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Country music, sunshine, rain and lots of horse riding, the week that was… Megalong Valley

Megalong Valley in the glorious Blue Mountains of New South Wales in Australia, what can I say… other than what a fantastic week it was!

The Cumberland Trail Horse Riders Club had organised an amazing Fundraiser for Crackin’ Cancer yet again – fantastic effort.   We arrived late Friday afternoon the 27th September and there was already heaps of people and horses already.   The Winnebago was given pride of place next to the hall (thanks to Reg) and connected to mains power.   The scene was now set for a great week…

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We had country music – courtesy or yours truly each afternoon and evening (notice this year I’m not outside in an open hay shed)…

Leigh singing Leigh performing

and still performing…

Leigh still performing

And more singing with my mate Reg also people endeavouring to line dance – hey we had a ball…

Leigh singing and reg Leigh singing and linedancing

plenty of horse riding (yes there is Aunty Winne in the picture – my accommodation)…

First Day of Riding

and much much more!  I must thank Reg Bright and Ron Moss for organising this years Crackin’ Cancer fund raiser which raises funds for the Cancer Council of NSW toward cancer research.   Actually the whole committee of the Cumberland Trail Horse Riders Club have done a fantastic job such as Sissy, Liz, Stalky and Cathy and I know theres others (forgive me if I leave out your name you can beat me up later).

Reg is on the left and Cathy is on the right…

reg and cathy

Ron is on the left and Wayne on the right

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Stalky – you should have seen him and some others after 5 bottles of Chivas Rigal 🙂

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we all had a great time and I must also say thanks to Debbie Smith, Marshall Fittler the President of Crackin’ Cancer and Laurie Cooper the Vice President.   The three of them particularly Debbie Smith worked tirelessly throughout the week.   Below is Marshall driving with Laurie, Debbie and yours truly trying to deliver some lunch to the riders – note this is the shallow bit of the creek…

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Megalong Valley really was spectacular countryside…

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As I said “spectacular” anyway you look at it…

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All in all I can’t wait until next years Crackin’ Cancer Megalong Valley fundraiser to be held around the same time, the end of September start of October – make sure you mark it in your diaries cause I have and I’ll be there.   Till next time y’all

Yours in country music – Leigh

Leigh Warren - Country Music Outlaw

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Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks…

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Well they say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks but I’ve just completed a “Cooking for 1 or 2” course which is run over a period of 5 weeks…

I’ve learnt all sorts of things like… how to work out if I should have red or white wine with a meal or both…

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This course is run by the Department of Vet Affairs with the assistance of the Local Returned and Services League (RSL) Australia in conjunction with the Newcastle University. You get to learn about (ok forget the wine) nutrition, basic health issues, different types of foods and what amounts to eat, cross contamination plus more.   Actually I found the course to be very enjoyable even though I was volunteered for the course (feels like I am still in the Army).

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Three ladies from the University of Newcastle that were undertaking a degree were our instructors for the five weeks.   They were great and fitted in with our mad group of ex Military personell.

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Some pictures of the food…. and seriously we did cook it and didn’t get sick afterwards either.   Sadly though I think I have become a tad domesticated 🙁 which I suppose could be a good thing but I am not so sure…

 

Week 5 lunch is served

week 4 this is how you measure the oil

this goes with that sitting outside for lunch

 

Here is the link to the Cooking for 1 or 2 website for more information…

www.cookingfor1or2.org

Leigh Warren - Country Music Outlaw

 

Till Next time – Leigh

 

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The 3rd Annual Crackin’ Cancer Cumberland Trail Horse Riders Club Charity Ride – Sep 28th to Oct 5th

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Yes it’s on again…

From September 28th to October 5th 2013
The 3rd Annual Crackin’ Cancer Cumberland Trail Riders Club Charity Ride

As the poster says…

We will be riding in the beautiful Megalong Valley in the Blue Mountains.   The scenery is spectacular in this part of the world, and the weather is usually very pleasant at this time of year with warm days and crisp nights perfect for horse riders.

The fabulous Country Music Artist Leigh Warren will be playing throughout the week in camp.   On Wednesday night we will be holding a charity auction so bring something along (it’s a lot of fun).

Please Note: You must be a member of an ATHRA club.   Please read the below poster for further information…

For registration information please contact…

Reg Bright 02 4573 6392
Ron Moss 02 6366 3681
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You gotta go to this one I will be…
For more information please visit

Leigh Warren - Country Music Outlaw

Till next time – Leigh

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