First stop in Canberra on Valentine's Day for Cooma's Mature Mob was at historic Calthorpe House, Mugga Way, Red Hill. Four well informed guides presented a comprehensive insight into the history of the house built in 1927.
Calthorpes' House is a great example of early Canberra architecture and still exists in its original state with the same furnishings and memorabilia including household appliances, clothing, toys and a pianola, which was played by the guides.
Out of the house, the Cooma Mob enjoyed the garden and were intrigued with the air raid shelter - a reminder of the threat of attack during World War Two.
A sign outside Ainslie Church of Christ (Welcome to our Cooma Friends) was a prelude to the warm welcome and delicious lunch served at Cafe Limestone. Table trimmings of red hearts, balloons and napkins reminded folk of the special day.
The afternoon was spent with five Guides at the National Botanic Gardens. Walkers were led along the paths strewn with native plants from all parts of Australia while those in the 12 seater Flora Explorer bus sat in comfort as their Guide pointed out different and interesting species. All enjoyed a wonderful time of education and fresh air on a beautiful afternoon.
The next Mature Mob outing is to Lockers Happy Valley Museum, Adaminaby and Huts of the High Country with a National Parks Ranger on Thursday April 4. Contact Heather (6454 4305) for bookings. Mature Mob is an Initiative of the Anglican Parish of Cooma