Jul-Dec 2019

2019 08 16 RegularWalk Pete CentennialPark akWclm1Q1Eighteen walkers made the journey to Edgecliff station for the start of the walk to Clovelly with its interesting mix of history, architectural styles, urban parkland & coastal views.  The first part of the walk was through the tranquillity of Trumper Park, pausing to admire the Trumpalara, a massive fig tree just above Trumper oval, said possibly to possess super-natural powers (according the children’s novel “The Riddle of the Trumpalara” by Judy Bernard Waite) and the attractive little fairy-pond.
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                           Leader Mike briefing the group on the day's walk                                        Is the Trumpalara Ficus carica sending down super-natural powers to Helen A?
The walk then proceeded through Paddington by way of the empty block known as one of the spots for Thommos Two-Up School, the block of apartments in Moncur St, used as the façade for the “No 96” TV soap, and the high end shops of Queen St.
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The morning tea stop was reached just after entry to Centennial Park through the Paddington Gates.
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Following the tea stop, we proceeded down through Centennial Park to the Federation Pavilion, arguably the true birthplace of Australia as a nation, where we admired the Commonwealth Stone.
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                             Mike has a captive audience as the walkers enjoy the sunshine                                                          Belvedere Ampitheatre Centennial Park
The Lachlan swamp lived up to its name and prevented us from transiting it (notwithstanding the dry conditions) but we were rewarded, when by-passing it, by walking past a massive flock of Corellas (and a couple of Cockatoos).  Leaving Centennial Park, we passed through Queens Park and then by way of a series of quiet back streets and little parks to Waverley Cemetery, pausing to pay our respects to Henry Kendall & Dorothea McKellar
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From there a small section of the now-repaired Coastal Walk took us to the headland above Clovelly and an impressive lunch spot looking south towards Coogee & Maroubra.
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The warm Spring-like conditions were most welcome and all were ready for a coffee when at last Sea Salt Café (which did a great job serving us) hove into view.
John M achieved greatness by under-taking an unscheduled, but successful, second circuit of Clovelly & the headland - perhaps we hadn’t stretched him quite enough on arrival at Sea Salt?  A counter-point to the magnificent weather was the disappointment that the film-makers, working in Centennial Park, elected not to take on 18 seniors as extras.

Words by Mike

Mike and Sue led sixteen walkers:  Helen A, Barbara C, Rhondda, Annette, Rosie, Sue K, Lillian, Helen L, John M, Steve and Jan, Elizabeth P, Wendy P, Pete and Bella plus second time visitor Ingrid.

Thanks to Tail-end Charlie John M.  First Aiders: Sue and Michael.

Photos by Pete (1, 8-11, 13, 14, 16, 17), Lilian (2-7, 15) Barbara C (12)

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