Saturday, April 25, 2015

Scouts on Farm

Last night we had visitors to Opportunity Farm. A party of scouts and leaders with some parent helpers needed a place to stay. They were looking for an Anzac Day Dawn service to take part in and after which they could cycle back down to the coast. This year Delegate was hosting its first Dawn Service so we offered our paddock as a suitable venue. This gave a spur to complete the toilet and shower rooms.  
The toilet and shower in the paddock
The last couple of weeks have seen the plumbing and drainage completed, most of the outside walls and all of the inside walls clad and the doors put on. The toilet door was made out of floorboards from a property we renovated and the shower door used to be the front door of the same house. While the new building is not finished it is usable. The shower finally ran hot water just three hours before the visitors were due to arrive.

The Outdoor Kitchen is a hive of activity

The Scouts arrived just after dark but were soon making use of the Outdoor Kitchen to cook their dinner. Some even planned to roll out their swags on the floor rather than bother with a tent. Despite it having rained consistently for more than a week the ground was not too soggy and the skies cleared to reveal stars above the campfire. It was really inspiring to see Opportunity Farm hosting a group of visitors and know that they had everything they needed - warmth, plenty of space for tents and vehicles, running water and a flushing toilet, a sink for dishes, a barbie for cooking on and a chance to chat around the fire, recite Monty Python jokes and for the adults a taste of our cider.

They retired early as they had to get up, pack up camp and be ready for the Dawn Service at 6am. They may have been our first camping visitors but they didn't get a good look at the place - they arrived in the dark and left in the dark! 

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