Getting Ready To Start Another Holiday Camp Season
Some more thoughts!
Imagine the smell of fresh paint, the dinning room, ballroom, chalets all waiting in anticipation for the forthcoming season, bringing laughter, drama, tears?? The atmosphere at the holiday camp prior to the season's kick off was all the above, a slight chill, still in the air in the early spring morn.
Chairs being taken down from their tables, dusted and placed into position ready for the hungry diners. Backstage, boxes, numbered for reference to their content for use in whatever fancy dress or show requirements.
At the back of the kitchens, the large half filled with water, tin marmalade pot strategically placed to trap the endless wasps that strafe the kitchen staff throughout the warm summer months.
Music, Carol King or Neil Young drifting from the staff rooms above the dinning room. Store rooms filled with the endless tins of pears, awaiting the drizzle of chocolate creating desserts for the many, scone mix, onion gravy boxes, almost aware of their fate to be mixed with jam and poured over sausages & mash respectively.
The bleachy smell of the swimming pool, being cleaned after it's winter solace, blankets, sheets pillows, all aired and knowing of their use to cover sleepy guests, still singing 'good night campers' as they drift off into holiday dreams.
It was at times like this one can imagine that buildings can have some sort of spirit, or is it our minds filled with the expectations and memories that create this illusion??
I remembered the names of the reception staff, Carol, Madeleine, Joan, lovely ladies, who always seemed to be amazed at some of the antics Dave Fry & I would do.
Hope life is good - ttfn
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901 Pacific Coast Highway
Bay of Plenty
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