Eventually we set off about 1ish, stopping for lunch at BP Caboolture to wait for Ivan’s mate Dean and his young son Jackson, and arriving at the Glass House Mountains Campground around 2.30. Tiny and Gary (and possibly Richard) were way ahead of us and Tiny was busy setting everything up – Gazebo, BBQ, tables etc.
While we were setting up camp, Simon and the girls, Emily and Jasmine, turned up. While sitting with a well earned cup of coffee and a biccie, Dean’s wife, Caroline arrived (good timing Caz!) – she turned down the cup of coffee because she’d had a frantic morning and went straight to the hard stuff – well some fizzy plonk anyway. Then came Leighanne and Evan came as someone’s passenger as Aleisha had borrowed the Cruiser for child ferrying duties.
As the wine was going down well at this point (Caz had insisted that I join her) I’m a bit hazy on the details (No Helen, I wasn’t drunk, maybe just a little merry!) I do remember Helen turning up along with daughter Teigan and a German student (so sorry I’ve forgotten her name) and a car full of goodies. Unfortunately, David wasn’t feeling well and so didn’t come along and thus Helen decided not to stay the night). Anyway, people continued to arrive throughout the evening, including the Brian, Buckley and Gill families. If I’ve missed anyone, sorry, blame the wine.
Helen furnished us with bowls of strawberries and her nuts and bolts concoction to start us off, while she put a damper on the fire to cook, then out came platters of cheese, olives, dips and fruit. We barely had to get to our feet as she insisted on bringing the platters around to us (she did get a little help from Simon). When the damper was cook (beautifully I might add) she cut the top off and put a whole triple cream brie inside and put the top back on – I don’t know how long she left it to melt but when she served it up, it was divine – soooooo good (that’s why we needed the firewood, just for that moment). Thank you very much Helen.
After yet more drinking and chatting it was decided to get some snags on for the kids, which morphed into the whole bbq getting going. The tables had been set up under the gazebo and were loaded with a selection of salads, beautiful rolls, a tray of cheese burgers and sausages etc, and was enjoyed by everyone, including the two dogs present.
In Peter’s absence, Ivan gave a speech thanking Peter as departing President for his work in the past year, and then he welcomed himself as the new incoming President! Thanks were also given to the old committee and outgoing members, followed by a welcome to the new committee, especially Evan as the new VP and Eamonn (in his absence) as the new Secretary – they were the only new members to join the committee.
One more duty for Ivan – presenting the club trophies, which were:
Helen and David Duncan – Trip Leaders 2013/14
Brent Brian – Trip Report 2013/14 (this was for Levuka back in February)
Eddie & Laurraine – Trip Photographers 2013/14
and finally, Clubbie of the Year went to the Grimstone Family.
We now moved on to pudding made by Tiny and Leighanne (not bought) – pavlova, chocolate cake and what was the third option? Damn that wine, I can’t remember – all with cream – lovely.
Eventually we got round to a bit of tossing, starting with the kids – I really can’t tell you all the details about who won what, but I think everyone was happy – well the kids were anyway. There was the usual hard tossing for the booze (and not just by the blokes either) even if Simon did clear the area a few times with his ‘gas attacks’ (ask someone who was there – this is a family mag). I know Richard got the Bundy and something else, possibly the Johnnie Walker, and Simon got the Vodka but not sure about the rest of it – who cares, it was fun and although we don’t aim to make a profit on this event, it’s nice to know we managed to raise the grand sum of $4.61