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Monthly Archives: January 2018

Harvest Bar, Milton NSW

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The Harvest Bar: Brilliant young operators with a great business model.

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Lucas & Amelia operators of the Harvest Bar at Milton NSW

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Lucas and Amelia have made a huge impression in the local entertainment / dining scene. They are energetic youngsters with a vision and business model that is building a very solid clientele at their Milton ‘Harvest Bar’. The above pic was taken towards the end of January having been run of their feet during the hectic holiday season, backing up daily to provide exceptional service, great music and relaxed dining. Guests from Mollymook Beach Waterfront loved this venue for both lunch &/or dinner, visiting on numerous occasions. Comments included ‘a great vibe and ambience’ but what has struck locals and visitors most of all, was their generosity. Their servings were very generous and at a very fair price. Highly recommended!

They have become a ‘MUST Visit’.  Click on the link to check out their ‘Harvest Bar’ Facebook page.

The Blue Moon Cafe gig – Bawley Vale Estate

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The Bawley Vale Estate was the scene for the ‘The Blue Moon Cafe’ Performance

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Blue Moon Cafe Quintet

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Some of the 300 odd attendees for the Blue Moon Cafe gig

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The ‘Blue Moon Cafe’ quintet travelled down from Canberra to perform at the Bawley Vale Vineyard.  Attendees reported a fun filled and entertaining evening with around 300 in attendance plus pets that included small dogs and even a cat, all on leads of course.

Food and refreshments were available with proceeds going to local charities and volunteer groups in the area.

Images courtesy of Julie Ryan, Elisabeth Gaffney & Bawley Vale Estate Facebook.

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The Big Surf Last Thursday at Mollymook

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Losers and Winners in last weeks Big Seas

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Dick Morath’s wipeout

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Dick sent through this pic of his mangled board, a result of the big seas in Sydney

Mollymook Dolphin Day – January 19, 2018

 

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Dolphin Day at Mollymook Beach

 

Mollymook Swim Board Ski Squad

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The Swim, Board & Ski Team was met with a huge surf on Thursday am

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A New Mollymook Surfing Legend Emerges

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Peter the Priest with a little encouragement from above takes on the BIG Surf at Mollymook

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Peter the Priest

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Peter the Priest enjoying  some vocational leave from his posting in Victoria provides some leadership for the Mollymook Ocean Swimmers. With flippers fitted he takes his old faithful ‘surf-o-plane’ and heads out back. He was so far out at one stage we were almost losing sight of him. Nonetheless it soon became evident once the sessions began to roll out back that he had positioned himself to catch a beautiful wave providing a huge run in. Bumpy at times and almost lost in the broken water, Peter emerges triumphant. He was soon providing instruction to some of the ‘Kamikaze’ surf board riders on how to best tackle the big waves. Even Big D was seen asking for some advice.

Big seas Tuesday Wreak Havoc at Mollymook

 

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Big seas test the most skilled

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Only skilled surfers braved the treacherous surfing conditions today at Mollymook. The winds had abated somewhat however the southerly winds of previous days had caused a massive swell to pound the entire NSW coastline. Throughout the morning there was a fair amount of surf carnage with boards going in all directions. To the ‘Board-Ski-Swim’ team they braved the elements undertaking their morning training. In particular we witnessed some gutsy performances from some of the young male and female teens among the team.

Mike Gaffney – Bawley Vale Winery

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Mike Gaffney & his Quintet direct from Canberra this Sunday January 21 starting at 5.00 pm

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Direct from Canberra for one performance only, The Blue Moon Cafe Band

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Venue: The Bawley Vale Winery.         Time: 5.00pm to 7.00pm        BYO Chair and Picnic provisions. NOTE: Alcohol will be available for purchase at the Bawley Estate Winery.

Movie BLUE. 2nd screening February 8 @ 7 pm

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Moni has organised a 2nd screening of the movie BLUE.  Highly Recommended if you missed the 1st screening.

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The Movie Blue

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Blue screening times

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Moni writes:

To all of our beautiful swimmers and Take 3 Community, I have AWESOME news!! I’m hosting another screening of the film Blue for those that missed it the first time. The screening is scheduled for Thursday 8th February at Arcadia Twin Cinema, starting @ 7:00pm

I will need to sell at least another 40 tickets for the screening to go ahead. I guarantee you if you miss this film, you will be disappointed. If you are lucky enough to see it, it will change your life! It is the most beautiful, most thought provoking film of the year…in fact of all time.

Our very own Take 3 founder Tim Silverwood – Environmentalist plays a huge role in the film along with the beautiful Shark Girl Madison (, https://www.facebook.com/Shark-Girl-275053275989330/) who has just been awarded Young Conservationist of the year.

The link to buy tickets is below. As is a trailer to the film. 

Trailer – https://www.facebook.com/bluethefilm2017/videos/799092690255715/

Ticket information and purchase – https://tickets.demand.film/event/3022

Thanks for all of your ongoing support and for being such beautiful, passionate ocean lovers. 

Moni x

Mollymook Surf Boat Christened Rodney Austin OAM

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New Surf Boat at Mollymook Christened – Rodney Austin OAM

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The Rod Austin OAM Surf Boat

Samantha Crockett reports on today’s event: 

A very special morning on the beach, blessing Mollymook Surf Life Saving Club’s new surf boat, aptly named after our club’s President, the‘Rodney Austin O.A.M.’ What a gentleman, legend, role model and asset to our club.

Such a wonderful turn out from club members near and far. So lovely to see some of our Nippers witnessing the fraternity that this club is, friendship, family and respect for its long serving members, right through to life members.

Special thank you to the Butler duo who performed a beautiful indigenous blessing of the new boat to ensure the safety of the club’s rowers whilst competing and out to sea. Much respect.

Thank you Shoalhaven City Council Mayor Amanda Findley for taking some time out of your Sunday to share in the event and show your support.

And lastly to the sponsor of the boat, Holiday Haven Resort’s. Thank you for all of your support. I’m sure there will be many medals won for our club in our new boat thanks to your generosity.

Mollymook “Bogey Hole”

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A wonderful natural feature at Mollymook is the “Bogey Hole”

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Relax and swim at the Mollymook Bogey Hole

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Mollymook Bogey Hole at Sunrise

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The “Bogey Hole” is a large tidal rock pool ideal for swimming with an outer shelf area ideal for snorkelling. In a sheltered area, it is attractive for sun bathers and picnics. Nestled between the famous “Golfie” surfing reef break, Beachside Golf course and Mollymook Beach’s southern headland, access is via a short walk around the headland or by vehicle along Riversdale Avenue, turn left into Burleigh Drive and continue down to the parking area.

It is believed that the name “Bogey Hole” is from an Aboriginal word for “Bathing” and was used by Aboriginal people for 100’s or perhaps 1000’s of years as a place to “Bathe” and trap fish.

The 8 am Swim group & our 7 am Ballerina’s

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A Great 2018 Start for the Mollymook Swimmers

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The 8.00 am Mollymook Swim Group

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The 8.00 am swim group primarily consists of boat rowers and ski paddlers. Most have competed successfully in bygone years at State and National surf championships in the craft events and some still do in the master’s category. Pictured (L to R): Keith Claxton, Bernard Jones, Kel Burton, Rod Austin, Ken Burton, Russ Bartlett.         

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The 7.00 am Mollymook Ballerina Swim Group

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Roscoe wrote of a strange phenomenon on Friday morning ,when a large group of elderly people attempted to put on a display of water ballet or as Sean put it “synchronised drowning”. I don’t think there was anything synchronised about it though. The group was led by a Grey haired lady from Canberra and very soon everyone was waving their arms about  and sticking their legs in the air before sinking and resurfacing with strange grins on their faces! The group, most of whom wish to remain anonymous, will know be known as MRSSSST! (Mollymook Reef Swimmers Senior Synchronised Swim Team).

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The History behind the Mollymook Bogey Hole

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Mollymook Bogey Hole, and its history.

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Flint Point

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THE MOLLYMOOK BOGEY HOLE

For well over 100 years this area has been the focal point of much district activity. People often ask about its history and in his recent publication “Mollymook Revisited” author Alex McAndrew has written a full history of the mining of silica rock in our area which today we know as the ‘Bogey Hole’. However back in 1918 the area to the south of Mollymook beach was originally called ‘Flint Point’.

2018 New Years Day Mollymook Ocean Swim

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Traditional New Years Day Length of the Mollymook Beach Swim

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Some of the 4 Km swimmers

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Some of the 2 Km length of beach swimmers

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It appeared to be the beginning of a beautiful morning as we assembled at the surf club for the traditional New Years Day ‘length of beach’ swim. The sun was up, then unfortunately up came a strong south easterly sea breeze that really chopped up the surf resulting in a testing swim.

A thought to consider: Dick Morath did this swim on numerous occasions (length of the beach and return, 4 Km) on his own throughout the 1990’s

Thanks to Big D., Grant, Ken and Kel Burton for providing water safety.

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