“Deja vu all over again”

“Deja vu all over again”

For ten years, around Easter time, Maggie and I have camped with friends on a farm adjacent to the Murrumbidgee River (NSW). Some of our friends have camped there for many more than 10 years.

So this slice of “Paradise” is very familiar to us. “It’s like deja vu all over again” (Yogi Berra). Nevertheless each year we return and are usually surprised by something new and magical.

This year the river was higher, wider and running much faster, as authorities were “spilling” gigalitres of water from the upstream dam.

The Rapids – normally the water runs around these trees and rocks

To camp in our slice of “Paradise” you must have permission from the property owner. With permission, 6 couples in 5 vans (one obscured behind another in the pano below) and a tent (not shown) camped there this year.

The 2021 vans – Panorama compiled from four photos

Over thousands of years the river has carved out this relatively narrow valley, so that even in mid-April the sun rises late and sets early, creating a premature wintery climate.

On a couple of the mornings we were offered kinder temperatures, due to overnight cloud cover, but warm clothing, a cup of coffee, a good book, a warming fire and someone to chat to were still appreciated.

You might wonder what we did all day to occupy ourselves in such an isolated place? Walking, talking, van repairs, playing disc bowls, and just relaxing to take in the view were the main activities … oh, I almost forgot fishing.

As a very occasional fisherman, I was surprised to catch this Carp

Norm’s fish was this big

Another daytime activity for me, capturing photos of the surroundings … dead and alive.

Is this a Mallee Eucalyptus?

Time out of the valley at “The Sir George” hotel in Jugiong provided opportunity for the following photos …

Happy hour started each day at around 4.30 to 5 pm beside the main fire. By that time of day it was already getting cold again.

The evening skies were varied, from clear and full of stars to colourful or threatening.

After all of the excitement I’ll say goodnight, it’s already past my bedtime.

  • Woodsy
    Posted at 11:07h, 04 May Reply

    Thanks Al, I left the camera at home thinking 30 years of photos enough, great to see you captured the high tide!

  • alistairstravel
    Posted at 11:22h, 04 May Reply

    Thanks Woodsy, I’m glad you paid attention to maritime fashion and set a high clothing fashion standard for camping.

  • M
    Posted at 11:42h, 04 May Reply

    Alistair. Top photos. Some lovely moments of a great few days.

    • alistairstravel
      Posted at 14:03h, 04 May Reply

      I’m pleased you liked the photos Margie. And yes it was a great few days.

  • Richard DAVE
    Posted at 15:39h, 04 May Reply

    Hi Alistair,
    Shirley here. Am pleased to still get your beautiful snaps and am still in awe.
    Please keep coming.
    You all still seem your having a great time together. Keep it up.

    • alistairstravel
      Posted at 15:56h, 04 May Reply

      Thanks Shirley, hope you and Dave are well.

  • leestreetstudios2013
    Posted at 13:58h, 05 May Reply

    Alistair; You certainly ain’t got any of the Scottish stay-at home syndrome about you (“There’s only damn Englishmen pokin’ their noses into people’s affairs: Ah’m nae goin ‘oot!”). May the travel bug keep biting! John Summers

    • alistairstravel
      Posted at 15:25h, 05 May Reply

      Nice to “here” from you John. Correct, we move house more than most and travel more than most (although for short periods).
      Where is that reference from? I’m certain I’ve heard it before but can’t place where it is from.
      Hope you are keeping well.

  • Barbara Wood
    Posted at 14:30h, 06 May Reply

    Hi Alistair, thank you for sharing your beautiful photos. I really enjoyed looking at them. No wonder we love the place so much.

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