Cedar Grove Campground Winter Woolies Weekend
on the weekend of 15th
and 16th of July 2006
Well I decided to have
an MDO on Friday to get to our campsite at a reasonable time and get setup with
just a hint of the possibility of rain threatening to impinge upon our
collective merriment. Not everyone is as organised as our host (John and Penny
Heath) who can arrive in the dark, setup camp in 10 minutes and be sitting at
the fireside with a glass of red in one hand and a big plate of tucker in the
other. Where they managed to cadge that from anyone could guess but it sounded
like there were offers.
When we arrived
Inspector Gadgets brother and Ann Of Green Saw Tooth Gables (Rex Adamson and Ann
Stradley) were already there, with their Camper Factory Redlander with just the
hint of a few mods, and had been for a substantial amount of time. How he
managed to squeeze all the equipment into his little car and trailer will go
down as one of those great Australian mysteries. We all decided that there were
a number of trips from Brisbane to the campsite to ferry equipment. I would be
as bold to suggest that Rex and Ann had more equipment and gadgets than is
sitting in any BCF store you could name. Only Inspector Gadget has a briefcase
large enough to store all this stuff.
Just along from the
Green Saw Tooth Gables was the sleepy team of Alan and Kathy Grant who pulled up
in their very regal palatial mobile estate with all the trimming minus what they
left at home. (ie) The satellite TV, so we couldn’t watch the game on Saturday
night. Thanks Alan. Just because you can’t stay awake at night doesn’t mean no
one else can. By the way Alan we do have the photos to prove it.
Alan is renown for his
skills with the Cobb Oven and he didn’t slip up this weekend at all.
Unfortunately he wasn’t into sharing with anyone apart from the flavoursome
odours that were wafting about his regal residence.
The Turtle tribe
(Turtle, Helena, Teresa (inlaw) and Amelia) turns up, with the Camel Beachcomber
in tow, looking somewhat swelling I might add and proceeds to greet and setup
their digs for the weekend to the scoffing and cheers from the noisy gathered
crowd. I do believe I heard comments like… Why do you have tennis balls down
your shorts Turtle? Or something like that anyway. I believe Ann has always been
an inquisitive sort of a lass, or was that Kathy.
To the surprise of
everyone gathered the Mexicans turned up (Barry and Margaret) dragging their
Ultimate behind, fully equipped with ponchos, sombreros and silly accents. Just
like something out of a B Grade Spaghetti Western. I think there is a bit of a
competition between these imports (or impostors, you choose) and our hosts as to
who are the more casual at setting up. Barry and Margaret where faithfully gazed
upon by their copper coated short haired mutt who did a good job of collecting
up all the dead marines around camp and hid them beside their Ultimate. Really
made your digs look a little shabby Bazza, I would do something about your habit
and get some counselling. And as for scaring the other park users with your
naked antics… I mean really… this is meant to be a family affair I thought.
Also thanks to Bazza
and Margaret we had an impromptu visit from two of the NSW Bobsled team members.
It was a laugh a minute watching Bazza trying to slip in behind Margaret and
swing into the corners. Made for an excellent chortle Baz.
Closely following the
Mexicans were the ever cool (or is that Neocool) and collected team of Rob and
Diane with their newly repaired Campomatic. Setup time … no time at all except
for a supposedly inside out shower tent. They also modelled a new design out
this season that will have all camper trailer gadget gurus swamping their
website to obtain one… it was a Poleless Tarp, an amazing gadget, setup in about
3 minutes and doesn’t require any poles eliminating that ‘in jail’ effect that
some tarps leave their owners feeling.
A little later the
newbies turned up with their flash new Trak Shak and proceeded to create a
massive erection right in front of us all. This was somewhat disconcerting for
those among us that are slight of heart and aging disgracefully. Steve, Mel,
Jessica and Tallara made a very grandiose entrance into the camper trailer
world, created a palace in no time flat with comments like… We have only set it
up once in the back yard!!! You wouldn’t believe it would you… of all the silly
things that could happen… Mel informs us that it is their 6th wedding
anniversary on Saturday, and that she will be ready party hard, around the fire.
Well on Saturday night we toasted the happy couple and got on with the serious
business at hand. Congrats you two hope you enjoyed yourselves as much as we
enjoyed your company.
That brings us to the last to arrive…
The Hosts. Enough said about them already.
Highlights of the weekend:
The Grant team pass
out sitting in their chairs around the fireside.
Turtles fall from
grace… well fall off his chair, backwards, perform an immaculate reverse
roll and spring to his feet and not spill a drop. An outstanding performance
that only Roy and HG could have found a problem with.
10 Points for style
The team effort of
Grannyshortlegs and Bazza running naked around the camp from shower to
camper… Very scary indeed.
The NSW Bobsled team
demonstration… You had to be there I tell ya.
Rob fondling Dianes
buns or was that kneeding… That is meant to be done in private Rob… but then
you are a RARA bloke after all.
Meeting new friends
and meeting up with old mates.
The fine sense of
community shared by everyone.
A special thanks to
our hosts John and Penny for an outstanding job in difficult circumstances… the
least you could have done was organised the cold weather a little better… I took
all the winter woollies I own and it didn’t get cold. I had to walk around all
weekend in shorts and tshirt… Bugger.
Thanks for the chortle and memories
Turtle for the amusing summary of the weekend
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