good times, good friends

April 4, 2015

There are some days when you sit back and think I’m blessed to have some good people on my life and you never know what lies beyond that corner.

I got into cycling about 18 months ago and get out two to three times a week. After being gathered up by Brisbane Chicks Who Ride Bikes a few weeks ago, I have found an awesome group of supportive ladies who ride. Encouragement, support, and advice are all common-place.

Then I reach out and my friend’s husband volunteers to take me out yesterday. He didn’t think he taught me anything but I picked up a number of hints and tips. All these things will help me become a better rider, keep up with the pack, and get me up them hills with minimal pain.


March 1, 2015

Such a sense of community 🙂

I have just returned from the Gold Coast Bridge Congress, a gathering of 2,500 people who just want to play bridge. We, my bridge partner A and I, never expected to come first as we are only novice players, but we came out better than expected.

We went in ranked 28 out of 35 and finished 22nd! As you can imagine we were very pleased with our result.

But what was even nicer was the encouragement from the more experienced players who belong to our club. At least once a day, someone from our club would find us and ask after our progress. We were a bit shaky to start with but got nothing but encouragement from our club members. Such a sense of community, and something I have not seen from our club before.

So thanks everyone for the support, we had a blast and will be back next year.


volunteering for Anglicare SQ

August 9, 2014

I’ve been thinking about this for a year or two but could not find something that I thought I would like to do. I’d been trawling the volunteer websites but there was nothing in my area that I could do in the weekend.

However, I think I have found something. The government here is increasing the funding for Community Visitor Schemes and Anglicare Southern Queensland are looking for volunteers – so I put my hand up. I have finished the self paced workbook, done the face to face interview, police check completed and just waiting on my reference checks. Fingers crossed I am two phone calls away from being their newest recruit.

All going well I will be allocated a client not too far from where I live who I get to visit each week. Most just like to have a cup of tea and a chat, some people read their mail, others read books or do puzzles – it’s varied depending on the person.

It’s estimated that 8% of people over the age of 65 years are socially isolated, so hopefully my visiting will be able to brighten up someone’s day. Fingers crossed my application is successful