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Sunday, December 28, 2014

Woodgate 2014 Part 1

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
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
TeamBray Camp Woodgate 2014

 

 

The new 'back yard' at Woodgate
The new 'back yard' at Woodgate

 

The new road - great fun for the kids
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
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
Nathan riding some little waves
Madi in the waves
Madi in the waves

 

Lauren Bray :)
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
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.

TeamBray Breakfast
TeamBray Breakfast

 

 

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
CarBoy fishing - in short burts

 

ActionDad Fishing
"I'm gonna catch a fish this big"
 
ActionDad Fishing
Giving Lauren some advice :)
 
 
Crazy Loz Fishing
Woodgate 2014 Fish #1

 

Madi Bray Fishing
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
Morning tea at the Cafe

 

 

On Christmas Eve Santa paid Woodgate a visit.

Santa comes to Woodgate
Santa comes to Woodgate

 

 

Our little camp Christmas tree setup under the Marquee. Kids were very excited to see all this.

Christmas Presents 2014
Christmas Presents 2014

 

 

These are the faces of 3 excited kids who woke around 5.30.

TeamBray Kids Christmas 2014
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
Nathan and his Rock Climber

 

TeacherMum chillaxing in her new chair
TeacherMum chillaxing in her new chair

 

The girls having a sleep in
The girls having a sleep in

 

Crazy Loz in the hammock
Crazy Loz in the hammock

 

"Ithcy" the baby bush turkey
"Ithcy" the baby bush turkey

 

Crazy Loz enjoying a relaxing afternoon
Crazy Loz enjoying a relaxing afternoon

 

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