Monday, 15 August 2016

Bush Lemons do Oxfam Trailwalker 19-20 August

Oxfam Trailwalker
Well 2 out of 4 isn't bad.  Angela and Sue finished the 100km Oxfam Trailwalker in just over 28 hours on the weekend.  Unfortunately I had to pull out halfway with a spasming back and Lesley was very unwell and pulled out at the 70km point.  Sue and Angela soldiered on and finished in fine style with no blisters or injuries.

Our support team of Sharron, Val, Sara, Darius and Sian were the best!  Totally selfless, anticipating every need, patient, good humoured and enthusiastic. 

The Bush Lemons team has raised $11,000 for Oxfam, which is simply a wonderful achievement!  Thank you to all of those who donated and sent messages of support before and during the event.  Trailwalker is a wonderful, challenging event and it was great to be part of it again. Jocelyn

Thursday, 12 May 2016

20 year anniversary celebration

The Bush Lemons had a lovely weekend at Port Stephens to celebrate our 20 years of walking.  The venue at Oasis at One Mile was perfect.  Nine cabins in a lovely rainforest setting surrounding a large pavilion with timber decking and trees growing up through the roof.  We were only 500m from One Mile Beach which was gorgeously unspoilt, and the warmth of the water was pure bliss.

The dinners organised by Sharron and Maggie were just wonderful, and a highlight of the weekend was the incredibly focused activity in the kitchen with all the volunteers following Sharron's calm directions for the dinner....well that and the fact that there had to be one or two volunteers on possum duty to keep the cute, but cunning, possums at bay. 

There were wonderful workshops held - sunrise macro lems on the beach, drama improvisation, tai chi, making mobiles from nature, and who knew that banana scrabble would become a spectator sport!

We had a 3 hour kayak and hike at Shoal Bay guided by Michelle and Vic of Tuff Buggers on Saturday morning.  It was great to be guided by local women who knew the area and could take us up to the most beautiful view over Port Stephens, and then have the fun of splashing around in kayaks on the bay.

Michelle and Vic joined us as special guests for the Saturday evening banquet.  Do look them up if you are visiting Port Stephens.  The Lemons are hoping to get back to this area sometime soon for more walking, kayaking and biking.


Anne's trivia on Saturday night produced lots of laughs as well as lots of facts.  There were some very creative answers and I have no idea who actually won

My very big thanks to Maggie, Sharron and Anne for all their hard work in putting the weekend together.  You are marvelous!

20 years has gone very quickly and I'd like to thank all the Lemons who continue to support and attend Lemons activities, as well as all the Lemons who have lead walks (we counted up 21 walk leaders over the 20 years).  I hope Bush Lemons continues strongly and in the supportive and fun way that we have for the last 20 years.  Thanks Lemons. Jocelyn

Friday, 4 March 2016

Bush Lemons in Mardi Gras parade!

36 Lemons participated in the Bush Lemons Mardi Gras parade entry this year.  It was a fantastic way of getting together with our diverse and fantastic community to celebrate our 20 years. And it was fun, fun, fun!!!! 

We had banner carriers, trolley pusher, dancers and walkers, and all wore our new Bush Lemons tshirts.  Because half of Hyde Park is now fenced off for participants, we could sit on the grass and eat food from the stalls whilst we readied our banner and signs.  Although there still weren't enough toilets, it did make for a much more relaxing waiting time.  We just squeezed into our space on the road about half an hour before we were due to start and boogied to all the loud doof-doof around us. 

It really was a wonderful experience to be part of the parade and to feel all the love.  I think showing everyone that lesbians come in all shapes, sizes and ages, and even like bushwalking, is so important.  A big thank you to all the Lemons who helped organise the float and came along and joined in. You are all fabulous!!  Jocelyn

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Bush Lemons at Mardi Gras Fair Day

The Bush Lemons stall was busy during Mardi Gras Fair day with new members signing up, raffle tickets, caps and patches being sold, information being handed out, new contacts being made, and even a rehearsal of the parade routine by around 14 Lemons.  Thanks to those who helped out on the stall - Raewyn, Jacqy, Sue, Sharron, and of course Scrumpy - and thanks to all those Lemons who came by to chat and catch up!  Jocelyn

Sunday, 20 December 2015

Bush Lemons Christmas Party

Thanks to all the lovely women who came along to our Christmas party on Saturday night - almost 40 of you.  Much cheer was had with lots of laughter, catching up, new friendships, spontaneous banana scrabble games, discussions, a bit of drumming, and more delicious food than you could poke a trekking pole at. Thank you to Anne for opening up her house to us all!

Merry Christmas to you and may the new year bring many more Bush Lemons walks and adventures.  Stay safe.
Joc xxxx