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Birdsville Race Time 2011

Well a bigger crowd than ever is expected and by the crowds of people, caravans, buses,tents, camper trailers etc. I believe they could be right.
Just our crew alone is bigger than usual and I reckon that there's 22 or so in our camp alone.
We are all in one section at the Racecourse proper. The fire is kept going night and day and the billy is always at the boil. Food is in a plentiful supply.Tiffany and Racquelle have also arrived from Sydney too. Johnny and Alysone are sleeping in our annex and Jo and June have a tent pitched nearby.
As soon as we arrived in Birdsville John dropped Enid and I up town as we wanted to see Lyn at the Visitor's Centre about organising a flight to Lake Eyre. She had a day offso we walked around to her house and then spent some time chatting to her and Don, her husband who is the National Park Ranger.Don drove us out to the racecourse and then we spent the rest of daylight setting up camp near George Tipping's camp.

Thursday, did the town overand then by midday Tiffany and Racquelle had arrived from Holsworthy Army Base in Sydney, via Warrieilda N.S.W. In the evening George took enid and I and John into town to Brophy's Boxing Tent he trains a horse for Fred so we got in for nothing - quite an icon in QlD entertainment.

Our flight for L. Eyre was Friday. John went with a group on Thursday. Enid and I had a couple of bets on the first 2 races and then we drove into the airport ready for our 3pm flight. It was quite a comprehensive trip taking us west over the top of "Big Red" and then over paet of the Simpson Desert. Then we turned south and on to the Lake. The way home was following the Warburton and over Goyder's Lagoon crossing by 4/5 cattle stations.

The big day for the Birdsville races 2011 drew a big crowd with "Fashions of the Field" The atmosphere is something to be felt and experienced.It was a bit windy and dusty today, Saturday.

Posted by BerylB 05:00

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Hi guys, God that is one big Camp fire. The Lake looks terrific would be something to see, there wa sa small news bit on the ABC on the Races and they did mention there was a great crowd. Have a safe trip home. Trish

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