say mad Dogs and Englishmen go out in the Midday Sun; well Queenslanders go
camping in the rain. The weekend at Bigriggen was interrupted frequently
with showers, which cooled things off anyhow. As it turned out most were
there by Friday afternoon (how do these people get all this time off from
work I asked). We arrived in convoy with three other campers (Ken and
Sandra, Paul and Mandy and Rex and Ann) only to find six campsites already
filled. It was great to see old faces there (Wim and Judy, Paul and Wendy,
Alan and Cathy, Robyn and Lindsay - who set up camp on the high ground
again), Gus with the boys – Poor Jill had to work and Rick and Carol) and
welcome new members (Keith and Jennifer, Merv and Colleen, Hugh and Jane and
Col and Paula, Warwick and Chris, Alex and Jill).
All were settled in by
about 6pm and then down to the serious business of socialising. This was
done with much gusto and by 9pm all were good friends. The first night
(which always seems to be full on, no matter where) ended about 11pm with
Robyn and Lindsay making their now famous Camp Oven cake. I have to say this
effort was probably the best I have tasted and luckily there was only a few
stayers left which made more cake to go around.
Next morning a few
stragglers arrived (Turtle and Helena with M/law Teresa, John and Penny
(Where was the new Pajero with 200km on the clock,-forgot there was a dirt
road of 1.5k to get to the camp ground, can’t get it dirty can we?). Morning
Tea was had at the appointed time where introductions were made, cake and
coffee were taken and plans were made. It was decided that it was going to
be a relaxing weekend with no plans made except to get around and say G’day
to everyone. It was planned to have a communal dinner Saturday night but the
rain put a stop to that and eventually most ended up around the fire at some
On Sunday morning (after
4am Mass which very few attended I’m told) once again it was just a lazy day
interrupted by showers. Most started heading home after lunch with a couple
of Layabouts (Alan and Rex) staying on for a much needed rest.
I had a very relaxing
weekend as I’m sure most did. Thanks for the turn up as I thought the
weather report would keep most away but we ended up with 18 campers and a
day tripper (Rod and Rachel)
Things that stood out in
my small memory bank:
* Robyn and Lindsay’s midnight cakes
* The whereabouts of John/ Penny’s new Pajero (hearsay at this stage)
* John’s now famous straw hat
* My spare key presentation
* Rex/ Ann’s solar front yard
* The amount of Solar panels on display
* The changing of solar panels with the changing of the sun’s direction
* The poor turn up at Warwick’s basket weaving course. I think the “Bring
your own straw and $20 entrance fee might have put a few off”
* Robyn handing out her Cake at midnight to complete strangers.
* Gus getting lost on the way from the showers to the fire but using the
full moon the find his way home.
* Wondering what day of the weekend Rachel would have her new baby – three
weeks we were told. We all wish her and Rod well.
* Ken breaking into my Trailer at 11.30 Sat. night to see what was in my
drinks Fridge and then giving it a good nudge..
* The number that were about to head off into looooong trips around Aus. We
wish them all a safe journey.
Some of these “facts”
might have a slippery grip on the truth but it proves that the pen is
mightier than the sword and it helps to have the last say.
Happy camping everyone.
Rob & Dianne
Rachael Luhrs was expecting - well she had a boy last night 24th February
this is how you remember everyone in
camp when you attend your first CamperTrailers weekend