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Griffins Farm.

Postby kanangra » Tue 11 Jun, 2013 10:17 am

I spent a very pleasant evening camped down at the old farm site on Sunday night. I had the place to myself except that is for the resident wombat who kept emerging from his dugout and wandering about the flat only to scamper back in whenever I approached. Lovely location. Broad grassy flats beside the Yarrunga Ck. Yesterday I walked around to Beehive Pt on Lake Yarrunga. I also followed the old road down to where it disappears under the waters of the lake. A lot of impressive dry stone walling there. I returned to camp for lunch before the big haul up out of the valley just as the rain started to fall.

A very pleasant quick trip.

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Re: Griffins Farm.

Postby Onestepmore » Tue 11 Jun, 2013 10:43 am

+1
We've camped there several times with the kids. Good swimming hole in summer
It seems there ae plans for a toilet there at some stage
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Re: Griffins Farm.

Postby kanangra » Wed 12 Jun, 2013 6:04 pm

I have just found out some really interesting information about Griffin's farm. If I was cluey I would give you the hyper link but if you google Clyde Griffin you will bring it up. It tells you all about him and how he raised a family of 6 children including 4 girls down in the valley. There is a delightful B&W photo of the family standing outside the house taken in 1952. (One of the boys is missing from the photo) There is also a wonderful historical photo of the house taken in about 1948. It is quite a large timber structure. Incredible to think that all that remains today is the front steps and the fireplace. You can even make out the steps in the photo. It is quite a large structure of 3 stories!! Also interesting from the photo is all the dry stone walls. These remain today but are largely covered in moss and ferns. It is also obvious from the photo the extent to which the bush has already reclaimed much of the farm which even extended down across the creek.

The NP&WS could use this photo to make a very interesting info. panel at the site to pay tribute to this pioneering family. I know this is post WW11 history but they are still pioneers in my book. Clyde Griffen died in 1991 in Moss Vale and was buried in Bowral. His wife Jean predeceased him in 1988 and also is buried in Bowral. Their children would probably be still alive. What stories they could tell of growing up in that remote neck of the woods.

Fascinating.

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Re: Griffins Farm.

Postby puredingo » Wed 12 Jun, 2013 6:46 pm

Fasinating indeed, K.

Jackhinde from this site knows quiet alot about this pretty part of the world. He and I canoed up to where the old road gets submerged by the dam waters, we set up camp and crossed to the otherside and followed the old road (milk road?) for about an hour or so on dusk.

Did you come in from above, K or from the road that passes through the bendeela camping area?
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Re: Griffins Farm.

Postby kanangra » Thu 13 Jun, 2013 9:08 am

I walked in from above on the Sunday afternoon. I came down Meryla Pass. On Monday morning I walked around to Beehive Pt. and from there took the old road which disappears under Lake Yarrunga. I wouldn't mind going for a paddle on there myself. Looked very scenic.

I have also found the same photo of the old Griffins homestead on Yarrunga Ck at p93 of thje book produced by the Buddawang Committee called: Fitzroy Falls and Beyond. Credit for the photo is given to Valma Cotterill of Falls Ck. I note that Clyde and Jean Griffin's 3rd child was a girl, Valma Marie. She married Ronald Eric Cotterell so perhaps she supplied the photo?

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Re: Griffins Farm.

Postby Onestepmore » Sat 15 Jun, 2013 5:58 pm

Lizzy's walk with her 6 yo son a while ago
Has some pics

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Number 16 gives track notes - from Best Bush, Coast and Village Walks of The Shoalhaven by Gilian and John Souter
http://static.booktopia.com.au/pdf/9781921683183-1.pdf

Here's another track report
http://www.shoalhaven.net.au/~borstal/G ... Trail.html

map and pics
http://www.kvexplorer.com.au/KV_Explore ... Trail.html
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Re: Griffins Farm.

Postby Onestepmore » Sat 15 Jun, 2013 6:15 pm

kanangra wrote:I have just found out some really interesting information about Griffin's farm. If I was cluey I would give you the hyper link but if you google Clyde Griffin you will bring it up.......
Fascinating.

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Kanangra - can you please just copy and paste the link you found?
Im driving myself nuts trying to find the information about Clyde Griffin you've described (but perused lots of intersting pics of a Clyde Griffin's farm in the USA showing tobacco farming, hogs and mules!)

[When you have the page in question, highlight the web address up the top by left clicking your mouse button and dragging it across the print. Then press Control and V button simultaneously to 'save'. This puts in your computer's short term 'memory'. Then to add the link to a post, simply press Control and V simultanously to 'paste' when you're writing text
Apologies if I'm telling you how to suck eggs :)]
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Re: Griffins Farm.

Postby jeffyffej » Mon 02 Sep, 2013 10:16 am

Hi All,

How did you guys find the water down at Yuranga Creek? On the KVExplorer website it says water can be boiled & sterilised.
Did anyone do this, and if so, how did you find the quality of the water?

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Re: Griffins Farm.

Postby GPSGuided » Mon 02 Sep, 2013 11:32 am

Add. The Griffins Fire Trail is now marked in OSM along with the various trails and creeks in the area. As such, new OSM downloads will have it shown on a Garmin GPS unit. Should make access to the area more convenient.
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Re: Griffins Farm.

Postby jackhinde » Mon 02 Sep, 2013 3:56 pm

i have drunk water from the creek at just about every spot along its length, from where it meets the dam all the way to where it starts in the other dam... mind you, i have been drinking nattai water untreated for over twenty years too : )
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Re: Griffins Farm.

Postby kanangra » Mon 14 Oct, 2013 10:02 am

Now I know how here is a my camp at Griffens Farm.
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Re: Griffins Farm.

Postby kanangra » Mon 14 Oct, 2013 10:02 am

Now I'm really on a roll.

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Re: Griffins Farm.

Postby kanangra » Mon 14 Oct, 2013 10:58 am

Here is another photo from that trip, this time of Lake Yarrunga.
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Re: Griffins Farm.

Postby GPSGuided » Mon 14 Oct, 2013 1:05 pm

Loverly Kanangra!

This is on my list after working on the OSM detail for it. It's now a question of when I/we can get away. :(
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Re: Griffins Farm.

Postby DarrenM » Mon 14 Oct, 2013 8:56 pm

Good on you Kanangra, great to see some pics mate!

You'll be blogging in no time!
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Re: Griffins Farm.

Postby kanangra » Tue 15 Oct, 2013 6:27 am

Mate a step at a time. I feel as if i have been catapaulted into the technological age.

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Re: Griffins Farm.

Postby Onestepmore » Sat 26 Oct, 2013 7:46 pm

Yay! It's a great little spot for an easy weekender.
The walk back up is a bit boring
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Re: Griffins Farm.

Postby Rob Gosford » Mon 28 Oct, 2013 9:29 pm

Onestepmore wrote:+1
We've camped there several times with the kids.


hi All,
sometimes i've noticed "+1" at the commencement of some posts. What does +1 mean ?

thanks :)
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Re: Griffins Farm.

Postby Allchin09 » Mon 28 Oct, 2013 9:37 pm

Essentially it means "I agree". It's similar to hitting the "Like" button on facebook (it that makes any sense) but it originates from the weird world that is the internet!
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Re: Griffins Farm.

Postby GPSGuided » Mon 28 Oct, 2013 9:38 pm

Rob Gosford wrote:sometimes i've noticed "+1" at the commencement of some posts. What does +1 mean ?

In agreement with quoted or the post above ie. Me too. May continue to +2, +3 etc but it gets a bit corny then.
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Re: Griffins Farm.

Postby GPSGuided » Mon 28 Oct, 2013 9:41 pm

Allchin09 wrote:...it originates from the weird world that is the internet!

If you are referring to the forefather of web forums i.e. Usenet, then I am not sure that is correct. Been an active Usenet participant since the early 90s and sporadically before that, I don't recall seeing this usage until I transitioned to web forums.
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Re: Griffins Farm.

Postby Allchin09 » Mon 28 Oct, 2013 10:40 pm

I think it is a recent development, but even Google's social networking website "Google Plus" heavily incorporates the +1
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Re: Griffins Farm.

Postby Rob Gosford » Tue 29 Oct, 2013 5:57 am

kanangra wrote:Now I'm really on a roll.

K.


a snowball K ? :lol:
that is a great picture of Beehive Point mate. keep them coming ! :wink:

thanks for the heads up re "+1" gents.

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Re: Griffins Farm.

Postby kanangra » Tue 29 Oct, 2013 3:16 pm

Thanks Rob. Here is another showing the old road disappearing under the waters of the lake.
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Re: Griffins Farm.

Postby puredingo » Tue 29 Oct, 2013 4:18 pm

I'll see your shot of Yarrunga Ck...
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Re: Griffins Farm.

Postby puredingo » Tue 29 Oct, 2013 4:20 pm

...and raise you MY camp site.
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Re: Griffins Farm.

Postby kanangra » Tue 29 Oct, 2013 4:29 pm

Mate I can't compete with that. Too good. I know right where you were standing when you took that first one. I have one very similar.

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Re: Griffins Farm.

Postby climberman » Tue 29 Oct, 2013 5:32 pm

Rob Gosford wrote:
kanangra wrote:Now I'm really on a roll.

K.


a snowball K ? :lol:
that is a great picture of Beehive Point mate. keep them coming ! :wink:

thanks for the heads up re "+1" gents.

:)



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On some forums it can also mean a person's other half (partner / husband / wife / bf/ gf) - which I think comes from the live music scene, where if you are on the door list, it might be 'rob gosford +1' ie you can caome in and take a guest as well.
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Re: Griffins Farm.

Postby puredingo » Tue 29 Oct, 2013 6:18 pm

kanangra wrote:Mate I can't compete with that. Too good. I know right where you were standing when you took that first one. I have one very similar.

K.


Haha I was actually standing there in the bollocky when that photo was taken. I was about to swim over to the far bank and make my way to the sunken road and complete a circuit around to griffins farm via beehive point BUT just before I took the plunge a wild Sou/Easter blew up and knocked the enthusiasm right outa me. So I got dressed and skulked back up Meryla rd and down to the farm.
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