Ernie and Betty Bool enjoy lunch at the Farmers Arms.
Ernie and Betty Bool enjoy lunch at the Farmers Arms. nicky.norman

Plenty of questions for former army musician

GARDEN City National Seniors had many questions for guest speaker Patrick Pickett at the June meeting.

He spoke of his career spanning 37 years from apprentice musician to Commandant of the Australian Army School of Music.

His present passions are as owner/director of the Queensland Pops Orchestra and providing performance opportunities for professional musicians.

His orchestra will give a matinee performance at the Empire Theatre on October 11.

Members agreed that the Peacehaven Botanic Park had been aptly named as they relaxed among the peaceful surrounds, took in the view and enjoyed a hot cuppa and pastries on the June outing.

The park situated at Highfields is a tribute to the foresight of Stan Kuhl who donated the 4.7 hectares of land and $100,000 for the development of a park to promote world peace.

The old gumtrees, the new plantings, the several species of birds and the open picnic areas with views through to the Bunya Mountains led many members to remark on the feeling of peace.

The Queensland Motor Museum at Hampton was the main focus of the day and members were almost overwhelmed by the collection of more than 140 old cars of seemingly every make and model on display.

FJ Holdens, Ford Zephyrs, Volvos and many others, including Joe Bjelke-Petersen's official Jag, Slim Dusty's caravan and some Peter Brock cars and many more were there.

The collection didn't stop at cars as there were numerous household items (that we were all familiar with) - old wirelesses and a juke box or two.

We had a satisfying end to the outing, lunching by the fire in Cabarlah's Farmers Arms Hotel, reputed to have held a continuous licence since 1863.

This proved to be a great venue for a hot roast meal and to engage in animated conversation.

Next month's guest speaker, Celeste Sutton, is an accredited aged care specialist with Retireinvest and will speak about changes to aged care. It is expected there will be many questions from the audience as this is an area of great concern to many seniors.

No bus will be required for the July 29 outing as everyone will meet at Downs Steam Railway, Drayton, for lunch. Cost $25.

For further information about Garden City National Seniors, phone Hazel on 4635 4519.

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