The Turbine features on our club banner. On the previous banner, when we were the RC of Mayfield, before our amalgamation with RC Newcastle North we had a stylised BHP outline. Well that was blown up - literally - and now the Turbine is gone. Think we had be very careful about changing our image or it might not go well for whatever we picked!!
Sandy and her "elves" have created a wonderland of Christmas, and for a few brief weeks they will also have a pop-up shop in Westfield Kotara near Bakers Delight and Woolworths. Forever Christmas in Mayfield is the product of over 8 years of planning and work which started with a happy thought that a Christmas shop would be a nice hobby. Well, many a long walk through many trade shows in Australia and the USA plus a lot of thought and work has made a life-style. If you've never set foot in this shop - GO - but be prepared to take an hour as the variety is mind-blowing. It's a gloriously glowing cave where you can get everything from your Christmas earrings to the tallest decorated tree. Things to delight children and adults with things for Christmas in all its forms.
Sandy put together a Lucky Door prize plus six raffle prizes and we were blown away by the gorgeousness and elegance of what was inside - white pottery owl with subtle decorations of sparkling silver, tall sets of Santa shaped cones for table decoration, sweet pair of silver sparkled doves, whimsical Santa with a happy smirking face. Thank You to Sandy and her crew for being so generous with their time.
Now go to either Mayfield or Westfield and see it all for yourself - and you will be sure to walk out with a Happy Christmas bag of gifts and decorations.
18 Metres X 12 Metres - big shed which is a notorious graffiti hotspot. Thank You to Fiona Rachael and Josh Kershaw, they came last year and we are so grateful they weren't bruised mentally by that experience and came back again for this year.
Ben who has recently moved back into Newcastle, a former RYLA-rian through Charlestown club and someone who believes in giving back - Thank You.
Mark Lowe from Newcastle Council came to help out. Fiona was impressed with his great teaching skills and how he made Josh feel at ease and have a lot of fun with the water-blaster.
Club members turned up and got to with a will - sorry for those who missed out. It was hot but it was fun. Bob got a Brick-dust facial scrub doing the water-blasting on the cement block wall. Josh and Rachael turned the graffiti-ed door into a lovely Red Door. Max the Wonder Dog was feeling the effects of two long days at work with Damian and "supervised" from a prone position in the best shade.
Damian - well would graffiti removal ever happen if it wasn't for him and his tireless energy? - although he rang later to stay he was still rehydrating under the airconditioner. Betty, Margaret M and John B did bits of everything. The roller for corrugated surfaces are heavy and awkward when full of paint so cutting in and brush work is important. Betty swore she was going to sign her bit of brushed walk she was so pleased with it!! Gary was BBQ chef with Patrick and they flipped the snags for all of us. We earned a spread of snags, watermelon, cheese and bikkies, lamingtons and Anzac bikkies. Patrick was hanging out for coffee but all we had was lots and lots of iced water and Apple/Raspberry cordial. Boy did that go down a treat. Good day, good job well done, and will we do it again next year?
Perfect weather and a fun day. We passed out quite a few information packs about Rotary and Kooragang Wetlands. Really well-run Fair and we hope the Scouts decide to do it again. The best way to ensure someone will come and talk to you is to to have a dog - or even two or more - or even better a pair of dingo pups!! They make a stall a people magnet.
On Sunday three of us - one battling man-flu and the other two just plain feeling like rubbish - decided we had better fulfill our obligations and deal with graffiti. Met up at Webb Park as usual but the amount of rubbish was horrible - filled three garbage bags with everything from fast-food wrappers to a used baby nappy to a brown paper bag full of broken glass (used to be an empty long-neck). That was enough - too tired - went to have lunch at Stockton Bridge and check out a site nominated too late to be included for Graffiti Removal Day. Lots of people dropping in to check the migratory bird roost. Big bunch of Avocets and Eastern Curlews as well as other species our lousy binoculars couldn't really distinguish. The National Parks and Wildlife sign and the information shelter had been severely graffiti-ed making it almost unreadable - couldn't bare to leave it so with our special wipes we gave it a good clean off and wash down and it's sparkly again. The "outdoor art" has been reported to Roads and Maritime Services.