It's Labour Day long weekend here in Queensland.
It's an annual thing for our Ulysses Club to meet up with the Mackay Ulysses Club so the ladies of both clubs can compete in the Annual Thong Throw!
We rode down to Bowen, and the Mackay group rode up to Bowen, as that is the midway point to meet for both clubs - a 220 klm ride for each club to meet in the middle.
Our Townsville crew always start off with coffee and catch-up at the McDonalds in Aitkenvale before heading off on our Sunday ride...
Near the end of our first leg of the journey south some of us rode up to the top of Inkerman Lookout. It's an extremely steep ride, with signs forbidding any caravans or trailers to make the ascent. Mr E and I had never been up there before, but will visit again as the view down upon the farmland below is breathtaking...
We actually watched a few of the tail end riders on the highway and they were as small as pinheads!
Mr E and I always have fun on a ride, with new places being top of our joy-list.
Back down the mountain (going down a steep gravelly mountain is slightly more exciting than going up!), we all stopped at the Inkerman Roadhouse for cool drinks and more chatter.
Another 100 kilometres later, and we arrived in Bowen for lunch at the Horseshoe Beach cafe...
Once our tummies were full and we'd chatted some more (yes, we're a talkative bunch!), we headed off to the camping ground to meet up with the Mackay Ulyssians.
Look at the view they had from their tents!
Below are all members of the Townsville and Mackay chapters who attended on the day. What a perfect picture, standing under the palm trees in the shade as it was too hot in the sun. Can you believe we're only 3 weeks away from winter?
It was time for the 'games to begin'!
The ladies of both teams had three rounds of thong tossing to make it to the 'throw-off'.
At the end of the rounds it all came down to Di from Mackay, and me from Townsville.
Di beat me by a toe! Well done Di!!
Mr E presented Di with the trophy. Isn't it cute!?
Next year I am going to get our girls out for a few thong-tossing practices before the rematch.
Size 11, double pluggers...must use the regulation thong. ;-)
Back at home, my fingers have been very busy stitching projects for the next magazine!
The theme for Issue 12, due out May 29th, will be "Flowers in Pots". What do you think?
The May Issue will have seven original Elefantz stichery designs in three projects, but you could use any of the stitcheries separately in different projects of your own. I wonder what you would use them on?
I'll leave you with this picture of Blossom, who is secretly stitching one of her own designs for my June issue of the magazine, 'The Kids Issue'....
What a big weekend it has been!
I hope yours was fun too. :-)
Now I must be away to the kitchen and bake gluten free oatmeal and raisin cookies for Mr E, and spicy pumpkin soup for Blossom who is on day 6 of a nasty head cold. Good food, prepared with love, always has a soothing effect, don't you agree?