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By Helen Bowering
HOW is it that the
older you get the
quicker the time
seems to fly by?
Here we nearing
spring the Rio
ended and we are
now are looking
down the barrel, the footy finals, racing
season and wait for it....... Christmas.
While time seems to be flying past at the rate of knots,
birthdays too seem to be rolling around quicker than ever.
How did it happen I am now in my late 50’s and con-
sidered by most under 30, dare I say “old”.
We don’t think we are old, “Hey isn’t 50 the new 40?”
While 50 may not be old to all those over that magic half
century milestone, to my 12 year old son and most teenag-
ers 50 plus is definitely old.
Who are we kidding 50 is no spring chicken, then
again I think many of us would still give many considered
young a run for their money.
But it is true at 50 “something” you certainly do not
feel anything like 20 or even 30. Life does change, ex-
ercise does get more arduous and constantly trying “not”
to put on weight is real a drag. Why does the metabolism
have to slow down with age, it just isn’t fair.
I don’t know about you but the older I get the more I
feel like doing less and eating more but the older we get
the more we are meant to exercise and the less we are
meant to eat.
Hang on reality check, look in the mirror, Do you look
as if you are headed for your pension? You don’t do you?
Well maybe it is high time we turned our energies into
staying in shape, keep updated on trends and hunger for
challenge instead of food.
Now reflecting back on that wonderful 18th year, hav-
ing left school and perhaps now even legally licensed to
drive there was a whole world out there and so many pos-
Then 21 came and there was an endless round of par-
ties and good times, hanging out with friends and oh yes
study and part time jobs, because most of us didn’t have
much money left after paying for rent, food and the must
have jeans, Miller shirt and desert boots, oh yes and a few
drinks at the pub.
Then came 30 that went quickly into 40 and that was
getting a bit serious , not exactly old but getting very near
to that big 50 number.
That was the time when most of us change from the
reckless carefree lifestyle and adopt a more healthy and
We can colour it up and kid ourselves 50 plus isn’t old,
at least not to 60 and 70 year olds but to our children this
age is considered old.
It is the time of life when you do realise you become
invisible, at least that is what a friend shared with me. “Yes
she said, haven’t you realised when you turned 40 plus you
become invisible, at least to most children and teenagers
Well I did have a think about that and remembered
back to when I was 15 years of age and being told by my
mother, “Your uncle is going to be 50 and we are going
to his party”.
I do recall at the time thinking, how could someone be
that old and why you would bother having a party at all
and thinking, this is going to be really boring.
Well has much really changed? No I suppose it hasn’t,
children still think their parents are old and any words of
wisdom probably still go by the wayside.
But in the words of Victor Hugo, “Forty is the old age
of youth; 50 is the youth of old age.”
So best we take on the “glass half full” positive ap-
proach and believe at 50 plus, life can still be fabulous,
interesting, funny and educational.
While T S Elliot stated, “The years between 50 and 70
are the hardest. You are always being asked to do things,
and yet you are not decrepit enough to turn them down.”
The fact is we are living longer and if that’s the case
there is a whole lot of living still to do and so many won-
derful experiences yet to have. The best thing we can do
as we move into the autumn of our lives is to make every
day a winner! Don’t wait until you really are too old to do
those things you always wanted to do.
CHILDREN at Fish Creek and District
Primary School have been overwhelmed
by community support for their first ever
Boomerang Bag sewing bee.
Run by the school’s Coastal Ambassadors and
Grades 5 and 6 children, the working bee was de-
signed to reduce plastic bags in Fish Creek.
Volunteers were busy stamping, ironing, cutting
and sewing bright and colourful bags to distribute.
Boomerang Bags is a nationwide community-
driven initiative aiming to reduce plastic pollution
Each bag is made from donated fabrics and ma-
terials and is printed with the Boomerang logo ‘bor-
row and bring back’.
The bags will be spread throughout the Fish
Creek community for the public to borrow and bring
back instead of taking a plastic bag.
The students would like to thank all the wonder-
ful volunteers, parents and friends who offered their
help. A special thanks to parent Natalie Oudyn who
organised the program.
Maybe plastic bags will become a thing of the
past in Fish Creek.
A LEONGATHA boy has been crying
himself to sleep after his cat went miss-
ing from his Church Street home.
The cat, Puss, is a Himalayan desexed female.
She is microchipped and registered with South
Gippsland Shire Council.
Her family moved to Leongatha at the start of August.
Puss is mainly an inside cat, never goes far and always
stays inside at night.
“We are very upset and desperately waiting for her to
come home,” owner Kate Perry said.
“We have been through quite a bit over the last couple
of years and moved here for a nice fresh start.
“We love her so much and are just heartbroken over
If anyone knows her whereabouts, please call Ms Perry
on 0499 574 957 or council rangers.
THE Rotary Club of Leongatha 40th an-
nual Arts Prom Country, art and photog-
raphy show is on from Friday, August 26
to Sunday, August 28 in Mesley Hall.
Held in conjunction with the Daffodil Festival
for the first time in years, the art show has already
has 450 entries, including a record number in the
The art on show throughout the show will have a
total sale value of over $250,000.
The art show entries from artists and photogra-
phers from across Gippsland, Melbourne, regional
Victoria and interstate.
This year, the judge is Shelley McDermott who
is the senior curator at the Latrobe Regional Art Gal-
lery in Morwell.
The prize pool for the show is around $6000,
with awards given out for various mediums, pho-
tography, 3D art, the junior sections and the new all
Awards are presented on opening night.
The feature artist at this year’s show is well
known Inverloch artist John Mutsaers. He is a highly
awarded artist and his works have been collected by
many galleries and famous people.
Opening night is on Friday, August 26 from 8pm.
The cost is $20 and includes finger food and drinks.
Entry is free for entered artists.
Tickets for the opening night can be purchased
at the door.
The show is open on Friday from 1pm to 5pm
(official opening at 8pm), Saturday, August 27 from
10am to 6.30pm and on Sunday, August 28 from
10am to 3pm.
Entry to the show is $5 per person.
The older we get the quicker it goes
for art show
Heartbroken: a Leongatha family is desper-
ately seeking its missing cat.
Boy cries for cat
Boomerang Bags bounce back
Making difference: from left, Olivia, Kaatje, Alice and Katelyn show Boomerang Bags made
at Fish Creek and District Primary School.
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