This Adventurous Age

Adventures travelling and working around Australia.

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2004 Travels April 12


It was a hot day.

We all played in the Mixed Fours bowls. Won three games and lost one. I think we came in fourth for the day.

I was not happy with my game – I was very tense and worried about letting the others down, so played erratically. John played somewhat inconsistently too.

I won a cocktail shaker in the raffle! Definitely not something we were likely to use.

Long day again and very tiring.

And that ended the Easter Bowls tournament at Ceduna. John was really happy to have been involved in a proper, serious tournament. He now “owed” me some serious bushwalking!

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2004 Travels April 11


John and B bowled in the Mens Pairs. They were runners up, too!

John won a fishing rod and $40. He also won the raffle – two bottles of red wine. He gave one bottle to B for thanks for teaming up with him.

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G bowled with a couple of others in the Ladies Triples.

I had a lovely, solo, day. I sewed, knitted, walked on the beach.

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2004 Travels April 10


We bowled all day – 9.30am till 5pm. So we had to be up relatively early to get breakfast and get into uniforms.

GH and I competed in the Ladies Pairs – and came second! We won three games and drew one. We received a crystal vase each (of limited use in a caravan!), $40 cash, and a $20 voucher for a local jewellery shop. We were very pleased with ourselves.

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The men were not placed in the Mens Fours. They were teamed up with another visitor, and a last minute fill in by a local high school boy. He was a very nice lad. They won two games and lost two.

It was a very long day.

I was out of the habit of such concentrated  activity and felt very weary. A long shower was most welcome.

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1999 Travels April 17


The day was a pleasant one – sunny, with some breeze.

I drove to shops for the morning papers, then spent much of the morning reading these.

We had to be at bowls at 1pm. John had told me that this was a “social” (i.e. casual) mixed pairs game, but that I should wear my white uniform. It turned out that he had not been exactly truthful and that it was mixed pairs for a perpetual trophy called the Smith Cup – and quite a major event. There were lots and lots of competitors, and I was sure I would be out of my league. We played three games of eight ends each. We actually won all three games, though I had a very nervous start, for the first half of the first game. John played brilliantly.

So, we are now the Smith Cup trophy holders for the next year! Our names will be engraved on the Cup – but it stays at the club. Fame at last! We also got $30 each as prize money. John suspected that the prize money would have been greater, had a local won it.

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We are the winners of the Smith Cup

So now John must play at least some of the big tournament that is coming up – he will be in demand. The Club Secretary has already snaffled him up for the chook prize Pairs on Tuesday afternoon!

Some of the ladies tried to get me to commit to playing in the Ladies Tournament that is held at Merbein, whilst the Men’s is on at Mildura. No way! I shall quit while I am ahead, here. The reason we won today was that John played brilliantly – not because of my skills. I do not want my deficiencies exposed! I told them I was going to do lots of reading, courtesy of the Mildura Library.

For tea, treated ourselves to pizza from the Pizza Hut, and also bought a couple of bottles of bubbly – which we then did not open tonight.

John phoned K and left a message about our win. He also phoned his brother in law and talked briefly about it. F does not think he will come up to Mildura to bowl.

We had a rather early night – both tired, from effort and exhilaration.

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1999 Travels April 3


Some of the men from John’s family are in the habit of participating each year in a very big tournament, on Easter Saturday, at Beaumaris club. It was on again this year.

We needed an early start to get to Beaumaris by 8.30am. John dropped me off at his sister’s place and went on to bowls.

This sister of John’s runs an art gallery in the suburb of Hampton, so I went there with her, for the morning. While she was dealing with customers, I wandered the local shops. Spent some time in a very good knitting wool shop, just browsing.

There are some beautiful bird paintings in H’s gallery. There were also two ducks on her swimming pool this morning.

H and I purchased some things for pre-dinner nibbles, then looked in on the bowling men, about 5pm. They were still playing, but were almost finished. We went back to H’s. The men eventually turned up. They were relatively happy with their performance; John, brother R and H’s husband F, plus a friend of R’s, won one game and lost two. There is big prize money attached to this tournament, so the competition is fierce.

After nibbles and drinks at H’s, we adjourned, with partners and H’s daughter and son in law, to the local Chinese restaurant, for tea. It was decided – by majority rather than consensus – that we would have the banquet, for $17 each. There was plenty of food but I thought it was only of very average standard.

It was very late by the time we got back home.