LADIES BUS TRIP AT EUROA
What a day we had at Euroa on our bus trip, thirty ladies altogether.
Firstly we visited “The Falls” a garden in the hills, a natural waterfall flowing down the rocks with magnificent gardens below it, beautiful trees, shrubs and bulbs and etc on a number of acres.
Continuing on we were privileged to visit David Hayes, Lindsay Park racing stud. The farm manager gave us a tour of the stables, exercise facilities and explained the training of the one hundred and sixty horses, including one of the Queen’s horses Bold Sniper (as seen in the photo). Lunch was taken at the Longwood Community Hall with a great lunch provided by a group of Longwood Ladies.
On the way back to the golf club, we called into see a gem display which had many beautiful gems from all over the world. Many were Offord for sale. We returned to the golf club, all still excited with the visit to Lindsay Park Stud with lots of racing tips (the main one being don’t bet).
Ladies Liaison Officer.
Below the Queens’ horse ‘Bold Sniper’.
Ladies bus trip to Castlemaine
Some of ladies at the morning tea stop.
We boarded the bus at the Castlemaine golf club, and were driven to the old town of Maldon, where we engaged in some retail therapy in the shops looking for bargains.
Boarding the bus again we arrived at a cafe for morning tea. It had a German theme, and occupying a large part of an old factory in Castlemaine. Our next stop was at â€œMichellesâ€ biscuit factory a small, very busy operation ran by the owner and three employers. The owner gave us a talk on how it all started and continues to grow, plenty of tasting of the wonderful biscuits, some of her customers are Emirates airlines, Myers, a large luxurious car company and a large number of top shops.
Our fourth stop was a tour of an apple cider factory with more tasting.
Lunch was at the Sky Dancerâ€™s restaurant, which also had a lovely garden centre.
A pleasant bus trip, enjoyed by all.
Ladies bus trip at Heywood
Ladies pictured with the Endeavour at the Portland pier.
The ladies enjoyed a relaxing and informative bus trip. The bus companies’ driver and the local Heywood lady who accompany us, were well informed on the history of Portland.
We stopped on the foreshore, where the bus company provided us with morning tea, before we travelled onto the pier, where the ship The ENDEAVOUR was anchored, and getting ready to sail to Sydney. You could have been part of the crew or a passenger, if you paid a large amount of money. It was a magnificent to be able see it so close up. Also while we were there, we watched how the wood chips trucks were unloaded. Amazing how they stood the truck on its’ end so that the wood chips could empty out onto a conveyer belt, in readiness to be shipped overseas.
We also visited the Botanical gardens to view the many beds of dahlias, so many beautiful, colours and sizes of the flowers.
Lunch was in Portland, at a place of your choice. On the way back to Heywood we had a quick stop at Trelor’s Rose farm, again there were many varieties of rose bushes, and the wonderful colourful colours.
A most enjoyable day.
Ladies bus trip at Maffra
Twenty ladies participated in the bus trip. Unfortunately the weather was against us and the golfers so we simplified the trip.
Firstly we visited an alpaca farm, yes they are sweet animals, we were able to feed, pat and cuddle some of them while we had morning tea, provided by Lyn, and we viewed lovely alpaca items, socks, jumpers, scarves, blankets etc, with lots of money left behind.
We then travelled to Stratford and the Turkish shop. Adam, the owner, gave us a talk on the making of their rugs, whether silk, cotton or wool. Some are handmade by the Turkish village people, often taking up to two years to complete, as they only work on them for periods of 15 minutes at a time. The larger rugs are made in factories. Lunch was taken at Kilmany manor. Just a beautiful home and surroundings, owned by a doctor, who had practised at the local hospital at Sale and his sister. They had turned some of it into a bed and breakfast accommodation. A table for the twenty of us was beautifully set up with all the trimmings of silver serve, as if we were head of state.
Thank you Fay, Lyn and Maffra Golf Club.
LADIES AT STAWELL
The ladies did not have their usual bus trip at this event but organized the local bus to show them around the town and judging by the laughter afterwards they had a ball . They proceeded to lunch and continued their frolic. The bus driver Mal a local identity was great and enjoyed having the ladies on his run.
LADIES AT ARARAT
The Ladies had a great time visiting the Hall Gap Zoo with a lovely morning tea and lunch back at the Chalambar Golf Club . Below are the happy group of 25 Ladies with their bus in the background.
LADIES AT TALBOT
Whist their partners were playing or trying to play golf at Talbot the Ladies led by VVGA Liaison Officer Elaine Thorne experienced local attractions and made a visit to historic town Dunolly and Maryborough. Highlights were visits to the Gold Museum and Worsley Cottage and Museum complex.They all reported a another most successful outing . Below the Ladies and the bus all ready to go.
LADIES AT COLAC
The VVGA is delighted that the Ladies accompanying their golfing husbands and partners have such an enjoyable time at the Associations 5 Major events each year. Colac resident and keen local golfer Nancy Doyle introduced these trips in 1994 during the Country Championship that year and they have escalated over the years and provide the Ladies with a renewal of old friendships and create new ones in a most enjoyable atmosphere. Over the years they have visited places all over Victoria and are now led by VVGA Liaison Officer Elaine Thorne who has taken over from Marjorie Macpherson.
Above this years trip at Colac.
LADIES AT COHUNA
Ladies visiting the club for the Veterans Four Ball Championship enjoyed their trip around the local area and the hospitality of the Cohuna Club here they are ready for the bus tour.
The Ladies who accompany their golfing husbands and partners to VVGA events enjoy each others company and now have a traditional game of golf on the Monday and visit local attractions on Tuesday in a well organized trip usually by coach. Elaine Thorne is the Liaison between the organizing District and the Ladies and ensures they all have a great time. Here they are at Bendigo about to embark on another adventure with plenty of retail therapy.