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Hot Chicken Soup
1 whole chicken boned out and chopped up
1 lge onion chopped
1 lge potato chopped
1⁄2 cup sweet corn
1⁄2 cup of fresh basil and parsley mixed
1 dessertspoon chopped garlic
1 teaspoon of crushed chillies
1.5 litres of chicken stock
2 tablespoons of olive oil
fresh ground black pepper
Heat the oil in a large frying pan and throw
in all the vegetables, garlic and chillies;
cook about 8 minutes. Into a large pot
place the stock and the chicken; simmer
about 10 minutes then add the vegetables.
Simmer for another 8 minutes adding the
basil and parsley. Pepper and salt to taste,
serve with crusty bread.
with Captain Chaos
A dune with a view
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Last month saw some of the wildest
weather the East Coast has ever
experienced. Some of my friends
lost a lot of their property to the sea. I
watched as the waves crashed high over
the breakwater at Coffs Harbour Marina.
It’s amazing there wasn’t more damage to
the boats sheltering there but of course the
storm was worse down the coast. Collaroy
on the northern beaches was hit hard. Back
in 1972 a block of units called The Flight
Deck nearly toppled into the sea. I recall
there were only some old buildings up on
the northern end, not all the new houses
that are there now.
Late on Sunday after the storm, Bill
and his wife Angie called in to let me know
their boat was safe. They had sheltered up
the river away from the sea.
“ You want to go down and see what
the beach looks like? ”
“ Why not? It sounds like it’s a mess.”
I climbed in their 4-wheel drive and we
headed for the beach via a turn-off where
the sign said 4WD access only. We drove
through water on the track and climbed
through scrub-covered old sand mine hills.
Even over the motor you could hear the
surf pounding onto the beach.
Suddenly there was no trail in front
of us. But for Bill’s good driving we could
have crashed over onto the beach at least
two metres below as the surf had washed
away the track.
“ That’s it then. We can’t go any closer.”
We climbed out and looked at the
churning waters and the huge trees that
were floating and crashing onto the dunes.
“Bloody hell Chaos! I’m glad I’m not
sailing up the coast. Look at those logs,”
Bill said pointing to the jagged broken
timber. “Could rip your keel off; or at least
put a hole in it.”
“ Too right! With the dark sky and the
heavy sea they’d be near impossible to
We turned back and headed to the
headland for a better view of the whole
beach. After parking we wandered towards
“Best not go down onto the beach. It’s
starting to get dark.”
“No! I have a spot we can stand on
and overlook the area,” I said as I led the
way to a huge sand hill. When we got there
we found another group of people taking
photos of the waves exploding on the sand
dune below them.
“I don’t think this is such a good idea.
The surge could excavate the bottom and
undermine us. You sure we’re OK here
“ Yes, but don’t get any closer. We
best warn those people before anything
“Hey! You lot!” Bill yelled as loud as
he could so he could be heard over the
noise of the waves pulverizing the shore.
“ You’d better move back from the edge. It
could collapse at any time.”
The group waved and started to move
back. The leaders were nearly up to us
when behind them the sand started to sink.
“Run!” Bill and I yelled together as we
raced in the gloom to help the last two
people who were starting to fall down with
the sand. We just managed to grab the
couple and pull them to safety. After they
thanked us I could see they were shaken
because they positively ran up the track
back to their cars.
I looked over the edge and saw there
was about a metre of white water laced
with large piles and timber hitting the
bottom of the dune we were standing on.
“I think it would be a good idea to get
out of here!”
“I ’m with you, Chaos,” said Bill and
Angie together, as they scrambled as fast
as possible up the track. When we reached
safety I said that was a stupid thing for us
to be doing ... but then it was lucky we were
there as those people could have fallen into
the surf and disappeared under the sand
or got crushed by the huge floating logs.
“Hey you guys let’s head for my place.
I’ve got plenty of wine and rum and we can
warm ourselves up with a chicken soup. h
I went back the next day. It didn’t look so bad
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