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Green Tank at Mount Compass • Living Happily Ever After in Willunga • Treasures • Ask a Local • A Vintage Romance • The heart of the community • Ooh Aah Art · Design · Food · Wine · Fashion · Photography · People · Destinations

Illustration by Chris Edser.

Key Personnel Petra de Mooy Working on FLM comes with many rewards and Petra still pinches herself every time she archives another great story. When not wrangling content, you can find her hanging out with Jason and their daughter, gardening, or perusing the farmers’ market. Jason Porter Jason has worked as a graphic designer and creative director both locally and overseas for thirty years. When not in the office, he can usually be found in the garage tweaking some kind of rare hi-fi component. Perscia Maung After years of moonlighting as a blues singer and keeping rather anti-social hours, Perscia now enjoys her day job at FLM. This allows her to not only walk her Great Dane on the beach, but to properly take in the region she so adores. Lulu Our company mascot, Lulu started appearing in way too many of our Instagram posts – so now she has her own profile (sad, we know) where you can follow her charmed life. Search for ‘miss_majestica’ if you’re so inclined.


Featured Contributors Robert Geh Robert Geh has been a commercial photographer for almost three decades. His work has taken him not only from coast to coast within Australia, but to many international destinations. He is a master of manipulating light, which he uses to establish the mood of each location, bringing life to interiors and portraits. Photographing for FLM throughout the Fleurieu, Robert says that he is ‘always inspired by the people, their passions – and their many and interesting stories.’ Although Robert lives in the city, he spends many weekends at the family holiday home overlooking Encounter Bay.

Mark Laurie Mark Laurie and his wife Sarah opened an independent bookstore in Port Elliot in 2009, after having returned from living in Papua New Guinea’s islands in the Western Pacific for a number of years. Mark recently undertook studies of the Pacific region for a Master of Arts in Canberra. Now, as well as bookselling, he works part-time in the renewable energy sector. He lives, reads as much as possible, and surfs occasionally, on the Fleurieu’s beautiful south coast. Mark enjoys and is seeking to encourage the positive role bookshops are able to play in the local community.

Publisher Information Nina Keath Nina Keath spent fifteen years working as an academic and policy-adviser in Melbourne, and never planned on moving back to her hometown. But the Willunga she left twenty years ago has grown up, and adult Nina finds that she likes adult Willunga very much. Writing for Fleurieu Living Magazine has made her like it all the more because she now has a legitimate excuse to ask strangers if she can explore their houses and hear their stories! She has been humbled by the generosity and openness of everyone she has interviewed and is surprised but grateful to once again call the Fleurieu Peninsula home.

Other contributing writers and photographers Helen Bennetts, Annabel Bowles, Claire Byrt, Chris Edser, Heidi Linehan, Angela Lisman, Courtney McFarlane, Ainsley Roscrow, Deb Saunders, Richard Souter, Esther Thorn, Lyndall Vandenberg, Penny Westhorp and Corrina Wright.

PUBLISHER Fleurieu Living Magazine is published four times a year by Fleurieu Living Pty Ltd. ISSN 2200-4033 PUBLISHING EDITOR AND MANAGING DIRECTOR Petra de Mooy petra@fleurieuliving.com.au EDITOR Penny Westhorp ADVERTISING SALES Perscia Maung perscia@fleurieuliving.com.au ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT Cathy Phillips GRAPHIC DESIGN AND ART DIRECTION Jason Porter jason@fleurieuliving.com.au PRINTER Graphic Print Group DISTRIBUTION Integrated Publication Solutions SUBSCRIPTIONS www.isubscribe.com.au ALL ENQUIRIES Petra de Mooy petra@fleurieuliving.com.au POSTAL ADDRESS PO Box 111, Aldinga, South Australia 5173. ONLINE fleurieuliving.com.au facebook.com/FleurieuLivingMagazine instagram.com/fleurieulivingmagazine/ COPYRIGHT All content copyright Fleurieu Living Magazine Pty Ltd unless otherwise stated. While Fleurieu Living Magazine takes every care to ensure the accuracy of information in this publication, the publisher accepts no liability for errors in editorial or advertising copy. The views of the contributors are not necessarily endorsed by Fleurieu Living Magazine.

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46 FEATURED HOME: Green Tank Gallery at Mount Compass. FRONT COVER PHOTO: by Robert Geh.

FEATURED HOME: Living Happily Ever After in Willunga.



24 Tastings – Wine reviews with a competition to WIN WINE!

12 Check our Diary Dates for what is on this Summer!

74 Willunga Farmers’ Market Producer Profile – Sunshine Ice Blocks.

82 Fleurieu Fringe: Warm nights and hot acts in February and March.

32 Taste the Season – Almonds (also known as Amygdalus dulcis). 40 Cooks Jacqui Good and Rachel Giles dish up some super summer salads. 78 Bubbles and Brew: Sparkling wine and best brews.



DESTINATIONS 36 All Aboard The Murray Princess. 84 Rapid Bay: A town that time forgot.





FEATURED FOOD: Two Cooks and their Summer Salad Recipes.

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56 Trailblazer: Serafino Maglieri – Serafino dreaming.

34 Ooh Aah – Summer selections from local purveyors of fine things.

60 The heart of the community – Carly Hamilton

62 Photographer: Ron Langman – Short, sharp and instinctive.


76 Love Local’s Leonie Hick is All About Health.


80 Karen Miller: 61 and killing it.

66 Summer reads from Mark Laurie.

92 Ask a local: Where do you go?

88 Addiction: Current thinking on this age old issue.


FLM sees who was out and about at: · Spring Couture at I am Tall Poppy · Fleurieu Film Festival Media Launch · Winemakers Bushing Lunch · White Wash: Sauerbier House · Handpicked Festival: Lake Breeze Wines · Australian Women in Wine Awards: Oliver’s Taranga.

70 Wedding feature: A Vintage Romance – Bridal Couture by Megan Caldersmith.



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Alexandrina Council A selection of upcoming events in the Alexandrina region: A Fine Romance, The Magic of Fred Astaire* an all singing, all dancing tribute show at Centenary Hall, Goolwa on 16 April 2016 Characters of the Fleurieu* exhibition and prize at Signal Point Gallery, Goolwa from 18 April to 29 May 2016 Magic Mike’s Kids Magic Workshop* become a magician. Learn the art of magic and illusion at Centenary Hall, Goolwa on 22 April 2016 Elvis Shake, Rattle N Roll* at Centenary Hall, Goolwa on 23 April 2016 Knights Beach Pro Body Boarding Competition watch the professionals as they compete at Knights Beach, Port Elliot from 20 to 22 May 2016 * tickets/ booking required

ouThere photographic exhibition by Lars Heldman at South Coast Regional Art Centre, Goolwa from 1 to 27 March 2016 The Mikado* stage performance at Centenary Hall, Goolwa on 6 March 2016 Fringe in Goolwa at Jaralde Park, Goolwa Wharf Precinct. The Adelaide Fringe Caravan returns with a wonderful array of acts on Sunday 13 March 2016 Goolwa Art and Photographic Exhibition* and annual Alexandrina Art Prize at Signal Point Gallery, Goolwa from 20 March to 2 April 2016 Aquafest at Goolwa Aquatic Club, Goolwa on 9 and 10 April 2016 High performance boats featuring outboards, hydroplanes, classic boats, skiffs and modern race boats



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Fleurieu Living. The Fleurieu. Community. Beaches, sunsets, long lunches outdoors, sparkling drinks, sparkling sea. Good food, friends, fine wine. Coffee. Lots of coffee. Ice, water, hydration. Holidays. Children laughing, parties, staying up late. Running, swimming, playing. Camping, hiking, fishing. Long days, warm nights, sunrise, sunset, dreams, relaxation. Festivals, film, performance, art, dance, culture. Design, gardens, architecture – modern, traditional, heritage. Fashion, photography. Bike tours, bikes on beaches, markets, parades. Nurturing. Reading. Read FLM and feel the magic. Peace and love for 2017.

Hi Petra, We have returned today from the two nights’ accommodation at Jimmy Smith’s Dairy that we won from Fleurieu Living Magazine. We had a wonderful time, thank you very much. It is an amazing place. Every care has been taken to create a restful and appealing atmosphere. Everything was of good quality and the breakfast provisions and other goodies were all local and delicious. Noel met us after we arrived and suggested some nice places to go, which was very helpful. We would highly recommend Jimmy Smith’ s Dairy. Kindest regards, Logie and Rod Onslow

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To the FLM Team, Having recently finished up my internship with FLM, I have been lucky enough to work on two issues. It has been so wonderful to get to know the region I have been blessed to call home for the past four years, as well as the stories of the various people who I share it with. FLM had full trust in my ability throughout (or at least pretended to!) and made me feel as though I was part of the team, not just an intern. I will take the skills I learnt with Petra into my future, and I can’t thank the whole team at FLM enough for the time and expertise they have given me. Darcy Colwill Hi FLM, I went to Luscious Red Food at Waywood cellars today with a friend. The food was divine and very nice wine to match. I would certainly recommend Luscious Red to everyone. Thank you, Andrew and Lisa at Waywood Cellars and Fleurieu Living Magazine. Karen Wise Winner of the lunch for two at Luscious Red Food.

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Summer Diary Dates LOCAL MARKETS: Aldinga, McLaren Vale and Willunga Aldinga Bay Art, Craft and Produce Market On the 4th Sunday of every month at the Aldinga Institute Show Hall from 8 - 1. Arts and crafts from local artisans, as well as fresh local produce. Willunga Farmers’ Market In the Willunga Town Square every Saturday from 8 - 12.30. Don’t forget to buy a membership and receive discounts on all the fabulous local food! Willunga Quarry Market Adjacent to the Willunga Oval, every 2nd Saturday of each month, rain or shine! Come and browse an eclectic mix of everything, ranging from second hand tools to plants to craft. Always something new to see. Willunga Artisans’ Market In the Willunga Show Hall (opposite the Willunga Farmers’ Market) on the second Saturday of each month. Local art and craft, with a little bit of something for everyone. A great place to buy a unique handmade gift!

Goolwa, Port Elliot and Victor Harbor Goolwa Wharf Market The 1st and 3rd Sunday of every month from 9 - 3.30. With around 80 stalls there is a myriad of goods on offer. Bric-a-brac, collectibles, fresh local produce, coffee and food, plants, books both new and old, and hand-crafted goods. Port Elliot Market At Lakala Reserve Port Elliot, on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month from 9am - 2pm. A typical country market with plenty of fresh local produce on offer as well as a good mix of other goods, such as plants, bric-a-brac, books, fishing gear – even a $2 stall! There is sure to be something for everyone. Victor Farmers’ Market At the Grosvenor Gardens, Victor Harbor every Saturday morning from 8 - 12.30. Over 32 stalls, with locally caught seafood, organic vegetables, seasonal fruit, local honey, mushrooms, fresh flowers, Fleurieu regional wines and much more. Well worth the visit. Market of Earthly Delights Held from 3pm at the Old School Building, Torrens Road, Victor Harbor on the first Sunday of each month. Bring and swap your surplus produce with other like-minded growers. Think home-grown fruit, vegetables, seedlings, flowers, honey, sauces, recipes, kindling, compost and more! 12

Victor Harbor Country Market Held the second and third Sunday of every month in The Soldiers Memorial Grounds opposite Hotel Victor on the Esplanade. Come and browse plants, gifts, crafts, toys, BBQ and cakes. Something for everyone. 9am - 3pm during the winter months.

COUNTRY MARKETS: Kangaroo Island Farmers’ and Community Markets Lloyd Collins Reserve by the beach at Penneshaw – first Sunday of the month from 9.30 – 1.00, with Kangaroo Island’s top food producers selling a range of fresh local produce in a great village atmosphere. For special SeaLink Ferry fares, visit sealink.com.au. Meadows Country Market Meadows Community Hall on the second Sunday of the month from 9.00 - 3.00. Local produce, crafts, collectibles, plants and bric-abrac. A true country market. Myponga Markets In the old Myponga Cheese Factory every Saturday, Sunday, and public holiday from 9.30 - 4. Enjoy browsing a variety of stalls including an art gallery, books, fine China and glass, Christmas ware, toys; local leather work, coins, records, fossils and for the sweet tooth ... waffles and gelato! Strathalbyn Markets In Lions Park, South Terrace, Strathalbyn. On the 3rd Sunday of the month from 8am – 2pm. Bric-a-brac, produce, coffee, pies, apples, plants, soaps, jewellery and much more in wonderfully historic Strathalbyn. Yankalilla Market In the Agricultural Hall, Main South Road, Yankalilla on the 3rd Saturday of each month. Craft and produce market featuring goods from the local area. You’ll be surprised at what you may find! Below: Fleurieu Film Festival MC Lyndall Redman and Jamie Smith enjoying the great success of last year’s event. Photo courtesy of Angela Lisman.

Above: Sellicks Beach Historical Motorcycle Races will be held on Saturday February 18th - Sunday 19th. Photo c.1925, Ken Ragless courtesy of the Ron Blum collection.

FESTIVALS AND EVENTS: DECEMBER Red Poles Xmas Exhibition: All I Want for Xmas… McLaren Vale Saturday December 10th opening, with speaker Brian O’Malley and eighteen artists. Saturday January 14th – Leonard Cohen tribute cabaret in the ambient gallery space with Jeff Witt and band – dinner, wines and the show for $99 a head. Montessori Children’s Centre Twilight Picnic 10th Anniversary! Tatachilla Lutheran College Thursday December 15, 5 - 8 pm Celebrating ten years with bouncy slide, face painting, henna tattoos, water rockets, cake table, barbecue, veggie nachos, art gallery, children’s concert, Nepalese stall. Willunga Farmers’ Market Christmas Twilight Market Wednesday December 21st, 5 - 8 pm Come and mingle at the Twilight Christmas Market. Pick up last minute specialty foods, fruit and veg. Have a meal and enjoy the culmination of another great year of trading at one of Australia’s best markets. The Lions Family Christmas Party! Normanville Saturday December 24th, 4 - 8 pm The Lions Club of Yankalilla presents the Lions Family Christmas Party. This will be a fun time for the whole family on Christmas Eve. Activities for the children include face painting, rides and a visit from Santa. Come and enjoy the all the fun and festivity! Go to www.visityankalillabay.com.au for more information. Normanville New Year’s Eve Pageant Saturday December 31st, 7.30 - 10 pm Parade starts at 7:30pm on Katherine Drive, Normanville, culminating on the Normanville foreshore where the fun begins in a safe, familyfriendly atmosphere with food stalls and amusements organised by local community clubs. The event closes with a thrilling fireworks display on the beach beginning at 9:45pm. Fleurieu Heritage Experience Victor Harbor and Goolwa Throughout December you can experience the transport of the past. Travelling from Victor Harbor through to Goolwa on the scenic

Cockle Train, you will then cruise from the historic Goolwa Wharf on wood paddle steamer Oscar W, before once again boarding the train back to Victor and boarding the horse-drawn tram to Granite Island. Contact the Victor Harbor Visitor Centre for details of how to book. 8551 0776 bookings@victor.sa.gov.au.

JANUARY Victor Harbor Lions Food and Wine Festival Grosvenor Gardens, Victor Harbor Sunday January 15th Come and try some of the best food and wine the Fleurieu has to offer on this fun day out, while helping the community - all proceeds go to community assisted projects. Admission is just $5 and your complimentary souvenir glass will ensure you don’t forget the day. McLaren Vale Harvest Festival McLaren Vale Oval Saturday January 14th Come and celebrate the variety of food, wine, music and the arts that the beautiful McLaren Vale wine region has to offer. A fun family day out that attracts thousands of people. Santos Tour Down Under January 14th - 22nd Professional cyclists from around the world participate in the Santos Tour Down Under. Cheer them on and take part in the activities in the region: McLaren Vale, Willunga and Aldinga. Information at www. tourdownunder.com.au. Tour Down Under Celebrations on the Fleurieu Coast Main Street, Myponga; Main Street, Yankalilla; and Main Street, Inman Valley. Thursday January 19th, 9am onwards. Free Entry. The communities of Myponga, Yankalilla and Inman Valley will dress their main streets to welcome the Tour Down Under and present a day of fun and activity. Dedicated viewing areas will allow spectators get up close to the action. A free event for all. Waves and Whales Opening January 12 - February 12 The Strand Gallery Experience exceptional wave photography, sculptures, paintings, and much more inspired by the Fleurieu’s surf and sea. >



FESTIVALS AND EVENTS cont. Compass Cup Main Oval, Mount Compass Saturday January 21st, gates open 11am Be a part of Australia’s only cow race! It’s a fun, exciting, unique family day. Loads of entertainment, sideshows, food stalls and crowd-participation events. Adults (14+) $8, Children under 14 gold coin donation. Milang to Goolwa Freshwater Classic Lower River Murray, Goolwa SA Sunday January 22nd The iconic race takes in 50 kilometres from Milang across Lake Alexandrina to Port Sturt and down the River Murray, past Clayton to the river-port of Goolwa. For a full program visit: www.goolwaregattaweek.com.au Free family event. Australia Day at Yankalilla Bungala Park, Normanville Tuesday January 26th, 9am onwards The Yankalilla Lions Club presents a day of fun at Bungala Park. The mayor of Yankalilla will acknowledge traditional land owners, and there will be a presentation of community awards. The day ends with the National Anthem, a traditional sausage sizzle, tea and coffee. Free Entry.

FEBRUARY A Porchetta Party at Oliver’s Taranga. Sunday February 5th, 12 - 4pm Hang out on the deck and lawns at Oliver’s Taranga and take your taste buds for a spin at one of their very popular Porchetta parties. A three-course Italian-style lunch matched with Oliver’s Taranga Wines. If you don’t get in for this one, check the website for other dates throughout 2017. All-inclusive tickets: $100 from www.oliverstaranga.com/events or 08 83238498. Email: nicky@oliverstaranga.com. Sticks and Stones The Strand Gallery Opening February 14 - March 12 Come and experience artwork responding to the geology of the Fleurieu coast. Fleurieu Film Festival McLaren Vale & Fleurieu Visitors & Information centre Friday-Saturday, 10th-11th February – now over two big nights! Opening night on February 10. Bring picnic rugs and enjoy the food and wine available as ‘The Boys are Back’ is screened. Directed by Scott Hicks. On the 11th, the short film festival will be held at Serafino where you can enjoy a complimentary glass of Serafino wine and delicious food. Entertainment throughout the night from Lucy Mount, Mike Bevan and poet Johnny Bowden. The ten winning finalists of the festival will also be screened and you vote for the People’s Choice. Tickets for both events are available at: fleurieufilmfestival.com.au.


Fleurieu Fringe 2017 Sauerbier House Culture Exchange February 17 - March 18: Fridays 5pm - 9pm, Saturdays 3pm - 9pm Adelaide’s Southern Outdoor Fringe Hub. Featuring live entertainment, performing arts, children’s activities, art installations, workshops, food trucks, bars and artisan markets every Friday and Saturday during the Adelaide Fringe. Bring your family and friends for a magical evening ‘Down South’ by the river and the sea. There’s something for everyone! Follow us on Facebook for the full program or adelaidefringe.com.au. Red Poles FRINGE art exhibition McLaren Vale. Opens on Saturday February 18th Follow the White Rabbit…Tick Tock…Tick Tock. Sellicks Beach Historical Motorcycle Races February, Saturday 18th - Sunday 19th Motorcycles haven’t raced on Sellicks Beach for many years – until now! Revisit old memories or experience this event for the first time over one weekend. Featuring over one hundred motorcycles, all built before 1963. Take a trip back in time and enjoy the atmosphere, races and the beach as you sit back and relax. Tickets available online: www.sellicksbeachrace.com.au. SeaLink Kangaroo Island Cup 2017 Saturday February 18th Join a crowd of over four thousand for a day of racing, fashion and entertainment in true country racing spirit. The best horses will come from far and wide to compete in Kangaroo Island’s biggest race. For Cup Day packages, Long Lunch Marquee, travel and accommodation bookings contact SeaLink on 13 1301 or sealink.com.au.

MARCH Love Langhorne Creek February 4th and 5th Head down to Langhorne Creek and discover the great alternative varietals being produced by many of the award winning wineries in this region. Celebrating food and wine culture at its finest.

ONGOING Drawing on Country Exhibition Friday December 9th - Sunday January 8th Wednesday to Friday 11 - 4pm, Saturday to Sunday 10am - 4pm Come and experience local artwork throughout December and early January at the South Coast Regional Art Centre in Goolwa. Enhance your visit by looking around the town and enjoying the local produce. Fridays after Five Old Coach Road, Aldinga Every Friday in December & January, 5pm-9pm Join the ever-increasing buzz along Old Coach Road and enjoy local market stalls, an array of food and wine and a good community vibe. Every Friday until Easter!

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Happily ever after Nina Keath tells the love story of Tracey and Peter Bishop. Photographs by Robert Geh.

Previous pageand above: The gorgeous semi-formal terraced garden, designed by Caroline Dawes, features a combination of ornamental fruit trees, low trailing bushes and slate walls by stonemason Rick Wheatley.

One summer’s day, whilst moseying along a leafy Willunga backstreet, I spy a house that makes me stop short. The Victorian-era home bears the simple, elegant formality of those typically built in Willunga during the late 1800s. Soft yellow-slate walls enclose mottled glass windows, rippling and winking beneath wide verandas that are supported by ornate posts, flaked and crumbling with age. I am perplexed because this was a common route for my childhood adventuring and I have never noticed the house before. Was I a particularly unobservant child, or has someone engaged in a confounding feat of engineering and time-travel to create an authentically 19th century house in the 21st century? Fast-forward several years and I am standing in the entranceway with the home’s owner, Tracey Bishop, admiring the intricate stained-glass side-panels surrounding the front door. Suddenly, her husband, Peter, blows in a side-door riding a tailwind of icy air. Lightning and thunder roil the sky behind him when abruptly, like a slap, the power goes out. Everyone will remember this day because the entire state was plunged into darkness as storms played pickup-sticks with our electricity network. Candles are quickly dispensed

and we settle at the kitchen table with freshly baked scones from the wood-fired Stanley Oven. It crackles comfortingly, keeping the cold at bay despite the wind’s best efforts to rattle the aged windows from their surrounds. In this moment, time-travel seems an entirely plausible explanation for the existence of the house. Returning to the interview, I start by asking how they met but am startled to see Peter’s eyes glisten with tears in the candlelight. In a conversation that leaves not a dry eye at the table, they explain. Just over twenty years ago, Peter was a widowed father of two young children, grappling with raising a family alone whilst grieving the loss of a beloved wife and mother. It was a painful time and he certainly wasn’t looking for love … nor was Tracey. However, whilst working alongside Tracey at a youth-camp, Peter remembers innocently reaching out to help her climb a fence: ‘I touched her hand, I looked into her eyes and I fell in love in an instant. Till that point I didn’t believe in that stuff. I thought it was Hollywood rubbish > 17

Top: Soft yellow-slate walls enclose mottled glass windows, rippling and winking beneath wide verandas that are supported by ornate posts, flaked and crumbling with age. Above: Fine lace and vintage findings marry well with the vintage exterior. 18

Above: A combination of antique furnishings inherited and collected by Peter and Tracey make the home warm and welcoming.

until it happened to me. For the next three days, my heart went wild. I couldn’t handle it any longer so I took her out to coffee and that’s where I had to spill the beans. I said, “I’m pretty sure I’m going to marry you.” She was in a tailspin but I’d got it out of my heart. I was happy.’ Tracey is smiling and looks happy too as she wipes her eyes and good-naturedly changes the subject, ‘Another scone, Nina? Would you like to hear more about the house?’ Ah yes, the mysterious old but new house – the reason for my visit after all! I am pleased to learn that when Peter and Tracey bought the property in the early 2000s, there was indeed no house! But how to explain the old windows and peeling paintwork? That story could also prompt tears.

After buying 2.7 acres in Willunga, they invested their remaining funds in the stock market for twelve months. Peter says ominously, ‘I did what my Dad said you should never do and I gambled the house money.’ The investments were not performing and they agreed to cut their losses. Tracey still remembers the day they decided to get out – 10 September 2001.

Soon after marrying (Peter was right!), they sold Peter’s home for substantially more than the anticipated price. After buying 2.7 acres in Willunga, they invested their remaining funds in the stock market for twelve months. Peter says ominously, ‘I did what my Dad said you should never do and I gambled the house money.’ The investments were not performing and they agreed to cut their losses. Tracey still remembers the day they decided to get out – 10 September 2001. The next day, as they readied to sell, two planes flew into the North and South Towers of New York’s World Trade Centre, causing chaos across global markets. Wall Street closed for one week in which time Tracey and Peter watched their shares crash as spectacularly as the Towers ... and like the towers, they never rose again. Peter remembers, ‘We had little to our name but the block of land. So, we had to start again. We naively thought that using secondhand materials would be a cost-saving. In hindsight, that isn’t necessarily true when you live in the shed and run out of room for storage!’ Peter uses the example of the beautiful old windows > 19

Previous page: The expansive kitchen bench has been fabricated in jarrah salvaged from the Port Adelaide Woolstores, incongruously but effectively underpinned by ornate toilet-cistern holders from the Woolstores and pressed tin from the stairs at Fernleigh Lodge in Burnside. This page left: beautiful stained glass was also salvaged from the Fernleigh Lodge before demolition. Right: Tracey and Jamie (the dog) relax on the terrace.

that had winked at me on my walk. ‘The windows were in pristine condition when we found them, but they had to be left outside and the paintwork and sashes were ruined.’ The time spent repairing them was worth it though. The bedroom windows are truly unique with little French-doors underneath and an unusual full-length screen door. Tracey suspects the North Adelaide home from which they were salvaged may have been a convalescent home after one of the wars, ‘If you open the screen, you could push a wheelchair or bed straight through the window onto the veranda.’ It is heartrending to hear Peter recall, ‘In the early 2000s, beautiful old houses were coming down like flies. A lot of homes should never have been demolished but development speaks louder than heritage, so we took advantage and did the rounds.’ Tracey remembers that time with fondness, ‘We had so much fun! It was like finding treasure or prospecting for gold. I’d do that part again!’ Their dedicated prospecting has resulted in a living museum of Adelaide’s architectural history. The expansive kitchen bench is Jarrah from the Port Adelaide Woolstores, incongruously but effectively underpinned by ornate toilet-cistern holders from the Woolstores and pressed tin from the stairs at Fernleigh Lodge in Burnside. Air vents in the living room are from a cottage next to the Walker’s Arms Hotel and the vent above the pantry is from a garden

shed in North Adelaide. The pantry door was especially chosen from the veranda at Fernleigh Lodge because it was so narrow, ‘To stop us getting any wider,’ quips Tracey. Struggling to choose between a front door from Fernleigh Lodge and another from a villa in Unley, they decided to redesign the house and have two separate front entries. The house features distinctly local materials too. Tracey, Peter and dear friend Ron Mason (who celebrated his eightieth birthday onsite) cut twenty five tonnes of yellow-slate by hand from one of the original quarries on Old Willunga Hill. They also sieved the soil from the house site to gain a bounty of stone for the drystone gardenwalls. ‘I’ve learnt that when you build with local materials, it looks like it’s meant to be there,’ says Peter, adding, ‘Why buy bricks from Adelaide when you can pick up stone from your paddock?’ This style of building has been satisfying but gruelling, especially when combined with full-time work. Tracey worked six-day-weeks at her business Sweettart, while Peter runs his own business, Tailored Window. He recalls, ‘I was working five-days-a-week and helping Tracey bake in the mornings. Then on weekends, we would be at the Willunga and Adelaide Farmers’ Markets and we were building for the rest of the time.’ After six years, they took a >


Above: The formal dining area is also filled with gorgeous antiques, paintings and ‘finds’ that all work together with the rich fabric of the curtains and reclaimed wooden windows that open out to the garden. Below: The stained galss windows surrounding the front door were salvaged from an old villa at Unley.

long-overdue holiday to Europe (from which Peter couldn’t resist bringing antique French Espagnolettes door-handles home in their luggage!) Returning home, they spent three weekends in a row in bed and Peter recalls, ‘We were beginning to crack within ourselves and realised we couldn’t keep going.’ Tracey closed her business and they made a conscious decision to establish the garden, which became a real source of succour. Tracey says, ‘The seasons really anchored me and have given me something to look forward to. The house feels like a constant tug-of-war but the garden has been a place of serenity.’ While the house is not yet complete, their years of toil have yielded unanticipated gifts. Tracey says, ‘We have wrestled with the slowness of the build, but one of the benefits is that it has allowed us to really connect with the tradies who have worked with us, to learn from them and show our appreciation for what they bring.’ She adds, ‘I love the area, I love living in Willunga, I love our little valley and the neighbours are excellent.’ Peter agrees, ‘Roos hop past our kitchen window. We have koalas, echidnas and the bird-life is incredible. There is a lot to be said for the labour we go through here. It is hard, but it has its rewards.’ He continues, ‘I’d love to live another two lifetimes to put into practice what I have learnt. You think you know a lot about love, but when life gets tough and you stick at it, you learn a lot more about love.’



Tastings Wine reviews by Richard Souter.

2016 Kay Brothers Grenache Rosé Pale salmon-pink in colour, this new and limited release Grenache Rosé exhibits vibrant aromas of strawberries, rose petals and peaches. On the palate you’ll find delicate berry fruits, nicely textured with a touch of spice, crunchy acidity and a nice dry finish. A perfect accompaniment to Asian inspired cuisines. Kay Brothers is a “must-see” when touring the vineyards of the Southern Vales in South Australia. Located at the top of a hill five km from the McLaren Vale township, the Kay Brothers Cellar Door boasts stunning panoramic views of the surrounding picturesque valleys and hillsides. Recently the Cellar Door received a revamp, including a new gallery space and outdoor entertaining area. The welcome is as friendly as the view is seductive, so allow plenty of time during your visit to taste the renowned selection of traditional premium estate wines and explore the Kay Family diaries dating back to 1891. The Kay family has been synonymous with McLaren Vale region for 125 years. The Heritage Listed Kay Brothers Amery Winery celebrated its first grape crush in 1895 and is the oldest McLaren Vale winery still in founding family hands. The family’s winemaking philosophy is to create balanced fruit-driven styles (using the 1896 open fermenters and 1928 basket press) and keeping longevity in mind. www.kaybrothersamerywines.com

Mollydooker Girl on the Go Sparkling Verdelho The Girl on the Go Sparkling Verdelho shows delicate yet crisp floral tones and tropical fruit that highlight the best qualities Verdelho has to offer. A sophisticated wine that’s not afraid to have fun, its waves of citrus and pineapple nectar join with hints of spice and creamy vanilla to send your taste buds on quite the adventure.

to detail and commitment to excellence!’ and they never take shortcuts or compromise on quality. Call in to their McLaren Vale cellar door any day of the week for a warm welcome and a tasting of the Mollydooker range. They love nothing more than hosting visitors in their retro-themed tasting room. In the warmer months, you can sit outside and enjoy the panoramic views of vineyards and the beautiful surrounding Willunga hills. Why not book a tour? www. mollydookerwines.com.au

2016 La Gita Fiano Fiano is a variety native to Campania Italy, and seems to grow exceptionally well on one of McLaren Vale’s highest vineyards. The 2016 La Gita Fiano from Zerella Family Vineyards is pale straw in colour. This intensely flavoured wine exhibits attractive aromas of lifted elderflower, smoky spice and cut lemongrass, all hallmark flavours of this refreshing variety. Enjoy this wine with fresh cooked prawns or a creamy carbonara. Zerella Wines is a relative new comer to the Australian wine landscape. The Zerella family however is not – they have a long and rich history in farming and viticulture. Managing Director Jim Zerella is carrying on a family tradition. Jim’s late father could often be heard to say ‘You can make bad wine from good grapes but you can’t make good wine from bad grapes’, emphasizing the importance of quality fruit. 2016 Mclaren Vale Wine Show: 96 points, Gold Medal and Trophy. With an exciting new cellar door about to open in McLaren Vale, keep in touch via www.zerellawines.com.au.

Owners Sarah and Sparky Marquis are both passionate about their motto ‘We make wines that make people go WOW, through attention

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Trott’s Cellar The original Wirra Wirra Cellar Door built by Greg Trott in the late 1960’s. Claudia wears: Mavi Skinny Jeans, Willow Linen Top, Circle Mesh Necklace and Fedora Hat. All available at Sound of White.


Entryway Wirra Wirra The ironstone buildings that have been at the heart of Wirra Wirra have recently been refurbished to create a world class tourism facility.

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Harry’s Deli A casual but stylish café and providore to visit and enjoy when touring the region.

Woodhenge is a monument to ‘big’ ideas – and to Greg Trott’s unique vision of what makes Wirra Wirra special. A bloody big fence that weighs about ten tonnes certainly does the trick!

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(also known as Amygdalus dulcis)

Story by Helen Bennetts.

Summer is almond harvest time in Willunga. Sometime from midJanuary, the tree-shakers and sweepers will be out in the orchards, and households with an almond tree in the backyard will dust off the harvest sticks and cloths. In its heyday, Willunga produced ninety per cent of Australia’s almond crop with more than sixteen hundred hectares under cultivation. It is likely that almonds have been grown in backyards and as windbreaks since Europeans first settled in the area, however the industry really took off in the late 1930s and flourished for nearly fifty years. Eventually, changes to production methods combined with increasing land prices saw much of the almond industry move to the Riverland. There are now only a handful of commercial growers left in Willunga, but the almond still holds a cherished place: many local streets are named after the early (and continuing) almond growers; the flowering is feted every year with the Almond Blossom Festival; and almonds are an important feature of the local cuisine. The remaining almond growers will tell you that Willunga’s soil, climate and proximity to the ocean produce delicious almonds – still the best in Australia. They often grow and sell named varieties that are uniquely adapted to the area. My new book, Willunga Almonds: Stories + Recipes, will be launched at Willunga Farmers Market on 10 December.


Olive and Almond Tapenade Featuring two of Willunga’s fine food products, this tapenade is perfect on a sunny afternoon with a cold glass of local wine. Combine 1 cup of finely chopped Kalamata olives, 1/4 cup coarse almond meal, 2 tbsp of olive oil, 1 clove of crushed garlic, the zest and juice of 1 lemon and some pepper and let the mixture sit for the flavours to amalgamate. Spread it on fresh bread topped with a dollop of goat curd, or thin it with olive oil and use as a dip.

Almond Semi-freddo An easy frozen dessert that does not require churning. Delicious served with with fresh or poached fruit and decorated with sliced almonds, grated chocolate or praline. 2 cups cream 4 eggs, separated 1/2 cup caster sugar 90 g roasted almonds, roughly chopped Line a rectangular loaf tin with plastic wrap. Mix egg yolks with sugar. Whip cream until stiff and stir a little at a time into egg yolk and sugar mixture. Beat egg whites in a clean dry bowl and fold gently into cream mixture then fold in almonds. Spoon into the lined tin, cover the surface with plastic wrap and freeze for at least 4 hours or until firm. To serve, remove from freezer and sit for 10 to 20 minutes, unwrap and slice.


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01: Australian Oak coat rack by Stephen Anthony Furniture. All furniture made to order in their Aldinga studio. Residential/Commercial/Commissions/Design handmadefurniture. com.au. 02: A Small Art Factory – Metal art for gardens and walls to warm your heart. asmallartfactory.com.au. 03: Sculptor Simone Lyon’s ‘Embrace’, along with a fine selection of sculpture, art and design, available at The Strand Gallery, Port Elliot. facebook.com/TheStrandArtGallery. 04: Baby Blossom Gift Boutique, Willunga Rainbows & Clover Teepees – decorations sold separately, available now in store. babyblossomgiftboutique.online. Facebook.com/babyblossomwillunga. 05: Fleurieu Kitchen: Premium bespoke patisserie, desserts and cakes. All handmade by us, using the finest quality ingredients. Weddings, private events, retail and wholesale. Small and large orders welcome. e: info@thefleurieukitchen.com.au m: 0413 969 392 Follow us on Instagram and Facebook. 06: Wildfire Organic Tea is an award-winning organic tea company. Blended by hand in small batches, sourced locally and from the best certified-organic tea plantations from around the world. Find us at Maxwell’s Grocery and The Vintage Bean. wildfireorganictea.com.au 07: Cherie Em – manufacturers of beautiful, artisan, botanical bath and body products and perfumes inspired by French perfumery& apothecary techniques. 20 High Street, Willunga. cherie-em.com. 08: Brian O’Malley – Fourtuna painting, Star Of Greece. Special orders call Brian 0424 112 120. 09: Vicki Matchett’s new Big Sissy Foods Artisan range. Available online and at selected independent grocers and providores nationwide. Ph: 0404 855 727. bigsissyfoods.com. 34

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All Aboard the Murray Princess Heidi Linehan cruises the Murray in style, recounting her voyage in words and photographs.

Previous page: The majestic Murray Princess afloat on the mighty Murray River. This page top: Going through Lock No.1 at Blanchetown. Bottom left: An exhilarating ride on the tender boat gives guests get the opportunity to see the ship in all its glory and get some great photos. Bottom right: The staff mingle with guests and get involved with social activities.

The paddle steamer era on the Murray River began in 1852 when William Richard Randell built his boat the Mary Ann and commenced trading in March 1853. Fleets of paddle steamers and their barges carried produce from stations and farms to transit points downriver. River traffic included floating shops, mail steamers, mission boats and passenger liners. In 1915, a series of locks and weirs were built along the Murray, to improve water storage. At about the same time, modern rail and road networks took over heavy transport, and the riverboat industry rapidly declined. But it’s been revived by the tourist paddle steamers. The Murray Princess is a beautiful tribute to that important and romantic era. Built in 1986, at a little over sixty-seven metres in length and weighing just over fifteen hundred tonnes, she is the largest paddle wheeler in the Southern Hemisphere. While a cruise provides beautiful scenery, cups of tea, piano music, and bingo, it also offers much more. The four-night Outback Heritage Cruise takes you north on the great Murray River from the historic river port of Mannum to Blanchetown and return. The voyage is full of history, culture and visual inspiration. The onboard atmosphere is relaxed and informal. During the day, guests have the opportunity to mingle in one of two lounges, or soak up the sun on the rooftop Sun Deck. The lounge at the rear of the

ship is the perfect room to relax with a cup of tea or a glass of wine and watch the large paddle wheel thumping the water through and over. Up the classic brass and mahogany spiral staircase to the second level Games Room, there’s a selection of games and books. For the more active, there is a small gym, spa and sauna on the lower level. In the beautifully restored restaurant, communal tables are cleverly situated so that even while chatting with other guests, you enjoy views of the river through the picture windows. Shore excursions and activities are a highlight of this Murray Princess cruise. I learned a lot about how the locks operate for both transport and irrigation. As water streamed through Lock No. 1 at Blanchetown, I was entranced by the pelicans diving for fish. Our next stop was the Burk Salter Boutique Winery. After a short stroll under towering gums lining the dirt road, we arrived at their cellar door, the first in the Riverland, which opened in 2003. We learned about the ‘behind the scene’ operations of the vineyard followed by wine tasting with some tasty local produce. Further upriver we came to Swan Reach, called ‘Kongorong’ by the local aboriginal people for the large numbers of black swans on the nearby lagoons. On a walking tour of the township, we visited the Museum, housed in the original school building, built in 1917 for the grand sum of approximately four thousand dollars. The Museum’s collection has a strong emphasis on local Aboriginal artifacts and historical items from surrounding communities. After the walk, the pub (and a beer with a view of the towering river gums) provided ample refreshment. > 37

Top left and right: An on-shore tour to the Sunnydale Woolshed. Bottom left: Dancing the night away. Bottom right: An array of local delicacies are on offer day and night.

At the Sunnydale Woolshed, we dipped further back into local history by arriving in a horse-drawn cart. Who knew shearing could be so much fun? As the sheep ran off down the runway, the work (and show) dogs popped their heads up from under the floorboards. The shrieks of delight and surprise that echoed around the shed were not quite as loud as the whip crack demonstrated outside a few minutes later. The show was complemented with a tour of the adjoining Native Wildlife Shelter, where we learned about the care of rescued wildlife. This eventful day was capped by our evening meal in the bush alongside the ship. The Aussie barbeque was accompanied by billy-tea, music and dancing. We were entertained by stories, laughed while dancing with the crew, and finished the night chatting around the campfire. I was delighted how staff and guests mingled as friends. Next day started uniquely with the optional Bush Tucker Breakfast on the side of the river – complete with singing kookaburra, towering river gum canopy and outback dunny. We enjoyed a three-course meal with a glass of bubbles, surrounded by the early morning sounds of the river and its birdlife. It’s a peaceful way to start the day. And the food! What an array of local delicacies – kangaroo sausages, scrambled eggs flavoured with bush tomatoes and samphire, double smoked bacon, kutjera relish, followed by wattleseed toast with wild lime marmalade, lemon myrtle butter and quandong jam. All finished off with wattleseed pancakes and real billy-tea. 38

Later, expert indigenous guides showed us around Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal Reserve, a culturally and historically significant Conservation Park. We were introduced to the history of the Nganguraku people, their traditions and The Dreamings. I was amazed by the rock art and archaeological excavations. There was more to learn about the park’s flora and fauna, before getting a bird’s-eye view from a cliff top. It was one of the highlights of the tour for me. Our guides took us back in time, recreating the past, and effectively capturing our attention with a mix of humour and information. On board, there are also lots of activities. An exhilarating ride on the tender boat gives guests get the opportunity to see the ship in all its glory and grab some great photos whilst steaming along the Murray. And there’s also the chance to see more wildlife and birds at an intimate range. Guests can steer, chat to the Captain and see the workings of the ship within the Wheelhouse. At night, we even raced on stick horses, bidding on who would win! The best part of this relaxed exploration of cruising, history and nature? There’s no chance of getting seasick. For more information on Murray Princess Cruises go to; www.murrayprincess.com.au.

Discover the Murray River Join the gracious PS Murray Princess on one of her special departure cruises. Christmas Cruise

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7 night cruise departing on 23rd December 2016

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Alexandrina Council A selection of upcoming events in the Alexandrina region: Fantasmagoria, artwork will be projected onto the outside of Signal Point building. Visible from Goolwa Wharf Precinct on 31 December 2016 Limitless Water Colour, Lorraine Brown solo exhibition at South Coast Regional Art Centre, Goolwa from 12 January to 12 February 2017 *Compass Cup at Mount Compass Oval on 21 January 2017 Summer Swell Outdoor Cinema at Port Elliot on 21 January 2017 *Yesterday’s Power Rally at Milang Oval on 21 and 22 January 2017 *TEXT 1/2/3, play reading events at South Coast Regional Art Centre Courtyard, Goolwa on 22 January, 19 February and 19 March 2017


Curious Objects an exhibition curated by Annabelle Collett at Signal Point Gallery, Goolwa from 21 January to 22 March 2017 PLAY @ Bristow Smith Reserve, free holiday activity for families and children at Bristow Smith Reserve - Barrage Road, Goolwa on 24 January 2017 Living Without Fingerprints, John Weeks’ inspirational story of survival, courage and resilience at Goolwa Library on 9 February 2017 Nicolle Pascal exhibition at South Coast Regional Art Centre, Goolwa from 15 February to 15 March 2017 *ABBA Gold Starring The Flaming Sambucas at Centenary Hall, Goolwa on 18 February 2017

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Esther Thorn meets the local cook putting ancient grains on modern tables.

Against the grain

Photographs by Heidi Linehan.

I have always been skeptical about ‘ready-to-cook’ food. However, the Thistle Be Good range with its clever name, pared-back packaging and wholesome ingredients has often caught my eye. By the end of my interview with the woman behind the label, I am a convert and a firm believer that it is possible to produce a packaged food that doesn’t compromise quality. With her soft Scottish accent and passion for food and the Fleurieu Peninsula, Jacqui Good is impossible not to like. When I ask her to tell me about her business, Jacqui starts laughing: ‘It really sounds like a joke,’ she says. ‘Why did the Scotswoman move to Australia and produce an Egyptian street-food, which is exported to the Middle East?’ But Thistle Be Good is a very serious enterprise; Jacqui’s high quality dukkah and ready-to-cook couscous, ancient grains, risottos and quinoa are prepared to exacting standards and sold across Australia and overseas. The hub of Jacqui’s business is a gleaming white, stainless steel kitchen, tucked behind a second-hand shop on Willunga’s High Street. ‘No one has any idea we’re here,’ says Jacqui. ‘And most of the time I really like that; we just get on with making the products with no interruptions.’ The kitchen was originally run as a community space, where several small-scale producers shared the facilities. As they moved on, or closed down, Jacqui’s need for space grew and she now has sole use of the kitchen. Jacqui’s success seems to come as a surprise to her. The name Thistle Be Good was born from a brainstorming dinner with a group of friends at Jacqui’s home in the Aldinga Arts Eco Village. It draws on Jacqui’s Scottish heritage (the thistle) and her surname. It also encapsulates her ‘can do’ attitude to life. That approach came to the fore when at twenty-nine, Jacqui’s first marriage broke up. She put on her rucksack and ‘got on the first plane out of Scotland’. Jacqui went to Turkey, where she met a friend who convinced her to come to Australia. ‘I arrived in Sydney and I hated it so I headed to Byron Bay and there I fell in love - with the country,’ she says.


When Jacqui visited a family friend in Adelaide, she contacted a man she’d met travelling and asked to sleep on his couch. A romance ensued and he and Jacqui married and moved to the Fleurieu Peninsula, where Jacqui began making dukkah and selling it at the McLaren Vale winery where she worked. ‘I’d make twelve tubs a week by roasting the almonds in this tiny bench-top oven and grinding them in an ancient food processor.’ Today the Thistle Be Good range has grown to thirteen product lines, with a focus on high-quality ingredients including barley, quinoa, mint and cranberry. Most can be prepared in about half an hour and appeal to even the most discerning palates (this is something I can vouch for, with a five-year-old, three-year-old, one-year-old and a fussy husband to feed). And there’s a sweetener: Jacqui has plans for a range of healthy ready-to-make desserts. ‘I am a mum myself so I know how hard it is to make food everyone in the family will like,’ says Jacqui. ‘I want to make it simpler for parents to feed their family healthy, delicious food.’

Dukkah-crusted Kangaroo fillet with Moroccan Couscous and Roast Vegetable Salad (serves 4) This is a remarkably easy, but impressive looking (and tasting!) dish. We have made this super easy for you by using our Egyptian Dukkah and our Moroccan Couscous, which already has the delicious flavours blended into it. Ingredients 1 box Thistle Be Good Moroccan with Currants Couscous (simply add boiling water and butter/oil as directed on the box) 600gm Kangaroo fillet (or lamb, chicken etc) 4 tablespoons of Thistle Be Good Egyptian Dukkah 4 small beetroot, roasted and quartered once cooked 2 cups of cubed and roasted pumpkin 80gm crumbly fetta Mixed salad leaves of your choice (I use baby spinach and rocket)

Dressing Mix together: 1 cup thick Greek yoghurt Ÿ tspn crushed garlic Small handful of chopped mint leaves Salt to taste Directions Roll your kangaroo fillet (or similar) in the dukkah and shallow fry for one minute either side – this will keep it pink and moist (if using chicken, cook for longer until cooked through and juices run clear). Wrap in foil and allow it to rest for 30 mins. Cut into slices once ready to serve. In a bowl, combine the other ingredients with a small amount of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper if you wish. Pile onto a serving dish and lay the sliced kangaroo etc on top. Either serve the yoghurt dressing on the side or put dollops of it on top. Serve and simply enjoy! >

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Esther Thorn discovers why it makes perfect sense for a catering business specialising in Mediterranean flavours to have a French name that means The Chinese. Confused? Read on.

The melting pot

Photographs by Heidi Linehan.

‘Do you know what a Chinois is?’ asks Rachel Giles, disappearing into her large walk-in pantry. It’s early in the interview and I’m not yet ready to admit the limitations of my French vocabulary. I buy time. ‘Ummm, I’m sure I’ll know it when I see it,’ I say. Rachel re-emerges brandishing a conical shaped sieve. ‘It’s this,’ she says, placing it above her head. ‘Chinois means Chinese in French because (the sieve) looks like a traditional Chinese hat.’ The Chinois is the name of the catering company Rachel runs from the wellappointed kitchen of her Willunga Hill home. ‘The name has caused a bit of confusion because I don’t only cook Chinese food,’ she laughs. ‘The first time I heard the word was when I was studying commercial cooking at Regency Park and I just loved the sound. I thought ‘one day I’m going to name my business The Chinois’, and here I am.’ Rachel’s food features the bold flavours of Middle Eastern, Mediterranean and Asian cuisines in a hearty ‘home-cooked’ style. Her signature dish is dolmades, which she makes with hand-picked organic Sauvignon Blanc vine leaves and fills with meat, rice and seasoning. A passion for food has been a constant in Rachel’s life. She grew up on a farm in South Australia’s South East and was taught to cook by her mother. ‘We lived near Kingston and always had shearers to feed, or people dropping in, so we just had to cook,’ she says. ‘I love feeding people, it really is a great joy of mine.’ Indeed, when I ask to taste some of the freshly made bread that’s sitting on the bench-top Rachel is irrepressible. ‘You have to try it with some of this amazing River Murray salt,’ she says spooning the fine crystals into a delicate bowl. ‘And try this fantastic olive oil, it’s produced just down the road.’ Rachel is clearly besotted with the Fleurieu Peninsula and its many gastronomical offerings. When she and her husband returned to South Australia from Darwin two years ago, Rachel decided to move


to Willunga and immerse herself in the food industry. ‘The quality of food we have here on the Fleurieu Peninsula is just so good,’ she says. ‘We are so lucky to be here and to be part of it.’ The move has proved a fortuitous one for Rachel, who’s catering business has gone from success to success. ‘I love the diversity that comes with catering,’ she says. ‘Some days I’ll be preparing finger-food for 150 people and then another day someone will ask me to cook a dinner that looks like it’s just come out of their own oven. It’s always fun and it’s always a challenge.’

Beef Noodle Salad (serves 6)

Dressing 3 tablespoons peanut oil


1 teaspoon sesame oil

1 packet dried rice vermicelli noodles

½ cup Lime Juice

700g Rump Steak

1 teaspoon fish sauce

1 bunch fresh coriander – pick off leaves

1 teaspoon palm sugar

1 bunch sweet potato leaves – use leaves only for this recipe (they will

3 kaffir lime leaves – ripped in halves

be attached to a long stem)

1 tablespoon coriander root finely chopped

1 packet fresh bean sprouts – trim off ends

2 cloves crushed garlic

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One of the region’s first monuments to local food and wine, it’s looking better than ever. Mary Taylor, InDaily

No rules, no ego, something for all tastes. That’s the Salopian way. Rated Two Forks. Simon Wilkinson, The Advertiser

The Salopian Inn had me thinking… Why can’t more restaurants be like this? John Lethlean, The Australian

Karena's food is fresh and local, aided by a half acre garden she is tending. Maggie Beer

The McLaren Vale wine region is now officially Australia’s gin central. Max Allen, The Australian

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Petra de Mooy visits John and Lydia Lacey in Mount Compass.

Green Tank Photographs by Robert Geh.



Previous page: The building sits beautifully within the landscape, long and low with a combination of corrugated iron, stone, rendered walls and glass with red and ochre highlights. This page left: The Green Tank is the local landmark from which the gallery derives its name. It is situated behind their home, in the paddock owned by the adjacent factory. Above right and page right: The garden, with over five hundred plants, is an interesting combination of formal in places – while relaxed in others.

John and Lydia Lacey own the Green Tank Gallery, just south of Mount Compass. The property is primarily their home, but also houses a gallery and studio for John’s creative landscape paintings. The building sits beautifully within the landscape, long and low with a combination of corrugated iron, stone, rendered walls and glass – with red and ochre highlights.


On several occasions over the five years when we have visited, we have asked John about featuring the property in FLM. He has always had the same answer: ‘It’s not ready yet.’ I started to think it would never be ready. So when John messaged to say the time was right, I thought we better go straight over, to make sure he did not start some more earthmoving, wall building, landscaping or other major project. John and Lydia have always lived south. As a young couple in the 1970’s they built their first home: a house and land package at Morphett Vale. ‘We decided to get into the housing market before prices got too high,’ says John. ‘Then we built our second home at Happy Valley, and twenty years on, a third at Chandlers Hill.’ This had more than adequate room and a studio for John. In 2004 John began to paint professionally and soon >


Top left: The painted posts are a running theme and link the house to the garden. They also create a sculptural effect, visually and physically separating the house and gallery. Top right: The entrance to the gallery features rustic furnishings and a large landscape by John Lacey. Page right: As an artist, it is always ‘a thing’ to buy other artists’ work, so the home is full of art works collected by the couple since the 1980s.

outgrew the studio. ‘People had to come through the house to view the work, so it got a bit intrusive.’ says Lydia. This led to searching for an appropriate property to either renovate or build. ‘The old house didn’t face the right way so now we’ve got the northern light and no stairs and with no close neighbours, so we can play our music really loud,’ they say. The eco-credentials of the building are impressive. Double-glazed windows, concrete slab, passive and integrated solar, one hundred and eighty thousand litres of rain water storage. The walls are rendered seventy-five millimeter-thick Insulclad panels that, along with internal wall insulation, make the house weather and temperature stable. ‘We will use the air-con on those really hot summer days but the design works really well,’ says John.


The whole aim was to get the studio and home into a plan that would give the division between home and gallery/painting spaces. ‘I wanted it to look like an older farmhouse but in a modern sense,’ says John. It has separate areas with different rooflines so that it looks like it has been added on to over the years, although with a contemporary feel. John also considered what was next door – the factory on the eastern side has many different sizes and shapes of buildings. He wanted their final design to be sympathetic to these surroundings. John’s background as a motor-body design draughtsman and the couple’s track record for building homes made John and Lydia very well equipped to design their final home. This location offered them everything they had on their wish list, with a bit of land, good orientation and a lovely view. When it came to hiring a builder, Doug King was recommended. >


Top: The cabinetry in the home is mostly built-in, with kitchen doors hiding the microwave and fridge, all integrated seamlessly into the design. The bamboo laminate is perfectly matched. Above left: Art and design are in every corner of the house. Above right: John’s brushes adorn the bench tops in his studio. Page right: The stunning bathtub has a view to the north, encapsulating the garden and the rural pastures of Mount Compass.

‘We used Doug for the build. He only builds a couple of places a year, but builds what he likes and takes on projects that are a bit different and a little bit challenging,’ says John. ‘The only days he didn’t show up was when the surf was up,’ says Lydia. The couple developed a great working relationship with him and he made some great contributions to the overall design. There are a few key features that have made John and Lydia happy with the outcome. For John: ‘Proximity to work.’ For Lydia: ‘Clean air, a big oven and serenity.’ Siting the garage on the western end absorbs all the summer sun and acts as a heat sink, protecting the studio and home from getting too warm. All of the utilities are at the garage end, so the home exterior is free of those extraneous bits. The high gallery and passage windows also provides good cross ventilation, another essential item in passive design. 52

The cabinetry in the home is mostly built-in, with kitchen doors hiding the microwave and fridge, all integrated seamlessly into the design. The bamboo laminate is perfectly matched. They credit their son-inlaw and cabinetmaker, Joel, for making all that integrate successfully into John’s design. Even the light switches and electrical outlets are treated as a detail as opposed to an afterthought. ‘I like good functional design,’ says John. ‘We always tell people to put your money into the guts of the home. Things that are hard to replace, like tiles and cabinetry, countertops and prime cost items. Try to get it right the first time,’ says Lydia. John’s intention was to be open for SALA 2011. Doug was very obliging and worked hard to make sure they were in, two weeks ahead of time. >


Top: Green Tank Gallery shows John’s work exclusively as an ever-evolving exhibition, encompassing still-life, landscape and portraiture. Above left: The studio where John paints and teaches. Above right: Artist John Lacey.

John has worked non-stop since they moved in – he has built all of the stone walls and both have worked tirelessly to create a beautiful garden. ‘It just kind of happened,‘ says John of the garden, but this belies his obvious skill with design and layout. The garden, with over five hundred plants, is a combination of formal and a bit relaxed. ‘I’ve got my anal hedges out there,’ says John, ‘I just like the sculptural effect they give.’ The painted posts are a running theme and link the house to the garden. They also create a sculptural effect, visually and physically separating the house and gallery. As an artist, it is always ‘a thing’ to buy other artist’s work, so the home and garden share their collection. ‘We started in the eighties and have about thirty artists’ work hanging and several sculptures in the garden. We started small and have both local and interstate artists 54

on display. We recently added a couple of Western Desert Indigenous artists to the collection which seems to make a nice balance.’ The Green Tank from which the gallery derives its name is situated behind their home, in the paddock owned by the adjacent factory. It’s a local landmark. ‘The owner of the factory joked, ‘I might paint it pink’,’ says John. But there it remains and it is still green. Rather than giving the gallery John’s name, using Green Tank has also given Lydia some ownership, whilst incorporating a local icon. Visit John at Green Tank Gallery (which is open most days). See his extensive solo exhibition at Signal Point Art Gallery in Goolwa from December 10 to January 15, 2017.

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TRAILBLAZERS: Corrina Wright learns of Sepino’s first young cyclist

Serafino dreaming Photograph by Randy Larcombe.

Imagine a small boy in the tiny village of Sepino, in provincial Italy in the 1950’s. He dreams of a bicycle, but his family are in no position to buy one. He decides to take matters into his own hands. Knowing what rabbits do, he starts with a male and female, and soon they have a hundred offspring. He sells his rabbits to the local butcher, and is soon the proud owner of a shiny new bicycle – the first child in his village to have one. Years pass and Serafino (Steve) Maglieri has a new dream: to own a little Fiat. But he cannot earn enough. His father already works in McLaren Vale, sending money back home to the family while Serafino is raised by his grandfather. So in 1966, at almost eighteen years old, Serafino gathers up all his lira in an old suitcase and sails to Australia. His plan is to earn enough money to buy his Fiat, save a little more, and return to his village. The journey ends with a lesson that he still carries. Buoyed by his suitcase of lira, the overwhelming freedom from village life, as well as normal teenage bravado, Serafino has a very good time on the boat. On arrival, changing the remaining lira into Australian dollars, he has a grand total of twenty dollars to his name! His grandfather always told him, ‘When you make two dollars, then you can spend one.’ Serafino has lived by this mantra ever since. From Port Melbourne, he caught a train to South Australia, eventually arriving in McLaren Vale. He started work immediately, in the vineyards for Connor Sparrow, and the almond orchards of Alec Baxendale. Quickly becoming known as a ‘gun’ worker, Serafino eventually dropped his original plan to return to his village.

equipment from Penfolds, one tank and a flat-pack shed, he produced his first vintage in 1976. He sold his first tankful to Tollana, who liked the quality. He then filled the tank and sold the contents five times that vintage, using not just his own grapes but buying from numerous growers. He made more money that vintage than he had in total for the previous ten years in Australia. To celebrate, for two summer months Serafino and his family travelled the length and breadth of Italy by train, visiting his village and iconic cities. Wherever he went he tried the local vino. He often encountered a slightly sweet and spritzy chilled red wine, Lambrusco. Then Serafino had another dream. If he could make a wine like this in Australia, it should appeal to women in particular, who were shunning red wines at that time. Serafino hired winemaker John Loxton from the Riverland and set about recreating Lambrusco. He gave away the first one thousand cases, getting as many people as possible to taste it, and the rest is history. Maglieri Lambrusco was a phenomenon, going from five hundred cases to a mind-boggling five hundred thousand cases in four years, and the top selling red wine in Australia for two years straight. Even though he’d had much success to date, Steve still dreamed of making a premium wine. He did. In London in 1998 to receive the trophy for the Red Wine of the Year at the Decanter World Wine Awards, a chance meeting lead to the sale of the Maglieri winery in its entirety. Serafino wasn’t finished though, and purchased ‘McLaren’s on the Lake’ in 2000, adding a three thousand tonne winery to the function centre and hotel business. Serafino Maglieri has always been driven to achieve all his goals and dreams. He epitomises the rewards that come from hard work. ‘Corrina,’ he says, ‘you must remember: In this life the harder you work, the luckier you become.’ With his daughters in the business today, Serafino tells me that he still has a few dreams left. I have no doubt, he will achieve them all.

Soon, he was working up to seventeen hours a day at what is now Middlebrook, running the cellar. He married Leticia, and daughters Maria and Diana completed their family. He also realised another dream, purchasing a scrub block on Douglas Gully Road, which he and his father cleared and planted with Grenache vines. Serafino wanted to produce wine from his block for his family’s consumption, like his family in Italy. He needed a producer’s license, but wasn’t aware that all applications were published in the newspaper. His employer was not impressed that he might become a competitor and sacked him on the spot. Shocked, and with a family to support, he used his contacts in the bulk wine industry to launch his own winery. Cobbling together some discarded winery



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The heart of the community Photograph by Angela Lisman.

Growing up, the Fleurieu ‘felt like a hidden secret’ to Carly Hamilton. After long stints away, both interstate and overseas, trying to ‘find her place’, she realised that home indeed was where her heart was. ‘There is so much here that resonates with who I am.’ Early on, she identified connection to community and an appreciation of the environment and where we live as being pivotal in having a fulfilling life. Carly has degrees in Environmental Management, Rehabilitation and Social Work and is currently undertaking a higher research degree working with Uni SA. After her first degree, she worked in environmental management, but eventually branched out to community development and eco-tourism. She eventually came to the Social Work she does now when she settled back here on the Fleurieu. ‘I see environmental management as being very connected to community, because you need to create aspiration with people to create real change in the environment. It is this big mess of a jigsaw and a web and we are all interconnected. We need to sit comfortably with those messy connections, to make real change for a healthier planet … and community.’ Working with people who are long term unemployed, have disabilities or are living in poverty, Carly saw that there was great need in the community. ‘We are so fortunate and lucky. We have so much to offer and can make a real difference here on the Fleurieu,’ Carly says. ‘It is the onthe-ground changes that make things better for the environment, the health of our community and the people in it. ’ The Fleurieu with its rich food resources punches above its weight in generosity. ‘We have this amazing resource and my thing is: how do we make sure people are not left behind in that process and that they have access to what is available? – so that the good stuff is not just for people who can afford it. We need to bring less fortunate people along too.’ Working in domestic violence services through Community Health Onkaparinga, Carly and her team identified that for women fleeing abusive relationships, good food and cooking becomes a very low priority. Often they do not have cooking facilities or know-how, so to put our amazing resource and food bowl on their doorsteps makes powerful change. Food for Freedom was started in 2015. The organisation, run mostly by volunteers, has its own community kitchen and kitchen garden. Every week, with the assistance of a chef and dietician, they make hundreds of healthy meals for this nutritionally vulnerable community.


Above: Ulli Spranz (left) and Carly Hamilton (right) at B.-d Farms, Paris Creek.

Seeing the opportunity to make a difference and extend our great food source and community spirit, many key Fleurieu retailers and producers who want to make a difference have joined with Carly and Food for Freedom. Businesses like Scoop SA, Ellis Butchers, Fleurieu Milk, Blessed Cheese, Mountain Fresh Juice, Lacewood Jams, McCarthy Orchards and BD Farm Paris Creek provide fresh local produce and donations. Fuel sponsorship from Liberty Old Noarlunga also helps keep the project ticking along. Even egg and olive producers and backyard gardeners are now part of the ever-growing FFF Business and Producers Alliance. There are other benefits for the recipients, in addition to receiving a nutritious home-cooked meal. Women get connected and inspired and want to learn to cook or assist in the kitchen. Volunteers come in from all parts of the community, including domestic violence survivors. Now some of them want to create a cookbook to support Domestic Violence Services. They have also just started a garden and art projects so people can connect in a variety of ways. Carly and her team know the key is keeping options open-ended for the community, and she has been tireless in her efforts to make this project a success. Food for Freedom is a great example of how a can-do attitude with community partners on board can make a difference. If you have goods, services, cash or ideas to give much needed support to Food for Freedom call Carly on 0418 416 176.

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Petra de Mooy visits The Strand Gallery in Port Elliot to get to know proprietor and longtime photographer Ron Langman.

Short, sharp and instinctive.

Previous page: Rock pools at dusk. This page top: Menin gallery at the Strand Gallery. Above left: Ribbons and The Bluff. Bottom right: Ron with his mural at Whaler’s Inn.

Ron Langman is what one would call an early adopter – a risk taker, a maverick and an entrepreneur. A combination of being in the right place at the right time and great foresight, instinct and ingenuity enabled him to become an astute businessman in early adulthood. Ron was in the A-stream at high school but failed English, so rather than repeat, he opted to go into a lower stream. Ron cites undertaking arts and technical studies in grade ten as the turning point that gave him a technical grounding which has remained a great asset to this day. Post-high school, Ron’s parents engaged a professional to assess a career path for him. As a result, he considered photography as a direction. A marriage of technology and aesthetics, it suited him down to the ground. It was the early sixties and Ron boldly went off to one of the biggest professional photography studios in Adelaide at that time and asserted that he had chosen to do an apprenticeship with them. They obliged. ‘We did daily press advertising photography. In the early sixties, the wine industry and manufacturing industry were very healthy in SA and these companies used local agencies to manage their advertising and photography. There were the Penfolds, the Seppelts , the Gramps and you also had Chrysler, GM, Simpson Pope and Kelvinator.’ There were enough companies to support some big agencies. Ron learned a lot about photography, but more importantly he learned a lot about business and advertising.

After some time, Ron got the travel bug. Like many before and since, he set off for London, landing a job with a company that created a mail-order catalogue with a large fashion component. Technology was changing fast: during cooler months when outdoor photography was prohibitive, the studios started using an early version of ‘blue screen’. ‘Models were photographed against a background of reflective material on which was projected an outdoor scene. The scenes needed to photographed in a particular way that was best done by someone who had experience in the studio.’ Ron began photographing the backdrops and licensed their use to a handful of studios using the same technology. He travelled all over Europe creating these stock shots and made a tidy income while taking in the culture and scenery. By the time Ron came back to Adelaide a few years later, he had enough money to open his own photography studio. ‘There was no one my age doing photography at the time,’ he says. Ron found a real niche for his business: his was the only studio nationally using cibachrome, creating the backlit transparencies used all over Australia in food advertising. By 1978 Ron had branched out. He became very enterprising, owning a number of businesses including an exhibit in a building products showroom. However, he didn’t think it was very well run and wanted to recreate it with a slightly different model. ‘I called a >


Above: Nightfall at Boomer beach. Below right: Catacombs in Arnhem Land. Bottom: Devonian landscape, Greenland.

meeting between myself and Coroma, James Hardy, BHP and Boral. How I had the gall to do it, I don’t know.’ They said ‘Okay, you do it and we will back you’. Ron bought the building on the corner of South Road and Anzac Highway and created the Home Ideas Centre – and it’s still there today. This concept was rolled out both nationally and internationally. It did so well that it freed Ron up for other entrepreneurial projects. ‘I started to look at patents, mostly business to business technology, that had not achieved their potential.’ Ron would assess and buy them if they looked promising, and then either sell them or help see them through to fruition. In the 1990s Ron was asked to assist the University of Adelaide in establishing a Masters degree course in Entrepreneurship. This led to a relationship with the State Government to create ‘SA Angels’, a group of investors interested in funding ‘start up’ companies. He was awarded an honorary degree from the University for his contributions. In 1994, he also received a national Telstra Small Business of the Year Award and a decade later, the Order of Australia for his support of young entrepreneurs. In 2006, Ron and his partner Sonya made a sea change, buying a holiday home on the foreshore at Port Elliot. The couple now splits their time between their city property and finding a real sense of community during their weekends on the Fleurieu. ‘Sonya had a studio at Factory 9 for her printmaking and classes, but it was hot in the summer and cold in the winter. So we set about finding a new place for her.’ The Port Elliot post office had been on the market for a while and after purchasing it in 2015, they realised it was too big for her single enterprise. They decided to make a portion of the space into The Strand Gallery. The space is painted in neutral colours and has great high ceilings and lovely natural light. Both Sonya and Ron spent a lot of time getting the gallery up and running, providing a great new asset for the local community. Using a curatorial approach, they exhibit primarily semi-professional or professional local artists. The Gallery has shown some outstanding work, including exhibiting Sonya’s prints and Ron’s photos. ‘Where we initially wondered where we were going to find work to fill the gallery, now we are finding we have more than we can show and the artists are coming to us,’ says Ron. Ron never lost his early interest in photography and has travelled extensively to capture some beautiful landscapes. He reserves a room in the Strand Gallery exclusively for his coastal photos from around the Fleurieu. Some great wildlife photography by other artists is also exhibited there. ‘There is a diaspora of creative people down to Port Elliot and we are now part of that. It’s fun, but also we have been able to help out a few people who did not have a retail interface and now they have.’ ‘You leave the place better than you found it, and that is good.’ 64



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Book Reviews by Mark Laurie.

The Good People by Hannah Kent

Published by Picador ISBN 9781743534908 $32.99

atmospheric novel is based on a true story with the author’s acute characterisations and descriptive power capturing the best and the worst of the human condition. These elements endure, as will Ms Kent’s writing, amidst a narrative of irresistible force.

The award-winning author of Burial Rites has transferred her imaginative power and luminous writing to Ireland in the 1820s, delivering a story located in the liminal world between myth and reality, superstition and truth. Hard times have given Michael, a crippled and mute boy, into the care of his recently widowed grandmother, living amidst villagers susceptible to suspicion and fear. His difference and inability to communicate give rise to both emotions, as he is believed to be a changeling, to have been touched by fairies. The ‘good people’ as they are known, are thought to be capricious, capable of both beneficence and harm in equal measure. The story revolves around three women: Nora, Michael’s grandmother; Nance, an old woman and healer whose help is sought to banish the fairy child and return Nora’s grandson; and Mary, a girl from the village who comes to care for him. Like its Icelandic predecessor, this

The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben

Published by Black Inc. ISBN 9781863958738 $29.99

Goodwood by Holly Throsby

Published by Allen & Unwin ISBN 9781760293734 $29.99 Singer-songwriter Holly Throsby has situated her debut novel in a fictional small Australian country town in the early 1990s. She describes the idiosyncratic lives of the inhabitants of Goodwood through the eyes of seventeen-year-old Jean. With her mother, Jean has returned to this small town from the city. Jean narrates the circumstances of the mysterious disappearances of two of the townsfolk and the resulting investigation. In observing the reactions of and the effects upon a close community, Jean learns much about small town life and about herself. This is a coming-of-age novel, a mystery 66

and a character study and it crosses these genres with great effect. It is deftly written with warmth and depth. This town and the characters inhabiting it will remain with readers long after closing the book.

This ground-breaking book, enormously popular in the author’s native Germany, has been swiftly translated into English, maintaining the wildfire spread of its (r)evolutionary thesis. That trees feel, communicate, have families and society has been captured often in fiction, memorably by J.R.R Tolkien’s giant Ents in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. However, this book bridges the divide between science and fiction, providing an evidence-based series of stories that bring trees to life in a distinctly human way. This should help a larger audience to understand and explain something they may already feel. Peter Wohlleben is a former forestry officer who has well and truly jumped the fence, taking trees in our consciousness as Peter Singer so memorably took animal liberation in the 1970s. The poor life of the plantation forest mirrors the battery farm, impoverishing us all. In a similar vein, the experience of the lonely street tree, ‘fighting for its life’ in a dense urban setting, may be seen as a metaphor for our own alienation. Perhaps the author’s anthropomorphising of trees will ‘arboromorphise’ us, providing an empathetic foundation for rediscovery of the clean air and deep calm of a walk in an old growth forest.

motives, testing both the author’s skill with story lines and Poirot’s inimitable logic. Both succeed admirably, providing terrific entertainment cloaked heavily in muchloved tradition.

attracted to these essays, Dyer is very much of this millennium and the style and journeys he makes are uniquely his own. The mesmeric lightness of his writing is enhanced by his refusal to be contained within the boundaries of memoir, treatise or travelogue. Mixing acute observation with wit, philosophy, literary references and popular culture, he reflects on how we employ linkages with the past, with people and with places to locate ourselves in the world. The author says he’d ‘like to stick around forever’ in a ‘life so interesting’. He helps make it so for us.

Closed Casket by Sophie Hannah

Published by Harper Collins ISBN 9780008134105 $29.99 This is the second book featuring the Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot, that Sophie Hannah has been authorised to write by Agatha Christie’s estate. Their faith in the author’s abilities to match the twists and turns of a Christie plot within the highly popular structure of the detective novel has not been misplaced. Hannah has produced an intriguing puzzle within a very enjoyable story, gloved in her own deft style. Poirot, accompanied by his friend and colleague Inspector Catchpool of Scotland Yard, has been invited to the luxurious Irish estate of renowned author, Athelina Playford. Over an evening banquet, Athelina ill-advisedly announces changes to her equally sumptuous will to her offspring, their partners and, in hindsight, an unfortunate assortment of additional guests. Naturally, murder follows, justifying the inclusion of Poirot and Catchpool in the guest list. Surprises and red herrings abound, matched by an extraordinary array of

White Sands: Experiences from the Outside World by Geoff Dyer

Published by Text ISBN 9781925355086 $32.99 Utilising a series of quests for human immortality and elusive natural wonders, this thoughtful and erudite author explores how we inhabit space and time. Geoff Dyer draws broadly from the physical and philosophical meanderings of a peripatetic life to write of ‘experiences’ in places such as New Mexico’s White Sands monument and Lightning Field installation, Egypt’s famous mausoleums, Beijing’s Forbidden City, Gauguin’s Tahiti, and the Watts Towers of Los Angeles. While those who love Bruce Chatwin in Patagonia will be


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Willunga Farmers Market Producer Profile:

Lyndall Vandenberg visits the Bull Creek property of Willunga Farmers’ Market stallholders, Brendan Lineage & Courtney Stephen from

Sunshine ice blocks As I step out of my car, the natural beauty and the steep, steep hills are the first things I notice. I can hear cheerful voices as I stare out, up towards the magnificent hilltops. Two figures, barely recognisable, let go a huge roll of fallen pine needles and I watch with amusement as it bumps its way to the bottom. A pretty, trickling creek runs between the hills and winds its way along the new garden beds being prepared by Brendan and Courtney’s three young children. They’re busy laying newspaper for weed suppression while chatting with their Oma. Nearby is the shed that houses the impressive, purpose-built kitchen and meticulous production facility for their business Sunshine Ice Blocks. ‘It was the people and the region that inspired us to buy the farm and to live here, and to trade and sell locally,’ Courtney shares. Sunshine Ice Blocks produce a range of small batch, handcrafted ice blocks, gelati, sorbet and shaved ice, using all natural, fresh and seasonal produce. ‘We source all of our ingredients from the Willunga Farmers Market, even the milk, and only go further afield when necessary,’ explains Brendan. ‘The local enthusiasm and passion for food is infectious. It really is important to us that we connect with the growers, know what’s in season, develop relationships and trial new products for instant feedback.’ ‘We both get very excited about every new product we bring out and we love experimenting.’ Products are created to meet customer

demand and offer an abundance of flavour combinations to suit any palate. Ice block flavours include lavender lemonade, blood orange and honey, rhubarb and pear, rhubarb and cream, chocolate and avocado. What’s coming for summer? ‘Strawberry, peaches, nectarines, plums, the list explodes. But the challenge is to keep the flavour range manageable,’ says Brendan with a grin. ‘A perfectly healthy summer treat, that children love, is our shaved ice. It goes straight into a cup, then we pour our own all-natural syrup over the ice. Right now the flavour is strawberry,’ Brendan says. ‘We also have blood orange, lemon, and strawberry sorbet flavours on offer.’ The new gelati is not to be missed either. The latest flavour combination is dark Belgian chocolate, vanilla bean and cold brew coffee, made in collaboration with local barista Rebecca Moore (From Humble Grounds), who knows how ‘to get the coffee flavour perfect.’ The sample pots are delicious; smooth, wickedly creamy and full of flavour! What’s next? ‘Growth!’ says Courtney. ‘We were awarded a manufacturing and innovation grant by the SA Department of State Development which is great recognition of us as a viable business. We’ve also recently received accreditation from the South Australian Dairy Board which has enabled us to expand our range to include gelati.’

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A collaborative venture between Mr. Riggs Wine Co and Zonte’s Footstep, the newly opened The General Wine Bar & Kitchen is set to become a McLaren Flat drawcard, providing locals, visitors and wine lovers alike with an exciting food and wine experience inspired by the wineries’ shared passions.

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Above and next page: Leonie Hick captivates the crowd at a recent ‘Love Local Fleurieu’ event. Photos courtesy of Courtney McFarlane

All about health

In this fourth instalment for FLM, Claire Byrt of Project Work Life gets to the heart of it with Leonie Hick of All About Health, another remarkable woman from the community.

An inspiration for good health, Leonie believes health is our birthright and ‘disease’ is likely born from a lack of balance, too much stress impacting emotional wellbeing and digestion, poor education on food choices, and interference with food production and preparation. Awareness and intention are everything. Her approach is simple yet powerful: nurture self first, then pay that forward to others. What’s your favourite part of what you do? Making a difference. People are starved of non-sexual touch. As natural therapists, we have license to touch, tell, listen, problem solve and provide sanctuary from the busy-ness of life. Lowering stress hormones with natural therapies allows the mind to still. Signals from the brain become clearer and physiological changes to pain, inflammation and emotional overwhelm allow the answers come. What does creating a heart-based business mean to you? Doing what aligns with my core values. Health is number one for me. When I inspire others to honour health first, I know they are better able to serve their other priority areas of life.


Who inspires you? My ninety-one-year old mother. Every day she told me I was a good person, how lucky I am, how much she loved me and everyone around me, and I believed her. She taught me forgiveness of self and others, and when I cocked up, she showered me with love. Both of my parents taught me love, trust, a happy heart and that most things have a cycle. How have you found the balance of mother/partner/creative/ business woman? It is an ongoing balancing act that constantly vacillates. There is a lot of guilt that goes with juggling these roles. Providing my focus is in best service of my own health, I am then able to pay that forward to family, friends and clients. We put on a show for our children so we need to make it a good one. Nothing wrong with teaching them a good work ethic while designing a life that we love. How have the peak experiences in your life shaped you? Peak experiences for me include the birth of my daughters, the deaths of my first husband, my father and my best friend, love relationships, public speaking and travel. The emotional mix of these events has shaped my resilience, tolerance and gratitude. I value relationships and learning, and love to say yes to new opportunities even if they scare the pants off me! What does courage mean to you? Courage is having the confidence to express myself, participate and contribute from the heart, in spite of my head (ego) running stories of fear, judgement and inadequacy.

How do you identify when you are not in flow? And how do you get yourself back in flow? My mind becomes agitated and restless and usually fixated on me. I go for a run, do a ‘check up from the neck up’ about what is out of whack, and displace any negativity with some positive reinforcement. I listen to some form of personal development most days and I get to help others which stops me making it all about me. What does a healthy life look like to you? Having the physical ability to climb a mountain if I choose, having the emotional and energetic reserve to face challenges and find the answers, while controlling my chemistry with healthy food and lifestyle choices.

What is the most important lesson you want to teach your children? Forgiveness, tolerance and gratitude. We have so much to be thankful for. We help no one by judging them - it’s usually projection of our own flaws. Grace starts with our own forgiveness. What are your thoughts about Love Local Fleurieu? I love this tribe of remarkable supportive women. It has provided a non-judgmental environment for growth, acceptance, fun and support while learning from the collective intelligence and encouragement of the group. Just say yes – your input is valued, the community needs your contribution and it’s fun. The gold is showing up in life.

How does someone’s health practice impact their personal power and ability to show up in the world? Very simply, negative energy attractors cause the body to go weak. Positive energy attractors create strength in the body. Stressors influence digestion, gut health, immune response, neurological pathways, pain, inflammation and the ability to show up for opportunities. When we are in our best health we attract positive experiences into our life. Alternatively when life is a struggle, our experiences will mirror this. What do you want the world to know? Look after your gut, it controls hormones, immune function, production of neurotransmitters, weight, energy levels, prevents disease and acts as our fuel filter. If it’s blocked, the fuel is not getting through. Your cells can be starving at a nutrient level, which drives cravings, weight gain, mood swings, hormone disruption, energy levels and disease.



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TRAILBLAZERS: Corrina Wright breaks into a sweat just watching Karen Miller, who is

61 and killing it Photograph by Heidi Linehan.

This July, I was very lucky to attend the CrossFit Games in Los Angeles, California. For those of you who have been untouched by the ‘cult’ of CrossFit, I shall explain. CrossFit is an exercise program developed in the USA in 2000. It is a mixture of a number of different fitness genres - from weightlifting to gymnastics, all combined with super high-intensity interval training. To the uninitiated like myself, it looks like what I imagine the elite Special Forces do, both in teamwork and fitness intensity. CrossFit has grown into a highly competitive sport, whether it is competing against yourself to beat your last achievements in the WOD (Workout Of Day), or right up to competing against the world elite in an Olympic Games-type arena. Across the world, there are now some thirteen thousand CrossFit gyms (each known as a Box), and the sport is growing exponentially. Our Fleurieu region is home to a number of CrossFit Boxes. In 2016, ‘CrossFit Loaded’ from Woodcroft became the first team from South Australia to compete in the CrossFit Games. The games are billed as having athletes that are ‘The Fittest on Earth’. My cousin, Brioni Oliver, happened to be a part of that six-member team, competing against the top forty teams in the world. I decided to tag along as a personal cheer squad, and to give myself some solid body image issues by hanging out with the rest of the CrossFit gang. Karen Miller, also from CrossFit Loaded, was competing at the games as an individual … in the female sixty-plus age group! Now this was something I had to see. Sixty year old women – lifting weights, running, climbing ropes, pushing themselves to the absolute limits; at a time in their life when partaking in Tai Chi, aqua aerobics and a brisk walk might be seen as elite fitness. Watching these women compete was nothing short of awe inspiring. In staggeringly hot conditions, Karen won a number of her events, and ended up coming fourth overall. In the world! I had to know what drives her. Karen, a Port Noarlunga local, tells me that she has always been sporty, even as a kid. But she never really had the opportunity to take any of her sporting loves to an elite level. When her two children, Leilani and Tim, started getting involved in sports like surfing, running, netball, athletics and soccer, Karen was drawn back into the fold. Almost jealous of the fabulous opportunities her kids had, including amazing organisations such as Little Athletics, she decided to get herself back on the fitness track.

At 37 Karen started running more, attending circuit and weights classes and spending all her spare time at the gym. She soon started to combine her three-days a week, nine-to-five office job with a burgeoning personal training business from her home, and instructing classes at the Noarlunga Swim Centre. Fast forward twenty years, and a still fit Karen hears about this new cool exercise regime called CrossFit. Intrigued, but busy, it takes her a while to get around to attending some ‘come and try’ sessions. Ten sessions later, she was well and truly hooked. So, at fifty seven, Karen found her ultimate sporting love. She explains that it felt like she had come full circle, and this was her time to put to bed all of the missed sporting dreams of her youth. And it turns out, she is pretty good at it. Coach and CrossFit Loaded box owner, Sam Joraslafsky, taught her some of the crucial skills required to excel at CrossFit. For slightly built Karen, the key was to learn to not go out like a bull at a gate, but to pace herself carefully to make sure that she can get the most out of each WOD and maintain her strength. Karen credits Sam for giving her the tools and technique to succeed. In 2014, aged fifty-nine, she and Sam decide to have a crack at qualifying for the games. Karen did just that – and came sixth in the fifty-five to fifty-nine age group, on her first attempt. Being an athlete at the CrossFit Games was an intense but amazing experience. Karen got to meet and compete against women from all over the world, making a strong network of friends. She loved the collegiate atmosphere of the competition, and the fact that peoples bodies were celebrated, not because of what they looked like, but because of what they could do. Karen agrees that things have changed for her, as she gets older. She doesn’t recover as well as when she was younger, and she really has to listen to her body when it is telling her to slow down or take a break. Injuries sometimes frustrate her and they did result in her missing the 2015 games. Working closely with her trusted physiotherapist, James McEwan, as well as Ara and Leesa from Cliff Top Chiropractic, she gets herself back onto an even keel. Key to Karen’s love of fitness is the benefit it gives her mental health as well. She wants to encourage people not to get ‘old’ before their time. She worries that they may give up too easily, using age as an excuse. She argues that it is never to late to improve yourself and that you may be surprised at what your body can do, given the chance. Karen tells me that she pins cutouts from magazines and newspapers of inspirational stories on her wall, and uses them as reminders to live every day to the max. She is particularly inspired by the tenacity of ultra-marathon burn survivor Turia Pitt, and the strength of the ‘adaptive’ CrossFitters - athletes who have physical disabilities but who are still competing at an elite level. I am pretty sure that Karen herself features on many others’ inspiration boards. She is definitely on mine. 81

Performing at the Fleurieu Fringe will be Kaurna Cronin and his band (top left), and The Timbers (bottom left). Above right: Also in attendance will be Kylea’s own Love at Thirst Sight cocktail and mocktail van (go the Pina Colada!).

Fringe dwellers

Every Friday and Saturday during the Adelaide Fringe Festival, we have our very own Fleurieu Fringe Festival – February 17th until March 18th at Port Noarlunga. Last summer Kylea Hartley organised the inaugural Fleurieu Fringe (coined Fleurieu Fridays) on the riverbank at Port Noarlunga. Building on the success of last year’s event, Kylea and her team have great plans for 2017. Kylea will throw all of the accumulated energy and knowledge from her own performance history and event creation into the second Fleurieu Fringe on the grounds next to Sauerbier House Cultural Exchange at Port Noarlunga. ‘I really feel like everything else I have done to date has made me ready for this.’

After last year’s event, the organisers surveyed audiences. People responded most favourably to the relaxed atmosphere of the outdoor hub by the river, to the live music where they could sit back and enjoy, and have a couple of drinks. By far the most popular act was singing and tap-dancing ‘Movin’ Melvin Brown’ and he is coming back! Also on tap this year will be The Timbers, Kate Lawrence, Kaurna Cronin, Loren Kate and many others.

Kylea is a belly dancer, an event planner – and has been involved as an entertainer with the Adelaide Fringe for many years. She also created the touring Vaudeville Club and is the brains behind the Adelaide Belly Dance Festival, which brings dancers from all over the world to South Australia. ‘I really love the tribal and folkloric style of belly dancing and getting into the fusion of cultures from all over the world.’

There will also be a large contingent of street performers with roving entertainment in street theatre, dance, busking and circus. Friday nights will have higher profile acts and Saturdays will be more family friendly. There will also be a curated artisan market and plenty of interesting food and drink, including Mullygrub, Ampika’s Kitchen (Thai) and Soza’s (Sri Lankan). Also in attendance will be Kylea’s own Love at Thirst Sight cocktail and mocktail van (go the Pina Colada!), local wine from Kay Brothers Amery (top notch Grenache and Rosé) and local craft beer.

‘Fusion of culture’ is a good way to describe fringe festivals in general. There is an open-ended opportunity for performers to cut their teeth. They can also mix with more seasoned artists from around the globe in music, art, spoken word, street theatre and dance. Kylea says ‘I even see the food vans as being an art. We just want to create that whole artsy vibe.’

We are ridiculously lucky to have so much choice here on the Fleurieu with all these great local vendors! To see them mixing with the performance arts on the riverbank will be very special indeed. So on the hot summer nights of February and March, get your dancing shoes on and head down to the Onkaparinga riverbank – relax, unwind and enjoy!


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2017 FLEURIEU FILM FESTIVAL 10 th & 11th FEBRUARY A FEAST FOR THE SENSES UNDER THE STARS NIGHT ONE 10th February Special screening of ‘Red Dog’ at the McLaren Vale Visitor Information Centre Bring your pooch and relax on the lawn. NIGHT TWO 11th February Screening & Award presentation night at Serafino Winery McLaren Vale View the top 10 short films Food, Wine and entertainment Limited tickets available through www.fleurieufilmfestival.com.au Fleurieu Living Magazine is a proud sponsor of the 2017 Fleurieu Film Festival


Esther Thorn visits the ‘Memory Keeper’ of Rapid Bay ...

A town that time forgot Photographs by Heidi Linehan.

Previous page: Among the sea of red, black, blue and yellow tents are several very long-term tenants – on the day we took the photos the owner of this cute vintage caravan said he’d been there for almost a year, but would pull up stumps come Christmas when the population at the campground swells to close to two thousand. Above: The two jetties standing side by side stretching into the picture perfect bay are a poignant reminder of the changes that Rapid Bay has undergone.

The road to Rapid Bay is a winding one. It snakes through paddocks patch-worked with purple and yellow, and traces the curves of the undulating landscape. At times the Red Gums and Casuarinas lining the bitumen hug the road. But as we near the township, the view opens and suddenly we can see the sea, glittering and turquoise. The bay curves in a near perfect arc; on one side gapes the open mouth of a cave and on the other, the remnants of the quarry cling to the cliff like giant barnacles. The view once looked very different, Lillian Cole tells me from her stone cottage perched high above the township. The beach, she says, has been created from the waste of the quarry that was dumped into the sea until the 1960s. Lillian is the memory keeper, a collector of facts, a hoarder of knowledge. Her home has been in her family for three generations. From Lillian’s front window you can see across Backstairs Passage all the way to Kangaroo Island. ‘You have an amazing view,’ I enthuse. ‘Hmmm, shame about the wind,’ she replies, unimpressed. Lillian’s attention is focused on the pile of folders that sit in front of us. Each one holds hundreds of pieces of paper, neatly filed, that document the history of the Southern Fleurieu. It’s all there; who

owned which house, what they farmed, what they grew. Small details such as in 1941 children were ‘transported to Delamere school in a covered utility’ breathe life into the reams of paper. ‘I don’t know what I’m going to do with it all,’ says Lillian. ‘My mother used to keep clippings from newspapers so I started putting those together and then I just kept going. There’s plenty of history here.’ Her catalogue starts with the arrival of South Australian Colonial Surveyor Colonel William Light’s ship ‘Rapid’, docking on September 8th 1836, at what would be named Rapid Bay. Light wrote in his diary that he went ashore and was ‘delighted’ to find a ‘stream of fresh water and rich soil’. When bad weather set in, Colonel Light and his crew were forced to set up camp for several days, during which time Light etched his initials and the date into a rock. That rock is now stored at the South Australian Museum and a replica stands in its place. Lillian tells me that a short time later, the first European child born on mainland South Australia, John Rapid Hoare, was delivered at Rapid Bay on 7 November, 1836. The area is also home to an ancient Indigenous story of creation. Kaurna dreaming tells of Tjilbruke carrying the body of his nephew to its burial place at Patpangga (Rapid Bay), leaving behind him a trail of tears, which became seven freshwater springs. Today, a second monument at Rapid Bay marks the location of one of Tjilbruke’s summer camps. The plaque says the area is renowned for its spiritual significance to the Kaurna people and states that the body of an Aboriginal person was found in a nearby cave, wrapped in a kangaroo skin. > 85

Above: The main street of Rapid Bay is deserted. The 1940s brick villas that line the street were built for BHP workers and are now deserted and remain on a shared title owned by the farmer who owns the land behind them.

This monument is just metres away from the town’s campground which, despite the cold start to Spring, is a hive of activity. It’s one of few camping grounds in South Australia that charges a nominal fee and among the sea of red, black, blue and yellow tents are several very long-term tenants. In contrast to the campground, the main street of Rapid Bay is deserted. The curtains are drawn on the windows of the houses lining the road to the quarry. The solid brick 1940s-built villas sit empty amidst incongruously well-maintained gardens. These aren’t just houses, they’re homes people once loved and nurtured. But they are now vacant because of a bureaucratic bungle that leaves them in limbo. The land itself is owned by a local resident but the houses were built on it for BHP workers, without separate titles, meaning they can’t be sold. Lillian tells me they’re occasionally used as holiday houses by employees of Adelaide Brighton, the current owners of the quarry, but are most often empty, frozen in time. The General Store is closed too, its windows boarded up with old Victoria Bitter and Fosters signs, the paint peeling from its facade. Amber Nancarrow grew up in Rapid Bay in the 1980s and can remember buying milk and bread from the General Store, and attending community events in the now defunct town hall. ‘It was a fantastic childhood, all I remember were the fun parts,’ she says. ‘We had such a lot of freedom, playing in the creek or the beach and just being kids.’ Amber’s parents moved to the town to manage the camping ground when she was just three months old. They lived below the Rapid Bay Primary School, which against the odds has remained open for the past 61 years. ‘The school has always had an amazing community,’ says Amber. ‘We were always taking part in


working bees and it was like a second home really.’ Today some of her classmates are now parents and have moved back to the area so their children can experience the same idyllic childhood. ‘Rapid Bay has got so much potential,’ says Amber. ‘The campground is beautiful, the fishing is amazing and the diving is some of the best in the world.’ The old jetty pylons are home to the renowned Leafy Sea Dragon as well as coral, sponges and puffer fish. Rapid Bay lays claim to two jetties. Amber remembers standing on the old ‘BHP jetty’, a massive 490 metre structure with a T-section on the end, and watching as the ship came in to be loaded with limestone. Commercial operations at the jetty stopped in 1991 and it was closed to the public after it was damaged during a storm in 2004. Now its wooden beams are slowly decaying and sinking into the water like the entrails of a giant creature. The community fought for a new jetty and seven years ago a more modest 240 metre jetty was constructed to the east of the old BHP structure. The two jetties standing side by side stretching into the pictureperfect bay are a poignant reminder of the changes that Rapid Bay has undergone; one is a bold statement of commerce now in decay, while the new jetty has a humbler presence, constructed for the community at the behest of the community. Lillian herself, who’s lived her whole life in the area, is unfazed by Rapid Bay’s current quietude. She takes a long-term view of the town’s place in the world. ‘The people come and the people go,’ she says. ‘Mines have been opened and then closed and then opened again. Who knows what will be next?’ Until then Rapid Bay, with its street of curtained windows, waits patiently.

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Addiction has long been part of our genetic makeup. Historically, natural selection played a significant role in managing the problem. Perhaps a ‘spaced out’ caveman was likely to die from an overdose before he could pass his addictive genes to his unfortunate progeny. It seems however, that modern humans still have the tendency to addiction, and there is so much more out there to tempt us. Alcohol, drug and gambling addictions are still the primary focus at many rehabilitation programs. However, we are facing an unprecedented mental health crisis amongst our youth, where a host of new behaviours are of concern. These new and insidious challenges include addictions to technology, fitness, processed foods and sugars. These types of addiction can be classified as a behavioral addiction in which a person’s behavior becomes obsessive, compulsive, and/or causes dysfunction in a person’s life. When does experimentation and risk-taking cross the line from typical adolescent behaviour into addiction? How can we support our young people to recognise and address addictive behaviours before they become destructive and irreversible? Addiction is better understood as a spectrum, with severe addiction on one end and mild at the other. Many of us have some sort of behaviour we call an addiction – for example, the need for two super-strong soy lattes to start every day; the bar of dark chocolate hidden at the back of the cupboard for regular midnight treats; or the two glasses of wine consumed at the same time each day, the prerequisite to unwind. This behaviour is manageable and socially acceptable. Most never progress into the severe, socially isolating and debilitating end of the spectrum. That’s where the need for ‘the fix’ from the addictive substance or behaviour overwhelms everything else, including employment, friendship and family ties. What makes us vulnerable to addiction? Brain research has increased our understanding of the predisposing factors and personality traits that help identify of individuals at risk. Addiction vulnerability is a genetic, physiological or psychological predisposition to engage in addictive behaviours. Genetics has been shown to account for over fifty-percent of a person’s likelihood to develop an addiction. The Preventure (2016) program, developed by psychiatry professor Patricia Conrod from the University of Montreal, has been tested in Australia, Britain and Canada. It uses questionnaires and interviews to help identify children in late primary and middle-school years

who may be vulnerable to addiction. Such early intervention may be the best tool yet to help prevent addiction developing beyond manageable levels. So what should parents and teachers look out for? Conrod identified four traits that placed children at future risk of addiction: impulsiveness, anxiety sensitivity, hopelessness and sensationseeking behaviours. Impulsiveness can be associated with ADHD; hopelessness with depression; and anxiety sensitivity with panic disorder. Sensation seeking is not linked to a particular mental illness diagnosis, but it’s a trait that can lead to addictive behavior. The link between mental health issues and addiction-vulnerable personality traits is now clear. Does this mean your impulsive child will grow into an addict? Not necessarily. But as the old saying goes, prevention is better than cure. Recognising vulnerable personalities can help families and clinicians manage potential risk more effectively. Ask any parent with a twentyeight-year-old ice-addicted child if they wished they had had access to this information during the formative teenage years. You already know the answer. It’s critical to address the addiction predisposition without labeling children, for fear of creating a self-fulfilling prophecy. Crucial parts of the intervention process are to flag the indicators, and then help children develop appropriate physical and behavioural responses to stress and endorphin spikes in the brain. The foundation of addictionprevention programs is the development of coping skills. These allow the brain to experience stress and to respond in a way that doesn’t include high-risk behavior. Identifying the genetic predisposing characteristics of addictive personalities actually helps parents and teachers target the management and development of general life coping skills. ‘They really are just coping skills workshops that young people use as they explore their own personality and character, and learn these traits to channel their own behaviour toward their longterm goals.’ (Preventure Study, Australia 2016) But there’s a catch. Even if you start out with a low genetic predisposition, you can still end up with an addiction! Every time you engage in abusive behavior, binge-eat or drink, become obsessed with technology or gamble excessively, you strengthen the neural pathways associated with those behaviours - and your brain chases the buzz even more. The more you chase the effect of the addiction, the greater the addiction becomes. A new generation of ‘digital drug’ addicts is emerging. iPads, smartphones and X-boxes are ‘digital drugs’. Brain imaging has revealed that while children use a device, the effect on the brain’s frontal cortex, responsible for executive functioning and impulse control, is exactly the same as if they were using cocaine! Dr Peter Whybrow, director of neuroscience at UCLA, labels it ‘electronic cocaine’, when referring to screen addiction. In his 2015 book, > 89

The Well-Tuned Brain, he describes the rise in dopamine, the ‘feelgood’ neuro-transmitter most often associated with addictions, when children and young adults engage in screen time. His research found that technology itself is not the problem, rather the issue is our behaviour when we use technology. Particularly at risk are individuals who display the addiction-vulnerable personality traits, and have difficulty self-regulating.

Recent brain research supports the idea that technology can be addictive for some children. Studies reveal that when kids tune in longer than recommended, they become bored, apathetic and generally disinterested when they are not plugged in. The research provides a scientific explanation for difficult behaviours triggered by the over-use of technology.

Recent brain research supports the idea that technology can be addictive for some children. Studies reveal that when kids tune in longer than recommended, they become bored, apathetic and generally disinterested when they are not plugged in. The research provides a scientific explanation for difficult behaviours triggered by the over-use of technology. This explains why devices are so hard to peel away from children’s fingers, and the agitation and tantrums that follow when screen time is interrupted. It’s called withdrawal! The symptoms and behaviours are identical to those of drug addicts. The solution is to negotiate a balance between the addictive behaviour and other activities, and define boundaries that allow interaction with technology. When we understand the indicators and effects of addictive behaviour on the brain, we are better resourced to provide guidance and advice to our loved ones. It doesn’t matter which addiction is present drugs, alcohol, technology, food or gambling. The strategies and early intervention techniques are the same: Wire the brain to deal with stress; challenge appropriately; role-model effective stress responses; talk about emotion, anxiety and depression; and seek professional help. We can prepare the next generation for their challenges by understanding the addiction spectrum, and recognising predisposing personality traits that may lead to addictive behaviours. Sourcing support from outside agencies indicates success, not failure! Improvements in brain research and programs like Preventure allow parents and families to teach children coping skills to negotiate the pressures and stress of maturing. It’s an opportunity our parents didn’t have the luxury to explore with us; it is one we can act upon positively with our children. Addiction may well form part of our genetic makeup, but we no longer have to rely on natural selection to save us. And now for my caffeine fix!



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Maxwell Wines Ellen Street Restaurant After our Spring renovations we are open for lunch on Thursday to Monday. Head chef Fabian Lehmann has created an amazing menu ready to entice your culinary desires. Book your table by calling the winery on 8323 8200.

2 courses $55 (paired with wines $65) 3 courses $70 (paired with wines $85) 6 courses $95 (paired with wines $120) Maxwell Wines Cnr Olivers & Chalk Hill Roads McLaren Vale SA 5171

“WE LOVE TO SERVE YOU” Good Food, Great Service and Excellent Coffee. All Day Dining from 8am. Open 7 Days.

21 Flinders Parade Victor Harbor. anchorageseafronthotel.com 8552 5970

Allure Beach Retreat is a contemporary architecturally designed 2 bedroom beach house, with accommodation for up to 6 people. Surrounded by 50 acres of wild bushland, it is yours to explore with amazing views at every turn. www.allurebeachretreat.com.au • bookings@allurebeachretreat.com.au Call Alison on 0409 980 378 for more info.

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Being Social: Spring Couture – I am Tall Poppy On September 7, I am Tall Poppy celebrated the arrival of Spring by showcasing their new fashion and accessories with an evening Fashion Parade for their customers and friends.







Being Social: White Wash: Sauerbier House On August 13, SALA was celebrated at the Sauerbier House with White Wash, a text based work by Melinda Rackham. 20,000 words drawn in graphite on the walls of the house relayed the tale of an Irish maid in the late 19th century ajusting to her new life in Port Noarlunga. Also online at: www.subtle.net/whitewash.







01: Ambrae Jamae and Andrea Hart 02: Michelle and Chris Addis 03: Chris Horsman and Kay Scott 04: Peter Chapman, Mallee and Griselda Nelson 05: Hermione Watts, Shannon Watts and Mémé Thorne 06: Ron Watts and Carolyn Colling 07: Melinda Rackham and Jaynie Langford 08: Lisa Harms, Georgia Williams, Nganki Burka Mekauwe and Sasha Grbich 09: Erin Davidson and Gillian Brown 10: Susan Graham and Astra Parker 11: Veronika Petroff and Michele McCrea 12: Craig Clifford and Kirstie McGregor.


Being Social: Fleurieu Film Festival media launch The second annual Fleurieu Film Festival media launch on October 19 was held at new venue: The General, McLaren Flat – a new cellar door experience in the region serving the very fine wines of Mr. Riggs. Film Lovers get excited and book early for a night of film under the stars on February 11 at Serafino Winery!







Being Social: Winemakers Bushing Lunch at Serafino The 52nd annual Bushing Lunch had a lucky fair-weather day. Well-known McLaren Vale winemaker Steve Pannell of SC Pannell Wines, was re-crowned as the 2016 Bushing King. For the region’s wine community who work so hard to make McLaren Vale a stand-out wine region in Australia, this celebration is a highlight of the calendar year.







01: Bridget Gardner, Chook and Kerry McCoy 02: Richard Coburn, Mémé Thorne and Stephen De Villiers 03: Gabrielle Harris and Festival Director Alison Alcock 04: Anne Dyson, Erik Thomson and Julie Anne Briscoe 05: Christopher Warman, James Boyd and David Mayne 06: Jett Heysen-Hicks, Kerry Heysen-Hicks and Scott Hicks 07: Kathryn Rogers and Talisha Morgan 08: Justin McCarthy and Jim Zerella 09: Kelly Ridley with Matt and Natalie DeKort 10: Lisa Robertson and Pip Forrester 11: Ros Miller, Mayor Lorraine Rosenberg and Hazel Wainwright 12: Steve McInerney, Phil Keenihan, David Watkins and Jen Lynch.



Being Social: Handpicked Festival: Lake Breeze Wines FLM took the scenic drive to Lake Breeze Wines for a fantastic day out at the annual Handpicked Festival. Great food, great wine, a stellar line-up and good weather made for a great day out on the lawn!







Being Social: Australian Women in Wine Awards 2016 On November 15, winners of the Australian Women in Wine Awards were announced at Oliver’s Taranga. Judging of the winners in six categories was ‘really tough’ as the calibre of the eighty entrants was so high. South Australia represented very well – and Researcher of the Year award winners, Roberta De Bei and Cassandra Collins (team), Adelaide University, could not have been more delighted.







01: Tahnee Andrea and Ashlea LeReoux 02: Lauren Prior and Megan Voo 03: Emma Kretschmer and Raegan Johnson 04: Britt Martin, Mika Goya, Georgia Follett and Shai Helyar 05: Brianna Martin and Marcus Renwick 06: Tympano Band Members: Sid Paech, Kim Saywell and Bradley Wanke 07: Brenda Pearson and Jodie Armstrong 08: Roberta De Bei and Cassandra Collins, Winners – Researcher of the Year 09: Rinata Ristic and Kerry Wilkinson Finalist – Researcher of the Year 10: Siubhaun Wilcox and Louise Rhodes Mack 11: Corrina Wright and Alexia Roberts – Finalist, Winemaker of the Year 12: James and Briony Hoare with James Scott.


Illustration by Chris Edser.



2016 Fleurieu Business of the Year 2016 HIA (Housing Industry Association SA) multi Award Winner 2016 MBA (Master Builders Association SA) multi Award Winner 2016 MBA Residential Builder of the Year

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