Monday, 13 February 2017

Bush Lemons at Fair Day

We had a great time at the Bush Lemons stall at Mardi Gras Fair Day.  There were lots of enquiries about the group, lots of new members signing up and lots of information shared and chats had.


The raffle was very successful, with Glenda & Bronwyn, Sam & Angela, Juls & Pamela, and Leanne all winners! I haven't yet counted the money, but hope that (after reimbursement for the stall fee) we'll be able to buy a new large tarpaulin for Bush Lemons camping trips. 

The Bush Lemons caps were popular, with only 1 remaining at the end of the day!  I'll be looking into ordering some more soon.

And thank you to all those woman who donated raincoats to be used in East Timor!

Thanks to all those lovely Lemons who helped set up, pack up, brought coffees, womaned the stall and generally hung out and helped in any way.  Thank you, 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


Thursday, 5 November 2015

Bush Lemons 20 year anniversary weekend

Breaking news!.....we are booking a beautiful venue in Port Stephens for the weekend of Friday, 6  May to Sunday, 8 May 2016!  Details will be sent out shortly.  This will be a lovely way to celebrate our 20 years in style.  Lots of fun, dinners, walks, swimming, chatting, making new friends, meeting old friends, and celebrating what lemons can do!  Jocelyn

Monday, 5 October 2015

Summer bushwalking

Hi Lemons,

With the arrival of the heat already, I just want to remind you of some basics when bushwalking in summer:
  • always take more water than you think you'll need (usually 3 litres for a day's walk);
  • add electrolyte powder to your water or have a separate electrolyte drink with you.  Electrolytes replace the salt that you lose through sweat.
  • take adequate and nutritious snacks/lunch etc.  When its hot you don't feel so inclined to eat, but your body will be relying on this energy.  A little bit regularly is best.
  • always wear good footwear with adequate tread.  Because a lot of our walks are on tracks, you need a deep tread for extra grip on eroded tracks, wet rocks/stairs etc.  Do not wear footwear that has an eroded or no tread.
  • wear loose and cool clothing (moisture wicking, merino or coolmax is best as it won't stay wet for long), hat with a brim, take a bandanna that you can wet and tie around your neck etc.
  • trekking poles help immeasurable when you may be fatiguing on a hot day.
  • snakes are active during summer, so always watch where you are putting your feet and carry a couple of crepe pressure bandages with you.
Jocelyn

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Bush Lemons win Edna Award!!

On 17 October a number of Bush Lemons headed to the Trades Hall for the Edna Awards, in which Anne McKenzie, Sharron Carter and myself won an award on behalf of Bush Lemons.  The award we won is for ‘making a feminist difference in the category of Leadership’.  This was a lovely honour and it was a great night in which to hear many inspiring stories of feminists out there making real change.  It was also worrying to hear so many stories about how women's services in the community sector are being shut down and stripped of funding! 

A big thank you must go to Jenny Gill and the staff of the Blue Mountains Women's Health and Resource Centre who drove our nomination! 
 
Although I don't like making speeches, I did want to tell everyone how wonderful Bush Lemons are.  Anne McKenzie and Sharron Carter have both contributed hugely to the success of the Lemons.  Of course every walk leader, endurance walk entrant, supporter, donor have also contributed, and there are just too many to acknowledge, but I do thank you all for your ongoing support and commitment to the group.
 
Thanks Bush Lemons - you make a difference.  Below are some photos from the night.
Jocelyn