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The World is Opening

Our “hero” image is from the peak of Mount Buangor, the highest in the Pyrenees region. As Covid restrictions are being relaxed and we can move around more freely, many are discovering what there is to explore “in our own backyard”. The Pyrenees alone has a wealth of attractions from great food, wineries, camping, bushwalking and the list goes on. As businesses are opening their doors and people are more confident about moving around, each day brings something new to unearth. We still need to take precautions, but to see our towns re-emerge and a new energy return, 2021 is…

Your summer Astrology 2020

Author – Lyndall McQuinn All Eyes On Aquarius All the news is about the Great Conjunction of Jupiter /Saturn which is occurring now, but will be exact on December 15 until December 28 when Jupiter will speed off and leave Saturn alone to continue its path through Aquarius. This is a great Christmas present for us all and such a welcome relief from the oppressive drudge these two added to throughout 2020. Jupiter and Saturn together are famous as some believe this conjunction was the Star of Bethlehem when Christ was born and the star the Wise Kings followed. So…

Did someone say – go!

Twenty eight days of donuts and now I can fly – well at least with caution. Victoria you have done it. Twenty eight days of no new infections leads the experts to say that we have effectively eliminated Covid in the community. The sense of relief is overwhelming. We still have to be cautious, particularly as borders open, but we know what to do now and none of us want another lockdown. It may be small steps for awhile, however they are steps that are going forward. Enjoy Victoria – you deserve it.Image Donna Crebbin Speaking of Images Ballarat photographer…

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…