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-If you are going places, contact ​__Scenic ​Motor Tour, Railway Steps, ​Katoomba__.+=== Scenic Motor Tours. === 
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 +If you are going places, contact ​Scenic ​Motor Tours, Railway Steps, ​Katoomba.
  
 Daily tours by parlor coach to the world famous Jenolan Caves and all Blue Mountain sights. Daily tours by parlor coach to the world famous Jenolan Caves and all Blue Mountain sights.
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-9+=== Important Transport Notice=== 
-IMPORTANT TRANSPORT NOTICE. + 
-BUSHWALKE_RS REQUIRING TRANSPORT +Bushwalkers requiring transport from Blackheathany hour, ring, write or call... 
-FROM BLACKHEATH ​ ANY HOUR + 
-RINGWRITE OR CLEL +Siedlecky's Taxi and Tourist Service. 
-SIEDLECKY'S TAXI AND TOURIST SERVICE + 
-116 STATION_STREET. BLACKHEATH+116 Station Street, Blackheath. 
-24 HOUR SERVICE + 
-BUSHWALKERS ​arriving at Blackheath late at nipht without transport booking can ring for car from Railway Station or call at above address - IT'S NEVER TOO LATE+24 hour service. 
-'PHONE BTHEATH ​81 OR 146. LOOK FOR CARS 3210 or TV270 OR BOOK AT laRK SALON RADIO SHOP OPP. STATION.+ 
 +Bushwalkers ​arriving at Blackheath late at night without transport booking can ring for car from Railway Station or call at above address - __it's never too late__! 
 + 
 +'Phone Blackheath ​81 or 146. Look for cars 3210 or TV270 or book at Mark Salon Radio Shop opposite Station. 
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 Who was it fell in the Nattai? Who shivered the permanent way near Glenbrock Station? Who rattled the windows of the RSL Club on December 4th? Never mind, Sheila, so long as you can balance once a month. Who was it fell in the Nattai? Who shivered the permanent way near Glenbrock Station? Who rattled the windows of the RSL Club on December 4th? Never mind, Sheila, so long as you can balance once a month.
-N.Z. DETACHMENT. Betty Swain sailed to join the New Zealand ​detadhmerit -6711757erlper ​6th, and at the beginning of December had joined forces with Keith Renwick and Peter Stitt, and all were headed south to link up with Pat Sullivan at Christchurch. + 
-Peter and Keith have been doing quite a deal of caveing, includinga visit to the Karamu Caves, near Hamilton, where Keith shook the natives by taking the first colour photographs of the Caves (it was reported in local papers). They must have put up quite a convincing front, for they were introduced to other cavers as "​professional spelios"​ from Australia. +---- 
-THE SANDS OF TIME  + 
-Annual Subscribers to the Magazine are advised that their Annual Subscriptions for 1953/4 expired with this Magazine. Those desirinr? ​to renew should remit early. Annual Subscription:​ Copy held in Club-room - 5/-d.0...posted home 8/-d. It's cheaper to subscribe ​I +=== N.Z. Detachment=== 
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-FELLING OF TIMBER ​UPPER HUNTER VALLZY,+Betty Swain sailed to join the New Zealand ​detachment on November ​6th, and at the beginning of December had joined forces with Keith Renwick and Peter Stitt, and all were headed south to link up with Pat Sullivan at Christchurch. 
 + 
 +Peter and Keith have been doing quite a deal of caveing, including a visit to the Karamu Caves, near Hamilton, where Keith shook the natives by taking the first colour photographs of the Caves (it was reported in local papers). They must have put up quite a convincing front, for they were introduced to other cavers as "​professional spelios"​ from Australia. 
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 +=== The Sands Of Time. === 
 + 
 +Annual Subscribers to the Magazine are advised that their Annual Subscriptions for 1953/4 expired with this Magazine. Those desiring ​to renew should remit early. Annual Subscription:​ Copy held in Club-room - 5/-d.... posted home 8/-d. It's cheaper to subscribe! 
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 +===== Felling Of Timber - Upper Hunter Valley. ===== 
 (From an article "​Keepit Dam Terrain Survey"​ - Journal of the Soil Conservation Service of N.S.W.) (From an article "​Keepit Dam Terrain Survey"​ - Journal of the Soil Conservation Service of N.S.W.)
-During the 1820's it has been recorded that the of the Upper Hunter were savannash woodland, ​mile the were forested. Here, as in other young countries, the timber was the prime consideration of the settler. At confined to the lower slopes and the removal of timber contribute to accelerated erosion. Unfortunately ​the'​3, ​the valuable cover from the hillsides. + 
-ovimr slopcs upper 2,eglons clearing of fist it was did not +During the 1820's it has been recorded that the lower slopes ​of the Upper Hunter were savannash woodland, ​while the upper regions ​were forested. Here, as in other young countries, the timber was the prime consideration of the settler. At first it was confined to the lower slopes and the removal of timber ​did not contribute to accelerated erosion. Unfortunately ​they began to remove ​the valuable cover from the hillsides. 
-began to remove + 
-A newspaper article dated 1875 refers to the Murrurundi area +A newspaper article dated 1875 refers to the Murrurundi area"The timber was formerly heavy, but the more valuable has been felled, the present forest exhibiting the inevitable monotony of the colonial woods.... Upon the country being cleared of timber the Pages River increased in size and mischievous effects, enlarging its channel and carrying away much valuable property"​. 
-"The timber was formerly heavy, but the more valuable has been felled, the present forest exhibiting the inevitable monotony of the colonial ​ woods .... Upon the country being cleared of timber the Pages River increased in size and mischievous effects, enlarging its channel and carrying away much valuable property"​. + 
-Rinsbarkinr2, ​was tried in the Australian Agricultural Company'​s property at Port Stephens in 1839 and again 1860 by Hun,​gerford ​in the Upper Hunter. It seems that it probably began on a large scale about the 1880'​s,​ "​Beltrees"​ estate clearing large areas in thisumanner. A statement made of the Upper Hunter area in 1914 said that Timber at the head of creeks is gradually being killed ​ftt great expense"​. Not only was it a great expense to the landholder, but in later years it was a great expense to the Nation, for these areas are now the sources of landslides andfloods. +Rinsbarking ​was tried in the Australian Agricultural Company'​s property at Port Stephens in 1839 and again 1860 by Hungerford ​in the Upper Hunter. It seems that it probably began on a large scale about the 1880'​s,​ "​Beltrees"​ estate clearing large areas in this manner. A statement made of the Upper Hunter area in 1914 said that Timber at the head of creeks is gradually being killed ​at great expense"​. Not only was it a great expense to the landholder, but in later years it was a great expense to the Nation, for these areas are now the sources of landslides and floods. 
-Fires: + 
-W.A. de Beuzeville, forest ecologist, states in the report of the Hunter River Flood Mitigation Committee "From the information put an record by the first settlers and explorers it is evident that no dense forests of eucalypts existed at the time. The country was for the most part wooded with a vast eucalyptian parkland, having ​,a grassy sward'+=== Fires: ​=== 
-One of the cause of the parkland type, according to de Deuzeville was the aborigine'​s habit of lighting fires for he "​required good feeding grounds for his game... and he loathed scrub and undergrowth for he was naked and could not penetrate it", + 
-However, his fires were mild compared with those that followed the coming of the white settler. Surveyor Mitchell mentions severe fires in the Upper Hunter in 1831. After a hot day (95) his party camped near "​Muscle Brook" but were harassed by grass fires. +W.A. de Beuzeville, forest ecologist, states in the report of the Hunter River Flood Mitigation Committee "From the information put on record by the first settlers and explorers it is evident that no dense forests of eucalypts existed at the time. The country was for the most part wooded with a vast eucalyptian parkland, having a grassy sward". 
-The constant firing gradually became confined to the hills where over the years more useful species of grasses were killed out. In certain areas and at certain times of the year it is probable that infrequent ​1j4it firing does no harm. However, year after year fires lit for burning off have got out of hand to run riot in forests, especially in the Wollombi and Barrington Tops area, until today humus leaf litter and much of our wild life have been destroyed. An illustration of wild life is the fact that charcoal from fires blocked the gills of trout and killed thousands of them in the Barrington Tops area last year (the bad fire summer of 1951/2). + 
-11+One of the cause of the parkland type, according to de Deuzeville was the aborigine'​s habit of lighting fires for he "​required good feeding grounds for his game... and he loathed scrub and undergrowth for he was naked and could not penetrate it"
-THE MAD MILE+ 
-Some time ago we saw an article in "Punch from the pen of A.P. Herbert. He was very grieved at the disparity between the so- called "​statute"​ mile (which, so far as I recall from far off school days, consists of 5,280-ft. or 1,760 yards - not to mention eight furlongs, eighty chains or a quite absurd number of rods, poles or perches) and the nautical mile, representing one minute of latitude, and varying slightly in different latitudes, but usually about 2,060 yards. +However, his fires were mild compared with those that followed the coming of the white settler. Surveyor Mitchell mentions severe fires in the Upper Hunter in 1831. After a hot day (95º) his party camped near "​Muscle Brook" but were harassed by grass fires. 
-A.P. Herbert also explains the derivation of the word "​mile"​ as a contracted form of "mille passus"​ or "​thousand paces" of the Roman Army. Lest we conclude that the Roman legionnaires were superlative walkers, it should be explained that the Roman "​passus"​ was two steps, so the thousand paces was really 2,000 steps. Work it out for yourself, and youtll ​find that on fairly good surfaces, a mile is darned near 2,000 steps. + 
-I was quite interested in all this, but felt A.P.H. really ​hadntt ​plumbed the whole matter, merely scratched at the surface, so to speak. While Itm not going to pretend that this essay will have +The constant firing gradually became confined to the hills where over the years more useful species of grasses were killed out. In certain areas and at certain times of the year it is probable that infrequent ​ligit firing does no harm. However, year after year fires lit for burning off have got out of hand to run riot in forests, especially in the Wollombi and Barrington Tops area, until today humus leaf litter and much of our wild life have been destroyed. An illustration of wild life is the fact that charcoal from fires blocked the gills of trout and killed thousands of them in the Barrington Tops area last year (the bad fire summer of 1951/2). 
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-Prints +Some time ago we saw an article in "Punch from the pen of A.P. Herbert. He was very grieved at the disparity between the so-called "​statute"​ mile (which, so far as I recall from far off school days, consists of 5,280-ft. or 1,760 yards - not to mention eight furlongs, eighty chains or a quite absurd number of rods, poles or perches) and the nautical mile, representing one minute of latitude, and varying slightly in different latitudes, but usually about 2,060 yards. 
-Perfect + 
-E.niargements +A.P. Herbert also explains the derivation of the word "​mile"​ as a contracted form of "mille passus"​ or "​thousand paces" of the Roman Army. Lest we conclude that the Roman legionnaires were superlative walkers, it should be explained that the Roman "​passus"​ was __two__ ​steps, so the thousand paces was really 2,000 steps. Work it out for yourself, and you'​ll ​find that on fairly good surfaces, a mile is darned near 2,000 steps. 
-12. + 
-the finish or the perfection of the original, I do intend to examine the topic thoroughly, from a walker'​s point of view. +I was quite interested in all this, but felt A.P.H. really ​hadn'​t ​plumbed the whole matter, merely scratched at the surface, so to speak. While I'​m ​not going to pretend that this essay will have the finish or the perfection of the original, I do intend to examine the topic thoroughly, from a walker'​s point of view. 
-We aren,t concerned with nautical distance - well, not as a rule - but we do have to contend with several varieties of mile. There is the statute mile, the one represented ​an the scale at the foot of maps, and by the representative fraction as well on the top left of military maps. Thereris ​also the l'bushwalker"​ mile, the lilocal ​inhabitant"​ mile, the 'Tasmanian"​ mile - and others. + 
-Taking first things first,look at "​bushwalker"​ miles as shown on  walks programmes and trip reports. It is a quite elastic measure, and like the diurnal variation of the compass, appears to vary from season to season, leader to leader, Walks Secretary to balks Secretary The old familiar, the walk from '​f:​entworth ​Falls over Mt. Solitary to Katoamba, fluctuates between 15 and 22 miles. Other trips are equally erratic. We do not accept it that distances have shrunk noticeably during recent wet seasons: indeed, with added undergrowth some of 'el. seem a deuced sight longer. Once we would have defined a '"​bushwalker mile as about 1,400 - 1,500 yards, but several entries on recent walks programmes have shaken this concept, and we can only say it is a Personal ​and intimate thing, which baffles any attempt to give it Precise ​length, but commonly between 1,400 and 2,200 yards. +We aren't concerned with nautical distance - well, not as a rule - but we do have to contend with several varieties of mile. There is the statute mile, the one represented ​on the scale at the foot of maps, and by the representative fraction as well on the top left of military maps. There is also the "bushwalker"​ mile, the "​local ​inhabitant"​ mile, the "Tasmanian"​ mile - and others. 
-If it be true that "​bushwalker"​ miles are variable, then the on17/ fair way to describe "local inhabitant"​ miles is "​fluid"​. They absolutely defy any bid to classify or limit them. Despite years of research, we cannot obtain a finer figure than from 400 to 5,000 yards Occasionally it even coincides with the statute mile. The problem is complicated as it hinges on temperamental as well as more tangible factors. If the local resident doesn'​t want you to go that way, the mileage will be something appalling, the path hemmed about by impending cliffs, while vines and poisonous growths and savage cattle will invesi: ​the way. + 
-If the local travels it by car or on horseback, and has no particular objection to your journeying by that route, he will very Probably ​deal airily in air-line distances, minus 40- per cent to compensate for the bracing climate at the tor of the 4,000-ft. pass, minus ten-percent for the distance lost throust ​downgrades. Or, of course, the local may never have been that way, but daren'​t ​4cimi his ignorance to the precocious cityfied type: he argues, if you get through you won't be back to tell him how far out he was: if you don't get through you won't know either, so what the hell .. think of a number... +Taking first things first, look at "​bushwalker"​ miles as shown on walks programmes and trip reports. It is a quite elastic measure, and like the diurnal variation of the compass, appears to vary from season to season, leader to leader, Walks Secretary to Walks SecretaryThe old familiar, the walk from Wentworth ​Falls over Mt. Solitary to Katoomba, fluctuates between 15 and 22 miles. Other trips are equally erratic. We do not accept it that distances have shrunk noticeably during recent wet seasons: indeed, with added undergrowth some of 'em seem a deuced sight longer. Once we would have defined a "​bushwalker" ​mile as about 1,400 - 1,500 yards, but several entries on recent walks programmes have shaken this concept, and we can only say it is a personal ​and intimate thing, which baffles any attempt to give it precise ​length, but commonly between 1,400 and 2,200 yards. 
-Tasmanian"​ miles have a reputation for being long. Mainlanders complain bitterly that the 12 miles from Waldheim to Windermere is a very liberal twelve. Actually, we're inclined to believe that the miles through the Reserve are simply statute miles gone soft. Given enough liquid, any mile will feel long: given enough tussocky button grass, every league will seem a burden.+ 
 +If it be true that "​bushwalker"​ miles are variable, then the on1y fair way to describe "local inhabitant"​ miles is "​fluid"​. They absolutely defy any bid to classify or limit them. Despite years of research, we cannot obtain a finer figure than from 400 to 5,000 yardsOccasionally it even coincides with the statute mile. The problem is complicated as it hinges on temperamental as well as more tangible factors. If the local resident doesn'​t want you to go that way, the mileage will be something appalling, the path hemmed about by impending cliffs, while vines and poisonous growths and savage cattle will invest ​the way. 
 + 
 +If the local travels it by car or on horseback, and has no particular objection to your journeying by that route, he will very probably ​deal airily in air-line distances, minus 40- per cent to compensate for the bracing climate at the top of the 4,000-ft. pass, minus ten-percent for the distance lost through ​downgrades. Or, of course, the local may never have been that way, but daren'​t ​admit his ignorance to the precocious cityfied type: he argues, if you get through you won't be back to tell him how far out he was: if you don't get through you won't know either, so what the hell... think of a number... 
 + 
 +"Tasmanian"​ miles have a reputation for being long. Mainlanders complain bitterly that the 12 miles from Waldheim to Windermere is a very liberal twelve. Actually, we're inclined to believe that the miles through the Reserve are simply statute miles gone soft. Given enough liquid, any mile will feel long: given enough tussocky button grass, every league will seem a burden. 
 We have considerable faith in the measured miles of Lamington - they feel like dinki-di miles. We have considerable faith in the measured miles of Lamington - they feel like dinki-di miles.
-13. + 
-N THAT HOT DRY TRIP.  it +"Shire Council"​ miles, as indicated on sign posts, introduce delicious variables. We have seen two posts, separated by ten minutes'​ walking, which quoted the same town as being six and ten miles distant (the ten-mile peg was the nearer to the town)
- there is no more refreshing drink than our + 
-TINNED PINEAPPLE JUICE +By the way, we'​ve ​heard it argued that up-hill miles should not be scaled off a map, because they'​re so much longer. Don't you believe ​itBetter still, prove this for yourself. Draw a horizontal line six inches long, and at one end erect a vertical two inches long, then connect the top of the vertical to the far end of the horizontal. Your last line represents a gradient of one-in-three (a pretty steep hill by any walker'​s reckoning)Now measure off this hypoteneuse - unless ​you'​re ​so bright you can do it by Pythagoras' ​Theorem. In my sketch it worked out at about six and three-eighths inches, so the added length was three-eighths of an inch - about six percent. It seems as though a "​mile"​ on a rising grade of one in three will really be about 1,870 yards long. 
-AND FOR AUSTRALIA DAY WEEKEND FOODLIST: + 
-SPECIAL- New Season'​ -6 Dates - 'just unpacked J +You must beware the character who is the confirmed "inch-a-miler". He has grown so attuned to reckoning an inch on the map as mile on the ground, he is incapable of coping with any other scale. If he starts working ​on the Kosciusko Snow Lease maps, he'​ll ​have you slugging out "​miles"​ of about 2,500 yards. How easy it is to do, too! During this past year I was working on a map scaled at 1 inch to 100 chains for about a week before ​discovered an inch wasn'​t ​a mile. 
-APPLE RINGS GOLDEN SULTANAS DRIED FIGS +
-BRAZIL KERNELS PLAIN & SALTED CASEEWS APRICOT ROLLS,- FOR THAT SNACK ON THE TRACK / I +
-RAW PEANUTS CRYSTALLISED PAWPAW +
-ALL BRANDS OF QUICKLY-MADE BREAKFAST FOODS +
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-'Shire Council"​ miles, as indicated on sign posts, introduce delicious variables. We have seen' ​two posts, separated by ten minutes'​ walking, which quoted the same town as being six and ten miles distant (the ten-mile peg was the nearer to the town) - +
-By the way, we fve heard it argued that up-hill miles should not +
-be scaled off a map, because they'​re so much longer. Don't you believc ​it Better still, prove this for yourself. Draw a horizontal line six inches long, and at one end erect a vertical two inches long, then connect the top of the vertical to the far end of the horizontal. Your last line represents a gradient of brie-in-three (a pretty steep hill by any walker 's reckoning) ​ Now measure off this hypoteneuse - unless +
- ​youile ​so bright you can do it by PythagorasTheorem. In my sketch +
-it worked out at about six and three-eighths inches, so the added length was three-eighths of an inch - about six percent. It seems +
-as though a "​mile"​ on a rising grade of one in three will really be about 1,870 yards long. +
-You must beware the character who is the confirmed "inch-amiler". He has grown so attuned to reckoning an inch an the map as mile on the ground, he is incapable of coping with any other scale. If he starts working ​an theKosciusko Snow Lease maps, hell have you slugging out "​miles"​ of about 2,500 yards. How easy it is to do, too! During this past year I was working on a map scaled at 1 inch to 100 chains for about a week before ​discovered an inch wasnft ​a mile. +
-14.+
 Perhaps the best way to get a true picture of the length of a mile is to walk it along a railway line, where you have quarter, half and three-quarter mile pegs. The mile peg, of course, shows the distance from Sydney: the quarter is marked by a straight wood or concrete post, about five feet high, with a slanting cut off one top corner. At the half mile is a similar post with a pointed top, at the three-quarters one with a square out top. Pick a piece of line with cuttings, so you will have to stumble over sleepers and ballast, and see how long a mile or two takes. In future, your miles will probably be nearer the truth, if not nearer heart'​s desire. Perhaps the best way to get a true picture of the length of a mile is to walk it along a railway line, where you have quarter, half and three-quarter mile pegs. The mile peg, of course, shows the distance from Sydney: the quarter is marked by a straight wood or concrete post, about five feet high, with a slanting cut off one top corner. At the half mile is a similar post with a pointed top, at the three-quarters one with a square out top. Pick a piece of line with cuttings, so you will have to stumble over sleepers and ballast, and see how long a mile or two takes. In future, your miles will probably be nearer the truth, if not nearer heart'​s desire.
-oray unnastow e.....d twwrIaN Noma + 
-Some seventeen or eighteen members were present for the farewell bush party for John White on the weekend of 12/13 December. Early in the New Year Johh moves off to Tomalla at the north and of the +---- 
- Tops plateau, where he joins the "Back to the Land" movement. We feel it in the bones that John is one of those born to be bush- walkers, and that he will be in touch with us from time to time and may be able to provide useful gen for those planning trips in the Barrington country, which we ought to know better. + 
-And now, having said the serious part of this, we can report some of the screwy things that happened at Era that weekend. ​or instance.. +=== The Sanitarium Health Food Shop=== 
-A certain small party lost his teeth thilst ​surfing. It is NOT true that he bit a shark accidentally. + 
-The Treasurer was out of sugar. Quite literally. The rest of the food party snarled slightly, and then it was resolved that David Brown who was still to appear was the sugar-daddy . (more later).. +On that hot day trip there is no more refreshing drink than our tinned pineapple juice. 
-An unheard of episode. A party of S.B.Wdidn't know their way from Maynard'​s track to Era. With one exception they hadn't been to Era previously, and finally made their way down through the jungle. ​That a change from a few years ago, when many S,B.W. didn't know their way to any place except Era! + 
-And David Brown didn't have the sugar either. The food party no longer ​accents ​the Bard's "​surfeit of the sweetest things, the deepest loathing to the stomach brings"​. +And for Australia Day weekend foodlist: 
-Breakfast time on Sunday, with brilliant hot sunlight and the beginnings of a nor-easter breathing. Smoke over at Stockyard. The hill between South Era and Stockyard ​coins up in fire. The S.B.W. running feverishly over to Stockyard grabbing up beaters and water buckets. Two hours later the S.D.W were doing the Casabianca act on the burning deck whence all others had fled to the pleasures of the surf. No one has recorded how nany buckets of water from the muddy pool in the sVamp were lugged up the hill by a sweating chain of walkers, but at the end the dangerous flank of the fire was quite quenchedA small outbreak occurred later an the seaward edge, and this was beaten out in turn. The cause - a cooking fire _lit within two feet of dry grass and bracken at the base of a tree. We feel sure thaMhe ​campers (not S.B.W.) won't make that mistake again.+ 
 +Special - new season'​s dates - just unpacked! Apple ringsGolden sultanasDried figsBrazil kernelsPlain & salted cashews. Apricot rolls - for that snack on the track!! Raw peanuts. Crystallised pawpaw. All brands of quickly-made breakfast foods. Wholemeal bread. 
 + 
 +The Sanitarium Health Food Shop. 
 + 
 +13 Hunter Street, Sydney. 
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 + 
 +Some seventeen or eighteen members were present for the farewell bush party for John White on the weekend of 12/13 December. Early in the New Year John moves off to Tomalla at the north end of the Barrington ​Tops plateau, where he joins the "Back to the Land" movement. We feel it in the bones that John is one of those born to be bushwalkers, and that he will be in touch with us from time to time and may be able to provide useful gen for those planning trips in the Barrington country, which we ought to know better. 
 + 
 +And now, having said the serious part of this, we can report some of the screwy things that happened at Era that weekend. ​For instance..
 + 
 +A certain small party lost his teeth whilst ​surfing. It is NOT true that he bit a shark accidentally. 
 + 
 +The Treasurer was out of sugar. Quite literally. The rest of the food party snarled slightly, and then it was resolved that David Brown who was still to appear was the sugar-daddy... (more later)..
 + 
 +An unheard of episode. A party of S.B.Wdidn't know their way from Maynard'​s track to Era. With one exception they hadn't been to Era previously, and finally made their way down through the jungle. ​What a change from a few years ago, when many S.B.W. didn't know their way to any place except Era! 
 + 
 +And David Brown didn't have the sugar either. The food party no longer ​accepts ​the Bard's "​surfeit of the sweetest things, the deepest loathing to the stomach brings"​. 
 + 
 +Breakfast time on Sunday, with brilliant hot sunlight and the beginnings of a nor-easter breathing. Smoke over at Stockyard. The hill between South Era and Stockyard ​going up in fire. The S.B.W. running feverishly over to Stockyard grabbing up beaters and water buckets. Two hours later the S.B.W were doing the Casabianca act on the burning deck whence all others had fled to the pleasures of the surf. No one has recorded how nany buckets of water from the muddy pool in the swamp were lugged up the hill by a sweating chain of walkers, but at the end the dangerous flank of the fire was quite quenchedA small outbreak occurred later on the seaward edge, and this was beaten out in turn. The cause - a cooking fire lit within two feet of dry grass and bracken at the base of a tree. We feel sure that the campers (not S.B.W.) won't make that mistake again. 
 + 
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