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Day 2 – Sunday 30th April May 2017

It was not really cold overnight but early risers were greeted with a fine drizzle which gradually developed to the point where Street Breakfasts were postponed to Wednesday.  In fact the weather became quite miserable although by lunchtime it was reasonably sunny but rather cool.  Fortunately there was no more rain.

Since the Street Breakfasts have been postponed I have taken the opportunity to include more photos from yesterday.  

Photo 1 – Marion Smith – You don’t have to break an arm to join the South Coast Group – Courtesy of Dave Wilkinson

Photo 2 – Daniel Clift, Dave and Jan Wilkinson at First Timer’s Happy Hour - Courtesy of Cliff Hicks

Photo 3 – Greg and Vickie Teague and Heather and Dave Michaels at First Timer’s Happy Hour - Courtesy of Cliff Hicks

Photo 4 – Welcome Happy Hour - Courtesy of Cliff Hicks

Photo 5 – Les Lawrenson welcoming A’vanners to the 18th Annual Gathering - Courtesy of Cliff Hicks

Photo 6 – Crazy Whist - Courtesy of Cliff Hicks

Monday night’s Trivia which was organised by WA members was very popular and most enjoyable.  I’ve been advised that there were 140 in attendance. 

As A’vanners who have driven around Western Australia in search of wild flowers (weeds according to Gary McDonald) we found his presentation on Western Australian Wildflowers and Orchids to be extremely entertaining and very informative.  There is no doubt that Gary who is also a keen photographer knows his subject.  If you see an A’vanner crawling (not literally) along the side of the road, you’ll probably find that he or she is scanning the countryside for the elusive wildflower or orchid.  I can remember driving for miles (even twice as far in kilometres) to see wreath flowers on the side of the road at Pindar (east of Geraldton).  You need to see them to believe them.  Gary’s photos were spectacular so I apologise for the quality of my humble offering which was taken in October 2015.

Photo 7 – Wreath Flowers

The cooler weather didn’t interfere with our afternoon’s activities. - Have a Go Fun Games. Everyone seemed to have a most enjoyable time.  I apologise for omitting some names.

Photo 8 – Carolyn Beasley at Ladder Golf

Photo 9 – Ladder Golf

Photo 10 – Crowd at Fun Games

Photo 11 – Klop - Is there a decision pending?

Photo 12 – Hole in One - At our age we aren’t as flexible as this golf stick.  I don’t think that what I heard people saying was quite the appropriate way to “address” a golf ball.

Photo 13 – Ray and Jan Edwards at the Fun Games with their travelling companions Crim and Bling

The day’s official activities finished with each group holding its own Happy Hour.  What happened after that, who knows?

I’ve also been reliably informed that a “yet to be named” eastern A’vanner has managed to smuggle a mouse across the border.  No, not the computer device but a “real live mouse”.   Apparently this mouse has infiltrated the glove box of the car and has been nibbling at bags of lollies.  A trap has been set on two separate occasions yet the said mouse has eluded captivity.  Methinks, I smell a two-legged creature! 

One of our A’vanners was approached by a cyclist who was riding around the caravan park looking for a friend who was in an A’van.  Happy hunting!!!!  He’d probably have better luck searching for a tepee in an Indian Reservation.  


A Brief History of Denmark continued

Thomas Braidwood Wilson who was a ship’s naval surgeon named the river and the town Denmark after his mentor, Alexander Denmark.  Wilson came upon the river while in the company of an Aboriginal called Mokare and two others. (4) https:en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Denmark._Western_Australia

In 1895, the Millar brothers, Edwin and Charles obtained timber leases in the area and they opened several sawmills.  Denmark, a company town, was created to house the families of the sawmill employees. (5) denmarkwesternaustralia.com/denmark-wa-history.html

While timber was used to build workers’ homes, the local stores and the town’s bridge, it was also in high demand both for rail construction and export.   By 1900 milling was at its peak and Denmark had a thriving population of around 2000. (6) denmarkwesternaustralia.com/denmark-wa-history.html

A Brief History of Denmark continues on Day 3



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