Category Archives: Getting to Know

Yarn June-July 2022

Yarn June July 2022The June July issue of The Southern Yarn is available, online in glorious colour, complete with links to more reading. The cheerful yellow paper version will be making its way to postal recipients in the coming days.

Here’s Charlie’s Editorial to get you started:

Family issues dictated a hurried decision to visit Adelaide, Australia, for the first three weeks of May. With time to wander the streets in the Fullarton/Unley area, there was not only opportunity to think of content for this edition, but also inspiration for much of it.

Being a bird nerd, the ever-vocal locals never disappoint: I settled on a couple of honeyeaters that were ever present for Birds I View, p8; about one in five fences in that particular neighbourhood are made of brushwood, so there’s some info on that tradition in Did you know, p2; the granddaughter of cricket legend Donald Bradman, Greta Bradman, was in the news for headlining a music festival in outback Queensland – see Oz News, p4; a nearby community centre was hosting an exhibition of quilt art and two of the 29 pieces caught my eye as suitable for our NZ news, p5; and browsing books in op shops prompted some mentions also included here, p5.

Please note the new July 17 date for the return of the club’s annual pool party. You can use the linked graphic below to add this and all its details to your Google Calendar, if you use that tool.

Please don’t be shy about contributing any suitable material that others might find interesting. Thank you again to Jenny, Judy, Brian and Peter for valuable assistance. And thank you to our supportive advertisers.

Yarn for April May 2022

Here is the Yarn for April and May, 2022. 

There is a lot here to read on the 8 pages, including the cover story about a new land acknowledgement project that has created something we’d like you to comment on.

Remember that, unlike the print edition, the PDF version of our newsletter allows you to connect to hyperlinks embedded in many of the text items.

Enjoy!

Southern Yarn Dec 2021 – Jan 2022

It’s time for the last, AND the first Yarn of the years we are bridging with this issue. Stand by for the Dec-Jan issue of The Southern Yarn in your mailbox in glorious yellow paper and B&W print, or in modern full colour (with live hyperlinks!) via the PDF documents featured as always here on our website

And good luck with getting used to saying and writing the new year 2022. That’s a lot of twos, but it has a nice ring two it, right? 

Yarn Dec 2021 - Jan 2022

The Southern Yarn, Dec 2021 to Jan 2022

And here’s Charlie’s editorial to get you started.

As Peter reports, our recent AGM was fun and multi-national. Not only that, some great ideas emerged and you will see their influence on the content in future issues of The Southern Yarn. As always, we welcome the contributions from members and friends. So, “Thank You” to Jude McCudden for her thoughtful poetic offering (p. 6) and Peter Debenham’s friend, Brian McCann, for his ‘Great Ocean Drive” story (p. 5). Also, Jenny has put together some member related snippets in “Re Member” (p. 3). Again, I thank our regulars and our advertisers!

Meanwhile, as the nursery rhyme advises: “Christmas is coming and the geese are getting fat. Please put a penny in the poor man’s hat. If you haven’t got a penny, a ha’penny will do. If you haven’t got a ha’penny, then God bless you!” And as this food safety professional advises: Keep it simple, keep it cold or keep it hot, but keep it safe!

Be generous and … Enjoy!
– Charlie

The Southern Yarn August/September, 2021

Yarn Aug/Sept 2021

The August/September issue of The Southern Yarn is available for download. 

Here’s Charlie’s editorial to get you started:

Well, the severe drought foreshadowed by last winter’s minimal delivery of snow is now manifesting itself big time in the form of wildfires. The inconvenience of smoke in our air is nothing compared to the sad ordeal of having to leave one’s home and belongings to the mercy of the wind and flame. When it last struck Australia in 2019-2020, Canadian firefighters were quick to respond. Now, Aussie counterparts are deployed to help contain the blazes in Northwest Ontario. 

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Southern Yarn – April/May 2021

The April=May issue of The Southern Yarn is available now read it online now, or await your version on glorious yellow bond paper through the post, if you prefer. 

Here is the Editorial, by Charlie Powell, just to get you started:

It seems like the “dry” has started here in Manitoba – so little snow during winter that there is no spring runoff! The rural community is worried, therefore we all should be. “The Dry” also makes the list of top 25 Aussie films at the box office. Of course, we all know which one is still way out ahead of the rest … see NewsfromOz, p.5. You’ll also learn who owns some of the iconic brands downunder. Speaking of which – I recently gratefully accepted an unfinished jar of Vegemite with a Best Before in 2016! Still good, and still Yum!! As we commemorate ANZAC Day again this year, whether at the usual outdoor service or virtually, pay attention to the Padre. Just as chaplains play an important role in our annual services of remembrance, they played an even more vital role in the trenches. One such example is featured in this month’s Getting to know, p.6. And, speaking of the clergy, the Bird I view this issue is the Cardinal, p.8. All this and so much more – thank you to our advertisers and contributors – Judy, Jenny, Peter, Margaret, Ed, Malcolm, Terry.

You can check out all the past issues of our Yarns page.