Seniors Long Weekend At Busselton - 19th to 22nd November 2010
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Twentysix happy faces met at the Transwa Coach Station in East Perth at 8 a.m., well in time for the 8.30 departure. Robena made sure that we were all seated together. It was a glorious day and the drive pleasant, with one stop at the usual Service Station. Of course, we being Burmese, could not wait to get our goodies out and before long, packets and tubs of various tidbits were passed down the line and eating and drinking never stopped. We arrived at Busselton Coach Station at approximately 12.45 p.m. and Murray, the Proprietor of Churchill Guest House, our home for the next 3 days, was there to meet us with his 8 seater. It took him 3 trips to get us all to the GuestHouse. It then took Robena half an hour to get us all settled in our respective rooms/beds!! After some refreshments, including more tidbits, in the "canteen room", where coffee and tea are always available, we headed for the town and shops, which are all close by and did some shopping, etc. We went back in time for showers and dinner. Thereafter we all assembled in the very comfortable and big enough lounge and did some dancing, then some singing, including carols, with me on the guitar and Alice Wemyss on the mouthorgan. We also had a ''TAMBOURINIST'' and a ''MARACARIST'' to keep the beat and everyone had a great time.
Before I go any further, I must mention here that Denise and Bryan Alexander were determined to join us on this trip and as there was no more room at Churchill, they stayed at a motel close by and joined us in all our activities. So we had them with us all the time, except meal time and sleeping time!
Saturday - the next day. After a good breakfast at 8 in the morning, Sam got us to do some Tai Chi in the courtyard and all those who took part felt much better for it.Then what do you think we did - off to the shops, of course, for more shopping and shopping! Alice Wemyss and Helen Cappeau did something more in the afternoon. They joined the oneman band, singing along with him at the park in the shopping area. (We Burmese are always ready to sing and have some fun). We got back to our 'home'' in time for a shower and change and went to the 6.30 pm Mass at the Catholic Church close by. The service was very nice, but Father was not very pleased when most of us rushed out before the service had ended, leaving the Church almost half empty, in order to get back to Churchill for our dinner, which Murray had kindly agreed to serve at 7.30 instead of the usual time of 7pm. It was raining then and those who did not run or walk back, took advantage of the ''Alexander Taxi Service'' (Bryan Alexander). Talk about service with a smile - that is Bryan Alexander.
Cheryl and Bevan Morris also arranged to be with us in Busselton for that weekend, staying with friends. So they came along on Saturday night for bingo. Robena did the calling, getting totally confused between 28 and 38 (had too much port and lemon, I think!) and surprise, surprise, who do you think took most of the winnings? - the Brownlies, of course! Following Bingo and (guess what?) more refreshments and tidbits, we played some games like Irish Whispers and Poor Pussy (introduced by Alice) and this kept everyone screaming with laughter and quite a few of our ladies almost wet themselves with so much of laughing. By 11 p;m. most of us were tired and ready for bed, but the movie fanatics stayed up and watched, I am told, a very good Indian film till 2 a.m. per kind favour of our Fay Quinlivan!
Have to add my two cents worth, our Bryan has some hidden talent, because he entertained us with singing Burmese songs also Willy Tresham and it was so very nice to hear them sing and our ladies joined in and I'm sure a lot of memories flooded in. It's a real credit to our seniors as no one sat out of the activities, everyone joined in which made it so special. Denise was our bar-maid on Saturday night and maybe I got a little bit confused with 28 & 38, but they all knew what I meant.
Sunday - 8 a.m. breakfast and then to the markets for a short ''look around" and perhaps pick up a bargain or two again. Back to Churchill in time for the guided coach tour from 11 am to 4 pm. We had a wonderful and most informative driver/guide and our first stop was Meelup beach, where we had our packed lunch with a tea/coffee/biscuits/cake service by the coach company. Some of us then went along and wet our feet in the sea and climbed the rocks near by. It was good fun. The driver then took us to the Olive Oil Farm and Soap Factory, where most of us stuffed ourselves silly with the samples, I have to say they all tasted so yummy, we who tasted the most did not feel too bad as we had some very generous buyers in the shape of Sandra, Jennifer & Shirley. we then were taken to the Lavender Farm and Winery, which were both very interesting and where some of us almost emptied our pockets. On the way back we touched in at the famous Simmos in Dunsborough for icecream and got back to Churchill at about 4.30 p.m., having enjoyed the outing. Some of us then had a rest, whilst others chatted along till dinner time at 7 p.m.. After dinner we all gathered in the lounge for our last 'sing-a-long'', which was wonderful and enjoyable. I must say that a few more sessions like this and I will be able to take my people to sing in Albert Hall!! We closed the evening with great jokes, told mainly by Sam Pigott, Willie Tresham and Alice Wemyss.
Our thanks go to Denise for suggesting the tour, otherwise it would have been a boring old day.
Monday morning - Breakfast at 8 and then got ready to be at the coach station by 10 a.m. Most of us walked to the station, because we still wanted to make sure we hadn't missed out on any more bargains and Murray took care of our baggage and those who could not walk. Our journey back was also very pleasant, and we arrived at East Perth 15 minutes earlier than expected. What a group and what a fun-filled weekend we all had.
P.S. There were no mishaps, except the one on Saturday afternoon, when Sam lost Estelle and Helen whilst shopping and they had to find their own way back to Churchill. No one was to blame, really, because Sam thought they were with the rest of the party and we thought they were with Sam. The poor man got a mouthful from both the ladies. But all was forgiven by the evening.
Well, a big THANK YOU to Robena for helping me to organise and run this outing and a big, big THANK YOU to all of you who came along, for being so good, pleasant, happy and contented during our three days together. I believe the esprit de corps that exists among our Seniors and ''Junior Seniors'' is second to none. Three cheers for us all and the Burmese Association.
We do have to mention our Junior Seniors, Denise, Fay, Sandra, Christine and Jennifer, who helped us with the older ones in more ways than one. Thank you once again girls as I told them that they were being groomed to take over later.