Privilege To Be Alive

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“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love” – Marcus Aurelius

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Celebrating 80 Years

Tailem Bend’s Connolly clan  mass to celebrate Peter Connolly’s 80th birthday at the Tailem Bend Football Club, Sunday, September 17, 2017.

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Cutting the cake, Peter Connolly celebrating his 80th birthday at the Tailem Bend Football Club, Sunday, September 17, 2017 – no candles because of fire season lol.

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One of eight boys and seven girls, Peter’s brothers and sisters were all born in Tailem Bend – except for two.

Spanning ages from 92 to 67, Peter’s brothers (Patrick, Bob, Laurie, Gregory, John, Jim, Terry) and sisters (Rene, Dorothy, Betty (Dec.) Rhonda(Dec.) Beryl, Rayleen, Maureen) and their families, now live as far away as Sydney and Adelaide, but most remain locals, residing in Murray Bridge, Meningie and Tailem Bend.

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Coming from a huge family of fifteen children, one can imagine the Connolly birthday gathering of Parents, Children, Grandparents, Grandchildren, Nephews, Nieces, Cousins, Uncles and Aunts would be happy,  loud and extremely entertaining – as was Peter’s.

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Doris and Peter Connolly surrounded by their treasured family during the clans celebrations at the Tailem Bend Football Club, Sunday, September 17, 2017. L-R: Young August with mum, Sharma Krueger, Olivia Doecke, KJ holding Ilei and father Karl Doecke, Trish Connolly, Mitchell Connolly, Materson Connolly, Ellen Connolly, Paul Connolly, Travis Connolly, Justin Connolly and Felicity Connolly.

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 “The most enjoyable part of being a Connolly was growing up in Tailem Bend as a family,” Peter said. “Mum had her hands well and truly full with home duties while Dad worked as a Railway Guard, enjoying his gardening and his involvement in the community – especially St John Ambulance.”

Peter married Doris Varga of Tailem Bend in 1965, the duo have four cherished grandchildren from their sons Paul, who married Felicity McDonald of Tailem Bend in 1999, and Justin, who married Trish Sutton in 2001.

Peter has too many lifetime achievements to mention, however he remains extremely proud of his 2013 Australia Day Citizen of the Year Award and he continues to serve his community in many organisations

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Geelong’s 80th birthday boy, Peter Connolly of Tailem Bend, with his cat supporting sisters, Rene, Beryl, Dorothy, Rayleen and Maureen.

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Family photographer, Madison Connolly of Tailem Bend, taking a quick kitchen break at the Tailem Bend Football Club during her Grandfathers 80th birthday, Sunday, September 17, 2017.

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FERRARI 70TH ANNIVERSARY

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Ferrari Adelaide and the Ferrari Club of SA, with the support of South Australian Ferrari owners, celebrated their 70th Anniversary with a parade of over 100 Ferraris – the most ever assembled in South Australia, Sunday September 10, 2017.

Meeting at the St Agnes Shopping Centre Car Park for registration, Jerry Wison from the Auto Collectors of Murray Bridge joined an outstanding collection of vehicles all heading for their final destination at Birdwood’s National Motor Museum.

 

Mid-Week Field Trips

As the Tailem Bend Photography Group prepare for their Photoshop Workshops at the Tailem Bend Community Centre, the group turns their monthly Wednesday night meetings (1st Wed each month) into mini mid-week day/night photographic field trips.

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With the weather improving, the group will meet at Poppy’s Cafe Tailem Bend at 5 pm for daytime photography and 7 pm for night photography, making their Wednesday meetings more hands on. The group will continue their monthly weekend field trips as needed and as events present themselves in the Coorong Region.