Friday last week was Gympie Show Day public holiday!!! It was also the weekend that the A family, Mr L and Ken and I had decided to go camping. The boys were originally going to head out in the morning and set up and the girls were going to head out after work on the Friday and just swan in.... Then I discovered it was a public holiday, so we all took days off and went Friday morning...
We headed out to Borumba Dam, which is about 40 minutes or so from home. Lovely spot. We camped not at the Deer Park, but at the Borumba Dam camp grounds, which was nice and close to the dam. We had heard all about the Red Claw that are in the dam, but hadn't ever gone and got any, so now was the time!!!
We got there, and headed out in the boats to set the pots - 24 in total. We used a mix of fish heads, pumpkin and potato's and also some dog food, then we came back to Goulash for dinner (we had a powered site so took the slow cooker!!! Dinner was lovely, we sat around the fire (Hugh was a boy scout fire bug - you need one of them when you're camping!!!)
Next morning we headed out to pick up the pots. We brought back about 150 Red Claw tails! Mmmmmm!!! We set the pots again and left them there for the day, went back in the afternoon, harvested the pots and reset them again, and the same on Sunday morning. All in all - 332 Red Claw Tails!!!
Really, the ultimate in free food. They are just yummy, and I guess we spent a bit on the fuel for the boat, and the bait for the pots, but when you factor in the enjoyment of heading onto the dam, it was really well worth it!!! Even if it DID pour with rain on Saturday night!!!
|This is what a Red Claw looks like - odd looking things...|
|The lake is just gorgeous. Not huge, but lovely to look at|
|Red Claw in the Esky... Mmmmm!!!|
This Saturday, Ken and I are heading off to our Life Sparkle workshop. I so can't wait - I just know it's going to be fabulous... http://www.sparkleconnection.com/ We're then heading off to Stanthorpe... to check out how the maze building is going.
I did promise you some pictures of the maze when Ken was out there with Craig and Sandra helping them cut it down. Here they are.....
|You can see the problem... some died, some didn't. Seeing as they take 7 years to get this tall, you can't exactly plant replacements!|
|The very last family to go through the Maze...|
|Ken starting to do the chopping...|
|A couple of other friends who came to help. Thank goodness for community spirit!|
|You can start to see now what it was like. The fort is in the middle of the Maze...|
|Ryan (Craig & Sandra's middle child) checking out progress...|
|That white stuff is frost. Stanthorpe is actually the coldest place in Queensland|
|Craig with the very last Conifer....|
|Just like a battle ground when you add in the smoke from the burning conifers. The star pickets & barbed wire were to stop the public from taking shortcuts THROUGH the Maze instead of taking the paths...|
|WWI or WWII?????|
So - that's the Maze when it was destroyed. Amazing, hey?