from Saturday 11th to Sunday 12th November 2023
Members to the group came out to enjoy
the space and surroundings of Atkinson Dam where we held a meet earlier in
the year for remembering Andy. The dam at the time was 87 percent full and
when we confirmed dates with the scout group the dam was 60 percent. By the
time the 18 camping families converged for the week or part of, it was down
to 51 percent.
The group brought some rain to increase the level a little with a couple of
thunderstorms rolling through late Friday afternoon. For once we could not
blame Matt as he was driving in between storms to get to Atkinsons, luckily
avoiding areas that were hit much harder than us with hail. Think we could
class ourselves as lucky. The scout camp caretaker Wayne told us we got
about 28 mm of rain and it was great to see the brown grass go green before
We arrived on the Thursday morning to set up our second trailer, a Jayco
Swan and using our Isuzu Mux as the tow vehicle. Certainly some very
confused looks trying to locate us on arrival. We had three canvas trailers,
Ali and Ian’s Jayco Penguin, Jill and Gus’s Aussie Swag and our Jayco Swan
plus a couple of tents joining the hybrids and caravans. Although Lindsay
and I certainly missed the easier pack up of the Pacific Ally.
The morning tea get together on the Saturday was held under the new shelter
area which has been erected since April making a large spot for shade and
rain days. At eleven the group paused for Remembrance Day and thank you to
first time attendees Sel and Christine for reading the Ode.
It was great to see everyone mingle around chatting here, there and
everywhere, having afternoon teas leading to happy hours together, mostly at
Robyn and Mikes camp as he does have the best sign, “It’s 5 o’clock
somewhere and Mikes bar is open” and cooking and sitting around the communal
fire at night except for the wet Friday night.
Lindsay and I wish to thank all who came and we are booking the dam for
around the same time in 2024 and will look forward to your company once
Robyn and Lindsay