Facade of harbour pines heritage listed hall

January 30, 2021

The Lonely Pine
with Audrey Leuty


To John and Kath who are in need of more care than Harbour Pines can provide.

We wish them all the best in this new chapter of their lives and thank them both for the many contributions they have made over the years to our Village. God Bless.


Winners of the hampers drawn 30th November: -  Noelene. Pat N, Irene, Pearl, Audrey, Mavis.

Again thankyou to all those who supported this effort. Well Done. Over $200 goes towards our

Christmas Dinner


This was combined with Happy Hour on 7th of this month. It was a Bring and Share finger food affair and well attended. Thankyou to all for a great supper.



Afternoon Tea on Saturday 12th at 2.00pm in the Hall.  Maureen is Host for this afternoon’s gathering. All welcome. Cost 50c.


Wednesday December 16th.  Bar opens at 5.30pm. Cost of the three course meal for residents is $15.00 (subsidised by Happy Hour and Raffle)  for visitors  the cost is $33. List is in the Hall and Names to be in by this Friday 11th.


Atlas Rickshaw Tour Tryout. This Thursday at the hall 10.30is Roll up for a Rickshaw Ride.

Atlas is bringing their rickshaw to the village for folks to have a free ride. The rickshaw is available for hire (with driver) for trips of the foreshore, Sydney Memorial Cathedral etc Detailed brochures at the office. This could be the treat your family want to give you for your next birthday. Check it out.


Favourite Garden        Unit 6 Most Colourful Unit 50

Fun Garden Unit 22 Judges Choice Unit 52

Staff Choice Unit 6 Independent Choice Unit 11

All winners received a $50 Bunnings voucher

Grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked anyway, the good fortune to run into the ones I do, and the eyesight to tell the difference


PINES RESTAURANT Continues of a Wednesday night. Under new management



1.30pm on Mondays.  A small group but enthusiastic. Rumour is they are entering a team in the Olympics; but then you can never tell with rumours.


Barton and Marjorie with Golden Retriever  Belle.  We hope that retirement is all that they had hoped for.


Worst Christmas was one spent in Darwin when it rained all day and washed out the BBQ. P P

Best Christmas was when both the country family and the city family each rented a home at Jurien Bay and we all got together. I was chosen to play Mother Christmas much to the children’s delight.


Worst Christmas was when getting home from church we found someone had left the garage door open and the pet kangaroo had drunk sump oil. End of kangaroo. M S

Best Christmas was the safe arrival of a great grandson.


Best Christmas present was a string of black pearls from my husband. Unfortunately they were destroyed in a house fire in 2001. M B

Worst Christmas ever was my husband dying in November 40 years ago. M C

Best Christmas present was the new recliner chair that my husband bought to replace the little old one that belonged to my mother and which I had used for years P K  


Most amusing Christmas. Got up early to play Santa but 7 year old son was only pretending to be asleep. . As I got back into bed for an extra sleep young son starts stomping around the verandah on his new flippers. P W

Worst and most amusing Christmas memory is coming home to my parent’s home after a stay in hospital to find 5 year old son drunk on his grandfather’s sherry. I J

My Mum always kept an empty Sunshine milk tin to fill with sand and stand a gum tree branch in it. This she decorated as a Christmas tree. A wonderful memory .P W

I’ve never had a bad Christmas. In spite of being one of six kids and money always being tight my mother always managed to have nice surprises to put in our Christmas stocking. B W

Do you have a special Christmas memory (good or bad) you would like to share with us?


A little Christmas poem for Seniors

Another year has passed and we are all a little older.

Last summer felt hotter, and winter much colder.

There was a time not long ago, when life was quite a blast

Now I fully understand about ‘living in the past’

We used to go to weddings. Football games and lunches

Now we go to Funeral Homes and after funeral brunches.

We use to go out dining, and couldn’t get our fill

Now we ask for doggie bags. Come home and take a pill.

We used to often travel. To places near and far.

Now we get sore asses from riding in the car,

We use to go to nightclubs and drink a little booze.

Now we stay at home at night. And watch the evening news.

That, my friend, is how life is. And now my tale is told.

So enjoy each day, and live it up.

Before you’re too damned old .

Bad Parrot

A young man named John received a parrot as a gift. The Parrot had a bad attitude and an even worse vocabulary.  Every word out of the parrot’s mouth was rude, obnoxious and laced with profanity. John tried to change the bird’s attitude by consistently saying only polite word, playing soft music and anything else he could think of to ‘clean up’ the bird’s vocabulary.

Finally, John was fed up and yelled at the parrot. The parrot yelled back. John shook the parrot and the parrot got angrier and even more rude, John, in desperation, threw up his hand, grabbed the bird and put it in the freezer.

For a few minutes the parrot squawked and kicked and screamed. The, suddenly there was total quiet. Not a peep was heard for over a minute.

Fearing that he had hurt the parrot, John quickly

opened the door to the freezer. The parrot calmly stepped out and onto Johns outstretched arms and said “I believe I may have offended you with my rude language and actions. I’m sincerely remorseful for my inappropriate transgressions and I fully intend to do everything I can to correct my rude and unforgiveable behaviour.”

John was stunned at the change in the bird’s behaviour.  

As he was about to ask the parrot what had made such a dramatic change in his attitude the bird spoke up, very softly.  “May I ask what the turkey did?”

I started belly dancing today. It was easy, no effort at all, I just gave a little shake and my belly danced all on its own.


My latest book ‘Valley of Australian Monsters’ because of Corona virus has been delayed and sadly will not be available in time for Christmas.  I hope to hold a morning tea and book launch and sale of my books in the hall at an arranged date in January.  All the best to you all for Christmas and the New Year, Regards Val Armstrong.


Thanks must go to all the villagers that help in any way in our community. The paper recyclers, the bottle and can recyclers, the bin shifters, those who do neighbours gardening, those who check on the welfare of neighbours and many more. You are the ones that make living in this Village so special.


(answers in January)

A Question of 3's

What do these groups of three have in common?  For example - piano, computer, and house - they all have keys

1 Picnic - card - pool

2 Earth - book - inch

3 Onion - napkin - wedding

4 Egg - safe - whip

5 Eyes - eggs - laundry

6 Blue - goose - black

7 Swiss cheese - donut - bowling ball

8 Penny - Ford Motor Co. - Nebraska

9 Tent - baseball - horseshoe

10 School - skate - dart

11 Flag - tent - magnet

12 Fortune - bank - story

13 Turtle - M&M candy - ocean

14 Pumpkins - turkeys - initials

15 Head - tail - cross

16 Africa - Red Riding Hood - matador

17 Eletronic - fan - junk

18 Radio - car engine - piano

19 Florist - furniture store - obstetrician

20 Baseball glove - pool table - jeans