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They may be creaking, but they are opening

Now businesses are slowly opening, albeit cautiously, it will be interesting how quickly the public embrace a revived freedom. Personally, I dropped into Smokey Town Cafe in Creswick for a take away coffee today, but decided to enjoy it and a muffin sitting at a table. I had no idea how good it would feel to have that option again and how good that coffee tasted in a mug. We still need to practice social distancing as we still need to get through winter, but our towns rely on our businesses, let’s support them. Speaking of support Regular readers to…

Will this be you on Monday

As the drawbridge lowers, will you be in the frontline of those rushing out to sit down and enjoy that coffee in your favourite cafe? It is pleasing to know that we can slowly start to move about, but cautiously. Enduring the past three months clearly indicate that as a society we are looking at a lifestyle reset in our working lives, living practices and socially. We can do it! Here’s a few things to look forward to … ‘Peaks, Wetlands and Rivers’ Part One – Mount Greenock Time travel back 180 years to three seldom visited environments and events…

Remember When?

This is how the MCG looked when Western Bulldogs won the premiership in 2016 – alive and vibrant – now with the shutdown it is looking very sad and lonely. Hopefully, it won’t be too long before life returns to the ‘old lady’. Story of the Week Escaping Persecution for a better life. This story is about Della Vreeland’s family and of their journey from their homeland Iran to escape religious persecution, to a life of peace and freedom in Australia. Can’t eat out? Bring the goodies in. We can’t dine out, but we can order in and there are…

New Pop Up Farmers Market

Have you been missing Farmer’s Markets and all that wonderful fresh produce?  You’re not on your own, but relief is in sight. Allendale Nursery is hosting the first Pop Up Farmers Market in Allendale on Sunday 26th April. The market is supported by the Shire of Hepburn and is classified as an essential – it is food after all and fresh regional produce.  You can’t get better than that! No entry fee – No early admission – No amenities on site – Strict Covid 19 rules apply. Please share with everyone you know.  We are all here for the community. …

We’re still hanging in.

Do you feel like your stuck in a basket with nowhere to go? News reports are indicating that the drawbridge may be partially lowered in the not too distant future. That is hopeful, but it will still be difficult to recover, especially for eateries, as it appears that they will be the last to reopen. Our towns and the region as a whole needs those businesses to remain viable as they are the lifeblood of our communities. They bring in tourists and tourists bring in business and business is what we all rely upon. Two new stories online at https://wp.secretsmagazine.com.au…

Food Won Her Heart

WHEN Tim Bone first met his wife Abbey, it wasn’t his charm or good looks that won her over. It was his cooking. The Ballarat couple met 10 years ago through mutual friends, and it’s fair to say that Tim’s culinary capabilities were his strongest weapon in love. “I definitely won her heart with my cooking,” Tim laughs. Food has always played a huge part in Tim’s life. The 2019 MasterChef contestant says he always loved watching cooking shows and savouring his mother’s homemade meals. But it wasn’t until he started university 15 years ago that he realised his full…

The new normal

We hear words like, unprecedented, we’re in this together, we’ll get through this, the new normal, . People have lost jobs, businesses have closed, lives have been placed on hold, so what will be the new normal.  On the whole, we have accepted the shutdown.  We are being good people, keeping our distance, not touching, following the rules and while it isn’t easy, mostly we seem to be rolling with this current way of life. Our efforts appear to be working, possibly taking us closer to a time when we can start to plan again – maybe that will be ‘the new…

Doing the Corona Dance

Once upon a time, in the days of BC (before Corona), a trip to the supermarket was simple. The pantry and fridge needed restocking, so we travelled along the aisles filling our trolleys with what we needed, often adding items we didn’t need, (the power of subliminal advertising).  We would be remotely aware of our fellow shoppers, but not particularly engaged.  Not so now …. …. Now a trip to the supermarket has taken us to a different dimension.  We walk through the doors, collect a trolley, then stop.  This is new!  Signs on the floor telling us to keep…

Plate Up Ballarat

Although the Plate Up Ballarat Festival for 2020 has been cancelled, this story profiles founder Kate Davis and her passion for her home town. THREE years ago, Ballarat’s Kate Davis decided to create a festival combining her three loves – food, wine, and her hometown. “I had seen a huge change in the dynamism of the food offerings we had here in Ballarat,” Kate says. “The people behind the venues are so progressive and were really starting to lead the way in a true contemporary way.” And so Plate Up Ballarat was born – a food and wine festival showcasing…

A tree change that worked

By Lily Mason When I first decided to leave my city upbringing and live the dream in a small Victorian town, I assumed I’d be sacrificing a lot. But very quickly I adopted the slower pace, the fresher air and realised that I wasn’t missing out on anything. In fact, I’d gained so much. Clunes, has a population of roughly 1700, it’s about half an hour from Ballarat, serviced by a few trains a day and is steeped in gold rush history. The town has more recently become known for its International Booktown status and is home to a campus…

The Changing Storm

Like everyone else, we at Secrets Magazine are trying to come to terms with the current and constant changes affecting our lives. As a Taurean, I find change challenging, that’s not to say I don’t like variety in life, I actually love it, as long as my core remains static and I believe that to be true of most of us. With all the reports about the Corona Virus, to feel scared is understandable. These are difficult times, but if we remain calm, rational and care about each other, we will come through, hopefully stronger and healthier than ever. We are…

High on a Hill

Wombat Hill House Café is ideally located within the outstanding Wombat Hill Botanical Gardens overlooking Daylesford.  Offering simple food sourced locally, including delicious breads and pastries from Dairy Flat Farm, this is the perfect spot for a great coffee, glass of wine, all day grazing and take away and no reservations required.  Or you can choose to go for that special indulgence –  High Tea – minimum 2 guests, but bookings are essential for this one.  Wombat Hill House Café also offer special picnic hampers.  With our usually benign autumn weather, there is no better way to share time with…