Day out in Daylesford – Senior Social Outings
When we started planning a Daylesford trip we knew it would be a hit, but no one knew just how popular and delightful it would turn out to be.
We ended up having to hire a second coach and have over 80 lovely people that came on this outing.
And what a delightful way it was to indulge all of our senses! The weather was perfect, sunny and above us a flawless blue sky.
On our way there the happiness was felt in the air as our driver entertained us with facts and figures on the sights along the way. His sense of humour had us all in stiches and the relaxed happy atmosphere was simply buzzing like a melodic hum in the air. The usual suspects brought the treats, and they planned it so thoughtfully having sugar free options as well as some naughtier sugar full treats.
The outing hadn’t even started properly, but with one look around you could tell, people were connecting and making friends for life. Sharing their life stories, showing pictures of their families to each other and making plans to catch up again. This is the epitome of LINK’s existence. At that moment I was so proud to be working for an organisation that empowers good lives, abolishes isolation and depression in a part of our population that is often forgotten. Provides practical aids such as domestic help, transport, assisted shopping and these outings that just inject life and joy into people’s lives.
Our first stop was the Royal, where the staff were amazing and somehow managed to serve us, over 90 people (including our staff and volunteers), in such an expedite way. Our two-course meal was very tasty and once again the warmth and connection between people was heart-warming, more able people cutting up food in pieces for those who had trouble doing it themselves.
The next stop was Lavandula Swiss farm in all its spring glory! Such a feast for the eyes with the beautiful grounds and architecture, the fragrance of the natural perfumes of spring in the gardens, the beautiful native birds’ song our taste buds being treated yet again with delicious coffee and produce and treats. The gift shops were a big hit too and people stocked up on gifts and personal indulgences.
It was then time to head back to Melbourne on our comfortable coaches. Treats were passed around again and then we broke out in song, the whole bus felt like a teenage school trip, so much fun was had. We sang together, carefree, the hits of Elvis, Roy Orbinson and a good Italian classic L’italiano.
If you’d like to experience some of this magic please come and join us to one of our next outings, whether it is a trip to the local market, a morning of music with morning melodies or a boat trip in December, you’d be guaranteed to have an amazing time and make lots of friends.
Here’s a memento of our delightful day out in Daylesford! Enjoy!
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