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Castlemaine – Stoneman’s BooksStoneman’s Bookroom has been a Castlemaine icon since the early 1960s.  Its wide range of titles, authors and genres makes it a treasure trove for book lovers from near and far.  Stoneman’s Bookroom is a proud independent bookseller and is well loved in this Central Victorian Goldfields town.  Located at 101 Mostyn St.  www.stonemansbookroom.com.au Talbot – Slightly Bent BooksSlightly Bent Books is a literary lover’s world of books, new, old and antiquarian.  Visitors will find books on art and antiques, fiction and history and lifestyle.  Open weekends from 11am to 3pm, Slightly Ben Books is on the…

In Your autumn garden

Image by Alana Harris – Unsplash Autumn is bulb time, to help you get the basics in place for that beautiful flower display in winter, spring and summer here’s a few tips to help you on your way. Basic rules are that bulbs are planted twice as deep as the bulb is high and the same distance apart.  The right planting depth is important to keep the bulb cool. However, do not plant too deeply as its shoots will fail to reach the surface before its stored energy runs out.  Orientation of your bulb is important – ensure that the…

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…

Award for very happy hens

While the blue egg cartons have only recently started appearing in stores around the region, the eggs produced by the very happy hens from Creswick Open Range Farm have won a Silver Medal for free range eggs at the Australian Food Awards. Not bad for a new(ish) product. Proof that hard work and dedication to a dream can pay off. You can pick up your Creswick Open Range Farm eggs at Creswick Market on 17th August. Ballarat International Foto Biennale opens next weekend. One of Israel’s leading photographers, Adi Nes, exhibits his tenderly subversive images at Ballarat International Foto Biennale….

Talbot Farmers Market 15 Years On …

Talbot Farmers’ Market began quietly in 2004 as one of the earliest farmers’ markets in regional Victoria. The early markets were so well managed and promoted by the organising committee that it set a very high bar for those that followed and it still, fifteen years later, leads the way. Held on the third Sunday each month, over eighty stallholders sell seasonal fruit and organic vegetables, cheese, bread, wine, oils and all the things you would expect to find, reminiscent of celebrated European markets. Attracting around 1500 people each month, more in fine weather, the market has brought new life…

Everyone needs a guide

You can take a punt when you visit a region, roam around without a definite destination in mind, waste an awful lot of time, energy and patience or you can pick up one of the fabulous little pocket guides to find some of the leading antiques and collectables venues as well as bookshops and eclectic coffee shops of the Bendigo Region. The pocket guides can be found at the regional information centres in Bendigo, Castlemaine, Maryborough and Loddon regions. For other day trips and more to do in the Bendigo region visit http://www.bendigoregion.com

A town welcomes its new hub

Creswick’s long awaited new supermarket is close to fruition.  It has been a long road for everyone, but this new entity is bound to become a hub not only of the town, but the surrounding region.  We spoke to owner Steve Sellars and you can read his story here. https://bit.ly/31beD7t ARJ BARKER – WE NEED TO TALK “Hey, you got a hour? Look, I’ve been thinking about…us, and where we’re headed. This isn’t easy, but I need to be 100% honest with you, even if what I say makes you laugh, very, very hard. You had better sit down for…

We Just Had To Hang in There

When a town has outgrown its only supermarket, what do you do? The easy answer is to build a new one, but when construction is estimated to take eight or nine months and you need to vacate the current premises – what then? That was the dilemma faced by Steve Sellars, owner of the Creswick IGA Supermarket. The answer came in the form of a “pop up” supermarket in the vacant British Hotel. Not the ideal solution, but one Steve says he had to make “I couldn’t leave the town without a supermarket and I couldn’t leave the staff without…

All That Glitters at Bendigo Writers Festival

More than a star or two – it’s a glittering constellation heading to Bendigo in August for three days that will light up your thinking. The theme for this year – the eighth Bendigo Writers Festival – is “All That Glitters”, because we all know there’s more than gold that shines.  The international line-up includes scientist Paul Davies, who is following up his challenging books on the idea of God with research into the deepest, most basic of questions, “What is Life?” Also heading to Bendigo are international best-selling novelist, Min Jin Lee, author of the cross-cultural saga Pachinko, as…

Making Evil

How similar is your brain to a psychopath’s? How many people have murder fantasies?  These may sound like dark questions, but under the gaze of criminal psychologist, Dr Julia Shaw, they become intriguing. London-based Dr Shaw is heading to Australia in August as a guest of Bendigo Writers Festival, to talk about her new book, Making Evil.  She’s been touring Europe prior to heading Downunder, and the book is already making waves and prompting discussion about whether it’s right to label people who have committed evil acts. Is someone who has committed murder henceforth to be known as “a murderer”? …

Kicking above its weight

Not only is the town of Creswick adding new businesses to the landscape as we noted last week, but three local businesses have just been awarded gongs as finalists in The Federation Business School Commerce Ballarat Business Excellence Awards 2019.  A long title, but no less admirable.  Well done, Springmount Fine Foods, Creswick Pharmacy and the Farmers Arms Creswick Hotel. Board The SILVER STREAK – Food & Wine Train August 3 : 12:00 pm – 1:45 pm AEST This catered service has operated continuously on the first Saturday of the month for over 15 years.  Thousands of guests have enjoyed the delights of…

Always Something to Do

They say a picture paints a thousand words and our main photo by Donna Crebbin is testament to that statement.  We have used Donna’s images on the covers of Secrets several times, as she has an ability to capture the true essence of the subjects she is photographing, especially horses and “action heroes”. MALDON IN WINTER The Maldon In Winter festival is on again and runs until 14th July. It’s an annual festival of events during the coolest part of the year. To warm the heart and soul you can join a monster bonfire at Maldon Golf Club. B.Y.O marshmallows,…