With the uncertainties that Covid-19 has brought we have decided to have a Christmas in July dinner rather than a weekend away this year.
We'll be celebrating with a traditional 3 course Christmas dinner in front of a log fire:
Mulled wine on arrival
Entrée ~ Shared Platters: Breaded Brie wedges w Cranberry Sauce, Chicken Liver Pate w Sourdough Toast and Salt & Pepper Squid & Prawns
Main ~ Shared Platters: Roast Turkey & Baked Mustard Glazed Ham w Pigs in Blankets, Roast Potatoes, Honey Glazed Vegetables, Seasonal Greens, Cranberry Sauce & Stuffing
Dessert ~ Traditional Christmas Pudding with Brandy Sauce or Apple & Toffee Crumble with Raspberry ripple ice cream
The latest step in lifting the COVID-19 restrictions couldn't have been better timed with pubs now being able to have up to 50 people. So we booked a table and headed down to the Nelson for the monthly get together. Aside from signing in it was just a like a normal night at the pub but (a) you know you had a table and (b) it not being too, noisy so a win-win. It was also a productive evening so keep an eye out for invitations for a Shelly Beach dive on the Queens Birthday, Christmas in July and hopefully the 2020 SSAC bushfire/COVID recovery weekend away.
Dates: arrive Wed 30th Sept, depart Mon 5th Oct (options to stay longer if you wanted)
Travel: Fly Sydney to Townsville (JQ912 on the way up, JQ913 on the way down, Virgin also fly at similar times of day), ferry from Townsville to Magnetic Island ($30 return). Accommodation: The plan is to book one or more Stayz rental properties (hopefully with a pool/beachside) for approx $70-100 per head per night.
Wow was the parking bad for those that arrived after 7.30am!
Owen, Pete, Sam and Ben set off to tinker with kit, take pics and in Petes case to get back into the water after a wee while. Mission accomplished. A warm humid day soon had the dry suit divers cursing us in wetsuits though that changed when we got into the water. A gentle bimble up the inner side of the reef, vis ............ mmmm poor, weed gives way to rocks and eventually to sand. Not much life to be honest, about 3 wobblegongs, large number of rays, some nice angel fish, a very unplayful cuttle fish and a bunch of friendly groupers. 40mins to an hour in the water depen...
With light winds and a low (but Easterly) swell we drove over to Bass Point just south of Shellharbour. Make sure you SatNav maps are up to date as the Shell Cove Marina developments are coming along fast. Our aim was Bushranger Bay, which from the viewing platform was looking spectacular. Unfortunately, many other people had the same idea, the carpark was chocker and alas the council is clamping down on people parking in non-designated spots. While you can dump the gear and leave the car at the other carpark ne...
With the sales in full swing and Christmas out of the way, it must be summertime. The sun was out at Shelly Beach and the water was 21'C at the surface and 19' at depth, well 9m. Ben & Owen had an enjoyable bimble for about an hour while Zoe, Tomoko and Andy chilled on the beach. The vis was not the best, but it didn't stop me messing around with the camera. Post dive, Owen rustled up a quick bacon & egg bap, while Andy was dreaming up plans for a dive down south while he still has a break from work.
We meet after work from 6pm most Wednesday nights at the Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel on Kent Street in The Rocks 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.