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Headed out of Mount Gambier this morning towards Penola where we decided to have breakfast – nice little cafe called Vintage – great breakfast, excellent coffee, after which we strollled arounf Penola – made famous by Mary MacKillop who moved to Penola when she was 18 to work as a governess for her uncle. She mixed with wealthy family friends but it was Father Julian Tenison Woods who had the most profound influence on her life & inspired her commitment to the education of children.Sue Caine's photo. She took her final vows in 1869. Petticoat Lane (formerly Christie’s Row), renamed because of its predominance of female children born to the early families in the street, is among the oldest streets in SA & still retains original timber slab cottages & red gum guttering. Incredible the ingenuity of that era, wallpaper was plentiful and cheap so the used it on walls, ceilings & other areas of the home. 'The Mary MacKillop school Penola'Leaving Penola we travelled another 21 klms up the road to find the Tenison Woods Sculptures, each one carved from a single tree & depicting the life of Father Julian Tenison Woods. Stopped briefly at Katnook Estates Winery (est 1867) & set on 400 hectares with lovely old stone buildings and vineyards as far as you can see. Lunch in a lovely little park in Bordertown, feeding the ducks before moving on to our final stop for tonight, Brim, with its wonderful mural painted silos, standing 30 m tall – the identity of the characters remain a mystery, known only to the artist. Free camping along the Brim river.

Sue Caine's photo.

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