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emmanuelle_c [Maitland Bay]
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emmanuelle_c [A BLUE GUM EPISODE]
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-Bullook-drivers have a reputation for being hard cases, but the team of Sliest ​expert ​bushmee ​that jbe gathered to go to The Blue Gum Forest over the Anniversary Day week-end would give any bullocky a'good go. The bullocky wouldhave an advantage of a wider range of words - we were somewhat restricted as we could only dam and blast, occasionally someone would combine the words so as to emphasize, for instance, when the cross-cut saw struck, you might hear "Dam the blasted thing, it's jammed",​ but this was tabooed as being "Grossly" unfair. +Bullook-drivers have a reputation for being hard cases, but the team of "​most ​expert ​bushmen" ​that Joe gathered to go to The Blue Gum Forest over the Anniversary Day week-end would give any bullocky a good go. The bullocky would have an advantage of a wider range of words - we were somewhat restricted as we could only dam and blast, occasionally someone would combine the words so as to emphasize, for instance, when the cross-cut saw struck, you might hear "Dam the blasted thing, it's jammed",​ but this was tabooed as being "Grosely" unfair. 
-The teem filtered down to "The Forest"​ by twos and threes during Saturday. The four that came by Docker'​s Pass had stayed at Hat Hill overnight and carried down equipment lent by Blackheath Council - saw, axes, auger, fuse, gelignite, detonators, etc. Even with all this gear the 7ft. snake was done to death by sticks instead of being blown to bits or beheaded with an axe. After lunch and a dip an inspection was made of the river banks to see what could be done, and after much arguing a plan of work wait mapped out. Then we had another dip and lit fires in a huge hollow log. Morrie was a good stoker and qualified by+ 
 +The team filtered down to "The Forest"​ by twos and threes during Saturday. The four that came by Docker'​s Pass had stayed at Hat Hill overnight and carried down equipment lent by Blackheath Council - saw, axes, auger, fuse, gelignite, detonators, etc. Even with all this gear the 7ft. snake was done to death by sticks instead of being blown to bits or beheaded with an axe. After lunch and a dip an inspection was made of the river banks to see what could be done, and after much arguing a plan of work was mapped out. Then we had another dip and lit fires in a huge hollow log. Morrie was a good stoker and qualified by wading up to the end of the furnace to push in wood, and then ducking right under water to cool. Afterwards he was ably seconded by Ron and Wally - when the log was well alight someone hit on the bright idea of throwing in wet stones - as they dried the blasting began. At dark the whole company sat on the opposite bank and there was a bit of a sing-song in which Ernie figured prominently. Joan could not have been more thrilled if the fire had been started for her special benefit.
  
-wading up to the end of the furnace to push in wood, and then ducking right under water to cool. Afterwards he was ably seconded by Ron and Wally -when the log was well alight someone hit an the bright idea of throwing in wet stones - as they dried the blasting began. At dark the whole company sat on the opposite bank and there was a bit of a sing-song in which Ernie figured prominently. Joan could not have been more thrilled if the fire had been started for her special benefit. 
 On Sunday morning Joe got us started early, and we were soon at work on the main trouble - the two big and several small trees at Govett'​s Leap Creek. Ross was made Powder-Monkey and he blasted all day. Marge, Evelyn, Steve and Joan were told off as cooks while the rest of us dammed and took spells with the axes and saw. It was hot heavy work but great fun splashing about in the water. When one of the cooks came to ask about food stuffs there was difficulty in finding sufficient cover and it was laughable to see some of the team trying to burrow into the river bed. On Sunday morning Joe got us started early, and we were soon at work on the main trouble - the two big and several small trees at Govett'​s Leap Creek. Ross was made Powder-Monkey and he blasted all day. Marge, Evelyn, Steve and Joan were told off as cooks while the rest of us dammed and took spells with the axes and saw. It was hot heavy work but great fun splashing about in the water. When one of the cooks came to ask about food stuffs there was difficulty in finding sufficient cover and it was laughable to see some of the team trying to burrow into the river bed.
-The dinner spell was welcomed and afterwards it was noticeable that there Was not the same rush to start work again. No one would think that Joe could be such a hard driver, but he kept us going all the time by example and cheer - He did work hard and certainly deserves his place as trustee.+ 
 +The dinner spell was welcomed and afterwards it was noticeable that there was not the same rush to start work again. No one would think that Joe could be such a hard driver, but he kept us going all the time by example and cheer. __He__ ​did work hard and certainly deserves his place as trustee. 
 Tea time showed a big change, as several sections of the trees had been shifted and the river was running strongly in its new channel. At night the various parties stayed round their own fires, as all were too tired to make a big blaze - Jeff entertained our lot with tales of his war experiences,​ etc. until we turned in about 10 p.m. By the way, Joan went fishing at dusk and hooked something that varied between 6" and 3 feet, but she was not able to land the catch. Tea time showed a big change, as several sections of the trees had been shifted and the river was running strongly in its new channel. At night the various parties stayed round their own fires, as all were too tired to make a big blaze - Jeff entertained our lot with tales of his war experiences,​ etc. until we turned in about 10 p.m. By the way, Joan went fishing at dusk and hooked something that varied between 6" and 3 feet, but she was not able to land the catch.
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 On Monday morning no one seemed very willing to get to work, but there was a little more to be done and a few more blasts shifted the remainder of the logs. Ernie and his girls started off early to go up by the Grand Canyon, while the rest of us stayed until about 2 p.m. Joe and Jeff went up Docker'​s Pass to get a car at Hat Hill, while the balance went by Govett'​s Leap. On Monday morning no one seemed very willing to get to work, but there was a little more to be done and a few more blasts shifted the remainder of the logs. Ernie and his girls started off early to go up by the Grand Canyon, while the rest of us stayed until about 2 p.m. Joe and Jeff went up Docker'​s Pass to get a car at Hat Hill, while the balance went by Govett'​s Leap.
-It was a change from dam and blast to puff and pant. Ross, Edgar, Joan and Ken rushed past Morrie, Wally and Charlie while they were having tea at + 
-the top and told them they would miss the train, but they reached one end of the platform just as it got to the other.+It was a change from dam and blast to puff and pant. Ross, Edgar, Joan and Ken rushed past Morrie, Wally and Charlie while they were having tea at the top and told them they would miss the train, but they reached one end of the platform just as it got to the other.
  
 ===== "​Jock'​s ​ Reef Trip" ===== ===== "​Jock'​s ​ Reef Trip" =====
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