Pendleton Farmstay: Rose, the neighbour’s cat

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Rose is a very pretty, ginger and white tabby with a bobtail and tufted ears like a lynx. She introduced herself to us in the strawbale maze, and then followed us to the other end of the farm; admittedly, she was a bit old and soon tired from walking, so my brother carried her for a while… and then she nearly clawed my hand off when I got too close to him. But she was pretty sweet still, and stuck around for the rest of the visit (i.e. camped on our doormat overnight).

Pendleton Farmstay: Camilla the cuddly camel

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This glamorous creature is Camilla the camel; she lives at Pendleton Farm, located south-east of Keith on the Dukes Highway between Adelaide and Melbourne. (The other glamorous creature is my sister, who sacrificed her hands to Camilla’s close, whiskery, and somewhat smelly examination. Thanks sis!)

Karnak Cemetery: a touch of Victorian Gothic in the bush

South of Goroke, and set away from the main road down a lane, is a tiny bush cemetery with a dozen graves, some of which are fairly recent additions to the older ones. Stopping before the one in the first image, I was struck by the inscription – the death of one’s infant children within a year of each other is a sad thing in anyone’s language.

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‘In loving memory of HARRY GORDON and MABEL PHILLIPS infant children of JP & R Jelbart 1885, 1886. “TILL THE DAY DAWNS.”‘

As I looked away from the main cluster, I saw an impressive headstone way over on the eastern edge, unflanked by others. Making my way across the uneven ground, heavily carpeted in grass and native understorey, I was interrupted by the soft bounding of a large Eastern Grey kangaroo, moving to get away from the human intrusion.

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‘In Loving Memory of JOHN D’ARCY FORREST born in Melbourne 1840, died 26th July 1902. Also children of above LYDIA died Sept. 3rd 1895, LESLIE NORMAN died Nov. 9th 1899.’

After taking a few shots, I spotted another gravestone set against the southern  boundary, tucked beneath some small trees, and made my way through the thick grass to look.

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‘In Loving Memory Our Dear Father GEORGE MUNT died March 9th 1893, aged 65 years. THOUGH LOST TO SPORT. TO MEMORY DEAR. And his son CHARLES HENRY MUNT died Sept. 15th 1951 aged 82 years.’

The day I visited was cool and overcast, but without a hint of the oddness that sometimes overtakes me in places like this.

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