TO add some information, and hopefully answer queries raised in some recent letters to the editor, re the removing of the fold up chairs, and their occupants, described as “Elderly Statesmen” in some of the letters published in the Spectator and Casterton News, when they sat on them on the footpath under the verandah of the ex-Peden’s shop.
To start right at the beginning I am in my 87th year of living, and in the 37th year of my retirement, I live alone, in a rural situation 3kms out of Casterton, and have been a widower for 10 years since the loss of my beloved wife in 2004.
The herd instinct is very strong in human beings who tend to seek out, and congregate with their fellow beings, this is a natural influence, and I am no exception to it.
I manage to devote 3-4 hours each morning to voluntary work at any community infrastructure that depends on voluntary labour to remain tidy and viable.
Then it is a clean up and lunch after which I venture into town around 2.30pm seeking the company of my fellow man for a couple of hours.
Full story in the Spectator on Thursday, February 27, 2014