Di, in the pink, is telling us about when she visited the "Bottle Shop" today and she was asked where she was going tonight. She answered, "To Playgroup." Obviously she was given look of astonishment and it happens to all of us. This is because we are all oldies and are unlikely to be attending 'Playgroup' unless with grandchildren. However, we used to take our children to 'Springwood Playgroup' over 30 years ago. Twice a year we have a dinner together to maintain our friendship.
Sometimes we go to a restaurant and sometimes to one of our houses. Tonight Ann was the hostess and with a couple of helpers she put on a great spread. Instead of paying for dinner, we bring a plate and donate money to a cause or charity.
We played games, dressed up in silly hats. We shared photos and stories of children, grandchildren and holidays. We discussed the pros and cons of retirement and ageing.
Last night we raised money for "Righteous Pups Australia" (Assistant Dogs for Autistic Children). Ann, (above) is explaining how specially trained dogs can help children with autism and each dog costs $29,000 to rear and train. Ann has two grandchildren with Autistic Spectrum Disorder, one is more severe than the other. She is helping her daughter to raise the money for a dog.