Hutt River (Clare) Probus

Hutt River (Clare) Probus guest speaker Leanne Skeers and member Barry Budarick.
Hutt River (Clare) Probus guest speaker Leanne Skeers and member Barry Budarick.

Our July meeting was held on 21st in Barbara J long Room with a moderate attendance.

After all the reports Joan Bruce had an impromptu  “show and tell”: two beautifully embroidered cushions for members of her family.

Morning tea was an excellent spread (we should have held off on breakfast!)

Barry Budarick introduced our guest speaker a Clare local Leanne Skeers.  

Born in Canberra her father took the family with four children to outback Queensland where he was a grader driver for four years in the 1980s.

The family lived in a caravan towed by a big car, sometimes in worker’s camps.

Leanne said they had no school and they lived as free as a breeze, all children were close to each other –“today’s kids can’t understand what we took for granted”.

After moving back to Canberra the kids found it hard to live in a house with a room each.

They loved going out to their grandparents who had a farm and lived in the old ways-horse and sulky 9 “Grandpa never owned a car”, they had no luxuries but grew most of their produce, meat and veggies.

It was her escape back to living away from the city.

Grown up, Leanne spent eight years in New Zealand before coming to Clare in 2004 – today wearing a dress and heels is a rare event!

An interesting speaker, thanks Barry.