The day was awesome!
In picture perfect weather, we started the ride from Quarantine Park in Bicton and meandered through riverside suburbs, past Left Bank and the E-Shed, the Round House and the bustling markets at Fishing Boat Harbour in Fremantle. We paused to listen to the Scottish Pipe Bands practicing on their bagpipes and then rode on to South Beach Café where we stopped under the shade of a large tree and sipped on a leisurely coffee. Pushed onwards by Bill, we rode on past the old Robb’s Jetty and the spectacular Port Coogee development, along the winding beach dual purpose paths until we reached Woodman’s Point where we stopped for lunch and a lot of laughs. Reversing the journey for the homeward run back to Bicton, we finished the ride after completing a total of 35kms.
Many thanks to Bill for organising this event…he could not have chosen a better day!!
Weeks of planning went into this event, starting with three of our intrepid members joining Dave on an investigation into the pubs of Fremantle! How many pubs were tested remains to be told but we do know they had to be driven home by Susan. More than 30 people participated in Saturday night’s “Stagger” and although no one knew quite what to expect, they came prepared, wearing flat shoes for walking and their thinking caps on for answering the cryptic questions.
We started at the Sail and Anchor, where Dave and Susan got us all into the mood with hilarious quizzes, raffle draws and prizes, before sending us on to the newly renovated
National Hotel for more quizzes, raffle draws and prizes. Forming us into groups, our next task was to take a selfie of the group and then armed with a sheet of ‘questions,’ our groups had to find our way to the next venue….The Orient. Questions like “go past where Ahmed used to work”….. And “what was Ahmed’s job?” How amazing that there were some amongst us who knew the answer to that one!!
From The Orient there was a quick dash to The Norfolk Hotel and our allocated mission along the way was to collect 3 monogrammed napkins from 3 individual establishments – the first to arrive with the correct booty, won the prize, so the race was on!
By this point in time, the Y Striders had become quite competitive and secretive! No pointing to the answer, or speaking the answers was allowed – only whispers as we navigated the streets of Fremantle from the Norfolk Hotel with questions like….”what is not allowed outside the cinema,” “what does it cost to hire a bike,” “go past the bar of convict origins,” into “the sheepdog street”, and past the “head space place”……all the way to our final destination – the aptly named….’Strange Company’.
Dave and Susan have set the standard now! You are guaranteed a fantastic time, lots of face-aching laughs and good fun in wonderful company. Many thanks to Dave and Susan for all their efforts in making this an outing we will remember always.
Perth hosted the world’s largest public art event with no less than 40 life sized cows strategically placed around our beautiful city. The cows were originally blank canvases which were painstakingly crafted, sculpted, painted, reconstructed and transformed into works of art by some of Western Australia’s talented artists. Y Striders became tourists in their own town for a day and discovered areas of Perth they did not know even existed when they hoofed around under the guidance of Dave (Moo Moo) and Susan (Missy Moo). They were entertained by Dave and Susan’s hilarious cow themed questionnaires and subsequent prizes whilst at the same time adding about 10kms to the total distance in their logbooks.
Those people who joined in at lunchtime could be excused if they wondered what was going on with various groups of Y Striders huddled together, jealously screening from prying eyes what looked like a piece of paper with a drawing of a cow! What on earth was going on?? We soon discovered that Dave and Susan had set their own competition for the very best decorated cow and Y Striders being ‘not-at-all-competitive’ were doing their very best to secretly win the prize. Considering they had no pencils, paints or crayons with which to create a work of art, the results were no less than amazing! They used red wine, sticks, leaves, flowers, wool, cigarette butts and anything else they could find to create a prize winning cow.
Many thanks to Dave and Susan for organising this walk and for the work they put into the itinerary, competitions and prizes. Everyone had a great day, and if they arrived home pleasantly exhausted, they were all very happy to be able to say they had ‘been to see the cows’.
Helen and Mary won the Judges Pick
Ann, John, Eva and Leonie won the Popular Pick
Held in Chris and Marj’s beautiful gardens, this soirée has set the bar for future events. Masquerading as a Wine and Cheese evening, with beautifully presented cheese boards and condiments, plus amazing mystery cheeses that had us guessing, the evening turned into a very special celebration for Elizabeth and Darryl’s Golden Wedding Anniversary, as well as Chris and Kerry B-L’s 60th birthdays. We were entertained by Chris and the Swingle Sisters with their version of “Always a Bridesmaid, Never a Bride”, which was so hilarious it had us laughing until we cried. Their ‘suitable’ bridesmaid’s dresses, ‘expertly’ applied makeup and bouquets of jaded flowers, rivalled those of Miss Havisham in Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations!!!! Master of Ceremonies (Ken) was hilarious; keeping us in stitches for most of the night…..
The very sophisticated and gourmet event is one Y Striders will not forget for a very long time.
Twenty nine people turned up for a 15km bushwalk along the Eagle View Walk in John Forrest National Park on what turned out to be a beautiful sunny day. There were wildflowers in profusion with masses of pink Verticordia, white Pimelea, blue Leschenaultia and many, many other varieties with names that escaped us – but that didn’t matter! There was so much to see that it was taking us about 1.5 hours to walk 2kms! Realising that at this rate it would probably take us 11 hours to finish, we had to get moving, stopping only to have lunch in a cool spot by fast running creek waters. (We now know why this walk is only recommended in the cooler months – it would be unbearable in the summer heat).
The walk itself was a steady climb of some 350m to Eagle View Lookout where we took in the impressive views across the Swan Coastal Plain to Perth before we eventually turned southwards and headed downwards past Hovea Falls to the end of the loop. Thank you Bill for organising this wonderful walk! Thank you Kevin for keeping us on the right track, on time and all together!
Picturesque Bridgetown is a great place to visit at any time of the year but in June it is particularly beautiful with fields of green and trees in all their autumn splendor.
This whole weekend was organised by Birgit and Svend, who called upon the local businesses to provide Y Striders with a weekend that they will not forget in a hurry.
Most of our meals were prepared and served by Bevin at Pip’s Place in the Bridgetown Pottery and Teahouse. No one will forget Svend’s delicious Oxtail Stew served from giant Bratz Pans on Friday night, Bevin’s huge banquet on Saturday night, the ‘Build Your Own’ platters of meats, salads, toppings and fresh fruit delivered to us at Willow Springs on the Bibbulmun Track, or the gourmet barbeque on Sunday night with lamb three ways! What a feast! And all accompanied with an excellent selection of wine supplied by Shedleys Winery.
And then there was Saturday’s entertainment with lunch at the Bridgetown Valley Lodge whilst being serenaded by owner Jeff, a bus drive through the hills to Shedleys Winery to complete a 5km bush walk, followed by a wine tasting on top of a hill in the middle of a paddock, while we warmed ourselves at the edge of a huge bonfire.
It was a chilly, pea-soup fog which greeted us on Sunday morning when we boarded the bus which took us to Donnelly River to start our 18km trek along the Bibbulmun. Recent violent storms resulted in many fallen trees which needed careful negotiation. A large section of the track had been devastated by bushfire a year or two before but we were delighted to see the regeneration of greenery in the blackened landscape, the wildflowers starting to peek through and the large variety of colourful fungi, some of which resembled coral.
The raffle for medical hamper generously donated by Jen was won by Faye and the inaugural auction of the bottle of a Y’s Drop Wine was won by Bill. Christine spoke on behalf of all Y Striders, when she wished Jen (who was getting married a week later) our very best wishes for the future.
To Birgit and Svend we say thank you for all of the hard work put in to organising this weekend. We had a great time and will remember it always.