Image: Nightfall’s ‘beach’ – soon to have a day bed for relaxing by the creek, as you would at the coast, but without the crowds.  ‘The beach’ is also a lovely spot for a romantic candlelit dinner

The weeks are flying by and piece by piece the Scenic Rim’s Nightfall is beginning to take shape,  albeit a touch slower than we’d like,  after some rain delays.

We now have more than half our luxury tent platform footings in the ground,  the steel for the frames is cut and stacked and welding of the next roof and wall posts underway.  Sewing of the canvas  is also coming along nicely.  The first prototype tent should be completely enclosed in the next few days  –  the perfect opportunity to update our photos.

Our roller-coaster luxury camp adventure continues to be just that:  for me,  there are challenges in learning to handle sewing large expanses of canvas (without the pins used by seamstresses) and I have a whole new respect for the makers of clear plastic blinds.   It’s a devil of a material to work with on an old industrial machine.

Steve’s days oscillate between metalwork,  welding and landscaping.  We had about 350mm of rain in the recent big event —  enough to give  Christmas Creek a good flush,  without threatening our infrastructure,  but there are still overland flows which need to be managed to avoid erosion.

Floods are always amazing:   you know you’re safe,  well-above the raging white waters,  but the sheer force of nature is breath-taking.  Then,  three days after the surge,  the creek turns almost aqua in colour.  It’s one of our favourite times to coast the rapids in inflated tyre-tubes and also to ‘beach-comb’ looking for driftwood and other treasures among the flotsam and jetsam.

Zoe's rapid ride sequence 10

Image:  ‘tubing’ down the rapids –  achievable most of summer in an average season, but best after rain.