Blessing of the Schoolbags

This coming Sunday (January 31st), we will be marking the start of a new year at school / preschool with a “blessing of the schoolbags”. This is a bit of the service where we get all the students to bring their school bag up to the front, and we pray for the coming year, and give each of the students a gift (probably in the form of a tag or similar that can be attached to the bag) to mark the occasion.… Read More... Read More

Christmas Journal

The latest copy of St. John’s Journal – for Christmas 2015 – is winging it’s electronic way to the printers, and should be available in paper copy soon. But you can get it now, without delay, in full colour, here online…. Thanks, as always, to Rosemary for her work in putting the journal together (and chasing up slack authors like me….)… Read More... Read More

Metrogaine “LaneCoveRivergaine2”, Saturday 27th February, 2016

The Cartophiles’ second activity for the year is to enter teams in the NSW Rogaining Association’s (NSWRA) annual Metrograine. Last year this event started from the source of the Lane Cove River in Pennant Hills and travelled as far as De Burghs Bridge at West Pymble. This year it continues the journey down the river from De Burghs Bridge as far as Stringybark Creek in Lane Cove.… Read More... Read More

Turramurra/ Wahroonga Circuit, Saturday 20th February, 2016

The route The Cartophiles’ first day walk for 2016 explores some of the lesser known areas of bushland on the western side of the Pacific Highway. Using fire trails and well-defined walking tracks we travel through: The Wahroonga Estate Environmental Conservation Zone Privately owned by the Seventh-day Adventist Church but open to the public, it includes remnants of Sydney Blue Gum High Forest.… Read More... Read More

The Lost Records – the Walks We Did in the Second Half of 2015

The lack of reports since June 2015 could be taken as evidence that the Cartophiles haven’t been very active.  In fact, it just demonstrates that walking has been a higher priority than writing.  Here’s a quick summary of the walks we did in the second half of 2015 but never reported on: Wondabyne Station to Kariong Brook Waterfall, Saturday 16th May, 2015 Just three of us, walking in the drizzle!… Read More... Read More