Stays weekend meet
SE Qld members meet
the weekend of Saturday 11th to Sunday 12th of August 2007
long dry continues and even planning a weekend away in the CTs couldn't burst
the bubble (as usual).
fine and glorious weekend was enjoyed by all - at least Canungra Creek was
flowing which did provide some of us with a sound not heard for some time.
Helen and Peter arrived a few days ahead to ensure all was right for the
weekend. Jake and Benji would have to sit and watch the setting up - the
occasional ball thrown to Benji to keep him satisfied.
arrived early too (Kate and Paul along with Ella, Alan and Kathy) and savoured the serenity of
the place before the majority of us arrived Friday.
still setting up as darkness fell and others arrived after dark. Here I must say
some of the new comers managed to set up like seasoned professionals - others
not so quick but the result was near perfect. You don't have to be the fastest
to enjoy the fruits of your labour. Keith, Debbie, Joshua and Natalie (+ Nakiska)
balanced well on their little piece of turf. Ross and Lianne, with Krystofer and
Teagan also did well in the encroaching darkness.
this was observed from the comfort of the fire (thanks to the hosts for conning
the pile of wood out of the establishment).
impromptu happy hour had started (new attendees Bart and Jenny providing a few
nibblies which encouraged a few more larder raids) and a few stories of recent
trips, modifications and beverages ensued.
some slank away to eat - well most really - but soon returned to the fire.
Unfortunately I didn't and fell asleep with the aid of very little alcohol (or
so I am told - that the sounds of blissful snoring was heard by all and sundry -
lesson here - don't camp so close to the fire). BUT it did have it's advantages
later when I did catch some of the conversation.
night proved to be very entertaining and with some of the older hands away
gallavanting across a few states or merely having some quality time without us -
some of the newcomers stepped up to the plate and hit a few home runs.
it doesn't take a few meets to get Robyn and Lindsay to perform the magic camp
oven cake bake - in the night too. (Noel - your piece is in the snail mail). The
newcomers just had to ask and the process started.
must have been a need for some good coals as a lot of wood was burnt - perhaps
the night was a little cold as well.
prepared the mix - now was that Orange and Poppy seed with five turns left and
four right or five right and four left - whichever (it had the crowd enthralled)
- the proof was in the eating and it did not take long to devour. Sometime
before the cake was ready though Carol went to bed and all I could here from the
crowd salivating around the fire was "Bugger her she’s gone to bed - don't save
smells of baking cake in the night must make the pallet dry - it appears a lot
of moisture was required to keep the saliva flowing - or so I'm told.
the baking was complete - well near enough - the crowd couldn't wait. Lindsay
pulled the camp oven from the fire and Robyn kept the crowd at bay whilst it
could be removed a safe distance and iced. "Would anyone like a piece?" asked
Robyn. "What of" was the reply as Robyn was left with an empty plate.
was time for the promised entertainment - part of the deal when you supply a
It was by
all accounts a spectacular feat - even though I only heard the noise - it seems
that a previous trick performed by Turtle was set as the benchmark. It must have
taken some rehearsal but like a well performed ballet newcomer Linda rose to the
occasion, was blasted off her feet by the aroma of the cake, grabbed at Tom for
support and proceeded gracefully to look for glow worms in the grass. Well -
that's what I was told.
found to be hard to top so most other contestants retired for the night. It was
so quiet after this. But some say there was a bit more crashing and banging
going on back at Marge and Daves - did the table get remodelled?
beautiful day - a few late risers - another newcomer Carl braved the creek
(brave, very brave) and daughters Ashleigh and Emilly (Sammi the staffy too)
soon followed. Also joined by Krystofer and Teagan.
the last arrivals put in an appearance - Bruce and Jenni, Glen and Andrea and
Sam (and Poppy), Keith and Jenny and finally Gus and Jill with Erin, Clancy and
Jaden (+Bree) after their trek from inland NSW.
here mornos was squeezed in and the usual meet and greets were done (with food,
more food). We also had a few day visitors Rex and Ann on the Bike, Mel and
Steve with Jessica and Tallarah (on the hunt for new abode) and Enid and John.
settled into a quiet one for a while until a few bikey moles were seen living
their dream on the back of the bike. Some looked very at home - others looked
like they prefer the 4x4 comfort.
hour arrived all too soon and some lavish titbits hit the table. This led into
dinner and a few shared taste tests were done to see who could really cook the
best. Somewhere here it got a little hazy - too much good food and drink - I
don't think any one food was better than the other - but those curries could be
was a little disjointed here as we had the fire going, the entertainment area
and a few private parties going at some CTs - one thing for sure though we
accounts not as entertaining as the previous night - and I missed it.
bright and sunny - ahh Queensland.
mingling, a few trips up to O'Reilly's and the State Forest, a few departures
here and there, and suddenly it was all over for most of us.
home, the cleaning up and the memories.
Helen and Peter for the great weekend.
moments to share:
Peter - Port is a twenty four hour drink
Jill’s reply - well only if your in a park with a paper bag
Clancy - What goes up must come down - pity about that toilet tent
Dave - I don't feel too well today - I think Robyn's cake made me crook
next meet - probably Andrew Drynan - Alan and Kathy to host.
add here for the new comers it isn't that hard to hold a meet. Find a place you
like and tell Rob (mediator). He puts up the notice and poll. People come.
cares if it doesn't all go to plan - that's life.
would add that if some of the older members would sit back and let the newer
ones run their own meets things would all go a lot smoother. Some of our
comments or interference can be off putting - give them a go - they all bring
something new to the table and sometimes it is better than the same old thing.