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Mollymook ocean swimming

The Mollymook ocean swimmers are not an organised group. They are simply a number of local Mollymook Milton Ulladulla citizens joined by numerous other ocean swimmers holidaying in the Mollymook Milton Ulladulla area who enjoy an ocean swim each morning. They meet at the Mollymook Surf Club – 6.45 am week days & 7.00 am – weekends. There is no water safety,  each person chooses individually whether or not to swim in the prevailing conditions and if so the distance they swim and understand they swim at their own risk. Most endeavour to swim in pairs or groups and numbers vary from 4 to 6 in the winter to say 40 during summer.           

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The Eta Aquarids meteor shower

 

Last nights effort to capture the ‘Eta Aquarids’ meteor shower above Mollymook

 

Click on the images to enlarge

 

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Pic of the moon last night

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Pic of the bright star directly above

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‘Shooting stars’

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‘Shooting stars’

 

 Wikipedia records : A meteor shower is a celestial event in which a number of meteors are observed to radiate, or originate, from one point in the night sky. These meteors are caused by streams of cosmic debris called meteoroids entering Earth’s atmosphere at extremely high speeds on parallel trajectories.

The Eta Aquarids meteor shower peaked on the nights of April 4 and 5! The spectacle is brought to us as the planet orbits through the path of debris left behind by Halley’s comet! The meteor shower – shooting stars, look like stars that quickly shoot across the sky, but they are not stars. A shooting star is really a small piece of rock or dust that hits Earth’s atmosphere from space. It moves so fast that it heats up and glows as it moves through the atmosphere.

(Most of the above images were shot between 4.00 am and 4.30 am this morning. You just sit and sit and then you will see some. Later after the 5.30 am news someone rang in and saw a spectacular display just before 5.30 am. So you have to be patient)

Social Distancing during Ocean Swimming

 

Swimming in pairs for exercise

 

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The May 3, 2020 was the date for the cancelled Mollymook Ocean Swim Classic, 2 km Length of the Beach. (Pic credit, Dr Katie)

 

The boy’s swam in two’s maintaining ‘social distancing’. 1st pair home were Tony then Garry. 2nd pair home Ed then Ben.

 

Next Sunday, May 10 on Mothers Day:

Helen and Isabel thought to make Mothers Day special, they are planning to do a length of beach informal fun swim – starting at North Molly at 7.30 am, and of course following the Covid-19 restrictions, swimming safely in 2’s.  Just for fun – we’re calling it the “Grandma’s Covid-19 – 2020 One and Only Mollymook Swim -Grandmothers Rool”.  And of course it’s not a race, its a swim.  Swim wearing wet suits, flippers, 2-3 hats, whatever makes you happy to celebrate Mothers/Grandmothers Day.   And of course….. boys, your welcome too! We will swim in two’s maintaining the ‘social distancing’ rules. 

Steve shares COVID-19 Isolation experience

 

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Memories: Steve competing in one of the past 2 km Mollymook Ocean Swim Classics 

Steve finds time to practice playing the ukulele

Hello to all the Mollymook swimmers. I’ve really missed your company during and after the beautiful morning swims. My only regret is that I should have started swimming with you guys earlier instead of just doing my own swims at the beach, sea pool or Leisure Centre. My wife Liz and I live at Illawong in the Shire overlooking a bush valley. At the bottom of the valley is Still Creek which leads into the Woronora River. Four weeks ago I was carrying out bush fire reduction clearing near the top of our valley. Unfortunately I slipped and tumbled over with my ribs landing heavily on a rock. X-rays didn’t reveal any fractures however I damaged the intercostal muscles between the ribs. Recovery has been slow but I can now do odd jobs but no heavy work or swimming. It could have been a lot worse so  I have to be grateful I didn’t land on my spine or head ( that’s debatable). Yes there is a lesson here for us older seemingly invincible types.

My swimming friends up here have still been swimming around Shark Island at Cronulla several times a week and I look forward to joining them hopefully soon.

One positive is I’ve had more time to practice playing the ukulele and I may have even progressed from a mediocre to an ordinary level. There are several uke meet up groups here in the shire however they have all shut down so I have been investigating YouTube for play alongs. For those of you who enjoy playing or listening  I recommend the “Austin Ukulele Society”. They have 87 videos of which I have been working on Sweet Caroline, Losing My Religion and Three Little Birds. They are well worth a watch to lift your mood and to watch people having a lot f fun.

Looking forward to meeting up as soon as we can make our way down to Mollymook. Fond regards, Steve Montague.

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Swimmers Photo Of the Day

 

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During Isolation, Photographer Extraordinaire Raymondo capture the afternoon sunset reflection at Milton

 

A link to Steve’s Ukulele song: Sweet Caroline 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Craig’s story: ISOLATION IN THE WEST

 

Craig shares his story: Retirement then Isolation in the West

 

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Hullo Mollymook aquatic comrades from Craig and Steph over in Perth, the safest city for quarantiners in the apocalypse!

 

Not too long ago we were in Cape Arid east of Esperance with no one, it was like being in nudie swim heaven. Later we were looking forward to helping out at the Karijini Experience in central WA over Easter. Then the govt. prepared to shut up the regions so we hightailed it to the city!

 

We moved to our friends’ East Fremantle Airbnb where the Swan river and mile long beaches are 2 minutes away where we can do long swims and kayak, all guaranteed shark free! We have been doing a 40 k ride most days around the river though I do miss decent hills and waves!

 

We also have our gorgeous granddaughter Olive to entertain and be entertained by! Steph knits 🧶 but I need a project so I’m painting her house in Fremantle and whittling knives in the garden. 

 

We social distance by keeping a bike distance apart and shop in the senior’s hour when it’s really necessary 😷 to venture out.

 

Take care everyone and keep your distance! (I mean that in the nicest possible way). Retirees, Craig and Steph.

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ISO DAZE by Dr Sues – Memories

 

ISO DAZE by Dr Sues

 

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Memories: Dr Sues in times gone by sharing her birthday at the Beach Hut cafe. Wine, cake and plenty of banter.

First came shock, then came horror

No coffees, no chats, no meeting tomorro?

Our swimming family was to be temporarily disbanded

COVID-19 left us numb and stranded.

 

But, our strength and commitment to our swims and our mates

Has seen us evolve and adapt to our fates.

We’ve managed to pair up into twos or, ahem, threes

And continue our swimming in these beautiful seas.

Yes, we’ve managed to keep our spirits strong,

Swimming in twos instead of a throng.

 

Big Gary, Lloyd and new dad Ed

Well, they can’t wait to jump out of bed.

They race to the beach, and swim so fast

The rest of us can’t ever get past.

 

Helen and Neil have fled to the coast

Escaping from Canberra – well, the politicians most.

Isabel joins them for a sneaky three

And if anyone tells, she simply dives under the sea!

 

Young Johnny Louth, with Raymond in tow

Well, they are taking their mornings slow.

They wander down about eight or so

Then swim to the tree, or, just to and fro.

Treading Water, isolation Charleville, Qld

 

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John Sarich’s isolation story from outback Charleville, Queensland.

 

Hi Mollymook Ocean Swimmers. All is very quiet in Charleville. 

 

Being a bit of a hermit, social distancing is pretty easy for me.There are no tourists in town which is tough as this is peak tourist time. Another shop has just closed down in town.

 

The weather here is remarkable at this time of year, temp ranges low teens to high twenties and low thirties every day. No clouds, no wind. No more rain until next summer.

 

I recently went for a drive out into the bush for a brief change of scenery. I came across a dead python. Poor thing, a Woma Python, which is a desert python. These guys eat other pythons. It has wide stripes, like a tiger shark, but its head is a stunning gold and black.

 

I was going to take my caravan to my new home beach , Agnes Waters. Its only and 800 km drive, but Covid-19 put a halt to that.

 

Its an awesome spot and I can highly recommend a visit if you haven’t been. Its the last surfable beach heading north on the east coast of Qld. Til next time, all the best , ciao. John

 

In closing, thanks to Graeme C. a beautiful You Tube video featuring Nana Mouskouri. Click on the link: FREUNDE

Bill’s COVID-19 VIRUS towel changing trauma

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Billy Rushton shares his story

Billy Rushtons trauma from the COVID- 19 VIRUS:     The ‘towel changing technique’

 

“Crikey!” So we’ve been warned about congregating after our morning swim. I hope I didn’t play a part, practising Helen and Neil Gray’s towel changing techniques. I think there may have been a couple of rather lewd moments on my part.

Without further embarrassment to myself and others I took myself  armed with beach towel to a secluded part of the sand hills at Nth Narrawallee for a little more private towel changing practice.

 

Sitting down on the beach towel, at one with nature, I looked out towards the ocean swell sparkling like diamonds in the morning sunlight. Majestic in perfect formation, as they neared journey’s end crashing in a crescendo of froth and foam at the approaching shoreline.

I sat there in silence gazing up at the cloud formations playfully scudding across a sapphire sky that blends as one into the oceans distant horizon.

Suddenly this serenity came to an abrupt end; I was bitten on the bum by a bloody bull ant.

With a shriek I jumped up, my back went into a full Corona lock-down. Shuffling back to the car half naked wrapped in the damn beach towel I had to be driven by Bianca to an acupuncturist who was the only person that would see me because of the current lock-down laws.

 

Anzac Day 2020 – Mollymook Milton Ulladulla

 

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Anzac Day, 6.00 am. Some arrived at Mollymook Beach with their torches and candles whilst other stood in silence on the streets.

 

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Leonie and Ian’s Rustic home wreath

Anzac Day 2020

 

For the first time since World War II, due to the coronavirus pandemic, all public ANZAC services have been cancelled.  Mollymook Milton Ulladulla residents stood in their driveways whilst a few other’s went down to the beach to honour the Anzac spirit.

 

Today, April 25 being the anniversary of the landing on Gallipoli in 1915.

 

Links to some lovely YouTube videos are listed below:

 

Slim Dusty   And the band played Waltzing Matilda

 

Adam Brand – The Anzac

 

Adam Bland’s version:  –  And the band played Waltzing Matilda

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Anzac day: – History for schools 

 

Dr Katie’s insights into the COVID-19 Virus

 

Coronavirus has significantly changed the lives of the people on the NSW South Coast

 

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Dr Katie Macartney

Coronavirus has significantly changed the lives of the people of the south coast of NSW and the entire world this year. At the time of writing, worldwide there have been 2.7 million cases and almost 188,000 deaths, with the USA, Spain and Italy most heavily affected. In Australia, we have had more than 6,500 cases and 76 deaths with NSW hit the hardest. Closer to home, in the Illawarra and Shoalhaven we have 112 confirmed cases but we have now had six consecutive days without a new confirmed case. 

 

Each morning we wake up to hear that the number of new cases in NSW is getting closer to zero (yesterday was five).  This is positive news, and we all start to wonder we can begin to look forward to the relaxing of social distancing, and being able to enjoy ribald anecdotes from Ray over a Beach Hut coffee.

 

We may be waiting a while.  One way to think about it is: the last day NSW had only five new cases of coronavirus was back on March 7th.  We had much looser social distancing rules then, and within two weeks new cases had jumped to 200. We’re now back at March 7th numbers, but (somewhat depressingly) what’s protecting us from going around again is social distancing.

 

For this reason social restrictions may grind on for a while as governments will be wary of another outbreak. The second-wave of Coronavirus is real; Singapore is an unfortunate example.  On 22 March, Australia had 537 new cases of coronavirus, while Singapore (which went into lockdown much earlier) only had 23.

Helen’s challenge to the men in Isolation

 

Helen provides an initiative for the men whilst their in Isolation

 

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Helen writes: “Having been reminded on so many occasions of you swimming guys changing behind your towels each morning (ever so awkwardly) and now attempting to change in two’s, (Government regulation) I’ve decided to have Neil practice how to do it at home in a gentlemanly manner.

 

Considering all you morning ocean swimmers changing behind your towels in two’s, I thought if you could do some practice, you would get better at it.

 

So, I’m challenging you men to follow Neil’s example and do practice at home whilst you have so much time to fill in during the day.

 

Here is a link that will teach you guys how to change behind your towel, being creative with your various movements”. 

 

Link: How to improve your changing technique behind a towel

 

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Lena’s story on the other side of the world

 

Lena managing being isolated on the other side of the world

 

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Stuck in Australia: A different isolation for Lena

Having finished high school in 2017, Lena chose to spent her gap year during 2017 – 2018 here in Australia. She took on a ‘live-in’ child minding job for a professional couple at Milton. Loving her sport, she joined the Mollymook surf club and swam daily. She subsequently returned to Germany to commence University undertaking a primary school teaching degree.

In 2020, she was given permission to do her practical teaching overseas for a month. She arrived in Australia late February and as was her custom, headed straight to Mollymook beach every morning for a surf. Due to return to Germany late March 2020, her plane was cancelled due to the Corona Pandemic and here she remains, isolated on the other side of the world on an island called Australia.

Peter the Priest shares his story in Isolation

 

Mollymook Ocean Swimmer, Peter the Priest shares his Isolation Story

 

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Peter’s story from the Nightcliff N.T. Parish

 

Hello to all you wonderful Mollymook Ocean Swimmers,

I was hoping to come down in July … but alas, who knows if it is possible.

As the church buildings are closed and people aren’t allowed to attend services, we have been live-streaming on YouTube which can be seen later on demand.

So, the church has become an amateur studio and I have become an amateur Tele Evangelist! (photo below)

For the Easter Vigil mass, we attached a battery candle to each chair to represent the parishioners. (photo below).

It’s starting to head into the dry season which is of course the best time of the year.

 

The last row of photos: I am getting back into bike riding so I need to repair my bike, had two flat tyres the last time I ventured out. You see plenty of Frill neck lizards up here, they are a wonderful part of this suburb. 

With the Golf courses closed, myself and a mate are doing some practice (exercise in two’s) on the local school oval.

And the last photo is from a couple of years ago, but worth adding to this email. Its of the snake I found in my shower, I didn’t realise it until I started to look up at the shower head!!

Miss you all and look forward to catching up again.

God bless, Fr Peter Hendriks MSC, Parish Priest, St Paul’s Parish, Northcliff NT

(Click on pics below to enlarge)

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A poet is discovered during Isolation

 

Filling in Time, Leonie turns her hand to Poetry

 

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Leonie the Poet in isolation out Lockhart way

     Leonie in isolation.

 

Our world has wound down to a very slow pace

When all we can do is remain in our place

We thought in a few weeks this all would be over

And the world could go back to being on clover

When Gladys says now this is the norm

It’s beginning to sink in we have to conform

With technology bringing us Facetime and Zoom

We can bring all our family right into the room

I am zoomed into yoga at the breaking of dawn

And my quilting instructions come in the morn

To see that my friends are quilting with zest

Inspires me onto produce my best

We long for this virus to be under control

To be back with you all will be good for our soul

At this point in time it is out of our reach

But what we really would like is to get to the beach

To walk with our friends and to swim with the fish

When the timing is right will be our first wish

With time on our hands and no one about

We look for a chat when we get to go out

It is a good chance to fit lots of things in

We’ve cleaned out some cupboards and filled up our bin

Sorted the photos and watched some good flicks

And constantly finding something to fix

It is nice to have time to sit down with a cup

And not be concerned that the time is all up

Corona has certainly forced us to stop

And we wait for instructions which come from the top

Always wash your hands is Scomo’s call and we know he just wants to protect us all

Go forward my friends with a cheerful shrug  and long for the day we can all have a hug

 

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In closing, just click on this link to watch: ‘a special video

Missing you all; Leonie.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Graeme: Self Isolation up at Port Stephens

 

Graeme and Deborah’s ‘World of Isolation’

 

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Its tough up here in Port Stephens

 

Greetings: Deborah and I are self isolating like the rest up here in Port Stephens. The area has had about 40 cases of coronavirus , fortunately no deaths. Our two main beaches are closed so a few of us have been exercising ( by swimming) at Shoal Bay. The water has been beautifully clean of late.

 

During the day I labour away (poorly I must add) doing jig saw puzzles. I’ve attempted one of Hawaii ( surf 🏄‍♀️) and another of the Merewether Baths where I learnt to swim, firstly by mastering  the ‘dog paddle’ stroke. 

 

Stay safe guys, I’ll come down to catch up when this is over.

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Sue & Chris share their Isolation story

 

Sue and Chris share these ‘Virus Vacation Venture’ ideas

 

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Pic of Narrawallee Beach

 

We have been spending our aquatic time between Narrawallee Beach and both ends of Mollymook. After a hectic week at work, fighting the traffic and finally finding a parking spot, Chris staggered onto Narrawallee Beach, on Easter Saturday, and found a relatively uncrowned spot for his social distancing swim. 

 

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