Review – ’30 Something’ at the Hayes Theatre

On Sunday 6 October a group of Probus thespians attended a fabulous show, “30 Something  – A 2019 show where you’ll party like it’s 1939”, at Hayes Theatre starring the wonderfully talented Phil Scott on piano and Catherine Alcom providing wonderful vocals. While the songs belted out were of the era, the lyrics had a comical nod to present day issues and characters. All climaxing with a boisterous welcome to the new year, 1940.

Then on to Caffe Roma in Potts Point, a quintessential Italian restaurant where we gathered in the palm covered courtyard on one large table that required some to perform gymnastic feats to launch themselves into the seats.

That accomplished, we enjoyed a wonderful meal of pizza, salad and pasta varieties that was very pleasing to all tastes. Mirth and merriment flowed freely.

Although lacking the champagne corks flying and the high jinks of New Year’s Eve parties no doubt we all celebrated in our younger years, it was certainly a grand night.

Nerida Ashcroft

Review – The Great River Walk

On Friday 9 August, eighteen members of our club assembled at Strathfield station.  

Judy had made it easy for us to remember:  9.31 am train, platform 3, carriage 3. We disembarked at Emu Plains Station and headed across the car park to begin our walk.

The Great River Walk is at the foot of the Blue Mountains.  For the first section, Judy explained that there were two choices, the upper (sealed) walkway or the lower ( unsealed) walk.  I took the lower which was more protected from the winds.  We had some spectacular views of the Nepean River.  The scenery was stunning. As well as the natural environment, this part of the walk presented us with some enigmatic sculptures. The sculptures tell a story about local history.  The only one which meant anything to me was one with oars on either side. It was easy to work out that this was to commemorate the GPS Head of the River  which used to be held each year. There were signs too, one detailing a convict prison established by Governor Macquarie.

Our first stop was the Penrith Regional Art Gallery for a well earned coffee and highly recommended muffins.  Feeling full from our late morning tea, we continued on our walk towards  the Nepean River Bridge. We crossed the bridge with the M4 traffic speeding beside us and the Nepean Belle Paddlewheeler gently moving down the river on our other side.

Across the bridge there were some inviting picnic areas but we decided to press on before stopping for lunch.  At this point our walk took us north along Tench Street until we finally reached the Yandhai Nepean Crossing. Yandhai means walking in the path of past and present. This pedestrian walkway was opened by the Premier in October 2018.  We stopped for lunch on a cosy river bank on the other side of the bridge. After enjoying our picnic lunch we sang “Happy Birthday’  to two of our members while Phil generously shared his jelly beans with everyone!

After lunch, it was just a short walk back to the station. We had walked a total of 9.5 kilometres in winds gusting 35 knots according to Rob.

Many thanks to Judy  and Rob for organising such  an invigorating,  interesting and energetic walk.

Jane Cook

Christmas in July 2019 Review

Fun day, beautiful surroundings in an amazing building.

78 members and guests enjoyed lunch at the Grand Dining Room, International College of Management, Manly.

The room was abuzz with lots of chatter, fun and friendship.  And what would Christmas be without Mr and Mrs Santa Claus.

Neil Price was the lucky recipient of the lucky door prize.. accepting the prize from Mrs Santa! And of course, Phil Canty expressed his Christmas wishes by whispering in Santa’s ear!

“Best Christmas in July ever”…Lis Parrague.

Pam Floyd

Kangaroo Island Adventure – Review

Saturday 22 June to Saturday 29 June 2019

We arrived at Adelaide Airport. All went well as some folk came earlier than others. We were picked up by a chartered bus and drove through McLarenvale grape vine country to Victor Harbour.

VH is delightful! It reminds me of Manly. The pines were planted on purpose so the ships knew where good wood could be found for repairs. Then off to Cape Jervis along a scenic ocean drive to catch a ferry to Penneshaw, Kangaroo Island.

Our motel/hotel is right across from the ocean and a penguin rookery. There are impressive views across to the mainland Australia. We headed off to Rob’s farm for a sheep shearing show. His grandson was ‘helper’ for the show. Good stuff. Genuine people. Next stop was Willoughby Lighthouse (1860s) which is still operating. The shipping lane between the mainland and Kangaroo Island is not easily navigated and very busy. A guide gave us a huge insight into the history of the lighthouse and those who worked to keep it going. We climbed to the top and the view was magnificent. Next stop was Dudley Winemakers for a wine tasting. Always good stuff. We drove back along the dirt road for a late lunch and then a wander around a sculpture/nature walk in Penneshaw.We left Penneshaw and visited Pennington Beach which is beautiful and at the point on the southern side of KI where there is only 9 km across to the north side. Plans are in place to fence across it to maintain a feral cat free zone for all the eastern part of the island. First stop was the honey farm with the special Ligurian bees from Italy (1860s). We then went to Emu Farm Tea tree oil distillery, then a Lavender Farm. We ate lavender scones with Lavender jelly and cream. Then off to the a gin distillery too. Tasting was fab. Only KI botanicals added.

Came in to Kingscote, which is the largest town. It’s claim to fame is the oldest human planted tree in SA (mulberry tree). It is fenced off and ‘special’.

We spent the day in Kingscote. Breakfast was enjoyed looking at the Backstairs Passage (sea) and seals sailing in the water. Later on some of us walked around the sea shore. More seals, more bird life and small abandoned penguin rookeries. Later on we hit the shops (all 2 of them) and arrived at the arranged cafe for our pre-booked lobster lunches. Wonderful!

After lunch we caught up with 4 members of the KI Probus Club. Pat Cass (President/ Vice President/ Committee member – 2010-2019), Jeanine Ellison, Ria Kendall (President 2018), Erica Barrett (President 2019).

There are 30 members of their club mainly Kingscote folk. They are desperate to get off island speakers. They meet every 3rd Monday of the month and would welcome visitors to attend and join up for lunch. They were delightful women and gave us each a small jar of KI honey.

We then headed south and west. Seal Bay was magnificent. It is a conservation park for sea lions. Up close and personal. Seal Bay also sported a bird sanctuary run by David and Lisa Erwin (Steve’s cousin). The love of native animals must run in the family…crikey! We saw magpies, owls, falcons and black parrots. We petted a few. Some also did a reptile show with tiger snakes, lizards and baby crocodile. Then off to Vivonne Bay to watch 3 humpback whales frolicking just 50 metres from shore. Amazing! Next stop a wildlife sanctuary with kangaroo, wallaby and koala in a grove of trees. All just doing their thing. No cages and no shows. We drove to our wildlife resort.

Flinders Chase National Park was the next target. We headed for the ‘Remarkables’ which are a granite outcrop right on the Southern Ocean. Very impressive. Then Weir’s Cove with old stone warehouses at the top of a former horse drawn winch. Every 3 months a steam ship would bring supplies. Bad luck if the sea was too rough. Wait 6 months for supplies. This was to service the Lighthouse which is now fully electric at Cape du Couedic.

Next stop was visiting the New Zealand fur seal breeding area at Admirals Arch. Amazingly windy! Later we travelled to the Flinders Chase National Park Visitors Centre for a lunch break and the start for the Platypus Walk. Some folk headed off. Some didn’t.

Back at our accommodation we played Canasta and dice. Great day!

We drove north through the National Park until we reached the north coast of the island again. Snelling Bay Beach is very scenic. White beaches and very isolated with the odd holiday unit let. There was a huge fig tree of interest, in the past it was used as the location for intimate gourmet dinners. What a hoot. The business went bust. Next stop was Morton Bay Beach. It had a rocky headland and caves to wind through to the beach on the other side. Unfortunately high tide prevented most of us from getting through. Some got wet! We lunched at Parndana at THE Pub. Great fish and chips. Then off to American River. We stopped to chat to locals about the building of an historic ship/boat, the ‘Independence’. The Mercure was our last night on Kangaroo Island.

Last day on Kangaroo Island was rainy and the seas were rough (2 metre swell). Our crossing back to Australia (as they call it. Unlike the Tasmanians which call it the mainland) was fun for some but sickening for others. We were picked up on the other side by Russell our driver and came back to the airport via Glenelg. Some played cards to waste time and arrived back into Sydney at 5:00 pm. Happy times were had by all and everyone was looking forward to our own beds.

Many thanks to Jane Elliot for being THE best tour organiser!

Karin Canty

New members welcomed

7 June 2019

Happy New Members who were inducted to our Club at our June Member’s Meeting.

New Members were welcomed by President, Brian Roylance, and Senior Vice-President, Kathy Beresford.

Visit to the Tramsheds at Glebe via Hawthorne Canal and the Light Rail

On Thursday June 13 on a mild winter’s day, 18 Probus members and friends caught the bus to the Hawthorn Canal and walked to Lewisham West along the canal to catch the Light Rail to the Tramsheds at Jubilee Park for coffee, a walk in the park and then back to the Tramsheds for lunch.

This was a good opportunity for fellowship, good food and coffee before we returned via the light rail back to Leichhardt North, walking to Marion St and home again via the 439.

There was one heart stopping moment when someone thought their had lost their wallet but after mild panic, it was found .

It was great to see some new faces on the walk including some of our newest Probians, recently inducted …thank you all for participating and we hope you will join us again.

Judy Mitchell

Nutcote Visit – Review

Thursday 30 May 2019

Last Thursday eighteen gum blossoms and four big bad Banksia men set sail for their ancestral home, “Nutcote”, on the shores of Sydney Harbour at Neutral Bay. It was there that May Gibbs wrote and illustrated her works, the most famous being “Snugglepot and Cuddlepie”.

After the obligatory caffeine hit at “Thelma and Louise” at Neutral Bay wharf, we continued on the short walk to our destination. There our informative volunteer, John, guided us through both May’s life and delightful home situated among trees and garden sloping down to the shores of our sparkling harbour. May’s home is restored and decorated evoking the period of her early years in residence, which began in 1924 and ended in 1967.

Following on from the tour, the “Nutcote Gumnuts” provided a luncheon of assorted sandwiches and cake with cream and strawberries, served to us on the verandah of the visitors centre.

To return home we ended with a last minute dash to catch the next ferry and much to the embarrassment of tour leader “Mrs Kookaburra”, “Snugglepot and Cuddlepie “were left behind. However all ended well with all the gumnuts and banksia men returning safely to Cabarita.

The end of another happy day with our fellow Probarians.

Review of outing to HARS Museum

Saturday 18 May 2019

On a balmy autumn day in May, fourteen aviation aficionados of varying enthusiasm explored the HARS Aviation Museum at Albion Park.  The aim of this museum is restore to flying condition, aircraft that have played a significant part in Australian aviation history both in the civil and military arenas.

On arrival, our group was kitted out in high visible safety vests which come in a large range of colours of bright orange or….bright orange.

 

We were escorted around the extensive hangars by volunteer guides, to look over, look in, clamber into and walked through the large number of aircraft.  We learnt that the museum is staffed by 700 volunteers, aviation engineers involved with restoring old planes, retired pilots who fly the operational planes, guides who escort visitors, others who serve on the counter and cafe.  HARS could be considered a very exciting ‘Men’s and Ladies Shed”.


Highlights included:

  • Walking through the Qantas 747 jumbo ‘City of Canberra’ which holds the dual world records for the longest non-stop flight from Heathrow to Sydney Airport and the shortest flight of 11 minutes from Sydney airport to Albion Park airstrip for its final destination.
  • Climbing up the same boarding stairs used by the Beatles when they arrived at Sydney airport in 1964.  Who can recall that event?
  • Clambering up the pilot seat of the controversial F111 bomber which was known as “The Pig”.  Definitely proves that pigs can indeed fly if you throw hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars at them.
  • Looking inside an Orion anti-submarine tracker which uses MAD technology.  This does not refer to the crew but to Magnetic Anomaly Detection systems which can detect large metal objects which can change the earth’s magnetic field like a submarine. This Orion aircraft was used in the search and rescue of Tony Bullimore in the Southern Ocean. It also searched for the missing Malaysian flight MH370. Who remembers these events?
  • Bringing back fond memories of planes to our group which included a pilot, an avionic engineer and one who admitted that as a boy he assembled little model aeroplanes from plastic kits.  Another revealed that her father was a Qantas captain who flew the Super Constellation and she was keen to come to the museum to relive her memories of flying on this plane affectionately known as “The Connie”.  Connie is now the only flying Super Constellation in the world.

Our aficionados were well fuelled by coffee and home made snacks from the award-winning Cafe Connie.  Our group enjoyed a super day out; learnt so much about aviation as we mixed flight with Friendship, Fellowship and Foxtrot-Uniform-November.

Mission accomplished!

Review – Tour of the Sydney Cricket ground

Tuesday 30 April 2019

Eighteen Probus members and friends experienced a most interesting tour of the SCG today in glorious autumn weather.

The tour took 2 hours with our informative and enthusiastic guide, Gail who loves any sport.

The ground was originally part sandhills and part swamp but in 1851 the land was granted to the British Army , stationed in nearby Victoria Barracks , for use as a garden and cricket ground for the soldiers .

Since its establishment , the SCG has been used for cricket, NRL, AFL, Rugby Union, athletics , baseball and cycling and was used as the main stadium in 1938 for the British Empire Games. The giant light towers were added in the 1970s for Kerry Packer’s night cricket.

The tour started with inspection of several of the 10 commissioned bronze statues of famous cricketers and athletes including Richie Benaud, Stan McCabe, Fred Spofforth and Steve Waugh . We also had an impressive view of the ground itself and the demolition of the Allianz Stadium next door.

We were taken to the dressing rooms, spa room and physio rooms , the press room, the commentary and media sections and the beautiful timber bar in the Members Stand, finishing in the museum.

Having very little knowledge of cricket, I must say I learned a lot!!!

Judy

 

Report on the visit to Susannah Place

Thursday 28 March 2019

Susannah Place is one of Sydney’s Living Museums. On Thursday the 28th March, a group of us visited the Museum with guides Grant and Avril. We were divided into groups because of the size of the rooms. Susannah Place is actually a terrace with four houses. These houses were “lived in” between 1844 and the early 1970s. Sydney Living Museums is doing its best to preserve the historic nature of the terraces. We were able to see some of the physical restoration, which has taken place with great care to maintain the original look and feel of the rooms. The tour centred around specific rooms which each told their own story. These stories came alive when we looked at the furniture and the “mod cons” or lack of them. My group was invited to pick up the old cast iron! No need to do weight-bearing exercises when you had to use that every day!

One of the houses became a corner store with the family living behind it. This shop was run by the wife while her husband went out to work. The wife even had a window cut out between the shop and her kitchen so she could see customers when they entered. The shop would have been like a coffee shop today where people gathered for social interaction. Unfortunately the shop fell on hard times during the Depression and had to close. Today it is restored and sells items such as Sunlight Soap and string bags, which would have been in demand in most households in the early part of the 20th century. The houses represent a time capsule of Sydney spanning more than 100 years. They would not be here today if it wasn’t for the collaboration of Jack Mundey and the local residents in the 1970s who fought hard to preserve them. The tour was both enriching and vitalising. We enjoyed a delicious lunch afterwards at The Orient Hotel.  Thanks must go to Judy Mitchell for organising such an inspiring day.

Jane Cook

Rotary Corporate Golf Day – Review

Tuesday 12 March 2019

Last Tuesday our Probus Golf Club was again extended an invitation to participate in a Rotary Corporate Golf Day at the lovely Penrith Twin Pines Golf Course. The day was to raise funds for Rotary Health an organisation that supports work on a broad range of health problems especially in mental health plus support for the local Nepean Hospital. Twelve of our members accepted the invitation and joined 120 golfers on the course. Our golfers accredited themselves well with one of our teams of 4 comprising our captain Ron Hutchinson, Keith Stockwell, Steve Jurd and our president Brian Roylance taking out overall second place in the Rotary versus Probus teams event. (A great effort as our Probus members were giving the Rotary team many years start). David Forsyth and Phil Canty were also well rewarded for their drives on the par three getting inside the club’s pro. A great day was had by all followed by a healthy delicious buffet lunch. It is the clubs intention to participate in a number of charity events throughout the year. If any Probus members would like to join us for golf on any Friday afternoon please contact our current captain Ron Hutchinson.

Annual General Meeting – Friday 1 March 2019

Elected Management Committee

President – Brian Roylance Senior Vice Presidents – Kathy Beresford Junior Vice Presidents – Colin Peterson Secretary – Jan Sayers Treasurer – Keith Stockall Membership Officer – Gil Vella Outings Facilitator – Gilda McRobert Groups Co-ordinator – Connie Fraser Speaker Conveners – Victoria Mitchell, Pam Floyd Member support – Judy Mitchell

Christmas Lunch – December 2018

The first cook book’s French evening

An evening of bonhomie and French cuisine … the First Cookbook Club. Twelve Probus members gathered for a lively evening of delicious food and good conversation at the home of Jane and Gilbert Elliot on Saturday evening. The menu included Nicoise Salad, cote d’agneau, poulet francais, ratatouille, mocha Pots de Creme, tarte de pomme et chocolat mousse … all washed down with vin rouge et vin blanc. (With apologies to my high school French teacher). It was a great opportunity for members to meet people and sample a new menu.  

 

Photography Group – Review

20 November 2018

The Photography Group enjoys capturing moments in time. Just bring a camera or even a mobile phone. Not essential to bring a tripod or specialised lenses or any fancy equipment. A recent trip to nearby Rockwood Cemetery (the largest necropolis in the Southern Hemisphere) provided plentiful opportunities for capturing the lasting memorial for its residents. We visited the area around St Michael of The Archangel Chapel. This chapel is a stunning example of Gothic Revival-style architecture, built in 1890 and is situated in the older and quieter part of the cemetery.

We were able to take photos of any sight which captured our interest. Headstones standing straight or sloping with age; historic funerary motifs carved in sandstone or marble, the graves of catholic priests with identical headstones and family vaults decorated with statues and flowers. One handy tip is to take a reference photograph of a sign. This is useful when you are looking through hundreds/thousands of holiday pictures to remind you of where you took the shot.

After the photo shoot, we regathered for coffee at the Breakfast Point Country club. At the next meeting, we will review our Rookwood photos and discuss ideas on how to take even better photos. So if you have an interest in photography and wish to take better “moments in time”, then come along to the meeting on the third Tuesday of each month. Another fun way to learn with others – friendship, fellowship and fun through photography.

 

Review – Melbourne Cup 2018

Tuesday 6 November 2018

Melbourne Cup 2018 was a great day shared with a selection of Probus friends. We descended on Massey Park Golf Club for wonderful food (prawns, smoked salmon, slow cooked lamb, baked ham and roast vegetables, Greek salad, and a selection of yum desserts). There were prizes and sweeps organised for us and a complementary drink. All for $55! The live entertainment was fabulous and we sang along loudly and mainly in tune. All in all… GREAT!

Review – Bundeena Art Trail

Sunday 4 November 2018

Bundeena via train and ferry for a day out. We gave our Opal Cards a work out! Great day with top mates. We visited many art studios and chatted to the artists about their work. A cheap and yummy lunch was enjoyed by all overlooking a wonderful water view. Thank you Judith Hall, Convener.

Cookbook Club Review

Sunday 3 November 2018

The Long Lunch

Who likes a long lunch? The members of Cookbook Club do. We enjoyed a long, long lunch recently held in pleasant spring weather. In spite of our hosts living in a one bedroom apartment, the al fresco BBQ lunch was spread over two tables in their small courtyard. With the Australian BBQ theme, our hosts decorated the tables with Sydney Opera House napkins. The lunch stretched from 12:30 pm to 6:30 pm, evident of the great time we had with the many tasty dishes and long, long conversations. Later, we were able to share recipes for some of the courses – Cypriot quinoa salad, mango sago pudding with coconut ice cream – yum, yum, yum. Our next get together is planned for February with a romantic Valentine day theme. Perhaps, even dancing! If you are interested in joining the Cookbook Club, drop an email to Jane Elliott who is the Group co-ordinator. For more information on how the Cookbook Club will operate in the new year, go to the CookBook Club link. Then you too can share in some long meals and meet interesting people. And by the way, the food is not too bad.

Review – Mahratta House and Gardens

Tuesday 16 October 2018

October saw a number of interested Probians enjoying an Open Day tour of this 1940s house. The design was heavily influenced by 1930s Art Deco trends including many curves and architectural detail. The staircase was elliptical and sweeping! The extensive garden grounds included a grass tennis court and a bee 🐝 hive colony. We all enjoyed the tour, scones and liquid refreshments.

 

Canberra 2-Day Trip-Review

Monday 15 & Tuesday 16 October 2018 Australian War Memorial

The purpose of the trip to Canberra was to visit the War Memorial as it is the Centenary of Armistice (the end of the 1st World War.) Our party consisted of 20 Probus members and we departed by Coach at 9:00 am and headed to Canberra stopping in Goulburn at Trappers Bakery for morning Tea. We arrived at the War Memorial and the surrounding grounds were a sea of red poppies and two bronze statues; Lieutenant General Sir John Monash, and Simpson and his donkey carrying a wounded soldier. The War memorial was truly amazing and we joined a 90 minutes guided tour at 1:30 pm. The displays, dioramas and simulated war situations left us speechless. The suffering of the troops and civilians was overpowering. Clearly we did not have enough time to take it all in and could have return the next day. We stayed for the Last Post Ceremony and it was a very moving experience. Dr Brendon Nelson (Director of the War Memorial) and overseas dignitaries from Germany and Malaysia were present and laid wreaths to honour the fallen. We then head to our motel and at 7:00 pm left for dinner at the Hellenic Club at Woden. We had a great meal with plenty of laughter and new friendships were made.

New Parliament House tour

The next morning we were off to New Parliament house for a guided tour at 10:00 am. Another great experience and again more time was needed. At morning tea we decided to push back our lunch and attend the House of Representatives, which was to start at 12:00 noon. We saw firsthand democracy in actions with much theatre and entertainment.

Wine Tasting & Lunch at Lerida Estate

Lunch was at Lerida Winery (Lake George) and was fantastic. Lunch was held in the barrel room that had such a great feel with wine maturing in barrels stacked from floor to ceiling on both sides. We left around 3:30 pm and arrived back at Breakfast point around 6:45 pm The success of the trip was made possible by our tour provider Paramount Tours.

Ron Hutchinson, Tour Organiser, 10/11/2018

Kayaking Group – Woronora River Outing

The Kayaking Group enjoyed a special outing on the Woronora River today. Perfect weather, clear and calm waters and great company combined with just the right amount of exercise to make for a memorable day. Please enjoy these photos taken by one of the team. Kayak2woronora river

Rotary Corporate Golf Day

Thursday 11 October 2018 golfers

Last Thursday 11 October Peter Lean extended an invitation to our Probus Golf Club members to participate in a Rotary Corporate Golf Day at the lovely Camden Lakeside Golf Course. The day was to raise  funds for Rotary Health, an organisation that supports work on a broad range of health problems especially in mental health. Ten of our members accepted the invitation and joined 120 golfers on the course. Our golfers accredited themselves well with one of our teams of 4 comprising Geoff Barnsley, Keith Stockwell, David Forsythe and Peter Woodhouse taking out fifth place overall of the 30 teams entered. Peter Woodhouse won nearest the pin. ( that is Peter in the front row with the big trophy and even larger grin) Steve Jurd, our club captain, won the birdie hole although we understand he made a donation to secure the 10 metre rope that allowed him to move closer to the pin! Brian Roylance, not to be outdone, was runner-up in the spider scramble (more like bowls than golf) A great day was had by all and we understand from Peter a very successful one. Peter also kindly supplied and drove the bus to the course and returning us all safely. Thankyou Peter. Mike Ward – Probus. lgcc__course_image_5

Review – Cookbook Club

12 August 2018

“Friendship, Fellowship, Fun and Food”

Do you remember prawn cocktails, beef wellington and cocktails onions with cheese on a toothpick stuck on an orange half? Our Cookbook Club did and was able to relive eating these classic dishes from the 70’s in our recent lunch gathering. The sights and music of the 70’s was also relived by a disco decorated table and 70’s music. We laughed at the photos of ourselves when the guys had more hair with sidelevers and girls wore cheese cloth dress. We shared our wedding photos and were surprised how young we looked, even though we thought we were so grownup back then. Other Cookbook meals earlier in the year were themed on “Illuminating Italian Food” and Donna Hayes recipes. Our next meeting will see us enjoying an al fresco lunch around a BBQ. Our Cookbook Club exceeds the Probus philosophy of “Friendship, Fellowship and Fun” because we add Food as well. Regardless of the food genre, we all agreed that we are eating better tasting food today than from the 70’s. Anything has to be better than cocktails onions on a toothpick!

Review – Taronga Zoo to Balmoral Beach walk

Thursday 2 August 2018

Twenty-five Probus members walked about 11 km (the route somehow was longer and with more stairs!? than advertised) along the shores of our beautiful harbour today in perfect conditions . We started our walk at just after 10:00 am and had an early lunch at Clifton Gardens and, as the kiosk there was closed, some of our coffee addicts were able to source some caffeine a little further along the track and this sustained them for the second half of the walk. We arrived at Balmoral at around 12:30 pm and as a reward for our effort, some indulged in some coffee and cake and icecream by the beach and then took the bus back to Taronga Zoo Wharf allowing us to admire some of the magnificent Mosman mansions. Thank you to everyone who walked today … it was lovely to see some new faces and get to know you. Judy