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Your horoscope for Winter 2020

Editor’s Note: Although we haven’t been able to produce a print magazine for winter, it doesn’t mean you have to miss out on Lyndall McQuinn’s insightful predictions for winter. In a year that has thrown up more challenges than most of us have ever had to face, with more uncertainty as we move forward in a very turbulent world, some guidance never goes astray. The winter months of 2020 are equally as interesting as the autumn months, but with a different flavor of course. GEMINI /SAGITTARIUS.The major new comer into the picture is Gemini. The nodes are now moving in…

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…

A Bit of Pin Money

It’s hump day, that day in the week when it’s neither one thing or another – it’s not the beginning of the week and it’s not the end, it is just there.  It is the day when any niggling little doubts we have about anything at all, can blow out of all proportion sending us into black dog land. When I woke this morning I was in a classic hump slump.  There have been a few slumps during this period of lockdown.  I don’t have any problems being alone, I’ve always been comfortable with my own company, but the sudden…

Escaping persecution

Della Vreeland writes about her family’s struggle to leave Iran for a new life in Australia. GROWING up in Iran, Aladdin Jamali remembers being actively bullied daily. “Every day without a break, I was bullied and beaten by the teachers and students simply for my beliefs,” he recalls. “There wasn’t a day that went by I wasn’t hurt. There were many nights I remember our neighbours throwing stones at our windows and hurling abuse, and as a child it was very scary.” Aladdin is a Baha’i – a member of Iran’s largest non-Muslim religion whose adherents have been persecuted since…

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. …

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…

A Story of Hope & Trust

Predictions of mass unemployment, closed businesses not reopening paints a grim view of the times ahead.  The mass shutdown created by the CoronaVirus hit fast and it hit hard.  People from all levels and all walks of life have had to adjust to a new paradigm.  No matter how dark the picture is painted there is always hope.  Australians have come through very tough times in the past – the Spanish flu, the Great Depression, two World Wars, Vietnam, bushfires and more, communities worked together and as a nation we triumphed.    This story isn’t related to any of the…

Salvaging the Past

The premise behind Annie and Shane Brereton’s business is pretty simple in theory – rescue, repurpose, reuse. Practically, it’s not something that can be achieved easily for most. But for this Melbourne couple, sustainable living is at the core of all they do. Annie and Shane are the brains behind the Salvage Merchants, a venture which provides end-to-end solutions for setting up and managing short-term rentals – this includes everything from finding a property, redesigning it, styling it and marketing it.  “We deliver this service with our overarching business ethos of ‘rescue, repurpose, reuse’ and this is embodied in every…

Timing is Everything

It has been said that timing is everything in life.  It may not always be everything, but it can come pretty close, especially if you are an author about to launch your second novel and the pandemic shutdown hits hard and fast. Author Kirsten Krauth was about to launch her new book, Almost a Mirror, which has been shortlisted for the Penguin Literary Prize, with a number of festivals and events scheduled to bring her new tome to prominence.  Suddenly the doors shut and Kirsten has had to rethink how to present her new book to reach an audience.  Utilising…

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…

A Unique Studio

It’s hard to find the words to describe Allendale Studios with its mix of visual art, sculpture, ceramics and unique hand crafted, women’s fashion ware.  The creation of well known sculptor and ceramicist, Dianne Coulter, there is a surprise around every corner, from walking through the entrance gate, along the winding path through the expansive garden and into the studio that also has a bar and refreshment corner. A deep thinker with a very strong sense of social justice, Di’s artwork is a reflection of how she views the world.  There is a story in each piece and whilst her…