Club Postal Address
c/- SGWAAC, PO Box 557,
Leongatha, 3953
President: Joy Downes
Telephone: 0400 160 445
Secretary: Robyn Scott
Telephone: 0408 486 362
Treasurer: Elizabeth Griffiths
Telephone: 0400 109 160
Newsletter: Clive Lynn
Telephone: 0428 688 220
Copy deadline: Nov 29th

Meetings: All meetings are held on the 4th Thursday of each month (excluding December); General Meetings at Leongatha Community House, 16 Bruce Street, Leongatha and alternating with Activity Planning Meetings and dinner at venues to be announced.

Activity Meeting Jan 24th at 6:30pm in the Meeniyan Hotel, followed by dinner

General Meeting February 28th 2019, Leongatha Community House at 8:00pm>

Sandra Lewis

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As many of you would know Sandra Lewis recently lost her battle with the illness that had progressively limited her ability to participate in Club activities and she passed away on the 19th November. Her funeral was held in Traralgon on 26th Nov and some 15 club members attended. The service was very much ‘Sandra’ and celebrated a full and active life. Joy and Gayle contributed very moving eulogies on our behalf.
Although Sandra had been a club member for only a few years, she had rapidly become very active and in the final 12 months of her active membership had taken on the role of Tuesday Walk Coordinator which she had carried out with her usual flair for humour and efficiency. She will be greatly missed by the club.

Activity Reports

Orbost - “Well, Almost, Maybe” October 27-29

Participants: Robyn and Dale Scott; Sue and Steve Evans; George Bentley and Meg; Ian James; Don Creed; Pat Williams and; Ian and Sue Mayer
According to trip leader Robyn’s briefing notes, it would take approximately 4 hours (no stops) to travel from Meeniyan to Orbost where we were to meet at the Orbost Football Ground at 2.00 pm - sharp! From there it was a further 20 mins drive to our destination. Determined not to be late, we arrived punctually at the ground at 1.55 pm only to find all of our fellow 9 companions waiting for us - last, but not late; not a good start though! After some quick introductions we were soon off to a private property owned by Andrea and Andy, long-time friends of Robyn and Dale.
Despite earlier warnings of steep decents, sharp corners and gravel tracks, we all arrived unscathed to find a wonderful grassy flat field nestled between the Snowy River and the rugged surrounding hills.
orbostKayakingIt was here that we, and our fellow ‘River Riff-Raff’: Pat, Don, Ian, George, Meg and Ian made camp. Our site was some 10 meters from water’s edge on a flat field of grass kept manicured by the resident deer and other wildlife.
It wasn’t long before Don and Pat were in their Kayaks exploring the might of the Snowy. Meanwhile the rest of us set about the business of camping: fossicking for firewood, building a fireplace, enjoying the spectacle of George constructing a rather substantial awning and, generally making things comfortable.
After exploring nearby tracks, pump house and an abandoned cattle shed, we were beckoned by a fire, masterly crafted by Ian, our resident fire stoker. Refreshments ensued and then it was time to set forth for the house on top of the hill where Robyn, Sue and Andrea had prepared dinner for all.
The following morning we woke to a splendid, if somewhat crisp morning. Breakfast was taken leisurely while basking in the morning sun after which we embarked on a 10km saunter through the property: uphill; downhill; through paddocks; uphill (again); past cattle, a goanna and an echidna and; an old abandoned miners/logger/cattleman’s hut.
Back to camp for lunch where we found an impressive cache of firewood thanks to Ian and George. It was then onto the water for a play in the Kayaks while others read/relaxed on the river bank.
orbostFoodAs evening approached, there was time for a quick dip in the river before we again ventured to the house on top of the hill where we were feted by a feast of slow cooked pork, lamb and accompaniments followed by Apple Pie and other assortments.
Our hosts, Andrea and Andy, were most welcoming and generously shared their house and idyllic world with us. All too soon, it was time to retire to Ian’s fire where we collectively pondered some remaining clues of Pats crossword.
The following day sadly brought an end to our hideaway. We slowly packed up and headed back to our ‘day jobs’.
A fine time was had by all in the company of likeminded people - lots of laughter, a few tall stories and some interesting insights (what happens on the trip, stays on the trip!!!)
Three things we learnt from our time away:
1. Crosswords are best not attempted at night: ‘gently persuade’ should have been ‘coax’; which means ‘keel over’ becomes ‘careen’ and a ‘liturgy’ is a ‘rite’.
2. To our continuing surprise, some amongst us are able to confuse rabbits with rapids.
3. Robyn, Sue and Andrea could give MasterChef a run for their money
Our thanks and regards to hosts Andrea and Andy for their charm, and making us welcome to their home and much appreciation to Robyn for her persistence, organisation and easy good cheer throughout.
Ian and Sue Mayer

The Archies - and so much more. Geelong Nov 7-8
Participants: Joy, Irene, Val, Heather, Sue, Clive, Marg, Judy, Kate, Jan, Pat and the other Sue (me)
gallery1We, twelve art enthusiasts, travelled by bus or train early Wednesday morning to meet our group leader, Joy, at Southern Cross for our train to Geelong.
With the help of Google Maps Joy navigated the short walk to our accommodation, the Gatehouse on Ryrie Guest House, not far from the Geelong Gallery. Joy had picked well; the beautiful old Guest House with stained glass windows and high ceilings was across the road from the pub and Village Cinemas and only a short walk to shops and the waterfront.
After fortifying ourselves with lunch at the pub we headed to the Gallery and The Archies. This was my first time to the Archies and loved it; finding the variety of portraits enlightening. We all had our favourites including ‘the stressed lady in the bath with the green smoothy’ and, ‘Lunch in the outback with the undies on her head’, but I believe ‘Charlotte’ was a favourite by many - the 80+ year old tough looking lady with blue tights and a very steely stare.
We revived ourselves with afternoon tea at the gallery before heading separate ways. Some rested while a few of us checked out the library next door and the views over the bay from the 5th floor balcony. We then headed to the waterfront stopping at a few shops on the way - Val looking for bargains (and found one!). Next stop was the Gelati shop because of course we needed a sugar fix - and we were not disappointed!
At the waterfront we checked out the floating Christmas Tree in the bay and then spotted the metal table tennis table and two bats. Despite not having a ball Val and Kate began a contest cheered on by the rest of us.
Returning to the Gatehouse our group reassembled and headed back to the pub for dinner before crossing the road to the cinemas and our movie of choice - ‘A Star is Born’ or ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. Not a minute was wasted!
Next morning we congregated for breakfast and compared opinions on the movies before farewelling our host Paul. Most headed to The Wool Museum on the waterfront and some also posed for photos in the sunshine. For Val, Heather, Sue and I our final stop was a ride on the 1890 Carousel (yes we just wanted to be kids again!) before throwing ourselves onto the train and bus back to Wonthaggi.
In our short time away we managed to enjoy lots of chatting, laughter, wine, coffee ... and shopping! Many thanks to Joy for organising this trip; which was thoroughly enjoyed by all.
Sue Mayer


The Gurneys Cidery - Walk and Lunch, Nov 11
gurneysSunday 11th November. Sue Evans, Narelle Iser, Les and Heather, Clive and Marg, Julie, Joy and Val walked from the Foster train station (I joined them at Dryings Road), to the Gurneys Cidery, extending the walk a little to arrive at opening time. We all enjoyed the yummy shared platters, ciders and apple juice, coffee/tea and apple cake. We were in luck with the great weather and loved the magnificent views!!
Highly recommend a visit, especially if you have visitors over the holiday season.
Thanks Sue Evans for organising this activity - a little exercise and very social.
Sue Marriott

Berrys Creek/Mt Vernon Road Walk - Nov 13

At 9:00am 20 club members began the 13km Berrys Creek circuit on what was the first fully road based walk that the club had conducted for a number of years. We had stopped doing so because it was felt that increasingly large groups walking on narrow, windy country roads were becoming unmanageable and therefore stressful for the leader. But as the club members felt that it would be different if we had another go we decided to try again and the large group and the route taken certainly put us to the test; and it worked well. Walkers stayed on the right hand side of the road, walked in pairs (mostly) and rarely needed to be reminded to do so - a far cry from the last time we had done a largely road based walk.
The walk itself winds along the valley floor beside Berrys Creek before taking a right-hand turn into Boorool Road to begin the long climb up to Mt Vernon Road at the top of the ridge. A right-hand turn and a short distance then takes you to the highest point on the walk and one that offers fine views of the surrounding farmland and of the Leongatha township in the distance. A little further along we came to Blandfords Road and while Marg and a couple of others peeled off to organize the coffee and cake, the rest of us wandered down the road and back to the Berrys Creek Hall where we had left the cars. We then drove back to Marg and Clive’s place for morning tea and some additional socializing.


Reeves Beach to McLoughlans Beach Walk - Nov 20
A very pleasant walk behind the dunes and inside the swamp between Reeves Beach and McLoughlans Beach, following the old 4-wheel drive route between the two locations, amply marked by the regular stream of empty beer cans and bottles! It also provided views of our reptilian wildlife - snake x 1, lizard x 3
Although rain had been forecast, it remained dry up until we finished our lunch, at which time a heavy drizzle descended for about 10 minutes, so we could almost claim that our Tuesday window remains ‘in play’.

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snake lizard

Coolart Wetlands Ride - Nov 25
On Sunday 25th November, 15 of us met at Cowes with our bicycles to catch the ferry across to Stony Point. There were quite a few other people with bicycles, so Kerry was glad she had booked our bikes in advance. We got to load our bikes first, but they managed to fit everyone’s bike on. We disembarked at Stony Point after a good trip on the ferry. It was decided to ride to Balnarring first, as not everyone had brought lunch with them. At Balnarring we had an early lunch, then proceeded to Coolart. People explored the homestead and surrounding garden, we walked out to Somers Beach and enjoyed the view. There were several walking tracks around the Wetlands to explore.


We eventually headed back towards our ferry pickup. Some of us took a longer route back, we all met up at Crib Point for coffee, ice-cream, etc. Then it was back on the ferry to Cowes. We rode around 40 km.
It was an enjoyable day, easy trails to ride, the weather turned out very good for us, and I think everyone enjoyed it. Thanks to Kerry for organising it.
Fay Boag

Koonwarra Circuit via Minns Road


Forthcoming Events

Leadership Training Sat Feb 8 2019
It has become necessary to postpone this activity to a date to be decided
Jude, Clive and Les

Federation Walks 2019
Advanced notice for next years Federation Walks Weekend, which will again be a weekend so enter it into your diary now!


Accessing the BWV website
BWV has informed us that members will no longer need to login to the website in order to see all of its content. this includes all of the ‘were2walk’ information.

Melbourne Cycle Trip 19-21 February
Three days of riding Melbourne’s outer northern and eastern creeks and rivers.
Base camp will be at Crystal Brook tourist park, Doncaster East.
Day 1 - Darebin - Merri Creek circuit.
Day 2 - Mullum Mullum - Kooning - Yarra Trail circuit.
Day 3 - Plenty River - train to Diamond Creek trail - back to Crystal Brook to finish.
Please contact Jean to book.
Phone number 0408 120 852 or email limited numbers.

Tuesday Walks
Kate would appreciate hearing from any club member that would be willing to lead one of our Tuesday Walks, either by offering a new route or simply to lead an existing walk.
To this end, Club members are reminded to read the email that Robyn sent out recently regarding a Leadership Training Course that BWV is offering on 13-14 April in 2019. It will run over two days from 9:00am to 4:00pm each day. More information next year.
Many thanks Kate S

Proposed Walk - Late Oct/early Nov 2019
Nakasendo Way, Japan

This is a seven night/eight day walk with some steep sections but not as difficult or as long as the Mont Blanc.Trail
The walk is run by Raw Travel and is written up in the latest issue of Great Walks or you can read it in their website. It is based on an ancient samurai trail between Mt Ontake and Mt Komagatake and passes through forests and ancient villages and past waterfalls and wayside shrines.
Accommodation is in family-run inns or ryokans with traditional Japanese food. Luggage is transported on hiking days.
The walk can be done as a self-guided group using the information supplied by Raw Travel for $3230, twin share.
The other option is a fully guided walk for $3650.
Please talk to me if you are interested in coming
Elizabeth Pearce

Recipe - Chickpea Goulash
Several club members have asked Sue for this recipe.
Prep time: 10mins plus 4 hours soaking.
Cooking time: 50 minutes

11/2 cups dried chickpeas
1 brown onion, peeled
2 carrots, peeled
1 swede, peeled
2 sticks celery
1 tblsp evoo
12 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tsp ground cumin
2 tblsp paprika
1 tsp dried mint flakes
1.5 litre vegetable stock
150g low-fat sour cream
salt and peppers to season
4 cups baby spinach leaves
1 bunch dill leaves, finely chopped>

Step 1. Put chickpeas in a large bowl with 1L of water and set aside for 4 hours, or overnight. Shred vegetables using the grating blade of a food processor. Put a large saucepan over medium-high heat, add oil, vegetables, garlic, paprika, cumin and mint, and cook for 5 minutes, until softened.
Step 2. Pour in stock, add chickpeas and simmer, uncovered, for 40 minutes, until chickpeas are just tender. In a small bowl, mix sour cream mixture into chickpeas and simmer for 5 minutes or until thickened, then season. Stir through spinach and dill, and serve goulash with brown rice.
I add lots of extra vegetables eg. Sweet potato, pumpkin, broccoli stalks chopped, cauliflower

Walks Program
For the web version of Footprints, the walks program is located on a separate page and is kept up-to-date with changes as they come in.