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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?…

Lock Up Your Ostrich

The media is full of doom, gloom and vitriol, so we thought it was time for a little levity, with thanks to the VicEmergency App. A notice came through yesterday warning of an outbreak of Avian Influenza in two poultry farms in Lethbridge in the Golden Plains Shire. The advice was quite extensive and informative, especially when listing the birds most susceptible to infections. These included domestic fowl, ducks, geese, guinea fowl, pheasants, quail, turkeys and ostriches. Can’t remember the last time I saw an Ostrich in a chook shed, but if you have one, make sure you lock it…

Breathing Life Through Art

The word retirement usually conjures up images of lazy days sitting in the sun, reading the newspaper with a cup of coffee in hand – not so for artist Alison Parkinson.  Alison has enjoyed a very full life as a portraitist, landscape artist, sculptor, jewellery maker, French polisher and teacher, however when asked about retirement. Alison says, “I’ve never been busier and I’m loving it”.  Alison has had exhibitions, both solo and collaborative, in various commercial galleries around Australia.  Most recently she had a very successful show of portraits at the Backspace Gallery – operated by the Art Gallery of…

Ch-ch-ch-changes

Just when you think you’ve caught the ball, the rules of the game change. The only constant in life is change, but when change seems to happen hourly, there is a collective cry going into the ether – “Give us a break!” There is a silver lining – or is there? Whilst the throngs of Melbourne travellers are on hold for awhile, we are being told that we should encourage visitors from other regional areas. We are fortunate where we are – we’re not called Central Victoria for nothing – and our towns are easily accessed from around the rest…

WE ARE HERE

Castlemaine State Festival announces $15,000 in commissions for regional Victorian artists To celebrate regional Victoria’s diverse and forward-thinking creative community, Castlemaine State Festival’s COVID-19 artist relief project will offer respite for vulnerable artists as well as provide a platform to showcase new art forms, ideas and attitudes. WE ARE HERE will provide grants for a suite of bold new works by artists living in Mount Alexander Shire, Macedon Ranges, Hepburn Shire, Central Goldfields Shire and the City of Greater Bendigo, or projects created within these regions. Four new performing/live works artists will receive a grant of $3,000 to bring their…