An accomplished, well travelled writer and reviewer, Michele resides in Brisbane. Witty and highly articulate, her rivetting reviews show life through the eyes of a highly Gifted Adult viewing a world where she has an IQ in the top 1% of that world.
Published March 30th 2012
I would not have thought of a bowl's club as a place where I wanted to be seen for at least another thirty years until a friend took me to this treat of a place, the Merthyr Bowls Club, and I became a happy regular there whilst living in the area.
Not everyone is old and I've even seen a mothers and babies group meeting there. You can't get any younger than a baby. The club has a wonderful covered outdoor area which looks straight down onto the river and on a warm day there's nothing nicer than taking in the view while I sip my Strongbow from an ice filled glass and a breeze lifts my hair.
The menu is competitive and they offer a barbeque ranging in price from $15 to the deluxe $45 choice. Whilst I have never trodden on the Green, three sessions of Barefoot Bowls are available most days for a mere $5 which includes bowls and coaching. That's cheaper than parking in the city. Maybe one day I'll step my hot pink painted toes onto the grass and bring myself to touch a lawn bowl. The bowlers seem to be having fun.
The club also has a rich and touching history. Built beside the Limbless Soldiers' Club, it was originally the Limbless Soldiers' Bowling Club where our returned personell could socialise and take relaxation on the banks of the Brisbane River.
Merthyr Bowls Club is to be found at 60 Oxlade Drive, New Farm and is open from 10 am til midnight. Incidently, with its classy location and casual feel, it's the kind of place where your wardrobe is your oyster and anything fits in.