Next week, the 2011 edition of Villages of Hawkesbury will be available. The theme: Get Up & Get Out in the Hawkesbury. The website, www.villagesofhawkesbury.comwill get a major update by mid-December. Then throughout the year, we will include on the web new and fun things happening in the Hawkesbury. Pass this blog/website on to your friends -- this helps promote all the fun things to do.

For my travels around the countryside this week in the rain, I saw Wisemans Ferry in a downpour, Spencer Village and later Kurrajong Village in a drizzle. With warmer weather, rain is not so bad! Visited Wisemans Ferry's River Valley Lodge for the first time -- really charming. Now I want a long weekend hanging out there, paddling around on the river or tanning by the pool (a touch of Hawaii).  Spencer, I discovered is as beautiful in rainy weather as in sunny. . . the mist hung just slightly above the river and a few larger boats farther out appeared to be trolling for fish.

I should keep this a secret, but at my favourite shop (for Christmas gifts), I found a couple of beautiful gifts for my daughter at Sassafras Creek (Cafe/Store) in the heart of Kurrajong Village. As we are similar size, I can always borrow what I buy! See you next week and look for the new edition of Villages of Hawkesbury!

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We visited the Sydney International Regatta Centre at Penrith last week and watched a number of youngsters accomplish an activity that most likely had been beyond their wildest dreams!

In small boats that are easy to handle and unsinkable, we saw kids with disabilities learning sailing basics and having the time of their lives. What a joy to watch! We could barely pull away to go back to work. Sailability at Penrith Lakes  provides an opportunity for people with disabilities to learn to sail. Amazing and joyful!

Lessons are really reasonably priced. And if you wanted to give a wonderful Christmas gift this year, why not purchase the 8-week course ($60) for some young person with disabilities. Call Sailability 02 4729 2059 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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