Jul-Dec 2020

2020 11 13 PlusWalk WendyC treeandgrasstreeTwenty walkers braved the threat of thunderstorms, meeting at the end of Mallawa Rd Duffys Forest. Just prior to the briefing, a family of kangaroos hopped by reminding us of the much loved TV program SKIPPY which was produced here in Duffys Forest at the now heritage listed 'Waratah Park’ years ago. We walked down a fairly eroded short cut track to the Long Track past the distinctive feature of a gnarled Angophora costata and an ominous sighting of a blue shovel propped up near the eroded track. Could the track get so bad that we needed to be dug out?
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2020 11 13 PlusWalk SueS puddlesfrompreviousrain 152920 resized 12020 11 13 PlusWalk Pauline regroupingattheCowanTrackhead IMG 6344                                                   Regrouping at the Cowan Trackhead before continuing on the Long Track........and circumnavigating the large puddles from the previous rain
We arrived at 'Peach Trees', gazing down on a houseboat far below on Cowan Creek and enjoyed morning tea.
2020 11 13 PlusWalk Pauline morning tea IMG 63572020 11 13 PlusWalk Deidre morningtea 092613
Back on the Long Track, we then turned off on the Cowan Track.
2020 11 13 PlusWalk Deidre GroupatCowanTrack 103900 2                                                          All twenty walkers at the Cowan Trackhead......very kindly taken by Jane who was walking with another group
We looked in at the Spirits Rock Aboriginal Engraving Site and before long arrived at our lunch spot looking right down Cowan Creek to Apple Tree Bay. A passing bike rider provided some interest when he showed us the whereabouts of Geocache box, put in place by NPWS and Geocaching.com
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Our home run from here was back along the Cowan Track to the Long Track returning to the cars via the Perimeter Track.  A Praying Mantis Mantodea was sighted on the Long Track
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There were an abundance of flowers on the Long and Cowan Tracks.

2020 11 13 PlusWalk SueS Appleberry 210638 resized 2 2020 11 13 PlusWalk SueS Goodenia 091752 resized 2 2020 11 13 PlusWalk SueS FlannelFlower 094049 resized 2 2020 11 13 PlusWalk SueS Leptospermun 211349 resized 2 2020 11 13 PlusWalk SueS Pultenaea 095244 resized 2 2020 11 13 PlusWalk SueS CarrotTops 205336 resized 2
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2020 11 13 PlusWalk SueS ChristmasBell 110312 resized 2 2 2020 11 13 PlusWalk SueS HeathMilkwort 075502 resized 2 2020 11 13 PlusWalk SueS Conospermum 090127 resized 2 2020 11 13 PlusWalk SueS PinkSpiderFlower204505 resized 2 2020 11 13 PlusWalk SueS BlueberryAsh 211123 3
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1.  Appleberry Billardiera scandens  2.Goodenia Goodenia bellidifolia  3. Flannel Flower Actinotus helianthi  4. Leptospermun Leptospermum arachnoides
5.  Pultenaea Pultenaea stipularis  6. Carrot Tops Platysace linearifolia  7. Christmas Bell Blandfordia nobolis  8. Heath Milkwort/Match Heads Comesperma ericinum
9.  Conospermum Conospermum longifolium  10. Pink Spider Flower Grevillea sericia  11. Blueberry Ash Elaeocarpus reticulatus    

2020 11 13 PlusWalk Hazel orchid P1160710  2020 11 13 PlusWalk Hazel SydneyRose P1160767 22020 11 13 PlusWalk Hazel fringedlily P1160799 1

          Fringed Lily Thysanotus multiflorus                                        Cymbidium suave                             Sydney/Native Rose Boronia serrulata

Gathering under the unusual pink flowers of a Bluberry Ash at Terrey Hills with our takeaway coffees, milk shakes and ice cream, we celebrated our lucky day (Friday 13th) without a drop of rain or a rumble of thunder!!
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Sue S and Deidre led eighteen walkers: Helen A, Wendy C, Polly, Elaine E, Annette Ell, Ros and John, Mary, Martin, Celia, Kas, Hazel, Bert, Sheila, Wendy P, Vreni, Pauline and visitor, Cleona.

Thank you to First Aider, Mary and Tail End Charlie, Kas!

Words by Sue S

Photos by Wendy C (1, 29, 31), Sue S (2, 3, 5, 9, 10, 12, 14-25, 30 and flower identification), Pauline (4, 7), Deidre (6, 11), Jane (8 on Deidre's phone), Hazel (13, 26-28 and flower identification)

........and a postscript from today's walk

2020 11 13 PlusWalk WendyC morningteadejour 2                                                                                                                Bananas were definitely the morning tea de jour!

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