At the lookout on The Neck at Bruny

Good Friday on Bruny Island

Friday 6 April, 2007

Bruny Island Cruise

Attending: Andrew, Julie, Di, Sam, Christine, James, Kevin, Irene, John

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Good afternoon all,

Here are the results of the planning meeting held at Casa Poetica today.

Transport

Di’s reconnaissance is absolutely correct: the 9.30am ferry is the most sought-after on this their busiest day of the year. The ferry company told Christine we would be better off taking the 7.45am ferry, for which we would need to arrive by 7.15am at the latest. We could meet at the ferry queue but have breakfast on the other side, when we reach Bruny.

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These are the vehicle arrangements, designed for expedience at this ungodly hour of the morning:

  • Andrew will take John and James
  • Irene and Kevin will take Julie
  • Di and Sam

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Whether we take two or three cars across on the ferry can be sorted out while we are hanging around in the queue.

  • Christine will meet us at the ferry and won’t be taking her car over.
  • Chris Thomas will meet us at Bruny.

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Food

The necessity of packing stuff into cars, and maybe carting it with us on walks, suggests that we should be more compact than usual in what we bring to eat. In other words, bring enough for yourself for breakfast and lunch, and we will pool resources.

We decided to have an alcohol-free outing, which would have to be a first for us, because so many people will be driving. If we get desperate, or if the weather is bad, or if we run out of food, we can always go to the pub.

Breakfast: Hot cross buns, fruit (Julie can bring apples from the trees in the back yard and pineapples fresh from Hill Street), thermos with tea/hot water/coffee — whatever your preference.

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Lunch: Sandwiches of your choice, fruit, walnuts (Julie again), thermoses etc etc.

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Clothing

The brochure says to have warm, waterproof clothing and they will supply wet weather gear if needed. We took this to mean BYO goretex if you have one. My friend Lesley said it was very cold on the boat.

I hope this makes sense to those who weren’t there for the meeting. We had a brunch that lasted 3 hours — no wonder we didn’t want to talk about food too much.

See you all on Friday if not before. My mobile number is below: I think everybody has somebody’s mobile number so we should be able to get into contact if anything unforeseen happens at the last minute.

—Julie

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