Wed 55 years
Congratulations to Owen and Pam Corby, (nee Lutton) celebrating their Emerald wedding anniversary. They were married on January 18, 1958 in Cronulla. Pam was a charming bride, wearing a long gown of lace, complete with train. She was attended by her sister-in-law Judith Corby wearing blue. Owen was attended by his brother Eric as best man.
They made their home in Sydney for a few years, then moved to Jindabyne East in 1964, until last week when they made a final move to reside in Berridale.
They raised a family of six; Suzanne, Owen Jnr, Jeffrey, Alexander, Julie and Peter, and now have 16 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren aged between eight weeks and six years. Owen and Pam enjoyed Christmas in Sydney with their daughter Suzanne and Ron and family who travelled down from Mackay, Queensland. Owen and Pam enjoy travelling and do at least three trips away each year. In February they go to June, in April Shellharbour and the Gold Coast in the spring, already lined up.
On January 18 - 55 years later - Owen and Pam celebrated with a few family and friends at a luncheon party at the Bowling Club at Jindabyne. Best man Eric was present with his wife Bridgit, but an apology came from the bridesmaid Judith from Taree who was unable to come. They received many cards and phone calls. Congratulations from all your many Monaro friends.
Margaret's motor bike adventures
Cooma's groovy great grandmother, 88-year-old Margaret Kellond, enjoyed a one hour ride with Glen, on his Harley Davidson, whilst holidaying for three weeks in Newcastle with her daughter Janet and Colin Mackay and family (and also for Christmas). They toured the sights of Newcastle, Honeysuckle Drive, the beaches, foreshore, Hunter Street and the main drag, also King Edward Park high on a cliff with a steep drop to the waters below. Margaret looked calm and relaxed after her first ever motor bike ride. (I think she's a dare devil.)
Cooma Day VIEW doings
The year ended on a happy note in December with a cocktail party hosted by president Marilynne Weston and her husband Bob, at their home. Due to the success of this function both socially and financially, and also the "Christmas Wrap," members were very pleased to be able to sponsor a third learning for life student from an underprivileged family. Don't forget the first meeting for 2013, this Thursday January 24, the theme is Australia Day. Wear your red, white and blue or green and gold. To book or cancel ring Lois on 6452 3415.
A date for your diary
Snowy Hydro and Lions 20th Charity Art Show, in conjunction with Monaro Art Group will be on again. Exhibition entries open on Monday, January 28 at the Raglan Gallery and close February 7.
The grand opening is at 3pm at the Gallery on February 10. Prizes range from $250 to $300. All welcome!
Happy hour was a "hit" at the Home
Residents gathered in the Arthur Miles lounge room recently at the Sir William Hudson Nursing Home for the first "happy hour" for 2013. Entertainment was provided by Michael Egan playing euphonium Kevin Burke on mouth organ and Jim Flynn on saxophone, playing lively old favourite tunes. Popular staff member, Monica George kept the residents in a merry mood, assisted by Natasha. Tasty savouries and finger food complemented their drinks. Among those enjoying the afternoon were: Betty Delandvo, John Swinney, Alan Reid, Vonnie Hedger, Mona Wilson, Pam Coleman, Val Thompson and Jean Hegewald. Be ready again folks, on Friday January 25, The Cooma Probus ladies look forward to serving afternoon tea, with more musicians to entertain.
A cruise of a lifetime
Five locals and a Sydney sider boarded the Sea Princess with more than 2000 passengers and another local couple boarded the Voyager of the Seas with 3000 passengers, recently for a cruise to New Zealand. Heading east across the Tasman, first port of call was the Bay of Islands - a most northerly tip of the North Island. This region is historically significant as nearby, Paihia is where the Waitangi treaty was signed between the British and Maori in 1846, ensuring the Maori rights.
Some climbed aboard a small boat to visit Russell, a popular holiday and world renowned big game fishing resort, which was also one of the first European settlements in New Zealand. Next day - Auckland, the largest city and principal port and a very pretty harbour, with lots of boats. The city is built on unique landscape with cones, craters and lakes climbing the area due to eruptions from the volcanic field long ago.
Day trips were possible to see the Waitomo Grotto and glow worm caves.
Day 6, it was Tauranga, gateway to the nearby geothermal city of Rotorua, with bubbling mud pools and spouting geysers, or a day trip available to see shearing in action at the Agrodome or see Maori culture at the Tamaki Maori village with traditional arts and crafts and hunting techniques and a cultural performance. Christchurch was taken off the itinerary since the tragic earthquake but an organised trip was available by bus. Akaroa a small quaint village founded in 1840 as a French colony, still has traces of its origins in early architecture and street names. I believe a Cooma couple live there now, the Epsteins.
Day 7, it was Napier to visit, after a devastating earthquake levelled it in 1931, it was rebuilt in the style of the times making Napier the city with the biggest collection of Art Deco for which is it renowned. Being there on a Sunday they had people dressed in long dresses, suits and hats of the 1930s to greet the tourists, displays of classic old cars, and one could wander around in the many art deco buildings, or listen to great entertainers in the street, singing and playing banjos and musical instruments also tours in the Hauked Bay to sample the local famous flavours of wine, cheese, ice cream apples and stone fruit and the Silky Oaks Chocolate Company.
Wellington next port, New Zealand's capital city, was decked out with Christmas decorations and beautiful department stores. You could learn about the ancient Maori in the Te Papa Museum or go on a fur seal safari or on a town tour to see iconic sites where Lord of the Rings movies were filmed. It is also noted for being it's beautiful harbour.
Dunedin was fascinating. New Zealand's second largest city and oldest, with its Scottish Heritage, population 123,000 one of the Scottish hemisphere's best preserves Victorian and Edwardian cities. In 1848 Scottish migrants settled here, and gave it the Celtic name for Edinburgh - Dunedin. Baldwin Street is the world's steepest street and annually it hosts the "gutbuster race." The Railway Station is architectural grandeur not to be missed. Flemish Renaissance-style architecture, the country's most photographed building. The kilometre long platform dates back to the early 1900s.
It was from here, some enjoyed a half day trip on the Taieri Gorge Railway, construction began in 1879, but due to economic depression was not fully completed until 1921. The steepness required high bridges and tunnels all built with pick and shovels. The steep mountain countryside was a picture - covered in yallow broom and gorse in full bloom, also some lupins. Then it was goodbye to Port Chalmers, the deep water port of Otago. It was here in 1822 the first shipment of frozen meat was sent to England on the ship Dunedin.
On day 10, located on the South Island Fiordland National Park made up mainly of hard crystalline rocks going back 500 million years. Intense heat and pressure deep in the earth's crust, fragmented by faulting and molten volcanic rock. Submerged under the sea bed have created areas of sandstone, and limestone, seen in Te Anau-au Caves. Over the next 2 million years - the glaciers formed, gouging, deepening and rounding U-shaped valleys, many of which are now lakes or fiords.
It was a breathtaking experience to sail through Milford Sound, with both the Sea Princess and Voyager of the Seas anchored on the same day and to see the snow capped peaks, lush greenery, waterfalls and magic scenery of the national park.
Apart from the very interesting ports of call, entertainment every night was most exciting with singers, dancers, musicians, a comedian, a magician, movies and more. During the day something was happening nonstop, like aerobics, cards, euchre etc, a Zumba class, acupuncture lectures, ping pong, line dancing, arts and crafts, a choir concert, wine tasting, bingo, carpet bowls, trivia, karaoke, movies and an art gallery boutiques, casino, an internet cafe, lotus spa fitness centre photography and video gallery, a medical centre, and more. Besides the wonderful meals served every day in a smorgasboard, the dining room meals were unbelievable. Any wonder you'd want to go again.