We started early,all three of us.I arrived on site about 09.15 ,Joe and Karl a while later by car.We had planned to tackle fallen trees on the riverside.I had litter to collect, dumped over the wall in two black bin bags with mostly offal-thank God it wasn't dirty nappies!Dropped the collection at the trailhead to be picked up later.Put up some new warning tape at the ope in the fence there and trimmed some branches that were hanging at eye level.
Headed back to join the lads on the river walk to tackle the trees.Started into reducing the fallen trees by cutting the branches and stacking them off the pathway.The lads arrived laden with pick and spade,bushman's and two pails of pebbles.There was more work to be done than I had anticipated - trust Joe!The trees didn't prove much of a problem and in no time we had all six or so trimmed and moved to the side to allow passage for walkers and in some cases provide additional rustic seating.
T'was then Joe came clean as to the why of the pebbles- we had some work to do at the Wren's Well,strengthening the 'dam' with marl and stone so as to increase the flow of the stream to the well;was about 11.30 now and still no break!!Joe is a hard taskmaster!There weren't enough pebbles so Karl and I traipsed back the track to the STAFF Gully,made our ascent without mishap,filled our buckets in no time with pebbles at the 'depot' and made our descent to Joe at the well.Work was then completed to the satisfaction of all concerned - but then we decided to build a flag bridge crossing at the stream outflow on to the track.Flags were discovered nearby by eagle-eyed Karl,washed down as they were muddy and slippery and then laid in the stream.Job done!
Time for a break of Butler's best - dark chocolate and water,a feast for a king as it turned out as it gave us the legs to ascend the staff gully fully laden with tools to reach the haven of the trailhead,weary but satisfied with a job well done and enhanced facilities for all our visitors.