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 No, not a statement, it should be a question, "Why do I go bushwalking?"​ Look at me, look at us all - not enough sleep last night, a long drive, it's hot and getting hotter. This fire-trail seems to go an forever. Back River was almost dry, no chance of water on the hill up to the trig. We're almost to the top - and now look - the silly road drops down and rises a steep 200 feet. There go the young and fit, the rest of us are slogging up the hill as if it were Everest - "Why do I go bushwalking?"​ No, not a statement, it should be a question, "Why do I go bushwalking?"​ Look at me, look at us all - not enough sleep last night, a long drive, it's hot and getting hotter. This fire-trail seems to go an forever. Back River was almost dry, no chance of water on the hill up to the trig. We're almost to the top - and now look - the silly road drops down and rises a steep 200 feet. There go the young and fit, the rest of us are slogging up the hill as if it were Everest - "Why do I go bushwalking?"​
  
-The trig. - and lunch - at last! Bob and Allan (new walkers) have been sipping water all the morning and now have little left - have they realised how far it is to the river? Oh well, I'll keep this last mugful in my wineskin - we may need it later. Casuarina, not shady, graceful trees bixt scratchy scrub tearing my legs, no shade and this is the easy bit of the ridge; much steeper and rougher further down.+The trig. - and lunch - at last! Bob and Allan (new walkers) have been sipping water all the morning and now have little left - have they realised how far it is to the river? Oh well, I'll keep this last mugful in my wineskin - we may need it later. Casuarina, not shady, graceful trees but scratchy scrub tearing my legs, no shade and this is the easy bit of the ridge; much steeper and rougher further down.
  
 Well, that was a mistake. A rough scramble along a rocky ridge and then no way down. I remember now - we came up that loose gully back there into the saddle, but that was two years ago and the opposite direction. I did say I couldn'​t remember all the details - "Why do I go buShwalking?"​ Well, that was a mistake. A rough scramble along a rocky ridge and then no way down. I remember now - we came up that loose gully back there into the saddle, but that was two years ago and the opposite direction. I did say I couldn'​t remember all the details - "Why do I go buShwalking?"​
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 Five pm and the lovely pool at the Wadbilliga junction. Best swimming yet but the (now anxious) leader demands another two hours walking. Dry, stony Wadbilliga! Wonder what the temperature is? Possibly 35°? These hot rocks, radiating around us, must make it close to 40°. "Why do I go walking?"​ Five pm and the lovely pool at the Wadbilliga junction. Best swimming yet but the (now anxious) leader demands another two hours walking. Dry, stony Wadbilliga! Wonder what the temperature is? Possibly 35°? These hot rocks, radiating around us, must make it close to 40°. "Why do I go walking?"​
  
-Campsite is softer, clearer than last night'​s,​ but the fire is in a rock-heap. Over goes a billy and out goes the fire. Everyone is too tired and hot to care. Peter is demanding a 5 am rising and reluctantly we agree with him. All too soon the first light comes and Pat is up and stirring us. At least this stretch of river is easier, faster and, in the early morning, fairly cool. I keep thinking of that ridge down into the river - it is steep enough and loose enough coming down. What will it be like going up?. Allan'​s pack caught in the lawyer again. It's getting hotter, I hope the creek at the top is still running. Here's the first rocky knob, that's about 1/3 of the way. Rest a while and enjoy an orange. The orange is hot already despite being in the river all night, the chocolte ​is melted and that broken egg from yesterday is still turning up in odd places. On up the ridge, think of it in stages. Next bit is scrubby, then there'​s the bare bit by the side spur where David'​s boot came apart on that long Xmas trip, then the crest. Only a few hundred yards now and there'​s water in the creek.+Campsite is softer, clearer than last night'​s,​ but the fire is in a rock-heap. Over goes a billy and out goes the fire. Everyone is too tired and hot to care. Peter is demanding a 5 am rising and reluctantly we agree with him. All too soon the first light comes and Pat is up and stirring us. At least this stretch of river is easier, faster and, in the early morning, fairly cool. I keep thinking of that ridge down into the river - it is steep enough and loose enough coming down. What will it be like going up?. Allan'​s pack caught in the lawyer again. It's getting hotter, I hope the creek at the top is still running. Here's the first rocky knob, that's about 1/3 of the way. Rest a while and enjoy an orange. The orange is hot already despite being in the river all night, the chocolate ​is melted and that broken egg from yesterday is still turning up in odd places. On up the ridge, think of it in stages. Next bit is scrubby, then there'​s the bare bit by the side spur where David'​s boot came apart on that long Xmas trip, then the crest. Only a few hundred yards now and there'​s water in the creek.
  
 Peter has relented, we can have lunch here instead of halfway up the next hill. Lovely spot but what has happened to the scrub and ferns around the saddle? Fire or drought? On through the scrub, under and over logs, up, up, then out into what the map shows as clear ground. More dwarf casuarina, more thick scrub. This map must have been drawn just after a fire. That firetrail must be just over the skyline, but we've been saying that for half an hour now. Peter has relented, we can have lunch here instead of halfway up the next hill. Lovely spot but what has happened to the scrub and ferns around the saddle? Fire or drought? On through the scrub, under and over logs, up, up, then out into what the map shows as clear ground. More dwarf casuarina, more thick scrub. This map must have been drawn just after a fire. That firetrail must be just over the skyline, but we've been saying that for half an hour now.
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-Page 11 THE SYDNEY BUSHWAIKER March 1981+======Travelling With Children In India.===== 
-TRAYELLING WITH CHILDREN IN INDIA. ​ + 
-  by Marcia Shappert. +by Marcia Shappert. 
-Everyone said we were crazy to take the children to India and Sri Lanka With us. Especially Owen. + 
-Tillen ​I left for Nepal in February of 1980, PJ said "This is the last time you're getting out of the country without ​met" Craig and I figured "'Why not". PJ is 11 years old now and Jenny is 7, they cope pretty well with bushwalking and roughing it. Anyway, once PJ turns 12, we have to +Everyone said we were crazy to take the children to India and Sri Lanka with us. Especially Owen. 
-pay full fare for him. + 
-But why India? - all our friends ask. I had been there five years +When I left for Nepal in February of 1980, PJ said "This is the last time you're getting out of the country without ​me!" Craig and I figured "Why not". PJ is 11 years old now and Jenny is 7, they cope pretty well with bushwalking and roughing it. Anyway, once PJ turns 12, we have to pay full fare for him. 
-ago with six other bushwalkers and really enjoyed the country. I feel it has the best and worst of everything. Craig hadn't been there yet and wanted to see it, so the plans were made and we left an December 5th, 1980. + 
- We arrived at the new Bombay Airport about 1.45 am. The airport had been officially opened at 5 pm the previous day. I felt it was done in +But why India? - all our friends ask. I had been there five years ago with six other bushwalkers and really enjoyed the country. I feel it has the best and worst of everything. Craig hadn't been there yet and wanted to see it, so the plans were made and we left an December 5th, 1980. 
-typical Indian '​ticky-tackyl ​style. The toilets weren'​t working yet, there + 
-seemed to be general confusion as to where to go through customs, etc. We +We arrived at the new Bombay Airport about 1.45 am. The airport had been officially opened at 5 pm the previous day. I felt it was done in typical Indian '​ticky-tacky' ​style. The toilets weren'​t working yet, there seemed to be general confusion as to where to go through customs, etc. We finally got checked through and went to the restaurant to have a cuppa and a light snack. (We were flying on to Madras at 7 am, so we had some time to kill. We figured if the kids coped with the long flight from Australia and all the waiting around at the Bombay Airport before we finally reached Madras, they'd cope with the whole trip.) Much to our amazement, we couldn'​t get a cup of tea! ... so we settled for four '​colas'​ (Coke is no longer available in India) and a tired cheese sandwich. The kids thought the bread tasted terrible and the cheese like soapsuds. Craig and I were wondering ​if we hadn't made a mistake after all. 
-finally got checked through and went to the restaurant to have a cuppa and a light snack. (We were flying on to Madras at 7 am, so we had some time to kill. We figured if the kids coped with the long flight from Australia and all the waiting around at the Bombay Airport before we finally-reached Madras, they'd cope with the whole trip.) Much to our amazement, we couldn'​t get a cup of teal ... so we settled for four '​colas'​ (Coke is no longer available in India) and a tired cheese sandwich. The kids thought the bread tasted terrible and the cheese like soapsuds. Craig and I were tondering ​if we hadn't made a mistake after all. + 
-We finally ​...reached Madras about 9.30 am and were all extremely tired. +We finally reached Madras about 9.30 am and were all extremely tired. We settled into the little Hotel Sarmani and the kids were introduced to the Eastern toilet. It turned out that the hotel was located above a vegetarian restaurant... a very noisy restaurant, and after a couple of hours of tossing and turning in the Indian heat, we gave up trying to sleep and decided to explore Madras. 
-We settled into the little Hotel Sarmani and the kids were introduced to the Eastern toilet. It turned out that the hotel was located above a vegetarian restaurant ​..... a very noisy restaurant, and after a couple of hours of + 
-tossing and turning in the Indian heat, we gave up trying to sleep and decided to explore Madras. +The kids' eyes were opened to beggars, holy cows, millions of people everywhere, and monkeys at the railway station where we waited in line for 1 1/2 hours for train tickets to Bangalore. 
-The kids' eyes were opened to beggars, holy cows, millions of people everywhere, and monkeys at the railway station where we waited in line for ifr hours for train tickets to Bangalore.+
 Although the restaurant located near our hotel was very noisy, the food was delicious and very reasonable. Jenny, who we can't convince to eat veges at home, really tucked into the potato pooris and very sweet coffee. Although the restaurant located near our hotel was very noisy, the food was delicious and very reasonable. Jenny, who we can't convince to eat veges at home, really tucked into the potato pooris and very sweet coffee.
-Our first day in India had been very interesting,​ but we collapsed into bed by 7 pm and waited for the restaurant to quiet down, which it + 
-finally did about 10.30. +Our first day in India had been very interesting,​ but we collapsed into bed by 7 pm and waited for the restaurant to quiet down, which it finally did about 10.30. 
-The next day while visiting Fort St. George, we got talking to an + 
-Indian couple with four children. They invited us back to the '​house'​ - +The next day while visiting Fort St. George, we got talking to an Indian couple with four children. They invited us back to the '​house'​ - a room about 10' x 12' ​for the six of them, with a tiny lean-to with a mud floor for a kitchen. We never did see if they had a loo. 
-a room about 10' x 121 for the six of them, with a tiny lean-to with a + 
-Page 12 +The man was a mechanical engineer with the Water Board and earned $110 a month clear. They considered themselves middle-class. The parents spoke English very well, but only the oldest child spoke any English. However, as we were to see over and over again, children have a language ​all their own. In no time at all, all the children were out playing ​'​chasings' and cricket. It was evident by the sounds of laughter that they were all enjoying themselves. 
-TEE SYDNEY BUSEWALKER + 
-March, 1981. +At one point in our conversation,​ I got out my $10 Woolworths ​calulator ​to help me put rupees into '​real'​ money. They were all so impressed by what it could do, that I said I would give it to them at the end of the trip in a month'​s time when we would be back in Madras. The 14-year-old daughter said she wanted to be a Science Professor, so I thought it would really help her in her studies. Needless to say, they were overjoyed. 
-mud floor for a kitchen. We never did see if they had a loo. + 
-The man was a mechanical engineer with the Water Board and earned +The five hour second-class train trip to Bangalore was hot and dusty. The seats were as hard as rocks, but for $6.80 for the four of us we really ​couldn't complain. Bangalore is a much more pleasant place than Madras with wide, better repaired streets, a more pleasing climate and didn't seem nearly as crowded. 
-$110 a month clear. They considered themselves middle-class. The parents spoke English very well, but only the oldest child spoke any English. However, as we were to see over and over again, children have a language + 
-gll their own. In no time at all, all the children were out playing +I have a friend who was in Bangalore at the same time we were so she took us on a tour of the Markets. Similar to Paddy'​s Markets, but, oh so different. Wendy pointed out such things as tongue scrapers, and fruits and vegetables that I had never seen before. ​She insisted ​that we buy BIG hair ribbons for Jenny, saying that no self-respecting Indian girl would go without ribbons in her hair. 
-Ichasings' and cricket. It was evident by the sounds of laughter that they were all enjoying themselves. + 
-Lt one point in our conversation,​ I got out my $10 Woolworths ​calaul +Everywhere we went we attracted a crowd who would not only beg, but just stare. The children found this a bit disconcerting at first, but did get used to it. Everyone was attracted ​to Jenny'​s light-coloured hair and bright blue eyes. They always asked what country she came from and if she was a '​student'​. PJ at 11 was taller than a lot of the adults and they were amazed to learn his age. 
-ator to help me put rupees into '​real'​ money. They were all so impressed by what it could do, that I said I would give it to them at the end of the trip in a month'​s time when we would be back in Madras. The 14-year-old daughter said she wanted to be a Science Professor, so I thought it would really help her in her studies. Needless to say, they were overjoyed. + 
-, The five hour second-class train trip to Bangalore was hot and dusty. The seats were as hard as rocks, but for $6.80 for the four of us we really ​cpuldn't complain. Bangalore is a much more pleasant place than Madras with wide, better repaired streets, a more pleasing climate and didn't seem nearly as crowded. +Bangalore has several dairies nearby, so Wendy recommended we fill up on all the dairy foods we wanted here because it would be safe to eat. She took us to a shop selling all sorts of '​barfi'​. We really enjoyed trying all the different types of these sweets made with milk. We could even eat the '​gulah ​jamuns'​ there. I must admit they were as good as the ones I make. 
-I have a friend who was in Bangalore at the same time we were so she + 
-took us on a tour of the Markets. Similar to Paddy'​s Markets, but, oh so +From Bangalore we travelled by train to Mysore, which is about quarter the size of Bangalore. We had promised the children we would stay at one palace while we were in India, so we checked into the Lalitha Mahal Palace ​Hotel. It had been the residence of the Maharaja of Mysore and was lovely. The kids especially enjoyed the swimming pool. The dining room was domed in stained glass flowers and had a mezzanine around it. The huge ballroom ​is now used for conferences. 
-different. Wendy pointed out such things as tongue scrapers, and fruits and vegetablesithat ​I.had never seen before. ​,​Sheinsisted ​that we buy BIG hair ribbons for Jenny, saying that no self-respecting Indian girl would go without ribbons in het hair. + 
-Everywhere we went we attracteda crowd who would not only beg, but just stare. The children found this a bit disconcerting at first, but did gbt used to it. Everyone was attraCted ​to Jenny'​s light-coloured hair and bright blue eyes. They always asked what country she came from and if she was a '​student'​. PJ at 11 was taller than a lot of the adults and they were amazed to learn his age. +The two days we spent in Mysore were interesting. We toured the government silk weaving factory and saw the process from the cocoon ​stage right up to the weaving of beautiful silk saris, in some cases embroidered ​with gold. We also toured the sandalwood factory while there. 
-Bangalore has several dairies nearby, so Wendy recommended we fill up + 
-on all the dairy foods we wanted here because it would be safe to eat. She took us to a shop selling all sorts of '​barfi'​. We really enjoyed trying all the different types of these sweets made with milk. We could even eat the Igulah ​jamuns'​ there. I must admit they were as good as the ones I make. +While in India we toured several factories and not once saw '​adequate working conditions'​. Bob Hawke would have a field day there. But I guess if you're one of the lucky ones to even have a job, you don't complain about bad lighting or terrible smells, much less rotten pay. (PJ was washing cars for $2 each before we left for India to earn money for a watch. He made between $16 and $20 a weekend; this is the monthly ​wage for some Indians.) As the month wore on and the children saw how the majority of people lived, they said several times how lucky they were to live in a country like Australia. 
-From Bangalore we travelled by train to Mysore, which is about quarter the size of Bangalore. We had promised the children we would stay at one palace while we were in India, so we checked into the Lalitha Mahal Palace + 
-atel. It had been the residence of the Maharaja of Mysore and was lovely. The kids especially enjoyed the swimming pool. The dining room was daa4d in stained glass flowers and had a mezzanine around it. The huge ballroom ​1.6 now used for conferences. +Jenny'​s 'most unforgettable incident of the trip' happened in Mysore. Craig and I were busy buying fruit at a street stall, when we heard Jenny screaming. We turned ​around ​to see a huge cow running off. Jenny told us that the cow had bucked ​her!! PJ gave this sacred symbol of the Hindu religion a swift kick in the rear and it went running off. The Indians were not too happy with PJ. Fortunately,​ Jenny came to no real harm and only had a slight bruise to show for her encounter with the sacred caw. 
-The two days we spent in Mysore were interesting. We toured the government silk weaving factory and saw the process from the Cocoon ​stage + 
-right up to the weaving of beautiful silk saris, in some cases embroidered +Before we left for India I told the kids they would have to do their own washing. (We each took two changes of clothes.) It didn't quite work out that way. Usually when we got to some place that had hot water, we would use the bucket that was always in the bathroom as a substitute for a flushing toilet (you'd throw a bucket of water down the toilet, not use the bucket, ​silly!!) and put our clothes and soap in that. We'd then have Jenny stomp up and down in the bucket for a while (PJ's feet are too big). She thought it was great fun, especially as we used her navel for the on/off switch. 
-Page 13 TO SYDNEY BUSHWALKER March,​ 1981. + 
-*ith gold. We also toured the sandalwood factory while there. +We'd been in India a week by this time and so far I was the only one to succumb to 'Delhi Belly'​. I kept after the kids to wash their hands, be careful what they touch, etc., and they were fine and I wasn't!! They accepted the different diet, the strange sights and smells with very few comments. ​Having ​no one else to play with and very little to play with, they played together better than they often do at home. 
-While in India we toured several factories and not once saw '​adequate +
-working conditions''​'. Bob Hawke would have a field day there. But I guess +
-you're one of the lucky ones to even have a job, you don't complain about bad lighting or terrible smells, much less rotten pay. (PJ was washing cars +
-for $2 each before we left for India to earn money for a watch. He made +
-between $16 and e20 a weekend; this is the monthly ​wage_for ​some Indians.) +
-As the =al wore on and the children saw how the majority of people lived, they said several times how lucky they were to live in a country like Australia. +
-Jenny'​s 'most unforgettable incident of the trip' happened in Mysore. +
-Craig and I were busy buying fruit at a street stall, when we heard Jenny +
-screaming. We turned ​around_ ​to see a huge cow running off. Jenny told us that the cow had bucked ​herll PJ gave this sacred symbol of the Hindu religion a swift kick in the rear and it went running off. The Indians were +
-not too happy with PJ. Fortunately,​ Jenny came to no real harm and only had a slight bruise to show for her encounter with the sacred caw. +
-.Before we left for India I told the kids they would have to do their +
-own washing. (We each took two changes of clothes.) It didn't quite work +
-out that way. Usually when we got to some place that had hot water, we would use the bucket that was always'in the bathroom as a substitute for a flushing toilet (you'd throw a bucket of water down the toilet, not use the bucket, ​silly11)-and put our clothes and soap in that. We'd then have Jenny stomp up:and down in the bucket for a while (PJ's feet are too big). She thought it was great fun, especially as we used her navel for the on/off switch. +
-We'd been in India a week by this time and so far I was the only one to succumb to 'Delhi Belly'​. I kept after,the kids to wash their hands, be careful what they toudh, etc., and they were fine and I wasn'​t They accepted the different diet, the strange sights and smells with very few comments. ​Havin no one else to play with and very little to play with, they played together better than they often do at home.+
 We were all looking forward to Ooticamund, also known as Snooty Ooty. It's an old English hill station at 7,500 feet located in the Nilgiri Hills (the Blue Mtns.). The climate was quite refreshing after the heat in Mysore. It was the only place we used our sleeping bags, it being warm enough everywhere else to just use a sleeping sheet. We were all looking forward to Ooticamund, also known as Snooty Ooty. It's an old English hill station at 7,500 feet located in the Nilgiri Hills (the Blue Mtns.). The climate was quite refreshing after the heat in Mysore. It was the only place we used our sleeping bags, it being warm enough everywhere else to just use a sleeping sheet.
-, Owen -had told us about the Ooty Club, so off we went. It looked as though the English had walked away yesterday, with hunt trophies all over + 
-the walls, big fireplaces ​ancrTots ​of big slip-covered arm chairs all over. The library, game room, billiard ​rciam, etc. looked as they must have at the +Owen had told us about the Ooty Club, so off we went. It looked as though the English had walked away yesterday, with hunt trophies all over the walls, big fireplaces ​and lots of big slip-covered arm chairs all over. The library, game room, billiard ​room, etc. looked as they must have at the height of the British Raj. The cup of tea we had there was the best we had anywhere in India. They allowed Indians to become members after Independence ​and now there are only a few English people left. 
-height of the British Raj. The cup of tea we had there was the best we had anywhere in India. They allowed Indians to become members after Inde- +
-pendence ​and now there are only a few English people left.+
 We had dinner that night at the Savoy Hotel, another relic of the Raj. The walls were all panelled in wood with a huge fire in the fireplace. We had dinner that night at the Savoy Hotel, another relic of the Raj. The walls were all panelled in wood with a huge fire in the fireplace.
-Page 14 THE SYDNEY BUSHALKER March,​ 1981. + 
-We had left the heat of Mysore in a taxi when the bus was over two +We had left the heat of Mysore in a taxi when the bus was over two hours late. A French girl we met at the bus station came along to share the fare. The countryside turned into steep hills overlooking coffee and tea plantations. We had lots of opportunities to stop and look as the taxi continually ​was boiling over. 
-iiours ​late. A French girl we met at the bus station came along to share + 
-the fare. The countryside turned into steep hills overlooking coffee and tea plantations. We had lots of opportunities to stop and look as the taxi gontinually ​was boiling over. +The next morning, after having coffee on the balcony of the hotel, we walked over to The Lake, where we rented tWo pedal boats for 40c. an hour. We had found that if the kids got to do some of the things that interested them, they would go along more cheerfully with some of the boring things we wanted to do - like tour a museum, or some such thing. 
-The next morning, after having coffee on the balcony of the hotel, we walked over to The Lake, where we rented tWo pedal boats for 40c. an hour. We had found that if the kids got to do some of the things that interested them, they would go along more cheerfully with some of the boring things we wanted to do - like tour a museum, or some such thing. + 
-The bus ride down through the Nilgiri Hills was rather reminiscent of Nepal. The road had 22 hairpin turns in it (all numbered) and the driver rarely had a chance to use top gear. However, whereas the land was all terraced in Nepal,here it was just steep and didn't look as though it was cultivated. The temperature rose as we came down the' ​mountain, and soon we iere feeling too warm again. +The bus ride down through the Nilgiri Hills was rather reminiscent of Nepal. The road had 22 hairpin turns in it (all numbered) and the driver rarely had a chance to use top gear. However, whereas the land was all terraced in Nepal, here it was just steep and didn't look as though it was cultivated. The temperature rose as we came down the mountain, and soon we were feeling too warm again. 
-. The long train ride to Cochin (the Queen of the Arabian Sea) was inter,'​ + 
-esting ​only because of a,fellow who started talking to the children. He was +The long train ride to Cochin (the Queen of the Arabian Sea) was interesting ​only because of a fellow who started talking to the children. He was in the Navy and was stationed near Cochin. He made $7.00 a month! ​He entertained us all by reading our palms. PJ is to be a good student, be good at sports, and be very lucky and make lots of money. Jenny is to be a good student, but then fall off and make even more money than PJ. He told me Virtually the same thing a palmist in Jaipur told me five years ago!! All very interesting - I wonder if any of it will come true. 
-in the Navy and was stationed near Cochin. He made 47.00 a months ​He + 
-entertained us all by reading our palms. PJ is to be a good student, be good at sports, and be very lucky and make lots of money. Jenny is to be a goo,- student, but then fall off and make even more money than PJ. He told me Virtually the same thing a palmist in Jaipur told me five years ago t. All very interesting ​- I wonder if any of it will come true. +Cochin is really a series of islands. Very tropical and lush. Not many Europeans get to this south-west state, but they should. We spent a very relaxing two days here swimming and taking a boat ride through the canals. It reminded me of the klongs of Bangkok. We took a boat tour of the coir factory, Jew Town (where the Jewish settlement recently celebrated 400 years of living in India), and the Chinese fishing nets. PJ and Jenny were really fascinated how these lever-type nets worked, so they stayed behind while Craig and I visited the church where Vasco da Gama was buried in 1534. When we got back to the nets the kids had been invited out to one of the platforms the nets are worked from and had great fun helping to raise and lower these huge nets. 
-Cochin is really a series of islands. Very tropical and lush. Not many Europeans get to this south-west state, but they should. We spent a very relaxing two days here swimming and taking a boat ride through the oanals. It reminded me of the klongs of Bangkok. We took a boat tour of the coir factory, Jew Town (where the Jewish settlement recently celebrated 400 years of living in India), and the Chinese fishing nets. PJ and Jenny were really fascinated how these lever-type nets worked, so they stayed behind while Craig and I visited the church where Vasco da Gama was buried in 1534. When we got back to the nets the kids had been invited out to one of the platforms the nets are worked from and had great fun helping to raise + 
-and lower these huge nets. +Also on the tour with us was an American named Charlie. I mentioned that we were going that night to see the Kathakali dancers. These dancers perform the legends of Hindu mythology in vivid makeup and costumes. Charlie asked if he could come too, so after a very hurried meal of fresh fish which Cochin is known for, we hailed down two auto-rickshaws. Charlie and Craig in one and the children and I in the other. ​No one we spoke to seemed to understand what I was trying to say, so finally I pulled out a postcard with a green-faced Kathakali dancer on it. The driver at last understood, said something ​to the other driver, and off sped the two autos - in different directions! Craig and Charlie got to see the dancers and so did we, but at two different places. Everyone agreed, though, that the dancers were really spectacular. The eyes and hand movements are incredible and PJ and Jenny had lots of fun trying to imitate them. 
-Also on the tour with us was an American named Charlie. I mentioned that we were going that night to see the Kathakali dancers. These dancersperform the legends of Hindu mythology in vivid makeup and costumes. Charlie asked if he could come too, so after a very hurried meal of fresh fish which Cochin is known for, we hailed down two auto-riolizhaws. Charlie and Craig in one and the children and I in the other. ​NO one we spoke to seemed to understand what I was trying to say, so finally I pulled out a postcard with a green-faced Kathakali dancer on it. The driver at last understood, said + 
-ipmething ​to the other driver, and off sped the two autos - in different directions! Craig and Charlie got to see the dancers and so did we, but at two different places. Everyone agreed, though, that the dancers were really spectacular. The eyes and hand movements are incredible and PJ and Jenny had lots of fun trying to imitate them. +To be continued..
-TO BE CONTINUED: + 
-Page 15 THE SYDNEY BUSHWALKER March,​ 1981+=====The February General Meeting.===== 
-THE FEBRUARY GENERAL MEETING+
 by Barry Wallace. by Barry Wallace.
-. The meeting began at 2023 with about 35 members present and the Presidentin the chair.. Spiro and Tony Marshall sent apologies and we welcomed new members Colin Besley, Barry Murdoch and Lyn Wilson with the .Praditional ​applause constitution and badge. + 
-The Minutes of the January meeting were read and received, and +The meeting began at 2023 with about 35 members present and the President in the chair. Spiro and Tony Marshall sent apologies and we welcomed new members Colin Besley, Barry Murdoch and Lyn Wilson with the traditional ​applauseconstitution and badge. 
-Correspondence brought only a letter from the Dept. of Tourism seeking ​,information on the Club. The usual letters to neik members were sent, but that was all. + 
-The Treasurer was not pre-sent ​but the meeting was presented with the following details of closing balances:-+The Minutes of the January meeting were read and received, and Correspondence brought only a letter from the Dept. of Tourism seeking information on the Club. The usual letters to new members were sent, but that was all. 
 + 
 +The Treasurer was not present ​but the meeting was presented with the following details of closing balances:- 
 Main account $2435.52 Main account $2435.52
 +
 Coolana account $ 260.33 Coolana account $ 260.33
 +
 There was no Federation Report for the month so we were forced on to the Walks Report. There was no Federation Report for the month so we were forced on to the Walks Report.
-Roy Braithwaite'​s long playing SnowyMountains walk was completed, + 
-had five members and.one visitor, but there was nabody-at the meeting prepared to give a report on it. +Roy Braithwaite'​s long playing Snowy Mountains walk was completed, had five members and one visitor, but there was nobody ​at the meeting prepared to give a report on it. 
-The first reported walk was David Rostron'​s trip through Morong Deep + 
-on the Upper Zowmung, but you read about that in last month'​s ​nag. Just while we are discussing that walk, I should ​pointiout ​that my tent was +The first reported walk was David Rostron'​s trip through Morong Deep on the Upper Kowmung, but you read about that in last month'​s ​mag. Just while we are discussing that walk, I should ​point out that my tent was abdulled, - sort of, and as for the other allegation, anyone who has ever seen Bob Duncan in the early morning will know I have no case to answer. The weather was good, there were 14 starters and it was a beaut trip. 
-abdulled, ​- - - sort of, and as for the other allegation, anyone who has ever seen Bob Duncan in the early morning will know I have no case to answer. The weather was good, there were 14 starters and it was a beaut trip. + 
-Ian Debert'​s ​Polo River trip of 16,17,18 January had 13 starters, fine weather, and swimming. Peter Christian'​s day walk from Waterfall to Heath- +Ian Debert'​s ​Colo River trip of 16,17,18 January had 13 starters, fine weather, and swimming. Peter Christian'​s day walk from Waterfall to Heathcote ​attracted 6 members, 10 prospectives and one visitor. The other Peter, Sargeant by name, led a good trip from Faulconbridge to Glenbrook ​but we don't know how many people participated. 
-cote attracted 6 members, 10 prospectives and one visitor. The other Peter, + 
-Sargeant by name, led a good trip from Faulconbridge to Glenlrook ​but we don't know how many people participated. +The following weekend, 23 to 26 January, saw Wayne Steele leading a team of 15 seasoned whiteants on a very hot trip in the Brindabellas. The people survived the heat better than some of the cars, it seems. Bill' ​Burke's Valiant was sighted with a sunburst pattern of rust streaks from the bonnet and Mark Dabb's Citroen was reported beetling along the Tharwa road with a petrol drip-tube clenched in its beak. All of which makes up for the fact that there was no report of the Peter Harris trip programmed for that weekend. Spiro'​s Kanangra trip encountered hot conditions and had about 15 starters. The Waterfall to Heathcote day walk saw 12 people ​suffering through a 2-hour lunch under the lash of Sheila Binns. 
-The following weekend, 23 to 26 January, saw Wayne Steele leading a team of 15 seasoned whiteants on a verry hot trip in the Brindabellas. The people survived the heat better than some of the cars, it seems. Bill' ​BUrke's Valiant was sighted with a sunburst pattern of rust streaks from the bonnet and Mark Dabb's Citroen was reported beetling along the Tharwa road with a petrol drip-tube clenched in its beak. All of which makes up for the fact that there was no report of the Peter Harris trip programmed for + 
-that weekend. Spiro'​s Kanangra trip encountered hot conditions and had about 15 starters. The Waterfall to Heathcote day walk saw 12 ptople ​suffering through a 2-hour lunch under the lask of Sheila Binns. +The Don and Jenny Cornell walk on the Shoalhaven of 30,31 January and 1st Feb. had 14 starters enjoying the heat in a clear and clean Shoalhaven. Bob Hodgson'​s Danae Brook trip did not go, and the same applied to Gordon Lee's camping made easy. Len Newland, on the other hand, had four people doing a car swap trip - somewhere. We are promised a magazine article which will tell all. The other two day walks had Peter Christian with members, 2 prospectives,​ 3 visitors and no report, and Peter Miller aborting a Wollongambe Canyon trip in the early morning rain. Some of the survivors went to Mt. Banks - others ​scattered ​to the four winds. 
-The Don and Jenny Cornell walk on the-Shoalhaven of 30,31 January and 1St Feb. had 14 starters enjoying the heat in a clear and clean Shoalhaven. Bob Hodgson'​s Danae Brook trip did not go, and the same applied to Gordon + 
-Lee's camping made easy. Len Newland, on the other hand, had four people +The weekend of 6,7,8 Feb saw Bill Burke leading 14 people on his Long Point to Bungonia and return trip. They reported Bungonia as somewhat turbid, but Barber'​s Creek as good as ever. Gordon Lee's Little River exploratory failed to attract starters and both day walks were cancelled. All of which brought the Walks Report to a mercifully swift end. 
-Page 16 THE SYDNEY BUSHWALKER March,​ 1981. + 
-doing a car swap trip - .somevihere. We are .promised a magazine article which will tell all. The other two day walks had Peter Christian with +There was no General Business, so we discussed "the bone" and other symbols of office - ho hum
-members, 2 prospectives,​ 3 visitors and no report, and Peter Miller aborting a Wollongambe Canyon trip in the early morning rain. Some of the survivors went to Mt. Banks - others ​scatt3red ​to the four winds. +
-The weekend of 6,7,8 Feb saw Bill Burke leading 14 people on his Long Point to Bungonia and return trip. They reported Bungonia as somewhat turbid, but Barber'​s Creek as good as ever. Gordon Lee's Little River exploratory failed to attract starters and both day walks were cancelled. All of ,which brought the Walks Report to a mercifully swift end. +
-There was no General Business, so we discussed "the bone" and other symbols of office - ho hum:+
 The announcements over, we closed the meeting at 2051. The announcements over, we closed the meeting at 2051.
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-TBE ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTIONS) YEAR EIGING _JAN'82.,+=====The Annual Subscriptions,​ Year Ending Jan1982.===== 
 This year the annual subscriptions for active members are:- This year the annual subscriptions for active members are:-
-Single member $ 9 
-Married couple $12 
-Full-time student $ 7 
-Subscriptions are due and payable at the Annual General Meeting. The constitution provides that the committee shall reviewthe membership of any member whose subscription is due and unpaid for two months. 
-, Nan-active fees will be set at the April Committee Meeting and published in the next edition of the magazine. Non-active members will be advised of the fees by letter. 
-Subscriptions can be paid to the Treasurer, Tony Marshall, or to John Holly at the weekly club meeting, or mailed to Sydney Bush Walkers, Box 4476 G.P.O., Sydney, 2001* 
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-ABSEILING ROPE. 
-one-interested in buying abseiling rope for canyon trips please contact Tony Marshall. Phone 713,6985 (H) or 2975491 (B). 
  
 +|Single member|$ 9|
 +|Married couple|$12|
 +|Full-time student|$ 7|
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 +Subscriptions are due and payable at the Annual General Meeting. The constitution provides that the committee shall review the membership of any member whose subscription is due and unpaid for two months.
 +
 +Non-active fees will be set at the April Committee Meeting and published in the next edition of the magazine. Non-active members will be advised of the fees by letter.
 +
 +Subscriptions can be paid to the Treasurer, Tony Marshall, or to John Holly at the weekly club meeting, or mailed to Sydney Bush Walkers, Box 4476 G.P.O., Sydney, 2001.
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 +__Abseiling Rope.__
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 +Anyone interested in buying abseiling rope for canyon trips please contact Tony Marshall. Phone 713,6985 (H) or 29,5491 (B).
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