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Activity day away

It's a grey, wet day at the farmette. We've had three days of rain and accumulated a total of 2 1/2 inches of water, according to the gauge. It really has been a case of April showers bring May flowers, although I have a riot of crocuses blooming around the yard.

Last Wednesday, sister Sandy and I went to the Activity Day for the Grey Highlands Probus club. On display were all the different sub-clubs and activities that we could try.

She got me signed up last year, and while I haven't done a lot, I think I'm going to do a bit more this year.

Probus - an amalgam of professional and business - is a volunteer-based, non-profit organization that connects semi-retired and retired people. There are 4,000 clubs worldwide and 250 in Canada.

It's a pretty laid back club. I pay a nominal fee ($25 a year) and here, we have access to 20 different activities - from snowshoeing to kayaking to bicycling (serious and leisurely) to wine tastings to pot luck dinners. You just tick the boxes of the activities you want to engage with, and they'll send you emails for upcoming events. It's non-political and non-sectarian, which is a big relief these days. You can go or not go - there's no real obligation, but they do put on some good times.

The picture above is of the ladies who run the knitting club, called Knit & Knatter. I had a great chat with them, telling them all about my new swift and yarn ball maker. They made the beautiful things on display. I've also signed up for the book club (never been in one before) and the gardening club.

They also have a good sense of humour, as witnessed by the apron on the lady who runs the themed dinner club.

She also runs the opera appreciation club, which is called, appropriately, The Fat Lady Sings.

I'm looking forward to attending some of the activities this year. My first book club meeting is this coming week, so we'll see how that goes.

While I'm normally quite the introvert and I love staying home at the farmette, it's nice to get out and socialize with like-minded people once in a while. And Probus is a good way to do it. Until next week.

Gratuitous cat photo courtesy of Hobbes, who lolled around in the sunshine on the deck before the rains came bucketing down.


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