Charleville – Day 7

Our last full day here in Charleville has come and gone .

I must admit I really appreciated having a slow morning – a chance to catch up, have an important pastoral conversation, do some reading and enjoy the cooler weather. Some of our group headed to an historic home on Alfred St.

Mid- afternoon we headed off to the Waroona Nursing Home attached to Charleville Hospital, to present a mostly-musical program there. Colin, Rebecca, Kirra & Caleb have joined us from Toowoomba. Good friends Chrissie & Brenda are lo-and-behold also camping here. They joined us too.

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We had a meaningful & memorable hour there. Gayle got to play a real piano for a change. We mostly shared in a range of ‘old-time’ songs, interspersed with songs written by Stephanie or myself, as well as some yarns once again by Ivan. Some Aussie bush-dance music thrown in too!

It certainly touched a chord with the residents we entertained. It was lovely seeing patient George (name changed) give the hint of wanting to dance. And so, with Brenda’s sensitive and astute help, he did. Something special. We rounded our time off with the singing of Amazing Grace and How great thou art.

Two hours back at camp and we were off to the Bilby centre. The work of Peter & Frank in helping preserve the bilbies was honoured in an Australian Story episode shared . Hard to imagine it, but Australia’s Bilby population finds its greatest threat coming from a nationwide array of 20-30 million feral cats. Staggering!

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Back at the Bailey Bar, we all contributed to a delightfully informal
Bring-and-share meal outdoors under a central gazebo. A fitting way to experience our final meal together before us all heading homeward at various times tomorrow.

Blessings,
David

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