Denise ready to en­joy time off

Cafe owner looks back on good times

Gatton Star - - COMMUNITY LIFE -

Name: Denise Morris

Oc­cu­pa­tion: Re­tired

Age: 64

Mar­i­tal Sta­tus: Mar­ried

What have you en­joyed most about run­ning the Ea­gle Rock Cafe?

The friends we have made, be­com­ing part of their fam­ily, be­ing sup­ported by them and be­ing able to sup­port them.

Why did you de­cide to get in­volved with the cafe?

We got out of ho­tels and be­cause of my his­tory with food it was nat­u­ral to carry that on.

What are you most look­ing for­ward to about re­tire­ment?

Be­ing able to at­tend fam­ily events and spend time with the fam­ily and my hus­band.

Have you met any­one fa­mous, who and when?

Ross Wil­son and the band Daddy Cool, some fa­mous band mem­bers from aussie rock bands.

Jeff Thom­son the crick­eter. All have been past cus­tomers of ours over the past 28 years at Ea­gle Rock.

What is your great­est ac­com­plish­ment in life?

To have re­mained hap­pily mar­ried re­gard­less of the hard times we have en­dured.

What’s the best ad­vice you’ve ever re­ceived?

Don’t be con­cerned what ev­ery­one else is do­ing, pay at­ten­tion to what you are do­ing.

What is the one thing you would like to change in the world?

That work­ers re­ceive the recog­ni­tion they de­serve. They should be get­ting all the dis­counts from gov­ern­ment.

I be­lieve you shouldn’t take from the well if you haven’t helped fill it.

Not­with­stand­ing the num­ber how old do you feel and why?

I feel about 26 as I have spent all of my work­ing life with peo­ple that are be­tween 15 and 30 and they have helped me stay young of mind. I will truly miss all my staff for they have given me that.

What is your favourite hobby or recre­ation, and why?

Danc­ing and sew­ing. Danc­ing keeps me fit and we meet lots of happy peo­ple and sew­ing gives me pri­vate time alone with my thoughts. A good bal­ance. What is your hap­pi­est child­hood mem­ory?

Go­ing to the beach with my dad on the bus and say­ing good­bye to all the things at the sea­side from the back seat of the bus. What is your favourite place to visit in the district?

Wil­liam Street – our home.

PHOTO: DO­MINIC EL­SOME

FAREWELL: Garry and Denise Morris closed the doors on the Ea­gle Rock Cafe in Lai­d­ley for the last time on March 31.

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