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Past President Eril Hudson

With a disappointing second wave of Coronavirus which is very concerning, I am finding Lockdown this time more confronting. It all seems less rewarding to be cleaning out the cupboards and attacking weeds in the garden; I’m really ready for something more engaging. Thank goodness for some great books.  The Dictionary of Lost Words, A Gentleman in Moscow, Where the Crawdads Sing, The Wife and the Widow, Enid  (Biography of Enid Lindeman, granddaughter of Henry Lindeman of Lindeman Wines and “The scandalous life of a glamorous Australian who dazzleOur Newsletter Editor Bern has  surprised me by instituting a space for comment by Past President, so here I am. d the world”  -  Married 4 times, widowed 4 times, travelled the world, had friends Muses in high places, plenty of money and certainly enjoyed herself all over the world!).  Anyway, if I can bury my head in a good book, I am happy and all the above certainly held my interest.

 These are difficult times, but at least John and I don’t have to worry about childcare, home schooling, adult children returning and working from home with every power point in the house attached to mobile phones and laptops.  It is a test of patience and tolerance in relationships for many. Just before Lockdown this time I was able to arrange lunch for four long-time friends at home instead of meeting in one of our local cafes as we do each month.  We had a BYO sandwich lunch and I provided a cake, tea/coffee etc.  It was a cold day, but the sun was shining through the windows of our lounge room, the gas log-fire was burning, and we sat around, exchanging our news and views with our usual laughter as we happily connected once again in a very relaxed manner. With social restrictions in place, it was a simple way to catch up with friends who have known each other from Kindergarten days.  Over the years we were busy raising families and contact waxed and waned during different phases of our lives, but we always shared our highs and lows with each other and  the friendships have remained and are very special.                              

Keep up your Probus friendships where you can.  I look forward to our Zoom meeting on Monday 3rd August as President Tony tries out some new skills at the microphone.                                                            Best wishes to you all Eril Hudson.


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