The enthusiastic men of the local Menshed hosted their end of year barbeque on Saturday evening, assisted by their wives and partners who brought sumptuous salads, desserts and other goodies for the table.
Mayor Rowena Abbey appeared in time to mingle with the guests and ultimately draw the winning ticket in the long-running raffle for the famous rocking horse, hand crafted by shed member Jack Price.
The winner was Jenny Lancaster, holding ticket number 221 which was sold on council election day at the Recreation Grounds.
Funds raised from the raffle will be used on building work related to the shed, as well as necessary equipment and an exhaust system.
Once the day of feasting is over there will be time to relax, hide from the expected heat and catch up on reading. Amongst many titles that our local book club has enjoyed are A Fortunate Life, The Alphabet of Light and Dark, Captain Corelli's Mandolin, The Secret River, Unreliable Memoirs, Pigs in Heaven, Journey to the Stone Country and The Lost Art of Sleep - just to mention a few. All are available from Yass Library before they close for the Christmas break.
In these days of rapid communication snail/ordinary mail, rather than the electronic kind, seems to suffer. Obviously Xmas is a time of increased work load for Australia Post and the public are usually quite forgiving for delayed deliveries. However it seems ridiculous that a letter posted in Murrumbateman on a Friday takes until the following Wednesday to reach Yass. In the same week a package posted in Berry - a 3 hour road trip from here took 11 days to arrive in Murrumbateman.
We used to think Murrumbateman was the centre of the universe, a place that everyone passed through en route to somewhere else. We watch the Australia Post semi-trailers pass through the village but can be forgiven for thinking we are far from being the centre of anything.
Rain: Finally the grey clouds delivered 5.8mm - not enough to fill the Armstrong Street carwash!
Xmas greetings to all who read my ramblings and good wishes for a healthy, happy 2013!