CLARENCE AND ULMARRA


SUMMER IS COMING TO ULMARRA

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Took a walk down Coldstream to the boat ramp this morning, lamenting the brownness of the water which is deterring me  a little from swimming in the Clarence at Ulmarra.  Took some shots of the yachts moored on the far bank.

Yesterday at Wide River Music, two of the yachties who had sailed up from Tasmania, were telling us that they had come up the river because they had heard it on the grapevine that the Harwood Bridge was to be permanently prevented from opening and allowing tall masted vessels through. Get a grip, Councils etc!

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I have become reclusive again and haven’t been to the River for a while. I would prefer to live right on the river. Once, I lived in a boathouse in Urunga right on the Bellinger River and later in the Pilot House at the mouth of the Twin Rivers of Kalang and Bellingen but now I am 0.6km from any river at all. Saw two pedallers coming along from upriver and as they came in close recognised Edwina in a Hobie Cat. I have never seen one of these. They can be pedalled or paddled or sailed. Then, on alighting, just attach the wheels and they can be wheeled. Most impressed I am.

I am even more impressed with the information that, within a few weeks, canoe and hobie hire will be opening from the back of Ulmarra Hotel. I haven’t written a lot about the Hotel or the other shops in the Village as yet – but I will. This Mighty River – THE Big River – which is still rather brown and a little intimidating for the Swimmer ( namely Me, This Swimmer)  will then be accessible from your very own beer garden !!!!!! With the great meals and atmosphere. December 13 is the Social Clubs Xmas Party and the Droughtbreakers from Wide River are playing. 10-2 at the Cafe and then 4 onwards at the Pub. I LOVE VILLAGES !!!!!

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That’s the Levee which holds back the Floods.  They build it back when Vision was operating. Its a fine , solid levee that one.  I might once have thought it aesthetically unpleasing but 2009 means that anything which holds back the water looks ‘ beautiful.’

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There is a Big  Boat moored up near the Norco factory. I don’t know her story but she was here when we came in May. There are more stories  up at the Norco Factory where a lot of revamping seems to be going on. I like to take new communities in small morsels and let the Stories tell themselves.

I think I might have met the owner in  SLUGGO’S antique shop up along the Pacific Highway, just after the floods. The man I met was sitting in  the front of Sluggo’s chatting with him. A lot of slow chatting goes on in Ulmarra and thereabouts. If that was indeed the Owner of the Big Boat, then his anchor chain snagged on the Ulmarra Southgate Ferry Cable during the Floods.

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ODDMENTS ON CLARENCE

Posted in CLARENCE THROUGH THE CAMERA'S EYE,CLARENTZIAN LIFE by nellibell49 on July 23, 2009
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FLOODS3 005 GETTING VEHICLES OUT IN MAY 09 BEFORE THE INLAND SEA ARRIVED IN ULMARRA
MAY HOLS 08 006 THAT’S THE PUB ON THE CORNER. BREKKIE AND LUNCH 7 DAYS A WEEK AND DINNER FRIDAYS AND SATURDAYS. GROG EVERY DAY SO I BELIEVE. VERY NICE BEER GARDEN ON THE CLARENCE RIVER ULMARRA.
GRAFTON MAY 08 003 THE CLARENCE DISTRICT HISTORICAL SOCIETY AT SCHAEFFER HOUSE IN FITZROY STREET, GRAFTON HAS WONDERFUL ARCHIVES AND PLENTY OF HELP WITH RESEARCH INC THE HANDWRITTEN JOURNALS OF MR LAW.
GRAFTON MAY 08 021 Hunting for MELINDA KENDALL WHO ARRIVED HERE, IT SEEMS, IN 1848. NO EVIDENCE SO FAR. JUST MYTHS AND RECOUNTS AND A COUPLE OF DOCUMENTS OF THE BOUNDER, BASIL’S, DEATH AND WITNESSING OF A WEEDING.
GRAFTON MAY 08 016 THAT’S SCHAEFFER HOUSE, HOME TO THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY. CRAMMED WITH ARTEFACTS AND A REAL PLEASURE TO VISIT.
GRAFTON MAY 08 004 GRAFTON POST OFFICE. I HAVEN’T BEEN INSIDE AS YET BUT THATS A FINE EXTERIOR .

LOOKING ABOUT THE CLARENCE

 

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Weeks after the Floods, this is the ground at Corcoran Park on the Banks of the Clarence at Grafton.

 
033 House on Coldstream Street, Ulmarra. Built in 1908.