The days were getting colder so it was time to pull out the Santa hats and pretend it's Christmas. Houses were booked, shopping was done and it was time to head to Dumplings Den in Mudgee for a weekend of festivities.
Friday nights fun slowly grew as people arrived. Andy showed off his sharing skills by supplying the cheese and wine while Soo sorted out the pizza.
Saturday was a free day with people doing what they wanted. The two popular choices were the wine tour and the Field Day (the highlight of the Mudgee social calendar - a fine collections of baby farm animals to be petted, sheepdog trials to be watched, a magnificent collection of farm machinery old & new as well as mor...
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.
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.