Alhough the Kamai Forest Park is not the ideal place for a June walk, the OCC Recreational Group decided on that as a destination this month; checking out the newly established Bulldozer Blade Loop Track at the of Whakamarama Road.

On the Bulldozer Blade track

We then drove the short distance to Puketoki Reserve and did the long loop walk there before enjoying lunch beside the stream at the Reserve entrance

We marvelled at the abundance and variety of fungi along both tracks and were serenaded by a very vocal Tui and, finally, accompanied by a North Island Robin as we walked.

Lunch at Puketoki Reserve

This month we headed north to Waihi and started from the Gilmour Lake carpark.  Heading, initially, though Gilmour Reserve we stopped to view the memorial to the Waihi World War 1 Tunnellers involved in Arras, France.

Then we followed the Ohinemuri River for a while before circling around the base of Black Hill.

Rec group on Black Hill walkway


Almost back to the start we detoured along Mill Stream walkway and then back to the reserve where, since the weather was so pleasant, we enjoyed an early lunch by the lake.

Enjoying lunch in Gilmour reserve

In the spirit of neighbourliness the OCC hosted a dinner for the residents of the neighbouring Omokoroa Country Estate.

Sixty guests enjoyed canapes upon arrival and then a choice of mains and desserts followed by tea, coffee and more delectable delights to finish.

Guests enjoying nibbles on arrival

Conversation flowed

Orders taken and waiting for their meals

Enjoying the main course

Enjoying dessert

Mains menu

Dessert menu

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The April outing for the OCC recreational Group was a flat, sea-level, walk around the Waikareao Estuary in Tauranga.  Towards the end of the 9km walk we rewarded ourselves with a Cafe stop on Chapel St.

OCC rec group on Waikareao walk

Pageant tableau

Long time ago in Bethlehem, So the Holy Bible say

Mary's boy child Jesus Christ, Was born on Christmas day


While shepherds watch their flock by night

Christmas shepherds

They see a bright new shining star, Then hear a choir of angels sing

Angelic angels

The music seemed to come from afar


Now Joseph and his wife Mary

Mary Joseph

Come to Bethlehem that night

They find no place to lay the child, Not a single room was in sight


By and by they find a little nook, In a stable all forlorn

And in a manger cold and dark, Mary's little boy was born

Tableau manger close up


Hark now hear the angels sing, a new king born today

And man will live forevermore because of Christmas day

Trumpets sound and angels sing, listen what they say

That man will live forevermore because of Christmas day


Angels from the realms of glory, Wing your flight o'er all the earth;

Angel Gabrielle

Ye who sang creation's story, Now proclaim Messiah's birth:


Shepherds, in the fields abiding, Watching o'er your flocks by night,


God with man is now residing, Yonder shines the infant Light;


Wise Men, leave your contemplations, Brighter visions beam afar;

Three Kings

Seek the great desire of nations, Ye have seen His natal star;


Come and worship,

Group shot

Come and worship, Worship Christ, the newborn King!


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