Chittering Wildflower

Trip Leader: Steve Goswell

When:  25th July 2004

Location: Chittering WA

Participants: Richard and Nicole, Martin and Karen, Reg and Dot, John and Sue, Mike and Judy (with David, Daccian and Megan) with Tail end Charlies, those ‘Royals’ John and Rosalie (and little Em).

 The day was absolutely perfect for a trip to the Chittering Valley, with cloudless blue skies and plenty of sunshine making the dazzling green countryside look so superb, Seven vehicles met prior to the trip at the Chittering Information Bay on Great Northern Highway, for departure at 10:30 am. The Kitsons were enjoying themselves so much they were driving back and forth along the highway. Finally a C.B. call, answered by Richard, enabled them to join the main group at the starting point in time.

The trip was very ably led by Steve Goswell, along with wife Fiona and their gorgeous young son Phil. Other members were Richard and Nicole, Martin and Karen, Reg and Dot, John and Sue, Mike and Judy (with David, Daccian and Megan) with Tail end Charlies, those ‘Royals’ John and Roselie (and little Em).

There was quite a bit of chatter going on, via the CB’s as we headed off on the days adventure. Someone (name suppressed but we all know who it was) suggested  a snack would go down well, with the idea that the Bindoon bakery would be the place to stop. Although somebody made a healthier suggestion of a few Mandarins from the local orchard as an alternative, the bakery won the day with most tucking into pies, cakes and the like.
Our first destination was the Brockman Craft and Heritage Centre. A small shed at the centre holds workshops for such crafts as pottery and jewelery making. Some of the products made at the centre were displayed for sale in an old home set up as a shop, which was quite interesting.

Onward up into the hills to look for wildflowers was next on the agenda. Flowers were few as it was still a bit early in the season but we did find some. We found an early Donkey Orchid and some extremely tiny Fairy Orchids, these being identified by Steve and his W.A. Wildflower. I.D. book.

The next stop was for lunch at Spoonbill Lake, a truly idyllic spot. It was so relaxing to just sit under a tree, by the water, to eat , talk and have a laugh.

Now it was time for a bit of four wheel driving on a bit of a rough wet track to Blackboy Ridge. We stopped at a picnic spot at the base of the ridge, then climbed – walked to the top, where we enjoyed a magnificent view of the hills and valleys. We even saw a kangaroo hopping about. Richard needed to test the Nissans’ winch and went off down a muddy track. Having used up all that energy climbing the ridge we returned to the picnic ground and tucked into afternoon tea.
We again made a convoy and set off through the beautiful valley back to Great Northern Highway where we dispersed and headed for home.

Mike

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