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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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Simone, lovely walks for Exercise

 

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Simone recommends two lovely ‘Wildflower / Birdlife Walks.

Staying Connected: Simone recommends some lovely walks for Exercise during Lock-down

 

Simone writes: “I have recently been on two local walks that have stunning wild flowers at the moment. I dressed up on the 1st walk for a spring celebration, one ‘didgeridoo’ asked if I was going to the Races 🤣. The Waratah walk is near the Leisure Centre with some amazing Waratahs on display at this time of the year.  They are an Australian flower and a cultural symbol, ranging from stamps to the NSW state flag.  This Waratah walk is in the ‘Ulladulla Wildflower Reserve’.

The other beautiful walk is at the ‘South Pacific Headland Reserve’ also known as the ‘South Pacific Heathland Reserve’. Its entry is off Dowling street Ulladulla. The flannel flowers are about to all bloom. Both are easy flat walks suitable for everyone. I think some swimmers may enjoy these. Stay safe. Cheers Simone”.

 

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Ulladulla Wildlife Reserve, entry off Warden Street just up from the Leisure centre.