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Picnic in the Park

On Tuesday, February 13, 2018, the Probus Club of Tea Tree Gully, had their annual “Picnic in the Park”.

The location selected was the Thorndon Park Reservoir. The park is in a wonderful setting with lawns and surrounding trees but members set up tables and chairs under the large covered pavilion, protected from the sun so that they could enjoy the day.

Thorndon Park Reservoir was constructed from 1857 - 1860. It was the first reservoir built in South Australia to supply Adelaide with piped water, and has a maximum water depth of 12 meters with a surface area of 10.7 hectares (26.5 acres).

Thorndon Park Reservoir is a huge park, set around the old reservoir with picturesque walking trails through natural wetlands, an amphitheatre, a kiosk and multiple picnics, and barbecues areas.

The weather was perfect, around 29 degrees, when 19 Probus members attended for lunch, although 28 members said they would be coming.

Everyone had a wonderful lunch, which they all brought with them and members passed around cakes, biscuits, and watermelon.

Members had plenty of conversations with each other, and it is a good way to catch up with members who we haven't been able to meet at their monthly meeting.

After lunch, eight members went for a walk around the reservoir but had to make a detour, as an area of the planned walk was blocked off, so it was a climb up a hill to get on another path. The  Membership Officer, Vic thought he was in training for South Adelaide Football Club, as he sprinted up the hill.

On the walk, members saw ducks and birdlife and it was wonderful to see so much activity in the wetlands.

Around 2.30 everyone packed up after an enjoyable day of Friendship, Fellowship, and Fun.