Our weekend at
Lostock Dam, this is a smallish dam on the Paterson
River, it is approximately one hour from Maitland via
Gresford and Paterson, coming from Sydney of course. As
Barry and I had never been to this area before we were
pleasantly surprised. It is lovely.
Wow and what a weekend it was, saw platypus in the
river. Lostock threw everything at us, wind, sun and
friendship. Thank heavens there was no rain. We did need
the camp fires it was a bit chilly, we do thank David
Hooper owner of the Lostock Dam Caravan Park for the
trailer load of wood it sure helped.
Barry & Margaret, Rob and Carol arrived on Wednesday,
funny who you meet on the road in, except Rob and Carol
were going the wrong way. Barry sorted that out. Big
chuckles all round.
The road in is very twisty. Having said that, the big
caravan got in without problems, Anne and Geoff, who are
friends of George and Wendy. Mind you my knuckles were
quite white. I did try to hang on to the knitting
needles so Barry would not notice how nervous I was. Did
it work? I think not. He knows me too well.
We welcomed some new faces, Peter and Carol from Revesby,
Vince who hails from Port Macquarie with Charlee, what a
well behaved dog she is. Also a big welcome to Basil and
We had a surprise drop in with friends of Mick & Narelle,
namely Peter and Carole. Mick & Narelle’s son Scott
stayed a night. “Old Mate” (Phil) could not make it. Did
the old back in whilst packing the car. Ouch. Missed you
Phil and the dogs.
The guessing competition went well. With three people
getting three answers right. I did like Jill’s answers.
Every bad thing that may have happened she named George
and everything to do with any other misdemeanour she
named Barry & Margaret. Well she did get two right. And
nobody except the two who had ordered a new camper,
being David and Joy got that right. Did I mention we saw
It should be said that the wild life in this area is
amazing. The bird life is super ranging from King
parrots to little brown tits. There were red browed
finches, they were so pretty. We had lots of kookaburra,
rosella, satin bower birds. One bird I had never seen
before, which sent Rob scurrying to his bird book,
turned out that it was a grey shrike thrush, he has a
very loud whistle especially in the ladies toilet and
one is in the shower. Ear piercing I say. I think he
liked the sound of his own voice.
Did I mention that
platypus were seen and photographed for evidence?
Several people stalked the poor creature but few got
good photos, except patient Rob, waited for quite a
while for that photo. Some of our campers did not even
see them. Take heart they are very shy.
You know a camp is not a camp without friends and that
is what made it a great camp, thanks everyone. We were
asked if it could be made an annual event. Sounds good
to us. Did I mention that we saw a platypus?
Barry and Margaret