Time flies when you’re busy. It’s been two weeks since our last diary entry and, despite lots of rain days, we’re making slow but steady progress building nightfall camp’s new luxury tent accommodation on the edge of Lamington National Park in Queensland’s Gold Coast Hinterland.
Between showers, days of drizzle and a seemingly never-ending sea of mud, Steve, Olivier and Nico – two of our much appreciated WWOOFers (Willing Workers on Organic Farms) – have worked hard to complete two more permanent tent frames. Late last week, amid much excitement, we also successfully fitted another roof. The next one shouldn’t be far behind.
It’s with some trepidation that we now await the return of our builder to construct the new tent’s wire-brushed floors. After six months of unseasonably wet weather and no let-up in sight, we’re a little concerned about the likelihood of high moisture levels in the timber boards. If the percentage is too high, they will need to sit awhile to dry before they can be laid — a delay we hope we will not face!
It’s also been a busy time for myself and Anna – our third WWOOFer. We’ve been madly sewing tent canvas’ and sourcing materials, including ‘raw’ un-coated brass taps, similar shower-heads and quality mosquito netting, suitable for dying and crafting into the canopies above each tent’s luxurious king-sized bed.
Our vintage European tin baths also arrived on Friday. They’re a soft silver colour, spacious at the head and narrow at the foot, cleverly reducing the amount of water needed for a hot soak, without compromising comfort. We’re now scheming about how best to road test our lightweight hot tubs beside nightfall camp’s tumbling Gold Coast Hinterland creek waters – inspired of course by this image from Norway’s Canvas Hotel.