NSW members weekend meet
The weekend of Saturday, Sunday & Monday, 4th, 5th & 6th of
Eleven members camper trailers turned up
for the weekend camp at Newnes, north of Lithgow NSW. We camped on land beside
the Wolgan River owned by Thomas who also owns the old Newnes Hotel. Thomas also
supplied the firewood for the weekend.
Barry & Margaret turned up early along
with Carol & myself on the Thursday afternoon. We enjoyed a cuppa on the veranda
of the old pub & chatted with Thomas. Thomas had built a new fire pit for the
occasion so it was up to the four of us to christen it as custom would have it
by dancing around the fire naked. It did drizzle a little on the Thursday night
& what a sight it was with us sitting around the fire in our drizza-bones & bush
The group started arriving by midday Friday &
into the early afternoon. There was no need to brake the ice as we settled
around the fire for happy hour.
Saturday morning seen us sitting around
chatting & not much else & more members turning up. Ken, Renee & family along
with Jeff, Carolyn & family headed up to the old oil shale works ruins for a bit
of sight seeing, while Steve, Sandy & family went for a drive to the lost city.
They said they didn't know why they called it the lost city because it was real
easy to find.
This was the first time Jeff &
Carolyn had set up their new camper & they had plenty of time to play with their
Ed had e-mailed me during the week to
tell me he had received an early fathers day present from Donna, a dutch oven.
We had to explain to him the difference between a dutch oven & a camp oven. He
was keen to try out his new camping toy & we all chipped in & gave him a
of how to cook his roast which turned out juuuuuust right.
After tea we all sat round the campfire
with plenty of laughs. Everyone was throwing there bit of muse in & in no time
we all had tears rolling down our cheeks. It was also Steve & Sandy's boy Matt
birthday, so we all sang happy birthday to him. I think he will remember that
bush birthday for some time to come.
Those who rose early had a chance to see
the valley covered in frost as it had dropped to -1 overnight. Of course
most chose to stay in their warm bed till the sun was well & truly up.
Sunday was the day to drive to the
Glowworm Tunnel. It was a fair drive from camp & took around two hours. Barry
(B2) walked from Newnes through the tunnel. We walked down the old rail line
from the other end & through the tunnel, checking the glow worms as we went &
gathered for lunch at the other end. By the time we had returned to our vehicles
it was 3 o'clock. Some headed for a quick look of the lost city, while the rest decided
it was time to get the fire ready for the camp oven tea. A few had to return
that afternoon for work on Monday morning. As they came down the mountain from
the Blue Mountains they came across the reminates of a huge hail storm that had
hit Sydney with what looked like snow on the side of the road.
Ed cooked another magnificent chook meal
in the camp oven followed by 10 apples stuffed with sultanas by Greg & topped
with custard. We assured Ed that the extra flavour of Bella, Thomas's dog,
licking out the camp oven after the chook added to the bush treat. Another great
night around the campfire with plenty of laughter. Barry & Margaret stayed
up to late trying to catch the ones who were throwing empty bottles under their
Ultimate. They had their suspicions as to who it was.
Brian & Terry with their Hilux twin cab & rooftop tent
Ed, Donna & family with their on-road camper trailer
Ken, Renee & family with their NL Pajero & Heavysew camper trailer
Barry (B1) & Margaret with their Prado & Ultimate camper trailer
Rob & Carol with their GQ Patrol & Track Eagle camper trailer
Alan & Marie with their Forester & Goldstream Wing2
Steve, Sandy & family with their Prado & All Terrain camper Trailer
Barry (B2), Janet & Thomas with their Land Rover & Kimberly Kamper
Barry (B3), Kerry & Vanessa with their Ford Explorer & Redback camper
Greg & Marge with their Nissan Pathfinder & Cub Spacematic camper trailer
Jeff, Carolyn & family with their Prado & Challenge camper trailer
Thanks to those who attended. We all had
a great time & hope to see you at the next get together.
Rob & Carol
A big thanks also goes to our host for the weekend Thomas from
the Newnes Hotel Historic Wilderness Retreat