Facade of harbour pines heritage listed hall

September 14, 2020

The Lonely Pine
with Audrey Leuty



Our view as a child of a father

At 4.    Dad knows everything.

At 7.    Dad knows lot.

At 8.    Dad doesn’t know everything.

At 12.  Well, Dad won’t know anyway.

At 14.  Dad is hopelessly old fashioned.

At 21.  Oh hell, The man’s time has long passed, how would he know?

At 25  Dad knows something, but not very much.

At 30. I’ll just hear what Dad has to    say, anyway.

At 35. Let’s wait a while and see what Dad’s opinion is.

At 50. I wonder what Dad would have said.

At 60. Dad, in actual fact, knew everything.

At 65. I wish I could have discussed it with Dad.


A happy crowd of villagers and friends boarded the bus for Oakabella on August 28th. The weather didn’t look at all favourable with a heavy mist but the day turned out fine. We detoured into Coronation Beach to see the developments there and admire the colourful crops of Canola on the way.  Oakabella Homestead café had promised us aCruise Ship Lunch of sandwiches, home made sausage rolls and scones with platters of fruit to follow. The food was beautifully prepared and plentiful and everyone including our driver Ian sat out under the trees to enjoy. Afterwards there was an opportunity for a stroll around the property before we again boarded the bus to come home. We drove through Northampton admiring the colourful sheep before heading out to Nabawa through to Moonyoonooka and home by 3:00pm. A good day out for all. Thanks to Happy Hour for their subsidy.



Happy Hour on the 7th September gave us Mums an opportunity to spoil the Dads of the village. Congratulations to the supper ladies for such a lovely spread despite difficult circumstances.  A big crowd celebrated the occasion and the Dads reciprocated with a free drink.

HAPPY HOUR now on summertime …5:30 to 6:30pm on Mondays.



Coming up on Saturday, September 26th GAMES NIGHT starting at 4:30pm in the Hall. No charge but bring a plate of finger food to share to close the evening.The bar will open at 5:30pm. Come along and enjoy a chat and a game.  



I was born in Geraldton and at the time my parents were living in the small township at White Peak. The Geraldton Shire had a quarry there and my father was in charge of the blasting of rocks which were used around town. I don’t remember being there - we moved into town when I was nearly ready to start school. I have been told there was a school at White Peak and my sister next to me was sent there when she was four years old to help keep that school open.

I attended Geraldton Primary and Geraldton Senior High  Schools. During the war after the Japanese bombed Darwin we were evacuated to Yalgoo where Mum home schooled us for about 6 months.  Leaving school I worked in the office of a hardware store and then at a funeral directors who also had a timber works on Chapman Road opposite where the old flour mill used to be. I also worked there until I left to raise our four children.

When our children were grown and standing on their own two feet my husband and I decided before we got too old we would travel Australia in a caravan.  In Queensland Bob got work at a new caravan park in Gladstone where we stayed for 12 months then onto the Territory where he got a job in Batchelor managing the local swimming pool. Batchelor had the first uranium mine in Australia which was closed when we were there. During the war a lot of army personnel were camped there.

After four years there I became unwell and we decided to head home to spend more time with our family.

I have a son living in Perth and a daughter and two sons living in Geraldton.   I have twelve grand children and they have given me eleven great grand children whom I see as often as I can but unfortunately three little girls are in NSW and I don’t see much of them. I have another great grandie arriving in November.  

I moved into Harbour Pines in 2009.


WATER OUTAGE Remember the water supply outage.  September 19th pm till 20th am.


OUR GARDENS are looking very colourful at present and if you see someone going around taking photos don’t be surprised. Whisper is that a Garden Competition is coming.



The winner is…

When his 38 calibre revolver failed to fire at his intended victim during a hold up in Long Beach, California would be robber James Elliot did something that can only inspire wonder. He peered down the barrel and tried the trigger again. This time it worked.


An American teenager was in hospital recovering from serious head wounds received from an oncoming train.When asked how he received his injuries, the lad told police that he was just trying to see how close he could get his head to a moving train before he was hit.


The teenage granddaughter comes downstairs for her date with this see-through blouse on and no bra. Her grandmother just has a fit, telling her not to dare go out like that.

Teenager tells her “Loosen up Grams. These are modern times. You gotta let your rosebuds show!” and out she goes.

The next day teenager comes downstairs, and the grandmother is sitting there with no top on. The teenager wants to die. She explains to grandmother she has friends coming over and that is just no appropriate.

“Loosen up, sweetie. If you can show off your rosebuds, then I can display my hanging baskets”!