What to take and what to keep
JOHN and I made an important decision a couple of months ago, to downsize from our larger home and good size garden on a large house black of land near 200 acres of paddocks, to a smaller unit which we can manage financially better and have less responsibility in the autumn of our lives.
We made this choice based on our aging health and age, and realised that we had seven adult children, who we should not leave the cleaning up to do if anything happened to one of us or both and neither of us could do it alone if one of us died.
These are questions and decisions older folk are making every day, some have said to us, “Good on ya” others, “I admire you, but I couldn’t do it.”
Or “After I’m gone my family can figure it all out, or “It’s too hard for me after 40 years to do that.”
So, John and I have decluttered a lot of stuff and packed up lots of furniture, shed and household items and we moved into our smaller unit on Tuesday, October 10, with loads of help by members of the Nagambie Lakes Men’s’ shed (of which John is a member.)
We have moved just up the road to Kelvingrove Village, but it still means taking lock, stock and barrel of what we need/want there, and having a garage sale on October 21, to hopefully sell much of the stuff from the shed and house and garden we don’t need, or cannot take with us, then placing our larger home on the market and up for auction in November..
Now what could I do with years of my memorabilia? My 33 years of newspaper writing clippings, photos and major events records that I have organised or run, so I began giving out/back things to local groups and schools and church and such.
When I lived in Avenel as Diane Laverie, I met Lindsay and Helen Donaldson of the Euroa Gazette in the 1980s, and I took over writing the Activities in Avenel column from a very ill Olga Harrison and articles on Avenel for the Seymour Telegraph and running many groups there from 1984-1991.
Then I wrote the full page Seymour Telegraph’s “Seymour Social Scene” and many articles regularly from 1990-2000 under my By Line Diane Laverie.
For a month or so, I have been going through my news clipping scrapbooks, and the wonderful memories of all I’ve written about or taken pics of has come flooding back to me.
I have 20 years at least of writings on Seymour, 14 scrapbooks completed of cuttings or folders for Seymour museum from 1991 and 16 years of cutting in folders for Nagambie museum.
Things have changed since I typed up “double space”, on paper, a column or article on my little Olivetti typewriter, and this piece was collected from my home in Avenel each Friday to be retyped up by the journo in Seymour or Euroa, for the following week’s paper.
In the early 1990’s I got an electric typewriter and that was quicker and sent to TAFE to learn to use a computer. I started work at the army camp at Puckapunyal and learnt their computer systems there. I also started contributing to their “Boomerang” magazine.
Then from about mid 90’s I went to the paper office each Saturday arvo and typed up my column on their cyber graphic computer. I used my own Canonette camera for taking photos (Black and white) and I took the film up to Karl Mikainis the photographer in Seymour, to develop, and to learn how to be a good photographer.
No home computers or emails then. Just gathering the news and 7000 birthdays and 2000 anniversaries in my book and working on the cyber graphic machine that sent to the news to Shepparton or sending hard copy of pics to their office for printing.
I bought my first home computer in the late 1990’s, and thanked God for emails.
From 1984 to 1998 I used my small Canonette camera, then bought a Pentax MZ50 SLR and progressed through other cameras until about 2008 I started to use digital and film concurrently, for weddings, deb balls, newspaper and photography jobs..
I married John Grant in October 2000 and taught him how to use the Pentax MZ50, so I could be in some pics when we travelled or in news or family shots.
I continued to write the Social Scene page as Di Grant, which changed its format in the mid 2000’s to the “District Diary” page for Seymour, Avenel, Nagambie, Broadford and Puckapunyal and surrounds. I received my 15 year McPherson newspaper award in Shepparton way back when!
I have been doing the Nagambie Notes and articles since 2001 and I had a great association with Paul Rieusset at the Gazette and at the same time, became the editor of the Puckapunyal army magazine, “The Boomerang” from 2004-2012 after I retired from the Army job which also included media coverage from 1992-2004.
Now what to do with my newspaper clippings of scribblings or Pucka magazines?
I decided to donate them to two museums. Seymour and Nagambie.
On Monday, 9 October, I handed over the first installment of 14 scrapbooks to Wayne Herring, Secretary of the Seymour and District Historical Society for them to store and display. Next will be, after I finish sorting 16 years worth in folders of Nagambie news to their Museum.
So my work is not wasted, and historically all the hatches, matches, dispatches, anniversaries, thousands of stories of local groups, Australia Day, “Someone Special” awards, hundreds of groups, schools, church news, many festivals and all sorts of news will be kept for posterity.
Now to start on my 1000’s of photos. Wish me luck. I will still do some writing and pics, and my celebrant work. So I will still be around and luckily can still see paddocks from my new home.
Bronwyn Beadle from Nagambie Healthcare said “The Nagambie Healthcare Rock and Roll Ball was a fantastic night with great auction items sold and lots of fun had by all.
Her son, young William also played with the band and she thinks they will have him back to play with them next time they are in town.
Ms Beadles said “Thanks to all who supported the Rock and Roll Ball fundraiser in anyway.”
The Nagambie Speedway is located 8kms out of Nagambie on the Heathcote-Nagambie Road. The Club has been running for 47 years and is a family orientated club run solely by volunteers.
They run their own club cars and karts which are non-contact and they play host to other classes including Vintage Super Modified, VSC Sports Sedans, VSC Unlimited Chassis Sedans and the “Crash n Bash” Association which involves legal crashing and bashing.
Their next meet is on 11-12 November. “Crash n Bash” Opens and Ladies. Also racing from Nagambie, Opens, standards and dirt karts.
Inquiries regarding the club. Kerry O’Brien. 0413 643 924. firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, November 11,
NAGAMBIE SPEEDWAY: COMING UP:
Sunday, December 3, Avenel Community Christmas Carols. Avenel Hall.
Wednesday, December 13, Nagambie Primary School’s Grade 6 Graduation dinner. Nagambie Golf Club. Details school 5794 2608.
Thursday, December 14. Combined Community Christmas Tea at the Nagambie Golf Club. For those isolated, who live alone, or are housebound. Details Di Grant. 5794 1720 or Ronda Richards 5794 2382 or Finola Price 5794 2941.
December 20, St Joseph’s Graduation and end of year Mass. St. Malachy’s 5pm. 5794 2608
December 20: Nagambie Primary School’s concert. 5794 2273.
The Community House’s Ukelele Group has planned on Sunday, November 26, a music and winery cruise “Uke” and “Just Strings” groups. Early bookings to Chris Ellis.
On Mondays, the community garden has their produce on show for locals to view, help maintain or buy. Go along from 10am for a fresh vegetable bargain.
COMMUNITY HOUSE: CONCERTS, SHOWS, FUNDRAISERS:
November 10: The King is coming to town; Royal Mail Hotel is presenting the Elvis Tribute show performed by Damian Mullins. Dinner and show $40. Limited numbers. 5794 2488.
Sunday, November 12. Avenel School’s clearing sale and fete.
Saturday, December 2, INXSIVE show at Royal Mail Hotel. 5794 2488
On Saturday, 11 November, Nagambie Rock and roll group’s social 50-50 dance. “Rockin Nagambie” 8pm-midnight. Nagambie mechanics hall.
Dance the night away to entertainment by Trevor Dennis and enjoy a huge range of much loved dance styles; rock and roll ballroom, Latin American, and more.
Bookings/pre-payment to Christine. 0499 995 380. A plate of supper please.
The Lions Club of Nagambie and District Inc. will be meeting in the daytime now, on the first Monday of each month, St John’s hall. Details. M.Wilson on 0455 441 361.
Friday, December 8, Lions Club Community Christmas Carols by Candlelight. Buckley Park. Free sausage sizzle. Gold coin donation.
An enjoyable trivia night was held at St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in their hall on Friday, 27 October.
John and I and Will and Hunter called ourselves the Good, the Bad and the Ugly” Team and came out on top as the winning team.
Monday, November 20, Diocese of Wangaratta’s MU AGM and Coffee Morning. 10am. Purbrick hall. BYO lunch and donations for trading table please.
Thursday, November 23, Anglican Parish of Central Goulburn’s MU annual meeting, Christ church 10.30am Seymour. Bring and share lunch to follow.
Sunday, November 26, Anglican parish priest, Fr Gary Atherton’s anniversary celebrating 30 years since his ordination. 10.30am service followed by bring and share lunch in Christ Church hall Seymour.
Ecumenical POUR service. Friday, December 1, Tennis clubrooms, UC hosts. Noon then lunch.
Thursday, December 7, Annual MU Carols and lessons and communion service. St Paul’s Avenel. 11am. Followed by lunch at Royal mail Hotel, Nagambie... Details Karen Atherton 5799 0283.
A grandmother’s love to her grandchildren is as deep and natural as the love she felt toward her own children.
NAGAMBIE ROCK AND ROLL DANCE: LIONS CLUB: CHURCH NEWS: THOUGHTS FOR THE WEEK:
HANDING OVER HAPPY MEMORIES: Diane Grant handed over scrapbooks and folders from 1991 of her news work to Wayne Herring, secretary of the Seymour and District Historical Society for posterity. Nagambie Museum will be the next recipient of her 16 years of writing for them.