Wednesday, June 13, 2012

MPAY-School Days and JaM

MPAY-School Days

Orbost North State School, Grade 5 (I think) in the early '70's. These are the kids I went to Kinder and started school with. We skipped, played elastics and knuckles and had cubby houses in the Tea Trees along the back fence. The boy in the middle of the front row with his chin on his hand used to faint every week at Assembly when we sang God Save the Queen though I think it was the standing not the Anthem that caused the fainting. We sat together in Room 3 and watched the Moon Landing on a Black and White TV, sang together in the annual Christmas play,learnt the recorder and listened to Enid Blyton's Magic Wishing Chair, the Narnia series and Elyne Mitchell's Books on Fridays in the Library. Little did I know then that I would meet Elyne Mitchell, ride her horses on her property and even have her as a guest at my Wedding, or that the boy in the checked shirt in the back row would marry my cousin. I know where some of them are now and the Teacher, Mr Switzer is now high up in the Education Department doing Administrative work which is a shame because he was a wonderful teacher. Do you remember your days at school? Were they a long time ago or just a little while back? Share your story here.


JaM


The past week has been full of Negatives from  a flat battery in the car,  the spoiler being 'accidently' broken off my car, unexpected bills, sick pets and other stuff that is just too negative to talk about. No creating in the sewing room or baking in the kitchen, no gardening because massive winds have made the cleaning up overwhelming to say the least.There have been a couple of positives but they are totally smothered by Negative stuff. I think the grinding cold weather and the daily fog has put me in such a mood that I am not attracting good things at the moment.
So I am going to talk about Carpet Bowls which I play every Monday night over Winter. So far this year we have had two drawn matches. been forfeited to, lost two and won two. Nothing like a little variety is there? Monday night was the highlight with beating one of the top teams and beating them quite well!
No one plays to win Sheep Stations, it is just a nice Social Night with ages from 10 to late 80's.
A couple of us were talking the other night and we realised that we are probably one of the most successful sports in our tiny little town. We make a profit every year, have a very healthy investment account, we never have to Fund raise and Playing fees and Registration haven't gone up for years. Over the past few years we have even increased the number of Teams that we have. Anyone can play no matter what age or level of fitness.
I love that people of so many different ages can get together socially and get on so well, it is good for the young ones to spend time with older people and good for the oldest among us to spend a little time with young people.
So any Monday night over Winter if you find yourself with a little time, call in and say Hello but be prepared to be pulled into a game cause there is usually someone looking for a player.
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11 comments:

Dahra said...

Black and White photos are so nice aren't they.
They tell their own story.

Jenny's Craft Place said...

Oooh playground memories.... don't forget 'gutters'... does anyone else remember that one? Lovely to see one photo can have so many memories for you, Jackie - thank you for sharing :) Happy crafting, Jenny

Pam said...

Wow Jackie! There's no way I could remember all that 'stuff' about school that you have managed!!! Sounds like a really nice time for you for those formative years. I don't think mine were quite that good, but I seem to remember not minding primary all that much.
What a funny week for you with all that going wrong, but here's to this week over riding all that and that you have a much better and positive time for this one!
Love the sound of that club of yours too. It truly is great that all those different ages can mix it up and still have a fun memorable time together. Something for all the younger ones to look back on fondly. ♥

Jody Pearl said...

Love old school photos and the stories & memories that go with them - yours are very special.

Glad to hear there's a glimmer of good in your unfortunate week and if I'm passing on a Monday night I'll be sure to drop in sounds like a wonderful place to be and way to start your week.

Thanks for sharing and joining in JaM Jackie. x

ps. hope this week is kinder.

Cherie said...

Wonderful post Jackie. Loving the stroll down memory lane. You reminded me how if we wore a pony tail it had to be on the nape of your neck with a ribbon. None of that rock n roll swinging pony tail business ... golly imagine those kind of rules now :)
Thank You for playing along, hope you have a wonderful week. xo.

Anonymous said...

Jackie, thanks for sharing your school memories. It sounds like you've had a tough week...I hope next week is kinder to you. BTW, it's wonderful to hear so many members of the Community enjoy a friendly game of bowls- I love that Country Spirit! We have many special memories of our time in country VIC! Barb xo

Andrea said...

Wonderful to look back on old school photos and memories of those simple fun times.
Every now and then a bad week pops up and I'm sure the weather plays a part, hope this weeks a better one for you.
Lovely community spirit your little town has, my husband has often spoken about starting up a carpet bowls night in our little hall but i think it would be the locals againts the blow-ins........

Andrea said...

Wonderful to look back on old school photos and memories of those simple fun times.
Every now and then a bad week pops up and I'm sure the weather plays a part, hope this weeks a better one for you.
Lovely community spirit your little town has, my husband has often spoken about starting up a carpet bowls night in our little hall but i think it would be the locals againts the blow-ins........

Lisa - Sweet Little Pretties said...

Love your school memories!
Sounds like you have had a bad week, I too this week have had many bad things happen venting post coming soon xx

Melissa said...

Hope this week is better, stay warm
Your sort of bowls is prolly something I could do and ejoy have a great week

The Moonlit Stitch said...

I've blocked most of my playground memories out Jackie! LOL! Love your pictures, that's the first time I've seen a teacher in a tie and shorts. Never heard of carpet bowls, looks fun. Now I hope your week is getting better! All the crud does seem to happen at once. Hang in there friend, the fog will rise! ~*~Lisa