Royal Enfield Club of Australia Inc 2018 Gloucester-Forster Rally


Royal Enfield Club of Australia Inc

Gloucester/Forster Rally – 12th – 14th October 2018

By Craig Katen

This year’s Gloucester/Forster rally was a great ride, with 10 people in attendance.

Despite a forecasted wet weekend we were greeted with all four seasons and limited inconvenience due to the rain.

We left Sydney on Friday morning meeting Peter and Johanne at the Myrtle House Cafe in Wollombi for lunch. As Mark and Jane and Ken and Helen travelled via Wisemans Ferry it was a logical meeting spot due to the convergence of the roads and the opportunity to avoid the M1, which Jenny and I used sparingly. We went via M1 and Old Pacific Hwy and stopped at the Pie in the Sky at Cowan for morning tea and then travelled to Peats Ridge and then down George Downs Drive to the Great Northern Road.


After a quick lunch we made our way back to the A1(Pacific Hwy) via Cessnock / Kurri Kurri and on to Bulahdelah for fuel before travelling along the Lakes Way to Pacific Palms / Elizabeth Beach where we were staying at Pacific Palms Caravan Park. It was a good days ride arriving in time to freshen up.

The park has a variety of basic but comfortable cabins and was located a few minutes’ walk to both Elizabeth Beach and Pacific Palms Recreation Club (the “Recky”) which is where we went on Friday and Saturday nights.


The Club is situated on Wallis Lake and normally provides stunning sunset vistas. The weather was good enough to allow us to enjoy an afternoon drink on the deck before dinner. Whilst relaxing and enjoying the serenity we heard the thunderous roar of Roger and Narelle arriving on the “Monster” .The food was great and the consensus was that it was the best club food that anyone has ever had.

Before setting off on Saturday’s ride we had breakfast at the Kembali Cafe at Bluey’s Beach which was a fusion of Indo and Aussie cuisine. Great bacon and eggs !

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Despite the spring weather, grey skies loomed in the distance and it wasn’t long before the heavens opened on us whilst retracing our route to Bulahdelah along the Lakes Way.

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A quick change into wets was required, we forged on through the rain and it wasn’t long before favourable conditions returned making the trip more enjoyable.

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Mark on his Royal Enfield Bullet following Ken on his Honda CL250s ( Helen in the Honda support vehicle in the back)

We stopped at Bulahdelah, some requiring fuel, and then rode along the winding Booral Road to Stroud for morning tea at the Crepe Myrtle Cafe.

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From Stroud the rain came and went as we travelled north towards Gloucester through “Shakespeare Land” crossing the Avon River at Stratford and on to Gloucester.

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Peter and Jo leading, Jenny and I followed by Mark

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We turned off at Gloucester and went along the “twisty turnies” of the Buckets Way through Krambach to Nabiac.

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Mark leading Jenny and I on our Triumph Tiger which we had to bring this trip due to my Royal Enfield C5 being prepared for the long ride to the Mt Gambier AGM via the Great Ocean Road later this month.

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We arrived at Nabiac and had lunch at the Greenhouse Cafe. After a quick look around we made our way back to the highway and then down the Failford road to Forster and back along the Lakes Way to Elizabeth Beach where Humpback whales were breaching out at sea on their migration south back to Antarctica for summer.

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Thanks to Peter for organising this ride again and thanks to Narelle for taking the action photos from the sidecar of the Monster.

Royal Enfield Club of Australia Inc Winter Rally 2018 – Tathra

Royal Enfield Club of Australia Inc Winter Rally 2018 – Tathra


Royal Enfield Club of Australia Inc

Winter Rally 2018 – Tathra

By Craig Katen

The 2018 winter rally was held on the Queen’s Birthday long weekend at Tathra Beach on the NSW south coast.

Tathra was chosen for a number of reasons, one being the location is easily accessible by both NSW and VIC members being close to the New South Wales / Victoria border and another was that we wanted to assist by giving our patronage to the local community after the recent devastating bushfires which claimed 69 homes, 30 caravans and cabins and damaged a further 39 houses.

Attendees were; from TAS Club President Mick Lemon, from VIC Anthony Wright, From ACT Allan and Elaine Bartlett and from NSW Bruce and Cynthia Walker, Jim and Jean Pennington, Ian Lyons, John and Viv Wright, Roger McCall and Narelle Whitworth, Peter and Johanne Jackson and Craig Katen and Jenny Graves.

Being a long weekend, two rides were organised for the weekend, a shorter ride on Saturday up the coast and a longer Rally ride on the Sunday heading up the escarpment and looping back thru the mountains.

Saturday saw us heading north from Tathra crossing the Bega River at Mogareeka Inlet then through the villages of Tanja and Wapengo, where the Walkers lived from 1979 to 1982. Bruce and Cynthia stopped to show the group the house that they had built.

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One of the many one-lane bridges that cross the creeks, lakes and inlets on the far south coast

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Allan leading the pack on his Electra-Zuki

Continuing through Murrah and Cuttagee Beach we arrived for morning tea at the fishing village of Bermagui where my Grandmother was born in 1900, by the side of the road under a horse dray as my ancestors passed through this area via the same roads we had just ridding on, travelling from Cooma to relocate their family to parts unknown before eventually settling in Sydney.

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The picturesque fishing village of Bermagui

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Upon leaving Bermagui we crossed Wallaga Lake and joined the Prince’s Highway briefly before turning off towards Tilba on Corkhill Drive.

Central Tilba is a perfectly restored and maintained period village protected by National Heritage listing. It features a host of unique shops and galleries showcasing antiques, traditional crafts and woodwork, a range of cafes and the ABC Cheese Factory.

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Craig and Ian checking out Ian’s Triumph opposite the tiny Tilba pub.

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After bite to eat and a stroll up and down the village looking at the wares we headed back.

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Jenny and Craig

Most people chose to return the way they came and to quote Sir Bruce “A road ridden in the opposite direction is a different road”.

Notwithstanding, Craig and Jenny and Roger and Narelle decided to go back via the highway stopping in historic Cobargo to check out the town which has similar tourist attractions to Tilba and then through Bega to Tathra.

For Sunday’s ride, which would see us going to Nimmitabel for morning tea and Bombala for lunch, we assembled outside Tathra School before proceeding thru Bega and up Brown’s Mountain.

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Allen’s well engineered Electra-Zuki

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Mick Lemon’s Carberry


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Anthony wearing three sets of riding gear but surprisingly no thongs !

We went through Bega and along the Snowy Mountains Highway through the foothills of the mountains before our climb up to the plateau.

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The “better half” of John’s outfit !

The road wound up Brown’s Mountain which has an elevation of 1243m ASL through the White Ash forests and ferns and up onto the Great Dividing Range.

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Peter and Johanne, Craig, Allen, Anthony and Mick enjoying the corners

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Wringing its neck to maintain momentum up the hills

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Once we reached the summit it was evident that we had climbed to a fair altitude as the temperature dropped considerably.

From there it was a short ride to Nimmitabel for a stop at the bakery which has an elephant next door !

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From there we rode to Bombala over the freezing cold high country plains

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Anthony looking cold

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Some nice rolling hills and corners to warm us up on the way to Bombala

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Cows !

We stopped in Bombala for lunch then headed through Cathcart and down Mt Darragh to Wyndam and on to Candelo via Myrtle Mountain.

Both of these mountain roads had plenty of bends and scenery to keep us entertained.

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Bruce and Cynthia leading in the Camry due to Carberry problems

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More curves !

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A catch up with Mal Gilles at the Candelo Pub

Sunday’s dinner was at the Tathra Hotel where we awarded the following trophies.

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Best Non-Enfield – John Wright – BMW R80 Outfit

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Best Royal Enfield – Allen Bartlett – “Modified” Electra

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Longest Distance Travelled on an Enfield – Mick Lemon

Thanks again to all those who attended this year’s Winter Rally, for me it was good to ride an area that I hadn’t been to on a bike before. I think there is scope to return to discover another part of the NSW South Coast in the future.

Campervan Fitout – Origo Stove Test

Campervan Fitout – Origo Stove Test

Dometic Origo Stove Test

Some time ago I bought a Dometic Origo 3000  two burner alcohol stove for use in our campervan.

I didn’t want to install gas in the van as I was happy with a two way 12v/240v fridge and will be using diesel hot water and heating. I also don’t like those cheap canister gas stoves as I worry what temperature the car gets to during the day. It would be nice to have a gas BBQ though, so I am trying to work out how to carry a 4kg gas bottle, however I learnt that you can not ( or should not) carry them lying down and that is the only way for one to fit under the car. Another option is to fit a sealed gas cabinet to the inside of the car just to store the gas bottle and have it vented outside in case of a problem – but that’s another project to add to the ever growing list of things to do.

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I thought I better test it out as ski season is approaching fast and this year I am going to try to eat out of the van rather than spend ”Thredbo Dollars”.

We have already worked out how to do the first two meals of the day on the cheap with our “up-and-go / oat bar” breakfast and our “down-the-pants” cheese burgers or pizza lunch. However, dinner is a bit more difficult and socially it is easier to go to the pub and have a few beers and a bistro meal with the guys. I calculated that it was costing me about $100 per night for beer and two meals at the Local which had to stop. It can get particularly expensive if you follow that up with a bakery breakfast of bacon and egg roll or meat pie as a heart starter and then a coffee and cake for “morno”, add fuel and sundries and the weekend can cost about $400 before you even hit the slopes. Due to mental stress I won’t even attempt to add up the cost of our seasons passes, skis and equipment.

However one of the prerequisites for being able to cook and eat in the car in the cold is a heater – which be the next project followed by the water tanks etc.

When I opened the stove I was shocked to find no tank and two open canisters. our previous campervan had a metho stove that had a tank and produced the flame by running the fuel delivery pipe thru the burner to turn it into gas and to get it to ignite you had to let liquid fuel spill over into a small tray under the burner and light it and it would flare up and then once hot it would turn into gas and light the burner. This was a dangerous method as if you let too much liquid run in it could spill over then when you light it it is a raging flame in your face.

This stove has canisters that have some fibre in them to absorb the metho and then they seal to the underside of the burner which has a “trap-door” mechanism allowing you to to vary the amount of flame and close off completely to extinguish.

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It came with these neoprene pads to put over the holes when not in use to stop fuel venting thru the burner


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The canisters are easy to fill and have a maximum capacity of about 1.2 litres or a bottle each. I just poured a cup full in as it won’t be used every week.

The two tests I wanted to do was cooking and then boiling water to clean up since I have not yet installed a hot water service in the van.

I propose to potentially cook a hot breakfast of porridge or bacon and eggs depending on my mood.

Dinner would be kept simple to make life easier and for this I will bring some pre cooked meals to re heat like mince and pasta or chicken and rice or tuna and noodles. The main thing I want to avoid is cooking fatty foods and making a smell and mess in the van.

Bacon and eggs for breakfast was the first test which was quick and very easy.

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After a few seconds on the stove the butter melted and I added the egg which cooked pretty quickly on the number 2 setting.

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I had to turn it down once I put the ham in as it was sizzling too much and was very thinly sliced which is preferable over bacon due to less fat and splatter when cooking in the van.

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I wanted to know how long it would take to boil water so i measured 1 litre into a saucepan and cranked up the burner to number 4 and whilst it heated up I prepared the meal.

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I had some leftover chicken and vegetables with Singapore noodles from last night’s meal. This was a perfect test as it would be similar to what I would bring with us to eat during the winter.

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I took the chicken straight out of the fridge so it was cold and put it in a saucepan and turned the stove down to low.

I also put a bit of water in the saucepan so it would not burn on to the bottom.

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The food was heated in few minutes on number 1 with the lid on and then another couple of minutes stirring on number 2 with the lid off.

The water took about 10 minutes to boil however it was windy, by the time I had eaten the food it had boiled so i was ready for washing up.

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If you use it sparingly 1 litre of water would easily be enough to wash up two plates and two saucepans/frypans

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This will have to be the way we do it until the hot water service, water tank, pump, sink and taps are installed.

Royal Enfield Motociclo – One Ride 2018

Royal Enfield Motociclo – One Ride 2018

Royal Enfield and Motociclo

OneRide 2018 Trip Report

By Craig Katen

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This year a few of our members having purchased bikes from them, were invited to attend the One Ride organised by John from Motociclo one of the Sydney Royal Enfield Dealers.

The One Ride is a Royal Enfield global ride day and is typically arranged by dealers as a way of inviting their customers for a ride.

There were 4 bikes from the Royal Enfield Club of Australia, Bruce, Roger and Narelle, Trevor and Heather and Craig plus about 8 of Johns other customers making a dozen or so which was a good group for a Sunday ride.

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We met at Harry’s Cafe de Wheels at Tempe where we were given our One Ride T-shirts and posed for a group photo

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From there we followed the Princes Highway south on our way to Sublime Point Lookout but did not get very far before the traffic stopped dead with an accident not far up ahead holding things up.

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It wasn’t long before we were moving again

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We stopped a few times to re-group along the way but soon we were out of the city traffic and on the highway

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Sublime Point has a cafe and picnic area servicing the visitors who arrive either by motor vehicles or via the walking tracks that terminate there.

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The lookout is 415m ASL so the views from the escarpment down to the Illawarra coast are fantastic

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An excellent Sunday ride with fellow Royal Enfield owners

Thanks goes to John from Motociclo for organising the ride

Royal Enfield Club of Australia 2018 Hill End Rally

Royal Enfield Club of Australia 2018 Hill End Rally

RECOAINC Hill End Rally 2018

23rd-25th March

Trip Report by Craig Katen

The Hill End Rally is run each year by Mark and Jane Reynolds and is one of the four yearly weekend rides organised by various people from NSW.

Hill End is a former gold mining town located in the Bathurst Region approximately 250 kms from Sydney.

“Hill End owes its existence to the New South Wales gold rush of the 1850s, and at its peak in the early 1870s it had a population estimated at 8,000 served by two newspapers, five banks, eight churches and twenty-eight pubs.

The town’s decline when the gold gave out was dramatic: by 1945 the population was 700. At the 2006 census, Hill End had a population of 166, which now has dropped to 80 people during the year 2017.” (source Wikipedia)

Hill End Lodge, where we stayed, has 30 cabins and is located on a large bushland setting only a short walk from the old town consisting of a Pub, a cafe, a heritage centre, a church, a school and a Police Station.

We arrived on Friday afternoon and took a stroll down to the town for some pre-dinner drinks at the Royal Hotel before returning to the lodge for our meal.

On the way we had an opportunity to meet some of the locals hanging out in their front yard.

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The next morning we assembled near the cafe for our ride.

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The ride consisted of a trip through Hargreaves to Mudgee for morning tea at the Mudgee Bakery.

Then a loop taking us to Gulgong and Ulan arriving at the Cooyal Hotel for lunch and back to Mudgee for the return to Hill End. A total of approx 257km.

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After the ride there was time to take in the town. Jenny took some photos of the buildings and surrounds.

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Saturday night’s dinner was also at the Hill End Lodge’s dining room .

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Sunday morning was a good opportunity to take some photos of the property and wildlife.

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Kangaroos were in abundance in the lodge and town area – this Joey was right outside our cabin.

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There was plenty of birdlife as well

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After breakfast we headed home via Sofala, another historic ex gold town.

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Some old fashioned parenting advice “Sofala Child Minding” or Mending !

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Old mining equipment repurposed as a sculpture

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Thanks again to Mark and Jane for running this ride for another year. It was our first time and we really enjoyed it, the Lodge was a lovely place to stay with very accommodating hosts, good food, country atmosphere and great company as always.

The riding in the local area is top notch as well, incorporating winding hilly sections with open country lanes.

We will be sure to come along again next year.

Craig and Jenny

Photo credits : Narelle, Helen and Jenny

Royal Enfield Club of Australia 2017 AGM Deloraine TAS

Royal Enfield Club of Australia 2017 AGM Deloraine TAS

Royal Enfield Club of Australia Inc – 2017 AGM Rally Trip Report

By Craig Katen


The Royal Enfield Club of Australia 2017 AGM was held on November 18th at Deloraine TAS, about 50km south of Devonport and about 50 km west of Launceston. We had approximately 48 people registered 10 from NSW, 17 from VIC,  19 from TAS and 2 from the UK. Of the 10 people from NSW 3 dropped out and only Ian Lyons and myself rode our bikes, Bruce and Cynthia Walker and Bill Rice transported theirs and the Penningtons came in their Campervan sans bike.

My journey started as a late entry having recently taking myself out of the workforce and I discovered that Ian was planning to ride down and also stay for the following week’s tour around the island. I thought this would be an opportunity that I should not miss. I quickly got onto booking boat passage and hotels for the AGM and went about investigating the planned ride that Charles Todd was organising. Ian and I decided that we would tag along with their group and not make any formal plans for accomodation etc.

I left Northmead on Wednesday morning and met Ian at a rest stop on the Hume Hwy just past his town of Minto and we proceeded on our way to Holbrook, which was our first night’s destination and where we would meet up with the Walkers and Bill. Having stopped for a pie at Goulburn for lunch, not far along the Hume towards Yass my bike began to splutter and eventually stopped and I found I was out of fuel, Headwinds, lots of luggage, Wide Open Throttle riding and filling the bike on the side stand all contributed to a reduced range. I also had the tank off to run electrical wires to the bars and had not correctly reconnected the sensor cable for the low fuel warning light. As you may or may not know a Royal Enfield does not have a fuel gauge as they usually break down before running out. Having just past the Breadalbane turn off this was the choice for the hunt for fuel. I  layed the bike over to eek out the last of the petrol and made it back to the turn off and a bit down the road and she stopped for good. Ian rode into the town proper (what’s left of it) and confirmed the Petrol Station was gone and spoke to a council worker mowing lawns who had a bit of fuel. In the meantime a local resident pulled into their driveway so I walked up to asked them for advice and they had a jerry can and filled me up and advised that it would be best to continue to Gunning which we did. We got to Gunning and refueled and there was a Pub that served Resches next door so we stopped for a refreshing ale before riding on to Holbrook.

The next day we left for Melbourne after having breakfast with Cynthia, Bruce and Bill at the cafe in the Service Centre. The weather did not look promising but was only overcast when we left however not long into the ride it started to rain and we stopped in Wangaratta and refueled and changed into wet weather gear. We encountered some heavy rain exacerbated by spray from large trucks and cars and then stopped at Euroa for lunch and a dry-out. From there the weather picked up and we made it to the meeting point before boarding which was the Local Pub in Bay St. There we met Richard, Patrice, Stuart and Laurie and had a beer and waited till boarding time before making our way onto the boat and cabins and met up with the others in the Bar area on deck 7 for dinner and drinks.

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On Friday, after disembarking we assembled at the petrol station around the corner and had a chat about what the day entailed. The plan was to ride to Ulverstone to Trevor and Sue’s place as they had kindly offered to make us all breakfast which was lovely. From there we rode up to the coast through Penguin to Burnie and had lunch.

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From Burnie we went on a bit of a tour the long way to Deloraine through some stunning countryside arriving late in the afternoon and then proceeded to our Meet n’ Greet which was held at the Cruzin in the 50’s Diner which was packed with automotive memorabilia that would have been worth a fortune.

Saturday we had the first of our AGM rides and some great old bikes turned up in the motel carpark like a mini historic bike show including Matt Blunt’s beautiful  ’63 Continental GT 250,  a few old Enfields owned by Mick and some Brough Superiors.

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We had our riders briefing and set off for the ride through valleys and over mountain passes to arrive at the Mole Creek Hotel for judging and lunch.

Unfortunately during the ride Cynthia had a spill on a wet slippery corner and had to be taken to Launceston Hospital where she was diagnosed with a cracked rib.

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Sundays ride was to the Burt Munro Cafe in Exeter

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On Monday a group of us left for the trip around the Island – Charles Todd, Ian Lyons, Jon Hinton, Tim Hinton, Anthony Wright, Don Havelberg and Shelly, Patrice Renaudin, Richard Mulcaire, Stuart McKenzie, Laurie Reeves, Geoff Best, Barry Southern and Eileen, Mal and Sue Mogar, Trevor Marshall and Myself.
We headed north to Stanley and stopped at the Bischoff Hotel Waratah for lunch then to the Stanley Cabin Park


Views from Deloraine

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Bischoff Hotel Waratah



Waratah was an old mining town and you can still see some of the relics


There is a chairlift just visible on the left hand shoulder of the “Nut” which is a geological feature at Stanley


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On Tuesday we headed south and stopped at  Tullah Pub on our way to Strahan and then to Roseberry for fuel.

We stayed at Strahan Beach Tourist Park where it was so hot when we arrived I went for a swim in the warm brackish water a short walk from the campground. A popular place with the locals, there were families barbecuing and kids playing on the beach and in the shallow water.

On Wednesday morning I went for a walk from Strahan Beach around to the harbour and took some photos before we left for the next destination.

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We left Strahan and headed to Strathgordon via Queenstown and Derwent Bridge stopping at Ouse for lunch at a truck stop.
This  trip showcased the diversity of Tasmania. We had the tropical like bays and inlets of Stanley which were like the Whitsundays,the alpine mountain plateaus like the Snowy Mountains, subalpine rainforests complete with Dicksonia ferns like the Victorian Alps, steep rugged valleys and peaks like the Blue Mountains and then open semi-arid plains near Ouse were like the Monaro .

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Pedder Wilderness Lodge was a spectacular place to stay with beautiful scenery and wildlife in abundance.

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A quick trip to the end of the road on Thursday morning to check out the Gordon dam was required before setting off  back thru the Mt Field National Park and refueling at Westerway  and then on to New Norfolk to visit Rick from Mountain Engineering the Royal Enfield dealer there and have some lunch. Laurie had to arrange a new rear tyre which he did with Rick’s help.

This is where the group split up. Half the group headed towards Port Arthur and the other half went to Hobart to a backpackers but due to our accommodation requirements Ian and I stayed in New Norfolk at the Junction Motel which had great hosts and lots of art and succulents around the place. When I asked the owner if the room fridges had a freezer as I had some warm beer in my saddle bags he asked what type and proceeded to swap them for some coldies from his fridge.  Later we ordered pizzas from reception and he shouted us another coldie while they cooked.

Friday we went thru Swansea to Bicheno and stayed at Bicheno East Coast Holiday Park where we copped a bit of rain

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We stopped at Swansea for lunch but unfortunately the Horny Cray was closed for good but worth a photo all the same.


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Bicheno lent itself to some more photo opportunities with the sun coming out after the previous nights rain

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Saturday we left Bicheno and travelled through Lake Leake stopping at Campbell Town and had a pie, This is where Ian and I left the group who were going to Longford to meet up with the guys arriving from Port Arthur and then onto the Ross Motorcycle show on Sunday. We headed to Devonport to catch the boat back and bumped into Santa Claus in the marshalling yard prior to getting on the boat

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After the boat trip we left Melbourne early and hit the highway in an attempt to make up some time and get ahead of the bad weather that was looming. Forecast thunderstorms skirted around us and after a quick stop for fuel and coffee at Euroa we pushed on and found ourselves in Albury for a late lunch and fuel. Not long and we were stopping again to stretch the legs and refuel at Gundagai by this time it was 4pm and we could either stay or go. The storms persisted around us however we had been lucky and a decision was made to push on as the motel in Gunning did not answer.  The clouds blackened as we made another quick stop in Goulburn at about 6pm and a review of the weather showed that the storms were still circling us however being only a few hours from Sydney tempted us towards home. We left Goulburn and rode through one quick torrential thunderstorm to make it home about 730pm for Ian and 830pm for me after a full day in the saddle.

I would like to thank everyone on the trip for the great riding and fun times, Trevor for breakfast and being our sweep rider and especially the organisers Club President Mick Lemon (AGM) and Club Secretary Charles (Road Trip) for such a wonderful experience,

My 5 year old Royal Enfield C5 bike had only just clicked over 10,000Km on the way down to Melbourne and now has over 14,000Km – the total distance on the trip seems to be approx 4,386Km less some local running around – It will have to be a big one next time to top that.
I received a trophy at the AGM for the “Furthest Distance Travelled on an Enfield” having travelled from Sydney’s west to Melbourne and then to Deloraine from Devonport.



Royal Enfield Club of Australia 2016 AGM Temora

The Royal Enfield Club of Australia 2016 AGM was held on September 17th at Temora NSW, about 400 km south west of Sydney and about 600 km northeast of Melbourne. We had 47 people registered 27 from NSW 17 from VIC one each from TAS, SA and WA plus some hangers on.



Jenny and I decided to ride down and as we left the weather didn’t look too bad, it was only slightly raining as we headed along the M4 towards our meeting spot at Glenbrook in the lower Blue Mountains. As we approached Penrith there was a distinct gap in the clouds and I assumed the weather was localised to Sydney even though the forecast was for some showers.

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We arrived early at Glenbrook and went and got a pie whilst waiting for Hugh who lives locally and the Sydney crew  Mike, Gerard and Gupreet. We then took off and caught up with Marie at Springwood and proceeded thru the mountains to our morning tea stop at Lithgow. The rain persisted as we crossed the mountains and as we reached the top at Medlow Bath the wind kicked in. I had not brought my winter gloves nor put on a pair of thermals and was feeling it in the legs and hands. As we descended Victoria Pass towards the never-ending road works zone that is Hartley I was able to warm my left hand on the flats and uphills and my right on the downhills by alternatively placing my gloves directly on the head of my engine, however my wet leather clad frozen knees had to wait till we reached Maccas so I could pull on my wet weather pants.

After a cup of coffee we hit the road to Bathurst and then down to Blainey where I went looking for thermal gloves to put under my unlined cold wet leather gloves, After a a few attempts  I found some at IGA but alas they were too thick to fit inside my gloves, a waste of $3.75.

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We meet up with Doug Bourke who was trailering his Interceptor and Ian and Roger who decided to sleep in and avoid the cold.

Next stop was Cowra for some lunch and a warm up. We pulled up at the Lachlan Hotel which didn’t look very inviting at first glance but after speaking to a couple who had just dined there we decided it was good enough for us and we grabbed a beer and ordered some food where we had the whole dining room to ourselves since it was about 2pm.

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Young was our next destination as people needed to get fuel, just a quick stop on the side of the road opposite a service station where we waited for Mike who was going to fuel up at Cowra and waved us on.

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Mike never showed up so we rang him and left a message that we had left Young – he rang back but I missed the call and subsequently also lost the group when I tried to answer it and then return the missed call.

I did not fill up at Young as I had a full tank at Blainey and thought I’d be fine, however when we left my fuel light soon started to flash as I did not account for head winds, luggage and two-up riding and after another 20km it came on on solid so we backed off a bit thinking Mike would catch us up. By the time we reached the outskirts of Temora we were doing 70kph and enjoying the scenery of canola fields etc.

We arrived at Temora around 4pm, I dropped Jenny at the Motel to check in and went and refueled where it took over 12 litres.

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The Goldtera motel was conveniently located near the main street of town, the Ex-Services Club where the AGM and dinner would be held and the Terminus Hotel where our friday night meet and greet was being held and where a fair amount of people were staying.

The Ride

It was the intentions of the organisers of the AGM to visit the Temora air show on saturday since many had ridden a fair distance to get there, however the traditionalists of the club insisted that an AGM is not an AGM without a ride and that some had trailered their bikes, so a ride was organised to Cootamundra with a Lunch stop at the Family Hotel where the bike judging was held.


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Here is a short video of the group Leaving Terminus Hotel for the ride

We stopped at the Family Hotel in Cootamundra for judging and lunch (click on the photos to see larger images)

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The Annual General Meeting was held at the Temora Ex Services Club at 5pm on Saturday followed by a dinner.

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Bill Rice was nominated for Life Membership. Proposed by Sir Charles Todd and Seconded by Sir Anthony Wright. The proposal was carried.

Prizes were awarded as follows:


Age of Bike plus age of rider – Sir Frederick Garland.

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Best UCE – Mark Reynolds

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Best Electra – Ian Lyons

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Best Cast Iron Barrel RE – Owen Bentley

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Best Non Enfield – Matt Bunt

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Best All round Enfield – Sir Frederick Garland

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Best Royal Enfield or Best Twin Enfield – not sure actually  – Three awards were given Sir Frederick Garland, Mick Lemon, and Sir Charles Todd.

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Longest Distance ridden to the AGM on a RE – Bill Rice

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Longest Distance ridden to the AGM on a non RE – Graham Morell

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Chook Award actually now a Duck Award. To Marie from Winmalee for a slight dropping of her bike.

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Passing the Baton. Matt Bunt passed the baton to Laurie Reeves.

The baton was designed by a past Member to be handed over and a track of the kilometres be kept. It is believed that the instructions contained within the baton don’t make much sense.


Jon Hinton and Craig Katen each received a bottle of whiskey as promised for writing the Winter Rally Report for our Newsletter.

As one of the photographers I tried to do a selfie with Bruce but it was all blurry so Thanks Stuart McKenzie for the additional photos and video

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T Shirt Competition to identify Members featured on the shirt was won by Doug Bourke out of four entries. Doug won 3 years free Membership.


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Working on my bike before two big rides in September

Working on my bike before two big rides in September

The weekend before the Distinguished Gentlemen’s Ride is the Royal Enfield Club of Australia’s 2016 AGM at Temora in country NSW and they are both “long” trips I thought I’d make it more comfortable for us on both rides.

The DGR is a long day in the saddle as the event sees us going all over sydney – well really just from Sydney Uni across the bridge and back – but it seems like a long trip due to the large number of bikes . It’s worth noting that 725 riders have registered and raised $103924 already. This is just the Sydney ride mind you – In 2015, over 37,000 participants in 410 cities in 79 countries raised over $2.3M (US) for prostate cancer research.The goal for this year is $5m USD.

I will take to the bike’s shiny bits with some metal polish before both events to make it look its best and I might also do some facial manscaping myself to try to look even more dapper.

Here’s a link to My Distinguished Gentlemen’s Ride site where I have updated my blog and added some images

Please check it out and if you can help out and sponsor me it’s all for a good cause – Raising money for men’s physical and mental health

The Temora trip is also an all day ride that is 430 km each way on our route through the Blue Mountains, Bathurst, Cowra and Young to Temora and back.




Trying not to sound like Goldilocks but my original exhaust was “a bit too big and soft” and the one I bought some time back was “a bit too small and loud” this one is just right and will ensure I arrive without industrial deafness.

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I also installed a windshield which may or may not protect me from the wind but it just might stop my leather jacket from getting squashed bugs splattered all over it.

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My Saddle bags were bursting at the seams from trying to shove too much into them so they had to be repaired.

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two-piece rivets are usually crap and either rust out or just come apart and easy fix is two stainless steel washers and an aluminium pop-rivet

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Due to a rivet tearing the leather where it was too thin on the edge (cheap and nasty) the stitching had come undone which I had to replace.

In order to do so i had to visit Lincraft and buy all this sewing paraphenalia

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It looks impossible to replace the rivet so I will need to rivet in a piece of leather strap on the inside now that it’s all stitched up but finding suitable leather is a problem since that when you buy a leather belt it’s not really leather – some type of papier-mache composite material made out of leather scraps, apple cores and old chinese newspapers I suspect. – that was a waste of $7 and the belt wont even fit me.

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K10ky Fried Chicken

K10ky Fried Chicken

Recently there was a supposed ‘leak’ of the Colonel’s original recipe which was published in the Chicago Tribune

It contained a list of the secret  ’11 herbs and spices’ so I thought I’d give it a go as fried chicken is one of my favourites and it was an excuse to buy a deep fryer.

I tend to avoid KFC etc unless on a road trip but haven’t eaten old fashioned Colonel Sanders chicken for years. I used to like the original “Crispy Strips” that KFC sold as they had no skin or fat and I also liked the wicked wings. The traditional “piece of chook” is too greasy and the batter is a bit floury. Time to make my own.

I was getting sick of making sausage rolls and pies as I have not put in any time to develop some more recipes. I put it out there in The Pie Project  for followers to come up with some suggestions for different pies but only Adam posted a suggestion and that was for a seafood pie which suck. ( Sorry Adam)  So I am still looking for new pie flavours and would be happy to test-run your favourite meat pie filling within reason and don’t say Kentucky Fried Chicken Pie as I have already thought of that ……it could go viral like the Cruffin and Cronut. Maybe next week.


Even the Colonel himself likes a pie – pictured here at Harry’s Cafe de Wheels

Armed with the recipe it was off to the shops to get the famous 11 herbs and spices, buttermilk, some chicken and a deep fryer – for $69 I chose the Sunbeam Multi Cooker which is just like an electric frypan only round and deeper. It can be used as a saucepan/frypan, a slow cooker and a deep fryer and I thought it could be useful to make my pie filling as well.



THE ORIGINAL 11 SPICES SECRET RECIPE? (As published in The Chicago Tribune)
Prep: 30 minutes
Soak: 20-30 minutes
Cook: 15-18 minutes
Makes: 4 servings
2 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 tablespoon salt
1/2 tablespoon dried thyme leaves
1/2 tablespoon dried basil leaves
1/3 tablespoon dried oregano leaves
1 tablespoon celery salt
1 tablespoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon dried mustard
4 tablespoons paprika
2 tablespoons garlic salt
1 tablespoon ground ginger
3 tablespoons ground white pepper
1 cup buttermilk
1 egg, beaten
1 chicken, cut up, the breast pieces cut in half for more even frying
Expeller-pressed canola oil
1 Mix the flour in a bowl with all the herbs and spices; set aside.
2 Mix the buttermilk and egg together in a separate bowl until combined. Soak the chicken in the buttermilk mixture at room temperature, 20-30 minutes.
3 Remove chicken from the buttermilk, allowing excess to drip off. Dip the chicken pieces in the herb-spice-flour mixture to coat all sides, shaking off excess. Allow to sit on a rack over a baking sheet, 20 minutes.
4 Meanwhile, heat about 3 inches of the oil in a large Dutch oven (or similar heavy pot with high sides) over medium-high heat to 350 degrees. (Use a deep-frying thermometer to check the temperature.) When temperature is reached, lower the heat to medium to maintain it at 350. Fry 3 or 4 pieces at a time, being careful not to crowd the pot. Fry until medium golden brown, turning once, 15-18 minutes. Transfer chicken pieces to a baking sheet covered with paper towels. Allow the oil to return to temperature before adding more chicken. Repeat with remaining chicken.


I decided to make life easy and use chicken tenderloins which I put in the mixture of egg and buttermilk to soak


I arranged my spices in order and placed the measured quantities into small bowls


They all get mixed into the flour in a large bowl


The chicken is then dipped in the flour-spice mixture and left to absorb the flavour before a second coating


Only 10mins in the deep fryer and this is the final product



The flavour was noticeably not KFC maybe because the ingredients were a bit agrestic and just chucked in however this meant you could taste individual flavours.

Bare in mind this was skinless chicken tenderloins and resembled the original double-breaded  “Crispy Strips” in texture (left) – the current fake crispy strips from KFC taste like your mum got them out of the freezer, microwaved them and put them in a cardboard box to go soggy. Next i am going to try wings / drummettes which should be more like Wicked wings (right)


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They were also excellent cold and I took some across the road the next day at lunchtime and offered some to Jody and Boris who thought they were very tasty.

I would only say that the 4 tablespoons of paprika is a bit much and overpowers the other flavours slightly as you can see here in this photo from the original news story – lots of paprika !



Lifesaving Photo Articles

Lifesaving Photo Articles

Photo Journalists are always looking for an angle, a bit of a spin to attract attention, someone different to the everyday person, the unique opportunity. Being out and about as Lifesavers we have been lucky to be in the right place at the right time a few times over the years and have ended up being involved in a couple of published articles.

The first was when we were invited by Surf Life Saving NSW to attend a day at Luna Park in Dec 2014 for volunteers, emergency services and armed forces members as a lead up to the park’s 80th anniversary.

We were milling around to get into the park and waiting for Rhyse and Tracey, it was pretty busy as apart from the attractions put on there was an episode of My Kitchen Rules being filmed.

We had to wear our Life Saving gear and I was in patrol uniform, Jenny was in her SLS Officials shirt and Angus was in his Nippers gear which attracted the eye of a photographer who approached us and asked if we would pose for some photos

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Whilst he was taking some shots he noticed the reflection of the Harbour Bridge in lens of my sunglasses and asked me to turn around, I thought “What is he doing I’m facing the wrong way” as he jostled me around to get the perfect position? Then it clicked.

He had framed the Harbour Bridge around my hat and had the reflection of the Luna Park Face in my glasses – amazing shot by Peter Rae Senior Photographer Fairfax Media

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As part of the deal of being an “Instant Crowd” we were herded into an auditorium to listen to some speeches and then some performances before we were let loose on the park, some of the celebs were Alan Jones, Marcia Hines and Shannon Knowles

The kids had fun and Angus and Liam braved the Hair Raiser – see video here

We also ended up on Channel 7’s MKR  as part of the crowd as we waited for our chance to try some food

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We got to try most of the food

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The Mums needed a drink so I had to have one too


Another Time we were interviewed was when we were on patrol at the beach and someone from Surf Life Saving Sydney Northern Beaches was taking photos. They asked about us and some of the younger life savers and did the following reports


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Charlotte Durban says she wanted to become a lifesaver so she could contribute to her local area.
And that’s Dee Why. Charlotte [right] says she’s always at the beach and what better way to give back to the community by joining a surf club and to help save lives.
Young Joseph Jelic also lives locally. “This is my second season doing patrols and I love it. I just love the surf and being involved in an organisation like this,” he said.
Emma Katen comes from out of area and actually travels from Northmead to do her patrols for the Dee Why Surf Club. ”I was involved in nippers for a long time but this is only my second seasons of doing patrols,” Emma said.
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Rowena Clarke and Peter Firminger are the two mentors for Dee Why Surf Club’s youth patrol.
Patrol 4 was on duty yesterday [Sunday] morning but, such was the bleak weather, all was quiet in the surf.
”It’s predominantly kids between the ages of 14 and 21,” Rowena , one of the club’s vice captains, said yesterday.
”Pete and myself are the two mentors. Unfortunately, Pete has just broken his arm but he came down this morning to check on them.
”Pete is one of our eldest patrolling members and averages about 400 hours a season.”
Zach Dibben, who along with his girlfriend Jessica Cotterill, won the SNB Branch at SLSNSW Initiative of the Year Award for the ‘After Dark Program’ last season, was the Patrol Captain and also crew for the IRB yesterday.
Picture: Some of the Patrol 4 members – Joseph Jelic [left], Emma Katen, Charlotte Durban, Rowena Clarke [mentor] and Zach Dibben.


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With her husband Craig Katen and daughter Emma doing patrols for Dee Why Surf Club, mum Jenny thought it was time to join them.
”I’d come to the beach and just sit around Jenny [Graves], ” said yesterday ”I did my First Aid yesterday and here I am today for First Aid [Sunday].”
This is Emma’s second season doing patrols. “I have been involved in nippers since I was six and I did my SRC last season,” Emma said.
Craig surfed at Dee Why for 35 years but only decided to become a lifesaver in more recent years.
Now he’s heavily involved with the club
Craig looks after the nipper boards as board steward for the club. ”I did my bronze so I could do patrols and help out. I am also a coach [nippers] and a committee member.”
And to think the family travels from Northmead
Picture: Emma, Jenny and Craig at Dee Why yesterday.




Emma Aust Day

This photo was in the Manly Daily for Australia Day 2014 as Emma was the flag bearer along with our Orange bush nippers club