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Lucy Blomfield, daughter of Graeme and Penny who are engaged in legal practice in our area, has had a most interesting time of her life over the past few months.
Last semester, Lucy was an international exchange student at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, completing a Bachelor of Communications and Journalism.
She then travelled extensively by train for some months with friends.
She enjoyed the lifestyle in Granada and Seville with the Moorish architecture, flamenco and, above all, the friendly Spanish people.
Travel in Europe was a delight, said Lucy.
Yet another wedding anniversary, their 54th, for Fred and Raynor Pitchford of Tathra and they celebrated it together at the Harbourmaster on a balmy evening.
Fred has a broken foot, but it is not as bad as it sounds!
With a "gammy" leg made partly of a plaster compound, Fred has to go downstairs backwards!
As he was performing this ritual recently he missed a step and broke his foot - the "gammy" one!
So it is not as bad as it sounds and Fred is still laughing.
For the record, before joining the police force from which, of course, he is retired, Fred was a menswear salesman with the Sykes family at Wollongong.
Legs on show
Talking of legs, there we were three of us blocking the footpath of Carp Street with only four legs between us!
How come, you ask?
Well, there was Fred Pitchford minus most of one leg, Chrissy Farrow minus more than half of one leg and resplendent in her comfy scooter and yours truly, fortunately with two legs!
And all as happy as sandpipers as pedestrians weaved around us, all with happy greetings.
Life is worth living!
Candelo abstract artist Craig Cameron will have his latest work on display at the Canberra Contemporary Art Space in Manuka from March 4 to 15.
Craig graduated from the Canberra School of Arts with First Class Honours in 2000 and this is his first major exhibition since moving to beautiful Candelo two and a half years ago.
His Canberra exhibition is entitled Dead Centre and the work has been inspired by the landscape of the region.
Army has called
Ashley Smith, son of Sharlene, has realised his life's ambition now that he has been accepted into the Army, a career he has had his sights set on for ages.
Ashley has been in the workforce since leaving school and is looking forward to initial training at Kapooka and then on to Adelaide.
His entry into the unknown starts on May 4.
Sharlene too, is delighted that his long awaited acceptance is complete and, with his enthusiasm, Ashley's future is assured.
Don't forget the Bega On The Go meeting tomorrow (Wednesday) at 5.45pm in Pepperberry Restaurant.
Roy hears there are some outlandish ideas for Bega's next promotion day in April.
We saw ...
John Millard - long time machinery man of the South Coast whose shadow does not diminish.
John Gordon - a quiet achiever who always has words of wisdom to dispense during conversations.
John and Gwen Tapper - now living the retired life after involvement in their working life and being good citizens.
The exacting returns of cricketing fieldsmen - who seldom miss a brilliant throw to their wicketkeeper from outfield on slips.
Kevin Clynch and delightful partner Doris Hampton - who are always a pleasure to exchange greetings with.
Ray Keft - making a quick trip to town before returning to his paradise among the birds and bees.
Joan Lucas - sparking on all plugs as she talked to plenty of listeners.
Brian Sirl - and his merry men chopping their way through mountains of meat.
Trivia - Australia has more beaches than any other country, about 7000 in all.
A chubby faced bloke who left his mark on Bega over his younger years of commerce in the town has turned 50 young years of age.
Denis McDonald, son of the late Jim and Bub and husband of Lee (Farrraway), was feted by friends, gathered together for a Valentine's Day whiz-bang party at their Ashfield home, which they are currently renovating.
A piper was on hand to add to the Scottish atmosphere and old Bega boy Dave Adams had plenty of scotch whisky passing around to the happy throng.
Denis has taken an early retirement but Lee is still in the workforce while Denis does the home chores - sometimes!
The couple were vibrant members of the Bega community in days gone by, respected by all who knew them.
Dennis' sister Flora was so proud of her ancestry that she lovingly retained it when she married Paul and they are a happy couple under the banner of McDonald-Brown living at Birrong, Flora teaches at Granville South High School.
Happy half century Denis!
Death of Vera Richards
The death occurred of Vera Richards on January 6 in Brisbane where she had been living with her daughter, Beverly.
A regular visitor to family members at Bega where she lived for many years and was in the workforce, Vera chose the north for a well-earned retirement.
She is survived by Beverley of Brisbane, Shirley and Bill of Bega, Robert of Brisbane and Graham of Marrickville.
Another son, Peter, pre-deceased her.
Her brother Bill Seears and sister Ann Easdown also pre-deceased her.
Vera was buried at Brisbane.
Coffee with John
John Furner always enjoys a cup of coffee, a bikkie with a slice of Bega Cheese and a Saturday afternoon chat and we shared all of these with him last Saturday.
John does not let the time pass slowly; he keeps up to date with happenings you and I probably let pass and his unbounded humour and knowledge of current and local affairs takes some beating.
Call and say "g'day" any time and the coffee is superb.