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-17. +===== Who'd Be Baulker ​(Part 2). ===== 
-WHO'D BE BAULKER ​(Part 2) + 
-Another Trifle in the Same Vein' +=== Another Trifle in the Same Vein === 
-Mulga + 
-Our raft's a remarkable sort,of boat +Mulga 
-Made from inner tubes to help it float  With a top of sticks - quite dead I vow - And a bent old branch to form the prow. + 
-It's not much good for the open sea, +Our raft's a remarkable sort of boat\\ 
-And for trips where you want to be home for tea +Made from inner tubes to help it float\\ 
-You'd better leave early - it's rather ​Slow. But where'​s my proof? My friend, I know +With a top of sticks - quite dead I vow -\\ 
-From bitter experience - bruised by rocks On the rapids, you see, of the upper Cox.+And a bent old branch to form the prow. 
 + 
 +It's not much good for the open sea,\\ 
 +And for trips where you want to be home for tea\\ 
 +You'd better leave early - it's rather ​slow.\\ 
 +But where'​s my proof? My friend, I know\\ 
 +From bitter experience - bruised by rocks\\ 
 +On the rapids, you see, of the upper Cox
 + 
 +Do you remember when I bought that 60 foot length of rope and a book on mountaineering,​ spurred to daring by a Certain Party'​s charm. And do you remember that I was going to tie her up with it as a last resort? Well, I'm pleased to relate that its only use so far has been to safeguard our small brother whilst reparing the roof of his parent'​s house, and that the book stands on our shelf as a living example of what lengths a man will go to to preserve a fair maid's favour at the risk of his precious neck. That threat to life and limb is now a thing of the past, with our rock climbing exploits limited to the Galong Creek - Carlon'​s Head type, but to one who likes water only when it's in a hot bath, or when he's exceeding thirsty, the latest craze is just as bad. 
 + 
 +In all fairness I must admit that the idea first came to __me__ years ago when I first saw the Blockup - couldn'​t walk through it, didn't have the energy to walk around it (i.e. up and over), and certainly didn't consider swimming through. I wondered what was on the other side, and now and again I would toy with the idea of building a raft, in situ, to explore the unknown. Inner tubes were to supply the buoyancy. 
 + 
 +Year after year the idea flourished and waned, as I sat in my armchair and planned. Then, of course, I confided by longing to a C.P. 
 + 
 +"Why, what a wonderful idea," she burbled, all enthusiasm. "​There'​s a rubber dinghy in that Disposals store...."​ 
 + 
 +"Not wait a minute dear, not now; what about the bedroom curtains. Can't afford both you know." (Phew, that was close. Water? Brrrr. Do you remember the Lovaduck Argosy?) 
 + 
 +Time passed, and Putt, talking with me quite academically about such matter, spoke loudly enough for the C.P. to hear, and the campaign was on. 
 + 
 +So, next thing I knew it was New Year weekend and there we were at the launching place at the Gibralta Creek junction, chosen because of its easy access via the six-foot track, and offering a raftable stretch of water - or so we thought. But memory plays queer tricks, especially when you've always walked along the banks of a river rather than in it, and mostly when the water was high. 
 + 
 +The young brother had first try, floating lazily at something less than a slow walk until close to the first rapids - short sharp ones hurrying into a flurry of foam. Then suddenly there came frantic distress signals, a quick rescue, and he scrambled ashore to safety. 
 + 
 +"Ah this is the life" I mused (me being built of sterner stuff), as I gradually moved faster into the rapid, but there was one snag, in the form of an unavoidable overhanging branch, just a foot above the water. Oh well, grab it and hope! And next thing there I was bereft of raft and plucked from my branch to follow cit bump... bumpp... bumppp... The C.P. was doubled up with mirth at this.
  
-Do you remember when I bought that 60 foot length of rope 
-and a book on mountaineering,​ spurred to daring by a Certain Party'​s charm. And do you remember that I was going to tie her up with it 
-as a last resort? Wells I'm pleased to relate that its only use so far has been to safeguard our small brother whilst reparing the 
-roof of his parent'​s house, and that the book stands on OUT shelf 
-as a living example of what lengths a man will go to to preserve a 
-fair maid's favour at the risk of his precious neck. That threat to life and limb is now a thing of the past, with our rock climbing exploits limited to the Galong Creek-Carlon'​s Head type, but to one who likes water only when it's in a hot bath, or when he's exceeding thirsty, the latest craze is just as bad. 
-In all fairness I must admit that the idea first came to me 
-years ago when I first saw the Blockup couldn'​t walk through 
-it, didn't have the energy to walk around it (i.e. up and over), and 
-certainly didn't consider swimming through. I wondered what was on the other side, and now and again I would toy with the idea of 
-building a raft, in situ, to explore the unknown. Inner tubes were 
-to supply the buoyancy. 
-Year after year the idea flourished and waned, as I sat in my 
-armchair and planned. Then, of course, I confided by longing to a C.P. 
-"Why, what a wonderful idea," she burbled, all enthusiasm. "​There'​s R rubber dinbhy in that Disposals store...."​ 
-"Not wait a minute dear, not now; what about the bedroom aurtains. Can't afford both you know." (Phew, that was close. 
-Water? Brrrr. Do you remember the Lovaduck Argosy?) 
-Time passed, and Putt, talking with me quite academically about 
-such matter, spoke loudly enough for the C.P. to hear, and the campaign was on. 
-18. 
-So, next thing I knew it was New Year weekend and there we were at the launching place at the Gibralta Creek junction, chosen because of its easy access tia the six-foot track, and offering a raftable stretch of water - or so we thought. But vemory plays 
-queer tricks, especially when you've always walked along the banks of a river rather than in its and mostly when the water was high. 
-The young brother had first try, floating lazily at something less than a slow walk tantil close to the first rapids - short sharp ones hurrying into a flurry of foam. Then suddenly there came frantic distress signals, a quick rescue, and he scrambled ashore to safety. 
-"Ah this is the life" I mused (me being built of sterner stuff), is I gradually moved faster into the rapid, but there was one snag, in the form of an Unavoidable overhanging branch, just a foot above the water. Oh well, grab it and hope: And next thing there I was bereft of raft and plucked from my branch to folloWcit bump...bumppo..bumppp... The C.P. was doubled up with, 
-mirth at this. 
 "All right Beautiful, see if you can do any better."​ She did, inasmuch as she stayed aboard, but who ever heard of going down rapids backwards? "​Well,"​ indignantly,​ "What do you expect. There'​s no rudder and you wouldn'​t make any paddles. Anyhow, this is fun." "All right Beautiful, see if you can do any better."​ She did, inasmuch as she stayed aboard, but who ever heard of going down rapids backwards? "​Well,"​ indignantly,​ "What do you expect. There'​s no rudder and you wouldn'​t make any paddles. Anyhow, this is fun."
-So on we went for an hour or so-" ​a thrill a minute - and then with muggins aboard, down a drop - woompZ ​Off fell the + 
-groundsheet-wrapped pack and careered downstream ​whlIbt ​the raft +So on we went for an hour or so - a thrill a minute - and then with muggins aboard, down a drop - woomp! ​Off fell the groundsheet-wrapped pack and careered downstream ​whilst ​the raft neatly lassoed a rock and stayed firmly still. Have you ever tried to chase a runaway pack down a narrow boulder-strewn fast-flowing stretch of river? ​No? 
-neatly lassoed a rock and stayed firmly still. Have you ever tried +
-to chase a runaway pack down a narrow boulder-strewn fast-flowing stretch of rivers ​No?+
 Things were looking black (including my most recent bruises) I decided, as we dried the sodden articles in the sun. Time for a strategic retreat, honourable or otherwise. Things were looking black (including my most recent bruises) I decided, as we dried the sodden articles in the sun. Time for a strategic retreat, honourable or otherwise.
-"The tubes are going down, dear; trouble with the valves. + 
-Can't very well fix them here; got the right gear at home though. How about going up Galong, round to Kennel Flat....."​+"The tubes are going down, dear; trouble with the valves. I can't very well fix them here; got the right gear at home though. How about going up Galong, round to Kennel Flat....."​ 
 We did, and if you think I'm going to be dragged into continuing the equeous expedition on the next long week-end you're wrong. "​What'​s that, dear - better fix those valves - not much time left?​....."​ We did, and if you think I'm going to be dragged into continuing the equeous expedition on the next long week-end you're wrong. "​What'​s that, dear - better fix those valves - not much time left?​....."​
-Oh Oh, here, quick, pass MB that coil of ropel.+ 
 +Oh Oh, here, quick, pass me that coil of rope! 
 + 
 +---- 
 "A Committee is a gathering of important people, who singly can do nothing, but together can decide that nothing can be done." (Fred Allen) "A Committee is a gathering of important people, who singly can do nothing, but together can decide that nothing can be done." (Fred Allen)
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 19. 19.
 COMING EVENTS: Although there'​s a walk on the Programme for the COMING EVENTS: Although there'​s a walk on the Programme for the
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