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Through her lens

Donna Crebbin is an amateur photographer, based in Ballarat who has a passion for snow, the high country and most of all – Australia’s Brumbies. For the second year in a row, Donna has been shortlisted for the prestigious Australian Photography Awards with her photograph of the brumby stallion calling his mob. A camera is never far from Donna’s hand ready to capture the unexpected shot whenever it presents itself. Her photographs are evocative and displays a talent that is impressive. We are also proud that she often shares her stunning images with this magazine. Click here to see more…

Doughnuts say it all

Doughnuts have taken on a new meaning with the latest figures on Covid infections. No new cases for thirteen days (from today 12th Nov). This is the best news we have had for a very long time and what a wonderful way to round out the most challenging year we have probably all faced. Victorians deserve a huge pat on the back – we did the right thing and now we reap the rewards. Unlikely that life will be exactly what we knew, things have changed and we are probably facing a reset in how we live, work and play,…

The Drawbridge is down

Those of us who are fortunate to live in regional Victoria have empathised with our metropolitan cousins stuck in the longest and toughest lockdown in the world. We now rejoice with them that most restrictions on their lives has been lifted. To say they’re excited is an understatement. Reports on the first day are of large crowds in shops, cafes serving coffee from the early hours and (not so good) lots and lots of road traffic. The euphoria will settle and a new normal will prevail, which means that from 8th November, we will be welcoming city dwellers to our…

One Small Step

Six years ago – spring 2014 to be precise, our cover featured this great image by photographer Kyle Behrend, courtesy of Edgar’s Mission. This was one of, if not the favourite covers we’ve had in the more than fifteen years of Secrets Magazine. As we are slowly, albeit cautiously emerging from the impositions of Covid lockdown, it really is a ‘one step at a time’ process. If we remain sensible, considerate and vigilant, those steps will become, two, then three and we’ll soon be running once again. Where Art and Nature Go Hand in Hand Set in one of Victoria’s…

For the love of Grapes & Opals

Peter Fyffe, owner and wine grower of Glenwillow Wines is a man of many colours and passions.  He grows grapes, mines opals, lives in an underground house and loves the wines that his grapes produce. The wines come from his vineyard at Yandoit, which Peter along with his brother and a few friends developed by scrubbing out a sheep paddock on the family farm and planting the vines.  The result, after twenty years of hard work is an award winning range of premium red wines recognised as a Bendigo Big Red.  As a Bendigo winegrower, Peter is part of the…

Art and Nature go hand in hand

Located in the foothills of Mt. Alexander with stunning views across the Sutton Grange valley stands Mica Grange a glorious 40 hectare property that is a must visit at any time of the year, but especially in spring. Owners Bede and Mary Gibson love their picturesque property and it shows in the beautiful gardens, which lend themselves seamlessly to the staging of the Mica Grange Spring Open Garden Sculpture Exhibition. The Exhibition opens on 24th October and runs for six weekends to 29th November including the Monday and Tuesday of Melbourne Cup week. Entry is very reasonable at $7 with…

Innovation a legacy of Covid

This pandemic lockdown has been hard, annoying, boring, scary and just a pain in the proverbial, so it is exciting and energising to hear of people being innovative and creatively moving forward. Many businesses and events have gone online and we mention a couple in this post – and that’s great for those that can, but it’s a bit difficult to drink a coffee over the internet. So we’re seeing clever and brave people opening new businesses, buying businesses and reinventing older ones. Our regional councils and tourist offices are also being clever and looking ahead . We can talk…

Bendigo Heritage Uncorked Festival Goes Online

One of Bendigo’s longest running wine and food festivals – Bendigo Heritage Uncorked – hosted by winemakers of Bendigo, has been very innovative by taking the celebrated festival online. For the first time in history Bendigo Heritage Uncorked is going virtual. The wine chat series, from unseen spaces within Bendigo’s historic buildings, will be broadcast live as individual events over six Fridays. Bendigo Heritage Uncorked – The Unseen Series is a reimagined online wine series to be enjoyed in the comfort of home. Each Friday, local host, Kathie Bolitho, chats to three winemakers from the unseen corner of a historic…

Its a boost for Queensland

It’s official – the 2020 AFL Grand Final will be at The Gabba in Queensland. Who would have thought. For the footy fans amongst us, (obviously I’m one of them), it is beyond imagining that the mecca for football, the MCG will be empty and forlorn this year. As a lifelong Western Bulldogs/Footscray supporter, one of the best days of my life was going to the Grand Final in 2016 when we won against all expectations. Just getting there was an emotional ride. My son had always promised me that if we ever made it to the Grand Final he…

One Day We’ll Dance Again

And hopefully it will be sooner rather than later. The reducing numbers in active Covid cases is testament that the majority of Victorians support and are prepared to follow the directions of the Health Authorities for the good of all of us. Let’s keep up the good work and hopefully Christmas might just be a very merry one. Secrets in Summer Like everyone we’re trying to find our way through the uncertainty of today’s world. We’ve been throwing fifteen balls in the air and hoping to catch at least one. Just when we think we can schedule a “hold in…

Spring Astrology 2020

Mars as the Ignitor.Does spring promise more than winter?  The build-up of Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto are still emphasizing Capricorn. They are all in conjunction, which is creating the oppressive and over-powering energy we are all living under. Jupiter and Saturn will both turn direct in Spring, which will at least give us movement towards new circumstances instead of going over old ground, which we have had for most of winter.  Jupiter makes another exact conjunction with Pluto from the 8th to the 14th of November, the last two have given us lock downs so let’s hope the third one…

How large is your footprint?

Real Estate Agents are reporting a marked increase in enquiries and sales from Melbourne residents wishing to relocate to regional areas.  The image of the bush block and rolling plains, clean air and easier lifestyle that has been lurking in the mindset of many is now manifesting into firing up the moving van. The country idyll is something many aspire to and there is a lot to recommend it, but there is more to consider when moving to a country area than first meets the eye.  How big is the footprint going to be on the land?  What about bushfires?…