Thursday, October 19

Walking on Bribie Island



What a beautiful morning. I was up early and we walked along the esplanade towards the bridge. It was just after dawn, and there was no ripple in Pumicestone Passage - the waterway between Bribie Island and the mainland.

It was good to get some good fresh sea air into the lungs!

It was the annual retreat of the Society of Women Writers that had brought us to Bribie. We stay in Congeau House at Bongaroo. The house was built around 1925 for the Congeau family who used it as a holiday house. Mr Congeau was a wine merchant somewhere near Customs House in Brisbane. At some stage the house was sold to the Church of England, and for some years it was used as a holiday home for the priests.

Some years later it was sold to Toc H who continue to own and maintain it and it is used as a holiday house for groups of disadvantaged people. Aren't writers disadvantaged?

Upstairs are the bedrooms - mostly with bunk beds, a kitchen, lounge, dining room and toilet and shower facilities. Underneath is a huge hall which was upgraded in the last 12 months and would be ideal for functions. A number of organisations use it on a regular basis. It is only one street back from the beach, and a handy walk to the Bongaree Bowls Club where we usually dine each night.

Our activities during the day were writing and poetry excercises, and yes, we did get to the Bowls Club for dinner.

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