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Billabourie – New South Wales

7/05/16  Once in a while you come across a camp that ticks all the boxes. Billabourie was one of those camps. It’s a working farm that also operates a great little camp ground in a stand of old timber beside the Lachlan River, north east of Hillston. A few powered spots were available but we chose to stay on solar and located a bit further away for privacy. We set up a few metres from the river’s edge and had a magic view of the water and the surrounding park-like grounds shaded by huge old River Red Gums. Best not to camp under these majestic trees as they self-prune their very large branches which would make a mess of anything underneath. The two awnings and the groundsheet went out, and we made ourselves comfortable in this very picturesque spot. What a magic place.

We had our first camp fire this trip and couldn’t have found a better location for it. A breakfast of bacon and eggs on the fire kicked off the next day and we sat around the remains of the fire enjoying the scenery and silence, the morning birds our only companions. Two other vans were there when we pulled in but they left early the following morning. From then on, we had the place to ourselves. Di whipped up a damper/scone combo in the camp oven that went down very nicely with a dollop of butter and Tony A’s yummy homemade rosella jam. And I did a camp oven lamb roast that had to be my best yet, hands down.

The nights were cold, the mornings crisp and the days beautiful. The Kruiser is well suited for cold weather living, the diesel heater keeping us snug-as-a-bug inside first thing in the morning until the sun came up enough to bring some warmth.

I did a bit of lure fishing, which is my term for extricating lures snagged on tree roots, overhead branches and hidden underwater obstacles. You could almost hear the fish scoffing between my colourful outbursts. They certainly need not tremble at the sound of my name. No worries; they’ll be that much bigger next time I go snagging lures.

Enjoying a morning cuppa overlooking the river each day, it was just too easy to go with “Maybe we’ll stay another night”, and our planned one-day stopover at Billabourie stIMG_2890retched out to three.

Unfortunately, the final day turned grey and overnight rain softened the bush track for our departure. Nevertheless, the Landy was up for some mud puddling, and when we eventually reached the sealed road the front of the van was wearing a red mud face mask.

 

There’s a fine line between fishing and standing on the shore like an idiot! – Anon

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Snow Peak Fire Pit

6/06/2015  One of my favourite bits of camping gear is my Snow Peak fire pit that I got a couple of years ago from Drifta Camping & 4WD. I love a camp fire and have one going every chance I get, so we’ve used the fire pit a lot in our travels. Not only does it work well, it’s also a good looking bit of kit and I’ve had people coming over to find out what it is and where I got it from.

It’s well constructed from good quality stainless steel and very tough. I reckon it’ll be a family heirloom that our kids and then the grandkids will use. It’ll definitely outlast me.

The fire box sits up off the ground, so it won’t burn the grass and I’ve been able to use it in places where only enclosed fire containers are allowed. The first picture below shows the cooking grill removed and on the ground while I get a good bed of coals going.

The whole thing cleans up quickly which is great, and folds flat and packs into a heavy duty canvas bag that I tuck away in the footwell behind the driver’s seat when we travel. It’s a little beauty and I love it.

“I travel light. But not at the same speed.” ― Jarod Kintz

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1,1,1,1 Cake – 4 Ingredients Recipe Followed

16/08/14   I made this 4 Ingredients cake in the microwave convection oven.  It does look very lumpy doesn’t it.  I didn’t have the finer coconut as per the recipe but it tasted okay and even better as a dessert with lots of cream. 

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Weber Baby Q – Jam Drops

28/07/14  I decided to try to make gluten free jam drops in a silicone tray in the Baby Q. I sat the silicone trays on the trivet which was placed on a convection tray. They weren’t too bad but next time I will have to try a different recipe without as much cornflour as they tended to go PUFF in your mouth as you ate them! Pete didn’t seem to mind though as they disappeared very quickly.

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