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Annual Newcastle junket

My reenactment group is largely Sydney-based but we do have many members who live in other places. Newcastle is one of those places. We originally started to develop this group tradition a few years ago by going up for a combined drill day at Fort Scratchley. After one slightly disastrous year when the car carrying the pikes was involved in an accident on the freeway the enthusiasm faded. Then, 3 years ago, someone suggested a social gathering at the Queens Wharf brewery. The Brewery serves a rather nice alcoholic ginger beer, a so-so lager and a good dark beer. The food's good as well.


So we've been doing this late-summer jaunt for 3 years now. It's very enjoyable. A bunch of us catch the Newcastle train from Sydney or Hornsby, chat/relax and eat whatever nice snacks people bring along (we have several members of Overcaterers Anonymous in our group, so we never go short). We get to Newcastle about midday and meet with the locals. Sometimes random friends and members of other reenactment groups drop by. We drink pints and eat food, followed by a walk around the foreshore. Pleasantly merry, we catch the train back to Sydney in the evening.

This year's list of attendees: Me, Spike, Puppy, Wayne, Glenda, Vic, Andy, 2 sproglets, Richard, The Captayne, Mary, Helmut, Louise. Guest appearances by Ben & Cathy.


The Brewery

Our goal - the Bluetongue Brewery at Queens Wharf, Newcastle.
The Brewery
The 'Cape Conway'

Newcastle is a major working port. All day, every day, there are ships constantly entering and leaving the harbour. They line up out to sea - when we walked over to Nobbys Head we could see about a dozen of them waiting.
The 'Cape Conway'
Afternoon

After a few ginger beers and lunch we went for a walk. This photo was taken looking back at the wharf and brewery.
Afternoon
Bluebottle

There were swarms of these little stingers in the water off Nobby's Head. We couldn't even go wading.
Bluebottle
Crab

F (8 years old) spotted this fellow and asked if she could use my camera to take a photo. Not a bad job!
Crab
Newcastle Street

A lovely mix of old and new.
Newcastle Street


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