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The Beatles Revisited – Beatlemania


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Night of Nights, the Beatles re-visited.

Wikipedia, give the following explanation in regard to Beatlemania. They say that the name of ‘Beatlemania’ was due the fanaticism surrounding the English rock band the Beatles in the 1960s. The press adopted the term “Beatlemania” to describe the scenes of adulation that attended the band’s concert performances. From the start of 1964, their world tours were characterised by the same levels of hysteria and high-pitched screaming by female fans, both at concerts and during the group’s travels. 

Today, 2021 some 60 years on and we continue to see the female fans loving the ‘Beatles’ regardless of their age. The Beatles revisited event at the Mollymook Surf Club was an enormous success, thanks to Mike turning 64, supported by Ray, Llyod, Gerry, Tim and Dave. What a night, with so many getting into the spirit of the event wearing some amazing costumes and make-up.  



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Sunrise, ANZAC Day – Mollymook Beach


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In Remembrance of the Fallen

Moni captured a lovely pic this morning. Here is a sole beautiful young Mollymook ocean swimmer entering the water at sunrise. 

What thoughts would go through a persons mind, here on the beach? Possibly paying tribute to the fallen at Gallipoli! LEST WE FORGET!



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A beautiful Mollymook Sunrise to celebrate Garry’s 65th


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A special day beginning with a glorious sunrise


Birthday Boy Garry

This special day was ushered in with a glorious sunrise over Mollymook Beach. The swimmers arrived in their droves to share in this special occasion,  Garry achieving the milestone of 65 years of age. (One year shy of the pension)

Despite him having previously completely forgetting his dear partners birthday, the ever so faithful and loving Alexa Jane arrived at the ‘Beach Hut’ café adorned in beautiful large green ear rings AND a ‘Persian Love’ cake, to die for.

What a day, as everyone joined in and sang ‘Happy Birthday’ or was it the old Scottish song ‘auld lang syne’?



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Welsh’s Wanderings


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Chris and Sue arrive in Tasmania aboard the Spirit of Tasmania


Sue and Chris give an update on their travel’s

“Tearfully saying goodbye to good friends, and our family in Barwon Heads, we set sail for a far away island aboard the Spirit of Tasmania. A day of smooth sailing thankfully across the sometimes notorious Bass Strait. We’ve been in Tasmania for just over a week now, enjoying warmer weather would you believe than we had in Victoria! It sounds like we also escaped the crazy rain and flooding you guys had ‘back on the mainland’. Our travels have taken us through some lovely places so far, the beaches of the northeast coast, the Tamar Valley, Launceston and Cataract Gorge, and through mountain biking towns down to the delightful St Helens. We have been camped up for four days near Binalong Bay in the Bay of Fires. Chris has enjoyed a daily surf and I have had a couple of beautiful and refreshing swims in the crystal clear water, temperature just under 18 degrees. Just a bit sad swimming on my lonesome…

We are heading to Hobart for Easter to meet up with my middle son Harrison and his wife Liz. Harrison is running in the Hobart Marathon on Easter Sunday… so we are the support crew to provide carb loading the night before and hot showers afterwards haha.

Watch this space for more Tassie Tales. You should all ‘Come down for some air’ as their advertising urges!!!”



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Dr Katie serving in the Outback


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Dr Katie visits communities by plane or via her RFDS Prado!


Dr Katie, medical locum, GP for the Royal Flying Doctors (RFDS)

Broken Hill 2021

Katie shares her recent experience with the Mollymook Ocean swimmers: “For the past two years I have travelled to Broken Hill to do a short medical locum as a GP for the Royal Flying Doctors (RFDS). I love remote locations and find the landscape inspiring and transformative. The red dirt, the big skies and the people who live in places like the outback make becoming a FIFO doctor exciting. 

Broken Hill is a heritage listed city built on the back of BHP mining (Broken Hill Propriety Company who mine for lead, zinc and silver). In contrast to the mining history there is also a thriving art community and there are now more art galleries than pubs in Broken Hill! As an RFDS doctor I also get to meet the families living and working on the agricultural stations – from graziers to shearers to governesses to roo shooters. Apart from medicine, I have a lot of learning opportunities including learning about crutching and flystrike, goat farming, emu breeding and how to cook for 30 shearers (including breakfast, lunch, dinner and 2 x smokos a day). This diverse community includes descendants from the Afghan camel herders in the 1800s (some of whom run the fantastic Afghan Bakery named Sufi), there is a strong LGBQTI community which celebrate at Broken Hill’s equivalent of Sydney’s Mardi Gras- the annual “Broken Heel festival” and there is a thriving indigenous community and trips to the many national parks and art galleries are the best place to learn and reflect on our ancient culture.   

As a GP I am not flying across the outback doing emergency retrievals. Instead I travel to small communities and run GP clinics providing primary health care to communities. The RFDS Broken Hill Base covers a large geographical area including western NSW, eastern South Australia and southern Queensland. One day a week I do telemedicine where I speak with people on stations and help them manage their physical or mental health. I may recommend they use one of the medications supplied by the RFDS in a metal medicine chest with a padlock. It contains everything from morphine to antibiotics and antivirals to anaphylactics and more. In this job I need to check the area code and time zone before dialling. Broken Hill is on South Australian (SA) time and shares the SA area code so calls to other states and towns require a change of area code and factoring in varying time zones.

So what have the highlights been this year? A trip to Mungo National Park with Helen’s daughter Emma who joined us for a few nights. Mungo was amazing and well worth the trip. We camped in the desert, saw the “Walls of China” at sunset and spent time chasing after kangaroos. There have been many excellent pub meals and tastings of Broken Hill’s famous and unique delicacy – cheeseslaw. Think of coleslaw but replace the cabbage with grated cheese and this community thinks it is the perfect accompaniment to any meal. It is tasty on a toasted chicken sandwich. For women of the RFDS there is also Thursday “beer and schnitty” night at the pub. We eat chicken schnitzel, have drinks and discuss all things Broken Hill.

We have had a great time here and intend to come again next yea”r!        



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A Beautiful Wedding Ceremony


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Karelle arrives on an ‘Outrigger’


Paul and Karelle commit for life

Saturday was a beautiful day. Happiness was written all over the faces of the 80 or more family and friends who witnessed and shared in this special occasion for the union in marriage of these two lovely people. And yes it did rain, but no one was worried, the joy of the occasion far out weighed any occasional rain.

Some beautiful speeches were given by the sons of both Karelle and Paul, echoing happiness and unity. Perhaps the most moving speech belonged to Paul, with tears welling up in his eyes he committed himself to Karelle and said that “he hoped he could be all that Karelle deserves”.

For me being present I found it a personally moving experience. Two lovely people finally finding their soul mate to share the rest of their life with, and to also witness such an array of friends present, with elation written all over their faces and so obvious in their interactions.

It was a wonderful day!



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Ian, riding for the ‘Sebastian Foundation’ Fund Raiser.


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Riding to raise funds to put mental health programmes into rural / remote schools

Updates from Ian and Leonie on this epic ride, the length of the Murray River from NSW all the way to Goolwa, South Australia.

On Sunday Leonie provided an update on Ian’s progress: “Hi from Echuca. Ian has just headed off on day 3 and it is cold. Apart from that he is doing well, today is a 150 km ride, so it’s a big one. Plenty of support in all ways. Leonie”

On Tuesday morning Ian wrote “We are over half way (phew) and the team members are all doing well. Off to Mildura today and hopefully the wind will be at our backside. Average speed is 27.9km/hr”

On Wednesday Ian wrote “we are crossing into South Australia. We have a 180 km ride today, presently at Loxton”. (Pic above is our crossing the border into South Australia)

General Info: The ride is all about raising funds to support / put mental health programmes into rural/remote schools to assist our vulnerable 12 to 18 year old children. If anyone is inclined to make a donation please do it by ‘Bank Transfer’ to: Lockhart Cycle Club BSB 633000 a/c 154780837.



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Mollymook Ocean Swimmer, ‘Riding for a Cause’


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EPIC Fund Raising Ride, the length of the Murray

Ian writes; “Dear MOS and friends. As you have probably gathered I must be a little on the crazy side which accounts for the fact that I have signed up for the “Tour for Their Future”, The Sebastian Foundation.

This ride starts in Albury this Friday March 12 and travels along the Murray River for 1000 km to its mouth at Goolwa S.A. Guy Sebastian and his wife are amazing with the type of work they do with the Foundation.  

This ride is all about raising funds to enable the Foundation to put mental health programmes into rural/remote schools to assist our vulnerable 12 to 18 year old children.

Attached is a media release, you can check out

If you were inclined to make a donation please direct the funds to: Lockhart Cycle Club BSB 633000 a/c 154780837.

100% of funds donated will go to “The Sebastian Foundation”, Tour for Their Future.

Our involvement in cycling looks like this:  

2007 support crew ride across Australia for Royal Flying Doctor.

2011 support crew ride around Australia for Smile Foundation.

2018 and 2020 rider and support crew for Pedal Cure, ‘Fight (Motor Neurone Disease) MND’, Ungarie to Melbourne.

My legs are starting to get a bit wobbly at the thought of the ride!! Take care everyone and I look forward to a swim in a couple of weeks.

Regards Ian and Leonie”. (Main pic above: Ian finishing the MND ride 2020 at Windy Hill, Essendon)



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Celebrating a Milestone


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Mollymook Ocean Swimmers, Simone and Robbie celebrate 20 years in style

Simone shares their lovely two weeks of celebrations: “We road tripped to Moreton Island, stopping at lots of places on the way. Crescent Head SUP surfed, Dorrigo lots of swimming at the bottom of waterfalls more SUP surfing at Byron. Most of the trip we stayed in our roof top camper. We did manage a few nights of luxury at Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat.

Moreton Island was so beautiful we found a great surf break at North Point, 150 metre ride saw turtles ever session. I had just caught the best wave of the holiday, turned around to paddle out and in the next wave coming towards me, a shark appeared as big as my board, it looked sleek and fast, so I paddled into shallow water for a little while but the surf was to good, so I went back out.

We went snorkelling around the wrecks, it was stunning, there was lots of coral,  tropical fish  and I saw the biggest wobbegong shark that I had ever seen, and there were plenty of turtles.

There were lots of old WW2 bunkers to explore. Stunning scenery everywhere. And on our anniversary day for something extra special, we climbed the highest sand dune in the world ‘Mt Tempest’. It was such a quiet place with no where fancy to go out to at night,  we would just lay back and watch the stars and on some occasions we played card games.  

On The trip home, Robbie’s 1993 Toyota was not liking the hot weather, so we spent some time sitting on the side of the highway. I had a good book to read while Robbie tinkered with car, we did manage to get home to the kids and the house was still in one piece. A memorable holiday. 

I highly recommend a visit to Moreton Island. Check out some of the pics below. Simone.”



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Mollymook Beach in the News


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Featuring on the Channel 9 News is the photo of Mollymook Beach that includes the Ocean Swimmers

Tim sent through this news item that may appear on tonight’s Channel 9 news which includes a pic of our morning swim group. Tim and Father Pete are at the rear getting ready to enter the water. Can click on this link to read the news item: Mollymook Beach



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Tathra Holiday Highlights


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Tathra Beach, one of those hidden gems on the NSW South Coast.

A week is not long enough. Stayed at Frankie J Holden’s Beachside Tourist Park, swam with the local ocean swim group, snorkelling in the crystal clear ocean, beach walks, enjoyed the award winning Tathra oysters, lunch at the incredible refurbished Tathra Hotel and some lovely opportunities for ‘Birdlife’ photography.

Plus I had forgot to mention last week when the local surf boat crew were going out for a row there was a penguin coming up out of the water. This morning we had the company of a couple of Cronulla swimmers holidaying at Tathra, met some swimmers from Victoria. And to top it off on our ocean swim on Monday morning to the wharf  and return with about 16 other’s, we had the company of a seal. Then to the ‘Gap’ Coffee shop for beautiful coffee and socialising.

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Night time Fishing Rod Launch


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Greg Young Launches his Night Time Fishing Rod Attachment.

Scheduled to take place this Friday morning at the Mollymook Beach Hut Café.

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Our specially-designed rod clip makes night fishing easy. Simply attach behind the reel and you’re set.



The adjustable strap fits most rods, and its flexible and water-resistant material ensures that it’s built to last.



The unique strap design works on a range of items, making it ideal for camping/boating.



The LED torch uses three 1.5V AAA batteries.




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Citrus Catering: Exceptional dining Experience!


Citrus Catering, an Exceptional dining Experience

Citrus Catering: Jonny the head chef and staff provided the swimmers with an exceptional dining experience.

A big thank you from John, Jacqui and nephew Chef Jonny.

John writes: “Wow folks, what a great evening we all enjoyed! Besides the exceptional dining experience, the friendships built through our common interest in ocean swimming is something we will always treasure.  It’s inspiring to know that so many of our swimmers and their partners are keen to live life to the full and participate in whatever adventure or experience is planned. And we all are the beneficiaries, part of a merry band of swimmers, partners and friends.  Besides swimming (that’s a given), bike adventures, bush walks, running, music, parties, dining experiences and of course laying turf …. the list is endless. Oh did I overlook Issi and her recent organised activities playing golf and bare foot bowling? How great for us “not so young ones” to enjoy the company and energy of our younger friends, exhausting as that might be at times ha ha!

Thanks to all who joined our group dinner last Saturday at Bawley Bush Retreat. It was very good of you all to help us support our nephew Jonny Staples in his pop-up restaurant venture. Getting the opportunity to meet Kathy’s friend Geoff and having our latest ocean swim members Jules and Rob join us, also made it a special occasion.

Jonny asked that we pass on his thanks to you and says it’s a pleasure to provide for such a wonderful group of guests. He calls you guys our other family. You might have noticed the hugs for Nanny and Poppy received from Jonny’s daughters Maisie and Evie who hold a special place in our hearts as does Jonny’s wife, Jules, who some of you met when we adjourned outside.

Ken did an excellent job of the food, venue and kitchen photography. He was rather taken with the stained glass windows, and took time to enlighten us with the names of the birds depicted in them. No prize for the noisiest table because we all put in a stellar performance with no clear winner.  We’ve received some great complimentary feed back about the menu and the venue, which proved to be a beautiful tranquil spot with cool breezes and immaculate grounds.

Oh and one more thank you to all those who provided lifts. We were treated to a ride in Garry and Noelene’s Porche Macan … what a thrill. Jacqui would have been even more thrilled if she’d been in the drivers seat but the rest of us were quite happy with the designated driver.

Thanks again everyone! Looking forward to the next adventure”. Regards, John.


P.S. If you would like to personally thank Citrus Catering then feel free to leave them a 5 star review on Google. Link: Citrus Catering 

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Good News: Transformative Change – 2020 to 2021


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12 months ago, Lloyd and Ruth’s house burnt to the ground


Ian McLeod files this report: Transformation continues to take place at Lloyd and Ruth’s Place


Latest news: Last Friday morning 6 pallets of turf arrived at Lloyd and Ruth’s place, Little Forest Rd. Word was sent out by Liz for the turf laying team to get off their  backsides and out to Lloyd and Ruth’s. The team arrived with all manner of gear to get the job done. Lloyd had spent 3 days on his trusty Kubota (darling) spreading some 15 tonne of top soil over the back yard. 

At the team meeting, jobs were allocated and into action?? we went. How theatrical does Lloyd look standing on the first laid roll of turf! The team steadily got into rhythm and 2 morning tea breaks later some 320 rolls had been laid out transforming the back yard into a vista of green as can be seen in the pic below.

The team comprised:

Liz… organiser, loader and waterer.

Leonie…morning tea(yum) and waterer.

Ruth… loader, wheel barrow and interpreter of Lloyds barking requests (orders)

Sue…yummy chocolate cake.

Kate…rock remover(has a good throwing )arm, loader, layer and wheelbarrow mover.

Mike, Chris, Don, Greg and Ian…all of the above. Special mention of Don and Greg’s levelling talents. Greg gets the working with thongs award!!

Duncan and Lucas did as directed by Mum and Dad.

Lloyd… the operational supervisor. (You’d think he had some skills in directing turf laying).

It was a great to see the transformation of the backyard to green. We are hoping we don’t get an invite to do the mowing!!  Regards Ian.



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Mollymook Beach – This past week in review


This past week captured in photos. An amazing week from perfect swimming conditions to a big surf that coincided with the brief visit of Peter the Priest and then upon his departure, conditions got back to some form of ‘ideal’ for the swimmers.



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Mollymook Beach – Monday am. Beautiful calm swimming conditions.