Paddling with the Wind

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It was a fierce wind that greeted us on Sunday morning at Garratt Road Bridge. Undaunted (and helped by the fact the wind was behind us) we lined up in our canoes for our trip up river to Ascot Kiosk. This kiosk has become a favourite with us, serving delicious breakfasts in a lovely setting beside the river.

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It was a capable team of canoeists and we  made good progress, everyone managing to steer the canoes with the following wind. It was a quiet day for other boat traffic on the river, the less hardy being put off by the blustery conditions.

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The sky changed several times during the trip, from blue to dark grey with threatening clouds.

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However, there appeared to be no arguments in the boats and I heard no complaints about tiredness!

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We arrived at Garvey Park in time for a delicious mid morning breakfast after which we decided it would be prudent to drive back to the cars as by now the wind was reaching gale force, or so it seemed to us! Another delightful morning on the river with Guildford Outdoors.

Our next Guildford Outdoors event will be a social bike ride, stopping again for brunch at our favourite kiosk! Places are limited, so you will need to register for the bike ride via eventbrite: https://lycra-free-bike-ride-garratt-bridge.eventbrite.com.au

Hiking the Bibbulmun

The forecast was rain, with possible hail and it was decidedly cold. I guess that was why there were only three of us heading up to Mundaring to hike the Bibbulmun track on the Guildford Outdoors excursion.  This is how it started…

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We crossed the weir and headed up the track. It began to rain lightly and so after a few minutes we put our rain jackets on. That caused it to stop immediately and we saw no more rain for the rest of the day. The bush was alive after the rain and the flowers are beginning to appear. The hovea’s bright purple and the hibbertia’s  bright yellow enlivened the bush.

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Morning tea was on a delightful granite outcrop, where we basked like lizards.

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We walked to the Hewitt’s Hill campsite where we ate our lunch and enjoyed the company of another walker.

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It was a pleasant walk back to Mundaring weir. We felt we’d exercised and rejuvenated our spirits with a few hours in nature. Wish you’d joined us?

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This was an excursion run as part of the Guildford Outdoors group within Transition Town Guildford. For details of our next event, check out the Transition Town Guildford Facebook page or sign up for our e-newsletter.

Ever considered walking the Bibbulmun track? Come learn about how you can walk sections of it at our next Bright Idea’s talk called “Walking the Bibbulmun Track”. To register, visit: www.walk-the-track.eventbrite.com.au

 

 

 

 

 

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Plastic Free July Long-Table Lunch

Join Transition Town Guildford for our first ever long-table lunch with a difference – it’s plastic free!

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Doors open at 11.30am. Lunch kicks off at 12.30pm!

Nibbles/hors d’oeuvres, tea/coffee and entertainment will be provided.

Cost: $10 for adults, Children are free.

Book your ticket here: https://ttg-long-table-lunch.eventbrite.com.au

Here’s what you need to do:

Make a dish to share (either savoury or sweet) and bring it along with your own plate, glass and cutlery to the Mechanics Hall in Guildford (next to the Post Office).

The challenge is to prepare a dish using ingredients that don’t come wrapped in single use disposable plastic. Also look for ways to transport your dish without using single use plastic like gladwrap and plastic bags.

Bring your Dilemma Bag

If you were unable to avoid any use of disposable packaging to make your dish, bring your items along to join the display of dilemma bags, so we can start up conversations and share ideas on how to reduce plastic/single use packaging use.

Please remember: This is not a competition! It’s just a simple exercise in recognising the pervasive nature of single-use packaging in modern life.

Special Guest Speakers at the Long-Table Lunch

While we enjoy our plastic free lunch, you will hear from inspirational Plastic Free Living experts on how they avoid single use disposable plastics in their own lives.  Our guest speakers will be Rebecca Prince-Ruiz, the creator of Plastic Free July Challenge and Jeannine from the Wasteless Pantry.

How to get to the Plastic Free July Long-Table Lunch?

The easiest way to get to the long-table lunch is via the train. The Mechanics Hall is only a short walk from the Guildford train station. Alternatively, there is limited parking at the venue and plenty of parking available at the train station (you can park there for free).

We encourage you to consider taking the train or car pool with friends to minimise your ecological impact!