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Mollymook Ocean Swimmers Book – PROGRESS UPDATE

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Sunday’s Practice Photo Shoot for ‘Swimmers Book Cover’

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Portrait image in very low res for use on the web

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Landscape image in very low res for use on the web

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Just a brief update on progress. Above were some experimental images (not cropped nor the end result) to get the camera settings critiqued on the Sunday morning. Then on Monday morning we had more volunteers to help fill the image and appearing more relaxed. The above gives you some idea of what I would like to achieve for our Mollymook Swimmers (20 year history) book cover. Our swimmers entering the water early morning as is our routine.

My heartfelt sincere thanks for the expertise of Therese Spillane and her daughter Alex and partner Dane. Also my sincere thanks for the 6 swimmers on Sunday, Ben, Garry Hunt, Heather, Ross, Laura and Garry Jenner. They also came and backed up for Monday’s photo shoot along with additional support from Issi, Karelle, John White and Bob White.

Having a Whale of a time

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Mollymook Beach – Southern Right Whale and calf

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Southern Right Whale with its calf and the Mollymook Ocean swimmers.

 

It was a glorious morning at Mollymook. As the sun was rising so to was a black figure appearing up towards north Mollymook. Bit by bit it slowly began moving south only some 200 or so metres off shore. In a matter of time it became obvious this massive whale had its calf in tow. With its distinctive markings and squirting water in a V, we were able to make out that it was a southern right whale. It just so happened that it coincided with the early morning ocean swimmers time to enter the water.

The ocean fraternity are a sharing community.

Winter coming to an end in Mollymook

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A Dry – Wave less Winter drawing to an end.

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Ed’s pic of the smoke during last week’s bush fires

 

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Last Wednesday swimmers arrived at Mollymook beach for their early morning ocean swim with a massive back drop of smoke rapidly moving eastward propelled by strong westerly winds. Ed’s pic above captures the amount of smoke that we were to later hear being caused by fires burning out of control at Mount Kingiman west of Milton-Ulladulla. Below are pics taken earlier that morning.

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Issi swimming with the whales in Tonga

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Issi Swims with the Whales in Tonga

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Issi swims with the whales

 

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Issi returns from her trip to Tonga and can’t wait to share some of her pics and videos with the Mollymook Ocean Swimmers of whales and the reef and atolls, she writes that “they are all quite stunning”.   

Issi continues to describe her trip: “My experience, being in the water off the Tongan Islands for about 40 min or so was quite unbelievable, to be about a metre at one point away from whales, under and on top of the water with these majestic huge wild mammals with fins and snorkel/mask, was unbelievable.   We were making eye contact with them.  At one stage the Tongan guide grabbed my fins and pulled me back, I was that close.   To see the juvenile whale and mum interacting at such close view.   I feel very very privileged and so lucky to have done this.   We all felt the same.   I’m still on a high. Also, from our rubber duckie we watched the most amazing breaching by a whale only about 10 mtrs away.”   

To watch Issi’s video’s of the whales click on the following links:           First Video.     Second Video.          

Chris and Sue’s Australian Odyssey

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Chris and Sue: Retirement – This is the Life

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It is dry out here

G’day to all at Mollymook! 

Well, after we returned to Far North Queensland we left the trusty motorhome in Cairns and headed up to “The Tip”, Cape York, in our eldest son’s 4WD and rooftop camper. Roughing it, with no shower and toilet, fridge, etc etc but SO much fun! The road was actually pretty good most of the way, having been graded for the school holidays. Nevertheless, we were glad we had not taken the motorhome as it may have turned into an IKEA flat pack given some of the corrugations and sudden dips in the road. 

From Cairns to The Tip is about 2000kms return, and has some of the most isolated and vast, dusty outback in Australia. We really enjoyed the red red dust and sense of vastness, yet pulling up to a station for the night and finding heaps of other intrepid travellers. And when I say station, I mean old telegraph stations or working cattle stations, not Central Railway! 

Most of the rivers and creeks are bone dry at this time of year, but there were a few croc free swimming holes which were wonderful. Water temp was 24 degrees, nice! 

A Beautiful Morning at Mollymook

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Glorious Mollymook

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Thursday  Sunrise, Mollymook Beach 

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Friday Celebrations

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Birthday Girl Heather and some of her many special friends 

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Another glorious week culminating in Heather’s birthday celebrations after spending a great evening last night at St Isidore’s Restaurant and a morning swim today in 16c water temp. with a big smile.                (Click on images to enlarge)

Marriage Celebrant – Mollymook Milton Ulladulla

 

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Melrose Memorable Moments

 

Wedding – Marriage Celebrant – Vow Renewals – Commitment Ceremonies – Baby Namings – Funerals

Julie Rynne

I am very passionate about what I do and I look forward to every wedding, like it is my first. I reside in beautiful Mollymook on the NSW South Coast and don’t sit still… I’m high energy, love a laugh and a chat and will give anything a go. I love to walk, ride, swim, eat and am partial to a glass of bubbles.

.I’m fortunate enough to be a full time celebrant, which allows me to be very generous with my time. The wedding ceremony sets the vibe for the whole day. A ceremony with real impact will be talked about for years to come. It’s so worth putting on a great show. Great Ceremony, Great Occasion, Great Memories.

Planning your wedding is no mean feat and everyone wants their say. It’s your wedding so remember, the choices are yours. Do yourself a favour and make it about the two of you. I strive to make sure you enjoy yourselves, first and foremost. I take my responsibilities as a Celebrant seriously and look forward to working with you both.

.Contact Details:

.Julie Rynne, 34 Mison Circuit, Mollymook Beach, NSW, 2539

phone: 040 8413 663     email: melrose.m.moments@gmail.com    Web: www.melrosememorablemoments.com.au/

.Read the reviews:


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Testimonials

  • Hi Julie. I wanted to say a massive thank you for everything.
    You were amazing, and we could not have put together such a personal ceremony without you.
    Your support was incredible!

  • The minute we met Julie Rynne, we knew she was the marriage celebrant for us! Julie is sincere, kind, enthusiastic, generous and personable. She helped us through every step of the wedding ceremony planning process, offering advice and suggestions where needed.  

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Destination Mollymook Milton Ulladulla

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Editor: Ken Banks, Mollymook Beach Waterfront

MILLHOUSE ART GALLERY, Winter Exhibition.

 

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WINTER EXHIBITION MILLHOUSE GALLERY

 

Visit the Millhouse Gallery Milton (courtyard opp. Milton P.O.).  The Winter Exhibition promises over a hundred contemporary and traditional paintings showcasing the work of the Millhouse Artists.  There are a number of new very talented artists who have added to the variety of work in all media.   There’s something for everyone at reasonable prices as well as stained glass by Mechelina, handpainted cards and children’s books by Cathy Murphy. Helen Caroll has kindly donated a beautiful framed watercolour painting titled ‘Ocean Power’ for the raffle, tickets selling for $1 and drawn 3rd September.  Free admission and wheelchair access. 

 

OPEN:  Weekends and school holidays,    FROM:  10 a.m. – 3 p.m.    Phone:  02 4444 7211 (during opening hours)

 EMAIL:  millhouse_art@hotmail.com    –   Website: Millhouse Art Society

 

Molly swims at Shoal Bay

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Wonderful Swimming Conditions at Shoal Bay

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Shoal Bay Beach provides for 2 km + open water swimming in perfect conditions

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Water temp. 18 c and flat smooth swimming. They call Graeme Wolfenden ‘Molly’ among the Shoal Bay Whalfies who number about 47 however they don’t all swim every day, on this sunny day the 9.00 am start attracted 14 swimmers. Some have asked about the Broughton Island 18 km marathon swim that was scheduled for April 2018. The swimmers advised that the swim had been called off due to about 22,000 king fish escaping from the fish farm in  Port Stephens which attracted a shark feeding frenzy. 

Winter arrives as does a BIG SURF

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BIG SURF at Mollymook Kamikaze & Crystal reef breaks

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Winter arrived last Friday and so to did a huge surf. The big wave riders had a ball taming the Mollymook Kamikaze reef break & the Mollymook Crystals reef break. There was action and enjoyment for the many onlookers. The Mollymook Ocean swimmers wisely chose to just get wet rather than take on the big surf.

(Pics taken at a distance as I was unable to get any closer, such as locating myself on ‘Flat Rock’. But nonetheless you can get the feel for what these ‘Dare Devils’ were taking on.)

Cairns, Chris and Sue, Cooktown is calling

 

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An update from Chris and Sue, 

They write: “To all our wonderful swimming friends.

Well, after two months on the road we have arrived at my eldest son’s place in Cairns! And what an amazing time it has been. The freedom of life on the road is unbelievable…no time frames, no pressures, no real agenda or plans. So wonderful! After leaving Sydney we headed to Katoomba, then stayed inland travelling through Coonabarabran, the Warrumbungles, the Waterfall Way down to Coffs Harbour (to see Chris’ mum and sister), then on to Grafton, Glenn Innes and Toowoomba before ducking back out to the Sunshine Coast for my niece’s Wedding. Very little ocean swimming as you have guessed, so we have had to make do with local swimming pools ☹️ And, now that we are in Far North Queensland dips in the ocean are just not enticing, between stingers and the ever present threat of crocs. I will never complain about the odd bluebottle again!! Give me Narrawallee or Mollymook any day, the beaches here are rubbish! They look divine, with swaying palms and warm water but…Despite this, we have been having the most amazing swims and snorkels in fresh water rivers and waterholes, filled with turtles, fish and even massive eels! 

We spent a lovely few days in Rainbow Beach/Inskip Point, looking over to Fraser Island, and then enjoyed heading up the coast through towns such as Bundaberg, Agnes Water/1770, Rockhampton, Airlie Beach, Townsville and Ingham. Spent a whole week relaxing at Airlie Beach, living it up in a van park. We have been snorkelling and scuba diving on Great Keppel Island, Hayman Island and Magnetic Island, but sadly Cyclone Debbie has destroyed a lot of the Reef, so the colours are pretty dismal. We did see nine awesome giant clams though, and plenty of beautiful fish. 

Riding our bikes, doing some fun hikes, cooking on campfires and swimming in waterholes have been the highlights, along with the freedom the open road delivers. Yes, we do miss you all…and look forward to being home for a quick ten days in mid June. Having said that, I have adapted to this nomadic lifestyle very quickly and can highly recommend it 😎 Plus, the weather has been amazing…averaging 28 to 30 degrees, with nice cooler evenings. Perfect!!

Okay, must go. Cooktown is calling”. 

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Crescent Heads – revisited & news from QLD

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Crescent Heads – revisited

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Crescent Heads – long boards and hanging TEN. Waves are not gigantic but nonetheless some rides are upwards of 2 to 300 mts. in length with an ideal shape for walking the board. Female board riders almost out number the males with the caravan park almost full daily.

Lady Elliott Is. & Issi’s Mollymook Birthday

 

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Welcome rainbow as we approached Lady Elliott Island

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The Airstrip is the length of Lady Elliott Island

 

2018 Mollymook Ocean Swim Classic

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2018 Mollymook Ocean Swim Group (Photo shoot: Raymondo AWL)

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The 2018 Mollymook Ocean swim was conducted in idyllic swimming conditions. 170 swimmers contested the 2.2 km main event. The overall male winner was Cormac Guthrie in a time of 24 min 22 sec whilst the first female home was Jordan White in a time of 25 min 42 sec. 

Click on the link: Mollymook Surf Club Facebook page.  See side bar menu and choose Photos. (See the Album for the 269 images posted)

Easter Weekend – Ulladulla & Mollymook

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Ulladulla’s Blessing of the Fleet – Parade of Princesses

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Ulladulla, Blessing of the Fleet ‘Street Parade’

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No not a Princess, just Dame Edna John being blown a kiss.

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The ‘Blessing of the Fleet’ Festival began today in glorious sunshine with the Milton Ulladulla ExServo’s Club Parade. The Princes Highway was packed with an enthusiastic crowd of well wishers. A number of Scottish Bands took part in the parade among a host of floats each carrying a beautiful Princess.

The history of the Blessing of the Fleet goes back to its first staging in 1956. Most of the Fishing Trawlers decorate their boats for the ceremony which is afterwards followed by many family activities.