ZAWA Goes to Picnic at Neil Hawkins Park - Joondalup
On a hot sweltering day in December 1999, ZAWA members had a memorable picnic at Neil Hawkins Park in Joondalup. Joondalup is a suburb in the far North of Perth. Technically and economically developed, Joondalup offers everyting from quality education to recreational facilities to exquisite shopping malls. A tourist spot for the mentally relaxed, no doubt.
Members of the community gathered under the shade of trees at about 11 o'clock on 27 December 1999. This would be the last ZAWA picnic of the millenium.
Time passed with chit chat, small talk, some religious discussions and anecdotes.
Drinks were served by volunteer members prior to lunch. At about 1 o'clock, the butterflies in the tummies were unbearable and hence lunch was served. Lunch comprised of sumptious and absolutely mouth watering lamb kofta curry concocted by Villie Khambatta, Persis Maarfatia and Sheroo Vakil. Boiled rice was prepared by a few members like Dilshad Buhariwalla, Kashmira Mistry, Kuky Wadia, Villie Khambatta, Zeba Randeria. It was nice of non-members like Adil and Khushnood Vakil to assist with the preparation of boiled rice. Delightful kachumber was prepared by Armin Ghaswalla. The Ghaswallas however could not attend the picnic and were missed.
The curry rice plus the heat of the day added new meaning to the word " scorcher ". Zoros sweated from tip to toe as they completely devoured the kofta curry rice, topped with kachumber in 39° heat (102° on the farenheight scale). You see, there was no sea breeze that day.
After the lunch was over Farita Khambatta distributed chocolate eclairs to the crowd to simmer things down a tad.
After completion of the food and drinks, the Zoros got to talking again. During this, Homee Wadia gave everybody a comical description (with gestures and actions) of some events and encounters that he had during his trip to India. This kept everyone laughing for the rest of the afternoon.
At about 3 o'clock, everybody had just about enough of the heat of the day. Goodbyes were said as satisfied but sweating people left the scene in a slow trickle.