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  • Introducing Valoury

    By ClubMaster

    ClubMaster’s touring camper van has been completed.

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    Since buying this second hand Toyota Coaster in January 2021, we spent a few months repairing and improving her before embarking on the first of many journeys throughout Australia.

  • ClubMaster 1.1 is re..

    By ClubMaster

    ClubMaster’s first release - CM 1.1 is here....!!!

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    The ClubMaster Team are delighted to announce the release of CM 1.1, which provides a number of features for both Members and guests.

    At ClubMaster, we're working hard to ensure your content is under your control.

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  • Mum’s Funeral Serv..

    By Michael Reid

    The Funeral Service of Elaine Iris Reid held on 30th May 2023 at The Chapel of Macleay Valley House, Frederickton.

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    Farewelling our much loved sister, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, great-aunt, great-great-aunt, cousin, and friend.

    Please feel free to view the service via the following link:

    A Reflection

    An elegant woman of simple dreams
    To be loving wife and mother of four
    Her heart at risk of tearing at the seams
    From all the love she carried in her core
    Her four boys lived a charmed and easy youth
    We knew we were the blessed boys of mum
    We floated happily in her sweet truth
    That we indeed were brighter than the sun
    As reality slowly came to bear
    Revealing all our frailties and scars
    Mum’s unwavering conviction stood clear
    We always would remain her brightest stars
    For Mum, life’s pressures pressed too hard upon
    She struggled to fulfil this lonely role
    Floundering in helpless desperation
    As life extracted a life-changing toll
    Yet through it all our gentle champion emerged
    Bloodied and bruised, yet still so full of love
    She harnessed her great passionate reserves
    And with a fresh resolve, she rose above
    So here we stand, in wonderment today
    That this good kindly font of motherhood
    Survived and thrived in unambitious ways
    And taught us how the worst can be withstood
    This lesson bests what formal teaching might
    And Mum was not an educated soul
    Yet she taught us that love could win the fight
    And thus she played the perfect mother’s role.

    ©️ Michael Reid 2023

  • Accommodation

  • Molloy Hideaway Cara..

    By Michael Reid

    A paradise by the river - tell no-one....

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    The initial reason for selecting Molloy's over the two caravan parks in Augusta was the wind - the forecast was for continuing very high winds during our stay in the region. The winds proved a godsend, as we discovered an amazin facility.

  • Rivermouth Caravan P..

    By Michael Reid

    So much to do, so take your time….

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    A very attractive waterfront hideaway in the south-east of Western Australia.

  • Welcome to The Duke

    By Michael Reid

    The Duke of Orleans Bay Caravan Park

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    What a location this is. 

  • Salvation at Cockleb..

    By Michael Reid

    Cocklebiddy Roadhouse Caravan Park

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    After a mechanical malfunction to our Coaster, we found ourselves calling the minimalist town of Cocklebiddy home for a little while. By town, we mean the Cocklebiddy Roadhouse, as this place constitutes the entire town.

    We were 'fortunate' to break down on the highway immediately after lunching here (I recommend the chips with gravy), and the bus failed us next to a Telstra tower where the amazing Pete and Abby were working to improve the area's internet reception. They not only towed us back to the Roadhouse, but Pete then installed our replacement belts (which were still a little loose, and we all feared were the wrong Toyota belts).

    So a night at the Cocklebiddy Caravan Park was to follow. Whilst the toilets and showers are basic (showers $4 for 7 minutes), they were fully functional and surprisingly clean. A powered site was $30 per night, or $25 unpowered. The gravel sites are fully level, and turned out to be extremely popular with numerous overnight visitors.

    Other benefits are the adjacent service station and shop, a kiosk serving hot food and many food supplies, a bar with pool table, and a dining room. Local celebrities are Sammy and Bruce, two magnificent rescue wedge-tailed eagles. Most importantly the team were a delight, in the servo, behind the bar, and in other support roles. Special mention to Dave, Troy and Jack for helping us resolve our mechanical issues.

  • Eucla Caravan Park

    By Michael Reid

    A great stopover as you enter Western Australia.

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    Only 12km down the road from the WA/SA border, after you've passed your quarantine inspection.

    Showers are $A1 coins for 4-5 mins, plenty of time for most.

    The amenities were spotless when we visited. Camp kitchen is basic.

    The view is terrific if you choose one of the limited easterly spots.

    Rates were $30 per night for both powered and unpowered.

    Visit the Old Telegraph Station down the road, and the memorials adjacent to the camp ground.

  • Dining

  • Ocean Pantry, August..

    By Michael Reid

    The headquarters of Augusta’s artificial abalone farm

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    An interesting visit, where we learned of the 10,000 artificial structures situated 1.5km offshore from this venue. Abalone prepared or in natural state, including thin slices ready for a gentle 30 seconds per side over the grill, a delightful luxury for that special occasion. At around $180 per kg, you might want to limit your guests at that dinner party...!! You can grab a coffee and a snack here, and buy your abalone to prepare at home.

  • Samson’s Paddock, ..

    By Michael Reid

    The ultimate dining ambience

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    What a warm and fuzzy feel when you walk into this place? Open fireplaces, sandstock brickwork, very nice indeed.

  • Drift Restaurant, St..

    By Michael Reid

    The waterfront restaurant to visit in Streaky Bay.

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    Drift is a quality restaurant with a casual beach vibe, situated in a fantastic waterfront location adjacent to the Streaky Bay Wharf. The food and service were boith excellent on our visit.

    Opening hours are limited, so best to check.

    Menus and prices are as at 8th March 2023.

  • Literature

  • Salted Lips of Time

    By Michael Reid

    Written at Moruya Heads in 1978 during a road trip with my old school mate Harry. I added the chorus in 2019.

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    Salted Lips of Time

    Reaching from a wind-swept dream, oh yeah
    A silent pleasure-ground
    Of smiling sun
    And dancing seas, eternity above,
    A fire within,
    A fire within.

    Sailing, gliding, sifting promises
    Of love-dried sand through answered cries;
    A seagull diving, I above, unclothed
    And free, licking salted lips of time -
    And life, a fresh-blown memory
    On morning’s eyes.

    Oh the wind-swept dream
    Oh the smiling sun
    Moruya memories
    When the world was one

    Oh the wind-swept dream
    And the smiling sun
    Fading memories
    One by one

    Alive, enchanted, feeling with the sky
    And for a world apart, a past denied
    A dream embraced, my wind-swept dream,
    My sailing, silent carousel of love,
    This freshness draining tears to sighs,
    And pleasure to our Mother’s mastery.

    Oh the wind-swept dream
    Oh the smiling sun
    Moruya memories
    When the world was one

    Oh the wind-swept dream
    And the smiling sun
    Fading memories
    One by one

    Fading memories
    One by one
    Fading memories
    One by one

    Moruya Heads, November 1978 (as amended)

    © Michael G Reid 1978-2019

  • The Crackenback Wind..

    By Michael Reid

    This poem was written during a wild and sleepless night at Lake Crackenback in New South Wales.

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    The Crackenback Winds

    It’s roaring outside now at forty-two knots
    Like a thousand beasts on a rampage
    We’re bunkering down in an effort to sleep
    But I know that the battle is lost.

    The ending of this I can’t fathom or gauge
    With windows and walls being battered
    While the neighbouring trees sway, scream, crack and fall
    Their valorous roots yielding to rage.

    Another sound beats all to test our fettle
    As the wind swings the chimney cap round
    The poorly-set copper is grinding its teeth
    An incessant screeching of metal.

    I’m thinking of creatures in fear in the wild
    And hoping that none come to grief
    It’s likely this onslaught will take something’s child
    Before this night’s madness should cease.

    © Michael Reid 2019, all rights reserved

  • Recipes

  • Best Gluten Free Spo..

    By Samantha Reid

    Gluten Intolerance and Birthday Cakes...the struggle is real.

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    Recently my mother-in-law (MIL) celebrated her 80 something a few years off 90th birthday and we were tasked with finding a birthday cake. There aren't too many places to buy a cake in South West Rocks so our options would be very limited.....One bakery, IGA and Coles.  The bakery didn't sell any birthday cakes (is a bakery even a bakery if it doesn't bake cakes), so off to IGA it was. If you've ever been to SWR you'll know that there is a cute cafe opposite IGA so we thought perhaps they might have cakes.  We walk in and there are two, yes 2 giant cakes that look divine. We ask if they will sell the whole cake (sorry if you went for coffee and cake that day and had slim pickings but we were desperate) .....and yes they would for a price.  SOLD!! My husband asks which one I prefer, and I reply it doesn't bother me as it's not gluten free so I won't be eating it.  Since having 3/4 of my bowel removed due to Cancer, I've become very Gluten intolerant so I normally don't get to enjoy the birthday cake. The lady responds, this one is Gluten Free as I made it. Happy days kids I get to enjoy cake with my MIL.

    Other family members who participated in the ritual of birthday cake eating had no idea it was Gluten Free and it was the far... Sponge and Gluten Free cake I've ever had.

    I wonder whose Birthday is next ?

  • Visual Art

  • Indigenous Art for S..

    By Michael Reid

    An exceptional selection of Australian art is now for sale from my private collection.

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    For the benefit of any Members who collect indigenous art, I've loaded on the CMX Marketplace a selection of works for sale. At present they're listed with fixed prices, however once CMX has released its Auctions module, I'm proposing to create an auction sometime in 2023 for any unsold works.

    These works are all quality works, and the indigenous works were purchased between 2005 and 2012 from the highly respected Fireworks Gallery in Brisbane, Australia.

    You will note in the Listings that I will accept select fiat currency and/or Bitcoin in full consideration.

    To view the various works simply go to the Painting section within the Art, Artifacts & Collectibles portfolio.



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