Christmas on Kincumba Mountain

Christmas Bells

Native Australian Christmas Bells to celebrate the festive season.  Happy Christmas to all.

Christmas Eve I was invited by Scilla, who lives in Tasmania, but is planning to live in Narara Ecovillage to join her, her sister from Scotland and great friend of the ecovillage Diane, to visit Kincumba Mountain and view some sacred indigenous people’s sites.  The Aboriginal name “Kincumba” means ‘towards the rising sun.

I’ve been up here before, attending the monthly music jam night “Brackets & Jam”. At the top of a very steep, winding road, there is a large flat rock area on the highest plateau of the mountain which was a meeting place and camp for the Kuringai people.  Magnificent views of the area can be seen and it is surrounded by lush native bush and heaps of leeches!

On the way we admired native Christmas Bells, and then Diane took us down to a gully where we saw rarely flowering orchids.  What goes down has to go up and I collected four leeches on the way which hid in my socks until I got home and introduced them to the Heritage House kitchen floor.

It was a lovely and unexpected excursion and reminds me to make the most of this lovely coast and get out there!

Below – Diane, Linda and Scilla sitting under the storytelling tree and here is Diane focussing on the rare and flowering native orchids.

Diane Linda ScillaDiane and orchids



Living on the Central Coast

McMasters Bch start of walk

I have memories of holidays years ago with my two children at Avoca Beach on the Central Coast.  One of the highlights was visiting The Avoca Picture Theatre, the subject of much controversy these days as the owners attempt to triple the size of the heritage building.

There are many attractions along the Central Coast; pristine beaches, cafes, restaurants, surf lifesaving clubs and the chance that whales might be spotted not too far from the shore.

The 5 Lands Walk in June is now well established, with thousands of people walking from one beautiful beach to another along the coast.  The Ukulele festival is becoming a favourite on the festival timetable and there are so many other magnificent events such as Opera in the Arboretum at Pearl Beach.

It’s good to be a Coastie on the beautiful Central Coast.