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Cloncurry Show

AUSTRALIA | Sunday, 20 June 2010 | Views [1116] | Comments [4]

I've just got back from the Cloncurry Show and what a show.  Cattle, Horses, Chickens, Motor Bikes, Singers, Monster Trucks, Fireworks and more . . .

We arrived yesterday lunchtime and the motorbikes were just getting started, they did some fantastic tricks and stunts and were just brilliant to watch.  The "Ringers Rally" is the novelty event of the show.  I took part in both the individual and team events and this is what you have to do.  Start in your swag with your boots off.  On the word go, you must put your boots on, roll your swag, and have a wash.  After your wash, sit down for breakfast which consists of baked beans and a dry weetabix.  After breakfast you jump the rails and jump bareback onto your horse and ride out to get your hat.  ride back to the rail and jump back over the other side.  Bang in 5 star pickets (used for fencing)and roll a bale of hay into a shed, lift the shed door into place and secure it with a pin.  Run back to the table and drink a beer.  Fastest time wins !  I didn't win !!

The demolition derby was next where about 15 cars just crash into each other !  Last car still able to move wins !  Very fun to watch.

The fireworks were again a great sight and were very spectacular and following them were the monster trucks.  Very big and noisy and able to (as you can see from the pics) able to drive over just about anything in their way.  

A live band finished off the night and a few beers with friends

A good day out !





Hi Eddy
Glad you enjoyed the Conclurry Show and good on you for taking part - the only easy bit of the contest must have been the Beer Drinking! All is well in tropical Tockwith - it is lovely at the moment and everyone is practically living outside!
We went up into Northumberland on Tuesday and had a wonderful day walking along the shore line from Craster to Dunstanburgh Castle and as we are members of the National Trust (Courtesy of Andy & Ms) we were able to go into the grounds and see part of the coast which is owned by them. It was a lovely day out.
Today Ms came round and spent the morning with us and then after lunch we went out for a walk. This gave us the opportunity to cuddle William of course and we thoroughly enjoyed their company. He is progressing well, putting on weight - growing and much more alert now. He is beginning to focus more now and seems to study things carefully. Scamp has been really good - sniffs round him occasionally - but generally keeps out of the way!
Tomorrow we are hoping to go up into the Dales perhaps towards Hawes but could finish up anywhere really. We just go where ever we fancy.
Elizabeth is coming to stay next weekend so I am sure she will be interested to see The Barn and cannot wait to meet William. Donald was 80 years young on Monday - he is doing fine and coming over to see us in a week or two so we are looking forward to that.
Hope all is well at Jessievale and that you are keeping busy. Please remember us to Charlie and take good care Eddy.
With our love Mum & Dad xx

  Granddad Bird & GrannySue Jun 25, 2010 5:26 AM



Simply brilliant to read these updates. Haven't been on for a month or so as been stacked out at work and working hours similar to you.... not great!

No mention of Gunther - has he moved on or is he under a vine somewhere, fertilising?!

No real news at this end - kids are keeping us busy as you'd expect and have finally finished the inside of our house, 5 years on. Just waiting to put a new roof on now, followed by a new driveway and then Pippa wants to move. Grrrrrrrr.

Hope all is well. Hang loose (as Martyn Hullah would say!)


  Aki Jul 4, 2010 7:27 AM


just a thought. All this rushing around (at the show) eating breakfast whilst putting your shoes on, jumping over fences, running back to collect something you've forgotten etc etc.. does it not remind you of when you were late for work in bradford?!

  Aki Jul 4, 2010 7:40 AM


Hi Eddy

Hope you and Charlie are keeping well, Sue and Philip keep us up todate on what is happening with you in Australia, life always seems so busy looking after both my Mum and Aunt, they both went into Residential care this weekend here in Wetherby so life should become alot easier once we have sold both properties ( We are aware of some property tycoons in Tockwith who may be interested especially when we have two for sale) Just Hope my mum doesn;t get thrown out as they have already had to put her on a separate table from her sister before we left and she had onlt been there for two hours.
I think you should look to set up in business and start doing team building seminars with the activities from the show, it would be great team building, I am sure HSBC would be interested.
We went out with Sue and Philip on Friday night and had a lovely meal and time, we went to a caravan site! but the restuarant is known for good food and it certainly lived up to the reputation.
William Oscar is doing really well and growing by the day, we bought him a Bob the Builder bike last Sunday,. we couldn't resist it even though it will be a few years before he can ride it,we are on the look out for a Bob the Builder Trike which he will be able to ride sooner and it has a tool box which Grandad Phil will be able to fill.

Look after yourself and take care

Charles and Shirley

  Charles and Shirley Jul 19, 2010 4:10 AM

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