JARRAHDALE - OCTOBER 2019
Jarrahdale Primary School was the venue for the Western Rovers event.18/20th October 16 vans rocked up. We welcomed visitors Bryan and Libby from the Sandgropers on Friday.
On Sat afternoon, there were 9 extra cars that came up for the afternoon for the discussion with Bevin Martin about the West Coast Rally disc bowls championship and trophies. We were happy to welcome representatives from the Sandgropers and Southwest Wanderers,
Our Western Rovers tireless President Graham chaired the discussion. Please see details in the WR's email to all the WA chapters,
It was great to see Aileen and John the founder members of the Western Rovers including long time ex members Norma Hunter and Annette Arthurson.
Saturday night saw most members walk/drive down to the pub for a meal. Afterwards, a few of us were talking and laughing till midnight
A Western Rovers weekend wouldn't be the same without the many enjoyable games of disc bowls. John and Ulla back from Europe - mainly Denmark
and Ireland brought a new game along called ladder ball. Many of us tried our hand at it and thoroughly enjoyed it. We hope it will be a regular feature of our weekends. Sylvia presented the ladies with beautiful handmade fingerless gloves which will definitely come in handy in the cooler weather.
Our hardworking President Graham and partner Charmaine suggested we give special visitors a lovely Western Rovers mug and we all thought it was aN excellent idea.
Another enjoyable weekend with the wonderful Western Rovers
Anne de Souza
Yarloop July 2019
The WR’s went to Yarloop to enjoy the weekend. Our intrepid members turned up to wild and windy weather. 14 vans at most braved the cold, with some only staying one night. One couple nearly got bogged, coming in the wrong way, the grass was very wet for a front wheel drive Fiat.
Seeing we could not use the hall until they move to their new premises, we sheltered for happy hour in the men’s changing room, with two gas heaters to keep us warm. Laughter and gaiety filled the room.
Some went over to the Bowling Club on Friday night, and had a delicious meal, and joined in the local darts. Charmaine and Andy Wilkinson won the meat pack for the best players, beating all the locals.
Saturday, some went down to the shop to buy papers, and all the enthusiastic disc bowl players, dashed in and out, in between showers, to have their games. Sat morning we all had a feed of party pies, sausage rolls, which Tom supplied, and cake from the ladies for morning tea, which was lovely, Wendy Campbell made a huge pot of pumpkin soup, it warmed us all up. Good on you Wendy.
Then more games. That night, a lot more went over to the Bowling Club for dinner, as we had raved on about the meals from the night before.
Graham fired up the pig at every chance he got and that helped to keep everyone warm.
More games and food Sunday, and a heated discussion about the new September sports games & rally. Then many went home. A few stayed and braved the cold in the men’s change rooms, and ate sticky date pudding supplied by Suzette, which disappeared very quickly.
Monday morning, the weather was no better, the remaining few packed up and went home.
Where have all the Western Rovers gone!!! We only ended up with 12 Rigs and 3 guests, Colleen and Stephen, Susie and Paul and Kathy. Some of the Western Rovers arrived really early like 8 am and others drifted in over the course of the day, so we ended up here and there amongst the 105 rigs that came to the rally. We all received a goodies bag on arrival. Our first Happy hour was to be at the club rooms at 4pm, but because the St John Ambulance Demonstration went overtime, we couldn’t get in. So that wasn’t going to stop the Western Rovers we ended up at someone’s motor home, doing what we always do chatting, laughing, eating and of course having a few drinks. Good Times. The Official Opening took place at 7.30pm after which we received a delicious cheese cake which was supplied by the West Coast Wags.
After a very BRIGHT night as they forgot to turn the oval lights off, we woke to a very cold morning . I haven’t got much to say about this day as I was out of action, no not from a hangover, just not well. Stephen went to the Sundowner around 5.30 which was held at the Bluebird Replica, were the CMCA members were given a talk and served oven baked Pizzas, and lamb chops. Stephen said it was very cold and part of me was happy I didn’t go. LIGHTS WENT OFF……IT WAS SOooo DARK. Hope you had a torch. The Stars were amazing
Another very cold morning, the lady next to us said it was 4c, so I wasn’t getting up till 9am. Another beautiful day with clear skies again. This morning was the Anzac Service presented by the Dumbleyung Primary School, consisting of 21 students and 5 kindy kids. They put on a beautiful service with singing, poems, artwork and letters from soldiers to home.
After that the P&C from the school put on the most amazing spread of food, it just kept coming , everyone was raving about it. Around 11am we had demonstrations on making Tote Bags which were of lovely quality and our very own Diane Newton put on a Acrylic painting demonstration. Diane made it look so easy with splashes of paint here and there and before we knew it the painting had grown into a bush scene with a stormy sky. Well done Diane by the way did you finally finish that painting? After lunch there was the Dogs on Parade, I was most disappointed to see NO Western Rovers doggies making an appearance, you let the team down. Doggies speak to your owners, cause you missed out on a show bag.( though some of you still got one) Disc Bowls were under way with teams competing to be in the Finals. Ray has done an amazing job organising the teams, a big pat on the back for that. Fish and Chips night was good everyone seemed to eat everything. Later tried to get back inside for BINGO but it was packed, so we just went home.
Another Chilly morning, good cuddling weather though. Saturday was a bit of a free day, with just a few events, UHF radio and other communications, sharing tips and hints for you phones and tablets, and of course Disc Bowls continues. Later in the day the Dumbleyung Food Festival started with plenty of CMCA members going along. Around 5.30 the cooking started for the Best BBQ Meal Competition. This played out like Master Chef, there were 8 teams all cooking something different on their BBQS. There was duck, pork, prawns, chicken, lamb, Thia beef, fish and my favourite was the Road Kill (marinate Kangaroo with salsa salad) OMG it was delicious. You paid $2 for each tasting. There was no Yabbies in the cook off but one of the ladies from the Willy Wagtails bought a SMALL jar of pickled yabbies for $30 hence NO yabbies on the barby. Everyone I spoke to had a great time.
A warmer night but still a cold morning, the water in the van was too cold to drink. People were up early as the CMCA Markets started at 9am. Lots of the members attending and buying stuff. There was also a demonstration by the West Coast Wags of an Indoor Disc bowls game. It was on a table with a felt cloth over it and miniature discs and a small ball. Everyone was having a go. What a great idea for those times when it’s too wet or too hot to be outside. Plus a different sort of skills needed with the small discs. On the way back to van after a hard morning getting info for the scribe, I passed by Paula and Jacques motorhome to find out from Ray that I’d just missed out on fresh made scones with jam and cream. “What about me, it isn’t fair, I’m working hard, you could’ve shared.” Such is life. Anyway come 2pm, it was hot and the Disc Bowls Finals started. The Western Rovers had 5 teams out of 8 playing off. 2 Men’s Teams, 2 Women’s Teams and 1 Mixed team . Somehow I knew we had a good chance of winning something. The winning teams were, in the Mens, John, Ivan and Jacques and in the Women’s team, the winners were Diane, Anne and Beryl. Our Mix Team , I think were John, Diane and Anne( sorry if I’m wrong) weren’t successful, but congratulations to you all, there were some thrilling games played. To our other players, Ray, Tommy, and Brian and Liz, Ulla, and Paula better luck next time. Also to the rest of the Western Rover who participated there’s always next year so keep practicing.
At the Closing Finale we celebrated with an Australiana theme, Pies, peas and mash and then HUGE, I’m talking, HUGE, Lamingtons with cream if you wanted. The Photo Competition was drawn after dinner with two sections, People’s Choice and Professional’s choice. These were photos depicting Landscape, Unusual Vehicle, Pets on Parade, and Groups of people, at play, Happy Hour, and Individual at work. To my amazement, and I’m still in shock, I won a prize in the Professional section. The photos will be on the CMCA Website, I still don’t know what photo they chose of mine. I also won 2nd prize in a raffle so as you can imagine I got a ribbing.
Also on a parting note, over $12,000 was spent in Dumbleyung over the Rally period, AMAZING and Well Done and….next years State Rally is in Boddington in March 2020. So that’s it folks. Happy Trails.
Western Rovers weekend at Meckering.
With the weather report saying we would be in for a very wet weekend it was a pleasant surprise to see 13 members vehicles and visitors at the RV area in Meckering. We welcomed back Jeff and Mo from their travels in and around Karijini and thank them for the lovely photos they have been sending us. We also welcomed our visitors May a solo and Robert Malcolm and wife Rina who calls him Bob, nice to have them along. Teddy a traveler from Bulgaria was living in her station wagon near us, so we invited her to spend the evening with us, we heard all about her travels in New Zealand and around Australia. A brave young lady by her self. Lindsey Sr. and wife Judy had to say goodbye on Saturday morning after their new Lithium house battery died, it was only 24hr old and cost them over $800. As they were leaving Lindsey Jr. and Lizzie arrived just in time for Kippers and Fruit toast!!! Teddy joined in the Disc Bowls with the new blue and yellow set Tommy ordered for the club. Lindsey saw an opportunity to introduce himself to Teddy and said his sister (wife Lizzie) would be over shortly, trust Linz. Our next visitors Andy and Charmaine (another Charmaine, who works with Lizzie) nice young couple and are first timers, soon joined in. By the afternoon the sky was clouding over, so Graham moved their 5th wheeler over to where Carl and Ray had their awnings hooked together. That gave us a little more shelter and with the 2 pigs fired up, I wouldn't say it was cozy but it gave us togetherness. Then down came the rain and out came the umbrellas for shelter from the drips between the awnings as we huddled together, Crazy Western Rovers are we. That evening between the shower we were treated by Lizzie to Apple Strudel and cream for all, Suzette came with her Almond slice and Carol brought along the Custard, thank you ladies. It was such wild wet windy night we didn't feel the ground shake, we were in Meckering after all!!! In the morning 21 of us picked our way between the puddles to get to the Meckering Beef Jerky Cafe for Breakfast. The big breakfast consisted of 3 eggs, done your way, a pile of bacon, creamy mushrooms, fried tomatoes topped with cheese and salad, just to make it look healthy and 2 slices of toast with best butter of course on the side, $15.95 that is good value. Too big for one so some shared. With intermittent showers during the day the majority of folk decided to brave the elements and drive home. That left 9 of us to share in Graham and Charmaine's Roasted Pork and Pumpkin, Suzette and Liz supplied assorted vegetables and Sylvia stuffed a humongous mushroom with fried onion and bacon topped with Parmesan cheese, it was baked with the Pork. We had a big assortment of pre-dinner drinks just to help keep us warm supplied by everyone. Later, Suzette was complaining that her and David had all this lovely music at home but without CD player in their motorhome they had no way of playing it. Well Russel and Ray went to investigate and found they had a CD player in the radio all along, hahaha. Suzette was embarrassed.
Our regards go to Betty after her shoulder op., we look forward to her return visits soon. Our regards also to Norm and Pat, Norm has been back in hospital for a few days. Also we said goodbye to John and Ulla, they are off to Ireland and Denmark and Adriana and Carol, they are going to Queensland for a while. We look forward to seeing Kim and Wendy after their trip to England cruising and visiting with family.
Hope to see you all in Yarloop on the 19th of July.
Scribe Sylvia Liva