Brett Schumacker and myself with a catch of yabbies caught with homemade spears. The yabbies were then boiled in a big pot ready to be eaten.
Growing up in Berowra meant regular trips to the end of my street (Woodcourt Road) and down to the creek there which flowed into Berowra Waters. Brett & I were introduced at an early age to going down & catching yabbies & eels & lizards by Brett’s older brother Scott & his mates. The Schumackers lived right on the bush at the end of the street.
Growing up in Berowra fostered an active lifestyle involving playing outdoor sport & riding around on BMX bikes. It was a great way to grow up.
Going into the bush, I think, gets into your blood because I still like to get out in the bush today for mountain biking and bushwalking as well as doing other activities like spearfishing, surfing and snowboarding. Whether this would have happened if I had grown up in the city, I’m not sure.
By Andrew Fetz who now lives on the NSW South Coast
Growing Up In Berowra In The ‘Seventies and ‘Eighties