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Yay – we can dance again

How good is this! From today at 6pm we don’t need masks in retail, although they still need to be carried for public transport and ride sharing. There will be greater seating in restaurants, cafes and other entertainment areas and 75% capacity at AFL football games, but let’s not be too cavalier, we still need to be mindful that there is still a pandemic in play. But the best news is – we can dance again! It is so exciting to be publishing this magazine again, especially with a terrific new look. Like so many Covid hit us hard too…

Mica Grange Open Garden

Each weekend from 27 March to 25 April plus Easter Monday, the spectacular gardens of Mica Grange with their panoramic views across the Sutton Grange valley will open for their Autumn Sculpture and Garden Art Exhibition. The opening features sculptors from Victoria, South Australia and regional NSW, plus a vast range of garden art, plants and preserves.  The exhibition provides garden lovers with an abundance of creative ideas to enhance the beauty and enjoyment of their own gardens. Group bookings are available weekdays only. This autumn Mica Grange is catering in eco friendly boxes and coffee cups.  Soft drinks will…

Back on the horse

After almost a year in the wilderness, it is so good to be back on the horse producing our first hard copy of Secrets in 12 months. We couldn’t publish until now as all our outlets for the magazine were closed, so readers couldn’t pick up the mag – now life is relaxing and there is a greater sense of normality (whatever the new normal is going to be) we are having fun again. Available from 16th March. Check out our new website http://secretsmagazine.com.au Image by Michael Angang on Unsplash Awesome Artistry and Bravery Back in 2016 we came across…

Autumn Astrology 2021

All the astrological news has been focussed on AQUARIUS. Not only do we have both Jupiter and Saturn in this sign, but we had a line up of three personal planets there as well. One of which was Mercury who retrograded through the sign. So Aquarians this is your moment in time. Jupiter will offer many possibilities to Aquarians, but as you tend to have many plans at the best of times it may just make your cosmos bigger. Luckily Saturn is also winding its way through the sign and it brings groundedness and practicality. So, the Aquarians born between…

Awesome Artistry

Back in 2016 we came across artist Guido Van Helten who had been commissioned to paint murals on disused silos in Brim, which became the first of the now famous ‘silos arts trail. We have now discovered that Guido has taken his talents to Western Australia where he has painted a giant mural on the Wellington Dam in Collie W.A. Covering 8,000 square metres, this mural is a whopper and another in Guido’s awesome record as an outstanding street artist, known worldwide for his creations. This work titled Reflections required a specially designed scaffolding to enable the work to be…

Onward and Upward

The joy expressed by this visitor to the last Pyrenees Unearthed festival in our opening image, exemplifies the sense of relief we were feeling last week about the prospect of life continuing to return to “normal”. After a year we all want to forget, when so many of our much loved festivals and events were cancelled, it was a delight to see many of them returning to the fold in 2021. That was before we were thrown into lockdown once again. This newsletter was ready to post last week, then came the news of another lockdown. It was a shock,…

Brim was the first

Great ideas always have to have a starting point and the now famous Silo Art Trail – Australia’s biggest outdoor art gallery has been one of those inspirational ideas. The Trail brought together renowned street artists from Australia and across the globe to give new life to ailing towns in the Wimmera/Mallee region. The first was the tiny town of Brim whose Active Community Group saw the potential and engaged artist Guido van Helten to turn their disused wheat silos into a giant canvas. In our autumn 2016 Issue we profiled Guido and spoke with Brim’s Shane Wardle about their…

Who you gonna call!

This story about snake catcher Gianni Hodgeson appeared in our autumn 2020 issue of Secrets, which was caught up in the very early stages of Covid-19, so it didn’t travel very far. We thought it was worth posting here especially as snakes are still very active. Not many people like snakes, in fact most of us are scared witless just from the thought of accidentally running into one, or worse, finding one in the house or nearby.  However, there is one young man who absolutely loves snakes and is making a living by removing those unwanted visitors. Gianni Hodgeson, has…

Hello – We’re Back

We had a bit of a break over the Christmas/New Year period, but now we are back and getting into the swing of a more hopeful 2021. We are super excited about producing our first hard copy of Secrets since March, 2020. There have been a few attempts to publish earlier, but Covid restrictions loomed large making it unviable. However, it’s time to move on and we will be back soon with a new look and a new website – let’s get on with 2021. A Look Back As we move to a new era for Secrets Magazine, we thought…

From Paddock to Pint

Hops is not a crop commonly found in the predominately potato farming community of Dean in Central Victoria.  But hops are the preferred crop of craft beer lovers Alistair and Cass Tippett who are working toward supplying the ever growing small scale craft breweries with the essential ingredient of Australia’s favourite beverage – beer. Asked why they chose hops, Alistair simply said, “I love craft beer”.  Al grew up in a farming family growing potatoes, cattle and crops, which one would expect would lead him to continuing along those lines, however after spending years as an agronomist, he became familiar…

The Itch We Couldn’t Scratch

That was 2020 – the year that was an itch we just couldn’t scratch. It started with the devastating bushfires that engulfed parts of New South Wales and Victoria, which coined the term “Black Summer”.  It seemed like the fires would never be extinguished, but they were, thanks to the herculean efforts of volunteer fire brigades across the country, but not before taking several lives, enormous property and stock losses and killing and maming millions of our unique wildlife. While we were mourning the losses from the fires, Covid-19 entered our lives, turning the world as we know it upside…

Covid and your garden

Before Covid19 life was pretty normal for most of us planning ahead in the garden – Covid19 has changed all that.  One benefit of Covid has been in the garden especially The Vegetable Patch.  So here are a few tips that may help the new gardener and maybe the seasoned gardener will pick up a thing or two. FEEDING YOUR GARDENMANURE TEA:  Manure tea can be made from any composted manure. Leave to soak for around 30 days. Collect about 1-2 cups per 9 litre bucket of water. Sieve and dilute so the liquid looks like a weak tea and…