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Into Retro & Vintage Fashion?

You need this guide To have a personal guide is a huge advantage when exploring our region and when that guide fits neatly into the pocket, it’s even better. The Pocket Guide to Retro and Fashion of the Bendigo Region is a good friend for any traveller.  By building their own personal itinerary, visitors can choose, where and in what direction to take that allows the freedom to include other sights and interest points, making the excursion even more enjoyable. The guide has been designed by key destinations within the Bendigo Region to make the journey delightful.  This is a…

A Stylish Winter at Alpaca Passion

How does a farmer become a fashion retailer and designer? The trajectory to creating your own fashion label is usually straightforward.  But for Liz Robinson, her pathway has been completely unconventional. Back in 2003 Liz and her partner Keith purchased a few alpacas as pets. They quickly became obsessed with these captivating animals, and since then their herd has grown from three to over 100 alpacas. To promote the luxurious fleece being shorn from their animals, they started importing alpaca jumpers and ponchos from South America and sold them in a small shop on their farm, which they named Alpaca Passion. Nowadays Alpaca Passion is the premier alpaca fashion boutique in Australia and Liz and Keith…

TEA TOWELS & BOOKS

It’s nearly time for another weekend. Whether you’re in the mood for scarves, music, food, art, potatoes, tea towels or simply after a bit of fun, there is something for you. CELEBRATING GREEN IN STYLE The Green Store in Trentham stocks a wonderful array of sustainable products for home, garden, body and baby! From beautiful scarves through to cards and wrapping paper, fun tea towels (as shown above), Crayon Rocks, aromatic soaps and more, all products are natural, organic and ethically sourced, plus well-designed and functional. Open 7 days. https://thegreenstore.com.au/ AT LARDER If you’re looking for a coffee, a cake…

FOR THE LOVE OF BOOKS

The Clunes Booktown Festival returns in May, immersing the historic town of Clunes in a festival of the book filled with ideas and arts. The weekend sees the entire main street of Clunes become Australia’s largest book shop. Festival-goers will be able to browse rare and collectible books, go inside heritage buildings, listen to live music while sampling local food and wine, watch street performers, visit exhibitions and immerse themselves in stories. The popular two-day event will also feature a series of panel discussions, Q and A style talks and literary lunches with leading Australian authors. Tim Nolan, Chair of…

The Farmer’s Wife goes natural in autumn

We all love the freedom of summer dressing, but come autumn a new elegance enters the fashion scene, especially in the form of natural fibres.  The Farmer’s Wife range of autumn fashion is again focused on natural fibres, with lots of 100% Australian merino wools, focusing on knits, jeans, pants, jumpers, coats and jackets.  Quality clothes suitable for our cold climate in winter.  Merino wool denim jeans, which were a big hit last year, are a wardrobe must when you live in the country or anywhere for that matter. To get the full effect of the available range and the beautiful…

COFFEE, LIGHTS, ARTS & PUMPKINS

As the weather cools, there’s plenty more to keep you busy, so we’ve found some great events around the region to send your way. SMOKEYTOWN TALENT The Smokeytown Café & Restaurant in Creswick will be reopening Tuesday 6 March, when the owners return from their well-earned break. Recent winners of the Rotary Club’s Business of the Year Award, Raj and Joban have fantastic coffee – with gorgeous designs – and a great selection of food (like the photo above!). www.facebook.com/Smokeytown-Cafe-Restaurant COUNTRY MEETS CITY The Farmer’s Wife is a trendy clothing and homewares store in Creswick, with all sorts of clothing…

JINDARUP – WHERE OLD MEETS NEW

In the picturesque village of Blackwood in the heart of Wombat State Forest is a unique store called Jindarup. Like its predecessors going back to the 1850s, Jindarup provides supplies to gold fossickers, locals and travellers alike. Jindarup is one of those places that visitors to country towns love to come across – a combination of an antiques and gift shop with the addition of a store and local post office. In this store old meets new. Jindarup offers an eclectic mix of wares including soaps, hand creams, scarves, jewellery, crockery, glasses, bags, hats and souvenirs. This is a place…

Clunes Makers Market

Clunes is a small town with a big town spirit. Widely known for its Booktown Festival in May and its Words in Winter, a new(ish) event that has been added to the calendar. On the cards for February 11th is the Summer Fair with a Makers’ Market featuring over 50 artisans, craftspeople and makers. The seasonal fair was inspired by the success of the Spring Fair in September. The Clunes Makers’ Market features a diverse range of stylish, innovative and creative traders – visionary people with very clever hands. The organisers are particular about the quality of the stalls and…

NEW YEARS AND NEW EVENTS

We’ll be taking a break for the next three weeks, so we’ve got a nice big update to keep you entertained – we’ve found all sorts of goodies for you. Thanks for a great year and looking forward to the next! MERRY SKULLMAS Get in quick – TONIGHT ONLY! The Art Gallery of Ballarat is celebrating Christmas in style with an event offering free entry to their Romancing the Skull exhibition. Free Blue Pyrenees wine tasting 5 to 7 and a chance to browse the gift shop to find those perfect gifts. 5 – 8 pm TONIGHT! https://artgalleryofballarat.com.au/ A DOOR…

Fairy Lights, Food and Fun

The festive season is upon us and with it a celebration of markets, music, exhibitions and of course delicious food and drink! Treat yourself or others – even both! A NIGHT TO REMEMBER Castlemaine hosts its annual Twilight Market this Friday evening (15th), with a whole host of gifts made by local makers, and farm fresh produce just at the perfect time for this festive season. http://castlemaineartistsmarket.com.au/ SHOPPING EVENINGS IN THE VILLAGE There are two more Christmas in Clunes Twilight Markets, so you still have time to get into these festive evenings when the village comes alive. Starting at 5.30pm…

MUSIC, MARKETS AND NATURE

THE BEAUTY OF WILD NATURE Tarkine in Motion is a collection of over 40 artworks on show in Castlemaine. A portion of the proceeds go towards protecting takayna/Tarkine and a return to Aboriginal custodianship. Closes Sunday 10th December. www.lot19art.com/tarkine-in-motion/ GO BACK IN TIME For a shopping night that evokes a Christmas from times past, join the festivities at Sovereign Hill in Ballarat. This Friday (8th Dec) from 6pm to 8.30pm, Sovereign Hill hosts their annual Shopping Night. With free entry, think of all the raspberry drops you can buy! www.facebook.com/events LANEWAY TO FOOD Sometimes to find that special something you…

Festivals to Funeral Fashion

CIDER IN THE COURTYARD Daylesford Cider has a beautiful setting, a range of award-winning ciders and tasty food, and it’s only a hop, skip and a jump from the hustle and bustle of Daylesford. Try the tasting paddles, but to be on the safe side, you’d best book ahead for lunch! http://daylesfordcider.com.au/ HOT TO TROT AT TRENTHAM’S TWILIGHT NIGHT This Friday evening is Trentham Twilight Night – get your silly season started in style and spend the evening exploring the shops and restaurants. Check out the window displays and pick your favourite! 24th November. www.facebook.com/events PUTTING THE FUN INTO FUNERALS…