Lagoon 450 Moor R&R Kathryn Roper & Paul Rogers

Incorporating the world famous photo series East Coast Australian Walks "Paul did not do" plus the much rarer "See Paul Walk" series of photos. Although two photos hardly a series make. As for grammar, spelling and punctuation (Forgetaboutit)

Bus trip, busted anchor winch and moor meat.

18 March 2018
After the departure of Jackie and Chris we took advantage of having my 9 seat Kombi in the area and took off on a day trip. On the way, we passed these in the front yard on a side street. What? A couple of gnomes not good enough?

The assembled masses loaded into the bus ( I christened it Paul's POP tour, Pensioners On Parade, Suzie objected to being lumped into that group)

We ended up at a place called Morpeth, Kathy never actually got out of the first shop we stopped at for morning tea that was also an antique centre, except to eat Lunch at the pub.

The town of Morpeth was initially created through the private actions of Lieutenant E.C.Close, who selected a property of 1,000 hectares and developed it as a river port from 1831-1841. The lieutenant built his house, known as Closebourne, on the property. A two-storey Georgian home made of sandstone, the house became an episcopal residence from 1848-1912, which eventually became the nucleus of St John's Theological College on Morpeth Road.

The river port grew steadily throughout the 1830s; St James's Church, Tank Street, was built from 1837 to 1840. It was partly designed by John Horbury Hunt and now has a Local Government Heritage listing. A major merchant at this time was James Taylor, who built a bond store circa 1850, located near the bridge and now heritage-listed. The town continued to expand. Morpeth Court House was built circa 1861 in a Greek Revival style; the police station followed in 1879. The construction of the Great Northern Railway in 1857, bypassing Morpeth, meant that Newcastle developed as the regional port. Morpeth became less significant commercially, but still survived as a township with its own history and heritage.

We adjourned to the Pub for lunch that had an Asian flavour to it with an Australian twist if required.

Rick went the Aussie burger route.

Phil and Ruth went the Fish and Chips while the rest of us enjoyed a very tasty Asian meal that was surprisingly good and enjoyed by all.

We detoured to Maitland for an Ice cream stop on the way back and were surprised by the number of old buildings around so will return here another day for a good walk around (did I say that?). Some of the buildings Kathy snapped out the window.

Boat has been playing up a bit over the weekend, Anchor chain counter has failed and Drinks fridge stopped working. So after a quick prioritization of jobs got fridge fixed yesterday and will chase up parts for chain counter today. After all that work yesterday we ended up back at the Bowling club for a quiet drink with a dozen or so like minded individuals.

PS I won another meat tray. Just saying.

Ruth & Phil & Jackie & Chris.

14 March 2018
Visitors on board. Jackie and Chris joined Phil and Ruth aboard for a couple of days.

We headed down South to Murrays beach for the evening.

Tom Cruise did not turn up but we enjoyed a Lamb Roast anyway.

Wednesday morning we went sailing just for the fun of it on Lake Macquarie. I had forgotten how wonderful, just sailing for pleasure can be, even found another Catamaran to play with for a while.

Late lunch followed by a swim for some of the visitors.

In the evening it was off to Monkey Thai in Wangi to celebrate Phil's birthday.

Jackie and Chris had to depart early for Sydney this am, sun was only just making an appearance as I dinghyed them back to land and their car.

Visitors, Fake News, Cake Chews and Misty views

11 March 2018
Saturday Ruth and Phil arrived to spend some time on the boat, we collected them from Wangi Wangi and headed down South dodging the afternoon race fleets on the lake t drop anchor off Summerland Point.

Because the sun was going down we decided to do something different and have a drink.

Sunday dawned on my 63rd Birfday so feeling hungry made a pile of hash browns with, chili, ham speck, onions and Rosemary. Served on French toast with roasted tomatoes c/w Parmesan and basil topping.

For my birthday I had arranged to meet a few people at the Bowling club. Of course I had to purchase some meat tray tickets but alas my run had come to an end much to the delight of all there.

Monday morning proved to be a bit hazy in more ways than one.

Walking through History ( Conned into walking again)

07 March 2018
I was lured off the boat yesterday under false pretenses, with the promise of a drive down to the central coast, coffee and lunch were mentioned. NO, I repeat NO mention was made of walking in the offer by Sue and Greg. So off we go, first stop for coffee was, if I am not mistaken, about 2 km from where Greg parked the car ?????. the coffee was great - the walk not so much.

We then headed towards Norah Head, you guessed it, car park and destination once again separated by a considerable walk (to me anyway).

Norah Head Light is an active lighthouse located at Norah Head, a headland on the Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia, close to Toukley. It is the last lighthouse of the James Barnet style to be built, and the last staffed lighthouse constructed in New South Wales.

Officially displayed for the first time in 1903, the original vapourized kerosene burner was upgraded in 1923, electrified in 1961 and automated and de-manned in 1994, after more than 90 years of being staffed.

The concrete block tower is 27.5 metres (90 ft) high, topped by a bluestone gallery. (Which I was forced to walk up and down)

On top of the gallery is the original Chance Bros. lantern. This lantern holds the original housing of the Chance Bros. 1st order bivalve dioptric Fresnel lens. Other important structures include the chief lightkeeper's cottage and assistant keeper's duplex, and a flag house.

I must say, despite the walking, the one hour tour of the Lighthouse was well worth doing and highly recommended despite the obvious problem of having to walk.

Next stop with not quite so long a walk was Avoca Beach for Lunch, with a fine view from the first floor restaurant on the Beach front.

It would have been very easy just to sit there and drink the rest of the afternoon away, but Herr Harding goose stepped us back to the car to keep me mobile and the tour on time. A quick stop at Bunnings (Hardware Shop) and Spotlight (Fabric Shop) followed by a stop at Dan Murphy's (Alcohol Shop), well as quick as that can ever be, and we were on our way back to the boat. It was still where we had left her anchored (Always a good way to end a trip ashore) and another great day came to a close.

What can I say.

04 March 2018
We returned to The Catalina Club (Rathmines Bowling Club) for Sunday afternoon music and a gym session.

It's interesting the meat tray culture in all the clubs down here around the Lake. Yesterday there was a terrific singer /guitar player on from 3pm. The place was almost deserted except for us lot until 5 pm, when the raffle tickets go on sale, then all the local types pour in. 6pm music off and the draws start all over red rover by 6:30pm and then most of them leave again.

I could do naught but head the call to by tickets at the appointed hour. Well you guessed it another two meat trays.

I think the jig, might well and truly be up, after this article in the local rag.

Vessel Name: Moor R&R
Vessel Make/Model: Lagoon 450 2013
Hailing Port: Wherever the Boat is anchored is Home.
Crew: Kathryn Roper, Paul Rogers, Mo and Omah (Cat Cats).
About: Mo (Black cat) and Omar (White cat) Moor R&R (Fat cat) Kathy and Paul cleaners, repairers and feeders.
Extra: One Glass of Red wine = 1 hour in the Gym no wonder I am so fit.
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"So long and thanks for all the fish" Douglas Adams