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Bird Life, Inland New South Wales

 

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Waterbag Road, Mutawintji

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Rescuing a lamb in trouble on the dirt road to Mutawintji

 

Bird Life, Inland New South Wales

October 11, arrived allowing regional travel to begin. I immediately left Mollymook and travelled to the Mutawintji National Park. Exiting the sealed roads, you have about  a 1 & 1/2 hour drive along the dirt Waterbag Road through numerous huge sheep stations, opening and closing cattle gates, other stations were separated merely by cattle grids en route to the Mutawintji National Park. Mutawintji is in Far Western NSW, approx.  130 km from Broken Hill and 350 km from Tibooburra. The ancient landscape of the Mutawintji National Park, is rich in Aboriginal history. Great  bushwalks and camping under the outback night sky.

I returned via Boorowa. Every entry into Boorowa has signage; “Superb Parrot, Superb Country, Welcome to Boorowa”. In the past 30 years driving through Boorowa I had never seen a Superb Parrot. Neither had a friend who grew up in Boorowa. So I just thought the signage to be a bit of nice advertising. The weather was not good, I parked at the Caravan Park, awoke in the morning to showers and an overcast sky and decided to pack up and go home rather than stay a day. Then, SWOOSH! The noise of about 50 or 60 Superb Parrots went overhead and landed in this tree next to the caravan park that was heavy in blossom.

The following week in beautiful weather, blue skies, ideal for bird photography, I took off on another trip out West. My first stop was the Boorowa Caravan Park hoping to get some good pics of the Superb Parrot. The tree that had been heavy in blossom had been stripped bare. Not a Parrot to be seen. So I headed to Young, not far from Boorowa and came across flocks of Superb Parrot’s. Thereafter I headed to Grenfell, then Forbes, the following day to Cowra, back to Boorowa then onto Jugiong. Then to the Yass River and gorge area on the way home. 

The following pics below, are just a few of the many bird pics taken. Nonetheless they will give you an idea of the different varieties inland as compared to here on the coast.

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Bird Life, outback Queensland

 

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Red-Shouldered-Parrot

 

John shares these bird pics from Queensland.

Johnny Sarich (nee Smeeth) the originator of the Mollymook Ocean swim group and now settled in Charleville Queensland shares these bird pics he has taken on his travels throughout Queensland’s outback areas, enjoying life and hasn’t been locked down like us here in N.S.W.

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The Castle, Morton National Park

 

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The Castle, Morton National Park

 

The Castle, the iconic peak of Morton National Park.

The Castle is a spectacular and challenging day walk to one of the iconic peaks of Morton National Park. While the total distance is not large, the climb is capped by a series of exposed scrambles near the summit. Good fitness, coupled with a head for heights is required. The walk is not recommended when wet as the scrambles would be quite difficult and dangerous.

The walk is best from late autumn to early spring, as the cool weather allows for a more pleasant climbing temperature.

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Arrival of Daylight saving in lockdown

 

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Sunrise at Mollymook on the first day of Daylight saving

 

Daylight saving arrives during these last days of lockdown

Tim provides us with some Mollymook Ocean swimming stats for September and Fiona gives us an insight into what she does to fill in her day during lockdown in Sydney.

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Who is doing what during lockdown?

 

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Sunrise at Mollymook Beach last week, during COVID Lockdown

 

A catch up on ‘who is doing what’ to fill in their time during the COVID lockdown

 

Today’s news come to you from Agnes water / 1770 Qld., Lockhart, country NSW and Dave at the re-opening of the Dawn Fraser pool at Balmain.

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Kate’s life in lockdown

 

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Andrew (top) and Kate (bottom right in pic) with some of their rescue dogs.

 

Staying connected: Kate’s story with ‘Rescue Dogs’

 

Ken’s introduction: In today’s post, swimmers will get a glimpse of some of the beautiful qualities of character that lie within Kate and Andrew’s lovely nature. We generally just see what is on the surface, swimmers in good physical condition and etc. Seldom do people open up and begin to reveal their hidden inner self. Today, thanks to Kate, we will see two people who contribute in their own selfless way, to make this a better place. Both have very senior executive/management roles at work, but also have time to make a difference, in their own unique way.

Below, is a MUST read story!

 

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Grant in Lockdown

 

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Surf; out the back of Grant’s ‘Chateau Morrow’ property. (Therese’s pic)

 

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6.00 am early morning swim

What’s Grant up to during lock down?

 

Things are almost normal for Grant during lockdown. Swim in the morning (in two’s) and then working at home as normal 7 days a week. At this time of the year he is busy attending to his bee hives and extracting stacks of honey. However, besides his bee keeping interest, he is busy preparing his mansion to place it on the accommodation rental market for special events, weddings and holiday bookings. (Grant, a master builder, designed and built ‘Chateau Morrow’)

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8.00 am Grant, work as normal

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A chapter in Garry’s life

 

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Garry unperturbed by the big surf, shows his love for the ocean

 

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Garry and his love affair with the ocean & an occasional whisky

What’s Garry up to during lock down?

Garry writes: “One of my recent anti-boredom lockdown projects has been to sift through my collection of underwater photos.

For many years we lived and worked in Indonesia and took every opportunity to go scuba diving in our free time. That led me to take up underwater photography as a hobby. Although it was strictly a hobby, my claim to fame was to be a winner in an international underwater photography competition sponsored by The Coral Reef Alliance back in 2003.

We were fortunate in being able to visit many remote diving locations in the Indonesian archipelago and witness lots of weird and wonderful underwater life and scenery.

This was in the pre-digital camera days so all photos were taken with an analogue camera in an underwater housing and then developed as colour slides.

Since my retirement, I have scanned the slides (around 500!) to convert them to digital files and thought you might be interested in sharing a few of them with the Mollymook Swimmers.

Thanks for doing such a great job with your daily bulletins and I hope these photos may add to the variety of contributions. Best regards, Garry H.”

 

(These pics are amazing. Best to view them on a large computer screen, A MUST; click on images to enlarge)

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Memories pre-COVID-19

 

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A spectacular sunrise at Mollymook Beach

 

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Cheryl (Aka, Lois Lane, Superman’s love interest) the inspiration that led to new costumes for the ladies

Part 2: Looking back – ‘The way we were’

It was 2014 and spring was approaching, so beautiful Cheryl decided a universal swimmers costume would be the go. She tried out a few Superhero costumes such as Batman and Winder Woman but unanimously, with the female swimmers input, they decided on Superman costumes, ‘YES! Empowerment for the ladies‘.

The young ladies really got involved, a 100% effort from all. Ken was asked to do the photo shoot, with them all in different ‘Superman’ poses.

It was so successful that we choose the twelve best pics and developed a calendar, one pic as the headline photo for each particular month, and called it ‘The Mollymook Calendar Girls‘.

After the photo shoot and a swim, the ladies left for work, to them, just another morning in beautiful Mollymook.

However, word soon spread and when Lekshe Losil heard about the photo shoot, she turned up the following weekend, for her pic to be taken.

This photo shoot is just another example of the fun times, in years gone by, ‘the way we were’ when we were able to congregate in groups, well before the COVID lock-downs that began occurring as of last year and this year.

Below are a few sample pics.

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Exercise: Pre-COVID, then COVID Blues

 

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The gang doing their early morning workout in the gym, prior to the COVID Lock-downs

 

Pre-COVID workouts each morning at the Mollymook Surf Club Gym

 

Each morning during the pre-covid times, some of the ocean swimmers met early morning to workout in the Mollymook Surf Club Gym prior to their 6.45am ocean swimming. Each had their own routine to follow which was generally interrupted by some banter. Kelly was our inspiration, usually arriving around 5.30am, well before the older men.

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Lock-down, preparing for an escape

 

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Beautiful sunrise at Mollymook beach this past Monday morning

Staying Connected.

Recent POST, ‘Memories that last a life time’  brought back so many memories. Marlene wrote: “MEMORIES!!” They are so wonderful to hang on to, sad and wonderful all at the same time. So many photos of Doug, I think that was our first year, back in 2014. Regards Marlene” Lekshe Losal wrote: “Great photos and even better memories of Great food and friends. ” Heather wrote: “Great news letter that was a fun time, lovely seeing all the memories thank you” Glynis wrote: “thanks for sharing looked like so much fun !! ” + many more positive verbal comments.

 

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Memories: Mollymook Swimmers 2014

 

 Flashback to our 2014, End of Year Awards evening.

 

The local Mollymook Ocean swimmers were very fortunate to obtain the services of eminent ‘Master of Ceremonies’ H.G. Nelson and ‘Rampaging’ Roy Slaven, aka Bill and Roscoe. They did an admirable job containing the boisterous conduct and maintaining the entire awards presentation throughout the evening to a tight schedule. “Well done Roy and HG”.

Credit to hosts, Louise and Pat and for many of the pics throughout, Roger and Heather

 

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Latest news, Swimmers Staying Connected

 

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Therese took this fabulous pic last week at the ‘Point Nor-East’ surf break

 

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Tim and Sue at the Heathland Walk – Flannel flowers

Tim wrote: “Lockdown for us has been great. Reading the lockdown mail and getting out there seeing and doing things not done before around here … in particular thanks to Simone for her flower visit, pics and prompt. Embarrassing enough… first visits to see the Heathlands Walk in Ulladulla and the flannel flowers are out. 

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Ian and Leonie at the Ulladulla Wildflower Reserve Walk – Waratah

Ian wrote: “Hope you are all well and enjoying restricted activity?? Leonie and I went for a walk in the area adjacent to the Aquatic centre and came across many beautiful Waratahs. Short walk but well worth it.”

 

The amazing influence of beautiful Simone.

 

After Simone’s recommendation last week on the two lovely local bush walks, so many swimmers responded. Besides Tim and Sue, Ian and Leonie above, this past weekend saw Kate, Andrew, Ed, Katie and Sam do the walk. Last week Chris, Sue and Wendy enjoyed the walk, among a number of other swimmers and partners.

Marlene wrote: “I went with a friend yesterday to South Pacific Heathland reserve, walk, just wonderful, so so many colours and variety of wild flowers, we both want to go again. The flannel flowers are so special they are everywhere. Thanks to Simone I agree wholeheartedly a must walk outing for all of us, thank you so much. Kind regards to all, Marlene.”

John wrote: “Big thanks to Simone.  We did the two bush walks today, then picked up some takeaway lunch at Tree House. What a great way to spend  a sunny spring day. Regards, John and Jacqui”

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