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Friday, January 9, 2015

Woodgate 2014 - Part 3

As our 2014/2015 Woodgate holiday drew closer to an end we still had plenty to do. More fishing, eating, swimming, eating, drinking, fishing :) Even after 3 weeks we all wish we could do it all over again ... now !!

There was time for one more 'meal' at the Caravan Park Cafe. Definitely the Best Burgers in town.

The jellies were washed out to sea and the surf was up for most of the last week. The rougher the better according to the kids. Everyone also enjoyed spending time with Woodgate friends - we hope they all come back next year too.

 
Crazy Loz loves her chips
TeamBray Lunch
TeamBray Lunch

 

TeacherMum napping after lunch
TeacherMum napping after lunch

 

 

If, once the sun goes down, you have eaten dinner and still have some energy you can venture back to the beach with torches. It wont be long until you spot some Ghost Crabs. Kids love catching these little guys. It doesn't take long until you have nice little collection. Once we're done we just let them go .. with a few being stuck down each other's shirts.

Woodgate Beach Ghost Crabs
Woodgate Beach Ghost Crabs

 

Woodgate Beach Ghost Crabs
Woodgate Beach Ghost Crabs

On the incoming tide the conditions looked great for one more Woodgate beach fish. Team Bray hooked up with Team Fitzgerald with some bait from Theodolite Creek and we hit the beach. Team Fitzgerald took in the next haul with some nice dart which they kindly donated to Team Bray's dinner. Once again TeacherMum did a fine job of cutting some nice fillets from the Dart.

Woodgate Beach Fishing
Lauren Fishing Woodgate Beach

 

Woodgate beach fishing

 

Woodgate beach fishing
Woodgate Beach Dart
Woodgate Beach Dart
Woodgate Beach Dart

 

TeacherMum on the BBQ again
TeacherMum has taken over this trip. BBQ Queen !!

 

 

TeamBray Breakfast
TeamBray Camp Breakfast
NO NO PLEASE DONT KISS ME
NO NO PLEASE DONT KISS ME
 
55cm Flathead from Theodolite Creek
55cm Flathead from Theodolite Creek
 
ActionDad and his Flathead
ActionDad and his Flathead
 
 
After another great year at Woodgate we packed up early to head to Mudgee. This weekend we needed to be at Colin's parent's for his Dad's 65th Birthday party. This new Turbo was going to get a workout !! On the Friday morning we left camp and headed South - 800km to Glen Riddle Reserve just North of Manilla NSW.
 
The drivers door of the Patrol - the essential stuff handy. Just missing the toilet paper :)
TeamBray Roadtrip essentials
TeamBray Roadtrip essentials
We had been to Glen Riddle reserve before. It was around Oct 2012 we were here last. There was a large water reserve here. People had lauched boats and were fishing. Now, you can barealy see a puddle. You can see the tide lines clearly in a photo below. What happened to the water? The area is not that dry surely??
 
TeamBray Glen Riddle Reserve
TeamBray Glen Riddle Reserve

 

Glen Riddle Reserve
Glen Riddle Reserve - without water

 

Glen Riddle Reserve
Glen Riddle Reserve

 

PATROL UPDATE

We blew the Turbo in our 2010 GU Patrol. HD Mechanical David Fritz diagnosed the fault on New Years Eve. Our good friend Paul from Nissan arranged the new Turbo which we picked up from Bundaberg. HD Mechanical had the Turbo back in and noticed the Exhaust manifold was leaking - also making noise. Back apart again for some more work. All up $3000 including the new genuine Turbo. Once back home we'll see what we can do to try and prevent surprises like these.

 

 

 

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Woodgate 2014 Part 2

Into our 2nd week at Woodgate, with Christmas done and dusted we thought we'd head into Childers for some groceries. It was New Years Eve and we were looking forward to a long night relaxing with friends. Colin had been up since 4am trying his luck fishing at the beach. Little did we know that this was going to be a very long and memorable day.

If we were going to make a NEW YEARS resolution it was to be 'let's not spend $$ upgrading our cars in 2015'. A tough call. In 2014 countless mods/upgrades were done to the Jeep and the Patrol. Sure, Patrol mods were done for the Cape Trip and were worth every cent .. but in 2015 we'll take a break. So, on the last day of the year this still sounded like a good idea.

If you were to have car troubles there are plenty of BAD PLACES to have them - towing a van on a hot day in the middle of nowhere, on a Cape York Trip or up a soft sand beach. Luckily for us ours failed within 100m of the local mechanic.

Sitting in the Childers Woolworths carpark Amanda fired up her :) Patrol to cool it insidde while we loaded groceries. It was at this time when the engine let out a huge scream. A scream loud enough to convince you that ..... this was not good. Finding the mechanic was easy enough. David Fritz of HD Mechanical services, a short walk from Woolworths. No sooner had he heard we were in trouble he stopped work, cleaned his hands and headed to our car for a look. After a quick inspection (listen) he was confident the Turbo was not happy. With 100,000km you dont expect failures like this.

Back at the workshop an inspection camera appear to reveal what he had expected. Luckily the failure occcured at low revs and the Turbo remained in-tact. If metal comes away from the turbo and ends up being inhaled through the engine then we might be in a little more trouble. Boat anchor stuff !! At this stage we were led to beleive the noise was the Turbo. More on this later.

A quick phone call to our friend Paul at Nissan to see what he could arrange. A new Turbo is on it's way to Bundaberg with a planned repair in Childers next week.

 

At the time of writing (Friday) we are awaiting the call to say the Turbo is in Bundy. Fingers crossed that the next Part of Woodgate 2014 has a happy ending.

 

GU Patrol Turbo
New Turbo for the TeamBray Patrol - arrived Monday

 

Meanwhile with the help of 2 families from Woodgate Caravan park we were brought back to camp with our groceries. Not having a car for a few days is not really a concern when you walk to the beach each day. Our extended roadside cover would get us a hire car but that would mean a trip to Bundy to grab it. No need.

 

Apart from the morning hiccup the rest of the day went was planned. Colin needed to find somewhere different to mount his Laser lights rather than use the car. The kids managed to find homes for 300 Glow sticks and Amanda had plenty of snacks to keep us all fed.

Everyone managed to stay up until midnight with Nathan not even having the energy to walk to the beach at 11.55pm. As the clock struck 12 party poppers cracked and fireworks could be seen in both directions on the beach. How good are FIREWORKS !!!

 

 

We had a visit from Charlie & Amanda & their crew. We met these guys on our Cape Trip and they decided to visit and spend the night.

Playing on the sand
TeamBray Patrol on the sand near Kinkuna

 

TeamBray Kinkuna
TeamBray with Amanda & Charlie & the gang

 

 

Bait is normally caught around here with a yabbie pump. All of us would head to Theodolite Creek around low tide, wade through the to sand banks and pump away. Its doesnt take long until you get yourself a decent catch of bait.

This year as well as the bait pump we now have a CAST NET. A few quick lessons from Owen and Colin was casting. On about the 5th practice cast he managed to pull in a bunch of little fish. We were told these were Hardy Heads - great for flatheads.

 

Colin casting for bait
Colin casting for bait
He's getting better
He's getting better

 

Bait
Yabbies from the pump and Hardy Heads with the net

 

The Jellies are back. We noticed a wind direction change and a day later the Jellies blew in for the 3rd consecutive year. Spend a few minutes in the water and you get to experience Sea Lice. It feels much like being bit by a dozen mozzies in 1 hit. Not painful but not a great deal of fun. Fun to watch 'first timers' jump in though. The lice seem to go for the soft skin so plenty of armpit and groin scratching is common. Luckily they cleared after 2 or 3 days.

Crazy Loz
Crazy Loz catching a wave

 

Nathan
Nathan catching a wave

 

Madi chilling
Madi Chilling
Boat Crash
Boat Crash
Boys in action
Boys in action

 

Nathan & Connor playing in the sand
Nathan & Connor playing in the sand

 

TeamBray beach Cricket
Wooodgate Beach Cricket

 

Teachermum batting

 

Madi & Mia
Madi & Mia

 

Oscar, Nathan and Kai
Oscar, Nathan and Kai

 

Our Woodgate neighbour
Our Woodgate neighbour

 

Wooodgate TeamBray Breakfast
Wooodgate TeamBray Breakfast

 

Madi enjoying chips at the Cafe
Madi enjoying chips at the Cafe

 

Nathan devouring a Milkshake
Nathan devouring a Milkshake
Lauren at the Cafe

 

Fish !!
We were given some fish

 

TeamBray Breakfast
TeamBray Breakfast