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 The strain was too much, of course. In '63 he was writing with the same mixture of gravity and hope that had touched me 11 years before: The strain was too much, of course. In '63 he was writing with the same mixture of gravity and hope that had touched me 11 years before:
  
-"​Christmas,​ unfortunately,​ has been commercialised to a degree where the amount of thanksgiving and joy engendered is becoming proportional to the glamour and cost of the gift bestowed (under advertising pressure, it must be aamitted).+"​Christmas,​ unfortunately,​ has been commercialised to a degree where the amount of thanksgiving and joy engendered is becoming proportional to the glamour and cost of the gift bestowed (under advertising pressure, it must be admitted).
  
 "Only in clubs such as ours does the power of the dollar recede. It would be quite impossible, I am sure, for an observer... to decide the relative opulence of a group of say a dozen battered, be-spattered walkers, and herein lies our real strength"​. "Only in clubs such as ours does the power of the dollar recede. It would be quite impossible, I am sure, for an observer... to decide the relative opulence of a group of say a dozen battered, be-spattered walkers, and herein lies our real strength"​.
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 It's an awkward one to answer, so I simply said I thought Pomany and its surrounds were amongst the most attractive parts of the Northern Blue Mountains. He nodded speculatively,​ and replied "​there'​s some nice country further out ... We used to have a track about 4 or 5 miles on past Pomany"​. It's an awkward one to answer, so I simply said I thought Pomany and its surrounds were amongst the most attractive parts of the Northern Blue Mountains. He nodded speculatively,​ and replied "​there'​s some nice country further out ... We used to have a track about 4 or 5 miles on past Pomany"​.
  
-I meant to ask what he considered "nice country",​ but somehow the topic changed, and we didn't get back to it. Afterwards, when I thought about it, I became curious about this "nice country"​. Was it, I wondered, like parts of Nullo and Cameron - high basalt crowns, ​parklike, with grasses and scattered forest. Another inducement was the fact that it was probably almost untrodden by other walkers. At all events, it was a good excuse for going back into the region, and furthermore it allowed me a chance to try finding the Cedar Creek route down into Widdin. Two years before, having read in a National Parks Association journal of a bush road from Nullo into Widdin via Cedar Creek, I had tried to locate it, and instead reached Widdin by a jeep trail taking a longer route to the north west down Myrtle Creek.+I meant to ask what he considered "nice country",​ but somehow the topic changed, and we didn't get back to it. Afterwards, when I thought about it, I became curious about this "nice country"​. Was it, I wondered, like parts of Nullo and Cameron - high basalt crowns, ​park-like, with grasses and scattered forest. Another inducement was the fact that it was probably almost untrodden by other walkers. At all events, it was a good excuse for going back into the region, and furthermore it allowed me a chance to try finding the Cedar Creek route down into Widdin. Two years before, having read in a National Parks Association journal of a bush road from Nullo into Widdin via Cedar Creek, I had tried to locate it, and instead reached Widdin by a jeep trail taking a longer route to the north west down Myrtle Creek.
  
-Thus, on the same week-end in mid-September when the Finch/​Harrison two-way assault on the Colo was mounted, I took out a day's leave on the Monday, and Saturday morning saw me glissading ​northwnrd ​along the basalt mud of Nullo, finally deciding it was discreet to park on a firm patch a few miles short of Mannie Morrison'​s property at the end of the road.+Thus, on the same week-end in mid-September when the Finch/​Harrison two-way assault on the Colo was mounted, I took out a day's leave on the Monday, and Saturday morning saw me glissading ​northward ​along the basalt mud of Nullo, finally deciding it was discreet to park on a firm patch a few miles short of Mannie Morrison'​s property at the end of the road.
  
 Rather, it used to be the end of the road, but when I passed Morrison'​s gate at 11.15 a.m., the bush road bore evidence of regular use, and there was a string of new telephone poles partnering it. About 2 miles along, the trampled mud surface ended at a most elaborate fence 8-ft. high, with a lower apron of rabbit-proof mesh. A notice said the key to the gate could be obtained from the homestead, but I felt convinced that, if there were a side trail into Cedar Creek, it must diverge hereabouts, so I elected to skirt around the fence to the east. Rather, it used to be the end of the road, but when I passed Morrison'​s gate at 11.15 a.m., the bush road bore evidence of regular use, and there was a string of new telephone poles partnering it. About 2 miles along, the trampled mud surface ended at a most elaborate fence 8-ft. high, with a lower apron of rabbit-proof mesh. A notice said the key to the gate could be obtained from the homestead, but I felt convinced that, if there were a side trail into Cedar Creek, it must diverge hereabouts, so I elected to skirt around the fence to the east.
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 Monday morning brought me back past the deep saddle and up to Nullo, and at 11.0 p.m., almost exactly 48 hours after parking, I was back to the car. Monday morning brought me back past the deep saddle and up to Nullo, and at 11.0 p.m., almost exactly 48 hours after parking, I was back to the car.
  
-It's all very attractive country, with more than its fair share of high parklike ​ridges. A reasonably strong party should have no great difficulty in covering it in two days, provided they were prepared to put in fairly long hours on both days, and if the cars could be deployed to save a couple of hours' trudge along the roads on Nullo. But... I wouldn'​t recommend trying to reverse the direction of travel. Getting into Oaky Creek from the top could have some distinct problems, and you could wind up seeing only the nice country north from Pomany, and not all the other nice country that lies below and beyond.+It's all very attractive country, with more than its fair share of high park-like ​ridges. A reasonably strong party should have no great difficulty in covering it in two days, provided they were prepared to put in fairly long hours on both days, and if the cars could be deployed to save a couple of hours' trudge along the roads on Nullo. But... I wouldn'​t recommend trying to reverse the direction of travel. Getting into Oaky Creek from the top could have some distinct problems, and you could wind up seeing only the nice country north from Pomany, and not all the other nice country that lies below and beyond.
  
 =====Additional Day Walk, January 9, 1972.===== =====Additional Day Walk, January 9, 1972.=====
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 |(a) Members'​ Slide Nights| | | |(a) Members'​ Slide Nights| | |
 |(b) Talks by people from outside the Club| | | |(b) Talks by people from outside the Club| | |
-|(c) Free nights| | |+|( c ) Free nights| | |
 |(d) Theatre Parties| | | |(d) Theatre Parties| | |
 |(e) Play Nights| | | |(e) Play Nights| | |
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