The worst experience so far was the Taree Lions market and the Taree showground. You will have read how much we like the way the town showgrounds welcome caravanners and provide good facilities for a reasonable fee, always less than the commercial caravan parks. Not Taree – $11 per adult per night. For two adults that adds up to a little less than a caravan park and in the case of Taree MUCH less than a caravan park offers… a quick list was – mosquito-infested showers, and lots of other flying bities… no soap or ways of drying hands in the toilets and nowhere to put anything beside the washbasins or in the showers. The shower blocks are right beside the entrance to the park – so a feeling of exposure assails one each time one approaches the showers, bag of necessaries in hand and suitably under-attired! There were no clotheslines, nowhere to wash dishes or clothes, few trees and unkempt grounds. They threw their hands in the air and said – ‘the circus made a mess here last week’ – the mess was lots of deep ruts in the soft ground just where they were used to holding the market. Of course it rained and the ruts turned into rivers.
So what happened to filing up the indentations with sand? As they did at the Wallengara swap meet in 2011 when a similar situation occurred, they cared about the stallholders there and the public… not the Lions of Taree, the club that organised the market! They put us on the periphery of the whole thing – the public had to cross lakes and rivers to reach us in our bright red gazebos and delectable wares for sale!! And when they reached us had to stand ankle deep in mud in front of said wares…
The organisers of the market were quick to take the stall rent off us – all of $40 and did not even ask how we were going, how we liked it and if we would return… So $84 poorer in fees and not much richer in sales we set off for Laurieton. The one good thing about the Taree market was that some other disgruntled stallholders told us about the Laurieton market. In short it was a very good market and we are so pleased we did it. Well organised, in contrast to the geriatric disorganised Lions and a truly decent show, lots of stallholders and lots of public who came to spend money unlike the Taree crowd who came to be entertained. We don’t mind being entertainment as long as we can charge an entrance fee!
Anyway here we are at Goolowah beach near Crescent head and nothing to complain about except raining raining and lilmited connectivity so I don’t know if I can send my Proposal defence to the panel or not, no way of getting emails in or out. Have to go into the village of Crescent head tomorrow! But this is a dog-friendly area so we are able to stop here, close to the beach and pray that Bella doesn’t get into strife with the many other dogs around us… two big bull terriers and an alsation at last count!!
PS -the prop defence has gone and will be presented on March 6th – all hold thumbs please… Bella has been very sociable and we are having a lovely time here… Would have been great if it had not rained so much bit still we are at the beach and Al has been surfing – sea too rough now… but all good.