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Key Personnel Petra de Mooy The day we turned ten – here it is people. Hope you enjoy it as much as we loved creating it.

Jason Porter Jason has worked as a graphic designer and creative director both locally and overseas for over thirty years. When not in the office, he can usually be found tweaking the crossover filters on his ridiculously over-the-top audio system. Kate Le Gallez Kate started her working life as a lawyer and consultant, before turning to a lifelong love of writing. She confesses to suffering a mild podcast addiction, which results in her overuse of the phrase ‘I was listening to a podcast … ’ as a conversation starter. Holly Wyatt A self-described ‘city-escapee,’ Holly moved to the Fleurieu chasing wide-open spaces and the spoils of semi-rural life. Those spoils include a good coffee in the morning, a glass of wine in the evening and a bountiful supply of inspiration for her art, music and work. 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 ‘@miss_majestica’ if you’re so inclined.


Featured Contributors Tonia Composto Tonia is a Melbourne-based illustrator who grew up on Adelaide’s south coast. Although Melbourne has been her home for the past 22 years she carries a deep connection and longing for those glorious southern beaches. Tonia illustrates for magazine editorials, packaging, lifestyle, street art, promotion and education. Quirky and cool, her work is designed to convey specific and conceptual messages and has attracted clients like The Age, and the ABC. Tonia is always working on the next job or putting her time into her personal illustration projects. Instagram: @lemonchickenporfavor

Chris Edser Chris currently lives and draws in Adelaide, Australia. He has worked in a diverse range of areas – from theatre to sports, classical music to novelty rock bands, wine to beer – so you’ll probably find something to talk to him about. Chris animates characters, carves things out of wood, was once a member of the video department at Fabrica Creative Research Centre in Italy, and previously designed t-shirts for Screamdance. Chris has completed a Bachelor of Visual Communications (Illustration) at UniSA where he has since taught an animation course and occasional illustration classes.

Publisher Information Evan Bailey Evan is not one for tooting his own horn, but is happy to admit he’s handy with a camera. His photography captures those crucial moments, the fleeting ones and the ones that often go unnoticed. He loves to let these moments unfold in front of his camera, documenting them with a creative eye. Evan studied photography at the South Australian School of Art and graduated with an Honours degree in 2008. He lives in Middleton with his wife and children appreciating this beautiful part of the world, good food and good people.

Other contributing writers, photographers and stylists: Megan Caldersmith, Poppy Fitzpatrick, Gill Gordon-Smith, Loki Hall, Stephanie Johnston, Margret Keath, Nina Keath, Mark Laurie, Heidi Lewis, Sam Marchetti, Liza Reynolds, Heather Millar, Deb Saunders, Lorielle Shiell and Esther Thorn.

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 Kate Le Gallez ADVERTISING SALES Holly Wyatt holly@fleurieuliving.com.au GRAPHIC DESIGNER AND CREATIVE DIRECTOR Jason Porter jason@fleurieuliving.com.au PRINTER Newstyle Print DISTRIBUTION Wrapaway SUBSCRIPTIONS Print: isubscribe.com.au Digital: zinio.com 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. Printed on paper from well managed forests and controlled sources using environmentally friendly vegetable-based inks.




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COVER FEATURE Oliver’s Taranga: Generation next.

DESTINATION FEATURE Natural wanders: Get off the beaten track.

FRONT COVER PHOTO by Jason Porter.




92 Uncorked: From here to now 104 Celebrating two delicious decades of the Willunga Farmers Market 120 Cocktail recipes: Shake it up this summer

36 Nick and Rebecca Dugmore: Unbottling KI’s potential 38 Jojo Krause and Angel Benjamin: A strong shot of entrepreneurial spirit 50 Faces and places: Roger Robinson

HEALTH & WELLBEING 66 The fabric of our community wellbeing


aka ‘Seagull Man’ 60 Ask a local 90 Humans of Kangaroo Island 96 Rachel and Olivia Orchard: All in the mix 98 Simon White: Going with the flow 100 Beatice Jeavons: Art, science and sustainability 124 Celebrating the friends of Willunga Basin




HOME FEATURE Housing a lifetime of adventures at Hay Flat.


ARCHITECTURE FEATURE Divine interventions: Church conversions.




26 Mariana Mezic: To the beat of her own drum

40 Summer reading recommendations 62 Books, literature, art & design at South Seas Books, Port Elliot

128 · Verdi at Our Place, Willunga Hill · FLM Spring issue launch at DeGroot Coffee, Port Elliot 132 Out and about with FLM

30 Sun-kissed: sejour club 68 Anja Jagsch: Forager, maker 74 Golden hour: Gorgeous Soles


86 In full bloom: A collaborative creation

10 Something to celebrate: FLM is 10 14 Diary dates to keep you busy this summer 72 10 years of FLM 102 Fleurieu Film Festival: Dream

90 Photo from a reader 106 Vic Waclawik and Sam Mulcahy: Reclaim Sculpture exhibition Signal Point Art gallery 112 FLM high school student portraiture series 116 What to buy, where to buy it



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Welcome to FLM From our publishing editor Petra Ten years ago when we were finishing the first issue of FLM, I honestly thought our graphic designer / creative director (and my husband) Jason had perhaps set the bar too high. I looked at the screen – the images and style of what we had created seemed a bit out of reach for a repeat performance. It had been a Herculean effort to get it out, so perhaps it was just knowing that we were about to start at the beginning again for issue two that had me scared. It was a steep learning curve and we’d worked hard to get there. Our young daughter (five at the time) even said, ‘if I hear the words photography or magazine one more time…’ Thankfully, that was the end of the threat. When the print copy was ready I drove to the printer to get it myself. The tailgate was nearly dragging on the road with the load and the smell of ink permeated the car. When I showed Lucy, she said ‘you did a good job, Mum.’ So simply put – we love her for that simple honesty still today. When issues 2, 3 and 4 came out under some financial duress, I started to see that we could repeat and even exceed the quality and style. We received letters from locals who had lived here for generations telling us how much they loved the magazine. We still receive letters like that today. This is never lost on us and it’s our goal to keep receiving them. My mum had a quote from psychiatrist Carl Jung she liked to share with us: ‘... if you do your work truly and conscientiously, unknown friends will come and seek you.’ I often reflect on this and the many unknown friends who have come to us. I know my current editor Kate will probably hate this but Kate, things really do happen for a reason. Kate emailed me out of the blue one day in late 2017. She had been visiting the region from Melbourne and asked if she could write a feature. She completely understood the tone and direction we were aiming for and submitted her first article about young farmers trying to produce food sustainably and in collaboration with other farmers, all while feeding the soil they were farming at the same time. Altruistic and important. How lucky were we when she eventually moved here? Was it because of FLM? I like to think so. (Having her own family nearby might have had something to do with it, but hey we can live and dream that we draw people in?) Subsequently Kate became our editor. Her discipline and ability to help us get rid of a bit of wishy-washy is really helpful in keeping us on track. And we can rely on her for honesty. I like her. (I suspect she will edit this out though.) (Ed’s note: I could not believe my luck when Petra accepted that first story and never dreamed that I would later become editor. I’ll be forever grateful for the chance they took on me and for welcoming me into the team. And, for the record, I’ve done my best to edit this letter as little as possible.) I like to think our magazine is something like that farming collaboration. We too are cultivating something special and now, after ten years, I know we can do it again and again and improve as well. How each issue looks and feels is important, but at its heart, FLM is really about the people, the community and sustaining our region.



I have also been able to count many of our varied contributors and advertisers as friends. Each one has brought us so much. The fact we have made it to this anniversary is the result of the cumulative support of the effort and trust the people of this region have put into the magazine. We love being 10. It gives pause for thought and a reason to celebrate. Thanks to all who have helped us to get here.

From our readers Hi Petra, Have just read the latest edition cover to cover which was terrific. There is a lot happening on the Fleurieu it seems and it’s great to have it laid out before us in such an encouraging way. Your magazine really helps recognise and even create a defined community we are able to imagine and enjoy. Thank you. Mark Laurie, South Seas Books, Port Elliot. Hi Holly, Thank you and your wonderful team for bringing such a great bunch of people together. We really enjoyed being a part of tonight (our Spring launch party) and contributing to this incredibly supportive community. Gosh, how lucky are we to call this place home! With kindness, Jayne Dewson, Chop it Axe Throwing, Victor Harbor. Dear Petra, I was recently given the opportunity to read the FLM Summer 2015/16 edition and was immediately struck by the timeless style and beauty of Fleurieu Living Magazine. FLM is a magazine that makes you want to find a special space to settle down with a coffee, tea, a piece of cake, a wine, or cheese, and to take time to savour each page, item and beautifully written story. I was especially touched by the fact that the letters to the editor then, still reflect the sentiment of those written now. From the format, to the interesting and informative stories about people, places and events beautifully captured through imagery and the written word; always leading the reader to new and unique experiences and people, in a very personal, positive, respectful and inspiring way. What a wonderful tribute to the skills and dedication of the publishing editor to such strong values and ideals over 10 years. So a very sincere thank you to Petra, Jason, the FLM team and partners, past present and future, for such a wonderful reflection of the beautiful, diverse and ever evolving place the Fleurieu Peninsula is. Rita Steller, Hay Flat. An avid reader of the FLM since its inception, I await its arrival every quarter! FLM provides a medium to showcase our community and its wonderful people in a way that is unique and preserves the community’s spirit. Sarah Mrotek, Adelaide Fuel.

Our advertising manager Holly personifies all that our readers love about our magazine. She is the one who brings us together as a team and works tirelessly to strengthen our community. Her open heartedness helps me to trust myself. She is endlessly encouraging and has tenacity that goes far beyond what she gives herself credit for. She is creative and thoughtful. I think she knows how much we love her.


Something to celebrate Story by Esther Thorn.

On a recent trip back to Willunga, as our red-dust covered four-wheel drive rattled past shiny new wineries on Main Road, I was overcome with the feeling that I wanted to live in this picturesque little town. The emotion took me by surprise because, over the two years we’ve been living in the outback, I’ve continued to think of Willunga as ‘home’. The feeling was akin to the sense of loneliness I sometimes feel when I realise my children are growing up right before my eyes. And in many ways Willunga – and the Fleurieu Peninsula in which it’s nestled – have come of age in the months we’ve been away. When we first moved to the Fleurieu there were vacant shops aplenty, playgrounds were metal ‘jungle-gyms’ with brightly-coloured peeling paint and Myponga was a ‘blink and you’ll miss it’ town on your way somewhere else. Fleurieu Living Magazine was in its infancy and I remember thumbing through the glossy pages of the latest issue as I stood in line at the supermarket checkout, wishing my name was listed under ‘contributors’. Soon afterwards, I took a chance and submitted a story, holding my breath as I hit send on the email to the magazine’s Managing Director Petra de Mooy. When Petra wrote back saying she would 10

be happy to publish the piece I was elated; it was the start of an enduring friendship between Petra and myself. Petra saw possibility in the Fleurieu. She moved to Sellicks Beach from Canada to be with her South Australian-born partner (now husband) Jason Porter. ‘The Fleurieu has a lot to be proud of and we endeavour to celebrate that in FLM,’ Petra tells me. ‘Locals often say they are amazed at how many positive things are going on in the region and we are conscious of focusing on the positive; there are always good stories – we just have to be on the ground to unearth them.’ Side-by-side FLM and the Fleurieu grew, evolved and flourished and a decade on the two are now fully fledged, wings spread and in full flight. Gone are the empty main street shops and house prices are higher in the region than they ever have been. My friends and I gasp over the latest real estate sales figures and I see Facebook posts describing Myponga as ‘the place to be for coffee on Sunday mornings’. So what has made Fleurieu Living Magazine so successful, at a time when many other publications have failed? ‘We started the magazine when print was going by the wayside, but Jason did some research and found that niche publications were actually the one area of print that was thriving,’ says Petra. ‘We have an embedded and proud following on the peninsula and print aligns with much of what the region is about; a slightly slower approach with a lot of attention to seasonality.’

‘We are constantly humbled by all our advertisers and readers who tell us they enjoy or even love the magazine.’ FLM’s committed readership is in no small part due to Jason’s skills as a graphic designer. He’s the one who is responsible for FLM’s crisp, clean aesthetic. ‘Jason’s helped us develop a style that readers love,’ says Petra. ‘His tenacious insistence on maintaining that quality has been a major reason for the success and continued positive perception of FLM. Over the past ten years, Jason has added to his arsenal of skills by teaching himself to make films – and produce some pretty stunning still images as well.’ A turning point in the magazine’s success was the appointment of Holly Wyatt as Advertising Sales Manager in 2017. ‘Holly immediately helped us to grow our business and brought with her a wealth of local connections and a never-fail mindset that has been the pillar of our business ever since,’ reflects Petra. ‘In addition to her bright personality she has also brought a boatload of creativity, and over the years she has helped us form some of our best content.’ For Holly, it’s been an honour to help shine the spotlight on all that the Fleurieu has to offer. ‘There is a resounding sense of pride on the Fleurieu,’ she says. ‘And there’s so much to be proud of; fine food and wine, coffee holes that cultivate a nurturing and vibrant community, entrepreneurs, broad-thinkers, and a blossoming of dynamic businesses.’

a good fit,’ says the company’s Marketing Manager Nicky Connolly. ‘FLM has become so much more though than a local magazine. It’s like a stone on a string – a centrifugal force drawing everything that’s amazing about the Fleurieu together.’ Oliver’s Taranga has been a key advertiser in FLM ever since. ‘For us it’s about partnerships and connections and community,’ says Nicky. ‘When we undertook a recent renovation, we used local businesses and tradies wherever possible and many of them we found through the magazine. There are very solid connections here on the Fleurieu and FLM has been instrumental in creating them.’ Creating and strengthening those connections is what Holly is most passionate about.‘I revel in joining the dots between those that I meet,’ she says. ‘The FLM launch parties are testament to the strength of those connections. Sharing local food and wine with our contributors and subjects each issue is a welcome celebration.’ For FLM’s owners Petra and Jason, every newly printed issue of FLM is a miracle. ‘We are constantly humbled by all our advertisers and readers who tell us they enjoy or even love the magazine,’ says Petra. ‘That’s why we keep doing what we do; so we can keep the magazine going strong for them for many more years to come.’

Oliver’s Taranga winery was one of the first businesses to advertise with FLM. ‘We had a small print budget at the time and there was this new local magazine that had just started out and I just felt it was



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01. Lulu at FLM’s head office, Aldinga. 02. Marj in the winery at Olivers Taranga, McLaren Vale. 03. Zoe at the Vine Shed, McLaren Vale. 04. Atticus (great dane) and Peggy (chihuahua) at Mariana Mezic’s studio, Myponga. 05. Misty the wellbeing dog at Tatachilla Lutheran College, McLaren Vale. 06. Hugo at Lapito House, Myponga. 07. Oscar from Harcourts South Coast, Hayborough.


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Summer Diary Dates MARKETS: Willunga Farmers Market Check out the new location at Willunga High School. Every Saturday, 8am – 12pm Come rain, hail or shine, enjoy fresh produce from more than eighty farmers and artisan food makers. Become a member for discounts on all your goods, and enjoy the nourishing community atmosphere every week. Willunga Quarry Market Adjacent to the Willunga Oval Second Saturday of each month, 9am – 1pm Browse through an eclectic mix of wares ranging from secondhand tools to plants and crafts. Willunga Artisans and Handmade Market Willunga Show Hall Second Saturday of each month, 9am – 1pm An inspiring curated market showcasing local art and handmade goods. A great place to buy a unique, handmade gift made from high quality materials. Goolwa Wharf Market First and third Sunday of every month, 9am – 3pm With around eighty stalls including bric-a-brac, collectables, fresh local produce, plants, books both new and old, unique artisan goods, and delicious food and coffee, you’ll find a myriad of goodies at this market. Port Elliot Market Lakala Reserve Port Elliot First and third Saturday of each month, 9am – 2pm A classic country market with plenty of fresh local produce, plants, bric-a-brac, books, fishing gear, and even a two-dollar stall. Soak up the ambience and variety of wares both you and your dogs can enjoy. Below: Purchase some original artwork at the Surf Art 2021 Exhibition in the Arts Centre, Port Noarlunga between the 10th and 31st of January 2022. (Image shown by Sara Lane: Shallows – Ocean Waves #10, Resin, wood Winner of the Surf Art exhibition 2020.)

Victor Harbor Farmers Market Grosvenor Gardens, Victor Harbor Every Saturday, 8am – 12.30pm Spend the morning choosing from thirty plus stalls, with locally caught seafood, organic vegetables, seasonal fruit, local honey, mushrooms, fresh flowers, Fleurieu wines and much more. Kingscote Farmers & Artisan Market Kingscote Wharf Second and fourth Sunday of each month, 10am – 2pm With baked goods, preserves, coffee, plants, seasonal produce and locally made arts and crafts, this market is a great place to experience Kangaroo Island wares. Meadows Market Meadows Memorial Hall Second Sunday of every month, 9am – 3pm A market focused on promoting community. Returning after Covid closure in 2020, the Meadows Market has something for everyone including plants, food, bric-a-brac and much more. Myponga Market The old Myponga Cheese Factory (next to Smiling Samoyed Brewery) Saturdays, Sundays and most public holidays, 9.30am – 4pm Browse a range of stalls, including art, books, ceramics, toys, records and collectables. There’s also a variety of local food choices including baked goods and seasonal produce. Strathalbyn Market Next to the Gilbert’s Motor Museum on High Street Third Sunday of every month, 8am – 3pm A quaint, country-style market with bric-a-brac, local produce and condiments, crafts, plants, jewellery and much more. Yankalilla Craft and Produce Market Agricultural Hall Third Saturday of each month, 9am – 1pm This lesser-known market is a surprising gem offering homemade jams and preserves, delicious sweet treats, locally grown fruits and vegetables, plus craftwork, trinkets and unique gifts.

Summer offers the chance to enjoy a slower pace of life, even if just for a few hot, lazy days. Maybe wander along a nature trail or relax at the beach. And if you need a retail therapy fix, the festive season is the perfect chance to support small, local businesses. There are over 100 cellar doors to visit on the Fleurieu, cafes and restaurants to while away an afternoon, galleries to explore and goods and produce available to purchase at the usual local shops and markets. Soak up the sunshine, support local and enjoy all the natural beauty and produce the Fleurieu has to offer.

FESTIVALS AND EVENTS: DECEMBER Reclaim – Sculpture Exhibition Signal Point Gallery, Goolwa Wharf Precinct 1 December – 9 January, 10am – 4pm Samuel Mulcahy and Victor Waclawik examine a world where nature takes over and the plant kingdom reigns supreme. Through recycled materials the artists explore the concept of nature reclaiming the anthropocentric realm. Surf Art 2021 Exhibition Onkaparinga Gallery and Red Rover Gallery, Arts Centre Port Noarlunga 10 December – 31 January, 10am – 4pm Celebrating the ocean, the coastal environment and all things surf culture, Surf Art 2021 brings together artworks from artists across Australia. For more information, contact: artsbookings@onkaparinga.sa.gov.au Carols in Your Car Yankalilla Oval 12 December, 5 – 6.30pm Christmas cheer from the comfort of your own car. Decorate your car and sing along to carols in Yankalilla. Normanville Twilight Christmas Markets The Village Green, Normanville 17 December, 4 – 8pm A family-friendly event with roving entertainers, local food vendors, art and craft stalls. There may even be a surprise visit from Santa! KI Brews, Tunes & BBQ Fest The Shearing Shed, Eleanor Downs, Kangaroo Island 18 December, 2 – 8pm Head to The Shearing Shed for this inaugural event featuring live music from The Cherry Pickers and Chris Finnen, Jackie Winter and Rose as well as the launch of Grasshopper Brewing Co. Beer on tap will be complemented by delicious BBQ. Twilight Christmas Markets Willunga Farmers Market 23 and 30 December, 4 – 7pm Find all your favourite stalls in one convenient location at the Willunga High School, with room to relax and soak up the festival atmosphere of the Market. Utopian State Picnic Party Papershell Farm, 203 Almond Grove Road, Willunga South 28 – 30 December, 12 midday – 10pm Celebrate the Christmas and New Years’ break at this family-friendly, three-day picnic event with food and drink offerings from South Australian producers and an all-local live music lineup.

Tickets: $55 for a one-day pass or $135 for a three-day pass, children under 13 free. For more information, see papershellfarm.com Murray River Splash Sturt Reserve Foreshore, Sturt Reserve Road, Murray Bridge 31 December – 24 January, 10am – 4pm A little further afield than the Fleurieu, the Murray River Splash Festival is returning to Murray Bridge this summer. A family-friendly New Year’s Eve event will kickstart the festivities with daily fun activities through January. For information as it’s released, see murraybridge.sa.gov.au/discover

JANUARY Jetty Fest 100 10 – 12 December A three-day celebration is being planned by the Port Noarlunga Business and Tourism Association to commemorate the jetty’s centenary. Supported by the City of Onkaparinga, the festival will showcase how the community has used the jetty through the decades. jettyfest100.com Victor Harbor Art Show Albert Place, Victor Harbor 15 – 22 January, 9.30am – 8.30pm Celebrating its 43rd year, the Victor Harbor Art Show is Australia’s largest outdoor art exhibition, showing over 1600 paintings in a marquee on Warland Reserve. victorharborartshow.com.au Santos Festival of Cycling 2022 21 – 29 January While the Santos Tour Down Under has been cancelled for 2022, cycling enthusiasts from around Australia will still gather across South Australia’s regions to celebrate cycling in all forms, including road, track, BMX, mountain biking, paracycling and cyclocross. For more information, see tourdownunder.com.au Fleurieu Beer Festival 5 Main Rd, Willunga 22 January, 2 – 9pm Local Fleurieu craft brewers in association with the Willunga Recreation Park are hosting the Fleurieu Peninsula Beer Festival. Listen to live music and browse the stalls with friends while meeting the producers and sampling the Fleurieu’s finest brews and food. Tickets $25. willungarecpark.com.au/fleurieu-beer-festival Strathalbyn Cup Strathalbyn Racecourse 30 January, 10.30am – 5pm Get your best frock on and head to Strathalbyn for a day at the races. Enjoy the excitement of race day in a picturesque setting with something for the whole family to enjoy. For more information, see theracessa.com.au > 15


Lit 15 January – 14 February Fleurieu Arthouse, McLaren Vale. Opening event 15 January from 4 to 6 pm. A room with illuminated metal artworks and sculpture created by Warren Pickering and Anna Small.

FEBRUARY Fleurieu Film Festival Main Screening and Awards Night McLaren Vale and Fleurieu Visitors Centre 5 February, 6.30 – 11pm Returning to McLaren Vale and Fleurieu Visitors Centre, the highly popular Fleurieu Film Festival will showcase short films (eight minutes and under) capturing the theme ‘Dreams’ by emerging and established filmmakers. The screening and awards will take place alongside good food, great wine and entertainment. Tickets from $30 – $35. Filming the Fleurieu! 6 February Departure location and time TBA A new event for the Fleurieu Film Festival, this workshop is for budding directors who will be taken around the region by experienced filmmakers as they learn to make their own short film on their own smartphone. For more information on both events, see fleurieufilmfestival.com.au Subterra – The Unearthing Gemtree Wines, 167 Elliott Rd, McLaren Vale 19 February Subterra has been ageing in a barrel buried in the earth under Gemtree’s vines. Join Melissa and Mike Brown for a unique wine experience as you witness the single barrel unearthing and sample the 2021 vintage direct from the barrel. Experience the cultural landscape with Senior Custodian Karl Winda Telfer before heading to the winery to taste and classify Gemtree’s premium shiraz wines with the winemakers and enjoy a sumptuous lunch. For more information visit gemtreewines.com/events

Chilli Fest Willunga Willunga Recreation Park 19 – 20 February, 10am – 4pm A red hot weekend celebrating all things chilli – from plants to produce to chilli foods. Enjoy cooking demonstrations, live music and shop for chilli-related merchandise. If that’s too spicy for you, chill out at the local artisan market with live music, beer, wine and sangria. Cost: $10, children under 16 free. For more information, see chillifest.com.au

ONGOING Fall From Grace 206-208 Port Road, Aldinga Open Fridays 5 – 9pm Looking for something a little more cultured to do on your Friday night? Visit Fall From Grace for a tasting, available between 6pm – 8pm, perhaps featuring a small producer, an interesting grape or a particular region. You can buy a glass or bottle to drink there or take home, paired with your choice of exceptional cheeses and smallgoods, or order a pizza at The Shack and they’ll deliver it straight to you. For more information, see fallfromgracewine.squarespace.com Live Music at Big Easy Radio 11 Stonehouse Lane, Aldinga Fridays 12 midday – 9pm, Saturdays 12 midday – 6pm and Sundays 12 midday – 5pm Bring on the weekend as you enjoy good vibes, great wine and live music (on Fridays and Sundays) down south at Big Easy Radio cellar door. Food trucks will feed you while you sit back, relax and soak up the laid back atmosphere. For more information, see bigeasyradio.com Twilights at Chalk Hill 56 Field St, McLaren Vale Every Friday, live music from 5.30pm Enjoy live music while you gaze out at the view over McLaren Vale at the food and drinks hub created by Never Never Distilling Co., Cucina di Strada and Chalk Hill Wines. chalkhillwines.com.au/ Summer Twilight Markets Rotary Park, Christies Beach Fortnightly Fridays from 3 December – 25 March, 5pm – 9pm Held in the park on the Esplanade, watch as the sun sets over the ocean while enjoying a family-friendly evening of live bands, food trucks, face painting and the chance to support a collection of small local businesses and creatives. For more information, visit @marketsbytjsevents on Facebook

Left: Work from A Small Art Factory’s exhibition ‘Lit’ at the Fleurieu Arthouse from 15 January.

Let there be light. But not too much.


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Generation next Story by Kate Le Gallez. Photography by Jason Porter.


Page left and above: The expansive and modern extension to the deck sits comfortably next to the 1850s worker’s cottage and captures great views of the surrounding vineyards.

Even the best of families are complicated organisms, each individual a part of the same whole. You’d think things would only get more complicated when you add a 180-year-old family business into the mix, yet somehow the Oliver family of Oliver’s Taranga get it done. And in the past year, they’ve taken on one of the most treacherous activities any family can undertake – renovating the family home. Or in this case, the family winery. ‘It’s more of a rebirth,’ explains Corrina Wright, winemaker and sixthgeneration Oliver family member, of the renovation and extension of the Oliver’s Taranga cellar door. Anyone familiar with the old cellar door will recall the charming (and small) 1850s worker’s cottage and deck. Pre-Covid, it was charmingly squishy. Post-Covid, and the attendant density requirements, it was unworkable. The plans for a new cellar door were, however, well in train prior to 2020. ‘We’d had the project planned for a while and were just putting our big girl pants on to get it happening,’ says Corrina. The design,

created with Tylen Spilsbury of Spilsbury Designer Homes in Victor Harbor, envisaged making better use of the cottage’s rooms, while also creating a bigger space and commercial kitchen to host larger groups – bigger family dinners, if you like – for their porchetta parties and other events. The resulting design keeps the cottage at the winery’s heart, transforming the existing floor plan into a series of bespoke spaces with custom fitouts that will host private tasting and education experiences. Instead of entering the cottage directly, guests will now enter through the new build, via a series of curved red brick steps to the new deck and indoor tasting area. From the deck, a strip of skylight reminds people they are leaving the new and entering the old; the cottage in no way hiding, but also coyly not revealing its new colours until visitors are invited inside. On the day I visit in November 2021, landscaping work is happening apace with builder Dean Wyly himself laying bricks to edge a pathway. Soon Dowie Designs will be on site to plant out native gardens. It’s an unseasonably cold day, but you can feel the simmering anticipation of both staff and contractors at the prospect of officially throwing open the doors for a summer of wine and gin tasting on the deck. >


But back in March 2020, all this felt like it may be out of reach. ‘We were about to press go and Covid happened. We ended up having a bit of a sit down, because there was no certainty at that time,’ recalls Corrina. The thought of building a cellar door without the prospect of people being able to actually visit was understandably daunting. The Oliver family gave it another spin. ‘We decided as a family that we wanted to have a positive story to come out of Covid,’ Corrina continues. It fell to Sam Oliver, general manager and Corrina’s cousin among the sixth-generation cohort, to do ‘a shit-tonne of work’ (as Corrina puts it) to successfully apply for a grant under government programs for ‘shovel ready’ projects. They eventually broke ground later that year, the build taking around twelve months all up.


Sam took on the role of project manager, a role he soon discovered would be extremely active, although the load was eased considerably by builder Dean. ‘He’s very ‘can do anything’ and “we’ll find a way”,’ says Sam. ‘So as we’ve been building, he’s come up with things along the way that might work a bit better, we’ve chatted about it and then made a decision.’ The end result is a cellar door that, despite its obviously increased size (they can now host 150 people), feels more like an enhancement than an expansion. This may in part be due to the way the design nurtures an increased connection with the vines. ‘A lot of people commented on being in the vines when they visited the old cellar door,’ explains Corrina. ‘We see it every day, so we don’t really think about it. But we wanted the renovation to create a much better connection with the indoor and outdoor.’

Page left and top right: Warm woods, polished concrete and brass fixtures all come together in the stylish interiors. A great place to enjoy the Oliver’s delicious wines. Bottom left and right: Sixth generation Olivers: Operations manager Brioni Oliver (left) and winemaker Corrina Wright (right) and general manager, Sam Oliver.

The deck plays a major part in achieving this. It functions as a covered indoor/outdoor space, with fans and heaters to deal with all weather and enormous café windows that will open wide on sunny days. But it’s also about how the deck positions visitors within space. With its slight elevation, the sightline from the deck neatly steps over the carpark and driveway, drawing the eye to the surrounding vines. The parallel lines, so green and leafy in spring, feel as though they wrap around the cellar door, carefully cradling the winery. It’s the perfect launch point for their new vineyard tours, which see visitors hop aboard a golf cart to rattle through the vines, wine tasting in situ. A live experiment on the deck’s potential is being conducted on the day I visit, with Brioni Oliver, operations manager and final member of the sixth-generation management trifecta, hosting a lunch. ‘I was actually a little nervous as we hadn’t used the deck or the kitchen

before,’ Brioni tells me later. Their new kitchen was put through its paces by the Salopian Inn’s Karena Armstrong who was catering the lunch. Fortunately she gave the kitchen the thumbs up. ‘This summer is going to be super fun for people to sit out on the deck and have a wine tasting or a gin,’ Brioni enthuses. ‘I was really proud to show it off.’ One of the risks of renovating was losing the intimacy the original cellar door offered. The family wanted to retain that welcoming feel within the increased space. Their build team responded in a myriad ways, each design decision and selection culminating in an overall sense of familial comfort. The deck is divided by a low stone wall which helps to organise the large open space, the limestone speaking directly to the cottage’s façade. Curves outnumber straight lines, softening edges and creating flow. > 21


Page left: Step inside the cottage’s Archibald Room for a private tasting. This page top left and right: Everything has been personalised in the interiors, products and services at Oliver’s. See artworks by Renee Goulding while enjoying the local food showcase. Appreciate the thought and care of their team all delivered with a good sense of humour and a deep respect for family history. Bottom left: Fifth generation viticulturist Don Oliver.

Perforated metal lines the ceiling inside and out to absorb sound, prioritising conversation and communion between friends and family. The family engaged local businesses, in particular Nathan Wundersitz of SpaceCraft Joinery and Marcus Syvertsen of Little Road Studio, to realise their vision. ‘From generations before us helping to start the Southern Football Association and helping to build the hospital all the way through to our generation, we feel it’s really important to contribute to the local community and being able to employ local trades is key,’ explains Corrina. Inside, the combined work of Nathan and Marcus makes lush use of tone and texture; the finishes are high-end but approachable. Elements include banquette-style seating and curvaceous, ribbed jarrah panelling along an eleven-metre front tasting bar. These design notes carry through into the cottage, their form creating synchronicity between new and old with variety added through

different fabrics and fixtures. ‘The new fit-out is pared back and refined. It compliments a level of detail and precision; no doubt traits of a great winemaker,’ explains Nathan. ‘Given the longevity and multi-generational nature of Oliver’s Taranga, the design was intended to be timeless and meet the needs of generations to come.’ Marcus drew from the existing Oliver’s branding to develop the colour palette. ‘My emphasis was on utilising those colours to create a contemporary classic edge that’s not pretentious and reflects the family,’ he says. ‘The design is intended to be inviting and comforting at the same time.’ Like Sam, Marcus credits Dean the builder with the success of the project. ‘Nothing was too hard. I did present him with a few interesting ideas and concepts and he was like “yep, we can make that happen”.’ >


Top left: The unisex bathrooms are each coloured differently. The arched doors are colour-matched to the individual polished concrete basins made by Adelaide Outdoor Kitchens. Bottom left and right: The deck is divided by a low stone wall which helps to organise the large open space (incorporating the impressive stone wood oven), the limestone speaking directly to the cottage’s façade. Curves outnumber straight lines, softening edges and creating flow.

No where is that close working relationship more successfully on show than in, of all places, the toilets. They are nice toilets, a choose-your-own-adventure of toilets, with each one coloured differently. The arched doors are colour-matched to the individual polished concrete basins made by Adelaide Outdoor Kitchens. The joinery is offset by the terrazzo tiles, evoking the contemporary classic feel Marcus describes. This play between old and new, contemporary and classic, is as alive in the family as it is in the building. Don Oliver, viticulturist and fifth-generation family member, offers his perspective from the older generation. ‘I’m really excited about the larger venue we’ve got now. I look forward to seeing a lot more people here,’ Don says. ‘They’re not very good at doing their budget, but they’ve got a sensational result,’ he adds. It’s a good-natured and self-aware jibe because 24

he clearly supports the younger generation’s efforts. ‘My dad never held us back. And I hope I do the same for them,’ he continues. ‘All the generations are singing from the same hymn book. It’s not easy to do, but we’ve got a good lot of family members and the sky’s the limit for where we could end up.’ As summer beckons, the next generation in Sam, Brioni and Corrina are excited and nervous in equal part. ‘It’s really lovely to be able to elevate the experience,’ adds Corrina. ‘We feel a bit posh.’ She’s right, the new cellar door is posh (there’s a fizzy water tap and everything!) but it’s approachably, warmly posh, rather than nose-in-the-air posh. And that’s because at its heart is a family who care about each other and the region. A family who want to invite everyone in for a good chinwag and a bloody good glass of wine.

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The beat of her own drum Story by Petra de Mooy. Photography by Matthew Symons.


Page left: ‘Angelina’. Above: ‘Ode to Charlie’.

‘Come on, let’s do this,’ says Mariana Mezic as we sit down for our interview at Valley of Yore cafe in Myponga. She’s just wandered down from upstairs, where she’s recently established her studio. She marvels at her luck in finding this space in the former Myponga cheese factory, finding her artistic home in a room filled not only with natural light but also in a building with the energy and creativity of good people and good things coming together. Mariana was born in South Australia in a very traditional, firstgeneration Croatian family. She struggled with the dichotomy between her strict home environment and school life. ‘They wanted the best for us, but if I came home and said I wanted to be an artist – that didn’t go down well,’ she shares. ‘A bullshit artist’ her mother would say. But young Mariana felt drawing was the only thing she was good at.

Mariana remembers her school years as being very hard but credits one of her art teachers with helping to nurture her confidence in a sea of unease. Even with this guidance, a life as an artist still felt out of reach. Instead, after finishing school Mariana pursued work in hospitality and went down what she now reflects on as a fairly traditional path, meeting her husband Matthew (Matt) Symons and starting a family in their twenties. ‘I was a homemaker. I’d bake and sew and decorate the house and shit. Being there for your children – I just thought that is what you did. My husband would come home at the end of the day and I’d have a nice meal ready,’ she says. It wasn’t until Mariana was 40 and pregnant with her fourth child that she found her way back to art. The intervening years had been challenging, with Matt struggling with substance abuse and depression. But amongst it all they found shared interests. Matt brought home a book called The Lost Diggers by journalist Ross Coulthard. The book reproduces the portraits of young World War I diggers from glass photographic plates rediscovered a century after they were taken. The hardship these soldiers faced spoke to Mariana: if they could withstand those experiences, then her own struggles must be conquerable too. >


Top left: ‘Heiwa’. Top right: Work in progress. Bottom left: Mariana Mezic standing in front of ‘Big Wonder’. Botton right: ‘Kapitan Betty’.

Mariana began to painstakingly draw – in HB pencil – massive pictures of soldiers. Her friend, Sally Francis, who worked for Art in Health at the Flinders Medical Centre, recognised Mariana’s talent and the therapeutic aspect of her work. She insisted they go on display in one of their Promenade Galleries. Ross Coulthard opened the exhibition and her father also came along. It meant a lot to Mariana that he was proud of her. The exhibition elicited a visceral response from those who experienced it. ‘There was a bit of hype,’ Mariana recalls. ‘That work is really meaningful to me still,’ she says of the 2014 exhibition. ‘Flinders has a piece they purchased on permanent display and I still get people contacting me saying, “I saw your work and my father was in the war.” It resonates.’ This exhibition and the accolades, sales and positivity that followed it catalysed Mariana’s artistic reawakening, but her father dying shortly after also had an impact. ‘That’s when my whole career properly started because, shit, we are all gonna die … I got that memo,’ she says.


Going to the beat of her own drum, Mariana ‘tried to go to art school’ but found the constructs of the training challenging. She just wanted to make her own work and not field the questions from ‘above’. She has forged her own path – a solid path – for one who is not bound by tradition any longer. Mariana began to introduce colour in her work and to create images of women – a subject matter she never tires of and continues to explore. She decided she wanted to be a strong woman and project strength through her work. Her large drawings consistently depict a solitary figure. They appear to be multicultural, from here, there and everywhere: American Indian, African, Asian, medieval, spiritual, otherworldly. Often they’re looking to the sky or gazing back at you. There is joy and pain in them; the water colour paint that drips down may be a symbol of the tears shed but now they’re looking ahead. There is a beautiful use of colour and decoration, little patches of flowers, feathers, stars, birds. They are both bold and delicate. Mariana signs her work boldly MEZIC. She is here now.


Luxe looks

Photography by Jason Porter Hair & make-up by Yvette Victoria Clothing by sejour club, Willunga Styling by sejour club and Liza Reynolds

Katya wears an off the shoulder dress in amaryllis complemented by a drop earring.

Heston wears a blazer in chandon with a tulle tiered skirt in calypso mix. Belt from sejour club’s archive collection.



Previous page top left: Heston wears an off-the-shoulder maxi dress with drop earrings. Top right: Cotton open weave knit in white and tencel pant in cinder complemented by layered neckpieces. Bangles from sejour club’s archive collection. Bottom: Pleated dress in topaz. This page: Katya wears frill detail dress in dijon and ‘Ambika’ neckpiece and earrings.

This summer be inspired. The colour is pure, prints are bold and the silhouette clean for effortless style.

Katya wears a tiered tie-dye dress in fondant mix with ‘soya’ tassle neckpiece. Bangles from sejour club’s archive collection. All clothing and jewellery designs are from sejour club’s own inhouse designer signature labels – As You Are Now, We Too Are One and Uno Dei Due. Photographed on location at Primo Estate and Jungle in Willunga.


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‘Since I met him, Nick’s been saying, “I want to make my own wines from Kangaroo Island. And I want the world to know about Kangaroo Island as a wine region”,’ Bec says. ‘But he’d kind of realised he needed to develop himself first.’ To that end, the pair spent the next few years building out their winemaking experience.

WHO WE ARE: Nick and Rebecca Dugmore

Unbottling KI’s potential Story by Kate Le Gallez. Photograph by Jason Porter.

In 2008, Nick Dugmore made Kangaroo Island the first stop on his trip around Australia. Six months later, he was still there, surfing, fishing and playing for the local footy team. It was by no means the first time Nick had been to KI, but it’s perhaps when the island really imprinted itself on Nick’s soul. And it’s never let go. Now the winemaker, together with wife Rebecca, is working to introduce the rest of Australia to Kangaroo Island’s wines through their label The Stoke alongside the part-marketing concept, partresearch project, part-love letter that is Guroo Wines. ‘We were figuring it out the other day that we’ve done over thirty vintages between us now,’ says Nick when we sit down to chat over a cup of tea along with Bec and baby Flora (big brother Finlay is at child care). Neither came to winemaking along the traditional trajectory. Nick studied wine marketing at university in Adelaide before picking up vintage work. On the other side of the world, Bec had just finished an MA in history in her native Scotland. She wanted to travel to New Zealand and finding work at an NZ winery seemed a good way to do it. By the time they met at Amisfield Winery in Central Otago, New Zealand, they’d already chalked up a bunch of vintages and Bec had studied winemaking. Nick’s intentions – wine-wise – were clear from the start. ‘Since I met him, Nick’s been saying, “I want to make my own wines from Kangaroo Island. And I want the world to know about Kangaroo Island as a wine region”,’ Bec says. ‘But he’d kind of realised he needed to develop himself first.’ To that end, the pair spent the next few years building out their winemaking experience. Nick took his turn to study winemaking, while Bec continued working in the industry. Then came a vintage together in Bordeaux in 2015. Here, with only each other to talk to (neither speaks French) they dreamed up The Stoke. The name speaks to both the place (Stokes Bay is ten minutes from their vineyard) and the spirit (the thrill and the joy of the moment). 36

The next year they dipped a toe, making a sangiovese and a rosé from a two-tonne crush. The wine sold out and they were away. In 2021, with Nick now full-time on The Stoke, they crushed 35 tonnes. Nick saw their success as a sign of how much the market had changed. Ten years before while working at Kangaroo Island Estate, he’d had to bribe the buyers at East End Cellars with an ice-cream bucket of freshly filleted whiting to take on their wine. ‘Now people are way more comfortable with their drinking. We like to experiment a bit more,’ says Nick. While pescetarian bribes are now unnecessary, Bec and Nick still see awareness raising for KI wines as their main challenge. One of those key communication challenges is KI’s lack of a go-to variety. Enter Guroo Wines. First released in 2019, the Guroo project is about putting KI grapes into the hands of mainland winemakers. At its heart, it’s a trust exercise. ‘We don’t have the benefit of history on our side, because in a hundred years KI might be known as a premium wine-producing region of South Australia. But at the moment, it’s not, although it’s making some really beautiful wines,’ Nick explains. ‘So we get reputable mainland winemakers (who people trust) to start learning about the region (that we trust),’ Nick explains. They ask a guru (aka guroo) of a particular variety to work with them over three vintages. The guroo chooses the fruit and Nick and Bec facilitate the relationship between winemaker and grower. All creative control is handed to the guroo, from the pick date forward. Charlotte Hardy of Charlotte Dalton made the first Guroo Wine (a syrah) in 2019 with fruit from False Cape. Since then, they’ve brought in Stephen George of Ashton Hills and Wendouree (making a cab sav and a pinot) and their third guroo is in the wings (Sue Bell of Coonawarra’s Bellwether wines, making chardonnay in 2022). It’s a well-crafted experiment. By controlling one variable – a winemaker’s talent for working with a particular variety – they can find out what KI grapes can really do. And it starts to build the trust bridge between KI wine and consumer. Thirteen years on from the shortest ever trip around Australia, Nick and Bec have started a new Kangaroo Island adventure. And this time, we’re all invited to come along for the ride.



Above: Jojo and Angel at Goodness Coffee Co styled top to bottom by Miss Gladys on Sea, Aldinga. Photo by Jason Porter. 38

‘There is something special here,’ Angel says of the cafe, with Jojo adding, ‘The potential for growth is a real drawcard and the opportunity to take on an operating, well-functioning business and help the place evolve.’

WHO WE ARE: Jojo Krause and Angel Benjamin

A strong shot of entrepreneurial spirit Sometimes, a business comes along and fits so seamlessly into a community that it’s hard to remember a time when it wasn’t there. Such is the case with Goodness Coffee Co, which opened its doors in Aldinga’s Blacksmith Hub in 2017. The cafe quickly became a communal meeting place, with locals and visitors alike drawn not only to the excellent coffee and snacks, but to the energy and atmosphere. So when the business came up for sale this year, Goodness regulars felt heavily invested in the outcome. As the news leaked out that brother and sister Jojo Krause and Angel Benjamin were to be the new owners, the collective sigh of relief was almost audible. The enthusiasm with which Jojo and Angel have been embraced can’t be explained away merely by the fact that they’re familiar faces to Goodness patrons – Angel has worked there since 2018, while Jojo joined her at the beginning of this year. Beyond their familiarity with the business, the siblings bring a broad range of experiences to the running of their new acquisition, blending family, community and a strong shot of entrepreneurial spirit into the established business. Alongside working at Goodness, Angel studies environmental science, volunteers as a park ranger for the Department of Environment & Water and is parent to son Simba, with her husband Chad. She also trains in Olympic lifting: ‘[It] keeps me busy and it’s a great way for me to refresh and stay motivated.’ Meanwhile Jojo, who began his working life at twelve adding corks to the cork wall at Russell’s Pizza in Willunga, started his marquee hire business while studying tourism and event management. Like many, his business was hit hard in 2020, but that business is picking up now as well. With seemingly already full lives, it’s perhaps a little surprising that the pair took this entrepreneurial leap. In other ways, it was the logical next step. Each of their individual ventures is marked by their shared optimism and personal investment in the future of the region, activated by their persistence and willingness to give things a go. Goodness is just the latest example of this philosophy. ‘There is something special here,’ Angel says of the cafe, with Jojo adding, ‘The potential for growth is a real drawcard and the opportunity to take on an operating, well-functioning business and help the place evolve.’

Discussions ensued with Chad and Jojo’s partner Allira, who are credited as ‘the logical ones’ with whom they can bounce ideas and get an occasional nudge, without any pressure. There’s also the perspective that life can throw at us, whether we want it or not. ‘Dad’s passing four years ago played a big part in the decision to buy into the business,’ Jojo says. ‘Life is short and it’s worth taking a risk.’ Further conversation over the family group chat with mum Louise took the idea from fanciful to financially viable, with Louise offering the siblings a short-term loan and with her loving support, the deal was done. Previous owners, Carly and Damien Loiterton, are confident that Angel and Jojo will carry Goodness forward from the foundation they created. ‘Earlier this year, we decided it was time for us to refocus on the coffee roasting side of the business and we were thrilled when Angel and Jojo (two of our much-loved employees), expressed an interest in buying the cafe,’ they say. ‘We are so grateful to have been able to hand it over to two brilliant people who we very much admire.’ A smooth transition took place in September, and Angel and Jojo were genuinely surprised by the number of people who came in to wish them all the best and shared in their excitement. The rest of the Goodness team have stayed on to continue working with their new bosses, while Carly and Damien will keep the beans coming. New ideas include long lunches in the garden and maximising the venue’s potential as an arts and cultural hub for private functions, festivals, and other local events. Indeed, if you’ve visited the cafe recently, you might not have even noticed the subtle differences about the place, and that’s exactly what Jojo and Angel intended. Maybe you’ll catch Louise pottering around (‘She loves gardening,’ says Angel) though the full breadth of her contribution is more behind the scenes, providing financial guidance as well as the accounting necessities like invoicing and pays. ‘Having Mum do the books helps keep us in line,’ says Jojo. ‘Sometimes we can get carried away with ideas and having someone keeping an eye on ins and outs will ensure we are running a tight business.’ Because it is a business, of course, but it’s also a community. ‘Without them it would be totally different,’ says Jojo. ‘Having a strong community makes work so much better.’


Summer reading recommendations selected by Sarah and Mark from the shelves at South Seas Books in Port Elliot.

A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson (2015). A story of a man living through the second world war, the ripple effects from his life and the differences we can make to the world. Wild Sea: A History of the Southern Ocean by Joy McCann (2018). An erudite demonstration that ‘far from being a wild sea at the uttermost end of Earth’, the Southern Ocean is deeply entangled with humanity’s past and the world’s future. Lab Girl: A Story of Trees Science & Love by Hope Jahren (2016). An outstanding, poetic memoir written by a scientist, memorialising her love of plants and lifelong friendship with her laboratory partner. Peace by Gary Disher (2019). A gripping, tightly controlled crime novel set in South Australia’s mid-north. The Chrysalids by John Wyndham (1955). A classic science fiction story of coming of age in a post-nuclear future, exposing Marvel’s current crop of mutants as two-dimensional pretenders. Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner (1987). A revived classic, reflecting on the gift of friendship, its necessity to enhance the world’s joys and cushion the fates of its indifference. The Forest of Wood and Steel by Natsu Miyashita (2019). A man’s journey to become a piano tuner in Japan, his engagement with the people he meets and music he loves as he searches for beauty and perfection. Warlight by Michael Ondaatje (2019). The disorder of war and its aftermath alongside the disruption of established hierarchies of age and class in London, provides a fertile setting for discovery and self-invention, for breaking free. Greenwood by Michael Christie (2020). Beautifully written ecological fiction describing the history of a forest over a century through the stories of the people who live among it for both good and ill.

Adventures of a lifetime Story by Nina Keath. Photography by Jason Porter. Styling by Liza Reynolds.


‘I wanted it to feel both expansive and womb-like – where we are protected, warm and safe but can look out onto the world changing around us.’

Page left: The individualised elements of this home shine throughout. Paddock stone collected by hand on the property has formed the feature walls framing the front entry. Above: The living, dining and kitchen areas all take in breathtaking views of the pastoral areas around Hay Flat and the ocean beyond.

When Mike Steller was ten years old, his uncle gifted him a small, carved wooden canoe from Port Moresby, where he had been based in the Merchant Navy. Boasting a boldly carved figurehead with jagged teeth, glowing red eyes, and a deck that invites you to jump on board, let down the sails and cast off into the great unknown, this precious gift ignited a spark in Mike. Thus began a 58-year passion for travel and collecting that has seen Mike and his wife Rita traverse the world in search of treasures and adventure. But perhaps their greatest find, and most rewarding

escapade has been finding their treasured property and building their home in the hills behind Yankalilla. Rita explains, ‘About eight years ago we realised it was time to plan for retirement, and we wanted our own little piece of God’s earth. One of our daughters lived in Adelaide… and we love wine, so South Australia seemed like a perfect fit.’ Plus, they needed somewhere to keep Mike’s ever-growing art and artefacts collection. Living in Alice Springs at the time, they began a systematic search of the Fleurieu and Adelaide Hills for a one-acre property – enough for some chickens and a veggie garden. After several years of searching, however, Mike was almost ready to call it quits. They’d looked at so many properties, but nothing had felt quite right. On their last trip, Rita had made four property appointments and after visiting the third, Mike announced, ‘I’ve had enough!’ He recalls, ‘We hit this dirt road and I turned to Rita and said, ‘Are you serious? > 43

Above: The front entryway is richly enhanced by artifacts from the couple’s travels including Kundu drums, a copper vessel full of bows, arrows and walking sticks. A handmade Moroccan mirror sits above a Balinese table.


Top: All of the joinery in the home by SpaceCraft. The kitchen features wormy chestnut wood, Spanish porcelain tops and handcrafted tiles. Bottom left: A collection of aboriginal artifacts from central Australia. Right: A large orator’s stool stands at the entry – these are found in men’s spirit houses in villages on the Sepik River in Papua New Guinea. 45

Top: Salvaged timber and stone on the deck create a beautiful setting to enjoy the views. Bottom left: Mike’s own scrimshaw work etched on various animal teeth found on their travels. Right: Masks from the Sepik River in Papua New Guinea adorn the hallway. Page right: A French Cheminées Philippe fireplace sits atop unique custom made metal shelving by local fabricator David Graetz.

I don’t want to go!’ Rita, however, had other ideas, replying, ‘Just shut up and drive.’ So, Mike drove. As they climbed the foothills of Yankalilla, Mike’s spirits lifted in line with the elevation. Mike recalls, ‘The view just got better and better the higher we went.’ At 80 acres, the property was 79 acres more than they wanted but it had a shed, a walnut orchard, and views that you could sail off into. Something shifted within Mike and two days later, he turned to Rita and said, ‘I can’t get that Walnut place out of my head.’ Rita responded, ‘Neither can I.’ And before Rita had a chance to say more, Mike had put in an offer. And so, their next adventure began. They were fortunate to have an in-house architect in the form of their son-in-law, Doug Baillie. Mike explains that Doug and their daughter Peta had moved into their Alice Springs family home with an agreement of free rent in exchange for free house design – a house for a house! After two and half years of kitchen table conversations, the design was complete. Doug had visited the site and walked the property, 46

and he couldn’t have known his clients better. Rita recalls fondly, ‘Doug and I would talk for hours and he put so much love into it.’ The result is a stunning home that speaks to the unique needs and interests of Rita, Mike, and their extended family. Rita says, ‘We wanted somewhere that family could visit but that’s also comfortable when it’s just the two of us. I wanted it to feel both expansive and womb-like – where we are protected, warm and safe but can look out onto the world changing around us.’ When I visit one Saturday morning in spring, I can confirm the brief has been filled. Sitting at their kitchen bench eating homemade damper with jam and cream and gazing out on the rolling landscape of clouds, sea and patchwork farms, my feeling is one of utter contentment. Part of this comfort is because the house has been cleverly designed according to passive solar design principles. Rita enthuses, ‘We are never too hot or too cold, and we’re completely off grid. We love working with young people because they know all about the latest in technology and design.’ >


Above: A solid stone basin and bathtub complemented by brass fittings and salvaged woods create a beautifully warm environment to bathe and shower.

The serenity of the home is balanced by Mike’s intriguing collections displayed across every surface. The luxury of building your own home is that you can design each space with a specific piece in mind. A specially designed alcove in the hallway, for example, has been scaled precisely to house Mike’s central Australian boomerang collection. Mike’s interest in collecting is not limited to artefacts and art alone. Rita explains, ‘Everywhere we go, Mike finds something interesting to buy.’ Every door handle in the house has its own unique story, and his eye for beauty is not constrained by convention. The stunning timber used for their bathroom cabinetry is sourced from the packing crates that delivered artefacts from one of their many overseas collecting expeditions. The striking bedhead in the spare bedroom turns out to be an old tabletop that has been artfully turned on its side. The beautifully textured corrugated iron feature walls in the entryway and laundry were sourced from the roof of an old shed that Mike had noticed in the centre of the view from their building site. Other iron used in the study was exchanged with a local tradie for two cartons of beer. Some builders may baulk at such varied and creative use of materials, but Rita and Mike were fortunate to find Todd Dellatorre from Dellatorre Constructions who embraced the challenge. Mike says, ‘When we told him our vision, Todd was pretty excited.’ And the same went for all the trades who worked on the build. From Todd’s uncle Vic, who did the stunning stonework and the 48

apprentices who were each invited to select their own rock to place in the wall, to Nathan Wundersitz from SpaceCraft who wrought magic with the cabinetry. ‘Everyone who worked on this build has put so much love and skill into it,’ adds Rita. And it’s easy to see why. Mike and Rita’s enthusiasm is disarming and infectious. When Mike kept turning up at the build site, Todd brought him his own work belt and said, ‘You might as well make yourself useful.’ It’s this exuberant perseverance that took the couple to Papua New Guinea when Mike was working for the Commonwealth Bank. Mike explains, ‘I’d been trying to get there for twelve years when I was finally told I could go in a month. The only hitch was that we were due to have our first child in a month.’ So, Mike asked if they could go in three months instead. Papua New Guinea at the time was known to be highly volatile and not always safe. But nothing was going to put the young couple off. Rita says staunchly, ‘I’d rather go through hell with him than without him. We just embraced it and had a wonderful time. Word got out that Mike was a collector and we had streams of people turning up at our home with spears and shields to trade.’ Many of these items now grace the walls of their new home. But the piece that started it all – the canoe from Mike’s uncle – takes pride of place in the kitchen, ready to launch Mike and Rita into their next adventure.

Faces and places Roger Robinson aka ‘The Seagull Man’ Well and truly retired

For eight years or so, long-time local Roger Robinson has been driving his ute to Aldinga Beach to feed the seagulls. Gaining their trust over time, he finds his avian companions to be very warm and friendly. ‘There were about fifty here yesterday ... a couple of them hitched a ride home with me one day, so now they know where I live,’ he says wryly. And if you’re wondering how his car could possibly be so clean, he tells us he makes a point of washing it regularly. Photo by Jason Porter.



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Divine interventions Story by Stephanie Johnston


Page left and above: St Brigid’s Catholic Church at Goolwa Beach was dismantled and relocated to the Goolwa dunes in 1994. The original timber interiors were restored and remodelled for holiday accommodation. Photos by Jason Porter. Styled by Liza Reynolds. Entryway bench from Living by Design, Port Elliot. Artwork and accessories from Valley of Yore, Myponga.

Historically ‘conversion’ implies a dramatic change of faith through baptism. Open the doors of these five former church buildings and you’ll witness divine interventions of a different kind.

Dating from the 1840s, the churches here were among the earliest built by the colony. Often basic structures with plain furnishings, the surviving buildings are nevertheless diverse in history, heritage and design. They were most commonly built of locally sourced stone, but timber and cob – a combination of clay, straw and limestone rubble – were also used, and later corrugated iron came into play.

Adelaide’s ‘city of churches’ moniker could easily extend to our beloved Fleurieu Peninsula. The South Australian colony was the first in the world to separate church and state, and a multitude of dissenting denominations established themselves here, away from the discrimination they’d experienced in their home countries. In the early days services were held in private homes or in the open – in the old McLaren Vale town of Gloucester, settlers gathered to worship beneath a giant gum tree beside a well at Oxenberry Farm.

Converted places of worship are hot property – whether in their original state, fully converted or somewhere inbetween. Once deconsecrated, they can embrace a diverse range of functions. In addition to residential conversions, the churches in this story have variously served as community meeting places and performance spaces, studios for photography, dance and yoga as well as B&Bs, cellar doors, a restaurant and a centre for Italian prisoners of war. >



Page left and above: This well-known church in Willunga is home to an eclectic and ever-evolving collection of vintage furniture and decorative pieces. Adam’s redesign of the interior leaves as much full-height space as possible and cleverly preserves view lines to the numerous pointed arch features. Styled by Sarah Hall. Photos by Marnie Hawson.

As alluring as it may be to invest in a church, the rewards come with the risk of unexpected restrictions and restoration costs. Any upgrades and alterations need to be sympathetic to the original structure and may require special planning consents. Restoration can attract grant assistance, but this often doesn’t go very far, making most conversions a labour of love and sweat. And what of the custodians of these distinctive structures, many of which sit beside old graveyards bearing witness to the travails of history? Do their new owners feel the presence of ghosts, or suffer the guilt of lapsed beliefs? Not according to Chloe Fitzgerald and Sam Dunlevy, the custodians of Sellick’s Hill Wesleyan Chapel, located at the top of Sellicks Beach Road below the Victory Hotel. ‘The vibe is really nice,’ says Chloe. ‘Because the graveyard is only a few metres from our kitchen window, I thought I might feel a bit on edge … but I feel really relaxed here. So if there are any ghosts they must be friendly and happy and keeping to themselves.’ Sam and Chloe bought the property in 2015, converting the weatherboard Sunday School hall at the back into a liveable home before turning their attention to the church and grounds. The local heritage-listed 1836 chapel building was structurally sound, having already served as a restaurant, and requiring only a facelift and decorative touches rather than serious restoration. The pointed arch windows, exposed timber rafters and timber floors remain a feature, enhanced by the addition of a tasting bar made from an old Saltram’s wine vat and a decoratively carved piece of pulpit sourced from a different church. In 2020 the Berg Herring cellar door opened

its Gothic arch doors, providing the perfect outlet for this young couple to promote their fledgling wine brand. Down the hill on Willunga’s bustling high street is a state heritage listed stone building with an eye-catching arched double door. Previously known in the township as ‘Blue Doors’, the church was constructed by the Church of Christ in 1860, and has since been used as a Masonic Lodge, community hall, war depot, belly dance studio and now a full-time residence. On the other side of now pale green doors is a large open space with a high cathedral ceiling filled with Sarah and Adam Hall’s eclectic, and ever-evolving collection of vintage furniture and decorative pieces. What was essentially one large space has been divided into three bedrooms with a new mezzanine to accommodate the family of four. The couple’s redesign of the interior leaves as much full-height space as possible and cleverly preserves view lines to the numerous pointed arch features. Other additions include two narrow north-facing arch windows in place of previously bricked-up niches, a new kitchen, shelving and a ceiling-high trapeze for the kids – clinching this conversion’s fun family vibe. Next stop is another newly-established cellar door in a former Wesleyan chapel. Built in 1854 on Strout Road, the tiny Bethany Chapel was so named because it was the same distance from McLaren Vale as was the biblical Bethany from Jerusalem. Now home to Samson Tall’s tasting room, its makeover embraces its ecclesiastical heritage, offering a small glass window into the century-old cob wall construction and providing interpretive signage for the adjacent graveyards – where early settler Samson Tall, along with several more easily-recognisable pioneer families, are buried. > 55

Above: As the sun shines through at Samson Tall cellar door. Sweeping views of vineyards are enhanced by a glass of wine on the back deck. Photos by Jason Porter. Styled by Liza Reynolds.

The chapel was rescued from ruination twenty years ago by Doug and Chris Allen, who wrote to the church, begging them to sell. Later, Samson Tall founders Paul Wilson and Heather Budich repeated the exercise, writing every year to the Allens and eventually securing their prize after eight years of persistence. According to Paul, the Allens did all the hard work, leaving Paul and Heather to resurrect the beautiful Baltic pine floor, add some decking out front and slowly mine the cemetery for its seemingly endless supply of captivating stories. 56

The renovation of an early twentieth-century corrugated iron congregational church at Waitpinga needed a significant extension to serve a family of four. According to architect Martin Williamson – father (and father-in-law) of custodians-in-residence Belinda and Tim Britton – the challenge was how to respect the scale and form of the original 1936 structure, which had served Waitpinga families through to its sale in 2016.

Above: The renovation of an early twentieth-century corrugated iron congregational church at Waitpinga needed a significant extension to serve a family of four. Builder Matt Caters says, ‘It was rewarding to all involved in the transformation from its original state to what it is now yet still retaining the building’s character and original form.’ Photos by Jason Porter. Accessories sourced from Living by Design, and Charlie & Jack, Victor Harbor. Styled by Liza Reynolds.

The solution was to match the roof of the two-storey extension to the height and pitch of the church roof, and to replace the original corrugated iron with Colorbond, distinguishing the old building from the new timber-clad extension. Matt Cates at 4Life Constructions undertook the build, in which the church foyer and vestry were removed, the original church providing the ideal size and volume for the main living space. Installation of glazing to the north allowed

in the winter sun, creating views of the surrounding landscape. Finally – as with all the churches in this story – the restored original floorboards are a feature. St Brigid’s Catholic Church at Goolwa Beach unearths a completely different narrative. Similar in scale to our other churches, it was built of timber in 1897, in what is now the ghost town of Farina in the state’s far north. In 1936 the then Bishop of Port Augusta gave permission for the building to be relocated to Murray Town, where > 57

Above: Sellick’s Hill Wesleyan Chapel, located at the top of Sellicks Beach Road has recently been reimagined as a cellar door for Berg Herring Wines. The feature wall framed by the beautiful wood and stone structure. Top images by Jason Porter. Bottom images by Ben McMahon.

it continued to be used as a church until sold at auction and relocated to the Goolwa dunes in 1994. The original timber interiors were restored and remodeled for holiday accommodation, and current owners Sarah Davies and Nigel Smart have since built a mezzanine into the original interior, added two rooms to the exterior and replaced an existing lean-to with a brand new bathroom.


And those ghosts? While Sarah and a girlfriend experienced inexplicable sleeplessness and feelings of unrest over many years this abruptly stopped some years back. ‘I don’t know what happened to change things’, says Sarah, ‘but it is the most peaceful place now.’

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Ask a local We asked some of our valued advertisers what they love about living and working in the region, their reflections on FLM turning ten – and what they are looking forward to in 2022. 01. Dianna Conte General Manager

Having FLM celebrate 10 years proves just how credible and successful

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this magazine is, a testimony to our revered Fleurieu. This publication has

The Fleurieu is a truly amazing community with unique experiences that

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further 10 years of success.

Shed one year ago has been such an honour: the hard work resulted in us

05. Anna Small Artist and Manager

also receiving McLaren Vale New Business and Business of the year 2021, which was very exciting for all of us.

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02. Roxie Deacon Finance/Office Manager

we are all online everywhere. The magazine has evolved over these ten years


and rides the waves with us reflecting the resilience and growth of our region.

FLM has been such a great way to discover our own backyard. All the little

Opening the magazine every quarter is like reading a letter from a friend.

hidden gems that we might not have found without the mag. It’s been such a

06. Sarah Mrotek Administration Manager

great platform for so many new and up-and-coming businesses.

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I was born and raised on the Fleurieu and I could not imagine living anywhere

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else! I also work on the Fleurieu so I get to experience it from both a business

Huge congratulations to Petra and Jason on the realisation of a dream – ten

and personal perspective, and I just love the sense of community.

years is an awesome milestone! I believe the publication is important as it

Our family business celebrated 50 years in 2021, and due to restrictions we

showcases and creates awareness of businesses and community efforts across our beautiful region. In 2022 we are looking forward to introducing the Fleurieu Future Leaders advanced program and hopefully being less busy.

04. Emma-Lee Shirvington Sales and Brand Manager Shirvington Wines The Fleurieu radiates a special aura that draws people in. Our community values and supports each other whenever possible which makes working and living in the local area something I am extremely proud of. 60

have been unable to celebrate this milestone. In 2022 I look forward to a huge celebration of turning 51! Finally!

07. Justin Shepherd Owner Adelaide Outdoor Kitchens I like FLM because it’s all local and we like driving south to do work so advertising makes people aware that we are here in the South. In 2022 I am looking forward to going overseas – hopefully. Not wearing a mask all of the time. Also another good year in business.

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Books, literature, art and design Story Kelly Golding. Photography by John Laurie.


Page left and above: The relatively new and modern addition to South Seas Books at Port Elliot provides much-needed space for a growing selection of books in a stylish, light-filled space. Photo above by Jason Porter.

Sarah Taylor and Mark Laurie are in the middle of a friendly discussion when I meet them at South Seas Books as they sort through their selection of titles for FLM’s summer book feature. Their initial focus was on the covers and what will look good – a balance between fiction, crime and Australian authors. But the deciding factor is less tangible; they must be books the pair have read and loved. Six titles each – not an easy feat for two bookloving souls in a room full to the brim with choices. With that task done, we walk to nearby Beaches Coffee Shop to chat about how things have evolved for this Port Elliot institution since FLM first spoke to the couple for issue one of this magazine, ten years ago. The most noticeable change is the modern addition to the west side of the original stone house, which was completed three years ago. Looking at the book-lined walls and the central table stacked with fiction titles, it’s now hard to imagine how they ever did without the extra space. Friend and well-known South Australian architect Max Pritchard designed the extension which brings beams of natural light

into the space. Max also designed Sarah and Mark’s home and he was their only choice when it came to creating the new addition. It was Sarah’s dream to open a bookstore. ‘Originally my idea was to set the store up like a living room where you can sit and look at books while you have a coffee,’ she recalls fondly. ‘This obviously all changed during Covid and now it’s purely a bookstore with a takeaway coffee offering with the extension providing much needed space. We now have a dedicated section for fiction, non-fiction and a children’s area and there’s a lot more room for browsing making it easier for both customers and us. We are now full to the max, as we always are in the lead up to Christmas which is exciting.’ The main sellers at South Seas are literary fiction, children’s books, and what Sarah and Mark call ‘culture and ideas’, which includes feminist writing and books on climate change among a range of themes. Alongside those categories, they also hold an array of history, art and, of course, surfing books. Sport commands little shelf space, although you may find some popular titles around Christmas time. Sarah and Mark took the opportunity to expand South Seas Books into South Seas Trading, when the chance to acquire the former police station across the road came up. It not only meant they could extend their offerings into art, craft and a mix of luxury fashion, it also gave >


Above: Across the street form South Seas Books – South Seas Trading houses art, cooking, design and gardening books along with homewares, designer clothing and a wonderful selection of curated art.

them the chance to preserve the mid-century building as part of Port Elliot’s history. ‘Having South Seas Trading across the road allowed us to move most of the giftware we used to have in the bookshop and expand on it. We’ve kept jigsaws, calendars and children’s toys in the bookstore, but we moved our art books over the road and there’s also a large selection of cooking and gardening books together with homewares which complement the books and a wonderful selection of curated art,’ says Sarah. South Seas Trading also houses a quality selection of women’s clothing with a strong emphasis on Australian-made items. Mark curates the men’s fashion and chooses designs that are classic and that last for those (like him) who shop infrequently. Think French designers and Australian brands, in wool and cotton and cut in timeless designs. 64

Over the past ten years, South Seas’ main clientele has always been the strong local Fleurieu community who return regularly to browse, buy and maybe attend one of the three book clubs run in store. School libraries have also been very supportive, like Encounter Lutheran, and the business returns the favour by supporting community writing competitions. Sarah and Mark, along with their valued team members Chrissie and Abby, hope to hold more events in the new year featuring South Australian authors as well as more interstate authors with borders opening up. The extension has given them the space they need to truly realise Sarah’s original vision of the bookstore that allows you to linger and enjoy not only the books but the conversation that follows. For Sarah and Mark, chatting to people about books has always been the best part of the job, and it’s something they hope to enjoy for many years to come.

New paintings by Richard Maurovic From December 26 through January

The Strand Gallery is delighted to show recent paintings by this internationally renowned artist. Richard’s work is hung in private and public galleries around the world and the paintings are highly collectable. This collection focuses on the Fleurieu and includes remarkable images from sometimes unremarkable subjects. Some pieces border on super realism whilst others are impressionistic renderings that bring life to ‘everyday’ scenes. Richard’s deft brushwork can impart personality to a Stobie pole.

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Alexandrina is home to vibrant communities where a high population of artists have chosen to live and work, making us a regional centre of culture in South Australia.


Reclaim* 1 December–2 January Signal Point Gallery Goolwa Wharf Precinct Dancing with Light* 1 December–9 January South Coast Regional Art Centre Goolwa Sinatra and Friends 17 December Centenary Hall Goolwa Alexandrina Council Collection* 15 January–12 February South Coast Regional Art Centre Goolwa

Adelaide Hills Chamber Players Concerto Rhapsody Beethoven, Mozart, Vaughan Williams 20 January Centenary Hall Goolwa Days of Disco 18 February Centenary Hall Goolwa Goolwa Caravan* 13 March Garden of Honour, BF Laurie Lane, Goolwa Wharf Precinct HELLO - Erin Jae’s Tribute to Adele 18 March Centenary Hall Goolwa *Free Event

For bookings and enquiries please visit events.alexandrina.com.au or call Council on 8555 7000. Alexandrina Council continues our arts and culture program in 2022. To view more upcoming events, visit



The fabric of our community wellness Story by Lorielle Shiell.

I first visited the Fleurieu eight years ago. It was a November day, the temperature was in the thirties and I was absolutely wowed by the place. I was completely in love and returned to my old home to pack. And what a beauty to find this magazine! I took copies home to show friends and family where I was moving to. I had always thought I would need to live in a big city to practise Chinese medicine, yet here I was leaving that all behind and moving towards a new community, one that has welcomed me, and many like me, into its fold. Over the last decade, a groundswell of practitioners and proactive people taking an expansive view of health and wellness has led to a flourishing of options here on the Fleurieu. A survey of local practitioners in the region revealed a diversity of offerings and highlighted their successful co-existence with more traditional approaches to health management. Ten years ago, what was considered alternate, or fringe, has now become part of mainstream strategies for health and wellbeing. With this change comes the notion of ‘living well’, the day-to-day discipline of looking after oneself including regular appointments in disciplines like Chinese medicine, massage, chiropractic care, naturopathy and/ or attending regular classes. There’s been an influx of yoga and Pilates studios, tai chi and qi gong groups, water aerobics, meditation and bootcamps to name a few. Among the health practitioners who contributed their reflections on the changing landscape of health in our region, collaboration and community shone through; both elements of connection that bring people together. Niki Porter, naturopath, nutritionist and herbalist in Port Elliot sees the Fleurieu as having a ‘great outdoors’ feel about it that draws people outside, connecting with nature and focusing on their wellbeing. It’s something Leonie Hick, owner of All About Health in Aldinga, has seen within her practice, with an increasing demand for natural therapies and more cross pollination and acceptance throughout the health profession. Kristin Nelson, owner of Fleurieu Yoga, shared Leonie’s sentiment, describing many choices in health and harmony in collaboration. ‘Science is now backing up what ancient yogis have been offering – intelligent breathing practices to regulate the nervous system,’ she says. 66

What these women report is not merely anecdotal. A 2018 study found that 63% of Australians used complementary medicine and close to half use supplements of some kind. Leonie’s neighbour in Aldinga, Claire Neylon at Fleurieu Exercise Physiology, finds the local residents tend to be open to what are considered alternative therapies. They’re very health conscious and they care about preventative health as well as management. Vikki McLaughlin, a Scottish trained GP at Mount Compass Medical Centre describes the Fleurieu Peninsula as a unique area with breathtaking beauty and an eclectic mix of people. ‘As a GP I needed to find the perfect blend of nature, nourishing medical environment with a complex array of complementary therapists available so I can provide my patients with the best broad-spectrum approach to their care, overall health and general wellbeing.’ It’s an important shift, with population growth, an aging population and longer life expectancies, alongside increased chronic disease and long-term conditions creating a higher demand for health care. Stuart and Chloe Tomson, directors of Fleurieu Physiotherapy & Wellness and Goolwa Occupational Therapy observe that ‘over the past ten years the Fleurieu region seems to have undergone a positive change in the number and variety of different health care services available locally, thus allowing our communities to get the health care they need with less need to travel, as well as more choice of health disciplines and practitioners.’ Lauren Locke, physiotherapist and owner of PhysioAlive, noted an increase in local young families and an increased awareness of the health options available. ‘I think some of this increased awareness comes from social media and a general willingness to share and support each other.’ Over this same timeframe, people’s awareness of anxiety and stressrelated health concerns has seen mental health gain equal footing with physiological health. Mental health advocate Matt Newlands emphasises the importance of the Fleurieu community and the ready connection to nature as fundamental to supporting mental wellbeing. Rebecca Paul, counsellor, finds our area has become more popular in the last ten years, with an influx of people bringing ‘many wonderful practitioners from a variety of health industries,’ saving you that trip ‘down the hill’ to access mental health services. The Fleurieu offers the perfect environment to slow down and reflect, blended with the connections found in the fabric of our community, expanding health choices and collaboration among practitioners. We are truly fortunate that we can receive a diversity of care in our local region, contributing to our capacity to live well.

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Anja Jagsch Forager, maker

Story by Petra de Mooy. Photography by Jason Porter.

I meet jeweller Anja Jagsch at her home studio on a leafy street in Happy Valley, the quiet broken only by the warble of magpies. There’s a casual orderliness to her jeweller’s bench which overlooks the front garden. Things are in their place and small findings and tools of the trade are here and there. Drawers line the walls and macrame pot plants hang in the window. She is softly spoken and friendly. 68

Anja first arrived from Germany to Australia as a tourist in 2001. ‘My parents were visiting friends in Perth over Christmas and I didn’t want to stay home alone,’ she says. She decided to make it an extended three month trip covering New Zealand and a few states around Australia, meeting up with her parents at the beginning and then venturing off on her own. Anja had booked her flights back to Germany from Darwin and planned to make her way from Perth to the Top End by way of a 4000 kilometre tour taking in as much of the country as possible. The tour was memorable not only for the desert terrain, but for the tour guide, Peter. The two fell in love and Anja extended her stay a little but shortly after the tour she went back to her home in Berlin. ‘We were on the phone everyday and in July he came to visit me,’

Woven reeds, leaves, small branches, pods and flowers are cast into the delicate objects that adorn her jewellery. Some are left in silver and some are gold plated. Each is a one-off piece.

Page left: A botanical ring in sterling silver sits beside Vibernum earrings in blackened silver. Above: A long line necklace with Japanese box bush leaves sits around citrus flower earrings. All in sterling silver.

Anja recalls. Later that year Anja moved to Australia, joining Peter on the tour bus for a time and helping out with their guests. Their shared love of travel and discovery cemented their connection further. ‘It was good but the company did not like that I was taking up a seat,’ she says, so they moved back to Adelaide where Peter resumed his job as an electronics technician. Anja took things as they came and worked a few different jobs but nothing really stuck. She came across a posting for a program in visual arts and applied design at TAFE. ‘I had started painting at the neighbourhood centre and I really enjoyed it,’ she says. So on a whim she put in her application and was accepted: ‘It was the best thing I’ve ever done. I felt at home and it was nice.’ Anja studied painting and jewellery. ‘Everything about art was new to me, I never

thought about art before but I learned about concepts and the social, psychological and philosophical side of things and it really opened up the world to me,’ she says. In 2009 when she had completed the program, she and Peter packed up, rented out their house and went travelling around Australia taking jobs here and there, fruit picking on the Murray River and working on a Queensland cattle station among others. Jewellery was more portable than painting, and integrating her love of foraging and finding beautiful objects in nature into her work was a natural progression. Anja began to use the ancient technique of lost wax casting, sending her objects to casting companies close to their next destination. She would then have the pieces sent to a designated post office where she would rendezvous with the precious sterling silver castings, >


Above left: Sterling silver rings (left to right) woven reeds ring, acorn ring and 3-in-1 ring. Above right: Gold-plated eremophila leaf earrings. Middle: Gold-plated short line necklace with Geraldton Wax flowers sits around gold-plated Japanese box bush earrings. Bottom left: Geraldton Waxflower earrings in sterling silver. Right: Anja Jagsch in her studio.

before making them into earrings, rings and necklaces. Her jewellery mapped their travels, casting the memories of carefully foraged objects retrieved from their explorations into everlasting pieces. The practical measures that were then borne of necessity became the mode of work she still applies today. Woven reeds, leaves, small branches, pods and flowers are cast into the delicate objects that adorn her jewellery. Some are left in silver 70

and some are gold plated. Each is a one-off piece. Anja sensitively finds the beauty of everything that is alive in plants and captures them in these precious and delicate pieces so that, even transformed into metal, they retain their affinity to nature. Anja has found community through her work as an artist and currently shows her work at numerous shops and galleries. Locally her work can be found at the Fleurieu Arthouse in McLaren Vale.














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Golden hour Photography by Evan Bailey Hair & make-up by Becky Cross from Rollo, Port Elliot. Clothing from Gorgeous Soles, McLaren Vale Model: Rachel Lippett


Ying Yang Bowie Dress by Kinney, acrylic earrings by eb&ive.

Grass Spin Dress by M. A Dainty, Black Bandeau by Humidity Lifestyle with eb&ive bracelet.


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Natural wanders Words by Holly Wyatt. Photography by Jason Porter.

Above: Where Middle River meets the sea at Snelling Beach, Kangaroo Island.

FLM takes to the road with wanderlust in the driver’s seat to explore some of the aesthetic riches or our region. Nothing is quite as engaging as being wrapped in a vast and wild landscape.


Full immersion in nature is proven to enrich one’s sense of wellbeing, calm and belonging. Filling our senses with the Fleurieu’s pristine offerings can only do us good.


Inhaling the freshest of air, accented by notes of eucalypt, pine, and sun-dried grasses. The click and crackle metronome of cicadas, overlaid by birdsong weaving through trees and shrubs.

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The taste of salt and minerals on the tongue, as waves crash against mottled red-clay cliff faces, the wind dancing with our hair. Look out on the sunlit vista then accept the offer of distraction from butterflies and bees making their playful flight paths among wildflowers.

Top: Middle River at Snelling Beach, Kangaroo Island. Above: Morgans Beach, Cape Jervis.


Top: The spectacular drive down to Myponga Beach. Bottom: Pennington Bay, Kangaroo Island.

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In full bloom

For this issue, we worked with our long time collaborators Megan Caldersmith from She Sews and Deb Saunders Photography to create this dreamy vision on a hill by the sea, exquisitely framed by the Lagertha Marquee. Floral installation and bouquets by Evebud Blooms, Hair by Beyond Beautiful Style Lounge, Makeup by Jessica Mary Makeup Artistry.

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I feel her under my soft, bare feet: Timelessness The eagle soars With hearts riding her talons Waves hush to the shore As they always have A wild and intuitive heartbeat Shells, sticks, rocks, glass and sponge tumble around: Ever softening. As I hope to. Become softer. More like my environment. Adaptable. Open. True. So it is here you will find me in the wild, rugged and vast spaces. Feeling all that was and will be through the soles of my sandy feet.

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From here to now Story by Gill Gordon-Smith CSE. Illustration by Tonia Composto.

From regional pioneers and old vines to new plantings and varieties, the Fleurieu has always honoured our past while embracing change. Multi-generational brands sit alongside an ever-growing crew of new producers; tradition and new wave bound together by a shared devotion to our region. Our Mediterranean lifestyle along with our ability to reflect, embrace and innovate make it the perfect playground for all to explore and discover, even if you’ve been a long-time supporter of all things Fleurieu wine. The variety of our terroir sees vineyards climbing into cooler climes in the hills that hug our region, down to the gnarled bush vines on the plains of Langhorne Creek. It means endless inspiration for winemakers and a bottomless glass of diversity for punters to explore. It’s this that inspires and excites me every time I head out tasting or find a new producer to showcase at Fall from Grace. So many of our producers are world-renowned and well-awarded that it’s impossible to mention them all here. A selected highlights reel might include Shingleback, Scarpantoni and SC Pannell as winners of Australia’s most prestigious and sought-after ‘Jimmy Watson’ trophy. Grenache, of course, features often among award winners. Varney Wines was the 2021 Halliday winery of the year (their grenache is the bomb). Both Rob Mack from Aphelion (2018 Young Gun of Wine) and Year Wines (2015 Best New Act) make some joyous expressions of the Fleurieu’s favourite variety. All of these awards are measured against their peers nationally; it’s a big deal to win them. If you love the classics, follow the legends or forge a new trail with some of the emerging stars of the industry we have featured over the years. 2021 Young Gun of Wine Charlotte Hardy has her cellar door at The Joinery at Port Elliot’s Factory 9 and I get so inspired hanging out at the bar, tasting her and partner Ben Cooke’s gorgeous wines.


Oliver’s Taranga is led by an inspiring, powerhouse of a woman in Corrina Wright, who’s wines and commitment to the region are exemplary. On the same road you’ll find Bekkers wines, home to the mind-blowing and focused wines made by Emmanuelle and Toby. The Creeks – Langhorne and Currency – deserve a couple of days on their own. Kimbolton have been grape growers for generations and their cellar door showcases the delicious present-day expression of knowledge gained over decades. Cross Backstairs Passage and explore some of the most exciting producers forging a place for Kangaroo Island on the map. Islander Estate, Springs Road, Dudley, and The Stoke are showcasing the island beautifully. Those interested in sustainable, organic or biodynamic wines should head to Yangarra and Gemtree for awe-inspiring wines. Brash Higgins, Poppelvej and Somos are pushing the boundaries with exciting versions of orange and preservative-free wines as well as wine made in concrete eggs. Sheds and shared spaces are housing communities of makers using new techniques or finding new ways with old techniques. Italian, Portuguese and Spanish grapes have flourished on the Fleurieu and added colour and vibrancy along with food-friendly flavours and tastes. Beach Road, Zerella, Coriole and Samson Tall make wines that are a pure pleasure to drink. Berg Herring at Sellicks, Coates and Golden Child just up the hill at Kuitpo and the combination cellar door spaces of Lino Ramble, Sherrah and Bondar on McMurtrie Road are adding interest and texture to the conversation alongside their delicious drinks. Make a plan, get out there and celebrate. Chin chin! Note from the editor: Gill Gordon-Smith is one of the foremost wine educators in Australia. Her wine bar in Aldinga, Fall from Grace (FFG) has helped forge a path for young and boutique winemakers, offering a point of difference with a large selection of small producers and international wines. FFG is where winemakers go to drink because they know they will get something that will test their own ideas and make them strive to make even better wine.

Top left: Piper is a little human of the island with many interests and big ambitions. She loves her turtle Gary and shares her memories of a very special trip to Africa. Top right: Steven is a quadriplegic who lives on the remote western end of the island. He shares his struggles of isolated living, running a farming business and spending close to twenty hours in bed each day. Above left: Brooke talks about her feelings – about having two children and about losing her home in the Black Summer fires – acknowledging how societal expectations have put pressure on her emotional journey through both experiences.

People make a place: The Humans of Kangaroo Island Kangaroo Island is a tight-knit community of self-reliant people passionate about farming, food, art, animals, nature and sport. But even the tough can become daunted. Lurching from one tragedy to the next, the worldwide pandemic overwhelmed the recovery of an island that had already lost so much during the devastation of the Black Summer fires in early 2020. Touched personally by both tragedies, author Sabrina Davis started interviewing these hard-working and resilient people, capturing their reflections on their changing world, their childhood memories, their stories of their home countries and cultures, and their personal and poignant struggles. Initially shared through social media, this thoughtful book continues Sabrina’s project. In it, Kangaroo Islanders


of all ages reminisce about what makes their island home so special and why they can’t imagine living elsewhere. From the original soldier settlers to local firefighters, wise elders and doctors to young school students, these wonderful local humans give an insight into island life before and after the bushfires and amid a global virus. This is authentic storytelling at its best – raw and genuine – delving into the tragedies of life, the highs and lows experienced across generations, and the emotional aftermath following a natural disaster. Sabrina has already raised over $60,000 to help re-equip the island’s firefighters with personal protective clothing. The majority of the proceeds from this story collection will be donated to another community initiative, this time supporting the severely fire-affected Western Districts sport club. The money will go towards funding playground equipment during their rebuild. The coffee-table-style book will be available for sale on the project’s website on humansofkangarooisland.com as well as at many popular shop and café locations around the island, as listed on the website. An eBook version is also available.

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They started fermenting yoghurt and bread at home, while also encountering Korea’s great fermented side dish, kimchi, for the first time. It was the start of something which, over the next four years, would eventually result in their kombucha (fermented tea) brand, Gather Brewing.

WHO WE ARE: Rachel and Olivia Orchard

All in the mix

Story by Kate Le Gallez. Photograph by Heidi Lewis.

Prior to January 2020, few of us had much – if any – knowledge of Wuhan, China. Not so Rachel and Olivia Orchard. In November 2019, Rachel was in that very city, playing one of her final professional volleyball matches. After finishing up the season, Rachel, Olivia and their then fivemonth-old daughter, Mila, headed home to South Australia. A week later, Beijing was in lockdown. That exceptionally well-timed exit marked the end of one type of life – that saw them living in South Korea, London and China among other places – and the beginning of a new one making a permanent home on the Fleurieu, growing their family and brewing some excellent kombucha. Rachel and Olivia met in 2011 playing on Australia’s national volleyball team, which means they were both very good at a sport that barely gets noticed in Australia. Internationally, it’s a different story. Volleyball is the world’s second most played sport and in many European, Asian and South American countries there’s real money for professional women’s teams. At the time they met, Rachel was playing professionally in Italy, after leaving her Sunshine Coast home at age seventeen to attend college in America. Olivia studied accounting in Adelaide before working full time while playing on Australia’s national team. Their friendship developed over time as the team toured together twice or three times a year. As for their romantic connection: ‘We didn’t see it coming,’ says Olivia. ‘Looking back, it’s obvious there was something more going on, but we just didn’t pick up on it at the time.’ As they explain their relationship to me, it’s mapped out according to where in the world Rachel was playing. When they first got together: Poland. Long-distance relationship: Azerbaijan. First time living together: South Korea. ‘That was when we sort of went okay, if we’re going to make this work, I’ll go as well,’ continues Olivia. Their time in Korea during 2014 was important, not just for their personal relationship but for how it would shape their lives postvolleyball. ‘We found that all the bread and yoghurt we would buy 96

was full of sugar,’ explains Rachel. ‘Like not just had sugar in it, but was the sweetest thing you could ever have.’ They started fermenting yoghurt and bread at home, while also encountering Korea’s great fermented side dish, kimchi, for the first time. It was the start of something which, over the next four years, would eventually result in their kombucha (fermented tea) brand, Gather Brewing. After Korea, Rachel and Olivia based themselves in London for two years. Olivia picked up contract work, while Rachel continued to rotate between time in London and playing volleyball abroad. Her first season in China was short – only three months – leaving plenty of time for her fermentation experiments including, eventually, kombucha. ‘I never drank tea. So kombucha was the last fermented thing that I tried to make (of the non-alcoholic variety),’ Rachel laughs. With Rachel’s post-volleyball career plan becoming clearer, the couple decided it was also time to think about their geographical plan. On one fateful trip home, they found themselves housesitting in Port Willunga. While still based in London, they managed to find and buy an unpolished mid-century gem with expansive views over Linear Park. The house had immediate charm (and the odd quirk) but a renovation completed in June 2019 transformed it into a light-filled family home for Rachel, Olivia, Mila and baby Zoe, born in 2021. Among all this, Rachel and Olivia took up a lease at Adelaide-based food and beverage cooperative Squatter’s Collective, finding a home and a distribution network for Gather. The name speaks to the unusual mix of ingredients – experiential and edible – that led them to establish the business. It’s perhaps best explained by the story of how Rachel first sourced her tea. It was on a volleyball trip, of course, against a team in Yunnan Province coached by a known tea drinker. ‘This other coach took me to this hole in the wall, down inside an alley,’ recalls Rachel. ‘We just sat there for like two hours one day drinking tea. And then I had to go off to training.’ She still sources her tea directly. Volleyball plays a lesser role in their lives now both Rachel and Olivia are retired (although don’t write Rachel off from a Brisbane Olympics comeback). But the opportunities it’s offered the pair belie the sport’s almost non-existent reputation in Australia. While Gather Brewing may bottle up those experiences to be shared with all of us, the life that Olivia and Rachel have created for their family here on the south coast is itself a gathering of riches.

Above: Rachel (left) wears a Sugarhill Brighton Paola shirt dress and Olivia (right) wears a blue hemp t-shirt and Little Lies belted linen pant from Miss Gladys on Sea, Aldinga. 97


‘I could just sit and look out at that water all day long,’ Simon White enthuses. As managing director of Waternish, you could be forgiven for thinking he’s talking about another project completed by his water logistics company. But instead, it’s the ocean views from his Middleton home, which he shares with wife Kate White, that have captured his attention.

WHO WE ARE: Simon White

Going with the flow Story by Sam Marchetti. Photograph by Jason Porter.

While Waternish is now based a fortyminute drive away from Middleton in Lonsdale, its origins are much closer to home. After returning from World War I, Simon’s grandfather took up dairy farming on top of a hill in Victor Harbor. ‘It was called Waternish and it’s where my mum and uncle grew up,’ explains Simon. The farm is no longer in the family, but when Simon’s uncle, Lynn Fuller, started his own maintenance business in 1996, he sentimentally named it after the old family home. Growing up in Sheidow Park, Simon learnt a ‘good work ethic’ from Lynn, labouring for him from an early age. Lynn and Simon’s dad worked full-time jobs, while also moonlighting together on the weekends working on extensions. Simon began joining them from around age ten. Under Lynn’s leadership, Waternish’s business and reputation grew, expanding from a maintenance business into opportunities to undertake larger projects for SA Water. Simon attended the University of Adelaide, planning to gain experience away from the family business once he graduated. However in 2006, Lynn became unwell and Simon, aged just twentyfour, took over the running of Waternish. He describes their core business simply: making water run uphill and dirty water clean, but this explanation belies the complexity involved in their work. ‘We’re always looking to the future,’ he says. ‘As regional towns grow, so do our planning and delivery phases for the wastewater requirements they will need. We also focus on expanding and refurbishing existing water treatment plants to make them more sustainable by incorporating new and more efficient technologies, which also have an impact on cost effectiveness.’ Simon is also 98

invested in exploring the use of hydrogen as a renewable energy, saying, ‘It’s an opportunity to diversify while still working with water and being involved in an emerging industry in South Australia.’ Simon and his team have delivered water design and construction projects nationally, while also focusing on long-term program partnerships in South Australia. The business now employs a dedicated team of over forty including labourers, engineers and management staff, all as integral to Waternish’s success as each other. ‘Our engineering director, Kevin Yerrell, has worked with Waternish for about eleven years now, after he and Lynn met when Lynn built Kevin’s home for him,’ says Simon. ‘My mum helped Lynn with the bookkeeping in the early days of the business and is still involved today. It’s important to me that we not only have a successful and sustainable business but also a fulfilling work environment for our people.’ Evidence of this commitment is obvious when you arrive at the Waternish facilities; there’s not only a staff vegetable patch, but also a large mural of Lynn – their founder and ongoing inspiration – painted by local Indigenous artist Thomas Readett. They plan to add another four murals to the site, each painted by a different artist. Continuing their support for the arts, Waternish now sponsor the resident artist program at the State Theatre Company South Australia and have renewed their support for the Adelaide Festival in 2022. They’re also involved with Mates in Construction, an organisation committed to raising the standard of mental health and wellbeing in the construction industry. Describing these community commitments, Simon’s passion for the business is obvious. ‘I’ve made a lot of friends through Waternish and being a medium-sized family business, there are certain flexibilities and freedoms my job offers that wouldn’t be available in another role,’ he says. With Simon at the helm of this socially-minded local business, success keeps flowing.

Above: Simon wears a Thomson & Richards print shirt with a James Harper natural jacket and Thomson & Richards royal blue pants from Miss Gladys on Sea, Aldinga. 99


Above: Beatrice wears high waist hemp denim jeans and a Ridley white daisy top from Miss Gladys on Sea, Aldinga. 100

‘Scientists are amazing at figuring it all out, going through the data, giving us targets and roadmaps and telling us what we need to do,’ Bea says. ‘But they don’t necessarily have the same skill set that filmmakers, artists and singers do at exciting people and inspiring movement.’

WHO WE ARE: Beatrice Jeavons

Arts, science and sustainability Story by Poppy Fitzpatrick. Photograph by Heidi Lewis. The connection between scientific data, picturesque nature hikes and the arts may not be immediately obvious to most, but for Beatrice Jeavons these things are inherently intertwined. Forming an alliance between interests that are so often forced to compete, Bea seeks to create a space where they can all coexist – or better yet – band together for broader environmental action. Over the past six years Bea has bounced between contracts with Adelaide Festival, while also leading hikes with Big Heart Adventures in spectacular locations around the country. This rotation of work has allowed Bea to strike a fulfilling balance between her appreciation of the arts and deep love of nature. But her multifaceted interests know no bounds; her eyes sparkle with the same infectious ardour for complex climate change data as they do for live music or multi-day hikes. For Bea, none of these things are mutually exclusive. ‘Scientists are amazing at figuring it all out, going through the data, giving us targets and roadmaps and telling us what we need to do,’ Bea says. ‘But they don’t necessarily have the same skill set that filmmakers, artists and singers do at exciting people and inspiring movement.’ Bea found the perfect alignment of science, art and sustainability when she joined Off-Grid Living Festival as program manager in 2021 – and the Fleurieu’s own Utopian State in the same year – working hard to decarbonise these events. During her time at Adelaide Festival, Bea has also naturally gravitated towards their ambitious sustainability initiatives. Alongside its 60th anniversary in 2020, the major arts festival became the first of its kind in Australia to be certified carbon neutral. It was at the 2020 opening night party that Bea shared her enthusiasm for the environment with a very receptive Tim Minchin and his team, landing her the gig as sustainability consultant for his BACK 2021 Australia and New Zealand tour. With support from Green Nation – Live Nation Entertainment’s sustainable touring program – Bea, Tim and crew set to work discovering the various ways in which they could minimise the environmental impact of the tour. Beginning with the direct footprint of the crew, they implemented a ‘green rider’, which meant zero plastic bottles, only reusable or compostable packaging for catering and a focus on local, organic producers in each state. ‘They seem like small

things, but over the tour I calculated that’s over 3000 plastic bottles and 1000 plastic cutlery utensils saved,’ Bea says, her passion for data again shining through. Bea also sought to empower fans to be a part of the solution in their own cities. Patrons were encouraged to choose greener transport options wherever possible, merchandise was upcycled from unsold items in previous years, and each venue distributed a QR code printed on a plantable seed card, linking audiences to online resources relevant to climate action in their state. For the South Australian leg of the tour, Bea brought Tim and the team down to get their hands dirty at Lot 50 Kanyanyapilla (L50K) in McLaren Vale. Alongside land steward Gavin Malone and Senior Traditional Owner Karl Winda Telfer, the team planted 500 trees across the ancient Kaurna Meyunna campground. While a significant effort in offsetting their carbon emissions, the day also allowed the crew to work closely with First Nations people – which Bea acknowledges is an essential component to building a sustainable future. Although Bea is encountering often-uncharted territory between the Australian arts industry and the environment, she approaches the challenge with admirable gusto. This year, Bea has taken on the role of sustainability coordinator at Adelaide Festival and producer of their free event ‘Climate Crisis and The Arts’. Bringing together leading voices within the arts and sustainability space, various panels will explore and discuss how creativity can educate, inspire and mobilise climate action as we move forward into the next defining decade. With each new solution she discovers, Bea grows more excited about the power of collective action. For every festival-goer who brings their own drink bottle, travels via bike, or divests their superannuation from fossil fuels, Bea envisions a future where we can have maximum fun with minimal harm. Bea hopes she can tackle anything in the arts world – from encouraging major venues to switch to green power, to eliminating single-use plastic zip ties. While the overwhelming science of the climate crisis can be paralysing, with a little compassion and artistic packaging, audiences can be far more receptive to difficult messages. Bea fiercely believes in the power of storytelling and creativity as a vessel for change. ‘It’s important to be aware of the urgency,’ she says. ‘But it’s important to communicate that in a way that’s inspiring and collaborative.’


Above: Stills from 2021 award-winning films ‘Caring for Ngarrindjeri Sea Country and Caring for Meintangk Country’ (top) and ‘Fly’ (bottom).

Turning dreams into realities Returning for its sixth year, the Fleurieu Film Festival will once again showcase cinematic offerings from around Australia. The theme for the 2022 festival is ‘Dreams’, so expect an imaginative succession of images, ideas, emotions and sensations. The winning films will be shared on the big screen under the stars at the McLaren Vale and Fleurieu Coast Visitor Centre at the Gala Screening and Awards nIght in February 2022. Creative dreams will continue to be explored at a new event for the festival, a filmmakers’ workshop. ‘Filming the Fleurieu!’ is suitable for less-confident smartphone videographers of all ages. Attendees will have the opportunity to capture the beauty of our region under the guidance of experienced filmmakers and to learn some skills to create a short promotional video on their own smartphone.


Following a brief created by local tourism representatives, attendees will be asked to respond as if they are submitting a film for a tender from a tourism agency. They will be taken on a mystery bus tour to a selection of secret, beautiful and unique spots in the region. Several professional videographers will educate and guide everyone in the ways they can make their choice of shots striking and fresh. At the completion of the workshop, short-term access will be given to a smartphone editing tutorial. Attendees will have fourteen days to complete and submit their finished short film to the festival organisers, who together with the tourism representatives will choose a winner. The successful film will be shared on the festival website, given social media coverage and the winner will receive complimentary entry to the 2023 event. Fleurieu Film Festival 5 February 2022, Gala Screening Night McLaren Vale and Fleurieu Coast Visitor Centre 6 February 2022, ‘Filming the Fleurieu’ Departure location TBA, fleurieufilmfestival.com.au

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Celebrating two delicious decades of the Willunga Farmers Market Story by Poppy Fitzpatrick. Photography by Loki Hall.

Top left to bottom right: Farmers and producers from Piccolo Espresso, Willunga Plains Flowers, McCarthy’s Orchards, Matchett Productions, Gut Feeling, Two Hills & A Creek, Bull Creek Organics, Gina’s Kitchen & Field Berries and Lilyarra Artisan Cheese to name but a few ... 104

It’s been a while since my last visit to the Willunga Farmers Market (WFM). Arriving on this particularly sunny Saturday, I’m instantly regretful of all the mornings I’ve let pass me by.

Ian East from Gina’s Kitchen and Field Berries entices me with descriptions of ‘the best vanilla slice in the world,’ although it’s sadly absent from an almost sold-out table. ‘No, really. There was a vote and everything. It was just me, but I think that counts,’ he tells me with conviction, as he reveals one remaining slice and generously insists I take it.

I’m greeted first by a friendly volunteer, before joining an infectiously enthusiastic crowd, their grocery bags overflowing with greenery and beaming faces swaying to tunes from the Willunga Ukuleles.

Ian’s accolade is but one among many WFM has accumulated after twenty years of trading. In her nearly five years as General Manager, Jenni Mitton has seen WFM win an impressive list of awards, including Outstanding Farmers Market at the Delicious Produce Awards in both 2019 and 2021, and the SA Tourism Award for Excellence in Food Tourism in 2018 and 2019 – for which they’re also in the running this year. These came after numerous others received in earlier years, but true to its humble roots, the market has always found a way to feed its success back into the community that raised it.

It’s the familiarity of the market’s celebrated vibrant atmosphere that immediately draws me back in, despite the recent relocation to the Willunga High School from its previous home in the town square, and before that, the Alma car park where it all began in February 2002. In the lead up to WFM’s 20th birthday, it seems market-goers have embraced its evolution as best they can, perhaps even revelling in the slightly lazier pace permitted by the extra elbow room. Chair of the WFM board Pip Forrester pulls up a seat for me, a gesture followed soon after by a hand-delivered coffee from Rob at Piccolo Espresso. I quietly indulge in their hospitality while the pair argue payment across me, their down-to-earth energy bringing a comforting sense of shared community. It’s this feeling of belonging within the market that has kept so many coming back for over almost two decades – exceptional produce aside. WFM has meant various things to its supporters over the years. For some it’s a quick weekly grocery haul, for others a leisurely weekend event, and for many a central part of their livelihood. Whatever their reason for attending, patrons and traders are given an experience unparalleled by any supermarket, while their collective dedication allows the surrounding community to thrive. ‘We belong to the community – as a board and as stall holders – whether we like it or not, and that’s our secret to success,’ Pip says. As she guides me through the stalls, Pip introduces a never-ending list of vendors and shoppers. Chris Williams from Fleurieu Prime Alpaca emerges from his tent for a chat. For a niche product like alpaca meat, Chris says the WFM provides an invaluable weekly opportunity to connect directly with customers who’d otherwise never give his product a chance. ‘I get to break that barrier down,’ Chris says. ‘If I can get them here and get them to put something in their mouths, then we’re alright.’

Since 2014 WFM, with partnership support from the Hills and Fleurieu Landscape Board, has boosted seven new producers with a $15,000 Young Farmers Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to encourage farming on the Fleurieu Peninsula by an emerging business, preserving a proud history of successful agricultural production in the region. The first recipients were The Garden Farmers who, seven years later, remain regular traders at the markets serving their popular cold-pressed juices. The community continues to welcome buyers and producers both old and new with open arms. Some, like Matchett’s and Bickleigh Vale Farm, have been a core part of WFM for well over a decade, while newcomers like Sunny Bunch Co. only began trading this year. No matter who comes and goes, it seems all are bound by a shared adoration for everything the Fleurieu has to offer. In the past few years, the market has encountered some of its most significant challenges to date, but Jenni says the flexibility of the market community and the willingness of volunteers to help keep it running every week has been immensely rewarding to observe. ‘The market plays such an important role on the Fleurieu when it comes to food, social connection and tourism and I feel very grateful to be part of that,’ Jenni says. After twenty wonderful years, Willunga Farmers Market has certainly earned its place as the beating heart of all that is right with our region – and its pulse only grows stronger with every passing year.

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This summer, artists Victor Waclawik and Samuel Mulcahy are taking over the atrium of the Signal Point Gallery with their installation ‘Reclaim’. Investigating recycled material, the artists explore the concept of nature reclaiming the vacated anthropocentric realm during the pandemic. Daily 10am – 4pm 1 December 2021 – 9 Jan 2022

The photo was taken by Deb Saunders at Clayton Bay on a very windy ‘Blowvember’ evening. 106

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DEB SAUNDERS Relationships of all kinds are important to Deb, and this is what makes her photography so special. She captures the special moments with your loved ones and the interactions that may be fleeting, but become your memories to last a lifetime and beyond. Whether it’s your wedding day, a tiny new life, a celebratory event or an up-todate family portrait, you can count on Deb for an easy, natural and fun process. debsaundersphotography.com.au

EVEBUD BLOOMS Evebud Blooms is a boutique botanical business owned and run by artisan Evie Harrison. Evie creates stunning botanical arrangements for weddings and other special events from simple, seasonal bouquets to dramatic bridal arrangements including arbors, altar installations and table centrepieces. She also hosts workshops. Offering specialised styling and creative concepts, her style evokes the feeling of untamed, thoughtful and romantic pieces of art. Evebud Blooms always holds their clients’ experience as the highest priority. @evebud · evebudblooms@gmail.com evebud.com

SHE SEWS She Sews specialises in made-to-measure bridal and evening wear. Megan offers no-obligation quotes on creating an individual dress or outfit that fits perfectly and reflects your style. She Sews offers an extensive range of lace, silk, wool and satin fabrics. Megan will also tailor your ‘off the rack’ gown, and offers made-to-measure alterations for bridesmaids, mother of the bride and men’s suits. shesews.com.au

ROLLO At one time or another, most brides consider styling their own hair and makeup. However, there’s no substitute for being pampered by a professional who has the skills, products and tools to tame your mane and freshen your face on your special day. Well-styled hair and professionally applied makeup ensure you and your bridal party are glowing all day and all night, in any weather. Let the creative team at Rollo take care of these details. All you need to do is relax and sip champagne. @rollofactory9 · 0437 904 542

TIPI LANE Glowing tipis. Glittering lights. The home of beautiful events. What could be more romantic than saying ‘I do’ in one of Tipi Lane’s magical giant tipis? Unique, rustic and ethereal, these beautiful tents offer a unique and unforgettable experience for you and your guests. Founders Cherie and Trevor love helping their clients to create memorable weddings through their warm and professional manner. Tipi Lane is located in McLaren Vale and partners with many stunning Fleurieu venues for you to choose from. tipilane.com.au · info@tipilane.com.au 0400 296 170


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We are very pleased to present the second

FLM portraiture series


We asked Fleurieu-based high-school students to submit original photographs capturing an emotion, a story or create a document of a place and time. The portraits could be studio-based, environmental, candid or self-portraits.

Page left: Portrait by Lily Dawn Powell. Above left: ‘Eve’. Above right: ‘Emily’ by Jack McArdle.

Lily Dawn Powell, 17, Encounter Lutheran Through this portrait I intended to accentuate the impacts of cultural stereotypes and their influence on immigrants’ ability to belong in their communities. These portraits display the uniqueness, individuality and beauty of the subject who is often overlooked.

Jack McArdle, 17, Investigator College Eve: This is an environmental portrait of my younger sister, Eve. I used vignetting and the harsh evening light to my advantage, allowing for the flower to provide a shadow over her face and create a more contrasting and interesting portrait. Emily: This is a portrait with one of my close friends Emily as the main subject. I wanted the portrait to replicate a vibrant 1960s advertisement. The image is taken in the hillside of Yankalilla amongst the Salvation Jane. > 113


This year’s students have shown maturity in their choice and execution of concepts and techniques. Some are thought provoking, some are fun. All are a wonderful reflection of youth and budding talent.

Above: Both images from the series ‘Solar’.

Joel Maung, 18, Tatachilla Lutheran College From the series ‘Solar’: I took the following photos to study and highlight the way that light interacts with nature and people. I was really interested in the way trees and other flora create such amazing patterns and spots of sun. I wanted the lighting in


these photographs to make audiences feel a sense of tranquility and nostalgia. The models I chose were friends who have often expressed their interest in the world around them and always appreciate the smaller moments in life.

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What to buy, where to buy it In this season of giving, embrace the opportunity to shop local and support independent retailers. Each of these featured businesses takes time and care to stock unique items: handmade, sustainable, Australian-made, colourful, fun, luxurious. Enjoy our curated selection – perfect for summer celebrations and relaxation.

Celebration Top row left to right: Green shell purse, pink pom pom napkins, raffia placemats and coasters – Coco & Raj. Yusei eau de parfum – Valley of Yore. Black Blaze pillar candles – Charlie & Jack. Resin & gold dangle earrings – sejour club. Kinney top, woven belt and Rolla’s shorts complemented by eb&ive green bead necklace and urban bangle set – Gorgeous Soles. Middle row left to right: Lemon napkins – Coco & Raj. Bubbly cocktail book, Clinq hand-blown martini glasses – Kookery. Embroidered purse – Coco & Raj. Bottom row: Clinq mixology kit, Varci premium tonic syrup – Kookery. Your Wild Celebration book and Luxe Lip Trio – Sage House. EOS yellow mules – Gorgeous Soles.


Selections sourced from Charlie & Jack (Victor Harbor), Coco & Raj (Willunga), Fleurieu Arthouse (McLaren Vale), Gorgeous Soles (McLaren Vale), Hither & Yon (Willunga), Kookery (Willunga), Sage House (Aldinga), sejour club (Willunga), Surf Esteem (Aldinga Central) and Valley of Yore (Myponga). Photos by Jason Porter. Styled by Liza Reynolds.

Top row left to right: Sheer kimono with woven belt – sejour club. Meg Caslake and David Pedler glass bowls – Fleurieu Arthouse. Yellow Bird clutch – Fleurieu Arthouse. Ripcurl bikini, Volcom bucket hat and Roxy raffia bag – Surf Esteem. Bottom row: Yellow beaded necklace – sejour club. 2017 Anglianico and 2021 Anglianico Rose – Hither & Yon. Gold bead and black rubber necklace and bracelet – sejour club. Leif travel essentials pack – Charlie & Jack. Wild jasmine & oolong etikette candle and Magnolia Table book – Sage House.



What to buy, where to buy it Selections sourced from Fleurieu Arthouse (McLaren Vale), Hither & Yon (Willunga), Sage House (Aldinga), Surf Esteem (Aldinga Central), Valley of Yore (Myponga) and Charlie & Jack (Victor Harbor).

Relaxation Top row: Globe Chromatic Cruiser skateboard – Surf Esteem. Pony Rider beach towel – Valley of Yore. Fallen Broken Street fedora, Pons sandals – Valley of Yore. Meg Caslake and David Pedler hand-cast glass wave – Fleurieu Arthouse. We the Wild plant care kit – Charlie & Jack. Sage x Clare pillow – Sage House. Bottom row: Prosecco – Hither & Yon. Hurley hybrid shorts and Quiksilver hemp men’s collared shirt – Surf Esteem. Once Was Lost cotton throw – Valley of Yore. Sabbia Co cleanse and tone kit – Charlie & Jack.


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Shake it up this summer With the summer holidays on their way and FLM’s 10th anniversary upon us, we’re in the mood to celebrate. And with over 100 cellar doors located here on the peninsula, we think it’s time to shake things up a bit (pun intended) and find a new way to delight in our local wines. We asked Alex Marchetti (aka Ginnings) from The Salopian Inn to experiment with some

Drinks mixed by Alex Marchetti. Photography by Jason Porter. Styling by Liza Reynolds.




After a long lunch or decadent dinner, this cocktail is not only refreshing but may also help to relax your stomach.

As we get ready to enjoy the Santos Festival of Cycling, the Biciletta is a perfect pre-race watching drink. This aperitif is drier and shorter than the Aperol Spritz.

To create this twist on the classic Spanish cocktail, use a smooth, full-fruit wine with a bit of body to create a balanced drink. Enjoy in a wine glass or multiply the recipe and fill a large punch bowl.

Ingredients 100ml Lake Breeze Moscato 30ml Salopian Summer Gin 2 scoop Lemon Sorbet Lemon zest for garnish Blend all ingredients in a blender and serve in a champagne flute.

Ingredients 90ml Yangarra Blanc 2021 45ml Campari 2 dash Orange Bitters Soda Water Orange slice for garnish Pour all ingredients into a highball glass filled with ice and stir. Garnish with an orange slice.

Ingredients Dandelion Vineyards Lion’s Tooth of McLaren Vale Shiraz/Riesling 2020 30ml Never Never Ginache Gin 15ml Sugar Syrup 5ml Lemon Juice 2 dash Peychauds Bitters 30ml Lemonade Orange slice for garnish Pour all ingredients (except wine) into an icefilled wine glass, then fill the remainder of the glass with the wine and stir well. Finish with an orange slice for garnish.


of our favourite wines from across the region and design a cocktail menu we can serve all summer long. ‘Having the Salopian kitchen garden to choose ingredients from certainly makes the process of creating these cocktails simpler,’ says Alex. ‘However anyone should be able to make these cocktails easily at home.’ Challenge accepted.

Pink Sherbet

Mimosa 75

Aperol Spritz

Make this in a large punch bowl or serve in a highball glass and enjoy at an afternoon barbeque.

Best drunk on a Sunday morning with brunch, this is Alex’s cross between two classic cocktails: the French 75 and a mimosa.

This classic Venetian cocktail is perfect on a hot summer’s day.

Ingredients 90ml Samson Tall Grenache Rose 2021 30ml Never Never Fancy Fruit Cup Sparkling Pink Grapefruit Soft Drink Orange slice for garnish Mint for garnish Cucumber slice for garnish Lime slice for garnish Half fill a highball glass with ice, add all the garnishes and top with ice. Pour in the rose and Fancy Fruit Cup and fill the remainder of the glass with the pink grapefruit soft drink.

Ingredients 125ml Spring Seed Gypsy Blanc de Blancs Nv 30ml Settlers Pink Gin 30ml Orange Juice 10ml Sugar Syrup 2 dash Orange Bitters Orange zest for garnish Shake all ingredients except the sparkling wine in an ice-filled cocktail shaker or sealed heavy glass jar. Double strain into a champagne flute and top with the sparkling wine. Garnish with the orange zest.

Ingredients 125ml Coriole Prosecco Nv 45ml Aperol Dash of Soda Water Orange slice for garnish Olive for garnish Pour all ingredients into a wine glass filled with ice and stir well. Garnish with the orange slice and an olive on a cocktail pick or toothpick. If you have a shrub in your cupboard, add a teaspoon to add an extra dimension to your cocktail. A shrub is a mix of vinegar and sugar syrup and can be flavoured with anything you wish, from lime or orange zest to ginger or honey.




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Celebrating Willunga Basin Story by Margret Keath. Photograph by Jason Porter.

Above: Looking out to the Willunga Basin from the Hart Road Wetland.

When our young family first crested the rise along Victor Harbor Road from the north and gazed down into the Southern Vales, the diversity that greeted us conjured images of a promised land. A patchwork vision of pasture, woodlands, cereal crops, almond orchards and settlements was held securely by the rolling undulations of Willunga Escarpment easing to the glimmer of gulf waters in the west. Thirty-six years on and the view over Willunga Basin, from any angle, still makes my heart lift. But it could easily have been otherwise. I remember a warning letter in the local rag from a southern suburbs resident who wrote lovingly of the creeks, almond orchards and ancient redgums that he’d taken for granted until they were inexorably paved over. He would be gratified to know that the Willunga Basin has attracted plenty of people alive to the necessity for protection of the natural environment. Those individuals with vision, a willingness to act


and a talent for collaboration are to thank for the natural diversity of the Basin today. A group I turned to, Friends of Willunga Basin (FOWB), evolved from a coalition formed to oppose a marina at Silver Sands. We have them to thank for the gloriously uninterrupted stretch of beach and, ultimately, for the protection of the ephemeral wetlands of the Aldinga Washpool. It’s taken many years of advocacy by another coalition of local and Indigenous groups to finally achieve the declaration of a new conservation park. The Park links the Aldinga Scrub with the Washpool and adjoining land that could so easily have been sold for housing. ‘From the start, FOWB was concerned with preventing urban sprawl and the idea of a mega city stretching south,’ David Gill, a founding member of FOWB, tells me. ‘At this time, the community was divided on future choices…There was pressure for development by land speculators and state government population projections assumed that the Willunga Basin would eventually be urbanised. However, the community elected environmentally aware members to the then Willunga Council who helped to change the focus. The Council engaged in a strategic planning process which made a case for conserving land within the Basin.’

Even so, large parcels of land had already been bought for future development along the coast. ‘In the 1990s, the Sunday Estate at Aldinga attracted a lot of opposition, particularly from FOWB. But when it was clear that it was going ahead, FOWB lodged applications for development amendments even though there was no allowance or legal requirement for community feedback at that time,’ David continues. Various design improvements were negotiated including, most importantly, a buffer from the Aldinga Scrub. Concern for hydrology and the effect of increased runoff on the reef resulted in the creation of the Hart Road Wetlands, now a beautiful community asset built and maintained by the Onkaparinga Council. After 27 years on the executive of FOWB, David sees the achievement of legislative protection for a large area of the Basin as the most memorable and enduring legacy of the group so far. The result is permanent protection of town boundaries east of South Road and restrictions on subdividing agricultural land in the Basin. Members of FOWB collaborated with other groups, including Grape Wine and Tourism, the Willunga Farmers Market, Friends of Port Willunga and Aldinga Bay Residents Association, together with Council and with politicians to achieve this milestone. West of South Road, the land now part of the new conservation park, as well as land on Bowering Hill Road, were added to the protected zone.

Whereas the Willunga Basin stretches all the way to the Coast, the protected area stops largely at South Road leaving room for further housing developments to be approved. No doubt these developments will continue to be contentious, but they also offer exciting opportunities for architecture and urban design to enhance the environment of the Basin, particularly with a continuing strong community focus on sustainability. New FOWB members will have no end of fruitful issues to engage with. Meanwhile, across the Basin, the ‘achingly beautiful’ bald hills of the escarpment have been transformed by the visionary planting efforts of land holders in Willunga Hillsface Landcare. Current groups dedicated to restoring biodiversity and tree cover attract eager handson supporters on regular planting weekends. The gulf waters are still free to roll in along unimpeded stretches of beach and the ephemeral wetlands of the Aldinga Washpool link up with the Aldinga Scrub. Agricultural land in the Willunga Basin has been protected and the Willunga Farmers Market provides an outlet for growers. While grape vines now predominate, ancient trees still stand. The Willunga Basin may not actually be the land of milk and honey – after all it still has many feral olives to remove, creek lines to restore and ongoing debates about appropriate development – but it’s definitely worth celebrating. And worth fighting for. 125

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Being Social: Dinner with Verdi at Our Place Willunga Hill On 23 July, guests at Our Place Willunga Hill were treated to ‘Dinner with Verdi’. Hosted by Big Sing McLaren Vale and Andy Clappis, the Giuseppe Verdi Requiem was complemented by a three-course dinner and local wines. All money raised went towards the Big Sing Verdi Requiem held at Tatachilla Lutheran College.







Being Social: FLM Spring Launch at De Groot Coffee Co We were very lucky to gather at De Groot’s Coffee Co at Port Elliot for the spring issue launch of FLM on 9 September. Great people, food and drink including pizza from Harborganics and fine local wines were enjoyed by all.







01. Jo Pike and Paul Henning. 02. Penny and Bob Davis. 03. Peter and Carolyn Colling. 04. Cate and Nick Foskett. 05. Melinda Parent, Amanda Vanstone and Graeme Koehne. 06. Marc Colquhoun, Lou Dawes with opera singers Samantha Rubenhold and Bob England. 07. Brennan Galley and Steve Albrechtsen. 08. Sam and Heidi Lewis. 09. Sven and Kelly Golding. 10. Holly Wyatt and Bernadette Stack. 11. Matt and Kelly Smith with Kate Mugridge-Dinh and Tyson Crosby. 12. Grace and Kylea Hartley. 128

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Out and about with FLM: We consider ourselves lucky to live in this community. These photographs celebrate both the community and connections we have.









01. Sarah And Mikki at beaches, Port Elliot. 02. Holly and Nicki at Goodness Coffee, Aldinga. 03. Petra and Ynys at Goodness Coffee, Aldinga. 04. Charlotte and Lauren at Lauren Weir Gallery, Port Elliot. 05. Jess and Velvet with their children at the Willunga Farmers Market. 06. Jane, Styx and Lucy at De Groot Coffee, Port Elliot. 07. Lenny in the CFS firetruck. 08. Julie and Mia at Connect Victor, Victor Harbor. 132


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