Residents at Bolton Clarke’s Rowes Bay residential aged care community in Townsville know how to make the most of the cooler weather, and have been getting out and about on fishing trips, beach walks and picnics.
So far on this season’s fishing expeditions there have been plenty of bites, but none reeled in near the rock pools. That was until this week, when Kevin Rush made the catch of the day, and the first of the season.
Being a seasoned competitive fisherman, Kevin was matter of fact about the catch, saying “that was barely a fish. It wasn’t even pan sized.”
He is not alone in his passion for the pastime and is routinely joined on the jetty by a growing group of keen fishers.
On the grassier side of Rowes Bay, residents can be found enjoying their bi-monthly picnic. And no picnic is complete without a friendly game of cricket.
The game brings a lot of fun and enjoyment for the residents, who love being out in the sunshine.The most enthusiastic cricketer of the group, making a rather different catch, is Ruben Collins, who said, “I like to play cricket so that all the young ones can see that we oldies have still got it!”
Bolton Clarke Diversional Therapist Chezz Thompson coordinates the events and says that the interaction with the wider community, especially when at the beach, brings a lot of joy.
“We love the sea breeze, and a bit of people watching. Every time we go out, people want to stay a little longer!”
“The residents love living in Rowes Bay, and so do I. I absolutely love what I do.”
Ruben said his favourite thing about the area was “definitely the beach. Living at Rowes Bay is wonderful – the smell of the salt air is one of my favourite things.”
Pictured at top: Kevin made the catch of the day