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Tribute to a master craftsman

In the spring 2014 issue of Secrets Magazine we featured a story written and photographed by Hilary Finch on Don O'Connor, a master craftsman who turned his hand to many crafts, but who in latter years resurrected the old trade of timber bending.  Sadly, Don and his partner Sue Ewart lost their lives in a road accident in mid November, 2016.  We republish this article in tribute to an exceptional artisan and his life partner and helpmate. Read More
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From little things, big things grow

In the autumn 2016 issue of Secrets, we profiled artist Guido van Helfen and the amazing artwork he brought to the silos of the tiny town of Brim.  It appears that Guido's creation was the start of a 'silos art-trail' that has already brought much needed tourism visitation to Victorian towns ... Read More
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David Ferry’s exhibition at the Post Office Gallery

THE INVADER’S GUIDE TO THE BRITISH ISLES - Wed 26 Oct – Sun 20 Nov 2016 Providing a survey of David Ferry’s continued visual exploration of guides to British Heritage, this exhibition features work from series that span twenty-five years. The picture books, found in charity shops, are first subjected to simple ... Read More
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A charming family day out

If you’ve ever been to a Steiner school fair, you’ll know they offer a certain charm not found at most events providing ‘kids activities’. If the thought of natural play spaces, creative, engaging children’s activities and a warm welcoming atmosphere appeal, perhaps you should make your way to Castlemaine Steiner ... Read More
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Open Studio for Wildlife Artist – Lyn Cooke

Renowned wildlife artist Lyn Cooke will open her studios that sit in a bush setting near Creswick on the weekend of 15th & 16th October. Lyn's work is exceptional and this is an opportunity to talk to Lyn and see how she painstakingly creates her beautiful paintings.  Entry is free. Read More

Art & beautiful gardens

Merging the wonders of Art with Beauty of Garden Read More
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It’s all in Harcourt at Skydancers

Gardens, gifts, butterflies and a gorgeous café Read More
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The best for weddings

Central Victoria is fast becoming a major destination for weddings, especially amongst couples from the metropolitan area.  Some couples are looking for that casual, “bale of hay” style country wedding, whilst others want high end sophistication of fine dining.  The region provides it all.  From the Macedon Ranges and towns ... Read More
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The Ultimate wedding venue

When Jodi and Damien Aylward bought Sault Restaurant, near Daylesford after celebrating their own wedding there, they couldn’t have imagined where the journey would lead - ten years and two children later.  Sault is now recognised as a premium restaurant and wedding venue, with exemplary dining and service delivery.  However, ... Read More
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The Way of Arnie

Arnie Way, owner of Flowers in a Vase in Woodend had for many years thought she would like to move into floristry, but hadn’t really gotten around to it.  However, after 25 years of working in banking and hotels and following a bout of ill health, it was time to ... Read More