Saturday 13 October 2012We had some fairly dramatic shifts in the weather in October 2012. Large snow falls fell across NSW on the Thursday/Friday but on the Saturday morning we headed out to hire a tinnie and take a little wander on Pittwater. The inclement weather and not such a fabulous weather forecast seem to have kept most people at home in the morning, and there was very little water traffic, and virtually no "Pittwater slop" which was great. :o) Pittwater slop is the random water movements resulting from the wakes of many vessels..
|The view down Pittwater from Palm Beach Wharf|
|Palm Beach Wharf|
|Boats at Anchor - Palm Beach|
We collect our tinnie...for want of a better term.. is it still a tinnie when it's not made of aluminium?
The men insist I take the helm. Neither of them have spent much time on small boats. I'm a bit apprehensive, as I've not done this in many years, but it's like riding a bike and pretty soon the years of tutelage from Dad and my grandmother are put to use. Out here in this boat I feel like Dad and Granna are loitering just behind my shoulders, smiling.
We're just going to do a bit of a reccie (reconnoitre) today. We've only taken the boat for a couple of hours, so we'll head down to Towlers Bay and across to Coaster's Retreat and see how we go. In the picture above, Coaster's is on the right of the sail boat and Towler's Bay is around the point down to the far left of shot.
I think Pittwater joins Sydney harbour as the two most naturally beautiful places on the NSW coast. I guess the first Europeans settling this country agreed with me..I know Dad did.. but then we're born and bred Sydneysiders so I guess we're probably biased. Just a little. ;o)
|Looking North towards Lion Island Nature Reserve|
The tinnie only has a tiny little motor, so you can't go fast, and can't really get yourself into too much trouble. Initially we headed straight across to sniff around the entrance to Coaster's Retreat. We come back here later, but for now we decide to head down to Towler's Bay first then make our way back and see how we're going for time.
|Looking in towards the Basin across Coaster's Retreat.|
Hubby has thought ahead and packed survival rations. A tim tam in a tinnie on Pittwater on a magic day. Perfect.
We head south around the point...
We've had some happy times here at Towler's Bay. How the time has flown.
Towler's Bay has some pretty good mud flats at low tide. It's a great spot for yabbying.. or was.. I hope it still is.... I'm glad Dad thought to capture the action... the following shots were taken in the summer of 1962/63. ...that's before my time! That's my mum in the pale hat. My grandmother in the black hat holding the baby. The children in this shot are my older siblings.
For those who've never been yabbying.. you stick the yabby pump in the mud and pull the plunger up to suck in the mud, then you push the plunger to spray the contents on the sand. It's quite hard work on the pump. Then everyone looks feverishly for the yabbies before they can dig back into the mud. Even the littlies join in, taught in their earliest years how to pick up the yabbies and avoid their nippers. Yabbies are great bait for catching bream.
Then it's back to Cero, my grandparent's boat, anchored a little off shore. The yabbies would sit in a basin of sea water out under the canopy. The tin lids (kids) would play with them, careful not to lose any, yabbies didn't waste any time shuffling themselves off to the water if you dropped them... we loved the yabbies but were quite philosophical that they would ultimately end up on the end of hook in the cause of a fresh fish dinner. What fun we had learning to row in the dinghy or playing on the air beds (lilos) or playing old maid with Granna.
|Cero anchored at Towlers' Bay|
At low tide with more ground available, we'd sometimes leave the boat for a barbie on the shore. No need for more than a few rocks. Sometimes you only just manage to save a precious memory from the ravages of time.
We do a bit of a shuffle and I take a turn in the shade for while. Dad would be more than pleased to see Son2 learning the ropes as he takes us back to the north and onward to the basin.
It's about the middle of the day now and as is typical, the breeze has picked up. A few more vessels are about too, as we head back up past the yakka ground to the Basin.
Noone was keen to change into their shorts so we didn't land anywhere, but we'll be back to the Basin in a few weeks.
|Looking across Coaster's Retreat to the Basin wharf|
|A little Beach north of the Basin|
Palm Beach is on a very narrow peninsula, surf on one side, sheltered harbourside beaches on the other. It is the preserve of the very wealthy.. and is perhaps most famous internationally as the location for filming of the TV drama series Home and Away.
|Palm Beach - the surf side looking north|
|Palm Beach - the surf beach looking south|
|Balmoral looking north|
|Off the Hook is the building on the right.. on the corner opposite the beach.|