October Long Weekend - Bunyips Camp Martinsville

With only 3 nights to spend away, travelling as close to home as possible meant more relaxtion time for us.

 

We had hoped that Eugenie would be ready for her "Off the grid" Maiden Voyage at this time but she wasn't even close to Road Ready, so Annie stepped up with her new improved 12 volt operating system, external loo and shower setup.

 

On previous trips where no power was available, there have been hot showers and toilet facilities available and in some places a central power point for communal use.

 

We chose Bunyips Camp and Tuckers Retreat once again although this time we faced the van in a different direction to receive as much sun as possible.

Tall Timbers V Tiny Caravan

Down to Business

On 2 prior trips away, setting up the shower bag proved tricky.  It meant that the shower tent had to be under a tree to enable the bag to be hoisted up high enough over a protruding bough to enable the water to flow out at a reasonable pace. This left us with the shower quite a walk away from the van.

 

I found a collapsible Galvanised Shower Pole at BCF for $43 that was designed for a shower head from an external hot water system to attach to. The attachment faced in the wrong direction to hang the shower bg so Shane drilled a hole through the pipe and placed a S hook through it and bingo we had a hook to hang the bag on.  We put the shower tent up a few metres  behind the caravan and out of view of the campers on the opposite side of the property.  In went the Portaloo and it was just like being at home.

The Business End

A Dry Winter

We have had very little rain over the last 4 months in NSW and it shows.  The creek and dams on the Bunyip Property are running very low and are not really fit for swimming in, but try telling that to Claire who made the most of her paddling.  With such dry ground there was no shortage of firewood and we had a fire every night.  2 out of the 3 were met with a brief rain shower which promptly extinguished them and we turned in early to watch DVD's, read or listen to music.  There were 7 other campsites set up on the large property, one of which was a Glamping Tent with all the mod cons and finery. Very snazzy. The adjoining property runs cows and the fields are purposely watered for feed. Amazing.🤩

Glampers

Claire and Brown Paws having a paddle

Lavender Loveliness

A very old and dear friend of mine is having some pretty scary health issues at the moment.  Her favourite colours are Turquoise and Purple.

 

I decided to give Annie a Lavender (known for its calming qualities) makeover for inspiration and to send some positive Lavender vibes her way.

 

This is for J.

As always, time away goes way too fast. On our last morning I sat in the early warm sunshine with the the light reflecting off the remnants of last night's rain with my tea and toast, dreaming of our next trip away whilst trying unsuccessfully to rekindle the fire from last night with rain soaked wood  Where will we go next ?