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The Pyrenees – it doesn’t get better than this

The Pyrenees has it all. At just over two hours easy drive from Melbourne and an hour from Ballarat and Bendigo, the Pyrenees offers superb wineries, stunning scenery, inspired walking tracks, picnic areas, camping grounds, delicious food and so much more.  A visit to the Pyrenees is an adventure, a place where you can explore and indulge your senses. If you’ve ever deserved a break, this is the year to make it a good one.  Moving beyond one of the most challenging years we can remeber and as we see life slowly, but steadily moving toward a greater state of…

The natural way to unwind

The Covid pandemic threw up a whole new concept for living that for many proved to be stressful. Lockdowns meant separation from family and friends, working from home, parents being teachers, Zoom meetings – it seemed that our lives were controlled by the internet.  Little wonder that so many suffered cyber overload. There is a place where you can recover from those negative vibes.  Imagine no phones ringing constantly, just peace and quiet and communing with nature.  Banyandah Homestead Cabin on the Lake is a stunning farm, close to everything if you need it to be and yet private.  The…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…