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Book – Story of the Mollymook Ocean Swimmers

 

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Wrap around, glossy hard cover A4 portrait coffee table book 

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Almost there! Plans are in place to have our books published and received just prior to Christmas 2019.

Thanks to all swimmers for your patience and encouragement. Have received some lovely comments from those who have seen the recent draft book contents. I will bring a draft book down to the ‘Beach Hut’ cafe over the next few days (after our morning swim) for all to get a glimpse of its contents.

I’m grateful to the approx. 50 past and present swimmers who have contributed with photos and information during its development, in particular those who have been intimately involved in getting the book to where it is today. 

COST: $45 per book for a 200-page hard copy coffee table book.

You would pay approximately this amount in a book store for a similar book. It is a not for profit exercise. The price is based on artwork / graphic design and printing costs of $7,000 for the purchase of 150 books from a reputable publishing company with 30 years experience in the business and excellent referrals. I see it as solely a book for our past and present swimmers, family and friends. (Quotes obtained were as high as $85 per book based on a small print run of 150 books.)

Number of copies: Please text me on 0425254167 or email to advise if you would like a copy and the quantity.

It will be a once off print and I need to get as accurate a number as possible for purchase. (Thus far, prior to today’s post, I have been advised by; John S. 4 copies, Mike G. 3 copies, Tim M. 3 copies, Dick M. 2 copies, Garry H., Jackie G., Ross W., John L. 1 copy each.) So please let me know during the next 7 days if you would like a copy/ies.

 

SMALL TOWN, Milton – Food and Wine Bar

 

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Small Town Food & Wine Restaurant

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Alex Delly (insert in above pic) and wife Jo Thomas of St Isidore fame have opened their latest venture, Small Town in the heart of Milton.

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Their reputation alone speaks volumes of their ability to serve quality fine dining meals at affordable prices having been awarded a ‘Chefs Hat’ by the ‘Good Food Guide’ in 2019, 2018, 2017, & 2016 and being ranked by ‘Gourmet Traveller’ in the top six N.S.W. regional restaurants in 2018, 2017, & 2016 with their previous restaurant, St Isidore.

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My wife and I (Ken and June Banks) have recently enjoyed lunch, friends in Milton have visited twice for shared evening meals and various guests from Mollymook Beach Waterfront have enjoyed their visits to Small Town. All have been unanimous in speaking eloquently in regard to their choice of meal, the service and ambience. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

Bookings can be made via their web site: Small Town Milton or via phone 02 44 54 2264

Melissa into the NSW Finals for Miss World

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Melissa selected in the top 15 in judging on the weekend at Darling Harbour

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Breaking News:

Just got word from proud parents John and Tracy Holt that their daughter Melissa (r/h side in pic) was successful in the preliminary judging at Darling Harbour at the weekend out of 27 applicants. She is now one of 15 who move into the NSW finals to select who represents NSW at a National level for ultimate selection of Miss Australia in the 2020 Miss World titles.

For more information on Melissa’s entry and the charity she will be representing, ‘Variety Australia’, click on this link: Melissa Holt – Miss World Australia 2020 entrant

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ken Banks, Mollymook Beach Waterfront: Editor for Mollymook News and Destination Mollymook Milton Ulladulla

Mollymook entrant in the Miss World – Australia Contest 2020

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Melissa Holt, Mollymook’s entrant in the Miss World – Australia Contest 2020

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Melissa Holt – Miss World Australia 2020 entrant.

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Melissa is the daughter of Mollymook Ocean swimmer John Holt and wife Tracy. Melissa has been selected to compete in the Miss World Preliminary Final 2020.

As a part of this journey she will be fundraising for the charity ‘Variety Australia’. Since 1975 ‘Variety Australia’ has been helping the kids who miss out in life due to disability, chronic illness or disadvantage. Variety’s incredible community of supporters have changed the lives of thousands of Aussie kids, giving them what they need to join in life with everyone else.

Inspired by the work of ‘Variety Australia’, Melissa is seeking your support. She writes “Please help me, help them by giving a donation. The more people that know about ‘Variety Australia’, the greater their impact, so please also spread the word with your friends and family. Together we can make a difference. Thank you for your support”.

For more information, click on the link: Melissa Holt – Miss World Australia 2020 entrant

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Travel Adventures of Walkabout Claire

The Adventures of Walkabout Claire along the East Coast of Australia

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Claire’s Walkabout story thus far …..

Claire’s travel update to the swimmers: “Upon leaving Mollymook, I met my girl friend in Sydney where we started our road trip up north.

A bit north of Sydney we stayed for a couple of days at a kangaroo rescue farm, where the owner of the farm takes care of little orphaned joeys and lets them free again once they have recovered. We helped him feed the joeys and to look after them. That was an amazing experience. 

We travelled further north and visited a lot of beautiful places like Yamba, Byron Bay, Brisbane, Noosa, Rainbow Beach and a lot more. We did a lot of walks and hikes in National Parks and explored the inland too. I loved the National park at Noosa.

On the move again, I really enjoyed Fraser Island, where we stayed a couple of days and went swimming in Lake McKenzie, Champagne Pools and saw Dingoes. After Fraser Island we continued our trip up north and stayed in Bundaberg, Agnes Water, 1770 and a lot more places. I’ve seen so many beautiful places in the last few weeks and met so many wonderful people.

About two weeks ago we did a sailing trip to the Whitsundays for more than a week. We often went snorkelling, swimming, hiking and even climbed up the Lookout at Whitehaven Beach. Australia is so beautiful, in so many ways!

From Airlie Beach we drove to Townsville and did a trip to Magnetic Island. There I saw a lot of Koalas!

A couple of days ago we arrived in Cairns, it is so hot here! In the next few days I would like to do a diving trip to the Great Barrier Reef and then we want to explore Cairns hinterland and all the national parks and walks.

Then our next big stop will probably be Port Douglas. I’m having a wonderful time here but I miss you all back in Mollymook!

How are you all? How is the swimming going and how is it in Mollymook?

I’m not sure yet when I’m going to be back in Mollymook but I’ll let you know as soon as I know. I hope you are all well!  Please pass my greetings on to all the swimmers!” Claire

Group Photography Exhibition at Tallwood Restaurant

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October 2019 Photography Exhibition at Tallwood Restaurant

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The Tallwood Restaurant at Mollymook will be featuring photography by some of the best local photographers during the month of October.

On show will be photographic works by acclaimed photographers: Tanya Stollznow, Tim Mooney, Dean Dampney and Matt Potter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Goddess Isis Health and Wellness Day Spa

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Goddess Isis Health and Wellness Day Spa

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Goddess Day Spa offer a range of high class services that include:

* A range of Massage experiences,      * A variety of Blissful Spa experiences,      *  Relaxing Spa massages,    * Spa Facials,   

* Manicure & Pedicures,     * Beauty therapy services    * Aromatherapy.     * Gift Vouchers

Phone for bookings: (02) 4454 4009                                             Address: 1 Commonwealth Ave, Burrill Lake

‘Goddess Day Spa’ web site link for more information: Goddess Isis Health and Wellness Day Spa    

Link to TripAdvisor’s 5 Star Reviews

Tourism e-news September 2019

 

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Destination Mollymook Milton Ulladulla Tourism e-news September 2019

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Cupitt’s Winery – Excellence in Tourism & Hospitality

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Cupitt’s Winery – Excellence in Sustainability

 

The 35th Shoalhaven Business Awards gala presentation was held in Nowra. The evening attracted almost 400 local business people to witness the presentation of awards in the 18 various categories. The southern Shoalhaven area was represented by Cupitt’s Winery who were successful in two categories namely: ‘Excellence in Tourism & Hospitality’ and ‘Excellence in Sustainability’.

Contact info: Cupitt’s winery and restaurant

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Surfing Mollymook Reef Breaks

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Surfing the Kamikaze surf Break in front of the Mollymook Golf Club-House

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Surfing Mecca: Mollymook is a favourite for surfers with some amazing reef breaks. Considered with Green Island, Ulladulla and Burrill Lake surfing spots, you can usually get a good wave provided there is a bit of swell around.

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Whales passing by Mollymook Beach Waterfront Accommodation

 

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Whales passing by Mollymook

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Surf Board riders and Southern Right whale in front of the Mollymook Beach Waterfront Accommodation

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Whale of a Time: They have been referred to as the ‘Pop Stars’ of the sea. It is around this time of the year that they begin making their appearance passing by Mollymook on their way south with their calves. Guests at Mollymook Beach Waterfront have enjoyed sitting on their private decks watching these huge mammals, the biggest on the planet showing off and performing. The September – October period is generally the best time to view them as they pass by our local area.   

The top and bottom pics are Southern Right whales, massive and a bit more placid whereas the breaching and performing whales are the ‘Humpback’ variety.  Renowned for their spectacular ocean antics, humpbacks will leap out of the water, roll in the air with their huge fins outstretched like wings and crash noisily back into the ocean.

Measuring 14 to 18 metres at maturity and weighing up to 50 tonnes, humpback whales can be easy to see due to their active behaviour. They also have unique black and white markings on the underside of their tail flukes and arch steeply as they dive – hence the name.

Interestingly, the Southern Right and Humpback whales follow a similar route each year.

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Famous ALLPRESS Coffee available in Ulladulla at CRAFT

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Famous ALLPRESS Coffee available in Ulladulla at CRAFT, 137 Princes Hwy.

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Craft serve Allpress coffee prepared by trained and experienced barista’s, Glen and Madalene. Their coffee ranks with the very best in the Ulladulla, Mollymook Milton area. Recent coffee sommelier’s visiting the area from Melbourne headed straight to Craft upon hearing they served organic Allpress coffee. They were very impressed finding such excellent coffee served in the local area.

Life for Allpress Espresso began some 30 or so years ago with an obsession for flavour which quickly evolved into roasting their own coffee beans. Today the business has grown to the extent they are now supplying over 1000 great cafés and restaurants around the world from Dunedin to London, Melbourne to Tokyo.

Craft Allpress coffee is available Monday to Saturday from 7.00 am to 4.00 pm and Sunday’s from 8.00 am to 2.00 pm 

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Springtime arrives to the delight of the Mollymook Swimmers

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The Mollymook Ocean Swimmers Enjoying the start of Spring

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On Saturday Greg and Kathryn joined up with Chris and Sue to enjoy a day of bluebird skiing at Perisher followed by dinner in Jindabyne at their favourite Italian Restaurant, Bacco, celebrating Sue’s birthday.

Below (L/H) pic of Sue during the week spending a wonderful day at Charlottes Pass with plenty of glorious snow falling.

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And the Rain tumbled down – Mollymook Beach

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The rain didn’t deter these tough Mollymook Ocean Swimmers – 50 ml (2 inches)

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Inside out of the rain, next to the gas heater enjoying a well earned coffee

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Following no worthwhile rain in months, the heavens opened during the night and down came two inches of rain. Still raining in the morning, these tough ocean swimmers braved the elements to enjoy their morning exercise followed by a well earned coffee / cup of tea. Appreciating the idyllic lifestyle enjoyed here in Mollymook, talk soon turned to the rich and famous.

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Surfers Unite for Suicide Awareness

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Former Pro-Circuit Surfers Unite to Raise Awareness about Suicide

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This past Saturday August 24, a group of former pro-circuit surfers visited Ulladulla in an endeavour to raise awareness in our local community about suicide. The event organiser was Kurt Nyholm of Akwa Surf shop assisted by Garth Dickenson on behalf of the Ulladulla Board riders club. The surf activity was a tag team event featuring some of the great former Australian surfers and a few young locals who each demonstrated their incredible board handling skills. The event was well attended and much appreciated by the local community.

Held in glorious sunshine with a beautiful surf break operating at the ‘Golf Course’ surfing reef. The surfers thrilled the crowd of onlookers who responded, hand clapping some of their exceptional exploits on the waves.

At the conclusion of the tag team events, surfers young and old packed the Bannister’s Pavilion Hotel entertaining deck, listening to heart felt messages whereby some retired surfers shared their real life experiences dealing with anxiety, depression and even attempted suicide as they struggled to adapt to life after their touring days had ended. When Garth gave his heartfelt real life experience of almost ending his own life, Kurt mentioned “there was hardly a dry eye in the audience”. 

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Adios Claire and Bon Voyage

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The Mollymook Ocean Swimmers say ‘Adios Claire and Bon Voyage’

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Mollymook Ocean Swimmers with Claire at her send off

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Lovely people are always welcomed by the Mollymook Ocean Swimmers. Such was the case with young Claire who hails from West Berlin in Germany. Having completed her work commitments caring for some young Aussie kids in her ‘gap’ year between high school and Uni studies, she now plans to travel with some girl friends up the east coast to Cairns, then across to Darwin and hopefully spend some time exploring the Kimberleys in W.A. A precious young lady who only learnt to swim freestyle back in March 2019 and then competed in the April 2019 Mollymook Ocean Swim. 

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