22. May, 2015

Some Enchanted Evening

Most of us are so preoccupied with our own little worlds that we sometimes totally fail to see what’s going on around us. Mea culpa. I spend most of my time looking at the world and its idiocy that I forget that there exist around me some very nice people.

On Wednesday afternoon I strolled up to my local, The Station Hotel – an architectural icon and tribute to early C19th pub builders – for a refreshing ale or three.

Mine very convivial hosts, Keith and Dulcie, were in a high state of excitement. “Come and have a look at the lounge”, they exhorted me. The lounge is a lofty room with fans – no need for air-conditioning at the Station - decorated in classic art deco period. In the corner was a metal gazebo hanging from which was a chandelier of sparking LED lights. Under that was set a table for two, gleaming with beautiful pure silverware, lovely crockery and napkins. Very romantic. The rest of the room had been transformed with flowers, period lampstands and lights and piano. It looked wonderful. The theme: “Some Enchanted Evening”. Why?

This was the brainchild and doings of a group of volunteers in my town that I had never heard of, Audrey’s Angels, who work with the palliative care unit of our local hospital.

One of the residents of the unit is an elderly Italian woman with terminal cancer. Married for umpteen years, she and her husband had never been out to dinner together. Audrey’s Angels took it in hand. Having set the scene, so to speak, at 1800hrs the couple was picked up in a gleaming 1938 Chevrolet by an elderly driver [and owner] dressed for the part in a starched white shirt, bow tie, braces and peaked cloth cap. After a drive round town they stopped at the hotel where the couple were greeted by Audrey’s Angels and to the applause of those of us there. They were led into their very own private ‘dining room’ and escorted to their table. The piano player did his stuff, dinner included oysters, home-cooked roast lamb, Italian pastries and wine.   

I confess then to having a tear in my eye. The common Christian decency of some people can be overwhelming. We forget that in this selfish, material world, with all its international horrors and excesses, just around the corner there exist some really nice people. May God Bless them.




26.05.2015 13:00

Darrel has got it in one!


26.05.2015 23:42

Absolutely. Undoubtledly best pub in Qld. I'll be there this evening - Origin One. Go Qld!


25.05.2015 09:45

The Station is the best Hotel and has the Best Hosts in all of Queensland, at least! What a wonderful occasion for the couple, and what pleasant memories for a


27.05.2015 08:40

Thank you Darrel. I concur comnletely.


22.05.2015 22:05

what lovely people.


23.05.2015 01:30

Thanks Lesley. They really are wonderful.


22.05.2015 15:34

Beautiful story John, thanks for sharing the wonderful Angel's work.


23.05.2015 01:33

Thank you Marlies. And its happens so quietly and unassumingly right under our noses.

Sam Cannon

22.05.2015 05:42

The news medium is full of self serving narcissists feeding a largely infantile audience while the true heroes are largely ignored. Audrey's Angels - Heroes all

Julian T

22.05.2015 01:33

What a great story, John and well told. Thanks for sharing. I'll flick it to the HRE to see if they can also give recognition to Audrey's Angels.


22.05.2015 06:52

Thank you so much Julian. They would appreciate that.

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