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From Susan C: (
photography by Helen A)


After a bush walk three of us stopped at the Lisgar Gardens.
The flowers in all the formal beds were in bloom and the place was packed with familes enjoying the day.
Amazing how many groups of five adults plus children can be accommodated in all the levels of the gardens.
A visit is recommended.

Pictured: Nick and Susan.

 

 

 

 

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From Barbara R:

At left:  On the Lyrebird Track - Calna Creek reflections

Below: Great North Walk above Sam's Creek Dracophyllum (epacris family)

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                                                 From Martin (photography by Helen A):
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                                        Helen A, Nick B and Martin walked through The Dog Pound Creek Conservation Reserve

Helen, Nick and Martin walked through The Dog Pound Creek Conservation Reserve


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From Ros:
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                            The herd relaxing on spring Sunday afternoon and ... Sunset.

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From Sue S:
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            Pink Lady's Fingers Caladenia catenate and Sandstone overhang, Lyrebird Caves, Mt Kuring-gai to Berowra Track, GNW.

Sandstone overhang, Lyrebird Caves, Mt Kuring-gai to Berowra Track, GNW.
PINK LADY'S FINGERS Caladenia catenate
Sams Creek to Berowra Link Track GNW 


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Some lucky people have a large LGA

Sue S has enjoyed the Cowan to Brooklyn GNW


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Fraser's Boronia, Boronia fraseri, a rare and endangered plant                                                                    Plain Sun orchid,  Thelymitra nuda

Hazel has been exercising in Lane Cove NP

Eastern Water Dragon LC NP  Rainbow Lorikeet

                   Eastern Water Dragon                                                                                           Rainbow Lorikeet

Some of us enjoyed the local streets

Barbara R looked out for engaging houses and gardens

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             Malton Rd, Beecroft                                                                                                  Stevens St,  Pennant Hills

 

Anne R  was surprised by newly built Tree Houses.   Possibly for Home Schooling!
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Deidre has a chuckle to share
 
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 Anne G stepped out her door to Spring on her pagola
 
             wistiria





                                                        


                                 

2021 08 02 week03 Emoji sad face 1Tonight at Eden Park.
Two teams line up.
Over the loud speakers comes the sounds of a challenging Anthem tune.
After that the players in the black uniform and the capacity crowd
roar out the wonderful 'God Defend New Zealand'.

And, it hardly seems possible, things go down-hill for the Aussies from there.

 

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.                              From Bert: Kurt and I had a great walk yesterday firstly along the Bairne Track to Soldiers Point
                            then back to the Pittwater lookout where the attached picture was taken.
                            Returning to the road we then drove up to the Challenger Track and
                            had lunch at the end looking across to Little Wobby and Patonga.

                            What an absolutely perfect day for a walk.


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                                                                            From Dawn:
'In my garden at 7.00am'.

 

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                                                                     From Elaine: 'Some people prefer to swim.'

                                             

2021 08 02 Week03 HelenA Broken rock V2From Helen A:
Yesterday I walked on the same track as Sue.

And now the thought occurs to me.

Some million or so years ago,
did a Diprotodon on his way
to drink from the Fishponds
tread on a rock and break it?

 

 

 


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                                             From Sue S: Reflections at the Fishponds, Great North Walk, Hornsby

 


2021 08 02 Week03 Deidre May GibbsFrom Deidre:
This was drawn in 1919 by May Gibbs as part of the NSW Health’s response to the Spanish Flu outbreak.

Just as relevant today!

click for more about the cartoon

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                                                                From Anne R
:' Magnolia in bloom in Killara'

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        Courtesy Vreni: Two random images taken from emails Vreni is kind enough to send out during lockdown.Thanks Vreni.


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     From Hazel: 'Here are 2 photos I took in my garden before heading off for exercise:'

                                         
Ros planting a row of Turpentine trees beside the farm road on 24 June'
                              From John G:
'On 24 June Ros planting a row of Turpentine trees beside the farm road'

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2021 08 02 Week03 Deidre May GibbsFrom Deidre:
This was drawn in 1919 by May Gibbs as part of the NSW Health’s response to the Spanish Flu outbreak.

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click for more about the cartoon

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                                                                From Anne R
:' Magnolia in bloom in Killara'

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        Courtesy Vreni: Two random images taken from emails Vreni is kind enough to send out during lockdown.Thanks Vreni.


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     From Hazel: 'Here are 2 photos I took in my garden before heading off for exercise:'

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THE NORMAL NORMAL

Hill View Bushwalkers has Friday walks from mid-February to mid-November. HVB began in a small way in the early 1970s, growing gradually and retaining a quite informal structure. The spirit of friendship and care that was nurtured in those early years has been maintained, and it is rewarding to be associated with this group. 

The two long-time leaders who had guided the group through its formative years retired in 2006, precipitating significant changes in organisational procedures. Most significantly, we incorporated the group and affiliated with Bushwalking NSW. The evolution of the group continued, and we now have walks at three levels of activity led by members who volunteer to lead walks that appeal to them.

The Plus walking group usually has a walk ranging  from 13 to 20 kilometres, with substantial ascents and descents though the distance may be less in difficult terrain. The Regular walking group will usually walk between 9 and 12 kilometres, with less vigorous climbs. A third group, the EZY walking group, is for those who now find the first two types of walk a bit difficult and wish to walk at a slower pace, with walks of up to 8 kilometres.  Unlike the first two categories which are held weekly, these walks are currently held fortnightly.  Because we walk on Fridays we tend to have a fairly mature membership that includes many part-time workers and retired people.

A weekend away is occasionally arranged to a place where there is low-cost accommodation and good day walks, such as the Snowy Mountains or NSW South Coast.

Members have two six-month programs each year, providing a weekly walk from mid February until mid November. Development of each program  starts with a subcommittee preparing a list of proposed walks. This is then circulated to members, who indicate which walks they are prepared to lead (two leaders to each walk). When all the gaps are filled the program is finalised and published. Walks are all within reach of a one day trip from the meeting point in Turramurra, enabling us to walk in the Blue Mountains, the Central Coast and Royal National Park areas as well as in Sydney. We usually drive with car pooling, but where possible we use public transport.

THE CURRENT NORMAL

Covid-19 has wrought havoc on our activities, and the program was suspended after the 13 March walk. The ban on car-pooling, after-walk coffee groups, and walking in close proximity all made it just too hard to continue. Many members continued  to walk, of course, but in tiny groups of 2 or 3, and the editorial group continued to provide a weekly addition to the website. Besides the attractive (and attracting!) photos from some of these expeditions, the weekly page has provided such diverse goodies as links to a virtual tour of the Smithsonian Museum, photos of members looking quite young but using antique gear, and a quiz on eucalypt identification.

Needless to say, members were altogether frustrated by the current normal, and were anxious for it to go away. Fortunately, following  the recent easing of restrictions, we have now reached a stage where our normal walking program has been resumed but is subject to the following restrictions:

1.      No walks using public transport to travel to and from the walk but the use of public transport to travel from the                     starting point to the finishing point of a walk or vice versa, is now permitted.

2.      Car pooling is allowed if members are comfortable sharing vehicles with other members as are car shuffles between              the starting and finishing points of a walk.

3.     Most walks will be within the Sydney Metropolitan area or on the Central Coast.  

4.      The number of walkers permitted may exceed thirty but two sub-groups (one with each of the two co-leaders) will be           established if more than 30 walkers). 

5.      Social distancing is to be observed at all times on each walk.

6.      Changes have been made to ensure a contactless sign-on procedure at the start of each walk. 



From our walk reports: 


The July-November 2020 semester - a
 time of COVID.

The first day:
Regular Walk: Manly Dam

'There are 39 of us, so we will split into 2 groups ... social distancing ...'     
                            Photo: Ros. 

                                      
 
Plus Walk: Elvina Bay/Lovett Bay/Towlers Bay Circuit.
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Birnie Lookout, amongst the Xanthorrhoea, creek crossing.                                                                     Photos:  Barb R (1,3),  Barb C (2).


Regular Walk: Callicoma Circuit

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Bush track, rock overhang with walkers - there's always one joker.                                                                      Photos: Pete, Chris McA .

2 EZY Walks: Bray's Reserve to Yarralla House, Berry/Island Wollstonecraft. 
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The Watergate at Rivendell House circa 1893, Barangaroo a work-in-progress and some history.                Photos: Pete, Anne R, Pauline.

Morning Tea and Lunch spots: Must have a view.
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2 morning teas in Duffy's Forest: Above Cowan Creek; beside Smith's Creek - a 'landscape with logs'.                 Photos: Pauline, Peter.


Seen from the track: Flora ....
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Angophora on the Postman's Track Patonga; Waratah, Boronia and wildflower variety on West Head. Photos: Wendy C, Deidre, Lyn, Sue S.


... and fauna
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Aboriginal carving at West Head, a baby echnidna by Middle Harbour Creek, and birds at Woy Woy.          Photos: Peter, Steve, Pete(3,4).


2 spring walks in the Blue Mountains: Shaws Ridge and Blue Gum Swamp, Euroka Clearing and Nepean River
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Clockwise from left: Walking under Blue Gums, the Swamp; then the Euroka track and a glimpse of the Nepean.       
                                                                                                                                                   Photos: Hazel (1,2), Lydia (3), Don Wo (4-6).


End of semester BBQ at Bobbin Head2020 11 20 BBQpicnic Barbara HVB
Social Distancing not required for people who travelled in the same car.                                                                     Photo: Barb R.

Refections .... 
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...and on the July-November 2020 semester?  'walking as a group promoted our health and pleasure'                         Photos: Peter.
 

Walk Program for 03 July - 04 September 2020

Walk Program for September - November 2020

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