No sooner had Colin finished work and we were off to Woodgate. This year work finished up on a Friday so after a 'few drinks' and lunch with work there were jobs to do before we hit the road early Saturday. The first goal was to get to Gympie Maccas before 10am for (what the kids call) our traditional brekky. We made it with plenty of time.
|TeamBray arriving at Woodgate 2014|
We arrived at Woodgate, checked in and headed for our usual spot for YEAR NUMBER 11. This year we had prepared ourselves for some major changes. We would have campers behind us on land recently developed by the park owners. It was not too many years ago when kanagaroos would come in from the back and take bread from our hands. Now a fence is up and we have neighbours. But the change is accepted instantly by the kids who notice they now have a 100m long stretch of nice smooth concrete path to ride and play ball games on.
|TeamBray Camp Woodgate 2014|
|The new 'back yard' at Woodgate|
|The new road - great fun for the kids|
Our focus was soon set on the new ammenties. Wow, impressive. We're still wearing our thongs in the shower though. There's still no place like home.
|New Woodgate Ammenities 2014|
Amanda didn't think it was right to post pics of the showers/bathrooms so you just have to trust me - they are an impressive improvement. In fact the whole park is looking great. Someone has spent a lot of time and effort making the place look great.
Once we were setup it was time to hit the beach. After 2 years in row of FULL of JELLIES we saw a beautiful clean beach. No Jellies, no weed !! The kids had new boogie boards to test out. The waves were just big enough for a ride.
|Nathan riding some little waves|
|Madi in the waves|
|Lauren Bray :)|
This year's setup included a Marquee out the back to give some privacy from the expected new neighbours. This turned out to be a great place to set up the Christmas tree ... and bbq. Aussie Christmas !! As a special treat Colin let Amanda use the BBQ to cook breakfast one day too.
|TeacherMum on the BBQ - camp breakfast|
This might look like our typical breakfast but it tastes different depending on the location. True. With power this holiday Colin is spoilt with the Pod coffee machine. Bacon & Eggs with Tabasco and a Coffee - life is good.
We waited for the next low tide and headed to Theodolite Creek for yabbies. We had learnt from last year that you needed to walk through the low tide water, cross to the North, to find yabbies. You just need to return before the tides comes back in :) We struggled with yabbies for a while as everything was just way too small. We soon found a spot in the drier sand that was home to some beauties. With an air pump in the bait bucket overnight these little guys would help us catch some fish.
The next high tide (in daylight) was mid morning. A bit hot but the conditions looked great. We'd seen lots of tiny fish in the water each day so .. as the saying goes ... where there's little fish there's bigger fish.
Well we all spent the first hour or so wondering about the little/big fish theory as the only nibbles were coming from crabs. Colin had offered a reward for the first to catch a fish. A 'keeper' or not, it didn't matter. At long last Lauren screams 'I got one' and from the bend in her rod it looked like being lots of fun. Lauren worked it for a minute but unfortunately it got away. It was to be Laurens day though. Not too long later Lauren reeled in the first catch. A nice dart. Lauren took a break after the excitement and had a swim. Meanwhile the rest of us tried and tried. Lauren later returned and caught another dart while we watched in amazement.
During the morning Madi caught 2 little fish which went back and Lauren caught 4 - 2 of which landed on our plate that night.
|CarBoy fishing - in short burts|
|"I'm gonna catch a fish this big"|
|Giving Lauren some advice :)|
|Woodgate 2014 Fish #1|
|Madi caught this little guy and let him go|
Colin & Amanda took a break and had lunch at the park's Cafe. Nice Burgers!
|Morning tea at the Cafe|
On Christmas Eve Santa paid Woodgate a visit.
|Santa comes to Woodgate|
Our little camp Christmas tree setup under the Marquee. Kids were very excited to see all this.
|Christmas Presents 2014|
These are the faces of 3 excited kids who woke around 5.30.
|TeamBray Kids Christmas 2014|
Even Daddy is very happy Santa brought Nathan this Rock Climber. It's a HEAP OF FUN!!
|Nathan and his Rock Climber|
|TeacherMum chillaxing in her new chair|
|The girls having a sleep in|
|Crazy Loz in the hammock|
|"Ithcy" the baby bush turkey|
|Crazy Loz enjoying a relaxing afternoon|