Exploring the Serene Skurwekop: Tales from the April 2023 Rally

26th April to 1st May 2023

Only 8 members joined the April 2023 Rally at the breathtakingly serene Skurwekop with some arriving on Thursday, Friday and the last member who arrived on Saturday. Beautiful autumn days with cold nights saw everyone huddled around the fire at night with the necessary “coals in a dog bowl” heaters under the ladies’ chairs. Some even took these “heaters” to cook their potatoes in foil.

There was absolutely no shortage of good food either – a juicy bring and braai on Thursday and Friday nights and once everyone had settled into their homes away from home, the blissful togetherness was complimented by the beautiful location.

Saturday was an early get together and Marie Enslin delighted the campers with a delectable snack platter. A delicious pulled pork potjie with an al dente vegetable pot supplied by Andrew and Corrie was served accompanied by rice and Alta Esterhuyse’s famous pumpkin fritters.

Sunday for lunch was “Build a Burger” with Joey’s hamburger patties winning all the way, caramelised onions, creamy mushroom sauce, pepper sauce, cheese, lettuce, and tomato were on offer to build a burger of your preference. Pudding was left over snacks from the Chairman’s Tea in the morning so nobody could complain that they went to bed with empty tummies.

Two members had to make their way home after lunch on Sunday, so the evening dinner was the left over potjies which tasted even better than on Saturday, if that was at all possible because by all counts it was absolutely scrumptious.

Long walks through the naartjie orchards, wine tasting, visiting the little shop which only opened once the bell had rung kept the campers occupied during this very memorable weekend that sadly came to an end on a beautiful Monday where the balance of the campers made their way home with a happy heart and memories that would last a lifetime – that is what camping is all about especially if you camp with one of the regions of CCSA.

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Rally Convener – CCSA Boland Region

A four day weekend to look forward with 22 caravans with 3 guests at the beautiful Onrus Caravan Park.

The traffic on a long weekend is always something that Friday and Tuesday travellers have to contend with but the arrival at the caravan park to set up with the knowledge that there is no packing up on Sunday makes the traffic seem insignificant.

Saturday morning we woke up to rain which eventually cleared to a beautiful day and the children took to the sea for a refreshing swim. Sunday morning Chairmans is always something to look forward to where Andre Kroucamp walked away with a lovely big bag of rusks, Marie Enslin won the prize sponsored by AXL Outdoor and our new guests daughter who did the draw for first place managed to draw her own lucky number for the prize donated by our members Franklin and Carol Fortuin.

Monday was a windy day with gusts and gales so most campers took some time for some well deserved rest and relaxation and alas, it was time to pack up for an early departure on Tuesday morning

Next Rally is at Skurwekop at the end of April 2023

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de Hollandsche Molen – February 2023 Rally

33 Caravans on 26 sites was a tall order but the Management and Staff at de Hollandsche Molen are most accommodating and an absolute pleasure to work with and they agreed to doubling up on their bigger sites at this incredibly popular venue.

Everyone fitted in perfectly including the guests who all had an amazing weekend with the Boland “Family”.  The “early birds” who had arrived on Thursday had a lovely braai together in the evening and the rest of the big party arrived on Friday.  The weather albeit windy at night did not dampen the spirit of being out in the fresh air and the feeling of togetherness.

Wally and Sue Townsend received the 25 National Rallies at Chairman’s on Sunday and the Raffle winners were Antoinete Slater, Marie Enslin, Martin de Kock and Landi van Niekerk who walked away with first prize.

Another one for the books!

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