Black Neds Bay October 2011

Black Ned’s Bay at Swansea is a picturesque place to go for a paddle. The  wind was stiff from the east and no beaches were worth a look for a surf but, a paddle out here on a SUP, or anything that paddles can make up for that. It is  quiet, beautiful, protected and there is lots to look at. Best go at high tide as the bottom has some sharp oyster shells on the Mangrove roots.  I had a  paddle here a month or so ago and a pelican came flying toward me, landed not 10  foot from me and grabbed a fish, I though – I wish I had a camera on me so I  came prepared today.

Black Ned’s Bay entrance from Swansea Channel

Black Neds Bay entrance 27-10-11

Black Neds Bay enty 27-10-11

Black Neds Bay enty 27-10-11

Black Neds Bay Boats 27-10-11

Black Neds Bay 34  27-10-11

Black Neds Bay 34 27-10-11

There are lots of islands to explore. Black Neds Bay Islands 27-10-11

Black Neds Bay 1 27-10-11

Black Neds Bay 1 27-10-11

The mangrove trees reflect into the glassy water

Black Neds Bay Mangrove reflections 27-10-11

Black Neds Bay Mangroves  27-10-11

Black Neds Bay Mangroves 27-10-11

A Ski paddler comes the other way, a smile and a wave is common place

Black Neds Bay Ski Paddler 27-10-11

Black Neds Bay Ski Paddler

Black Neds Bay Ski Paddler

There are lots of pelicans here as the bottom is shallow and they can see  their dinner

Black Neds Bay Pelican 27-10-11

Black Neds Bay Pelican 8 27-10-11

Black Neds Bay Pelican 8 27-10-11

The shallow water has some sharp oyster clusters to beware of. I suggest you  don’t jump in, maybe wear booties in case

Black Neds Bay the sharp things on the bottom  27-10-11

Black Neds Bay oyster shells 27-10-11

Black Neds Bay oyster shells 27-10-11

Another spreading Mangrove tree with its reflection in the water

Black Neds Bay Big Mangrove 27-10-11

Black Neds Bay Mangrove Tree

Black Neds Bay Mangrove Tree

 

I took a  run under the Swansea Bridge and I noticed a bloke looking  over with interest. I recognised it was Kevin Harman – the Lake  Macquarie areas master of all things to do on water and a great bloke, I  stopped for a chat. Kevin is an icon in our area having built and ridden  surfboards in the 60?s, windsurfed in the 80?s then became the World Champ  Masters ski paddler as well as winning Aussie State and Branch titles.

Kevin Harman at Swansea Bridge 27-10-11

Kevin Harman Swansea 27-10

Kevin Harman Swansea 27-10

 

Up the Coast

Angourie 1978 4 guys out.

Angourie 1977

Angourie 1977

Arrawarra 1977
Arrawarra 1977

Arrawarra 1977

HOW TO GET MORE CHIPS.

In 1968, on a weekend surfari  up the north coast, a small  group of starving surfers head into town for a feed after a long day of  surfing at Green Knob. They stop at their favorite Taree Fish & Chip Shop.  The boys walk up to the counter and the beaming old guy behind the counter asks “Yesssh Pleassshse Boyssssh! “ Yes he had a squeak to every S.

Without batting an eyelid one of the guys orders first (…let’s just call him Jim, a normally quiet reserved guy perhaps bouyed by a great day surfing) “Can I have a hamburger and 10 Cssssentssss worth of chipsssh pleassssh!” (10 cents  worth is about $3 worth now)

We all roll our eyes and figure we will be thrown out and go starving now… but the gentleman remains cool and proceeds to take the other orders then make  the food.

After a tense 10 minutes of subdued behavior from us, he hands over the first  order to Jim – and low and behold there is enough chips to feed an army!  The rest of us get the standard portion serving of chips.

I guess he felt an affinity to the fellow speech afflicted Jimmy – or perhaps he just admired his cheekiness! The moral of the story – be an up front complete bastard and you can get away with anything.

Ronnie is getting good waves up the coast right now, here is Byron Bay in May  2010, photo by Ronnie Rudder.

Byron Bay 2010 by Ronnie Rudder

Byron Bay 2010 by Ronnie Rudder

At Bells Beach Surfing Comp in 1977 – I spot the other Mr Pipeline,  the revered Rory Russell taking in the scene. Aprehensively I raise my camera,  Rory spots me about to take his picture, I baulked as I don’t like to take  anyones photo without approval. Rory breaks into a big grin then waves, Whew!  Click! The next week he was cruising past Newcastle and dropped in to see Col  Smith. Col says “where were you yesterday I brought Rory around to your place”. I was at work.
Bells Beach 1977 Rory Russell the other Mr Pipeline
Bells Beach Rory Russell 1977

Bells Beach Rory Russell 1977

This photo was taken from Nobbys Beach in 1978. It is the now  decommissioned Zara Street Power Station. Not 300 meters from the beach, it used  to belch out smoke all over Newcastle. In its place now is the Nobbys Forshore  Park – thanks goes to all who decided to remove it.
Nobbys Power Station 1977
Nobbys old power station 1977

Nobbys old power station 1977

On Big Brother Mountain over looking Laurieton and Camden Haven 1983
Laurieton View 1983

Laurieton View 1983

Frank “Meatball” Skewes surfs a punchy right peak in 1975 at Redhead  Beach.
Frank Meatball Skewes Redhead 1975

Frank Meatball Skewes Redhead 1975

The Angels good Doc Neeson blesses his followers and there was  plenty.. and it was good. The Angels Doc Neeson gives his blessing at the Mawson 1978.
Doc Neeson Mawson Hotel 1977

Doc Neeson Mawson Hotel 1977

 

Redhead Surf Club in the 1970’s

Redhead Surf Club is a big part of Redhead’s life style and has always had a  great crowd.

Redhead Beach on a crowded summer day showing Redhead surf club around  1978.

Redhead Beach 1980

Redhead Beach 1980

 
The annual Redhead verses Swansea-Belmont touch footy comp  presentation had all those present bemused, when PJ impersonating a female  dignitary, presented the losing captain of Swansea-Belmont with this Lumsdon Cartoon. A very funny moment is captured here and a good arvo was had by  all. Redhead SLSC Touch Footy presentation.
 
Redhead Swansea surf Club Presentation

Redhead Swansea surf Club Presentation

 
The NSW Championships,  held down at Woolongong around 1978 had  the bus load of Redhead members celebrating big time after Peter Bale won the  state flags. This picture shows all members were happy with the result. The ride  home was very lively to say the least. Redhead Surf Club Members Bus Trip NSW Championships 1978
 
Redhead SLSC at NSW Championships 1978

Redhead SLSC at NSW Championships 1978

The Redhead Boat crew were a fit lot and enjoyed their sport. Shown here  cruising down a nice wave at Redhead around 1978.

Redhead Surf Boat Crew 1977

Redhead Surf Boat Crew 1977

 
Peter Bale shown here winning the Newcastle Flags at Blacksmiths Beach 1978
 
Peter Bale Newcastle Beach Flags

Peter Bale Newcastle Beach Flags

 
Grant Kenny was a convincing winner shown here already on the beach.
Grant Kenny winning at Redhead around 1978
Grant Kenny Winner Redhead

Grant Kenny Winner Redhead

 
Grant proved a popular draw card and was surrounded by fans and he  graciously did some autographs on the way up the beach. Grant kenny with fans at Redhead beach 1978
Grant Kenny and Fans Redhead

Grant Kenny and Fans Redhead

 
The Redhead Annual Surf Club Reunion nights are always big nights. Here the 70th had a good crowd of old mates. Redhead SLSC 70th Reunion
Redhead SLSC 70th Reunion

Redhead SLSC 70th Reunion

 

New Zealand Scenery 1979

I visited New Zealand’s North Island  in Summer of 1979. The weather was  warm and pleasant and the scenery there is awsome. I hitched around for a week  and was picked up by many friendly people and I have always appreciated their  kindness. I had a lift with 2 retired farmers who stopped at some wonderful  places and they waited till I took photos and shared their sandwiches and thermos of tea with me. I got a lift with a milkman who stopped and opened up the fridge and gave me a carton of milk. I got a lift with a farmer who when he dropped me off told me to visit his brother who would put me up. I  walked down quiet county town streets and people stopped and said hello. I  wonder if its still the same there now.

New Zealand Waikato Stream 1979
New Zealand Stream

New Zealand Stream

New Zealand North Island inland Lake. This lake was completeley deserted, no one around for miles, no  houses no shops.
New Zealand Lake

New Zealand Lake

New Zealand North Island Waterfall beside a quiet country road.
New Zealand Waterfall

New Zealand Waterfall

Rotarua has hot springs and geysers that were something I had never imagined. Here mud bubbles away making Op Art patterns like a slide projection backdrop at a Greatful Dead concert.
New Zealand Mud Bubbles

New Zealand Mud Bubbles

New Zealang Geyser Rotarua. This Geyser was so cool it was actually blowing smoke rings.
New Zealand Geyzer

New Zealand Geyzer

New Zealand Coastline Raglan 1979. The coast was quiet and peacful and the beaches beautiful and unspoilt.  We sure  could learn from them.
New Zealand Raglan

New Zealand Raglan

Bali 1977 Surf and Scenery

In 1977 Bali was just being discovered as a surfing/holiday destination and  it did not take long to catch on.

The Sunsets in Bali are beautiful. Fishing Boat at Sunset inside Kuta Reef 1977

Bali Boat at sunsut 1977

Bali Boat at sunsut 1977

Surfing at Uluwatu. Unknown Surfer Uluwatu 1977. Uluwatu had some sections in it that day, so I was glad to come in and take some photos. The surf got better with the tide coming in. Take note don’t surf here at low tide.
Bali surfer at Uluwatu 1977

Bali surfer at Uluwatu 1977

Bali 1977 surfer at Uluwatu
Bali 1977 surfer at Uluwatu

Bali 1977 surfer at Uluwatu

The Balinese men were very serious about their Cockfighting.
Bali 1977 Man with Rooster

Bali 1977 Man with Rooster

The Sunrises were also beautiful, looking back from the beach at Legion.
Bali Legion Sunrise 1977

Bali Legion Sunrise 1977

The friends I was staying with at Legion decided we should go for  a day trip to climb up the mountains to the top of this active Volcano near Batur.
Bali Volcano 1977

Bali Volcano 1977

The trip started early in the morning and took about 5 hours, it was  hot and dry and a bit daunting. I was amazed that about halfway up we met a  young boy with a bucket of cold drinks. I think he sold out that day. This is  what the inside of an active volcano looks like, and its a long, hot, way  down. Inside the Volcano at Butur
Bali Volcano Crater

Bali Volcano Crater

The Surf was good most of the time at Legion, here I managed to get in front of the camera for a change. Crow surfing at Legian 1977
Bali 1977 Crow surfing at Legian

Bali 1977 Crow surfing at Legian

The hillsides in Bali are well utilised with these Rice Paddy’s.
Bali Rice Fields 1977

Bali Rice Fields 197

I am not sure what these Graffiti artists were thinking, probably not  much.
Bali Burial Site 1977

Bali Burial Site 1977

Balinese Reigious Ceremony 1977
Bali Ceremony 1977

Bali Ceremony 1977

 

The Elephant Cave Ubud

Bali Elephant Cave 1977

Bali Elephant Cave 1977

Balinese women in beautiful coloured clothing preparing Rice Dishes.

Bali Preparing Food

Bali Preparing Food

A poor blind woman in a small mountain village trying to make a living.
Bali Beggar Woman

Bali Beggar Woman

 

 

Rock photos taken in Newcastle around 1978

Lou Reed came to the Civic around 1978 and gave a great show, I was lurking about a bit back from the stage with my camera when a big wild hairy guy picked me up put me  on his front row seat and said “now take an fn picture mate”. Lou eyballed me, I clicked and then Lou just winked at me and carried on the great show.

Lou Reed Civic Theatre 1978

Lou Reed Civic Theatre 1978

I just love this one – when opposites attract. Jimmy & The Boys  Ignatious Jones, Neo Punk meets Nimbin shoeless Hippe girl and rock out together  regardless. A fan gets up and helps out Jimmy and the Boys at Belmont Sporties  around 1978.
immy and the Boys with fan

immy and the Boys with fan

Joe Cocker played the Civic, didnt sing out of tune and put on a great show. His band were great. Joe Cocker Civic Theatre around 1978
Joe Cocker Civic 1976

Joe Cocker Civic 1976

Cold Chisel’s Jimmy Barnes hard at work as usual Cardiff Workers around 1978.
Jimmy Barnes Newcastle 1976

Jimmy Barnes Newcastle 1976

Cold Chisel’s Ian Moss also hard at work around the same time.
Ian Moss Mawson 1976

Ian Moss Mawson 1976

Midnight Oil’s Peter Garret at the Mawson Hotel  1978. He  inspired all us unco guys to just get up and have a go when the music gets ya. I got caned in primary school for bad dancing.
Peter Garret Mawson 1977

Peter Garret Mawson 1977

Midnight Oil at the Mawson Hotel 1977. Awsome! The next time they played in Newcastle the place was full.
Midnight Oil Mawson 1976

Midnight Oil Mawson 1976

Kevin Coyne – scottish folk/rock/social critic had an album out called  Marjory Razorblade in the late 1980’s which I recommed listening to. He played the Newcastle Uni solo and was just awsome. His guitar stlye is unique, using his thumb on the frett board to make chords, he has a very powerful strumming style.
Kevin Coyne Newcastle Uni 1978

Kevin Coyne Newcastle Uni 1978

A few old photos

Newcastle has a few favourite sons – MR, The Chief, Joey, Hoyo, Sam Egan,etc – but  everybody’s favourite Newcastle identity is this bloke – Super Hubert.  Internationally acclaimed magician, super hero, entertainer, comic and all round nice bloke, who still finds time to make kids and adults laugh and amaze them with his tricks and antics. Super puts on a show for my son’s 6th birthday party 1994.

Super Hubert awsome magician

Super Hubert awsome magician

A peaceful scene – an elderly couple take in the view overlooking  Terrigal Haven around 1983.
Peaceful Scene Terrigal

Peaceful Scene Terrigal

A big swell overnight cleaned up and swung in early morning at  Redhead
Big left behind Redhead Shark Tower 1979
Big Wave Redhead 1979

Big Wave Redhead 1979

In the pouring rain this pelican just opened up his beak and got a free  drink of fresh cool water at North Haven. A pelican takes a drink of rainwater at North Haven around 1988
Thirsty Pelican Camden Haven

Thirsty Pelican Camden Haven

A flight in a friends Cessna over Lake Macquarie was an absolute eye opener. Looking over Swansea Channel around 1979.
Swansea Channel arial 1978

Swansea Channel arial 1978

A trip out in the Newcastle Shark Boat got 3 hammerheads out of the nets this day around 1978. Hammer Head Shark pulled out of the shark nets around 1978.
Hammerhead Shark

Hammerhead Shark

A country coastal dirt road may lead you to an uncrowded wave. If it didnt,  it was nice to look around anyway and maybe just have a swim. Somewhere up the  coast around Coffs Harbour 1978.
Country Road Nth Coast

Country Road Nth Coast

Scenery from Redhead Beach

Cloud Wave at Redhead Beach – A southerly buster on the way around 1984. I  took this and then headed for cover. The cloud looked like an enormous right  hander.

Redhead Beach Cloud Wave

Redhead Beach Cloud Wav

Jewells Swamp – Solarisation 1978. I tried to make the trees growing out of the swamp look a bit  spooky by reversing the developing process – called Solarization.  Actually I just switched the light on in the dark room when the photo  started developing and all the light bits went black.

Redhead Swamp Reflections

Redhead Swamp Reflections

The Cliffs from Redhead to Dudley and the rock  platform below are well worth a look. Access is from the Goat Track at Redhead  Bluff. Wild flowers are everywhere along the top in Spring and there are a  variety of interesting rock formations down below.Redhead to Dudley Coastline 1980’s
Coast view Redhead to Dudley 1980s

Coast view Redhead to Dudley 1980s

This close up of the tree roots of a Paper Bark  tree along the Redhead to Dudley Bluff Tops had some scary features.  Maybe its just me that sees them.
Tree Roots & imagination

Tree Roots & imagination

Redhead Shark Tower in the June 2007 Storm. The  wind, waves and rain whipped up a creamy froth that covered the beach.
Redhead Shark Tower Storm surf June 2007

Redhead Shark Tower Storm surf June 2007

The history of surfboards – A  collection of all types of surfboards, gathered together for a photo shoot  at Redhead Beach before being shown at the Surf Expo in the 1980’s.
Redhead Beach Surfboard Expo

Redhead Beach Surfboard Expo

A popular event on the beach in the 1980’s was the Beach Girl Contest as shown here at Redhead Beach.
Redhead Beach Girl Contest 1985

Redhead Beach Girl Contest 1985

 

December 19th 2011- Chicken Story

Merry Christmas! I was trying to think of something to do with Christmas and it’s with thanks to Dale and Zoe I have the true tale of Wendy Bendy Bertha.

Poor Wendy (formerly named Bertha) the Chicken, somehow broke her leg. Dale  and Zoe took her to the righteous vet at Raymond Terrace who set her leg in a  cast. Her name now is Wendy Bendy Bertha.

Poor Wendy had to be suspended in a basket and with lots of loving  care was slowly on the mend.

Poor Bertha

Poor Bertha

Because she was so good, the next trip into the Vet for a checkup Wendy got a  little special treatment.WBB went shopping

Wendy picked out a video – her favourite Chicken Run of course.

Wendy picks chicken run

Wendy picks chicken run

Wendy went in to try on some new shoes.

WBB goes shopping 1

WBB goes shopping 1

Wendy even picked a handbag to match.

WBB goes shopping 2

WBB goes shopping 2

Wendy paid from her own credit card.

WBB goes shopping 3

WBB goes shopping 3

Wendy even got to sit on good Santa’s knee and tell him what she wanted for  christmas.

Wendy and Santa

Wendy and Santa

Wendy eventally got back out in the paddock with all her friends especially  Scooby the horse, but now Wendy has a very unique Chicken Strut .WBB back in the paddock

WBB & Scooby

WBB & Scooby

10/12/11 The surf was solid and choppy but this Redhead Body boarder finds a  gem amongst the trying conditions.

Redhead bodyboarder 10-12-11

Redhead bodyboarder 10-12-11

Rique Smith at Redhead with a selection of his dad Col Smith’s channel  boards.Photo with thanks from David and Brendan.

Rique Smith Col Smith Channels

Rique Smith Col Smith Channels