HI There Trekkers,
We had a wonderful Christmas Outspan at Chappies , the weather was fine, some of the time it
was very hot and then we had cooler times in between, so everyone was happy at some stage !
The old faithful s were well settled by the time I arrived. Coopers 'van, Diogenides 'van,
Browns, Bond-Smiths and friends Pretorious, were all set up, so I had some good guidance to get
in to my site and a nice tall man to help me plug in my horizontal tent pole (Thanks Alex). As the
afternoon progressed the missing occupants started to arrive and later Carol and Wayne and
Vanessa. As it was still warm, it was very pleasant sitting under the beautiful Plane trees and
chatting. Later the fires were on the go and we congregated under Dave's extended tent to enjoy
our braai and chat.
On Saturday we all seemed to have various agendas, breakfasts, shopping , exhibitions etc. so it
was afternoon by the time we settled in to getting the evening meal on the go. Potatoes were
peeled, par-boiled and later deep fried, the meats were merrily rotating on the spits and salads
were being prepared. It is amazing how it all comes together to give us a wonderful meal.
Between our decorated caravans /tents and creative table settings , the atmosphere was very
festive and we sat down to enjoy as the carving was going on. The great thing about Laager 8 is
that everyone gets involved so the evening was a combined effort, even the music and our
entertainment ! The Kassler and Silverside meat was tender and delicious and well done to the
ladies for the interesting salads and puddings, we couldn't have had a better meal anywhere else.
Christmas gifts were distributed and everyone seemed happy with them. Aaron was the only
child with us this year and he was delighted with his.
The music started up and after we had all voted for the best decorated 'van and table, the
entertainment began …. Angela and Vanessa (The Andrews sisters) mimed and sang through
Wayne's whole repertoire, it was hilarious ! How they remembered all the words, we all sat
amazed. Colleen was also giving the songs her rendition, what talent we have ! We decided they
will be the entertainment for out NAGM in September 2018 ! A great evening was had by all.
Sunday morning was busy with a lot of washing up going on, after breakfast we held our usual
Christmas service, thankfully Wayne was able to find some carols among his music which was a
big help for our singing ! After we gave thanks for the birth of Jesus we all got together for
Indaba. Afterwards we took the collection for Cape Town City Missions and then just enjoyed
sitting in the shade and chatting until it was time to bring out the left overs and share them out.
We all left about 4 ish after a super weekend.
Dave welcomed us all , congratulating the committee on the weather, also our
visitors, Muggie and JP Pretorious friends of Alex and Colleen.
Were received from S&A, J&S, M&A, N&D, busy time of the year !
December 22nd Nikki bouwers, 23rd Carol Henstock, 27th Steven Gildenhuys,
31st Martin Diogenidis, January 17th Jill Diogenidis. HAPPY BIRTHDAY
To you all, have a wonderful day and a happy healthy year to follow !
Klipkrans 26th -27th January 2018 (dep. Paid )
Any additions phone 023 004 0868
Ganzekraal 23rd -25th February
Imhoff 23rd -25th March
Skurwekop 27th -30th April (Combined ) R300 pnight R100
Chapman's Peak 25th 27th May (AGM)
Van Zyl's Rus June
Angela announced the winners of our creative decorations;
Table décor Colleen and Muggie ( will need to negotiate who gets what !)
Caravan Tie between Marieta and Scotty ( will keep us munching )
Thanks we got a chance this year !!!!
Vanessa is now our Provincial Chairman and she explained how she is our
representative to the National body.
There is a NAGM committee already on the way to all the arrangements for
the Outspan in September. We will all be involved with meals etc.
SPOONS David fined :
Vanessa, our club rep. Tripping on unstable ground and lying helpless.
Colleen washing her feet under the tap when we are supposed to be saving water
Scotty hunting for broken glass under the table leg.
Jill for sending Martin to read the board
Martin for agreeing to go and read it and then taking a picture of it so she could
read it anyway.
Alex the Master drone operator/owner, not aware which was the right side up,
crashed it into a tree and fell upside down. His 2nd drone got bust, unreliable
Vanessa and Angela one each for keeping us entertained after Dave's bedtime.
BIG SPOON Colleen is the instigator for chatting up the ladies !
MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE !!! Scotty