Can’t miss Christmas Tree

Have you spotted the giant Christmas tree, with lights, in the paddock near the village entrance?

Christmas tree in a paddock.
Christmas tree in a paddock.

At the AGM Lesley-Ann Walker revealed that it’s in the Walker’s paddock and that thanks are due to David Butel for help with the lights.

Thanks to all!

Update from Lesley-Ann, with additional photo by Cam:

It was my idea the lights but had to be put up with a Cherry picker from This Way Up (our son Cam) and the brains behind the setting up and maintaining it was David Butel from Drake St.

Christmas tree and moon.
Christmas tree and moon.

Update from Lesley-Ann 07-Jan-21: tree with low moon and farm tree with moon above, pictures taken by Suzanne Culver.

Tree with low moon.
Tree with low moon.
Farm tree with moon above.
Farm tree with moon above.

Message in a bottle

It’s so interesting what turns up on the beach. An Australian radiosonde, for example. Today a member of the community found a message in a bottle, with thanks to John Brown for the info:

The following note was found in a small bottle by Barry Smith between Waikawa and Ohau Rivers today 4 January 2020.

The position the ship was in is just north east of Gabo Island, off the Australian mainland at the eastern entrance to Bass Strait and was probably on a voyage between Sydney and Melbourne or vice versa. The distance is 2197 kilometers but the bottle probably travelled much more than this in the 15 months.

The note, on Princess Cruises Golden Princess letterhead, reads:

23rd October 2018
Position: South: 37° 51.81
East: 149° 51.94
From: Roof (Wentworth) Tyler
[phone number]
Australia’s biggest Wentworth fan.

Message in a bottle.
Gabo Island location.

Aerial shots of the village and river January 2018

Two good aerial photos of the village and river.

Thanks to Lesley-Anne Walker for sending in these two photos. Both were taken by Blair Rogers in January 2018, likely using a drone. Thanks Blair and Lesley-Anne.

Can you spot your house?

Click the photos for a very much larger version.

Aerial shot of the river taken by Blair Rogers January 2018.
Aerial shot of the river taken by Blair Rogers January 2018.

This one looks south, towards the Strathnaver side of Waikawa Beach. The vehicle entrance is at the bottom of the shot and Reay Mackay Grove appears with a few lakes near top left.

Aerial shot from Blair Rogers taken early January 2018.
Aerial shot from Blair Rogers taken early January 2018.

This one looks north and show Manga Pirau Street running parallel to the river. Drake and Arthur Streets are at top left, while Waikawa Beach Road snakes off towards the centre top of the image. You can see Duncan Street with Norna Grove coming off Manga Pirau Street low in the photos, while Cathryn Street is about half-way up.

Sarah Street starts parallel to Manga Pirau Street near the top of the image but then diverges as it gets further west. If you look closely at the full-size photo you can make out Sand Dune Grove and Mavis Ave running off Sarah Street in the top half.

Of buses and boats

We see interesting things at Waikawa Beach.

Kevin Burns sent in a couple of photos and said:

Here are a couple of pics I took recently that show the changing face of Waikawa usage. Families and their leisure activities.

Get your boating in.
Get your boating in.
Hutt Park Racing.
Hutt Park Racing.