Our day began with the intention to meet at McGraths Hill McDonalds at 8:00am… members, obviously full from the previous days Easter festivities arrived one by one until at 9:15am, we were on our way!
Eight thoroughbred vehicles with a number of "imports" lined Windsor Road, in cavalcade, into North Richmond and up to Bilpin, via Kurrajong Heights to Mt Wilson where the walnuts were to be had!
No doubt about the "finer air" in the outer altitudes of the greater Sydney metro it seemed the higher we climbed the better the Italian Machinery performed.
We arrived at Arrellana our Italian cars combined with Walnut & Chestnut trees in the background - It truly looked “Tuscan like!". Here, our members picked nuts, filled many buckets (approx 200kg worth) everywhere you looked, you could see people smiling and laughing, a very satisfied IMSMC fraternity.
By 1:00pm we had set up camp at the Cathedral of Ferns picnic ground. Within minutes, the IMSMC restaurant was buoyant - the smell of Barbeque, olive oil, Italian Herbs & spices and the occasional "cling" of a glass or two, could be heard throughout the picnic ground.
After lunch, member Adrian Murer presented the crowd with a shiny set of "bocce balls" - An Italian equivalent of lawn bowls and quite quickly, it was on Boys vs. Girls, young vs. younger - some incredible athleticism and skill shown by all!
Meanwhile, espresso coffee and watermelon was being prepared back at camp. Members regrouped for a "cuppa & slice"...a conclusive chat and then it was homeward bound!