Facade of harbour pines heritage listed hall

November 18, 2021

The Lonely Pine
with Audrey Leuty


The unofficial newsletter for Harbour Pines Village

Vol 3  Ed 11






GERALDTON CITY BAND Wednesday 24th November 6.00pm.Ladies please bring a plate of finger food to share with the band. Also bring a chair.


What more can you say than everyone seemed to have a jolly good time.

A happy crowd of punters enjoyed a free drink, a generous lunch, numerous sweeps, and several home races. Stewards Harold and Peter R dressed for the occasion with Harold in racing silks and Peter in anew R.M. Williams shirt (bought for the occasion?)

Thanks must go to Terry and Leone for aggisting the horses since 2020. To Terry and his team for the sweeps, the race books, setting up and so much more, to Pat K and her team for setting up and organising the catering and again so much more. The meal was subsidised by the Residents Happy Hour Funds.


Coming up on Saturday December 4th at 5pm on the front verandah of the Hall. Gather to share some Christmas cheer. .Bring your drink, some nibbles and a chair if you can. Limited seating will be available.


Tickets $1.00 each on sale now. Several prizes. Drawn on December 4th at the party.

Thanks to all those who have generously donated towards this raffle. Proceeds go to Social C'ttee.


NEW YEARS EVE looking ahead! The usual sausage sizzle in the Hall. Cost will be $5 a head. Sausages, onions, bread and an ice-cream for desert.


NEXT MEETING of the Social Committee is January 18th2022.


ST JOHN'S PRIMARY SCHOOL on Monday 6th December at 11.00am pupils will visit the Village to bring us Christmas Carols. Something to look forward to

CHRISTMAS DINNER on Wednesday December 15th Three course meal in the hands of CHRIS. Cost is $20 a head residents (subsidised by Adder Holdings)and $35 for visitors. Bookings are open now and close on Wednesday 01st December 2021. See menu for choices.




I would like to thank anyone that came to my afternoon tea and bought a book at my book sale. I would like to send my best wishes for Christmas and the New Year to all.

Regards, Val Armstrong.


There’s no such thing as a grouchy old person. The truth is once you get old you stop being polite and start being honest.

Would you like anything on your chips? “Does it cost extra?” “Fifty cents” “All right, I'll have four sausages and a steak pie!”



I grew rip on a dairy farm near Koo-wee-rup in Victoria's West Gippsland region. I had one sibling my brother Jim who was three years younger than me. Strong work ethics were instilled in us, religion was important to my mother, and we shared a happy childhood until 8 year old Jim was diagnosed with cancer.

I left school with my leaving certificate and for almost two years I worked as a ledger machinist in the head office of the Commonwealth Bank in Melbourne. During my time at the bank women gained the right to become tellers, and decimal currency conversions took place.

I married Ian, whom I had known all my life, in December1966. For the first eighteen months of our marriage, while Ian completed his two years of army conscription at Pukapunyal, we lived at Seymour and I worked at the Ansett Knitting Mil1.

In 1968 with three week old son Trevor we started share farming for my father-in-law who eventually helped us with the deposit for our first small farm. Two farms later and with three kids we were in Victoria's Goulburn Valley where we milked up to180 cows.

My brother succumbed to cancer aged 45 leaving a wife, daughter and four sons. I now have much extended family living in Victoria. We lost our son when he was twenty six.

Retirement saw us living in the beautiful fishing village of Bermagui.On the far south coast of NSW where Ian's brother and his large family had lived for twenty years. We transferred golf and bowls memberships, joined the fishing club and I was a member of the RSL Auxiliary and CWA. We caravanned a lot and I have seen much of Australia, usually via WA where our daughter Tania's working holiday had terminated about thirty years ago. Both my daughters and son-in-law now live in Geraldton, and all but one of my grandchildren are here too. I have a great granddaughter in Perth. Following the sudden death of my husband two years ago, and with all my immediate family in the West my option for all our sakes was to move over here too. Everything fell into place, I was capable of organising the shift and hopefully I will have time to face an active life in my new home town.

I have now lived at Harbour Pines for four months and feel very secure. God willing, I will have a long and happy future here with minimum concerns for my family.



On the Express train from London to Manchester, an American was berating the Englishman sitting across from him in the compartment

“The trouble with the English is that you are all too stuffy. You set yourselves apart too much. You think your stiff upper lip makes you above the rest of us. Look at me... I have a little Italian in me, a bit of Greek blood, a little Irish and some Spanish blood. What do you say to that'!”

The Englishman lowered his newspaper, looked over his glasses and replied “How very sporting of your mother”.


Do people order double cheeseburgers, large fries, and a diet Coke?

Do we leave cars worth thousands of dollars in our driveway and put our useless junk in the garage?

Can’t women put on mascara with their mouth closed?

Is abbreviated such a long word?                                                                  WHY???