Word by Kelvin. Images by Kelvin, Mat, John & Nick.
We set off in the rain on Friday afternoon. We drove in the rain all the way from Melbourne to Daylesford and I must admit I was thinking why am I heading away camping in winter. As we arrived into our campsite the rain stopped, my worries were all gone and we started to set up the campsite.
The caravans and tents were placed in carefully thought out positions and in no time the fire was going and we all sat around it with a nice wine in hand chatting and watching Matt and Phillips dinner cooking over the flames.
John was back and forth setting up his tent pulling item after item out of his merc until he was satisfied with his plush sleeping arrangement.
Jeff had an easy set up in his Ford station wagon that looked very comfortable, and it was great to see Noel from Gay Camping Victoria come and join our event.
The fire was going well and we all kept warm sitting around it and solving all the worlds problems well into the night.
In the morning the smell of bacon and eggs was in the air as the fire was stoked up again and we all used it to cook our breakfast.
After breakfast with Tess and Bo at our heals and walked up to the rim of the crater to check out the view.
The day was looking to be a nice one so we headed back to camp and we all started to get ready for the gin tasting in Kyneton.
On the way Noel recommended a great place for coffee so we dropped in and enjoyed the sun and sipped our coffee.
At 1pm we met up with the day trippers at the Animus Gin Distillery, settled in to our tables and sat around with our lovely club members enjoyed our gin and grazing platters. The venue was great and we all had a great time.
After gin tasting, we heading off down the street to have a quick look around in Kyneton. Lots of lovely old shops to look at.
Then we set off back to the campsite to relax by the fire with a few drinks, cheese and crackers.
Dinner was at the Farmers Arms, and the food and atmosphere was lovely as usual, but it was very busy so it’s a good thing we had booked!
On Sunday we all did our own thing, packed up at our leisure and headed back home.I thoroughly enjoyed running this event for club with the help of John. Thanks to everyone who got involved and I will definitely be organising another camping weekend in the future.