This year Christmas in July will be in Mudgee. Anne and Al will host the Christmas dinner on Saturday night at their place near the centre of town. The dinner will have an Australian twist this year...so think tinny-bun-chicken, glazed ham, pavlova along side the duck-fat roast potatoes and Brussels sprouts.
While, most people will stay at Anne & Al's there will be a second house, rented near by. This is the last call (RSVP by the 27th May) for anyone who would like to join Alex, Liz & Izzy in this house. The cost of this house will be shared between all (with a discount for those who end up on the sofa bed!).
Day time activities on Saturday will include a trip to a local win...
In the second of the two Meakin dives (see the Bare Island trip report for the first one) the famed former member did make it to the dive site this time. The Sydneysiders arrived between 7:45 and 8:10am and even then you had to go a fair way up the road to get a park...I guess it was the warm sunny weather and flat calm seas that got everyone out of bed so early on a Sunday morning. We'll have to go for 7:30am start next time. Having established base camp near one of the BBQ, we waited for the stragglers.
With a quorum of dives we set off. Marie and Ben hitching a ride to the far end of the reef with Andy and...
A dive at Bare Island was the first of two ‘the Meakin is back’ dives planned for Gary Meakin’s return visit to Australia. After organising equipment and logistics the time was set for an 8am meet at La Perouse on Saturday.
At 7:30am Monique and Sam received a message from Gary informing them that he had split his head in a surfing accident that morning and was going to hospital for stitches! This followed the news that a swimmer had been very badly bitten by a shark at Congwong beach the previous evening. The first we learned of this was when 9 News approached Sam for an impromptu interview. This later appeared on the evening news when the ‘local swimmer’ declared how ‘totally shocke...
Bags were packed and we were off to Brisbane for the Australia Day Straddie trip with our friends from Brisbane BSAC.
Andy, Ben, Duncan and Fe were part of the early wave heading over Thursday. After a whirl wind trip to Dan Murphys and Woolies for the must haves, beer, wine, gin and tonic, it was off to the ferry.
Friday we were up bright and early as we were on the first wave and so glad we did. The mantas were out playing and the sharks were everywhere.
Friday afternoon we were joined by Mon and Soo and some very nice gin thanks to Andy. We also had a trip to the gelato shop which I believe is a bit of a Straddie tradition. As it was Australia Day a BBQ was on the menu.
Fe, Andy , Duncan and Ben had a relaxing dive down at Bare Island. The vis wasn't the greatest, or was that just the silt kicked up by Andy's scooter?
The post dive burger at Bare Grill & Cafe hit the spot and everyone waddled home having had a fun afternoon.
We meet after work from 6pm most Wednesday nights at the Grand Hotel on Hunter Street near Wynyard Station for dinner and a few beers.
We encourage potential new members to meet us on the first Wednesday of a calendar month as this is when most club members will be in attendance.