national meet at Bardine
Wednesday was Baradine Day & started with breakfast being cooked just outside
the dinning room on bbq's by the two local primary schools. There
was a large breakfast for $12 which included egg, bacon, toast, hash brown &
sausage + tea or coffee. A smaller version was also on offer for $8 which
included included egg, bacon, toast & sausage + tea or coffee.
Word got out it was Carol's birthday so
an impromptu happy birthday was sung to her by everyone in the dinning room.
national park tours
The National Park's
Piliga Discovery Center provided three car tours of the Piliga area during the week
which were well attended. Ranger Bevan who grew up in the area took members to
sites, many not far off the road that we would not have found by ourselves.
These included an old brumby stockade, graves, the remains of a slip & rail fence, a
cobblestone road & old sawmill sites now long gone that were once surrounded by the
workers community complete with a school. The first of the four to five hour
tours started on Wednesday at 12 o'clock. Photos of Rob & Carol's Saturday tour
can be seen on the photos page.
community showed us what real country hospitality was like with a line of street stalls
the main street. There were plenty of bargins to be had if you were quick. While
some stalls sold jams, pickles, slices & cakes etc, others had handmade goods, while
others sold brick-a-brac. The local coffee shop 'Freckles' was in full swing
as many dropped in for a cuppa & to take the load off their feet. The
Aboriginal land council was of interest with historic relics on display.
The third annual soft
(softies) V's hard floor (tin billycans) camper trailer boles competition was
played. The hardies were victorious once again with
Neil Messell & John Foskett
taking out the trophy.
A baked dinner
fundraiser in aid of the Baradine Hospital Auxiliary was provided by the local community & around 200
dinners were cooked.
The evenings entertainment started with one man band Clayton Hodges playing a
few songs to get the evening rolling. Then came time for the auction. Items
donated by CamperTrailers members included LED lights, mattress bag, first aid
kits, an Ipad, stubby holders, a wheel clamp, champagne, a safari can, a drill
set & compasses while the local community donated a number of Baradine footy
shirts, socks & shorts, toiletry set, meat tray & a handmade cushion.
$2,263 was raised in aid of the Baradine Hospital Auxilary. Clayton Hodges then
continued with most up dancing the night away.