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Autumn NonsenseFloating on the breeze, drifting to the groundThe autumn leaves are falling, gathering around.As leaves evolve from shades of green to russet, redand goldI watch in ever changing awe, their beauty to behold.It’s time now for the weekly rake, the sweep, the biggreen bin,I only seem to finish and it’s time to start again!Every season has its own special beauty and autumnis no exception. Watching the trees turn from basicgreen to all varieties of gold, yellow and red isspectacular and it is hard to believe that the changingcolours can herald the arrival of a long, cold winter.But, more importantly in 2020 the best autumn rainfallfor many years.Midnight, Tuesday, 12th May was a significant timeand date in modern history. It was the time thatVictorians could once again visit family and friends, asthe Andrews Government brought about the firstphase of its plan to bring Victoria back to the way itused to be prior to the Covid-19 pandemic. This,however, is a measured, cautious approach to keepus as safe as possible in the coming weeks. Asschoolchildren prepare to go back to the classroom ina ‘gradual return’ to normality, there is still no clearindication as to what this means for us and the ProbusClub of White Hills. You can be assured that theexecutive and committee are working their waythrough a range of issues to ultimately bring theProbus Club of White Hills back to life. There may besome activities that can be resumed but all willbecome clearer over the next few weeks andeveryone will be well informed.On a personal note, after celebrating Mother’s Day alittle differently to usual it has been special to see thegrandchildren again, I can’t believe how much theyhave grown in just a few weeks! For their sake (andours) we need to continue to stick to the distancingrules and to continue to use good hand hygiene. Stayat home when you can, especially if unwell, it’s up tous to make our slow recovery a reality.Special Award for Terry IlesTerry recently received aspecial surprise in the mail: aletter from the Governor ofVictoria acknowledging herwork as a volunteer on theBendigo St John of Godauxiliary. This would have tobe as good as getting onefrom the Queen on reaching100. Congratulations Terry,very well deserved!Now, just who is Terry Iles?Terry was born Theresa Catherine Crapper in 1931 atEaglehawk. Her parents, two brothers and one sisterlived at Sebastian where Terry’s father was a sharefarmer. Terry attended Primary School at Sebastianthen travelled to Bendigo to attend the Bendigo HighSchool and Bendigo School of Mines, where sheundertook studies in millinery and dressmaking. Herfirst employment was in the Bendigo Fashion Housealteration room but her real love for fashion and finerywas her own business in the basement of theShamrock Hotel where she made beautiful gowns forbrides, wedding parties, and belles of the ball. Thosewere the days of elegance and beautiful fabricsincluding yards of lace, satin and tulle and detailedembroidery and as this took up so much of her time,Terry’s millinery skills were mainly used forbridesmaid’s head pieces.Terry married Fane Iles 1957 and moved to Bendigo.He was a motor racing cyclist who worked at R JConroy where he was a 2-stroke specialist. Togetherthey raised a family of 4 daughters and one son whonow reside in Bendigo, Sydney and Darwin. It waswhen the children started school that Terry began hervolunteering career at St Killian’s, St Joseph’s andFlora Hill Schools in the school tuckshops and on theMothers’ Clubs. Also, when her family were youngTerry sewed at home whilst the kids were at schoolPAGE 2and turned her hand to making curtains. Terry’shusband pre-deceased her 14 years ago and shecurrently shares her home with her daughter (theoriginal Iles family home) in Bendigo. For severalyears Terry was President of the Combined Auxiliariesof the Bendigo Base Hospital and some six years agoshe joined the St John of God auxiliary and it was forthis activity that the above award was made. Terry hasbeen a member of the Probus Club of White Hills for13 years and finds enjoyment in the good company,trips (especially Mystery trips) and the interestingguest speakers.Some interesting ‘Terry’ stats:Learned to ride a motor bike at 19Taught ballroom dancing (although she married a nondancer)Has won many trophies for Ten Pin BowlingIs a Member of the Red Hat Club (just for fun!)The ‘Selwood’ brothers (AFL footballers) are related.Now Terry makes potholders!SIMPLE SOUP (Pumpkin that is!)1 pkt Chicken Noodle500gms chopped butternut pumpkin250g chopped potato2 chopped onion2 rashers chopped bacon1 - 2 tabs curry (according to taste)Pepper & Salt (to tasteCreamNutmegPinch of sugar )1 – 2 tabs OilSauté onion and bacon in hot oil, add curry powder.Cook a few minutes until softening. Add pumpkin,potatoes, chicken noodle and 4 cups water, cook tillvegies are soft. Add sugar. Mash, then blend to finepulp. Add cream, pepper and salt to taste. Sprinklewith nutmeg and chives to serve.ARNOTT’S SCOTCH FINGER BISCUITSBecause of the pandemic and supermarket shortagesArnott’s published their recipe – what at challenge totry and perfect!Ingredients:170 gms salted butter (softened)2/3 cup soft icing sugar1 cup plain flour1-1/2 tsp baking powderMethod:1. Pre heat oven to 160o C. Grease a 30 cm X20 cm rectangular slice pan and line withbaking paper, extending the paper 2 cmabove the edge of the pan.2. Using an electric mixer, beat butter and icingsugar for 2 minutes or until pale and creamy.3. Sift the flour and baking powder over thebutter mixture and mix on low speed untilcombined.4. Press mixture into slice pan and smooth overwith a pallet knife, Bake for 25 minutes5. Remove from oven and using a small sharpknife, immediately slice 5 cm crossways x 7.5cm lengthways into rectangular pieces Thenrun the knife gently ½ way into the shortbreadpieces, not touching the bottom to make thefinger indent.6. Let the biscuit cool in the pan for 10-15minutes, before moving to a cooling rack.When you are BORED, just THINK ABOUT a fewthings that don’t make sense like …Maybe oxygen is killing you and it just takes 75 to 100years to fully work100-years ago everyone owned a horse and only therich had cars. Today, everyone has cars and only therich own horses!Which letter is silent in the word scent? Is it the S orthe C?Why do we put cups in the dishwasher and dishes inthe cupboard?How come noses run and feet smell?Re-watch a classic movie that you love.2020: the year the bin goes out more than we do!CHALLENGE YOURSELF: Suggestions fromProbus South PacificGet active! Staying at home doesn’t mean you can’tstretch.Immerse yourself in a new book.Play an inter-active game on your phone or computer.Call a Probus friend and see how they are.Take a ‘selfie’ with your phone camera.Send a text or an email.Listen to podcasts or create your own.Cook a new recipe or re-invent an old one.Listen to music that makes you smile and dance likeno-one is watching.PAGE 3Meet Allan PriceAllan is one of the newest members of the Probus Club of White Hills, havingbeen inducted in October 2019. Allan was born in Melbourne and has twosisters. He studied at Melbourne High School and at Matriculation had madeno big decision on what direction to take. However, National Service in 1969soon took care of his purpose in life, and on completion he continued, in thecivilian Department of Defence in a clerical position, where he met his futurewife Cheryl. Allan and Cheryl moved to Canberra and during his 20-years therebecame a Budgeting and Project Manager for the Department of Agriculturebefore eventually reaching executive level within the APS.Whilst in Canberra Allan was President of a Community Association whichraised the money for the building and running of a community hall. This milliondollarproject remains home to a significant number of community and servicegroups. He was also chairman of the local Day Care facility, which was a not-for-profit organisation (the first ofits type in Canberra) for the care of children, and a foundation member of the Canberra Local Area PlanningAuthority.Cheryl returned to the workforce when their children grew older. She undertook tertiary studies leading to aGraduate Diploma in Occupational Hazard Management and ultimately worked her way up to a senior positionwithin Comcare, which was an outstanding achievement.In 2000 Allan took early retirement and purchased a property just outside Wangaratta where he and Cheryl bredrace horses, quite a few of which won in the city including ‘Stakes Races’, who together have won city races infive states of Australia as well as the ACT and Northern Territory. While there Allan was an executive memberof the local CFA and the fishing club and Cheryl was secretary of the Wangaratta Family History Society.Allan and Cheryl have now been married 42 years and have two children, both of whom live in Melbourne: oneis a Project Manager for the Victorian State Government and the other is a Barrister specialising in CriminalLaw. Allan’s hobbies include fishing, art, sport, cricket and golf, and he holds Life Membership of cricket andbaseball clubs. At the time of writing this profile he was going fishing with Bill Knight. It’s hoped they caught fishand not a cold!Allan and Cheryl joined the Probus Club of White Hills to have the enjoyment of meeting with ‘like-minded’people, to share in the local community spirit, to get ‘out of the house’. Both look forward to getting back intothe normal scheme of things as soon as possible.PATIENTS ON VENTILATORSSome things I didn’t know about. A MUST READThe paragraphs below were written by a nurse whoworks with ventilators:Here you go folks... for those people who don'tunderstand what it means to be on a ventilator butwant to take the chance of going back to work....For starters, it's NOT an oxygen mask put over themouth while the patient is comfortably lying down andreading magazines. Ventilation for COVID-19 is apainful intubation that goes down your throat andstays there until you live or you die.It is done under anaesthesia for 2 to 3 weeks withoutmoving, often upside down, with a tube inserted fromthe mouth up to the trachea and allows you to breatheto the rhythm of the lung machine.The patient can't talk or eat, or do anything naturally -the machine keeps you alive.The discomfort and pain they feel from this meansmedical experts have to administer sedatives andpainkillers to ensure tube tolerance for as long as themachine is needed. It's like being in an artificial coma.After 20 days from this treatment, a young patientloses 40% muscle mass, and gets mouth or vocalcords trauma, as well as possible pulmonary or heartcomplications.It is for this reason that old or already weak peoplecan't withstand the treatment and die. Many of us arein this boat ... so stay safe unless you want to take thechance of ending up here. This is NOT the flu.Add a tube into your stomach, either through yournose or skin for liquid food, a sticky bag around yourbutt to collect the diarrhea, a foley to collect urine, anIV for fluids and meds, an A-line to monitor your BPthat is completely dependent upon finely calculatedmed doses, teams of nurses, CRNA’s and MA’s toreposition your limbs every two hours and lying on amat that circulates ice cold fluid to help bring downyour 104 degree temp.Anyone want to try all that out?Then stay home, stay safe and well!PAGE 4What’s happening in Wendy’s Garden?In a previous HH Wendy Betts outlined an ambitious garden planting project and it seems that all is going toplan. All the vegetables and seeds planted just one month ago are doing well after recent drenching rain. Peasare slowly starting to make their way up the frames and some radishes have already made their way to thetable. (A very quick crop – less than 3 weeks from seeding to eating). Geranium and pelargonium cuttingsalready have new shoots and even a couple of flowers. The Feijoa tree near Wendy’s driveway is in fullproduction, but as you have to wait for the fruit to drop after ripening it means a lot of squashed fruit unless thearea is raked several times a day. By the time Probus is back in action Wendy will have some cuttings to share.A reminder: Keep saving bread tags for charity and hopefully we will all have a full jar by the time Probusresumes.Nothing ChangesThe Argus1 June 1920BUTTER DISTRIBUTION.It is reported to the Commonwealth Dairy Produce Pool Committee, that in some states, during thepresent great scarcity of butter, certain traders were approaching factories direct, and offering specialinducements to secure their butter and cheese, thus diverting it form the normal channels and deprivingregular customers from getting their fair proportion for their trade requirements. With a view to checkingthis practice, the committee passed the following resolution, which if necessary, bill be put intooperation:-"That with a view of insuring equitable distribution during present shortage, each State beempowered to order any or all butter and cheese factories in such State to consign all or anyportion of its butter and cheese to the committee for distribution through its normal channels".