Ninety just another dot on the great map of life

ELDRED Daniels, 90, is still living a full life, helping his children and enjoying good health.

The last time Mr Daniels went to the doctor, he could not find anything wrong with him, he boasted.

And for someone who enjoys helping his son Wayne manage his property, helping his deaf son, Robin, who lives with him, and having lunch with his daughter, Sandra, every Friday, that is the way he likes it.

Born at the old Hillcrest Hospital in Rockhampton, Mr Daniels grew up on the land at Gundie.

"Fourteen miles south of Emerald on the Springsure line'', to be precise, on a property called Lorraine, owned by his father.

Choosing to become a teacher, Mr Daniels lost his connection to the land for many years until his son bought a slice of property on the coast south of Keppel Sands.

Now at least three days a week Mr Daniels and Robin are in his Toyota Hilux diesel, paddock-bashing.

"We have mixed stock, mostly weaners,'' he said.

Keeping an eye on the price of weaners, Mr Daniels goes to the Gracemere Saleyards and watches the auction every Friday he can. Otherwise he sprays lantana, spreads grass seed, fixes fences and checks the property over for where to move the cattle next.

He admits he is slowing down a bit. Last year he and Robin were out doing fence fixing, but this year he has just been taking note of what needs fixing.

"Robin loves going down there,'' Mr Daniels said, explaining that he is deaf because of German measles.

Father and son live together at the Bethany Independent Units where they grow a garden of semi double gerberas and measure the rain.

When he has time, Mr Daniels likes to read the Travel Bug Newsletter and ponder what day trip he might make next.

Pointing to an excursion to see Footlights Christmas Show in Gladstone: "That's a funny show, you ought to go to that one,'' he



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