Saturday 17th to Sunday 18th November, 2012
Xmas food line up
A total of 37 camper trailers from the Australian
CamperTrailers Group attended Kevin and Carolyn's second meet at Macquarie
Woods which had a 'Xmas in November' theme.
Macquarie Woods is a state owned forest, approximately
30km west of Bathurst, off the Mitchell Highway via Cashens Lane. The
camping area is large, tree studded and grassy with about eight drop
toilets, but no running water was available. Fire Ban signs prevented any
Six campers arrived early on the Thursday and the
majority of campers arrived on the Friday. The weather was partly cloudy,
with a gusty wind on occasions. The day temperature hovered in the mid 20
degrees, dropping to 3 degrees on one night. However, when the wind dropped
the flies came out.
The campers entered into the spirit of Xmas by decorating
their campers with flashing lights, windmills, flags and bunting. Members
also wore Xmas attire and we had two resident Santa’s and an elf. Most
nights we had the obligatory happy hour and new members were welcomed and
Our Xmas Communal Meal started at 6.30pm on Saturday
night and the weather smiled kindly upon us. We set up members tables into
two rows for about seventy people. Tables were decorated with Xmas
tablecloths, confetti and candles. The hot food was placed on the sand stone
flagging adjacent to the information shed and the cold food placed on
tables. Later the desserts were bought out.
A brief summary of the food we enjoyed was:
Cold Food – Chicken, beef slices, seafood paella, ham, sliced eggs, prawns,
various salads, beans, rye bread and more………
Hot Food - Chicken, roast pork, beef stroganoff, rosemary lamb, rice, baked
and cheesy potatoes and more………
Desserts – Mince pies, fruit cake, rum balls, coconut slice, ice cream,
custard, grasshopper pie, fruit platters, reindeer peppermint sticks,
cheesecake, lollies and more……..
The lines were long as we eagerly anticipated the food.
Some notable happenings during the weekend were:
Rob and Dave experienced blow outs of their Santa windmills, Malcolm
catching lots of yabbies, Doug breaking off his jockey wheel handle and
later demonstrating how to devein the yabbies for cooking, Clive and Sharon
arriving in their new motorhome, cool Xmas hats.
The meet seemed to be very enjoyable and many members
expressed their hope that the CamperTrailers Group host another Xmas theme
meet at the same time and place. Several local members have expressed
interest in hosting next year’s meet.
Most of the members departed on the Sunday, whilst about
eight other campers stayed on until Monday.
Your hosts, Kevin & Carolyn