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Walkers:Julie (leader), Christine D, Christine J, Pam D, Melanie, Susan & Jade & Connor, Jackie, Werner and Vangie, John, Colin

Distance: CoochieMudlo 6.0k and Point Halloran 5.9k Total 11.9k

2020-08-09 CoochieMudlo Point HalloranWe all met at the Victoria Point Jetty to catch the 9 am ferry to Coochiemudlo Island.  We walked around the circumference of the island, sticking as close to the water as we could. Was lovely walking through the Melaleuca Wetlands and then down onto the beach where the water was sparkling and the sun was shining. Earlier on it had come over very misty as if it were going to rain again but it had cleared up by the time we headed over on the ferry. 

We had morning tea over on the southern side of the island and it was lovely to just sit and relax by the water. We then walked around the track near the mangroves and a little dog followed us all the way around, darting here and there and nearly tripping some of us over. Up on the hill near the Community Centre we had a look at the view back over towards Victoria Point and then had a look at the old railway carriages which used to be painted in bright colours but they have now faded and have really deteriorated over the last few years. It all now looked very rundown and was "For Sale"!  We had lunch sitting down on a rock seating area overlooking the Water Ferry Terminal and the Lest We Forget Memorial.  It was lovely to see the sparkling water and just sit there and chat.

We caught the 12.15 pm ferry back across to Victoria Point and all drove to the Point Halloran Conservation Area where we did a walk along the great boardwalks and paths. A lot of work has been done in this area since we last walked here and it has also been extended. We heard lots of birds chirping today over on the island and also on this walk. We stopped at the "Fishing Platform" for quite a while talking and looking for fish and then walked back to our cars. We then did the Wet and Wild walk looking out for koalas along the way but we didn't spot any today. It's only about 650 metres for this little circuit but it's a nice little walk. We drove to Nielsen's Native Nursery and had our refreshments at The Lorikeet Cafe overlooking the nursery and had some water dragons pay us a visit. Was a lovely way to finish our day.  Julie C

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Why does attentiveness to nature matter? In a very fundamental sense, we are what we pay attention to. Paying heed to beauty, grace, and everyday miracles promotes a sense of possibility and coherence that runs deeper and truer than the often illusory commercial, social "realities" advanced by mainstream contemporary culture. ... Our attention is precious, and what we choose to focus it on has enormous consequences. What we choose to look at, and to listen to--these choices change the world. As Thich Nhat Hanh has pointed out, we become the bad television programs that we watch. A society that expends its energies tracking the latest doings of the celebrity couple is fundamentally distinct from one that watches for the first arriving spring migrant birds, or takes a weekend to check out insects in a mountain stream, or looks inside flowers to admire the marvelous ingenuities involved in pollination. The former tends to drag culture down to its lowest commonalities; the latter can lift us up in a sense of unity with all life. The Way of Natural History, edited by Thomas Lowe Fleischner and published by Trinity University Press (Texas)