XTend Outdoor Annex, Kenilworth Cheese

Having tried to fit our new annex to the van when we arrived at Kenilworth which was getting close to a divorce situation we have Colin from XTend Outdoors coming to ensure everything is fit for purpose.  Colin will also fit the all new walls which are now the correct size.  He ensures us that when he leaves the awning will be fitted correctly with no missing pieces.  True to his word he steps us through the entire operation with every piece gliding together easily due to being the correct size this time.  We set up our new space which gives us double the space of the van with chairs, table and matting to keep us off the grass.  


we also had a go at putting out our roof top tent and amazingly it all went well.

Hopefully this is the last item to be fixed although we have ordered an Armax Snorkel for river crossings which we will have fitted in Cairns North Queensland.  Richo our bus mate has also ordered diff breathers for our Landcruiser and his Prado.  Having celebrated my birthday a few days ago Kaz picks up an item at the post office which turns out to be a cracking set of spotlights for the Landcruiser.  These lights are huge and will turn night in to day with their projected light being up to a claimed 1.7M.

Later we finally take the chance to head to the Kenilworth dairy where they have a little cafe called Poppa’s serving cheese tasting box, snacks, ice cream and a huge selection of gourmet cheeses.  The milk is also the best we have tasted with a rich cream flavour reminding us of our school milk from 50 years ago. We go for the cheese tasting box with a ham, cheese and tomato toasted sandwich. The only cheese we didn’t like was the garlic we also added crackers at $2.00.

Having scoffed that lot we then grabbed some delicious ice cream, Lime and Coconut for me and English Toffee for Kaz both large double servings.

Afterwards we headed over to the Charity shop as our last sales item, the double blow up bed with two pumps didn’t sell so we donated it to them in the hope the sales goes to someone needy.

A while back we chatted to a couple Karen & Helge who were here then left then came back again.  That evening we walked over to their site, had a couple of drinks, a chat and all sat round a great fire.  Karen is Scottish, Helge is German and we actually know Karen’s family from way back in Scotland, talk about a small world.  We had a great night but it seemed to be over in a flash and off to bed we trotted.  

During the night we heard the rain begin and by 3.00am it got really heavy.  We were glad to be tucked up in the van and not in a tent as some people would be.

When morning arrived as usual there was sunshine after a storm but the rain had poured under our just fitted annex and the water had got through our floor matting.  This turned the place in to a pond which we attempted to drain without wearing shoes.  Admitting defeat we had no choice but to drag everything outside then remove the annex to let the sun dry the entire area.  At least this time we could pack all the pieces away correctly marking their positions for reassembly.

With everywhere wet we decided to head out and take a drive to the coast.  We headed for the town of Mooloolaba which we have visited several times over the years.  It’s a lovely small holiday area with the usual waterfront high rises and apartment blocks sitting on the esplanade which itself has lines of bars and restaurants.  One of my favourites is the Lifesaving club which as you would expect sits high just of the beach with fantastic views and people watching position.  As we have Max with us this time we have a good walk along the beach, the esplanade then back to the car.  On the way back we decide to head to Bunnings again as the video we watched showing how to fit a clothes line to the awning was not not suitable for ours.  We kept most of the parts but added a couple of bits which are more suited to our application.  We will have a go at this in the coming days.

On WikiCamps our travelling bible we were alerted to a review written about the Showgrounds we are at.  On opening it the author was having a moan about tents not being allowed on site.  This might be a valid point but as he proceeded to have a go at people who have large vans and four wheel drives that he couldn’t afford.  It seemed to me he had just lost any sympathy I had.  He then went further to call our bus mates rednecks.  We found this funny but again nothing to do with his original point.

We moved site to the river end of the camp to enable the Queensland Caravan Club to take over the entire centre section of the camp.  One by one they started to arrive and it seemed there would be even more to arrive but apparently they had around 36 cancellations this was either due to COVID or they had seen the weather forecast.  

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