Being active and social
When Bob initially moved to Lakeside, he was blown away by the number of activities available and the thriving communities attached to each of them, trying his hand at nearly all of them.
He soon found that, while he enjoyed all that he tried, it was “just impossible” to do everything.
He’s since cut his list of activities down to five-to-six throughout the year, including volunteering, coordinating disc bowls, playing golf and lawn bowls, bike riding, and Friday night happy hour at the Lakeside Community Centre.
And it’s not just the number of activities that caught Bob off guard: he recalls a fun story where he and two of his friends, Ned and Arthur, were discussing the idea of having a BBQ breakfast to get together on Australia Day.
“It was unheard of in the village at the time, but we thought we’d just do a letterbox drop and see what happens.”
The trio assumed there would be around twenty or thirty people interested in coming together for a bacon and egg breakfast, so they sent out the invitations and waited.
One hundred and seventy-four RSVPs later, Bob found himself wondering “How are we going to manage this? No shade, no chairs, no barbecues.”
Despite feeling under-prepared, the 2008 get-together was a “wonderful morning,” and they’ve been doing it every year since – now with large gazebos thanks to the Residents Association, two brick barbecues, and plenty of chairs.