November 24, 2020

Syd’s Escape Diary 07.01.2009

Syd spent the morning in Margaret River buying a few bits for the contingent HQ back at Fairbridge – including some British sweets (or lollies as they call them here) Black Jacks and Fruit Salads ready for Sunday’s visitors day.

We then drove 2 hours through forests, seeing no more than 20 cars in the 2 hours it took to arrive at Northcliffe.

We met up with Jess and the Bikers expedition shortly after arriving and they had just completed a 40km ride.

The campsite was on the edge of town and semi wild kangaroos and alpacas roam the site.

A little later Alex and Martin arrived with their 4 x 4 groups – as with all of the others Syd has seen all 3 said they were really enjoying camp.

In the evening a couple of the UK service leaders arrived with the South West Tour expedition for an overnight stay, bringing news of seeing rain in Albany the previous day.

Syd’s Escape Diary 06.01.2009

This morning Syd left Fairbridge bright and early for the 2 hour drive to the South West and Margaret River area where a few of the expeditions are staying.

After 5 days in WA we saw a rare sight – the first cloud we’ve seen in the sky since we landed at Perth airport!!

Unfortunately we couldn’t catch up with Helen as she was down a cave but we went to the Wharncliffe Mill campsite where John and Charlotte are based with Coastal Crusaders.

A really nice campsite with kitchen and covered dining area plus a shower block that puts some of the UK sites to shame.

They had just returned from a morning’s surf lessons plus a coastal ‘marine interpretation’ walk and were looking forward to a film after dinner.

The previous evening they had been on a walk through the bush around the site to see if they could spot any wildlife – the wildlife had taken one look at 60 Venturers and made a hasty exit so nothing spotted though plenty heard!!

After that Syd travelled onto Contos campsite by the coast where several of the Alverton explorers are staying with the Adrenalin Junkies units – all also having a great time.

We hear you have snow in London – forecast for Perth is 39C tomorrow rising to 42C on Sunday so looks like Syd’s desk in the air conditioned contingent HQ will be a popular place with both Venturers and the visitors to the Open Day alike!