Stays weekend meet
over the weekend of 28th to
29th November 2009
The third get together this year in
South East Queensland was held at
Spring Gully Stays, a place that
the CamperTrailers Group has now visited as
a camp meet three times and some members having also been camping there
at other times during the year as it is a very relaxing place to camp.
The first to arrive was Neil and
Margaret who set up camp out in the open before everyone started to arrive.
Darryl and Barb put up camp next to them. As more people arrived the
following day and realising how hot the weekend was, people ventured further
along the creek to set up under the shady trees. Sandy and Jacqui were the
only ones to miss out on the Friday night as they arrived on the Saturday.
Even Gus and Jill arrived before midnight with the boys put to work setting
up the camp. Jill thought about sneaking off to celebrate around the fire
but she stayed and helped.
The night cooled down enough that we
were able to sit around the fire which needed to be lit for the normal cake.
Just had to do it on the Friday night as Noel the biggest fan of the cakes
was not going to be camping with us on the Saturday night. He kept saying I
didn’t have to make it, it was alright, but I knew he wanted one. Have to
admit it was one of the better ones and there was certainly none left, no
crumbs at all but then Noel was there wasn’t he, even Cathi was surprised as
this was the first time she had tried some. I had full intentions of making
another one the next night especially as I was going to take a picture of it
and email a copy to Noel, but then the crowd decided I could have a night
off and for once I listened to them, so sorry Sandy and Jacqui next time.
Noel brought out the port to help wash down the cake which set up the night
for lots of discussion and laughs.
We had a morning tea get together,
well it was more 10-11ish as most people had late breakfasts me included
and I also needed to start the Cobb to heat up some frozen quiches. Rob and
Diane arrived for a day visit with great timing to have a chat with members
and enjoy the morning tea. Problem for me and the quiches was that Noel was
next to our camp with Rob talking to him and had already spotted me taking
them out of the Cobb. They both stole a couple before they even got to the
group although they did complain that they were hot. Don’t know why when
they had just come out of the oven. Rob ended up hiding his in his pocket to
try and steal another one till it was obvious that it was causing a bit too
much heat on his body. Mental note if I do that again need to buy two boxes.
Morning tea continued on to well past lunch with lots of networking between
the members. Rob and Diane were asked by many about their new camper on
Our day visitor left for another function
and people wandered off to do their own thing. A number of people went and
sat in the creek to cool down and of course that also became their bath for
A fire was lit on the Saturday night
but as it was hotter, we sat further away from the fire. It was still good
too look at it for atmosphere. Being a hot night lots of liquid was needed
to keep cool. We had lots of laughs. I even shared the port with Gus even
though he told me at a previous meet I was not to do that again. He doesn’t
seem to remember that bit. I brought out a coloured magic light to have fun
with but put it away when I realised that we could not use it around Barb.
That was no problem but when Barb and Darryl left for the night and their
camper was well away from the fire, Jill and Helen had lots of fun making
patterns on themselves and on Rick and Carols van. This light now lives in
Sunday saw people having a leisurely
breakfast with some packing to leave early and some leaving late in the day.
Gus and Jill and co and Neil and Margaret got to watch us all as they were
staying the extra night.
Some of the highlights of the
Jill still in her PJ’s during the whole morning tea
get together although on the Sunday morning was showered and dressed
before I got out of bed. That could be because the elastic broke in her
PJ’s that night.
The group naming Rob and Diane's new camper to PC2
and another name when too many drinks around.
Helen saying me please, me please when the port was
offered on the Saturday night.
Helen admitting that she went to bed fully dressed
Jill making patterns all over Rick and Carols
caravan while Carol already in bed asleep as well as down her legs or
under her chin.
Watching Peter lying on the ground doing
modifications to the 12volt setup and double checking he was correctly
clothed when I took a picture of him in that position
Everyone looking out for each other and saying you
have a fly that has just landed so that you could kill before it bit you
Benji who kept going in and out of the van because
he hated the flies…..but then so did all of us
Rick dropping water drops on me when I thought it
was raining. Because I knew it wasn’t the seeds from the tree falling on
Rick telling me I could not walk a straight line on
the Saturday night. Probably right but mental note not to drink as much
port or definitely position myself so that he cant see me walk off to
Helen and Peter trying to tell members about an
event at the last camp meet they were on
The fact that Rick was the in the last group to
leave the fire each night. Normally would have been Carol.
There was so much more but I cant
remember them all in detail.
Spring Gully is a great relaxing
place although I would not pick late November again as it was too hot but
the main reason was the amount of marsh flies, I think most people were not
quick enough to stop them biting at least once. Although you could go
another year and there would be none.
I hope everyone had a great time and
that the new members enjoyed themselves and were made to feel welcome. I
apologise if I did not get a picture of everyone's set up for report. My
camera battery discharged and then the charger for it died. Lindsay tried to
repair it and it had Rick and Lindsay discussing all the stuff that was
inside the charger. We have since replaced the charger with a new setup
which came with both a 12 volt and 240 charger and a new battery for around
$40 delivered. Was not worth trying to repair the old one or spend the time
trying to locate the fault.
◊ Lindsay and
Robyn (Hosts) with the Trackabout
Helen, Jake and Benji introducing their Jayco Swan
and Carol with the Supreme Getaway
Jill Clancy, Jayden and Bree with the usual one no name camper
and Margaret with the Jayco Eagle
and Barb with the Market Direct Camper soon one day to be replaced with a
hardside hardfloor camper.
and Cathi with their caravan which had great modifications done to it since
having to repair it from their last trip away.
and first time CamperTrailers campers
and Wendy with a Cub
and Colleen with a very interesting and well home built hard floor over the
Jacqui and Ruby the dog.
I look forward to the next meet in
2010 where ever it maybe.
Robyn and Lindsay