Autumn is my favourite season. I love the temperature and the vibrant colours of the ever changing foliage. It’s so comfortable to get around, with no heating or cooling and the days and nights are still balmy enough to eat outside. Take advantage of the season and enjoy some of these events and initiatives.

Jazz at the Pines

Jazz at the Pines should definitely be on your calendar if you live in the Hills! This gem of an event runs over several months
and this year’s season finishes in May. The jazz concerts are at historic Roughley House in Dural, and you can book a table or just take along a picnic rug and relax under the pine trees with your wine and cheese.
There is plenty of parking, wheelchair access can be arranged and a free tour of the house is thrown in — what a bargain! Contact 9651 4411 or email

Encouraging initiative for men 45+

At the end of last year the New South Wales Government, along with Exercise & Sports Science Australia, launched a website, Real Men Move, to encourage men over 45 to get out of the chair and get moving.
There has been a growing trend for men in this age group to drop their activity level which could potentially lead to health problems.
The blokey looking site (black, brown and boxy) has practical tips for different age groups on how to get moving, offers an e-newsletter and has an active blog page. Guys, move to your computer now and go and find the site.

Accor group partner with Cancer Council NSW

If you have a family member or friend with cancer and tell them about this great project you may be able to save them substantial dollars. The Accor group of hotels, which includes some in the city plus Novotel, Mercure and Ibis, has formed a three-year partnership with Cancer Council NSW to help people with cancer travelling for treatment. There are over 60 hotels in New South Wales participating and people with cancer, their families and carers can get as much as 30% off their accommodation. We are in desperate need of more partnerships like this. Contact Cancer Council NSW on 13 11 20.

Go green in the Hawkesbury

The Collectors’ Plant Fair is an extremely popular gardening event, and is now in its eleventh year. Vendors are a mix of local nurseries that many will know, along with some independent stallholders selling plants that are not in regular garden centres. The speakers’ program is always excellent, and the rural location is divine at this time of year. For more details visit

What about you?

This chapter of your life can be enjoyable caring for grandchildren and lovingly watching them grow and flourish. Don’t forget your own growth though.
Mental stimulation and learning new things will keep you interested in life and mentally sharp. Sydney University of the Third Age (Sydney U3A) offer courses in literature, ethics, personal development, current affairs and science, to name a few. Courses are held at locations throughout Sydney and there are no academic prerequisites. It is learning for the sheer joy of learning — and that is a treat. Visit

Easter bunnies are here again

This much loved show draws nearly 900,000 visitors annually and the dates for this year are 6-19th April. There will be something for all the family again including agricultural and produce competitions, rides and entertainment and yes, show bags! Usually there are special discount days for seniors. Contact 9704 1000 to find out more.

Take to the road

The advantage of expos is that everything is in one place and you can get in the tents and vehicles to get a good feel for the product. Better than seeing something online and imagining it.
This year there are over 300 exhibitors displaying caravans, motor homes, campervans, trailers, tents, camping equipment, accessories and holiday parks representatives. ☐