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Posted November 30th, 2012 - 7:53 am from Victoria, Canada
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Posted November 30th, 2012 - 9:24 pm from Victoria, Canada
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Posted December 1st, 2012 - 6:19 am from Victoria, Canada
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Posted December 2nd, 2012 - 12:12 pm from Hebden Bridge, England
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Posted December 2nd, 2012 - 10:01 pm from Victoria, Canada
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Posted December 3rd, 2012 - 1:56 am by from Daylesford, Australia (Permalink)
@ david, the sydneysider, who rarely posts before he thinks:
(still can't believe this!)

i could suggest a very suitable place, david, where you could stick your 'knitting group' comment, you are lucky that i am such a lady....

regarding the usefulness of the single-again older women all round me, here in daylesford, the majority widows like virginia or divorcees, i observe the following:

some are in the 'save driving' org, taking young and old learner-drivers out, in their cars, to complete their obligatory driving experience hours. no charge.

weekly literacy and numeracy sessions for those in need, at the neighbouhood centre. by our many retired schoolmarms.

after school free tutoring for school kids, in many subjects. mentoring, often continued for years.

telephone contacts: daily contact, at certain times, to single, older, disabled people. to ensure their well-being and monitor their needs.

meals on wheels.

much organizing events and festivals, to bring tourists and trade to town and attract artists, craftspeople, musicians and so on (all no charge):

various yearly music events
orchestras and recitals with wine and cheese after (virginia does the catering)

blooming arts festival in spring. painting, sculpture and flower arrangements, dinner one night and cocktail party with jazz band, the next
(virginia does...)

words in winter. poets and writers, australian and international. readings, workshops, book ball with fancy dress based on book themes, book fair.
(virginia....)

daylesford gay and lesbian mardi gras and townhall dance. parade, afternoon rally, shenanigans. long weekend.
(virg...)

daylesford agricultural show. women exhibitors, women farmers, women market gardeners.
i have a herbs for health and beauty stall there, and yes, i do the catering for afters.

scottish highland festival (we old girls like the big blokes in their little kilts) with much marching up and down the main drag, many bag pipes, whisky, etc and a marvelous shinding or whats-it-called with enthusiastic dancing, afterwards. haggis, as well, but i have nothing to do with that stuff. aaarrrgh!

lavendula harvest festival. again eating, dancing and my use-of-lavender lessons.

yearly swiss-italian festival. great stuff. much organized by the omas and nonnas of such origins.

two huge christmas dinners. one in july, theother in december. organized by guess who? yep, the old ladies, agin.


wednesday and friday free lunches at two venues. for people that don't get many hot meals because they are older, not well or out of work.

food bank. free food for those who need it.

community gardens. two here, so far. free seasonal vegetables, berries and fruit. free seedlings and produce swap.monthly working bees, older women available to explain herb and veg benefits, how to prepare, grow and harvest. i'm an adviser and i do veg prep classes for the clueless.

bulk produce shop, twice a week. organic pulse, cereals, flours, herbs, spices. byo container, good prices. run by older women.

winter lectures. weekly evening lectures by older retired
academics on philosophy, economy, science, medicine, etc. very well attended, at our town hall. organized by older women. supper after with a bit of the good, local wine (virg.....

that is just some of it. there are plenty of little events, the bullarto goat fair, bush dances everywhere, little film festivals, being no spring chicken, i've probably forgotten half of the events...never mind.

and yes, david, we do have knitting groups. that is where many of these events are planned and organized.
by smart, older women who can multi-task and therefore produce fabulous hand-crafted treasures, while also using their sharp, mature brains.

also many other volunteering positions are filled by us old girls: teacher's aides and library helpers at all schools. lollipop ladies at street crossings. visiting angels at the local hospital and nursing home. helpers at the local wild life shelter and the nearby dogs' home. op shop ladies.

running out of puff her, david but i think you've got the drift, by now.

oh yes, most of us are also mothers and grandmothers, loving and caring for our own grown and little ones, whenever we are needed.

time for a cuppa.

:>) your best, old roo








Posted December 3rd, 2012 - 4:32 pm from Camden, United States
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Posted December 3rd, 2012 - 10:32 pm from Camden, United States
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Posted December 4th, 2012 - 1:18 am from Walla Walla, United States
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Posted December 4th, 2012 - 10:47 am from Sydney, Australia
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Posted December 5th, 2012 - 2:51 am by from Victoria, Canada (Permalink)
Darryl - Wow, you are saying the average dentist in the U.S. earns $136,000 a year? REALLY? I can tell you it is certainly much different in Canada. In 1998, a new graduate dentist here in Victoria who was 28 yrs. of age, earned $800 a DAY and that was 14 years ago. The dentist is a friend of our family. So that would have been over $200,000 in 1998 for a 27 yr. old brand new dentist.

Speaking of charities - In Septembert of 2011 I became a Volunteer Coordinator with a rather small Registered Canadian Charity - my purpose was to assist a small group of rock poor people in the rural mountains of Jamaica (NOT the Blue Mountains). I certainly got into much more of a tangled bramble bush than I ever imagined.

I had no problem with the poor people I was assisting in Jamaica; but was shocked when a Canadian Accountant couldn't make the books balance (from a Joint Fundraiser I did with a completely different non-registered sort of "chariity" for Victoria kids. The Accountant took the easy route and the end result of that was that the non-registered so-called charity was given money that I raised independent of the Joint Fundraiser; which was wrong wrong wrong. Never in my wildest dream did I imagine a scenario like that. No I am not reporting it to Revenue Canada; but I can tell you that it certainly took the wind out of my sails for the plans I had for at least getting the children to school in that community. It is so disappointing that the developed world screws things up. There are so many multitudes of people in these poor countries that really need help.

The only thing I accomplished so far, was obtaining 150 pounds of vegetable and melon seeds and raising enough money to ship them to the people in the mountains of St. Elizabeth so they could at least grow some food for themselves. I counted, sorted, listed, categorized, and packed the seeds completely by myself (7800 packets); I was trying to meet a certain deadline and couldn't locate anyone to assist!

I also located a high end "Runners World" type store that has a bin of used runners availabe for anyone to take. The people in the mountains of St. Elizabeth REALLY REALLY appreciate getting a couple of suitcases full of those runners, whenever we know someone travelling to that general area. We have also sent and taken many, many suitcases full of new (& some) good used clothing, soccer balls and personal hygiene items.

Just had to get my two bits worth into this discussion.

Posted December 5th, 2012 - 4:45 pm from Camden, United States
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Posted December 6th, 2012 - 3:10 am by from Victoria, Canada (Permalink)
Gotcha, I'd heard people grumbling about charities but never in my wildest dreams did I think I would encounter what I did, basically on my first "round".


Posted December 4th, 2012 - 4:40 pm from Camden, United States
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Posted December 4th, 2012 - 9:34 pm from Ottawa, Canada
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Posted December 4th, 2012 - 9:57 pm from Camden, United States
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Posted December 4th, 2012 - 11:51 pm from Ottawa, Canada
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Posted December 3rd, 2012 - 4:19 pm from Camden, United States
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