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COG @ Alstonville - Weekend of 1/2 May 2021 - Confirmed (Read 3186 times)
 
Jan 10th, 2021 at 4:56pm

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After a lot of procrastination and discussion with others we have decided to hold a COG in the early part of this year and I have confirmed with Narelle at the Alstonville Showgrounds that the weekend of 1/2 May is available so have locked it in.

Naturally some days either side of the weekend is included.

Due to Covid we do not know what the future holds this year with our borders however even if only a small number can attend that would be great.

Narelle has asked that everyone book direct with her on  0427 771 512 so that the Showgrounds know who is coming on what days.

So there it is, our first COG for sometime.

Book it in.
 

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Reply #1 - Jan 10th, 2021 at 5:28pm

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Hi Derek
I will put my hand up as a possible maybe but will have to see what happens within the next few months.
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Have spoken to Jillian and Snow who don’t use the forum much and they are keen to attend.
 

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Will also have to see what happens over the next month or so. Would just be me as Molly would have to work, cheers.
 
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Sorry everyone but the way they close the borders overnight we will not risk it for a while yet.
Alstonville back to the SA/NSW border is 1500ks for us. At least a 2 day tow with the van and we don't want to cop a 14 day quarantine.
 

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If Murray is going so will bride and self that is providing things like border restrictions etc don't change.

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poddy dodger wrote on Jan 11th, 2021 at 7:42am:
If Murray is going so will bride and self that is providing things like border restrictions etc don't change.

Rob and Lorraine


Yep, we are all dependent on the pandemic situation.  We are coming out of lockdown up here again.
 

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Number 2 grandsons birthday.
I will have to do some negotiating and probably attend alone.
Little bloke has a birthday every year.  I'll get to the following one.   Cheesy
 

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For those not aware, Bob and Narelle are no longer the caretakers at Alstonville.

This morning I spoke to Val, the new caretaker to confirm our booking.

She assures me that everything will be the same.  We will camp in the same area and are ok for all our usual activities including camp fire.

Please be aware however that a film group is making a movie at Alstonville and they will be taking over a large area of the grounds which limits the availability of sites available for camping.

We currently have 12 sites confirmed for our use down in the corner where we usually go however they are unable to hold them indefinitely without a confirmed booking.

As such, we need everyone who is going to ring and confirm with the Showgrounds as soon as possible when you you will be arriving and how long you are staying.

Val has the same phone and the number is 0427 771 512.

So please decide and let them know.  Better to have a site than to arrive late and not get in.

Also can you let people who are not regulars on the forum know about this.

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Derek wrote on Jan 31st, 2021 at 10:51am:
This morning I spoke to Val, the new caretaker to confirm our booking.


I did discuss the COG with Hetty.
Also with son about my grandsons birthday on 1/5.
I was met with evil eyes all round.
Noah will be 2 and missed out on his first birthday thanks to that COVID lockdown last year.

It hurts me deeply to type this, I won't be going.

Cry Cry Cry Cry Cry Cry Cry Cry Cry Cry Cry Cry Cry Cry Cry Cry :'
 

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Do not think I will shorter trip to catch up with Derek in July and by that time Molly might have a few days off. Robert
 
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Thanks Derek for the info. I will pass on the phone number.
Aart how about a day trip I will be there from the Monday to Monday.
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Due to me being uncertain if I can made it to the COG I have decided  not to come this year.
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Cactus wrote on Feb 1st, 2021 at 5:30am:
Thanks Derek for the info. I will pass on the phone number.
Aart how about a day trip I will be there from the Monday to Monday.
Muzz


I will take that offer up.
Must say I miss being beside a fire with you guys.
 

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Hey Rob you could give my toaster and single jaffle iron to Derek if he will be so kind to carry it. That will lock me in for the July COG on the Murray. Cheers Robert
 
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Not a problem Robert, consider it done. At this stage I don't think we'll be at the COG in Victoria, a conflict of interests as they say.
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So, if there is an equal draw we all get to sit around the fire and drink it.  Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin
 

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Looking at confirmed attendees:

Derek & Maggie
Murray & Judy
Rob & Lorraine
Jillian & Snow
Lindsay & Jeannie (Unable to confirm)

These are the only ones I am aware of.  Any more?? 

Lindsay & Jeannie are not regulars on the forum so has anyone spoken to them.

Going to be a very small COG but that doesn’t matter.
 

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Just over 4 weeks until we head off.  Any more takers for this one??
 

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We are out due to health at the moment and continuing treatment. Cheers Robert
 
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I see Alstonville has been included now in the covid cluster surrounding Byron Bay.

Not looking good but anything could happen in the next few weeks.
 

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A change in circumstances means we won't be there this year, a COG later this year would be good though.
 

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A change in circumstances means we won't be there this year, a COG later this year would be good though.


That is a shame Rob.  We will miss you and Lorraine.  This is possibly the first one you have missed.

Maggie and I are in full preparation mode.
 

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Heading north on Saturday morning, be there Monday lunch time. If all goes well.
 

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We will be there Tuesday all going well.



Early Tuesday for us,  leaving very late Thursday  evening.
 

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https://cairnsexpo.com.au/

Yes, I am doing Cairns, Townsville and Mackay Expos one after the other Then back home for the https://www.clarencevalleycampovenfestival.com/
 
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Ron, will you there Friday? I have been thinking wemight come down and have a look at what is on show. We might be able to meet up there.
 
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Anyone had a look at the weather forecast for Alstonville this coming week.   Shocked Shocked

Showers starting tomorrow and increasing to thunderstorms in the next few days followed by rain on the weekend.   Shocked Shocked

Going to be fun.  Grin Grin Grin
 

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It's a known fact that when you have a collection of camp ovens in one place it attracts rain and hail, seen it happen too many times to be a coincidence.
 

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Ron, will you there Friday? I have been thinking wemight come down and have a look at what is on show. We might be able to meet up there.

Yes, I do 3 shows a day Friday, Saturda and Sunday. Look forward to meeting you. Smiley
 
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It's a known fact that when you have a collection of camp ovens in one place it attracts rain and hail, seen it happen too many times to be a coincidence.


Maybe magnetic pull from all that cast iron.  Grin
 

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First time Ive logged in for a while, It seems by what I've just read that some of you are already there. I'll drop up for a visit sometime tomorrow..probably in the morning.
Got a couple of trees here that need chopping up and a trailer I can lend someone to cart fire wood in.
Other than that Ive got nothing at all prepared yet.  Will start organizing some camp ovens and other things in the next day or two.
Best get of my bum, put the thinking cap on and work out what I'm cooking to.
All going well I will see some of you tomorrow for an hour or two.
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Just a small group so far.  Us, Snow & Jilli, Muzz & Judy, Lindsay and Jeannie camping.  Aart & Hetty are here but staying elsewhere.  Expecting Rory to join us shortly.  That is going to be it we think.
 

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Hi Derek
Thanks for the photo. I hope everyone is having a great time and cooking up some good tucker.
Please pass on my regards to every one.
I am just about to head  to have my op this arvo
Will catch up with the form in  a few days when I am home again.
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Thanks for the photo. I hope everyone is having a great time and cooking up some good tucker.
Please pass on my regards to every one.
I am just about to head  to have my op this arvo
Will catch up with the form in  a few days when I am home again.
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It has been raining on and off and last night was the only chance to have a fire.

Rain again today.
 

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It has been raining on and off and last night was the only chance to have a fire.

Rain again today.


Rained much of the way home.
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Good Morning
  I am back home again and all went well with op.
Boy those meals looked great. I bet tasted pretty good.
Thank you Aart and Muzza for the photography input I appreciated being able to see what was cooked.
And to the cooks even with the bad weather a well deserved "Well done"
Enjoy the rest of the COG
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Good to see you back on deck Kevvie.

My apologies for lack of photos.  All my cooking this trip has been inside and I know some others are the same or under cover of the awning which makes it all very difficult.

Last night as an entree Jilli cooked grilled Haloumi wrapped in vine leaves and served with a sauce of balsamic and pomegranate molasses.  I cooked an Irish stew of beef and vegetables.  Muzz cooked a roast lamb.  Jeannie did baked split stuffed potatoes and a pumpkin bake.  Jilli did the most amazing creamy cake dessert which was a jam roll soaked in sherry and covered with custard and cream and and berries.

I am not in need of breakfast after all that lot!!!!!

Despite the weather we are doing ok on the food department.
 

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Some more photos.  We did miss a lot of the meals.

These are crumbed whiting fillets cooked by Rory and Jilli that made an amazing entree.
 

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Maggie and I are home and another great camp oven gathering has come to a close.  Great company and great food and some amazing recipes shared.

What a great time we had.  Thank you to everyone who managed to make it in these difficult times with Covid hanging around.

We will schedule another one for Alstonville next year around the same time but there are some other events we need to dovetail in with at the same time.  Will announce a date in due course.

Silverton will be a goer later in the year but I need to check some other events first before we can make an announcement.

Apologies for the lack of photos this time round.  No excuses just lazy but then again that is what our gatherings are about . . . . relaxing.
 

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Some great tucker cooked up there and no doubt you all had a great time. Thanks for all the photos.

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