ARMADALE 4WD CLUB

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YARLOOP ROOFING TRIP Trip Report

MARCH 15TH/16TH

ATTENDEES.
Trevor & Wendy Desmond

Ray & Jan Hankinson

Bob & Janet Smith

Peter and Judy Baker

Earle Lawrence

Steve Gee

After receiving a call from Kim at Skipworth Winery, Trevor proceeded to call for club volunteers to help to replace the burnt out insulation in the Cellar roof, following the Yarloop bushfire. At 6am on March 15th we met 6 others at Byford and headed off in convoy with Trevor as leader and Steve as sweep. We all enjoyed watching sunrise over the Darling Range as we travelled, arriving at the Winery at about 7.30am. Peter and Judy arrived shortly after. By 7.45am the younger guys were on the roof removing sheets of tin and the old insulation, while Trevor and Steve were down below measuring and cutting insulation.

Thanks to Jan H. for making toilets and tables so bright and shiny for our benefit.
Everyone worked hard for several hours, measuring, cutting, rolling, lifting, unscrewing and screwing and some even “dead heading” the many rose bushes around the Cellar.
Just before 10am the ladies produced a variety of delectable goodies for all to enjoy with their tea and coffee. (Thanks ladies for your help). After a well-earned break the guys all returned to their jobs while the ladies washed up and did some serious chatting. By now the weather was really warming up and the iced water was disappearing fast.
Around 12.30pm we all sat down to a BYO lunch, all agreeing that the job was progressing well. After lunch it was back to work with several people suffering from badly aching knees, but everyone was still doing their fair share of the work.

By 3.15pm the new roof insulation was all in place and the roofing tin refixed and washed down, ready to collect rain water for the coming year.
Once everyone was back on Terra Firma, Kim and his friend, Roz, loaded us into their 3 vehicles and took us on a very sobering tour of Yarloop Town site (permits required). It was quite unbelievable to see so much devastation in every direction. Houses, sheds, shops, hotels, the Town Hall, steam museum and vehicles absolutely burnt to the ground. So much history gone forever. Equally amazing to see houses relatively untouched amongst the devastation. It appears that nothing has been done since the terrible fires to start to remove the rubble and maybe start again.
On the other hand it is really amazing to see how the vines in Kim’s vineyard are recovering. They are mostly shooting new leaves and some are trying to produce grapes. They certainly could do with a few mils of rain as the dam ran dry during the fire storm. The valve burnt off the drain arrangement and all the water was lost. Even the trees are shooting lots of new green leaves.

After our very interesting tour we enjoyed a few nibbles and very welcome drink before adjourning to Kim’s house with our meat and salads to enjoy his blackened, but once, magnificent view and some wonderful hospitality from Kim and Roz. Kim provided all the wine during the evening, which was greatly appreciated. ESPECIALLY HIS NEVER BEEN SEEN BEFORE 2008 SHIRAZ, which was the first vintage ever produced totally from grapes grown in this vineyard. We were all very honoured to be the very first TASTERS and all agreed it was a nice drop.
Soon after 10pm we all returned to our camps and bed. Well satisfied after a very, very long day. Thanks again to the ladies and Roz for the delicious salads and fruit salads which we all enjoyed immensely.
Before 8am next morning we waved goodbye to Jan H who was returning home and the guys returned to work to replace the burnt insulation in the gable above the front entrance to the Cellar.
Around 10am the job was complete and the ladies provided morning tea and treats again. We all relaxed and surveyed a job well done!!

We think everyone would agree that it was a pleasure to be of help to someone affected by the devastating Yarloop fire, and we were very surprised when Kim presented the Armadale 4WD Club with a donation. We made it very, very clear that this was definitely not expected but Kim was extremely appreciative and insisted on the generous donation.
Congratulations to all of the members who came along and worked so hard. It is a real pleasure to spend time with you all.

Wendy & Trevor