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Warning: Naturally the sad passing of Diamond Jim
Waterman, Manager of Bell Park Caravan Park and much loved friend to so many,
has taken priority on this page, as have memorial events relating to Jim.
Thus other articles lower down the page are out of sequence; some were written
before Jim's death which could cause confusion.
Bell Park News
Bell Park devastated by the death of Jim Waterman
'Diamond' Jim Waterman, the man who made Bell Park what it is, sadly passed
away just before midnight on Sunday, 15th June 2014. Jim's wife, Sue,
and his two daughters, Lisa and Nicole, were at his bedside in the Mater
All at Bell Park were devastated by Jim's death and our hearts go out
to his family. Jim was a larger-than-life figure who commanded love and
respect from those who knew him. 'Ten feet tall and bulletproof' was a
phrase sometimes used to describe Jim; unfortunately cancer is no respecter
of people no matter how strong. Nobody ever fought this evil disease harder
than Jim who, right until the end, still believed he would beat it.
Last year some of Jim's greatest friends and admirers named the top road
in Bell Park 'Diamond Jim Drive' in his honour and erected a street sign
bearing that name. The sign is the first thing that meets the eye of all
who enter the Park. It has become a small monument to a very big man.
Farewell Jim, you leave a huge gap in all our hearts.
Jim was cremated at Rockhampton on Monday, 23rd June. That afternoon his
life was celebrated at the Pine Beach Hotel.
Jim's Farewell Service ...
Jim's funeral service was very well attended. The chapel, which has a capacity
of about one hundred and sixty, was packed, with more mourners standing outside
the open doors.
The service, which commenced with 'Oh Very Young' by Cat Stevens,
was conducted by Sister Maria whom Jim had met many times during his stays
in the Mater Hospital. After her welcome, Sister Maria invited Jim and Sue's
granddaughters to each place a symbol of Jim's life on the coffin:
Kirah placed a sash to represent Jim's love of cycling in his earlier
Grace placed a cup to represent Jim's love of sailing.
Emma placed a pass to the Canton Fair to represent Jim's love of travel.
Lorna Rossiter then read some heart-rending words from Sue about her beloved
Jim. Lionel Miles read the eulogy and Jim and Sue's daughter, Lisa, delivered
a tribute to her father. She was supported at the rostrum by her sister, Nicole.
Lisa, considered by many to be the epitome of Jim, managed to inject a little
humour into her dissertation, the light relief appreciated by all.
Towards the end of the service, photos of Jim at different times of his life
were projected onto the wall.
To finish, the congregation was invited to take a drink-can ring-pull from
a bag provided and place it on Jim's coffin in place of the more traditional
rose petal. As Sister Maria explained, it was a fitting token as Jim and Sue
had collected thousands of ring-pulls over the years to be melted down and
used in the construction of wheel chairs. Additionally, of course, Jim was
not averse to opening the odd can of beer himself on occasions.
... and his wake at the Pine Beach Hotel
Jim's wake was held during the afternoon and, like the earlier service, was
well attended. Lionel Miles read out tributes from Jim's lifetime of friends
and those that were present were invited to take the microphone. Several did
and the tales they told of Jim's past were many and varied, some going back
to his schooldays when he was a prefect. The overall effect on those present
was one of amazement; how could one man fit so much into one lifetime? How
did Jim manage to engender such affection and admiration in those around him?
It is normal for friends and associates of a deceased person to speak kindly
of them, emphasising their good points and downplaying their bad. This was
very clearly not the case at Jim's wake! Certainly Jim could be a rogue, but
always a lovable one. He was an athlete in his younger days, coming second
in cycling in the whole of South Australia, his birth state. He was obviously
a very clever man; he designed and built his own racing yacht that triumphed
in races despite the level of intoxication of its crew. His collection of
'toys' and gadgets has become legendary, as have the overseas travels and
tours that he organised.
And so the afternoon faded into evening, sadness and laughter mixing comfortably
as the buffet was washed down by some convivial drinks.
A Thank you from Sue.
At Jim's cremation, donations to the Mater Hospital Oncology Unit were requested
in lieu of flowers. $725 was collected but that figure does not include donations
placed in the envelopes provided and forwarded directly to the Oncology Unit.
Sincere thanks to all who donated.
A Plaque from park patrons
to commemorate Jim
Every regular park patron that was asked was in favour of some sort of commemorative
memorial to Jim. After much thought, a design and wording were decided upon
The diamond shape reflects Jim's nickname.
The plaque is bronze and Jim's picture, taken by Roger Klose, is in ceramic.
It was financed almost entirely by Bell Park patrons because they loved and
respected Jim and wanted to be part of his memorial. Many assisted in its
mounting and positioning. It stands near the barbecue area where Jim used
to socialise with his guests during Happy Hour, a time he made special. Now
he'll always be with us.
An Unsolicited Contribution From The Staff of Leading
Yes, a donation from the staff, not the company, towards the plaque. If I
might quote from an email from Jaime Takagaki, the Store Manager: Customers
like Jim and Sue are the reason we here at LET, Yeppoon, enjoy our jobs so
much. They make it a pleasure for us to come to work every day. Thank you
for allowing us to show our appreciation.
Jaime and friends, we here at Bell Park are very touched by your kind contribution.
Thank you sincerely.
Diamond Jim's Memorial Unveiled
On 19th August the long-awaited memorial to Diamond Jim was completed. Sue
Waterman pulled away a Port Power A.F.L. flag (Jim's team) to unveil the plaque
mounted on a large rock before a substantial number of Bell Park patrons and
guests. Lionel Miles, M.C. for the evening, had sensibly decreed the occasion
was not to be treated as a wake, rather a celebration of Jim's life; the mood
of the evening was to be kept light and so it was.
Keeping it light.
Park patrons and guests at the unveiling.
As dusk descended, Sue unveiled the memorial plaque. Either
side of the plaque
she had placed a model of Jim's Audi and a can of his favourite beer, XXXX
The floodlit plaque.
In jest, Jim had been blamed for several, sometimes inexplicable, things that
had gone wrong with the plaque mounting. It was as if his spirit was still
present and causing mischief, perhaps because he was bored. If so, he certainly
wasn't going to miss an opportunity like that Tuesday evening! The unveiling
and speeches over, a huge amount of food was being prepared on the barbecue
when, without warning, the lights went out. Torches were produced but only
gave minimal light. A car was placed at the back of the barbecue area with
headlights and fog lights shining into the shelter. The power remained off
for about an hour. Good one, Jim. The power failure, if anything, added to
Dining by Car Light - a photo through the windscreen.
During the evening, Barbara, Sue's mother, thanked all in Bell Park for looking
after Sue since Jim's passing. It was a great comfort to herself and Albert,
Sue's father, to know that Sue had plenty of support when they were not at
Worry not, Barbara. Sue has more support here than she'll
That daughter of yours is one tough lady!
'Piney' Honours Diamond Jim
For the two or three weeks prior to Sunday 31st August, A3-sized posters (see
left) appeared all over Emu Park. The Pine Beach Hotel was to hold the inaugural
'Jim Waterman Memorial Bowls Day' at the Emu Park Bowls Club.
The big day provided perfect weather for the event and a great time was had
by all. The bowling took place in the morning. In the afternoon players and
spectators congregated at the Pine Beach Hotel for the awards and shield to
The Jim Waterman Memorial Shield was presented by Sue Waterman to an Emu Park
team consisting of H. and M. Kelly, A. Butler and Barry Abraham (Barry is
the President of the Emu Park Bowling Club.) A separate prize was awarded
to Merv Bird, the player with the highest score. There was also a prize for
the player with the lowest score.
During the presentations, M.C. for the afternoon, Murray McLay from the Beachside
Caravan Park, said a few words about Jim. Quote ...
Jim Waterman was the sort of man who would give you the
shirt off his back. Then, realising that you only had one shirt, he would
go out and buy you another.
And that describes Jim to perfection. Perhaps stop by the Piney on the way
back, eh Jim?
Sue bowling. Nice hat.
Though Eckard Dietrich bowled this beautiful ball (pictured below), the prize
for the highest score was awarded elsewhere. Never mind, Eckard, I doubt if
anyone else could possibly have placed a bowl any closer to the jack. It remained
thus until the end of that game.
What a beauty, and no fluke either. The ball had a clear
run until coming to rest two millimetres from the jack.
The opposition's attempts to scatter the bowls to every point of the compass
failed badly, both bowls rocketed past well wide to the sounds of expletives
from the far end. Good one, Eckard.
What d'ya think, Terry? Will it do?
Bell Park's Colleen supporting the event.
The shield being awarded to the 'lady in white' (left) and
Barry Abraham (right).
In the centre, presenting the shield, is Sue Waterman and standing behind
her, Mark Hurst, the Piney's licensee.
Mark did a magnificent job on the shield, the posters and the organisation
of the day.
Social Events - The Interpark Bowling Competition
What a great success! Congratulations to those who won awards. My apologies
but I'm not a bowler and was fairly tied up with the camera so if you need
to know who won what, please ask someone like Jerzy who knows about these
Sue and Eckard with the Capricorn Coast Caravan Challenge
shield which again came to Bell Park.
Sue with Leigh holding the Most Improved Novice shield.
Well done Leigh, and wonderful to see you there, Sue.
'Christmas in July' a fabulous evening.
The celebration at the Emu Park Bowls Club on the evening of Saturday, 26th
July was a total success with everybody having a wonderful time. Many thanks
are due to Sue Waterman and the volunteer ladies from Bell Park who organised
the evening, prepared the tables and served the meals. Also, of course, to
the volunteers from the Bowls Club for the magnificent meal they prepared
and cleared away afterwards.
Many photos were taken but I can't bring you my favourite for fear of G.B.H.
(or worse) from Gail.
Four lovely 'acting waitresses', Rhonda, Gail, Cathy and
Joan. They did a sterling job.
Suzanne and husband Leigh Curtis; don't they make a handsome
Anne and Tom Waterman (Jim's brother). They are staying
at Bell Park for a few days.
Another fantastic afternoon at the Ferns Hideaway.
On Sunday, 3rd August, two buses left Bell Park for a fabulous meal and musical
afternoon at The Ferns Hideaway Resort in Byfield. This trip had been proposed
by Terry Crumpton for an afternoon in July but took on a life of its
own. Instead of just one busload going in July, a further two buses were required
for a second trip in August. Some people enjoyed the July outing so much that
they booked again in August ... and nobody was disappointed.
Lion and Tiger dancing. Pam is one of the several Leo
Girls who celebrate their August birthdays in style.
On the drum is Dougie; his accompaniment took the entertainment to another
John 'Marto' Martin, proprietor of The Ferns has a remarkable ability to sing
for hours on end, accompanying himself, and able to oblige everyone who made
a request from his seemingly unlimited repertoire. Is there any song Marto
doesn't know? He sang all the old favourites without a break and everyone
had a great time. He was accompanied on the conga drum by Dougie and on the
ukulele by Steve. Later his little dog, Josie, joined him on stage to help
Marto and Josie
Marto's wife, Genevieve, and the Ferns staff did a sterling job in looking
after the food and wine supply. So it's a big thank you to all at the Ferns
Hideaway, the two bus drivers from the Backpackers, Terry who worked so hard
putting it all together and Marty for the pictures.
Two Bell Park Patrons Pass Away
It is with deep sorrow that Jim and Sue Waterman wish to inform all Bell
Park patrons that Don Smith finally succumbed to the cancer against which
he battled so bravely. Don passed away on Monday 17th March. Farewell, Don,
you'll be greatly missed. Our hearts and prayers go out to Marion and the
The funeral service to celebrate the life of Don was held on Friday, March
21st and was very well attended. A number of Bell Park patrons were present
and were very moved by the ceremony. A private cremation followed.
My heartfelt thanks to everyone for the support,
love and kindness that was shown throughout Don's illness, also for the
many cards and condolences to me and my family on his passing.
It is unbelievable to know that I have so many friends that care and support
Will see you all very soon
Yet More Sad News
Vale Bill Whenn
During the early hours of Tuesday 12th August, Bell Park patron Bill Whenn
suffered a massive heart attack in his motorhome and passed away before
the paramedics could reach him. Extensive efforts to revive him were unsuccessful.
Bill, who was seventy one, leaves a wife, Anne, and two daughters. Our hearts
go out to Anne and the family at this most heartbreaking time.
Bill came to Australia from Scotland when he was about twelve years of age.
He lived in remote Tarraleah in the Tasmanian Highlands, a village servicing
the hydroelectric industry. He attended boarding school in Hobart prior
to spending much of his working life as a draughtsman. For his final ten
years of employment, Bill travelled far and wide inspecting bridges for
the Department of Main Roads.
On retirement, Bill and Anne purchased a motorhome and travelled Australia
extensively. He was a keen fisherman and golfer who later took up bowls
here in Emu Park, a game he enjoyed immensely.
Bill and Anne's two daughters have travelled to Emu Park to be with their
mother. Following a post mortem in Brisbane, Bill will be flown home to
Tasmania for a cremation service.
Rest in peace, Bill.
Bell Park has earned CRVA Accreditation
Did you notice the Caravan, R.V. and Accommodation Industry of Australia
(CRVA) Logo on the left of our Home Page and the Tick of Approval on
the right? They are displayed big and bold because they are not easy to obtain
and they mean a lot; Jim worked hard to earn them and is justifiably proud
of them. Well done, Diamond Jim.
You can learn more about the CRVA on their web site but here is a short excerpt:
Caravan Park Accreditation
Accreditation provides caravan parks with a framework of quality business
practices in the areas of Business Planning, Risk Management, Environmental
Management, Human Resources Management, Marketing and Customer Service.
Accreditation assures park visitors that they are dealing with a business
committed to quality in business practice and customer service.
By becoming accredited, parks strive to improve their overall performance
and proudly display the Accreditation tick of approval.
Livingstone Shire Council Lives Again
Bell Park Caravan Park now falls under the administrative sphere of the reborn
Livingstone Shire Council in Yeppoon. As most will be aware, the decision
on the future of Bell Park (and Beachside Caravan Park in Yeppoon) was to
have been made by the Council at the end of March, however the Council has
postponed the decision again. Until the matter is resolved, both parks remain
under the management of Jim who has applied to take both over against some
Jim, I don't know of anyone who is not 100% behind you. Good luck, Mate.
Incidentally, one of the first decisions made by the new Council was to allocate
funding for the remaining roads in Bell Park to be brought up to the standard
of Diamond Jim Drive. A good start!
SCAN - the latest acronym in Bell Park.
In the afternoon many Bell Park patrons may go for a scan. Senior
Citizens' Afternoon Nap.
Special Feature! Look, It's Our Mabel aged 18.
From The Weekly Journal, (Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland). Dated
Thursday, February 2, 1956
ELLON SISTERS ARE BOUND FOR AUSTRALIA
They Plan To Join A Pipe Band In New South Wales
Off on a journey to the other side of the world this week are two Ellon sisters.
They are going to join a pipe band in Australia. The sisters are Jean and
Mabel Garden, Cowinch Farm, five miles from Ellon, former pupils of Ellon
Academy and members for the last three years of the Bon-Accord Ladies’ Pipe
Band, Aberdeen. Jean is nineteen and Mabel eighteen.
With Jean went a set of bagpipes given to her be her father, Mr. Edward Garden,
himself a piper, and her Highland dress, the jacket of which was made by her
With Mabel went a promise from her father that he will present her with bagpipes
The girls saw an advertisement inviting pipers to emigrate to Australia. They
had always wanted to follow their brother, Edward, who went to Australia several
years ago under the Big Brother scheme. So here was their chance.
They replied to the advertiser and received a letter from Mr. Harold Quirk,
head of the local pipe band association in the township of Tumbulgum, 400
miles north of Sydney, New South Wales. He said that although he really wanted
to engage male pipers, he was willing to give the girls a place in a band
and would find work and lodgings for them.
Photo: Jean (left) and Mabel seen packing their bagpipes.
Jean and Mabel accepted but the Australian immigration authorities raised
an objection. The girls, they said, were too young. By going out under the
auspices of the Church of England welfare department, however, the girls overcame
this difficulty. Now Mr. and Mrs. Garden are considering emigrating to Australia
with the rest of their family of three girls and a boy.
End of quote from The Weekly Journal dated Thursday, February 2,
Jim, Sue and Party are home
After a fantastic tour of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, Jim Waterman has brought
his tour members safely home. While away Jim seems to have mixed in some very
exalted company ...
Jim, Just Call Me Liz. Want
To Chat To Vladimir Putin On The Hot Line, Jim?
The tour party in front of Pha That Luang - the gold
covered Great Stupa in Vientiane, Laos.
Originally built in the 3rd century, the stupa has undergone several reconstructions
due to foreign invasions of the area. It is the most important national monument
in Laos - a national symbol. Below is a larger picture of the tour group.
See anyone you know? Sue and Jan are there; others in the
group have stayed at Bell Park.
One of Jim's party, a lady called Val Wex, has a remarkable story to tell
about a Swiss doctor who has done the most amazing work in Cambodia. This
isn't the forum for a lengthy dissertation on the work of Dr. Beat Richner
but a mention is a must as Jim and his group visited one of Dr. Richner's
hospitals and made a generous donation.
Working off his own initiative, Beat Richner took on the task of saving thousands
of children from permanent disablement or death. He raised funds, mainly from
Swiss benefactors, for several hospitals to be built, equipped and staffed.
He opened a maternity hospital for HIV+ mothers and in 2012 a cardiac extension
performing interventional cardiology and cardiac surgery. All treatment in
Dr. Richner's hospitals is free!
Every Thursday Card Making is taught every Thursday in the C.W.A. Hall (next to the
Village Hall) from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. The cost is $2 for admission to the
hall (includes morning tea) and $2 per card (for materials). Tuition is free.
Mah Jong is played from 1:00 p.m. (no longer 1:30 p.m.) until 4:30 p.m. every
Thursday afternoon in the R.S.L Hall. All skill levels from raw beginner to
expert are welcome.
Every Second saturday ...
Keppel Coast Country Music Club, 61 Millroy Drive, Yeppoon, presents
singing, dancing and a barbecue from 6 pm. Entry is free. For more information,
click here: Keppel
Coast Country Music
3rd Sunday of Every Month
The monthly Lions Picnic Markets are held on the third Sunday of each
month, just up the pathway at the south end of Bell Park. Go early is good
advice. For more click here: Lions
Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Victory Tennis Club, Bell Park, invites social players to join them
between 8am and noon. Visitors $5, members $3. To hire the court at other
times, apply at the petrol station.
Thanks, Helen and John, for this email received on
As a few were aware, Helen's daughter was to be married in January and I'm
pleased to say that the event was held at the Melbourne botanical gardens
in 42 degree temp. and was a beautiful and enjoyable day despite the trying
Again I contacted Joan and Barry whilst I was on the highway to see if they
were good for a cuppa but again they are never at home, however we have managed
to catch up with Sue and Theo at Mallacoota for a few days.
Looking forward to the Vietnam trip with Jim.
Helen and John
And thanks to Hans and Lorraine for this email sent
on January 29th
Dear Pete, Pam and All,
Happy Australia Day for 2014. We have settled in the Lakes Haven C.P. - only
three of us here now but next week the whole twelve sites will be booked.
Hans and I went to the Mechanic’s Hall at Lakes Entrance for the breakfast
of bacon, egg, bread roll and fresh fruit salad. Also the raising of the flag
and who was Citizen of Lakes for the year. Then we went to a friend’s place
for an Aussie barbecue lunch. Everyone had to bring a gift made in Australia
and we had a raffle. I won some home made chutney and Hans a bottle of wine,
it was all in fun. Then we played quoits – long time since I have played,
a little rusty....
We have our daughter Helga, son-in-law Ross and Maxie up at Lakes, also staying
in Amberlee flats for another week. We also had our other daughter and partner
staying on an Aldi blow-up mattress in our annex. I tried to keep Hans quiet
with his snoring. Our next door neighbour is noisy at six in the morning.
They said they have decided to stay a few more days. I said, Well, you
can have a sleep-in because I don't get up till 7.30am. She said, I
will yell at the window. Bitch.......
Very hot yesterday so Hans and I went to the movies, nice air con. We saw
The Railwayman, a bit sad but a very good movie. We were sitting waiting for
the movie to start and there was an elderly couple in front of us. The husband
said, What movie are we seeing, dear? Hope we don't get that bad in
years to come......
Well, hope all is well your end at Temora and hope the weather is not too
hot. Hope you have a nice shady tree with a cold beer to sit under.
Barry, Joan's husband, had his op and is coming along nicely, staying in their
van at Rosebud till the end of the month.
Talk to all you lovely people soon.
Lorraine and Hans xx
Good to hear from you Lorraine. We are now in Goulburn
after a stay in Yass. Fear not, no shortage of shade or cold beer.
Now the ball is rolling. Does anybody recognise any
of these jolly miscreants?
Helen, John, Susan and Theo at Mallacoota
Theo wrote on January 30th:
Hi Peter, Pam and Everybody,
We are safely back home again - to more 42°C heat! Before we left Mallacoota
a photo opportunity presented itself and I made use of the self-timer setting
on the camera. So Hi from all of us until we meet again at Emu Park.
Theo and Susan
Hi to you four, too. Rock on winter and Emu Park!
Congratulations to Ngaire Newton on her 80th Birthday
Thank you, Sue (Waterman), for sending this picture and for the correct pronunciation
of Gnaire's name which is N-ar-ree.
Ngaire with her birthday cake. If that didn't trigger the
smoke alarms, check the batteries Sue.
Ngaire, for anybody that doesn't know, lives on Diamond Jim Drive. In the
picture with Ngaire are Jan Milic next to Robyn Anderson on the sofa. To the
right of Ngaire are Cheryl James with Trisha Murphy next to her. Colleen Williams
is at the table and Ngaire's daughter is unfortunately out of the picture.
Many congratulations, Ngaire. Only twenty more to that telegram -
or is Her Majesty on Facebook these days?
Gleness and Amos will be Back in July. Gleness writes: Well here we are, another year happening, big last
12 months or so. Hopefully will start to slow down from July when we get to
see our family again at Emu Park.
Safe travel everyone,
Gleness and Amos xx
Hi G and A, looking forward to seeing you.
Roger Klose has arrived.
Roger Klose, Captain of the 'Amigos' trivia team, is back at Bell Park and
recruiting to replace Phil and Bev Bale who are unable to come this year.
Roger was quite tired after his marathon trek from Victoria but is recovering
fast and looking forward to bowling. Good to see you, Rog.
Marion Smith is here.
It is wonderful to see Marion back and looking very well. She is planning
to play Mah Jong this winter but will brush up on her game before attending
the R.S.L. where the big guns play. Marion, it's fabulous to see you.
John and Ann are Here.
Lovely to see you again, John and Ann. John's been very busy helping Marion
with her television and a dripping tap, and was invaluable in rigging Roger's
John and Jeanette arrived today - May 20.
Welcome back J. and J. - I haven't seen you yet but news travels fast.
Monika and Eckard are expected tomorrow.
We're looking forward to your arrival, both.
Hey, I'm going to have to stop this. Word from the office
is that many more arrivals are expected in the next few days. I'll develop
R.S.I. in my typing pinkie if I welcome everyone individually. So welcome
EVERYBODY, especially Jim and Sue who arrived home on Sunday, May
And look who else is here ...
Bell Park's very own pair of Tawny Frogmouths.
A Note From Pam To Mah Jong Players.
The Mah Jong sessions at the R.S.L. every Thursday now commence at 1:00 p.m.,
thirty minutes earlier than last year. They still finish at 4:30 p.m.
Inge and Christian.
Dear Pete and Pam,
Please say Thanks to all our friends at the Park for the nice card
with all the good wishes! We miss you all very much and hope to see you all
next year, well and in good spirits. I had my last Chemo, Thursday, with a
Cystoscopy and three more treatments early September. Hope they catch it all,
and I will be 100% for next year! Thank God, Inge is well and still doing
a little bit of craft and enjoying her garden. The camellias are flowering
vigorously this year, but we have never been home at this time!
Inge and Christian
Roger is safely home and sends his best wishes to all of us forced to remain
here in Bell Park. He has been giving his new central heating system a thorough
testing and finds it's up to the job. He is busy reacquainting himself with
all his friends and relatives at home. We miss you, Rog.
Hans and Lorraine are home.
Dear Peter, Pam and Patrons,
Just to let you all know we made it safely home. We followed the big bus with
Laurie and Alwyn to Woodgate near Bundaberg for two days; a nice place but
because we were in the back of the park you had to plan your trip to the toilet.
When we left Laurie and Alwyn they went down the Bruce Highway to friends
and family in Tweed while we went via the Isis Highway and Brisbane Valley
Highway to our friends in Browns Plains, Forestdale.
After we left we spent Fathers’ Day in Boomi so I shouted Hans tickets to
The Bats, a theatre show only on once every two years. It was funny;
I hope to get a DVD of the show.
We then pulled into Tooraweena Caravan Park and – big surprise – we met Maureen
and Merv. When the owners said we were in the park they couldn't believe it!
We progressed down the Newell and met Maureen and Merv again in Jerilderie.
We walked to the Chinese for tea, it was a great meal, we had just finished
when the lights went out. Maureen said, I think we better leave as there
looks like a storm coming. We just made it back to the ’van and down came
the rain. Thunder and lightning shook the ’van.
Yesterday was Marty’s 70th birthday and, along with family and friends, we
celebrated at the Cuckoo Restaurant in the Dandenong Ranges. We had a great
day – see pictures.
Hope your ankle is okay Pam and that you are off the crutches and walking
with ease. There should be a lot more room now, with all us lot gone.
Till next time,
Love Lorraine and Hans. xx
Way down at the far end of the table are Marty and Hans
(centre and right, standing).
One balloon for every year of your life, Marty?
Marty, Lorraine and Hans. Happy birthday, Marty
Theo and Susan Graze are having a wonderful time
It is Thursday 25th September and we are in Bath for four days and have not
stopped walking since we arrived here two days ago! We've done the scenic
bus tour and the hop on hop off bus tour, visited Jane Austen's museum, the
Roman Baths, evensong at Bath Abbey, seen the Circus, the Guildhall, Royal
Crescent, walked along the Avon River etc etc. Today we took a local bus one
hour through the countryside and small villages to Devizes, where the famous
twenty nine staircase of locks on the Kennet and Avon Canal, built in 1810
by John Rennie, is situated. We walked along them and also visited two museums
in the town, the Canal Museum and the Historical Museum going back 4,ooo years
in the area.
The five day narrowboat on the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal from
north of Birmingham to Worcester was fantastic. We were lucky to be the only
passengers with two crew members steering the boat, working the thirty four
locks we passed through and serving us three delicious meals a day. We sat
out the front and enjoyed the view and whenever possible hopped off and walked
along the tow path. It was a wonderfully relaxing and gracious way to travel.
We are well and happy and enjoying every minute. Next stop London for nine
With best wishes to you all,
Theo and Susan.
P.S. We have discovered mild ale and, despite all our walking, are going to
come home looking like beer barrels. Talking about beer, Sue W, your stubbie
holders are having a great holiday. We'll send photos separately. Theo
John and Helen Paul had a wonderful time in Paris.
John and Helen in Paris with Helen's Daughter and Her Husband
Hi Pam & Peter,
As a number of our park friends knew, we went to Paris to celebrate Helen's
daughter's 50th birthday. We had some lovely moments with them and thoroughly
enjoyed our time in Paris as well as our cruise home from Singapore. We are
now back at Dolphin Point and hopefully we will catch up with everybody in
Helen & John
Theo and Susan are home.
Theo and Susan are back from a wonderful trip to England and France.
Welcome home Theo and Susan. Where was this taken? No sun,
no sand, no surf. Must be England.
Pete 'n' Pam visit Doddsy and Michele
During a short stay on Bribie Island we were invited for lunch with Alan and
Michele Dodds at their beautiful home. The lunch was delicious and Al and
Michele were such welcoming hosts that we felt totally relaxed and didn't
notice how the time was flying by. Thank you both for a lovely afternoon.
NEW Heads up if your caravan is registered in NSW
If your caravan is registered in NSW, weighs over 2 tonnes and has electric
brakes with a breakaway switch you are obliged by law to have a monitor
for the breakaway battery in your car, visible from the driving position.
for more information.
This isn't new but I received information that the NSW Police will be taking
an interest in this battery monitor. To keep this in perspective, the warning
came from an organisation selling these battery monitors.
NEW Hans and Lorraine are grandparents again
Emerald Aurelia (known as Emme) was sixteen days overdue but mother, Natalie,
had a natural birth. Not-so-little Emme weighed in at 3.7 kg. She is Hans
and Lorraine's first granddaughter.
No idea how heavy 3.7 kg is? Nor had I so I got Google to convert it for me.
Emme weighed in at 8 lbs 2½ oz. That's quite big, isn't it?
Hans and Ms. Emerald Aurelia.
Natalie, Emme, Lorraine and Hans are all doing well. Congratulations to all
Lorraine goes on to say: Hans and I are both fine, being busy with getting
ready for Christmas. We changed our car, still a Pathfinder but not the petrol
one. It is two years old.
On the 20th of November we met up with some of the Emu Park gang including
Marion, Joan and Barry, Theo and Susan, Myrtle and Ron and some oldies that
don't come up any more. We all had a nice luncheon in Mornington.
Sounds like a lot of fun, Lorraine.
NEW Pete and Pam receive a visit from Leigh and Suzanne.
Pam and I are back at the Governor's Hill Carapark, Goulburn, until January.
The park manager, also Peter, told us that somebody had phoned the park to
enquire whether we were still here. He hinted we might receive visitors but
wouldn't say another word. The wondering drove Pam mad, then one morning Leigh
and Suzanne rolled in with their 5th wheeler and parked next to us. It was
fabulous to see them and naturally happy hour was very enjoyable.
The second night the four of us were invited to spend happy hour with our
hosts, Peter and Karen. I have no recollection of how much alcohol we consumed
but the table was covered with bottles of all shapes and sizes. Pam and I
were not too bright next morning; Leigh and Suzanne had to drive back to Canberra.
It was well past 10 o'clock when they got away but nobody minded.
The Bell Bathing Beauties are back.
Lorraine, Hans and Susan in the sea. Who's afraid of a croc?
Not these three!
And on the way home, photographer Theo pictured this cockatoo. Nice one,
Al's car, snuggly parked in his new Irish carport.
Ready guys? Hold tight. Subjecting Jock's 'Harley'
to a road test.
But we're mere amateurs compared with these nine - possibly
ten if there's another
'bucket seat' on the other side. Thanks to Theo for this picture.
On July 23rd Lionel and friends held a sing-a-long outside
What do you call ladies that are attracted to musicians?
Groupies, is it?
An obliging Ibis overflew the recent bowling while the camera
settings were right.
Jake, aged 21 in the left picture, is the grandson of Don
and Marion Smith. Last year he caught a
67cm flathead in Coorooman Creek. This year - right picture - he's done
it again. Good one, Jake.
Thirty years ago! Taken near Bell Park's office and sent
to the Park by Norma and Neil Mason.
The emus used to walk up the road from the Causeway. The building in the
upper picture is the
old railway shed. See any caravans? The original pictures are in a frame
in the Park office.
A large python was seen sunning himself in the other half
of Bell Park. (Why, I wonder, are snakes, crocodiles, etc. always presumed
to be male?) Deciding not to wait for the camera, he had returned home to
a hollow tree stump and was all but out of sight. Theo Graze obtained this
excellent photo by lowering his camera into the stump after the snake. On
The very next day, this apparently shy python decided to
sunbake right in the caravan park.
Totally unphased he, or SHE, posed for the cameras on the fence alongside
Ray and Robyn Anderson's house.
Whether a he or a she, this baby was BIG. Pictures sent
to email@example.com revealed it to be a Coastal Carpet Snake. It
is not venomous; it may bite if handled roughly causing puncture wounds
or skin abrasions but hell, who wouldn't? I wonder if its intentions are
entirely platonic as it snuggles up to Ray and Robyn's plumbing?
When some daring person stroked the python's tail the creature
began a laborious U-turn so its head could travel back and see what was
happening back there. When the stroking promptly stopped, the head turned
back and the critter straightened up.
The Leo Girls celebrating their August birthdays with birthday
cake and champagne.
Cathy, Pam, Sue, Gail, Suzanne and Jan.
The sun rising over the Coral Sea. A really beautiful photo
by Theo Graze.
These boat people were photographed by Theo Graze after
coming ashore at Emu Park. The people-smuggler is believed to speak with
a German accent and is easily recognisable by his long legs and loud laugh.
The refugees left Victoria in June braving many icebergs on their voyage
through the Bass Strait. They are being held in a nearby detention camp
until they can be returned to Victoria.
Another beautiful sunrise taken by Marion Smith. Left: Any
second now. Right: Here it comes!
Ann Learmonth's Incredible Art
Ann Learmonth began taking watercolour lessons a year ago. Then, about three
months ago, she tried her hand at charcoal drawing. Yes, only three months
ago and already she has produced work of the quality that you see on the left.
Isn't she fantastic?
Do you remember Ann and John? They park their 'van in the north-west corner
of Bell Park. Ann was recognised for the jewellery she makes out of shells
and glass recovered from the beach. They were here last year and again earlier
this year. Coming back to you now? Good. Well, they've dropped in again for
a few days and John showed us the drawing at happy hour. It's much larger
than the reproduction on the screen. Ann hasn't yet settled on a name for
If you wish to contact Ann, she is happy for me to publish her mobile number:
0417 502 035.
One evening Ann began a picture of a bear. John fell asleep and when he awoke
two hours later, Ann had finished. The result you see on the right. My photograph
fails to do justice to Ann's picture but I'm sure you can recognise the talent
required to produce such a work in two hours.
Ann already has such a large portfolio of her art that she and John have to
leave a lot of it in storage with friends as they travel the continent. They
have now been on the road for five years and love it.
Pam fell in love with Ann's watercolour of the sad little boy on the left
and the lovely, generous Ann gave it to her.
Ann and John will be back in Bell Park next April and again in September.