My feet had barely hit the ground at Mountain View when the Annual General Meeting was called. I was too busy settling in to care about the politics of the place, but the agenda included a motion to terminate the Strata Manager. Self-management is complicated in a large scheme, so I wondered if that would … Continue reading Self-Management is Complicated
Where were you when that massive bolt of lightning hit the village yesterday? Wait a minute, wasn’t yesterday Halloween? Was it Nature’s attempt at Trick or Treat? If Halloween is about scaring the daylights out of people, then yes, I guess Nature won. There was absolutely no time between that one massive bolt of lightning … Continue reading Massive Bolt Of Lightning
The amazing team of Coral and Christine, with the help of a heap of fantastic volunteers, put together another successful Village Garden Market yesterday. Garden enthusiasts and hungry residents stayed dry while they ambled through the tables full of plants and baked goods. The girls did a great job as acting Bookies, selling tickets in … Continue reading Another Amazing Village Garden Market
I was caught off guard when I asked Coral what makes the team of ‘Coral and Christine’ so strong. She looked at me and said, “She calls me a bitch at least once a week”. I wasn’t expecting that response, but the more I delved into the reasons for their longstanding working relationship, the more … Continue reading She Calls Me A Bitch At Least Once A Week
Don’t wait for all your ducks to be in a row before you start ticking off the items on your bucket list, because the time is now! And there has never been a better time. How many years have you been saying, One day I’ll write my storyMaybe I should write that poem?I’d love to … Continue reading Don’t Wait Another Day, Because The Time is Now!
Wayne Bennett, former coach of the Brisbane Broncos, published a book in 2002 called ‘Don’t Die With the Music In You’. Apparently nobody was more surprised than Bennett when the book became an outstanding success and grossed more than a million dollars in sales in the first eight months. Bennett didn’t write his book for … Continue reading Why Wayne Bennett’s Book Made Millions of Dollars!
Or - how we used to communicate before email... I don’t know about you, but I wrote a lot of letters when I was young. We lived in a reasonably remote part of the world and most of my extended family lived in the city. So snail mail, as we now call it, was the … Continue reading Snail Mail
Mountain View Writers Group Writing Alone - Together Aim: To nurture and inspire the writer in each of us Objectives: To: Write, Edit, PublishListenEncourage Share informationGive positive feedback Structure: There is no leaderWe may appoint - or self-nominate - as facilitators, but not one of us owns the groupDecisions will be made by the group … Continue reading Mountain View Writers Group
If you Google ‘how to build a website’, you’ll find a lot of information, and courses, both online and face-to-face. The cost ranges from free to very expensive. I didn’t Google ‘how to build a website’ - and I didn’t race off to my nearest college to learn how. I just did it! And if … Continue reading How to Build a Website
Wendy and I have started a closed FB Group for all residents and staff at Mountain View. Just search Facebook for Mountain View Murwillumbah, and you’ll find us. You have to apply to become a member and answer three simple questions - then an Administrator will approve your request - depending on your answers... You’ll … Continue reading Mountain View Facebook Group
Most of us up here on the hill have been around the block a couple of times (or more!). Some have lived our lives on the edge while others have taken a more conservative, back-seat position. But regardless of what course our lives took, looking at life in the rear-view mirror certainly puts a different … Continue reading Looking at Life in the Rear-View Mirror
Mine was one of the generations raised with the gender defining notion that boy babies wore blue booties, and girl babies wore pink booties. Fast forward to 2019 - those boy babies are now in their 60’s, 70’s and 80’s and blue has been ditched in favour of pink. For seniors who attended the recent … Continue reading Boy Babies Wear Blue Booties… Don’t They?
Wrap your laughing gear around this, and let’s dissect this whole ‘ageing and happiness’ business. “You don’t stop laughing when you grow old; you grow old when you stop laughing”George Bernard Shaw Wrap your laughing gear around this... image from Pixabay Who Wants To Grow Old Before Their Time!? Retiring from a long, stressful career … Continue reading Wrap Your Laughing Gear Around This!
The advantages of having Christmas in July are many and varied. Some would argue that it isn’t right - from a Spiritual perspective - and I respect that. But here in Australia we do a lot of things differently. Perhaps it comes from being ‘Down Under’ - or upside down, as our Northern Hemisphere friends … Continue reading A Hot Christmas Lunch
Up here on the hill, we don’t do things in half measures. When we decided to host a Welcome to Winter lunch, volunteers got busy planning, shopping, cooking and decorating. And this is the result. What do you think? The tables are set, the food is prepared (as much as it can be), and the … Continue reading Welcome to Winter!
At the end of Day Two, fifteen weary but happy travellers were delivered safely back to our beautiful village. So with Part One of the Tenterfield Trip done and dusted, here is a pictorial account of Day Two. Day Two On Wednesday morning we woke to a beautiful crisp Autumn morning in Tenterfield (that's code … Continue reading Day Two – Tenterfield Trip
Synchronised alarm clocks started ringing around the village bright and early on Tuesday morning. It was the day for the Tenterfield trip - the bus was leaving at 8.00am - and fifteen of us planned to be on it. Weeks of planning and anticipation were about to come crashing in on each one of us. … Continue reading Tenterfield Trip – Part One
Here at Mountain View we are always thinking of: new things to do; places to go; people to meet. Our Social Committee organises most activities, but residents come up with ideas as well. That’s how the upcoming road trip to Tenterfield came about. Load that bus!! We’re going to Tenterfield! Lock in the 28th May, … Continue reading Road Trip to Tenterfield!
When I retired in April 2016, I made a commitment to keep learning - to keep the old brain-cogs turning. As the old adage goes “If you don’t use it, you’ll lost it!”. And there is enough research to suggest there’s a lot of truth in that saying. So why am I excited about WordCamp? … Continue reading Why Am I Excited About WordCamp?
How does a family of more than two-hundred members live harmoniously in close proximity? Stick around and I’ll talk you through the harmony in the village I live in. Like any family of more than two members (should that be, more than one member?), there are bound to be problems. Is that how it is … Continue reading Is there Harmony in the Village?