Time to bring out the Child in Everyone

“Play is our brain’s favourite way of learning” – Diane Ackerman


I love the smell of popcorn. Most people associate it with the movies, seeing as it’s the staple of a cinema experience, right alongside a quickly melting Choc Top. But whenever I smell popcorn, I immediately start to think of bright lights, happy shrieking people on rides, show-bags full of all sorts of goodies and music.


Have you worked out yet what I’m thinking of?


I’m talking about the local show, of course. The ones with the turning clown heads eager to help you nab a prize if you can just land the ball correctly. The dodgem cars, the cha-cha, the little ponies for the children brave enough to go for a circular led trot and the fireworks that light up the night sky.


When we were kids, there was something so magical about it. Trying to take it all in, full of a sense of awe and appreciation. Nowadays, while it doesn’t hold the exact same ‘Wow’ factor for an adult that it used to, we instead look to the children and can see the awe and appreciation in their faces.


Thankfully, we don’t have to look far for the next chance to have and share that experience. LJ Hooker Ormeau is proud to be sponsoring the upcoming 11th Annual Ormeau Lions Fair to allow us that opportunity to share what we had as kids with the current generations. And let’s face it – we’ll probably buy ourselves a Bertie Beetle show-bag on the sly, if they’re still available.


Running on the 15th and 16th of July, and with over 200 stalls, there will quite literally be something for everyone. There are school Dance and Music contests, performances by Dance companies, a V.I.P Dog show, Pony rides, the Classic Car Show and Shine (what a great way to appreciate some beautiful cars?), rides, show-bags, and yes, even the fireworks on the Saturday night. I’d advise allowing a later night than usual for the young ones, because how often do we get to physically see Fireworks these days?


The location for this year’s fair has changed, as the size of the fair has simply outgrown the previous location, so make sure you don’t head to the wrong place! This year, the fair will be located at Ritchie’s Auctions, 1-57 Burnside Road, Yatala. With free entry for everyone, the hours will be from 8.00am to 9.00pm on Saturday, and 8.00am to 4.00pm on Sunday. All funds raised from the Ormeau Fair will be used within the community to help support schools, hospitals, underprivileged people and many other charity organisations.


So make sure that your calendar is cleared, you’ve got your warm clothes, and some coins in your pocket. Go by yourself, go in a group, round up all of your kids, nieces, nephews and friends. Chances are that I’ll bump into you somewhere there.


And if you beat me there? Grab me a Bertie Beetle show bag!


Until next time,




I’ll eat some breakfast, then Change the World

“Sometimes, I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast”- Lewis Carroll


We’re a friendly bunch, here in Ormeau and the surrounding areas. And by friendly, I mean you can pass any of us on the street and get the smile with the accompanying head nod as a “Hello”. We also like to be as inclusive as we can.


In our quest to be inclusive, we’ve found that one of the best ways that we are able to do this is by helping out local businesses. Whether it’s by running a feature on our Facebook pages, or organising a promotion in conjunction with a business, we make sure that we support the local people by buying local products.


Starting a business can be one of the most time consuming, heart-in-your-mouth moments of a lifetime. Fortunately, as we understand that, we seek out ways to make that process easier – which leads us to the Ormeau Business Breakfast.


Running on the 3rd Tuesday of every month, and hosted by LJ Hooker Ormeau, it is a way to connect and network with your fellow local businessmen (and women!). What better way to learn how to utilise the services in the area, get inspiration or direction, even just make some new friends?


Of course, what would a Business Breakfast be without an actual breakfast? The wonderful folks at the Norfolk Tavern set out an amazing and mouth-watering buffet which could almost be the sole reason for going (maybe I shouldn’t be writing this while I’m hungry). There’s also a guest speaker, door prizes, and most importantly, business coaching guidance.


When you’ve decided to branch out into your own business within a chosen field, it can be daunting. Learning all of the ins and outs of invoicing, taxes, stocking enough product, getting people through the door – sometimes it can seem quite overwhelming. And honestly, for most people, there are probably only a handful of people directly in your life that you can turn to, to ask these questions. The Business breakfast will not only introduce you to people who have already been there and done that, but it can help you build some wonderful relationships going forward that allows multiple businesses to help and benefit each other.


To attend the business breakfast (held this month on the 20th June), simple contact LJ Hooker Ormeau on 5549 4500 or ormeau@ljh.com.au – the total cost is $20 which includes your scrumptious breakfast, and a $5 charity donation. And frankly, $25 for a wealth of local knowledge and experience? Bargain. Not to mention the wonderful food. Oh, wait, I mentioned that already?


I really shouldn’t write about food when I’m hungry.


Until next time,

Home is not Home without Mum

Is there anyone in the world that is a better multi-tasking specialist than a Mum?


With the passing of Mother’s Day, everyone worldwide took the time to step back to take a long, hard look at the constant in their life – their Mother.


You’ve all seen the memes – “Mum, we’ve hired some people to allow you the day off” alongside a picture of a cleaner, taxi driver, chef, therapist, doctor etc. And I’m sure you also saw the multitude of Mum themed items in your local stores (although I saw some truly AWFUL dressing gowns floating around out there!).


Whether it’s a handmade gift from your kindergartener, or a hastily wrapped box of chocolates from your teen, or even a family made breakfast in bed (of course you can forgive the burnt toast, it was made with love after all), Mother’s Day has become such an event that we felt the need to show our appreciation for them as well.


The Sue Ward team ran a Mother’s Day competition for a fantastic gift basket, featuring everything a mother could love – Wine, Chocolates, Scentsy items, Wine, Plonky Pouches, Vouchers, Wine, Tea, Coffee, Wine Glasses – wait, did we mention Wine?


Our lucky winner was Michelle Shaw, and the smile on her face when she received her basket had us tickled pink! Congratulations again, Michelle!


We had such a fantastic response to this giveaway – and it allowed us to see just how much people love to spoil their Mums.


Make sure that you keep an eye on our pages for future giveaways, because we love that chuffed feeling that we got from it, and we want to do it again!


So, even though Mother’s Day is over for another year, make sure that you check in with your Mum again soon – visit, call, send a letter if you want to. Technically you don’t actually need a specific day to celebrate the wonder that is your Mum, Step-Mum or Grandmother – even Aunties!


A mother should be celebrated every day – she is part of the reason that you are who you are. She is a confidant, a shoulder to cry on, a support system in one, and someone who loves you unconditionally, no matter what.


And she’ll always be YOUR Mum.


Until next time,