On the road by 0800, and our destination is Elephant Rock Naturally. The hour plus trip in was okay. Some road works made us stop for a few minutes and slowed us down a bit but this one is so close to home so not a worry really. 1.25 hours on a good day. The weather is cool and overcast due to a storm early morning. Was very strange to see lightning and hear thunder in the dark and it woke me up.
Camp is all set up and we are relaxing by 1030. Hooked up to the power as its part of the site charge. Jaak gave me a friendly cheek peck on arrival and came back to say hello to the pups shortly after we’d set up, and was surprised that they remembered him. He is such a lovely host. I think all nudist venue hosts are lovely, friendly, welcoming, and rather genuine people. Nudists have nothing to hide and is makes them far less judgmental of others it would seem.
The ball comes out of course and soon Telashi is requesting further throws. Kiah is happy watching a magpie as it edges closer to camp. Bold as brass it heads towards us and just skirts our perimeter. I have an idea it will be back before too long.
Decided to take Telashi for a swim before having lunch. The dam is a few minutes walk from camp along a track to The Love Seat. The dam is still quite full and Telashi is straight in of course. My little dog loves the water and doesn't hesitate in swimming around and giving little yips of pleasure. We head back to camp and have lunch. Along the way Trudy introduces herself. She’s camped in a caravan two sites further up the hill from us.
Later we will go for a walk up to the Love Seat but for now we will sit and rest after such a busy morning of doing nothing much at all. The day is still a bit overcast, but I’m sure it will clear by this afternoon as predicted.
From our site, we can just see the dam (now called Lake Moogerah), and can hear ski boats hooting around it. Our view of the dam isn’t the best, but we can see blue through the trees. Access is about 5 or 10 kilometers away heading back into Boonah.
After lunch and a rest, we head back to the dam again and check out the Love Seat once more. The clouds have cleared and the day is warm. Dogs have swum and are eating bones. Glenn has gotten the fire going which is developing coals for Orange and Poppy Seed cake after which I will start on the stew for dinner.
Had a dip in the pool after our walk and although cool, was quite refreshing. Now I’m drying off in front of the fire with the warm sun on my legs. The pool is chlorinated and the temp gauge says its 24 degrees which is not at all what it felt like.
Stew is a wonderful dinner and I enjoy cooking and eating it. It doesn’t take much preparation and it tastes divine with buttered bread! Leaving Glenn in charge of the final ingredients addition, I head over to happy hour and learn that Arthur (the cat) has been to the vet as his rear end is in need of attention ... he might have arthritis … and he’s having trouble keeping himself upright. There is also a Phasacol living in their roof, which makes an appearance each night at 1815 from its hidey hole and scoots across the roof. I did miss that but Sue is determined to get it on video. I might have to watch that if she does.
Back at camp and Glenn says that dinner is cooked but I find that the potatoes and carrot could do with a bit more. Never mind. We eat and then see a Bandicoot appear and disappear into the bush. Cute.
As we turn off the light we notice a storm rumbling in the distance and can see the lightning over Mt Greville which is directly behind us. So I head over to tell the others, as Bob and Abbie are in a tent. Glenn had a shower and says it was good. Water pressure is good. Water is hot. Thongs are clean finally as all the dust is now gone. Being that it isn’t winter wet things are okay he tells me.
We sit and admire the flames listening to the storm in the distance, and watch the stars disappear. Soon it sprinkles very lightly and we consider the chance of a storm or at the very least some rain. I put up the end wall and that seems to scare any chance of rain away.
Not long after we head to bed as it’s nearing 2100.
Awoken early by talking and laughing around the camp, so decide we may as well get out of bed. Breakfast will be left over stew. We feed the dogs and have coffee. I explain what ‘bon appetite’ means to Glenn – this is the command I give Telashi to let her know she can now eat. Breakfast done we must now do the slow clean and pack up alas. It might take us a few hours though and there will be some relaxing going on of course.It’s very sunny and perfectly clear and we can expect a fantastic day. This means that we will have to apply the sunscreen again. I Just removed the screen protectors screen protector on my new tablet, and now the Pipo screen is more responsive, but it also tells me that it’s the screen itself has the watermark issue alas … the manufacturer was making me believe that it wouldn’t be the screen at all … rather the screen protector that caused it. Don’t think I’ll be sending it back to China though. Never mind. The tablet is a good idea though. Pity the internet ran out before we could check the weather report as intended. I must find out why the signal was so poor at home that apps were taking so long to download if at all. Surprising that such a poor signal could suck so much internet! No signal here at all. I did think the other phone got one here. I really should try that theory out by bringing the old phone with me on occasion.
Jamie tells us that it Jaak’s 75th birthday today and they are having a morning tea, which he invites us to attend. We head over and after a while two young fellas drive in. They are going to climb up Mount Greville today. I do think it’s a bit late for it but they chat for awhile before heading off. Jaak warns them that the ticks are prevalent at the moment and they agree to be careful before heading off. It’s also a reminder to us to continually check the dogs after camping and at home. Sue shows me the video she took of the Phasacol last night, and although brief, she’s managed to grab it in full view rather well. It’s about the size of a Possum, but with a weird tail. Not too weird exactly, but not at all like a Possums tail. Always good to learn about new animals I reckon. Apparently they behead chickens, so I’m glad that Sue & Jaak don’t have any.
We head back to camp and begin the process of packing up, as it’s now lunchtime. Packing up is always a hard thing to do. I do consider a dip in the pool, but we have lots to do, so don’t follow through on the thought. It’s very hot but once completed we don clothes and are on our way by the agreed time of 1400. The trip home is uneventful (other than the road works) and we are unhitched and unpacked by 1600.
Sigh … yet another weekend is over before we really got to enjoy it.
Trip Duration: 48 hours