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 +=====Variety Is The Spice Of Life.=====
  
-VARIETY 1$ THE SPICE OF LIFE. 
 Neville Page. Neville Page.
-The occasion was an official S.D.T. walk in the Wolgan Valley, but it could well have been a field day of the United_ ​Nations, with + 
-representatives of Canada, Korea, Scotland, England, Holland, Italy +The occasion was an official S.B.W. walk in the Wolgan Valley, but it could well have been a field day of the United ​Nations, with representatives of Canada, Korea, Scotland, England, Holland, Italy and Australia present. If this walk lacked something, it most certainly was not variety, hence the title of this article. 
-and Australia present. If this walk lacked something, it most certainly was not variety, hence the title of this article. + 
-Present on the trip were Owen (leader), Margaret, Johanna, Judy, Linda, Kim, Roland, Ian, Ken Greg, Alan, Ramon, David, Clife and myself. Late arrivals were Enzo and a friend. There was also a good rollup ​of Volkswagens,​ with a total of five providing the transport. +Present on the trip were Owen (leader), Margaret, Johanna, Judy, Linda, Kim, Roland, Ian, Ken Greg, Alan, Ramon, David, Clife and myself. Late arrivals were Enzo and a friend. There was also a good roll-up ​of Volkswagens,​ with a total of five providing the transport. 
-None but one of our number had visited the Newnes area before, + 
-so we were looking forward to our first encounter with this place about +None but one of our number had visited the Newnes area before, so we were looking forward to our first encounter with this place about which we had heard so much. Of course a visit to the famous 1907 hotel was a must for the weekend. 
-which we had heard so much. Of course a visit to the famous 1907 hotel was a must for the weeknd+ 
-On the Saturday morning we set out from Newnes to walk along the track, inspecting as we went various ruins of oldbuildings, some with a fireplace and chimney still intact. As we walked further we seemed to be climbing, where we should have still been following the river, so +On the Saturday morning we set out from Newnes to walk along the track, inspecting as we went various ruins of old buildings, some with a fireplace and chimney still intact. As we walked further we seemed to be climbing, where we should have still been following the river, so map consultation time was announced. The party rested while the experts consulted the map. The resultant discovery was that we were on the wrong side of the river, so it would be necessary to go down the hill into the valley and across the river onto the right side, where we should find the track. As we climbed down the hill through the scrub, lo and behold, we came upon an old galvanized iron bath tub. This was the cue for photographers in the group to bring out cameras to capture for posterity the portrait of our feerless leader reclining in the bath. Owen Marks, Order of the Bath, is his new title. 
-map consultation time was announced. The party rested while the experts + 
-consulted the map. The resultant discovery was that we were on the wrong side of the river, so it would be necessary to go down the hill into the valley and across the river onto the right side, where we should find the track. As we climbed down the hill through the scrub, lo and behold, we came upon an old galvanized iron bath tub. This was the cue for photographers in the group to bring out cameras to capture for posterity the portrait of our feerless leader reclining in the bath. Owen Marks, Order of the Bath, is his new title. +Once on the other side, and following along the track we came upon a line of Processionary worms. These fascinating caterpillars,​ which are each about an inch in length, line up one behind another in a long row, and in this formation they march (they are also called army worms) along together. The line which we saw was about two feet long but this is by no means a long line. They are considered a pest by agriculturists,​ and can reach plague proportions,​ migrating from one area to another, eating crops as they go. As we stood there we became engrossed in a study of the social behaviour of these amazing insects. Someone wondered aloud what would happen ​if the leader of the procession were taken vay, and put on the end. This was duly done, and apparently the leader knew his place because he refused to follow along on the end of the line, and he simply curled up and stayed put. For a moment it looked as if the second worm was ready to take over the leadership, because the line kept moving ahead as before, but after a few moments panic seemed to hit the front ranksand the second worm started to lead the line back along itself, evidently looking for the leader. Before the confusion became too great the leader ​was replaced to his rightful position, and without a great deal of fuss he had the line back in shape again. For a second time the leader was taken away for a more extended time. The front worms started wandering around in circles, completely lost, while further back, they kept moving ​up, quite oblivious of the confusion ahead. This spectacle put me in mind of motor vehicles ​on a highway, moving steadily towards a traffic jam, but interested only in moving forward. ​When all the caterpillars had caught up, they milled around in a big group, with the leader in the centre. Although I am not prepared to vouch for this, though it is stated by those more observant ​ones in our group, the meeting of the worms resulted in the election of a new leader, who reorganised the masses and led the community ​once again in a straight line in the direction of their goal. The deposed leader supposedly ​went to the third last position in the line. It was at this point that we left the worms to go in their direction while we followed ours. I think that a moral can be derived from this episode, so leaders take heed. 
-Once on the other side, and following along the track we came upon a line of Processionary worms. These fascinating caterpillars,​ + 
-which are each about an inch in length, line up one behind another in +Later, we inspected the remains of fifty or more kilns, which we supposed were used to heat the oil shale, which was mined in the district, in order to extract the oil. The Glen Davis-Newnes ​area was a large oil shale district, and indeed the last commercial oil shale mines in Australia were operated at Glen Davis until they were closed down in 1952. report ​was published on the area entitled "​Newnes-Capertee ​Shale Oil Project"​ in 1934 and it was the result of findings ​of a Newnes Investigations Committee. The  railway to Newnes was closed down some time ago, and the rails have all been taken up. 
-a long row, and in this formation they march (they are also called army + 
-worms) along together. The line which we saw was about two feet long +We followed more or less along the route of the river until we arrived at the junction with Rocky Greek, and it here that we camped for Saturday night The camping ​ spot was pleasant, but because of the dry weather ​the river was low, and there was no pool deep enough to have a good swim. 
-but this is by no means a long line. They are considered a pest by agriculturists,​ and can reach plague proportions,​ migrating from one area to another, eating crops as they go. As we stood there we became engrossed in a study of the social behaviour of these amazing insects. Someone wondered aloud what would hap:​en ​if the leader of the procession + 
-were taken vay, and put on the end. This was duly done, and apparently the leader knew his place because he refused to follow along on the end +we were rather a lazy group, due to the weather that weekend or otherwise, and unfortunatelY insufficient adventurous spirit could be raised to return ​to Newnos via Rocky Creek, so it was decided that we would go back the easy way; that is the way we came. 
-of the line, and he simply curled up and stayed put. For a moment it looked as if the second worm was ready to take over the leadership, + 
-Apri i, 1966 The Sydney 1-Alshwalker 17. +As we passed the small farm in the valley on the way back, we noticed a magpie caught in the wire netting fence. Margaret and David did their good deed for the day, and their bit for conservation,​ by giving the bird a hearty drink of water, after which he had recovered sufficiently to hop to the shade of a tree to recuperate fully. 
-because the line kept moving ahead as '​Defore, but after a few moments panic seemed to hit the front ranksand the second worm started to lead the line back along itself, evidently looking for the leader. Before the confusion became too groat the loader ​was replaced to hiS rightful position, and without a great deal of fuss he had the line  ​badk ​in shape again. For a second time the leader was taken away for a more extended time Thu front worms started wandering around in circles, completely lost, while further back:, they kept moving ​UP, quite oblivious of the confusion ahead. This spectacle put me in mind of motor gehicles ​on a highway, moving steadily towards a traffic jam, but interested only in moving forward. ​Then all the caterpillars had + 
-caught up, they milled around in a big group, with the leader in the centre. Although I am not prepared to vouch for this, though it is stated by those more Observant ​ones in our group, the meeting of the worms resulted in the election of a new loader, who reorganised the masses and led the aetmunity ​once again in a straight line in the direction of their goal. The deposed leader supposedly ​wont to the third last position in the line. It was at this point that we lefi.; ​the worms to go in their direction while we followed ours. I think that a moral can be derived from this episode, so leaders take heed. +After numerous dips in the creek along the way, we arrived back at the cars for lunch, and a visit to the publican. The hotel is truly a quaint place, with its four ornate beer taps, coloured pink and cream, standing proudly along the bar. Around ​the walls hang little signs with witty slogans, not to mention the wonderful art treasures (?) which adorn any free space. In the hall is an old organ, which doesn'​t work, and a honky-tonk ​piano, which almost doesn'​t work. It was here that Owen entertained us with Bach's "​Sanctify Us By Thy Grace" and Margaret followed with a rendition of that much-loved ​familiar classic, "​Chopsticks"​
-Later, we inspected the remains of fifty or more kilns, which we supposed were used to heat the oil shale, which was mined in the district, in order to extract the oil. The Glen DavisNewnes ​area was a large oil shale district, and indeed the last commercial oil shale mines in Australia were operated at Glen Davis until theymere ​closed down in 1952. + 
-1. report ​VMS published on the area en-Pticd uNownesCapertee ​Shale Oil Project"​ in 1934 and it was the result of findink-s ​of a Newnes Investigations Committee. ​'The  railway to Newnes was closed down some time ago, and the rails have all been taken up. +A trip to Newnes is not complete without a visit to the glow-worm ​tunnel, so after lunch we moved off in that direction. It is at this juncture that Fiorenzo Tarlao (ie. Enzo) made an appearance with his friend. To get to the tunnel, one must climb up a very steep hill, so Linda, Roland and Alan decided they couldn'​t face it, and stayed to look after the cars. The spectacle in the tunnelin my opinion, is worth climbing up five hills to see. Millions of twinkling lights shine out like stars to give the impression that one is looking into the heavens, and with a good imagination,​ different constellations can be picked out. The Australian variety of glow-worms is closely ​related ​to the New Zealand variety, which is the larvae of a type of fly. They should not be confused with the European variety though, which is a bettle. ​No-one ​seems to be certain just what the purpose of the light is. In Europe it is said that only the female worms shine a light, and it is to attract the male of the species, which flies, but other theories give different ideas, one that the light attracts flying insects into a little net which the worms spins, for food. 
-Te followed more or less along the route of the river until we arrived at the junction with Rocky Greek, and it here that we camped for Saturday night ThE (-ampin spob was pleasant, but because of the dry weather ​thu rdvei wrLs r- -000l ri enough to have a good swim. + 
-7e were rather a lazy group, due to the weather that weekend or otherwise, and unfortunatelY insufficient adventurous spirit could be raised to return ​-rio Newnos via Rocky Creek, so it was decided that we wou71 go back the easy way; that is the way we came. +After climbing down the hill we found that the ones who were looking after the cars had disappeared in one of them, to who knows where. ​While we sat down to wait for them, Enzo negotiated with Ramon to buy some petrol from him, since they were a bit low. Not until half of the can had been poured into the petrol tank, did Ramon discover that he had handed over the wrong can, containing water. The petrol tank was drained of water and refilled with petrol. Still there was no sign of the guardians of the cars. Greg and I decided to go since were were not needed and so did Ramon and his crew. Halfway up the hill we passed David and Ramon on the side of the road shoulder deep in a blackberry thicket, thoroughly gorging themselves. A pleasant ending to an enjoyable weekend it seemed. 
-As we passed the small farm in the valley on the way back, we + 
-noticed a magpie caught in the wire netting fence. Margaret and David did their good deed for the day, and their bit for conservation,​ by giving +---- 
-the bird a hearty drink of water, after which he had_ recovered sufficiently to bop to the shad:of a tree to recuperate fully. + 
-After numerous dips in the crook ring the way, we arrived back at the cars for lunch, and a visit to thr::​u1lican0 ​The hotel is truly a +=====One More Month.===== 
-18. The Sydney Bushwalker April, 1966 +
-quaint place, with its four ornate beer taps, coloured pink and cream, standing proudly along the bar. Lround ​the walls hang little signs +
-with witty slogans, not to mention the wonderful art treasures (?) which adorn any free space. In the hall is an old organ, which doesn'​t work, and a honkytonk ​piano, which almost doesn'​t work. It was here that Owen entertained us with Bach's "​Sanctify Us By Thy Grace" and +
-Margaret followed with a rendition of that muchloved ​familiar classic, "​Chopsticks"​, +
-A trip to Newnes is not complete without a visit to the glowworm ​tunnel, so after lunch we moved off in that direction. It is at this juncture that Fiorenzo Tarlao (ie. Enzo) made an appearance with his friend. To get to the tunnel, one must climb up a very steep hill, so Linda, Roland and Alan decided they couldn'​t face it, and stayed to look after the cars. The spectacle in the tunnel in my opinion, is worth climbing up five hills to see. Millions of twinkling lights shine out like stars to give the impression that one is looking into the heavens, and with a good imagination,​ different constellations can be picked out. The Australian variety of glow-worms is closely ​relatdd ​to the New Zealand variety, which is the larvae of a tyIe of fly. They should not be confused with the European variety though, which is +
-a bettle. ​Noone seems to be certain just what the purpose of the light +
-is. In Europe it is said that only the female worms shine a light, and it is to attract the male of the species, which flies, but other theories give different ideas, one that the light attracts flying insects into a little net which the worms spins, for food. +
-After climbing down the hill we found that the ones who were looking after the cars had disappeared in one of them, to who knows where. ​Thile we sat down to wait for them, Enzo negotiated with Ramon to 'buy some petrol from him, since they were a bit low. Not until half of the can +
-had been poured into the petrol tank, did Ramon discover that he had handed over the wrong can, containing water. The petrol tank was drained +
-of water and refilled with petrol. Still there was no sign of the +
-guardians of the cars. Greg and I decided to go since were were not +
-needed and so did Ramon and his crew. Halfway up the hill we passed David and Ramon on the side of the road shoulder deep in a blackberry thicket, thoroughly gorging themselves. A pleasant ending to an enjoyable +
-weekend it seemed. +
-IN=.11  +
-ONE MORE MONTH +
 By Observer By Observer
 +
 One of the funniest sights of the Reunion weekend was Alan Round pushing with might and main and curses at a horse'​s rear and getting nowhere ​ that animal might just as well have been a statue in Hyde Park. One of the funniest sights of the Reunion weekend was Alan Round pushing with might and main and curses at a horse'​s rear and getting nowhere ​ that animal might just as well have been a statue in Hyde Park.
 The unladen beasts were on the journey back from MbArthur'​s. Flat to the cars when this one was reloaded and turned around. 701, it wouldn'​t The unladen beasts were on the journey back from MbArthur'​s. Flat to the cars when this one was reloaded and turned around. 701, it wouldn'​t
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