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Chris And Sue Win A Prize

Sunday, 24th April, 2011

Weather: warm and sunny. About 20 degrees C.

Today was Easter Sunday. The bunny came and left a few eggs around the place as bunnies usually do. His tell-tale foot prints were all over the campsite this morning.

The trike stayed in the garage as we decided to have a lazy day at home and go to Falls Creek tomorrow instead.

We had toasted muffins for breakfast, and then wandered around the grounds having a nosey at all the Teardrops and chatting to other Teardroppers. We took some photos and some video for our friend Reiner as he couldn’t make it this year. There ended up being eleven Teardrops here altogether, although one or two had gone by the afternoon. Every Teardrop was home-built and is unique. They are like dogs, they match the personality and needs of their owners.

The sun was so hot this afternoon, that I actually put on sunscreen and wore a T-shirt and jeans. We had a cheese sandwich for lunch as tonight we had the cook-off to look forward to, it was all very top-secret, no one told anyone else what they planned to cook. I sat in the sunshine and had a couple of glasses of wine after lunch and supervised Chris’ lamb stew. This is how camping should be ALL the time.

We spent a lot of today just sitting around and chatting. I think I’ve convinced Robyn next door to take up belly dancing.

The cook-off tonight was lovely. We started with a happy hour at 4.00pm and all the food the guys had made for the cooking competition arrived around 6.00pm. There were two stews, one beef and one lamb with dumplings, chilli con carne, chicken curry, minestrone soup, chicken, roast pork and stir-fried veggies, damper, and caramel dumplings. It was all delicious. Everyone remarked how high the standard was this year.

The ladies all got together to vote and the winner of the cook-off was Keith with his minestrone soup. He was very pleased. There was some talk amongst the guys of phone in votes and postal votes, and there was a lot of joking going on. I think the cooking competition is taken more seriously than the other two trophies.

The winner of  the Best Home Built Teardrop was Mike…

… and we won the Best Camp Set Up because we were the only site with a garage!

After dinner a lot of us went back to the camp fire behind our site. There was more joking around about the cook-off and some techie talk about building Teardrops. Most people left around 9.45pm.

After that, Chris and I watched a DVD in our Teardrop, the Adam Hills stand-up show Inflatable, or at least I did, Chris fell asleep half way through.


Chris and Sue Go To Market

Saturday, 23 April, 2011 – A trip to the markets at Bright, about 30km away.

Weather: beautiful, sunny and 20 degrees.

Last night was SO COLD, our neighbours have a thermometer and they said it was 2 degrees C last night. I ended up wearing a tracksuit and dressing gown to bed and putting our jackets and a towel on top of our thin doona. Next door have an electric blanket: that’s not such a bad idea.

This morning Chris cooked us a bacon and egg breakfast. Then we had some Teardrop stalkers drop by to check out a few Teardrops. By the time they left us it was gone 10.00am so we set off to the big markets at Bright about 30km away.

The drive to Bright was beautiful. We went over the windy mountain road stopping at Sullivan’s Lookout on the way for some photos. The view was stunning.

The markets at Bright were very busy, we had a look around for an hour or so and had a pie for lunch. It was a tasty steak and mushroom pie, but it was only luke warm. Never mind, it filled the hole.

Bright. Close to the markets.

At the end our visit we did a bit of wine tasting from one of the wine stalls and bought 3 bottles for $40.00 to take back to camp.

I took a few photos on the way back down the mountain (from the back of the trike) and we also stopped at the S.E.C. Lookout.

The road out of Bright going back to Tawonga.

Chris at the S.E.C. Lookout.

Going down the mountain from Bright towards Tawonga.

At the bottom of the mountain there’s another lookout, not far from our camp. We stopped there and met the Teardrop stalkers again, and had another chat for a while before heading back to camp.

Tonight we all went to the local hotel for a meal. Unfortunately we couldn’t all sit together. Chris and I sat with Keith. The place was really busy and the servings were massive. I nicknamed Keith’s rare steak Uluru. Michael brought his guitar and performed three Spanish songs after dinner. He is a professional musician. Someone bought him a glass of red for his payment.

We had all taken the courtesy bus up to the pub but Chris and I decided to walk back to camp. We were glad of the flashlight app on the iPhone as it was a pretty dark 1km walk. It was worth it though as the night sky was amazing: so clear and so many stars.

We got back to camp at about 10.10pm and had a cup of tea then rugged up ready for bed. Tomorrow we are going to ride to Falls Creek, it is very high up and very cold. The cook-off is tomorrow too… exciting stuff.

Friday, 22nd April, 2011 – We only went from Tawonga to Mt Beauty and back again today: not very far.

Weather: mostly fine, occasional showers. Very cold.

Today was our first full day in Tawonga. I got up at about 8.30am and had a warming cup of tea and toast, then we went out to Mt Beauty on the trike.

Chris left the garage doors open, and let in all the cold air.

Today’s mission was to get fresh provisions for the next few days. Although it is Easter Friday, the shops at Mt Beauty were open so we picked up some fresh veggies, meat, eggs, milk and bread, and ingredients for the cook-off on Sunday. The cook-off is a men-only cooking competition, and all the women judge the best dish. Chris was going to go all out and make pineapple and cheese on sticks, but decided to do something better suited to the alpine environment.

We’ve gained another Teardrop beside us, it turns out our new neighbours, Daryl and Robyn live about 20 minutes away from us in Brisbane: small world.

New neighbours

We also got more tenants in the static caravans and cabins behind us. They are an excitable lot, and very interested in the Teardrops, they’d never seen them before and they’d been coming here for about 25 years. One lady jumped onto the bed beside me to have her photo taken! I was trying to catch up on my blogging as we only got the Internet back this afternoon.

Tonight we had spaghetti bolognese for tea, then it was time to gather around the fire again. Bruce and Kirk, two of the other Teardroppers tried to set up their telescopes, but it was too dewy on the lens to see properly. The air was very cold and a little misty, just like last night.

The caravan-dwellers behind us were having a bit of a party and played loud music until about 9.30pm, but thankfully the music wasn’t bad so it was quite nice to have it in the background.

Ken brought over a bottle of port that he’d had knocking around for a couple of years, so we had some of that, it warmed us up on the inside as the fire warmed us on the outside, and we all chatted around the fire until about 10.30pm.

Tonight it is so cold I had to put on an extra layer in bed. It must be close to freezing out there.