Dwellingup: Folk in the Forrest and Nanga Brook Campground

We were home for two nights before setting off for Dwellingup. I shopped in the morning and bought more food for the weekend than I thought we would need. It was just as well as the food van didn’t arrive and we had to cater for all of our food, except the excellent breakfast on Saturday morning, of course. Some folk went into Dwellingup to get extra food, but we actually didn’t need to.

A highlight (for me) was Stephen and Rob singing the policeman’s song in the Dome as a practice for singing it at the Trinity School for Senior’s concert in a couple of weeks time. They both got into the spirit of the song and made it quite funny. I took three photos, but because the Dome is actually a shape with vines covering it, they came out rather green. I’ve corrected as best I could in this photo.

The blackboard session can be boring, but in fact this year was an interesting mix, with our own David Cutler singing as well.

Other highlights were the evening ‘session’ with drinks and food (there was a bar and we provided our own food) and various musicians and singers contributing.

Yesterday there was a presentation on sex in folk music, interesting and funny in part, but also going to the outer edge with some of the material. Then, the final concert featured Hot Toddy and the Red Sea Pedestrians as the last two acts and I enjoyed them very much. Hot Toddy is a group of musicians and their singer is a Scottish lady of mature vintage, with a soft voice and great sense of humour. Of course, they commemorated the 275th anniversary of the Battle of Culloden. As she said, a big event will be the 200th, but she won’t be around. Culloden was the last battle between the Scots and the English and afterwards the Scots lost many of their rights. It was a crushing defeat, with a terrible aftermath.

The Red Sea Pedestrians features two women who are marvellous commedians and also perform as the Joans of Ark. Along with some brilliant supporting musicians they provide wonderful entertainment.

Then, it was time to move on. Many people had already left, but as we didn’t have far to go we were feeling relaxed about being on our way. In Dwellingup we used the excellent facilities to refresh the van. We could have had hot showers and done some washing as well, using the facilities provided for cyclists, however we are not going to be away for much longer. A coffee at the cafe set us up for searching for a place to stay. After exploring many options we booked into the Nanga Brook Campground. I also checked the weather and found there was a warning of severe weather, with a storm and possible large hail. But by the time I found out it was too late to outrun it, so we drove to our campsite instead. We had a very heavy downfall soon after arriving, but our site, being slightly slopey, drained well. And that was it for the storm.

We are loving this spot. Trees have been cleared to make way for the campsite, thought new ones have been planted and are very pretty. But, we have a gurgling brook close by and are surrounded by tall forest. As this is not actually a national park people can bring their dogs, but it still managed by parkstay so that we could book online.

This morning we went for a walk along the brook. There is another campground further along and also one near the old townsite which is in the opposite direction (so we haven’t seen it yet). There was enough of a population to have 80-100 children attending the two room school.

A very large bus arrived and parked nearby, with a group of school children. They appear to have gone off for a long walk. So, no guarantee of quiet here, but the setting is so lovely and we have four bars of 4g, so it’s close to perfect for us.

We have booked for two nights and will return tomorrow (Tuesday).

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