I am member of the Jindalee Bowls Club. I played the
Life Member Roger Checks the Players List
game for may years. Over that time I won many championships and I am a Past President and Past Chairman of the Club Board. I was President in 1990/1991, during the Club’s Silver Anniversary, and Chairman of the Board some years later. I remember my time in office with a degree of satisfaction.
I was lucky enough to be in Australia for the Annual Past Presidents and Life Members Day on Saturday 20 Sep.
After a brief welcome to the Past Presidents and Life Members, a game of bowls followed.
Welcome to Past Presidents & Life Members
Slot Machines in the Clubhouse
At 4 pm refreshments were taken. I waspleased to be able to attend, although I did not play bowls. It is always a great pleasure to be welcomed back to the Club where I still have many friendsand happy memories.
Thai Consulate in Brisbane
Today I got my new one year non-immigrant multiple entry Thailamd Visa from the Thai Consulate in Brisbane. I needed two passport photographs, a bank statement, $225, and of course my passport. The staff were very busy with many customers. Although I was there about 09:30 am, the visa was not available until 01:00 pm.
Thai Immigration Office in Mae Sai, Thailand
A condition of the visa is, as usual, I must leave the Kingdom and re-enter every 90 days. Twice a year I return to Australia and other times I go to Tachiliek in Myanmar, over the border from Mae Sai in Thailand.
I am considering converting this to a retirement visa. The advantage is that I would not have to leave the country every 90 days but simply report to the immigration office here in Chiang Mai. The disadvantage is that I must lodge 800,000 Baht in a Thai Bank account.
Breaches of visa regulations in Thailand are seen as a serious offence.
This is a picture of my mate, Roger.
Map of the Great Sandy Strait
The Condamine River
Roger and his wife Julie live in Jindalee (as I do) , about a half kilometer away. We are both members of the Jindalee Bowls Club, where Roger is a Life Member. He is a retired Primary School Principal. When I lived in Australia we did a lot of salt water and fresh water fishing. We fished in the Great Sandy Strait, where I had an onsite caravan, and in the west in areas such as the Condamine River. We always had fish in our respective freezers. In fact I used to eat a whole steamed yellow belly (golden perch) every Friday night. My crumbed whiting fillets were legendary.
When I am in Thailand, Roger collects mail from my Post Office box, drives my car occasionally, and keeps a eye on my house. I am very grateful for his assistance. I really don’t know what I would do without his help.
In the afternoon about 5 pm, if it,s hot, (it usually is very hot!) we often have a drink together.
At this time we solve all Australia’s political problems and keep a handle on world affairs. I am sure leaders could learn a lot from us.
John Darling & Son Flour Mill
While in Australia I caught up with my long time friends, John & Lorraine. We all used to work together in the laboratory, many years ago, when I was Chief Chemist at the flour mill of John Darling & Son in Sunshine, Victoria.
Roast Pork & Vegetables
We later all moved to Queensland. Initially John & Lorraine lived on a property at Beaudesert, then later in a beautiful home on Mount Tamborine. Just recently they have downsized to a house at Ormeau, on the Gold Coast. However they spend a great deal of time tripping aroud Australia in their caravan. Our friendship has edured through the years.I visited them for the day and evening. We had a meal of roast pork, cooked on the Webber Bar B Que. Yum!
It is always great to catch up with old friends.
Lorraine & John
Me & John
Lorraine & Me
One of the main reasons for my trip to Australia was to attend the Golden Wedding Anniversary of Gary and Margaret when they renewed thier wedding vows. I was the Best Man at their wedding 50 years ago.
Holy Rood Anglican Church
Gary & Margaret Make Their Vow
The service was held at thr Holy Rood Anglican Church in Oxenford, by the Rev David Dean. The couple joined hands and said together,
” As on our wedding day, we vow , To live together according to God’s Word , To give the honour due to the other, I promise to be true to you In good times and bad , In sickness and in health , To love and to hold you all the days of my life, This is my solemn vow and promise”.
A dinner was served in the adjoining Church Hall. A happy night was celebrated by about 130 family and friends.
P S Marion
They are currently spending their “honeymoon” on a paddle steamer on the iconic Murray river.
Me, Gary, Margaret, Matron of Honour, Bev
Get Me to the Church on Time
Cutting the Cake