After being in Adelaide for a week we packed up and headed to Polish Hill, located in the Clare Valley region of South Australia between the towns of Sevenhill and Mintaro, for a 4WD Club gathering. We made our way to Auburn, a small town to the south of the Clare region for Wednesday night. Here we stayed at the Auburn Recreation Ground [Camp 6 - 390] and had an enjoyable night around the campfire before turning in for the night. At this stage the layers of clothing had increased to 5!!! - with some overnight rain to freshen things up.
|Polish Hill River Church & Museum|
From Lance's comprehensive itinerary for the weekend we knew the gates to Polish Hill hall and our camping area didn't open until 11 o'clock so this allowed for a sleep in which Hels was most great full as it was quite cold. Upon arrival at Polish Hill we joined another 4 vans already set up and by Thursday night 12 members had settled in which set the scene for a great 'Happy Hour' around the campfire. By Friday night we had more than 30 families camping in the area with several fires in various types of fire places. I'm not sure if this was not a small competition to see who could build the best fireplace. Friday night included soup and sausage sizzle, this just seem to blend into the happy hour, thanks to the cooks Phil & Rolly and Soup makers Jill, Fiona, Carol, Karen, Eli.
Activities enjoyed during the weekend included:
|"Popeye" was the first to light his brazier|
|"happy hour" in the hall|
|Our camp site|
|The other happy hour|
|More braziers, I think the competition was on|
Clare area day trip
- visiting Warwick Grove Olive plantation @ Leasingham (tasting award winning olive oil), morning tea, coffee and cake & wine tasting @ O'Leary Walkers Winery, visited Blyth& called into Medika Art Gallery where resident artist Ian Roberts spoke about his work and history of the Gallery which is a beautiful restored Church built in 1886 (if you're ever passing through Blyth it is well worth a visit). He also instigated the opening of a small cinema which brings big screen movies to the rural community, for me this was a real surprise when I walked through the door and saw the relatively modern theatre. From Blyth we travelled to Clare where we had lunch at the Middle Pub - everyone enjoying delicious meals. From here we travelled back to Polish Hill with a couple of hours to spare before Happy Hour and wine tasting! This trip was organised by Chris and Carol with their local knowledge made for a great day, thanks guys.
|Extra Virgin Olive Oil tasting @ Warwick Grove Olive Plantation|
|The convoy lined up at O'Leary Walker Winery|
|View from veranda at O'Leary's and emu sculpture|
|Was a nice spot for coffee & cake .... & wine|
|Blyth Church and now Art gGllery|
|Sculptures depicting the farming area in Blyth|
|Let the music begin|
|Now for dancing ....|
|St Aloysius Church - Sevenhill|
It was fantastic to catch up with old members of the 4WD club and reminisce about the wonderful trips we had shared over the years. Great to also meet new members and we thank Lance and Jill for all their planning and organisation of a great few days.