CAROUSING AROUND COBRAM 2017

 

      Probian Wanderers Caravanning and Camping Group descended upon Cobram in October last for its 33rd Event. Eighty-four members from 16 Probus clubs enjoyed some beautiful sunny days whilst exploring the area’s attractions.

Based at the spacious and very well equipped R.A.C.V.  Resort, members explored the central business district, and radiated out to the Cactus Country, stocked up at the Boozey Creek Cheese factory, explored the Farm Gate Trail, Kinnards Wetland, some travelling to  Bryamine Homestead at Yarrawonga.

      The traditional Tuesday night dine-out attracted a full attendance at Cobram Hotel, which proved an excellent choice for a sumptuous meal at most reasonable rates.

      Wednesday, picnic day as is another tradition, again saw a total attendance at Tocumwal, beside the Murray River, and by chance, with the local bakery directly opposite. Another beautiful, sunny 20-22 degrees.

Subsequently, at the daily Happy Hour, we welcomed Heather du Vallon, President of Cobram-Barooga Probus, along with Kath Gregory, Secretary, and husband Fred (a past-President).  Heather presented herself with a very black eye, not really as the result of family violence – although the bull which caused such injury with an accidental hoof-blow after winning first prize at Royal Melbourne Show, is a treasured family member.

      Thursday proved the only less than ideal day weather-wise. Highlight of the day was luncheon at the Big Strawberry at Koonoomoo, in bright sunshine. Some members then enjoyed a paddle in the Murray with Cobba Boats.  The boat returned to shore just as the heavens opened. And there was more to come!

      At Happy Hour that night the group was introduced to Lazy Harry, who hails from Beechworth, known Australia-wide and internationally as a singer of Aussie ballads, teller of yarns. To say he was a ‘hit’ would be an understatement – he had the audience swaying, singing and clapping to the music.  At one stage the audience was asked to provide sounds of rain.  But “Huey”, above, chose that appropriate moment to join in the festivities.  Some 40mm of rain was recorded in one hour, marooning a number of caravans.

      Those members who stayed until the weekend travelled to Numurkah, and at the invitation of President Heather Brown, Secretary Marjorie Porter and members of the Numurkah Probus club, enjoyed a cuppa, home cooking, and a chat. Thereafter members joined the activities of the Food Bowl Festival.

      In all, this 33rd Event was a most successful venture.

      Next Events –

               No. 34 at Port Fairy in February of 2018, and

               No. 35 at Horsham in October, 2018

      Details are listed in the Probian News, and on website - probusvic.com.au

 Ken Heaslip, Greensborough Combined