Auburn Sign - Birthplace of CJ Dennis

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I went for a walk up Greenslade Road this morning after a cuppa with Evelyn and Chloe, then set out for Clare to explore the Clare Valley. Gorgeous rolling golden hills are a feature between Saddleworth and the first small town I passed through, Auburn, whose claim to fame is being historic and the birthplace of poet “C J Dennis”. One notable thing about these small villages is the size and grandeur of their Churches, whatever the denomination.

After Auburn I drove through vineyards – the start of the Clare Valley – through small hamlets, Watervale, Sevenhill and Pentwortham – all with B & B accommodation available and cellar doors to visit. I’m driving so visiting Cellar Doors isn’t on the agenda. As I get to Penwortham I notice a monument sign so pull over. The monument is John Horrocks’ Cottage circa 1839. It is a pioneer’s cottage and is the oldest stone building in the state north of Gawler. John Horrocks was an explorer and established Penwortham (he was associated with Eyre). He is buried in the cemetery at St Mark’s Church.

Clare has some magnificent buildings and they are very well preserved. The new town hall is built on the site of the former Flour Mills which burnt down in 1890 – the building was a blackened mess for 24 years before a committee formed and purchased the land in 1923 – a new town hall was opened in April 1926 after a generous benefactor donated the money for the building.

St Michael Archangel Catholic Church is impressive and sits in the grounds of the Catholic School. Across the road are some fine examples of housing architecture. Even the memorial gates into the sporting fields are grand.

On my way into Clare I’d noticed a sign for Neagles Rock Lookout (so close to Eagle Rock, I had to check it out – anything Eagles has to be good!!), so I headed up the hill to investigate. It certainly was a climb to get to the rock – 455 metres above sea level – felt like straight up!! The view was somewhat obscured by trees but it was worth the climb.

I headed home to catch up on the washing, photos, blog and diary – luckily in the air-conditioned comfort of the donga as it is very humid and hot today.