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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackeral Beach
August 18,  2012
Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia

A message from CB (Carol) Floyd

I would like to offer heartfelt thanks to the many people who contributed to making the celebration of Gordon’s life last Sunday a beautiful farewell. There are so many people to thank, and I hope I haven’t left out anyone. Firstly, sincere thanks to the SIRFB not only for use of the fireshed and set up, but for donating the takings from the Saturday night fireshed dinner to Oxfam Australia. Also, many thanks to:
  • Graham Richmond for deliveries
  • Everyone who helped to put the wine and beer in the fridges after the fireshed dinner Saturday night, and those who set up the fireshed for the celebration
  • Emmie, Louise and Tracy, and others, who made the fireshed look beautiful
  • Those who supplied plates of food and to Shona, Emmie and Megan who coordinated that effort
  • Lisa Atkins for catering
  • Everyone who served food and drinks and helped to clean up afterwards; your efforts made the day go so beautifully and smoothly, and took such a weight off my shoulders.
I also want to thank everyone who participated in the service:
  • Bill Gye, for performing the role of celebrant so eloquently
  • Wendy Twibill and the Last Ferry Home choir (and all those members who came back to sing especially for Gordon)
  • Dave Grey for a wonderful eulogy
  • Derry for her exquisite singing, and Petra and Matt for their accomplished accompaniment
  • The Flaming Doghouse band; David, Matt, Basil and Tim, and to David for his lovely original song, written as he sat beside Gordon’s bedside
  • Boyd for so much work on the video and pictures, such a highlight of the day
  • Jon Duhig for putting the pictures all together in a show
  • Bill, Bob and Gordon’s sisters for remembrances
Many thanks too to everyone who was there, and for messages from those who couldn’t be. I drew strength from all of it, and I know that Gordon would have been overwhelmed by the love shown to him on that day. As one of my off-island messages said, it was a ‘wonderful display of community love in action’.

With love and gratitude from CB (Carol) Floyd

Hazard Reduction Burning
Sunday 19 August

The RFS will be conducting hazard reductions in Kevin Aveue, Florence Terrace, Aroma Avenue and Thompson Streets on next Sunday 19th August, weather Permitting.

Wildflower Bushwalk

The Western Shores Grameen Group invites to you join their resident experts on a stroll through the wildflowers on the western slopes of Ku-Ring-Gai Chase.

0900    Church Point Ferry Wharf: welcome and ferry ride to Elvina Bay.

1015    Elvina Bay: Morning tea on a verandah overlooking the water.

1045    Bush Walk:  with Dr Alan Yuille, Dr Alan Hill and Lisa Atkins.

1245    Elvina Bay:  Sit down to a lunch and enjoy the company.

1355    Elvina Bay Wharf: Catch the ferry back to Church Point .
           Church Point arrival time is 1410.

The all-inclusive cost for ferry ride, morning tea, walk and lunch is $50. Bookings are essential as numbers are limited. Please advise us of your interest by September 7. All proceeds will go to our first Grameen micro-banking project assisting a Kenyan woman start up a small business to support her family.

Judy James.
T: 99991617
M: 0450 299 964
E: judy.james@hotmail.com

Springtime in Ku-Ring-Gai Chase a uniquely  Pittwater experience

Letters to Editor
Re Article in Sunday Telegraph

Dear all,

Just a note to send our sincere apologies to anyone that may have been offended by the article that appeared in the Sunday Telegraph yesterday.

We were dismayed when we read it.

We were under the impression it was to be an editorial in the real estate section, about selling on the island and as we are trying to sell were grateful for the opportunity for some promotion. But what appeared was nothing like what I said.

As you know, Don and I love living on the Island and appreciate the many benefits, which in our opinion far outweigh the occasional inconveniences of living offshore.
We feel we are privileged to live in such a wonderful community, if you ever have any doubt of that look at the wonderful service to honor Gordon, on the weekend.

It was a bit distressing to receive an abusive phone call also, from some one who wouldn’t leave their name.

Don and Bev Dwyer

Seal in Pittwater seal

If you were on the 11.30 ferry from Church Point, 3 days ago  you would have been in for a treat.  This seal was spotted having a snooze in the sun and waving to passers-by, off the southern end of the Church Point car-park.

Please look out for him as you are coming across in your tinny

Thank you.......

Phillippa Thomas

Dear Editor,

Thanks for circulating my recent problem at Bell in PON.

When I discovered the damage I contacted the Council about it and on the advice of office staff, who also advised me to contact the Water Police, as they took the matter very seriously.  I told them that if their staff was responsible I would not take it any further but I wanted to get to the bottom of the matter.  They undertook to make inquiries, and their concern and assistance was exemplary from my first contact.

I was called and it seems the wharf painters did the damage.  They may have done similar damage at Carol's, as I was asked whether my boat was the one at Bell or Carol's.  After painting the handrail on Bell on the Thursday they returned on Monday when they cut the mooring line.  The Council employee who contacted me said he was told the line was damaging the handrail and post, although the "damage" at there was consistent with the damage along the entire length of rail.  As I have been tying up in the same spot for nearly 30 years I can't see where I've caused any damage.

I would appreciate it now, if you could let people know the matter has been resolved and not to tie up on post/rails.

Steve Pollard

Island Meditation.

Spring Clean Your Mind!

Join the Island Meditation group on Monday evenings from 8pm - 9pm.

Starting on Monday August 20th in the Community Hall.

Blankets and mats provided.

Please bring a gold coin donation to cover the cost of the hall.

Sessions will be 'lightly guided' and nondenominational.

All welcome.

Contact Camille on
0401 245 298.

Holiday Home Wanted

Dear Pittwater community
We’re a Dutch family of four living in Hong Kong, planning a 4 month break from Feb–May 2013.
Our location of choice would be the Northern Beaches: Pittwater, Avalon, Bilgola…
If you know of a vacant holiday home, owners interested in a short term rental or a family in for a house swap with Hong Kong, let us know! 


Kind regards, 
Ester van Steekelenburg

Short Term employment opportunity.
Anyone interested in being employed to provide companionship and general care to Elizabeth, at her home in Elvina Bay, on 27, 28 August & 3, 4 September 2012, 8am to 4pm, please phone Nicola Franklin on 9999 1263 or 0402085766.

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