Wednesday, 16 March 2016

On the way to Penola, South Australia.

On the way to Penola we stopped for lunch at Willalooka in South Australia.
It was here we encountered our first problem of our trip.  The *Anderson Plug from the Caravan to the back of the vehicle was broken, having come out when turning a very sharp corner.  So a trip back up the road some 20 klms to find an Auto Electrician who would fix the problem straight away.  We were very lucky, done in 20 mintues so off we went back down to have lunch at Willalooka.
*Anderson Plug carries power to the battery in the caravan and also for the breaks for the caravan.

Way back up the road we had done 14,000 klms (8,700 miles) thus far on this holiday.

  
After lunch we drove on and came across a Park in honour of Father Julian Tenison Woods who was the Catholic priest of the Penola Parish in the 1860s and with the Blessed Mary MacKillop, they formed the Order of the Sisters of Saint Joseph.

In his role as parish priest of the south-eastern district of South Australia, Father Woods was able to combine his devotion to God's work with his interest in science and nature.
This area of land on the original Limestone Ridge Station was a favourite stop-over during his travels across his parish, and he could often be found preparing sermons, celebrating Mass and rejoicing in the splendour of his natural surrounds beneath the shelter of the towering River Red Gums.

In Father Woods honour there are 7 tree stumps with carvings of people on them.
I did take photos of the 7 carvings but only showing a few.






Father Woods and Mary MacKillop who now is a Saint.

Next to the Park there were some grape vines.


You can see where is Penola on the map, it's the last black circle.  We were next heading for Port Fairy in Victoria.



50 comments:

  1. You were very fortunate that you managed to get a new Anderson plug fitted so easily and quickly.

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    1. Very lucky Rosemary. According to the auto electrician, it was the 'nice' way my husband asked.

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  2. You have found some great wood sculptures in the park.

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    1. Yes they are Nance and we didn't expect to see them either.

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    1. I guess it is, but there were many more klms/miles to be done to get home.

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  4. Hello Margaret,
    A wonderful artwork. Great to see these figures of wood.

    Many greetings,
    Marco

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    1. Different Marco, and not expected either on our journey, so therefore a surprise for us.

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    1. They are indeed very special, and there were boards about all the carvings.

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  6. this is the charm of the trip! but you're very well outing with your failure vehicle ! I'm impressed by the wooden sculptures, so precise with these details! beautiful art !

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    1. The art work was well done, that person who did them is talented.
      Lucky we had come so far without a problem with the vehicle or the caravan until then.

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  7. the carvings really intersting And who was the saint Mary McKilllop

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    1. http://www.marymackillop.org.au/
      There is a link to her site.

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  8. My partner is distantly related to Mother Mary McKillop. Since he is not saintly I tell him that the blood has got very thin before it reached him.
    Loved those carvings, and how lucky that you were able to find a co-operative auto-electrician quickly and easily.

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    1. lol...Interesting to note your partner is distantly related :)
      Those carvings were a surprise which we enjoyed, also we were able to read all about them..
      It was my husbands attitude which impressed the auto electrician :)

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  9. Brings back memories of the 1970's when I with a couple of mates travelled the same route from Adelaide to Melbourne. It sure is an interesting trip to take.
    If you come to Brisbane you should see the St.Mary McKillop chapel which is right next to St.Stephen's Cathedral - a wooden carving like as shown in your Penola photos exists of her in the chapel.
    Have a good "Paddy's Day" tomorrow, they had the march in Brisbane last Saturday??????
    Cheers
    Colin

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    1. Sounds a good trip Colin.
      Finding ones way around Brisbane isn't easy for us..but who knows.
      Last Saturday - good grief, that wasn't St. Patrick's Day!
      Hope you had a good day.

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    2. I have since been told that it is the "custom" here with the Irish Association and Club to hold St.Pat's Day on the Saturday before actual day if it falls on a weekday.
      So I guess people have got accustomed to that for the "march" in the streets. The pubs and clubs have the usual green business on the actual day, so we get 2 "Paddy's day's - we are greedy up here ha ha.
      Colin

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    3. 2 St. Patrick's Day.
      Same here in a Village called Westbury, they are having a celebration on Saturday, tomorrow.

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  10. Looks like you had some beautiful weather for this trip. Those stunning Aussie blue skies are on my mind of late as it seems the haze is returning to Kuala Lumpur. :-(

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    1. Weather on the whole for the 3 months that we were away was very good, but then winter is good where we had been.
      Oh no, that haze isn't the best so I'm told.

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  11. Those wood carvings are amazing, thank you for sharing them with us

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  12. I had to check what an Anderson Plug looked like. You did very well to travel so far without any problem.

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    1. We were very lucky Andrew. Heard of so many people who were not so lucky.

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  13. While on the subject of lunch...it's about time I had some!

    Wonderful carvings...how very interesting!

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    1. Trust you enjoyed your lunch with another lunch today, St. Patrick's Day!

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  14. They are terrific carvings. I enjoyed our trip from Adelaide to Melbourne too but we were in a tour bus and we always said we would like to do it by car. Hopefully one day.

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    1. One day when you both make up your mind to do that trip again or part of.

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  15. These carving are awesome.
    PS: Congratulations on the quick fix with the Anderson Plug.

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    1. They are wonderful to see in the middle of nowhere.
      Thanks.

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  16. I am really happy to have discovered your site, Margaret. I feel like I am getting a personal guided tour of certain regions of Australia.

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    1. I'm pleased you did find it too.
      I expect you are seeing parts of Australia that you wouldn't see other wise.

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  17. Those carvings are amazing. Thanks for sharing.

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  18. The wood carvings are amazing. Some people are just so talented.

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    1. The artist if certainly talented.
      Congratulations are in order to you too :)

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  19. Glad you got your plug fixed quickly and easily.

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  20. 8,700 miles ... that is a long way, but you have been seeing and sharing some wonderful sights.
    Those trees in your first photo look lovely and the wood carvings are amazing.

    I am pleased you put a map up too, because it gives us so much more to learn and enjoy with you, thank you.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Yes a long way - I don't always remember to put the map there!

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