Hope you enjoyed your bushwalking break over Xmas but it’s now time to put your New Year’s resolutions into practice with a pleasant walk from Rose Bay to Watsons Bay.
The Rose Bay to Watsons Bay walk is an 8km Coastal/Urban walk starting at the Rose Bay Ferry and ending at Watsons Bay. This walk is a combination of 60% quiet urban streets and 40% through coastal parks and reserves. There are great views of the harbour with its secluded beaches and bays, as well as the never-ending fascination of the private mansions. The terrain is hilly, and the track is a combination of easy and moderate sections.
The old artillery school at North Head Sanctuary provides several points of interest on which to focus your camera lens. Besides the boardwalk to panoramic views back towards the city, there are old gun emplacements, a quarantine cemetery, and a Bandicoot sanctuary. Something for everyone.
This 11 km loop will be our last walk for 2022. We will allow around 3.5 to 4 hours including scheduled breaks and a coffee stop.
The walk has great views of the river, plenty of bird life, and lots of geckos. We will start from the Max Allen Park with a short steep downhill section of fire trail. The path crosses the De Burghs Bridge on Lane Cove Road then joins the main walk that meanders along both sides of the Lane Cove River.
The track has a combination of easy, moderate, and difficult sections. The first stage of about 6km gets us to the coffee shop and is easy to moderate. The second section, of about 4.5 km, is generally uphill with some difficult sections, and returns us to the parked cars.
On October 6, after a delayed start due to the National Day of Mourning, eleven of us visited Old Government House on 6 October for a tour of the current temporary exhibition, Making Good: Convict Artisans in Exile, guided by curator Anna Ridley. We learned that, purely by chance, most of the silversmiths who were transported from England ended up in Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) where they were able to fashion beautiful silverware and jewellery. We saw a rare Wedgwood ‘copy’ made by a convict who had worked for the Wedgewood company in England and had managed to bring one of the moulds with him to Australia. Governor Macquarie encouraged many of the convict artisans. They included William Temple and John Webster who were commissioned to make two chairs engraved with the Macquarie crest, and James Oatley who made the clock in the Hyde Park Barracks, as well as many long clocks that he sold to wealthy settlers. At the conclusion of the tour, we had time to look through the ground floor of Old Government House, furnished in the style of Governor Macquarie when he lived there from 1810-1821.
An opportunity to focus on your floral and landscape photography skills at Mt Annan Botanic Gardens, Narellan. The gardens specialise in Australian native plants and – as it is Spring – the flowering flora should be fabulous.
Do you have a yarn or needlecraft project that you would like to progress in the company of fellow crafty members?
The In Stitches craft group will meet each 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month from 2:00 – 4:00 pm in the home of one of its members. Bring along your current project for convivial chat and advice as you create your masterpiece in knitting, crochet, tapestry, long stitch, cross stitch, embroidery, quilting or similar craft. On occasion, we will hold special workshop sessions to explore new creative ideas.
Please indicate your interest with your convener, Karin Canty.
Join the Photography group for a heritage walk around Balmain to discover its early settlement and industrial history. We will have an initial coffee stop at Circular Quay and then lunch at the Royal Oak Hotel in Balmain. The walk is about 8 kilometres long and will take about 2½ hours.
Please note that we will be walking on suburban streets that are at times steep with uneven surfaces, and there are a number of stairs to be navigated. Once we begin there will be little chance for sitting down and resting.
On Thursday 4th August, 19 members of our Probus Group met outside the State Theatre in readiness for our guided tour. We were met by Stuart, our guide, who was a wealth of knowledge and very passionate about the theatre and the arts. He kept us informed and entertained for the next 2 hours, giving us an overview of the theatre’s history. The State Theatre opened its doors in June 1929, owned by Union Theatres. It was to be seen as ‘The Empire’s Greatest Theatre’ and was designed as a picture palace.