collage works, some framed, some on large canvases, and all related to flowers. The prices were mainly about $650 but I didn't see any red stickers for sold early in the evening, maybe later. Here are some photos I took.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Gardening at East Geelong Church

Volunteer gardeners tidied up the flower beds at the East Geelong Uniting Church the other day.  Plans are afoot to really create a nicer environment for our local church by more garden ideas.  One possibility is to work with horticultural course students. As there's no fencing one problem is that vandals might pull up new plantings. Wouldn't it be good if neighbours could plant vegetables near the roads in our suburb to share. Members of our church do share goods from their back gardens  - yesterday we were given broccoli and spinach - excellent for my iron needs for good health.  Here's a picture of the helpers at the recent working bee. After their efforts they enjoyed a rich chocolate cake, thanks to Rob.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Whittington Strings in Geelong

The Whittington Strings is a project initiated by our East church to assist a group of boys and girls to learn to play the violin, cello and double bass. Whittington Primary School is in a suburb where there is a lot of disadvantage and it's a super project to upskill children and give them confidence. Two boys have even joined a community strings group. Today our church council members visited the school and saw the music practice session and then two lads played for us in the staff room where we had our Council meeting and lunch. Great. I took a few photos including a couple of large paintings in the corridor.