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Cathie Hub Garden Stall


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 Hi everyone,
Thanks to an invite from Julie Howard, the club had a stall at the official opening of the Cathie Hub Garden held at Lake Cathie on Saturday morning. It was a real grass roots community event with plenty of local stalls of interest. The rain held off; the ground had firmed up & the sun came out; in other words the planets aligned for the day which was great as so much hard work had gone into organising it….not to mention all the work by volunteers to construct the community garden.


The star attraction of the day was the arrival of Costa Georgiadis, the host of the ABC’s popular show Gardening Australia. Costa is incredibly generous with his time, interest & enthusiasm; his ability to capture the interest & imagination of the children present was a delight to see as he led them, Peter Pan like, around the nearby parkland talking about the local trees and their importance to our environment. With his garden gnome hat & special ‘microclimate’ goggles, he had a captive audience.
Our stall attracted quite a few visitors and enquiries as well as a donation to our upcoming fundraiser for Camp Quality on May 15. Several people took flyers with them to put up at various locations. 


It was great to see Colin & Marian, Bill Vassallo, Stan & Barbara, Roger Barlow & of course Julie Howard ( who was one of the organisers & a volunteer at the community garden) & Patsy, who came close to stealing the .limelight from Costa in her koala costume, raising awareness of & funds for the Koala Hospital. Uncle Bill delivered his beautiful Welcome to Country and Leslie Williams and Mayor Peta Pinson also spoke, focusing on the importance of community and community projects.


Cheers
Caroline   

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Stingray Creek


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Hi everyone, finally the weather broke & held for our paddle on Sunday down Stingray Creek.
It was so good to see clear skies, some sun & to be out on the water.
Eleven of us enjoyed our morning gliding around the mangroves & down to the lake which was like glass.
Four elected to paddle across the lake the Limeburners Creek while the rest of us enjoyed the confines of the creek , little bays and stunning vistas across a very calm Queens Lake. You don’t often see it this tranquil. 
Lunch for most was back at the surf club while four of us elected to have a picnic overlooking the river which was very pleasant.
Thanks to those who joined us.
Caroline & Bill 

                             

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Lake Cathie


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Hi everyone,
These are photos from Leon’s paddle around Lake Cathie a few weeks ago.
Sorry they are late but in the intervening period my computer died & went to cyber heaven & I am still getting used to my new version!!
This was a fantastic paddle as the lake was full & blocked off & Leon took us through the long grasses and melaleucas on the far reaches of Lake Cathie.
After navigating our way through the grasses, which was fascinating, we went back out in Cathie Creek where some of us headed towards Lake Innes. Bill & I elected to paddle up the lovely side creek & were not disappointed.
Paddling through the grasses is quite an experience & you have to keep up or risk becoming lost in a very short space of time. With the height of the grasses you Had to keep an eye out for the blades of the paddles of those out front as they were often the only things to guide you through!!
Thanks Leon
Cheers
Caroline                                

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Little Rawdon Island


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Hi everyone,
Attached are some photos from Leon’s paddle around Little Rawdon Island on January 30.
We had perfect conditions after what was a foggy outlook up the Hastings from our place at Riverside; a real pea soup feel to it!!
The ramp at McMillan Drive is so much easier to navigate now & we ( 15 of us ) set off heading up river with some lovely views across the wide expanse of water to the distant hills. The highlight of the day for me from the photographic point of view were some of the cloud reflections further up closer to Little Rawdon Island. 
Along the way there were some pleasant rural scenes with a farmhouse on a gentle slope overlooking the river, a rustic lean to and a more ‘shabby chic’ riverside shack, all with views just perfect for quiet contemplation. One thing I enjoy about paddling up this section of the river is the comparative lack of motorised vessels.
A few elected to have a quick leg stretch at the old ramp on Galloway’s property on Little Rawdon Island before heading back to Blackmans Point.
It was a lovely paddle; thanks Leon for leading.
Cheers
Caroline

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Devils Elbow at Congarinni towards Bowraville


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Hi everyone,


Four of us ( the three Bill’s & myself) enjoyed an absolutely beautiful paddle on Wednesday from Devil’s Elbow at Congarinni towards Bowraville.


Despite what the information plaque states, the paddle was 12.14 kms return & we could not get all the way up to Bowraville due to a fallen tree.


We had not done this paddle for years and had forgotten just how beautiful it is along this section of the Nambucca River. Everything was so green, there were flowers everywhere and it had to be azure kingfisher ‘central station’. It is such a special paddle with so much variation along the way. The big trees are camphor laurels with a variety of others thrown in. There were cattle mooching around under the expansive boughs of the trees, plenty of ‘white sandy beaches’ along the way and constant birdsong. The weather was perfect and the rain did not arrive until we were safely back at Macksville enjoying lunch at Café Cha Cha where we could actually sit down inside at a table (some cafes are still doing take away only).
Enjoy the photos.


Cheers
Caroline