Fleurieu Living Magazine Winter 2021

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Key Personnel Petra de Mooy Petra has always loved, art, design, photography and words. Combining all of these into a career has been the fulfillment of these interests. She loves working with all of the creatives on the Fleurieu to showcase the best the region has to offer. 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 Poppy Fitzpatrick With a background in journalism, photography and film, Poppy thrives in the creative space where words and visuals meet. Despite relocating to the city, it seems she can’t quite resist the pull of the region as the kilometres on her car might suggest. As a sixth generation Fleurieu-dweller, it’s safe to say that the food, wine, hills and coast have made their mark on her life’s direction.

Olivia Wells Olivia is a first-time contributor to Fleurieu Living Magazine. She’s worked in community development, research and writing for many years and loves nothing more than the chance to bring all these interests together by writing about community projects and art ventures. When not paddling out to her next wave as an enthusiastic novice surfer, Olivia can be found in her garden or hanging out with her dog, Millie.

Publisher Information Lucy Temme and Rachel Evans In 2016, innovative duo Lucy Temme and Rachel Evans combined forces to form Hygge Studio – a creative studio specialising in telling stories through events and aesthetic details. Their team of creatives takes care of all things events and styling, from graphics, floristry and lighting, to on-site management, custom design and hire. Lucy and Rachel can be found at Hygge Atrium, their bespoke venue for hire and workshops, and also – lucky them – their inspirational office by day.

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 Liza Reynolds liza@fleurieuliving.com.au GRAPHIC DESIGNER AND CREATIVE DIRECTOR Jason Porter jason@fleurieuliving.com.au

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COVER FEATURE Building character at Mt Beare.

DESTINATION FEATURE Explore Strathalbyn (with illustrated pull-out map).

FRONT COVER PHOTO by Jason Porter. Styling by Hygge Studio.



78 Totally local: Platter perfect and 100% sourced from the Willunga Farmers Market 86 Uncorked: Wine reviews by the award-winning Gill Gordon-Smith

68 Bryson Fredericks – celebrating 50 years of Adelaide Fuel 26 Wild storyteller Karen Wyld 34 Circling the square with Karl Telfer

FESTIVALS & EVENTS 10 Diary dates to keep you busy this winter 09 FLM is turning ten! Something to celebrate


24 New growth at Kristy Robertshaw’s Charlie & Jack 50 Dani Austin and Sam Ryan – Folk of All Trades 88 Remembering Jeffrey Mostyn How 64 Going Local at Christies Beach




DESTINATION FEATURE Island Escapes – Kangaroo Island.

HOME FEATURE Boathaven at Second Valley.

WINTER ACTIVITY FEATURE Baby, it’s cold outside – but not too cold to enjoy these Fleurieu locales.




90 Great winter reads by Mark Laurie of South Seas Books at Port Elliot

38 Haus Stoneware by Ailish Nienhaus

98 Arielle Bridges and Jarrod Kellock, 23 January 2021, The Vine Shed, McLaren Vale


72 A space for all at 141 Main Road, McLaren Vale

36 Better outcomes for mums

66 What to buy: Where to buy it

54 Obsessive visionary Kurt Bosecke

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Top: One of the many beautiful homes designed and built by South Coast Constructions. Bottom left: Fleurieu Milk Directors Barry and Merride Clarke, Chris and Karen Royans and Geoff and Louise Hutchinson. Bottom right: Miss Gladys on Sea, Aldinga – one of the many businesses using the gosouthgolocal hashtag.

Something to celebrate

In 2021 Fleurieu Living Magazine will reach a big milestone – TEN years in business. But rather than just blowing our own horns, we want to celebrate some of those who have helped us get here. South Coast Constructions – Longevity and awardwinning service Started in 1988 by Allan and Kathy Davis, South Coast Constructions has come a long way since the days of handwritten records and fax machines. Alongside its numerous stunning homes across the Fleurieu Peninsula and beyond, the company has also built a well-respected reputation. South Coast Constructions uphold a high level of integrity that’s consistently reflected in the quality of their projects, whether they be million-dollar homes, or those from their affordable Lifestyle Collection. Their impressive collection of industry accolades is a testament to their attention to detail, quality of workmanship and customer service experience. The company’s work sites have become recognisable to all those who now know them as a leading builder on the South Coast.

Fleurieu Milk Company – Celebrating fifteen years It’s hard to remember a time when our fridges weren’t stocked with the familiar rainbow of Fleurieu Milk Company products. Whether enjoying your morning muesli with a decadent glob of Greek yoghurt, or fueling the afternoon school pick-up with a velvety choccy milk, this locally owned and run company has become a central part of our lives on the Fleurieu. Now celebrating fifteen years of business, the three founding families can reflect on just how far the company has come from its beginnings as a simple idea in 2006. Sourcing milk from numerous dairies across the Fleurieu has provided security to over fifty farming families, while ensuring the highest quality local dairy products end up on our kitchen tables. So, next time you’re enjoying a smooth, creamy Fleurieu Milk cappuccino, raise your mug to many years of a job well done – here’s to another fifteen. Go South Go Local – Celebrating and supporting local business City of Onkaparinga’s Go South Go Local campaign will celebrate its first anniversary in August. It also recently chalked up its 10,000th post on Instagram using the GoSouthGoLocal hashtag. Launched in 2020 with the goal of helping Onkaparinga’s small businesses recover and grow through the pandemic, the campaign has been a great success. Keep an eye out for the branded stickers and shelf wobblers in hundreds of shop fronts throughout the Onkaparinga region. 9


Winter Diary Dates MARKETS: Willunga Farmers Market Willunga Town Square 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. 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, mornings until 1pm 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 Markets 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. Penneshaw Mid-Winter Market Penneshaw Hall July 4, 9am – 1pm This market brings together the KI Farmers Market and the KI Community Market. Have brunch and enjoy Kangaroo Island’s top produce with a great village atmosphere. For discounted market ferry fares, visit sealink.com.au. Strathalbyn Markets 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.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the unpredictable nature of COVID-19, all events and details listed below are current at the time of printing but are subject to change or cancellation at any time. Please check for any updated information at the time of the event.

FESTIVALS AND EVENTS: JUNE Cooking Demonstration with The Greek Vegetarian: Simple, easy soups The General Wine Bar & Kitchen June 2, 6.30pm – 8.30pm Come along for an afternoon of learning and feasting with Helen the Greek Vegetarian. Sip on Zonte’s Footstep wine while Helen demonstrates how to make simple, easy soups that you get to sample and enjoy. $59 per person. Winter Chills Serafino Wines June 4 and June 25, 6pm – 10pm Bummed summer is over? Not into hibernating all winter? Venture to Winter Chills and enjoy live music from Graham Lawrence and Dylan Smith, indulge in delicious Italian street food, plus more on the Serafino deck. The warm fire pits will be up and running, so don’t forget the marshmallows. It’s the perfect excuse to get friends and family together. Bookings essential, available online. The Overwintering Project – The Bigger Picture Signal Point Gallery, Goolwa Wharf Precinct June 4 – July 4, 10am – 4pm A print-based exhibition curated by Bittondi Printmakers, The Bigger Picture is a South Australian perspective on the Overwintering Project, an Australia-wide series of exhibitions and regional activities that celebrate the miraculous journeys of migratory shore birds. Bittondi Printmakers Association Inc widens the focus by considering the changing environments that these birds encounter due to climate change, industrial development and agricultural practice, with particular reference to the South Australian coast and its specific local issues. John Lacey – Solo Exhibition The Strand Gallery, Port Elliot June 12 – August 1 This winter the Strand Gallery will be exhibiting a solo show by John Lacey titled ‘Expressive Depth of Field’. The exhibition presents new work featuring land and seascape interpretations in oil from the Fleurieu Peninsula and Kangaroo Island, all painted with the passion and feeling acquired from living in this environment.

Day Dance Simon Hackett Winery and Woodstock Winery June 13, Day Session: 10.30am – 1.30pm, Dance Session: 2pm – 5pm A collaboration between Simon Hackett Winery and Woodstock Winery with live music in the morning, and DJs and dancing in the afternoon. Featuring sets by Tom West, Timberwolf, The Wanderers, Ollie English, A.P D’Antonio, Georgia Germein. One ticket gives you access to both wineries, including food trucks, colourful decor, great wine, and plenty of wet weather cover! Tickets available at daydance.com.au. Yankalilla Acoustic Evening Yankalilla Show Grounds Third Saturday of each month, 7pm – 11pm Part of the Yankalilla District Community Cultural Arts Network Incorporate, featuring folk, blues, roots, country and more! The acoustic music rule is: if the power stops, the music doesn’t. Instruments must be playable without electricity. Entry is by gold coin donation per person. Free camping is available. Bring your own drinks and nibbles. Artist in Residence Exhibitions Sauerbier House, Port Noarlunga June 26 – July 31 Artists will be exhibiting their work produced during residencies from March through to June. Visual artist Emiko Artemis examines the intersection of bodily movement and space through photography and video installation. Wes Maselli will explore a variety of mnemonics (memory devices), including the creation of a ‘local landmark’ memory palace, montaging digital drawing with photography. Kids Community Market Fleurieu Coast Visitor Centre, Yankalilla June 27 Support the next generation of leaders at this market which encourages school age children to grow their skills, creativity and imagination in the marketplace. Be inspired by the skills, creativity and imagination of these young entrepreneurs.

JULY Zonte’s Footstep Winemaker’s Table – Shirazmataz! The General Wine Bar & Kitchen July 14 6.30pm – 9.30pm Come along to Zonte’s Footstep to join winemaker Brad Rey on a journey through the regions of South Australian shiraz with hearty dishes lovingly prepared by Helen Korakianitis, our ‘foodie in residence’. The guided wine pairings will surprise your taste buds and stimulate an evening of talking, learning and enjoying all things food and wine. Seats are limited to 24 people to keep it intimate. >



Tirkandi – Culture, Connection and Country Gemtree Eco-trail Saturday July 17 from 10am – 1pm, Saturday 16 October from 4pm – 7pm (twilight – daylight savings) Gemtree Wines is honoured to partner with Senior Cultural Custodian, Karl Winda Telfer of Yellaka to share ‘Tirkandi – Culture, Connection and Country’. Set among the native gum trees of the Gemtree Eco-trail, Karl will share his knowledge as he takes you on an inspiring journey connecting with culture and country. Your experience will continue at the Gemtree Tasting Room as you sample some of their finest wines. Gemtree’s wines are certified organic and biodynamic, a reflection of the soil from which they came. Karl is a designer, artist, educator and co-founder of ‘Yellaka’, from the Kaurna word meaning ‘Old Wisdom, New Ways’. Karl’s initiative is dedicated to keeping young people strong in culture and identity through cultural teachings and learnings. Each session is limited to 20 people. Tickets available online: $110 per person.

AUGUST SALA Festival Various venues across SA August 1 – 31 The SALA Festival is the largest and most innovative communitybased, visual arts festival in Australia. Thousands of artists exhibit in hundreds of venues throughout metropolitan and regional South Australia, and you can immerse yourself in their talent at a range of Fleurieu events. Check the website for details and page 58 of the program for details of all the Fleurieu-based events. salafestival.com Langhorne Creek Cellar Treasures Weekend 54 Bridge Road, Langhorne Creek August 14 – 15


Willunga Almond Blossom Festival Willunga Recreation Park Saturday July 24, 11am – 9pm and Sunday July 25, 10am – 4pm This iconic community fundraiser is back once again to provide endless family-friendly fun over the last weekend of July, raising money for the Willunga Recreation Park. Join the fun around Willunga oval with two jam-packed days of activities. Be entertained by circus performers, pet the animals, shop at market stalls, ride the ponies and camels, jump on show rides and sing along with local musicians. Enjoy the Fleurieu’s oldest firework display under the stars from 7pm on Saturday night. Discover local almonds with ‘Meet the Growers’ sessions and get involved with the annual Almond Cracking Competition on Sunday. Fill up at a delicious range of food, wine and beer stalls. Whether you want to indulge in some classic ‘carnie’ grub, wood-fired pizza, burgers, simple healthy snacks or Asian dishes, this festival has it all. Tickets available trybooking.com/BQJLW. Adults: $10, Concession/Students: $5, Family Pass (up to 4 children): $25, Children under 5: free entry.

Across two days, wineries throughout Langhorne Creek delve into their cellars to show you their rare and museum wines for you to taste alongside current vintages. There is something for everyone whether it’s a four-course dinner and wine pairing, tastings with the region’s winemakers, winery tours, or food trucks and live music. For more details visit langhornecreek.com Strathalbyn Antique Fair and Treasure Market August 14 – 15 This event showcases a wide variety of stall holders and their treasures. Find antiques, glassware, furniture, textiles, ceramics, toys and more at the Town Hall and other venues across the weekend. With a giant treasure market at the Showgrounds Oval on Sunday, there’s all sorts of bargains to be found!

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Welcome to FLM From the FLM team Is the Fleurieu landscape ever more beautiful than in the soft light of autumn? The gentler weather has transformed the hills from gold to green, while the vine leaves glow auburn. Those on the south coast saw the swell go wild – or so we heard from the surfers. This time last year as the world shut down, we didn’t know if we’d be producing a magazine. A year on, the incredible support of the community keeps us going and we’re eyeing our tenth year of telling the Fleurieu’s stories. As we contemplate another winter of staying put, we couldn’t think of anywhere better to do so. Stay warm this winter and indulge in the many indoor and outdoor activities the region has to offer. We hope you enjoy issue number 37. Team FLM.

From our readers Hi Petra, You, Jake and the team did an amazing job on the latest FLM. It’s always good of course, but I really liked this issue’s particularly creative photo editorials (jetty jumping, retro ladies [hot]), the articles on Mango, Beau and Anita, and the general feeling of ‘yay, the Fleurieu is still amazing and we will flourish in a post-COVID world!’ I know it must take so much work to keep it all cooking. Props to you guys for what you bring to our amazing part of the world. Thanks, Ynys Onsman

Thank you for the fabulous Autumn Fair feature and the brand culture feature. We are very grateful and feel blessed to be a part of your beautiful magazine. Have a fabulous day. Warm regards, Elle Summers Willunga Waldorf School Congratulations to the Fleurieu Living Team for (almost) 10 years of showcasing the fabulous Fleurieu. Social media is often seen as the default place to hunt for new venues and events. However, there is nothing better than real stories and images that can be accessed and read slowly over time. I find myself going back to old editions which seem new again. There is no doubt we are spoilt for choice on the Fleurieu. Kudos also for the features on the Willunga Waldorf Fair, a Willunga institution sadly missed last year due to COVID-19. Looking forward to future editions and the always delightful photography. Jenny Esots Dear Jason, Just reading Fleurieu Living brought over to Sydney by mum. Wow! So, so good – congratulations! Takes me back to the (Sydney) Magazine I used to work for with some of the ideas and executions. Love! What a wonderful life. And your photography is so good. Lisa H

Below: The very recognisable tree-lined stretch along the coast at Lady Bay. Photo by @fly_the_fleurieu.


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Page left and above: The Woolshed at Mt Beare. Created with hard work, ingenuity, thoughtfulness and skill.

There’s a certain character trait shared by many Australian farmers, a particular brand of pragmatism that could be summarised as: ‘make do.’ Farmers are masters of improvisation, working with what they’ve got and never throwing anything away (because you never know when you might need it). The everyday realities of farming life are polished to a shine by nostalgia, positioning the artefacts of this life – like the classic shearing shed – firmly within the Australian imagination.

This combination of real life and romance is perhaps what draws us, both city and regional folk alike, back to the farm. We feel relaxed in the handsome and rustic surrounds and so we seek out these places to celebrate our most important events. Nowhere is this more breathtakingly evident than at Mt Beare Station, just a few turns along a dirt road outside Mount Compass. Together, property owner Ian Bromell and his close mate, retired farmer Kym Denver, have built their version of the great Australian woolshed, not merely from the authentic materials of shearing sheds past, but from the stories and folklore that go along with them. And now Ian and wife Jane are inviting others to come and share in what’s been created. ‘Everything’s come from somewhere,’ Ian muses, standing on the terrace at the shed’s entry, which looks out across the gentle slope down to the lake. It’s a mantra he repeats several times during our conversation as he points out various features. First, the hanging > 17


Page left: The ‘gin bar’ sits in the recreated sheep pen area. Above left: The styling and floristry by Hygge Studio brings the main hall of the venue to life. Above right: Old lanterns, hats and other findings have been salvaged and now bring nostalgia to the many character filled corners of Mt Beare.

planters filled with succulents built from circular turntables that formed part of the steering mechanism in bullock wagons. Next are the feed troughs overflowing with blue chalksticks that border the paved terrace. An open, vaulted roofline is constructed from steel repurposed from Nissen huts that were first designed for army use in World War II. Come spring, wisteria will be blooming overhead but for now the glory vine is showing off its bright red leaves in its annual autumn show, thanks to Jane’s green thumb. The property was initially bought by Ian and Jane in 2004 as a city escape, and is now their fulltime home. Ian always wanted to add a shed, but planning only began in earnest three years ago with the intention that daughter Billie would be the first to use the new shed as a wedding venue. The wedding was planned for 2020 but COVID, unfortunately, had other ideas. With Billie and her partner now expecting their first baby in July (and taking up residence next door after the adjoining property came up for sale), the shed will instead begin welcoming couples in spring this year.

However Ian’s interest in sheds reaches much further back than just three years. As a small child, he trailed his agricultural scientist father around farms, ‘so I have fond childhood memories of poking around in woolsheds,’ he says. Now, the iconic woolsheds of his childhood are dying out, being pulled down and replaced with newer, modern structures or falling into disrepair. He and friend Kym saw their opportunity – they could build their own shed that celebrated tradition by using reclaimed materials while also assisting farmers rid themselves of unneeded sheds. ‘We went into the country together for nearly a year, three or four days a week, staying in country pubs,’ says Ian. All up, they pulled down eight sheds and collected materials far and wide: ‘From Coonalpyn in the south to Booleroo Centre in the north. From Mildura in the east to Ceduna in the west and everywhere in between,’ concludes Ian. ‘Sometimes we’d have a truckload of things from generous people that they were pleased to see gone. And we were pleased to have it,’ says Kym. > 19

This page: The entry ramp and sheep pen now act as the staging area for bands who come in to play at events. Page right: ’Everything came from somewhere,’ says Ian: the metal table numbers are old shearing shed stencils used for numbering the wool bales before starting their journey to the old wool stores at Port Adelaide. The brazier in the beer garden is an old mesh covered wagon wheel hovering above the fire pit on a block & tackle, while the hanging planters filled with succulents were built from circular turntables that formed part of the steering mechanism in bullock wagons.

In something of a back-to-front approach, the materials came before the design. The shed’s most spectacular feature – a clerestory that throws natural light down to the expansive floor below – demonstrates the payoff of this approach, as well as Ian’s skills from his former life as an architect. The clerestory reaches upwards from a network of formidable trusses. They reclaimed the first set from a shed they pulled down in Coonalpyn. Another pair came from Gulnare. That they were different pitches seems to only have triggered greater creativity from Ian, as he fit the architectural puzzle together. It’s understandable why both Kym and Ian cite the clerestory as their favourite feature. Equal parts grand statement and functional feature (offering light and ventilation), it’s a wonder. It’s also an example of how Ian and Kym have woven the history of shearing into the shed’s design. ‘A fundamental strong feature of classic or iconic woolshed architecture is the natural light that comes in somehow over the wool classing area,’ explains Ian. Elsewhere 20

timber struts display the decades-old handwritten initials and other inscriptions of workers and shearers keen to leave their mark. More obvious is the traditional shearing plant and the cheeky references to ewes and rams at the bathroom entrances. Everywhere you look there are design flourishes that speak not only to the men’s resourcefulness but their attention to detail and passion for working with old materials. Take a light switch at the far end of the shed. ‘1900 probably. From a 32-volt system in a farmhouse,’ says Ian. ‘Hasn’t been used since modern electricity came along. But you find it and think ‘wow wouldn’t it be great to use that?’ So you overhaul it and run some cable up, connect a few halogen lights, stick a transformer in the wall and suddenly you’ve got a light switch.’ Flick the switch and sure enough: light. Meanwhile, Kym replaced all the permapine fence posts on the surrounding fences with aged redgum posts and the modern fencing wire with a roll of eight-gauge they collected from a farm in Riverton.


Top left: Boho dress courtesy of Megan Caldersmith from She Sews features layers of European lace and fine embroidery over the bodice. Top right: Styling and floristry by Hygge Studio was created for our photo shoot to give the aspirational feel of an event at Mt Beare. Thanks Lucy and Margie! Bottom left: Everywhere you look there are design flourishes like the references to ewes and rams at the bathroom entrances. Bottom right: Following the theme of ‘big is good’ the letterbox is simply an old 44 gallon drum hanging from the dead tree now home to galahs that scatter when you rumble in over the cattle grid.

Other aspects tell a story of their working partnership. Both men tell me separately about a particular door leading off the bar. Per Kym’s retelling, he’s building a drink rail above sections of reclaimed pallet wainscoting, piling the offcuts as he goes. ‘And Ian wandered off and brought them back as a door,’ he says, gesturing to the cross-braced door. ‘I’ve got the farming background and he’s got the architecture and business. So if you mix the two together, we can just about do anything,’ says Kym. ‘The flair, it’s more his, I can’t really claim fame to most of that. But there’s other stuff that, you know, we complement each other.’ Certainly they share a nothing’s-too-hard attitude. Kym recalls one evening conversation with Ian on the verandah, glass of red in hand. Ian lamented the hill blocking their view to the lake ‘And I said, “well, why don’t I just go and move the hill?’’’ says Kym. ‘I had some earth moving 22

equipment ... and I just went and pulled the fence down, moved the hill, put the top soil back, put the fence back.’ No fuss, job done. While the shed has been built in the spirit of farmers past, it has the sensibilities of a modern venue. Ian has carefully and cleverly integrated the sort of conveniences that will make weddings and events feel seamless. There’s the shearer’s kitchen that can be used for last minute preparations, or touch-ups by the bridal party and family and the fully equipped caterer’s kitchen. Outdoor spaces expand the experience further, with a beer garden featuring a fire pit and grassed areas for games. While they’re not the type to wax lyrical about what they’ve achieved, Kym and Ian share an understated pride in their shed and are quietly thrilled at the prospect of the coming events that will bring it to life. These storied walls are ready to start their next chapter.

New growth Story by Kate Le Gallez. Photography by Evan Bailey.

Not a lot of good tends to happen at 3am. But for Kristy Robertshaw, owner of plant and homewares shop Charlie & Jack, the early hours of a November morning in 2017 offered a moment of absolute and life-changing clarity. ‘In the middle of the night I was just like, “oh, I’d like to open a plant shop”,’ Kristy tells me, sitting at her kitchen table in her Victor Harbor home. She’d just been made redundant from her much-loved job as a student services officer, and while the idea of starting a business was nothing new – she’d been toying with the idea of an online business – the idea of a bricks-and-mortar plant shop felt like a predawn epiphany. Our conversation, thankfully, takes place at a much more respectable hour. The mid-morning autumn sun streams through the windows of Kristy’s living room sustaining what can only be described as a veritable jungle of plants. The long limbs of devil’s ivy stretch along ceiling beams, strings of pearls and rhipsalis drip from hanging pots, 24

palm fronds arc over the couch, while cacti and euphorbia stand sentinel behind. ‘We have a motto here, that it’s plants before people,’ laughs Kristy. ‘So, you fit the plants in and then the furniture.’ Kristy first began seriously collecting plants around nine years ago, when members of her family were dealing with serious illness and caring for plants offered small moments of solace. But her new hobby quickly progressed to obsession. Concerned she was annoying her friends by posting too many plant pictures to Facebook, she started a group called Crazy Indoor Plant People Australia, or C.I.P.P.A, roping in her son Jackson to meet Facebook’s two-person minimum for groups. At last count, C.I.P.P.A has over 146,000 members. The group offers a revealing insight into both the light and dark found in online groups. And while the latter means Kristy and five moderators spend over forty hours each week keeping the community ‘nice’, the former makes it worthwhile. Kristy recalls one chance meeting with a shop assistant, who, as the conversation turned to plants, mentioned C.I.P.P.A. ‘She got all teary and said ‘oh my gosh, I lost my dad and [C.I.P.P.A] helped me through – thank you,’ recalls Kristy, ‘That’s the amazing stuff.’

Above: Housed in their back shed, Charlie & Jack has quickly grown from one room to two, doubling the floor space to display a growing range of (mostly local) ceramics and homewares alongside the abundant plants, each named by Kristy (bottom left).

While online communities can be fraught, she cherishes the community that’s emerged through Charlie & Jack and it’s why she’ll never take the business online. ‘If it was just online, I could be doing anything and it wouldn’t matter,’ says Kristy. ‘It doesn’t have that same feel and soul that it does to me, having a shop and talking to people and helping them.’ After that 3am epiphany, Kristy finished her job just before Christmas 2017, opening Charlie & Jack mere weeks later on 20 January 2018. ‘Only because of my very talented husband [David] and my very helpful family was I able to get that turnaround,’ she says. The family support continues with her children – Charlie and Jackson – lending their names and their time to the business and David (‘Jack of all trades, master of all’) building and fitting out the shop as it’s slowly expanded. Housed in their back shed, the shop quickly grew from one room to two, doubling the floor space to display a growing range of (mostly local) ceramics and homewares alongside the abundant plants, each named by Kristy. She’s now adding a third room for additional storage and – hopefully – a space for workshops, and has two employees, Flo and Annabelle.

Kristy wants her customers to succeed in the sometimes fickle sport of plant care and both the choice of plant – her standards are exceptionally high and she sources only the healthiest plants to onsell – and the names are part of this. While the former is perhaps a more physiologically sound argument, you can’t overestimate the power of a name. ‘People say because I name them, they think they keep them alive. They’re scared of killing Doug!’ she laughs. And there’s no getting away from the fact that it’s delightfully kooky to buy not just a plant, but Steve or Fergus or Bonnie. Kristy had always named her own plants and so her kids encouraged her to continue the practice. This early injection of personality has only grown as the business has grown. ‘Having my own business has changed me in so many ways,’ she says. ‘It’s given me a lot more confidence and if you’re not going to put yourself out there for your own business, then who else is going to?’ But don’t ask her to choose her favourite plant. ‘I can’t say it out loud!’ she whispers, grinning. (It’s you Terry, but don’t tell the others).


Above: Karen Wyld.

Magical storyteller Story by Stephanie Johnston. Photograph by Dominic Guerrera.

Adelaide Writers’ Week has always been a wonderful way to discover new writers from across the world, and 2021 was no exception. However for me, this year’s find came from somewhere much closer to home. Author Karen Wyld grew up in an old farmhouse on one hundred acres at O’Halloran Hill. The house and farm are long gone, but Karen has continued to live in the south for most of her life, making the Willunga Basin her home for over thirty years. A diasporic Aboriginal woman of Martu descent, Karen’s Grandmother’s Country is in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. Accordingly, her storytelling traverses the vast continent of Australia, spanning generations, straddling Aboriginal and European cultures, and criss-crossing a rich range of landscapes and subject matter. I first meet Karen at the book tent at Writers’ Week, where she is signing copies of her epic second novel Where the Fruit Falls, an award-winning family saga of how the impacts of colonialism and racism echo down the generations. In typical Adelaide fashion, we quickly discover how our paths have already crossed: she owned a bookshop in Port Noarlunga when I was a book publisher, and while I was making representations to the City of Onkaparinga on behalf of community groups, she worked in community development there. When we meet for coffee in Aldinga, it turns out Karen has also undertaken her fair share of community advocacy. As a sole parent she worked with other like-minded locals to establish a housing co-op in the Willunga Basin. The Hills, Vales and Coast co-operative went on to build twenty-four houses during her time there, and this volunteer work led to government support for postgraduate study, and an early career in social housing. Her local advocacy however continued: ‘I saw around me that people really needed services. There were no shops … we needed youth support and access to other services.’ She laughs that this might


have been in conflict with what my group was lobbying for, but we agree that what was needed was a balance between protection of our region’s rural character, and support for those who live here: ‘I think that at the moment we have got the balance right,’ she says, ‘but that could easily tip.’ Other initiatives included a food co-op for those on low incomes, two community gardens and a youth centre at the Aldinga District Centre, retro surf movie and music events at the Aldinga Bay Surf Life Saving Club, and establishment of the Southern Elders Weaving Group, a social enterprise whose work continues to this day. Despite wanting to be a writer from an early age, and some dabbling in the zine culture of the 1980s and 90s, it was not until later in life that Karen finally found the time to start writing seriously. ‘Do we ever have time to write though?’ she asks facetiously. Self-taught and challenged by dyslexia, her prose naturally evolved from technical report writing, to freelance opinion pieces, to narrative nonfiction and imaginative story-telling. IndigenousX, SBS and Meanjin were among the well-respected outlets who got behind her work, which eventually led to awards and publication of her short stories and novels. As Karen enjoys the success of Where the Fruit Falls, she is not resting on her laurels. She’s currently working on a master’s dissertation exploring whether the term ‘magic realism’ should be applied to First Nations literature, and specifically the work of Australian writers Alexis Wright and Kim Scott. Karen deftly fuses naturalism and realism with the mythical and the magical into her own narratives. Where the Fruit Falls intersperses dream-like passages and recurring symbolic emblems with reallife events, historical references and recognisable locations and landscapes. The result is a more intense reading experience, offering a deeper, and more nuanced understanding of the colonisation experience from a First Nations perspective. ‘It’s like the author being a magician,’ explains Karen. ‘We will use certain imagery, a sleight of hand, to direct the reader’s attention somewhere, but we won’t explain what that is. It’s up to the reader to work that out for themselves.’


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Story by Petra de Mooy. Photography by Jason Porter. Styling by Liza Reynolds. Above: The home has been designed with a guest wing and faces north for a passive solar solution. The garden incorporates hardy, drought tolerant plants with a grass area for David and Nadeen’s dog.

When Nadeen and David were looking for a block on which to build their new holiday house, they weren’t expecting to end up in Second Valley.


The couple had previously owned a holiday home at Port Elliot, but life took them in a different direction and they sold up, eventually seeking quieter surrounds. ‘We were just looking for a spot on this side of the Peninsula,’ says Nadeen. ‘We looked at a block higher up on the hill but it was too exposed so we drove around a bit and saw this place,’ adds David. Sheltered, private and with a good aspect, the Second Valley block offered exactly what they were looking for. ‘David has surfed this coast his whole life. We’re not city people, we prefer the country and we wanted to be close to the ocean, so this is the best of both worlds,’ says Nadeen.

When it came to design, the brief was ‘shack looking’ to pay homage to some of the original weekenders still dotted around the area. ‘We wanted a modern take on that style,’ says Nadeen. They approached Mountford Williamson Architects, after admiring a few of their other designs, to assist in translating this laid-back aesthetic into a sensitive, modern build. ‘Their graduate student Rose played a big part in the design,’ says Nadeen. ‘We wanted to keep it small and to downsize, as for the most part it will be just the two of us. They [the architects] came up with this design more or less straightaway and not much changed in the process.’

The timber battens featured on the interior and exterior of the house are taken from the shack vernacular of the nearby township. Originally, these somewhat crude structures constructed from cement sheeting interspersed with wooden battens were roofed with corrugated iron and painted in pale yellow, blue or green. They’re humble structures that form a part of the nostalgia and charm of the place. The unobtrusive scale of David and Nadeen’s house adopts the spirit of the shack, while thoroughly renovating the concept for today’s way of living. >


Top: The open plan living area has a stripped back palette of greys, warm timber and white punctuated by one of David’s paintings. Bottom: The outdoor seating area is a great place to while away an afternoon while listening to the birds and the ocean in the distance. Pony & Co cushions courtesy of and available at Valley of Yore. Next page: The timber batten detailing from the exterior is carried through into the bathroom. The warm wood, grey and white palette is carried throughout.

The couple engaged Matt Cates and the team from 4Life Constructions for the build. Having worked with Mountford Williamson before, Matt was excited to win the contract. ‘Mountford Williamson’s design style and material selection aligns perfectly with our construction style and expertise,’ says Matt. ‘It’s not the biggest property we’ve built, but it doesn’t have to be. This design was about spending quality time away from the Monday to Friday hustle and bustle.’ There is certainly no hustle or bustle to be seen within the home’s setting amid the sheltering arms of nearby trees, nor on the short walk to the beach. It feels like a true retreat. The L-shaped design features two wings, offering a flexible floor plan that functions as well for two people as it does for a larger group. The main wing has a spacious open-plan living area with large, northeastfacing windows adjoined by a long corridor going to a bedroom, laundry and bathroom. A metal pendant light over the large solid wood table is a standout fixture. ‘I loved that right from the beginning, that was one of my first choices. I knew that’s what we wanted and 30

we worked around that,’ says Nadeen. A generously proportioned modular couch in the living area is nestled next to a compact freestanding fireplace in the corner. The burnished concrete floor is flawlessly carried throughout. A large outdoor shower area offers a shared space that marries the main wing into the second wing, which is designed for guest use. ‘In the shower area we’ve opted for semi-arid plants for a Palm Springs feel and plan to add more soon for privacy,’ says Nadeen. The rawfinish brass tapware with exposed pipes have a lovely aged patina. A covered breezeway links the two wings internally, while outside decking wraps around both entrances to unify the two spaces. The guest accommodation is an all-in-one living and sleeping room with a beautifully appointed bathroom, all duplicating the finishes in the main part of the house. Everything is modern, comfortable and light. Nadeen’s eye for understated design detail and colour is complemented by David’s colourful paintings. >


Above left: The generously proportioned outdoor shower area features raw-finish brass tapware with exposed pipes. Top and bottom right: The bedrooms are understated with natural linen look bedding, wood, and a modern luxe feel. Above: The bedrooms are understated with natural linen look bedding, wood, and a modern luxe feel.

The garden is an extension of the interior styling’s light and breezy feel. To minimise water use, Nadeen has carefully selected plants: ‘It was crucial we design a hardy, drought-tolerant, low-maintenance garden but we needed a grass area for our dog. I wanted it to have a native beachy feel but with a little Palm Springs thrown in. Hopefully in time we will achieve this. It’s a mixture of native plants and trees with a few exotics as well.’ The home also boasts strong green credentials. It manages heating and cooling via a passive solar design, augmented by the orientation of the house, good cross ventilation, bulk insulation and double glazed windows throughout. Large rainwater tanks and solar hot water were also incorporated to minimise impact. The relaxed but refined feel of the finished product is a fitting reflection on the building process. ‘As soon as you arrive at the property you feel a sense of calmness. The simple forms and balance of materials 32

just work and everywhere you look you can see the smaller details that have gone in, such as the hardwood timber battens and decking, the burnished concrete floors, the stone benchtops and splashback, the internal feature walls and fixtures,’ says Matt. ‘Both the architects and builders were wonderful to work with, we had great communication. We found the whole process really easy actually,’ says Nadeen. ‘The carpentry is unbelievable,’ she adds, ‘they’ve done such a great job. Apparently that timber work outside was really challenging so we really appreciate their work.’ The timber battens and expansive wooden decking form a beautiful detail on the exterior. Two seating areas facing north take full advantage of the view over a soaring hill that drops away into the cliffs of Second Valley. ‘When you get a good sunset in the summer, the hills just glow a beautiful golden light,’ says David. ‘We really love the community here and the tranquility and the beach. Actually, we love all of it to tell you the truth.’

Exhibition ‘Expressive Depth of Field’ by John Lacey June 12 - July 2021 John Lacey is one South Australia’s most collectable artists. Many of his paintings are acquired by people who have already purchased one or more of his earlier works and his work is held in collections in prestige settings in homes and offices across Australia. John’s style has evolved over recent years with the brush and the knife, expressing and interpreting the Australian landscape. Collectors favour the grand scale and constrained palette that works so well in contemporary interior design. John’s new showing ‘Expressive Depth of Field’ captures land and seascape interpretations in oil from the Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island. They are painted with passion and feeling one only acquires from living in this wonderful environment.

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Circling the square with Karl Telfer

Story by Nina Keath. Photograph by Jason Porter. Above: Karl Telfer at Port Noarlunga – Site 3 of the Trilbuke Dreaming Track.

One Autumn morning on a day of liquid sunshine, Karl Telfer and I meet to talk. I’m not sure what to expect but by the end of our conversation we both burst out laughing. Karl is the first to say what we’re both thinking, ‘I hope this isn’t going to be too full on for your article.’ We talk back and forth for a while before Karl chuckles and decides, ‘Let’s do it. I think we’re ready to have this conversation.’ I think so too. So, let’s begin. Karl Telfer, a highly respected senior man from the Mullawirra Meyunna dry forest family clan – known today as the Kaurna Nation from the Adelaide region – has never done a Welcome to Country. He’s chosen not to because of a question our community still needs to answer. We’re standing at the entrance to the Gemtree Eco Trail where Karl runs cultural tours, when Karl articulates the question with straightforward clarity, ‘How can I welcome you to country that I don’t have any birthrights to?’


It’s an important question with no easy answers. But it’s impossible to ignore the fact that Karl is delivering cultural tours on land owned by others while he has no ancestral lands of his own to welcome us to. Karl believes in land tenure and Traditional Ownership and says this is where Native Title has failed. ‘How can we truly be Traditional Owners and custodians of culture if we have no country on which to practise our culture?’ he asks. ‘I see two ways of communicating bi-cultural understanding of country: our role should be as stewards (current landholders) and cultural custodians (Traditional Owners).’ For many it’s an uncomfortable proposition, which Karl acknowledges, ‘When you want to talk to people about history, truth, reconciliation and truth telling, it gets a bit hard because you need to ask, do people want to experience that?’ This is where Karl brings people into his circle. ‘I respectfully create a space for people to feel safe and I bring them into country through ceremony. I acknowledge that we can’t change history, and that this is where we are. There is still much to do, but it is better we journey together. I use storytelling and the humour that lives inside of those stories, because it shows our human connection, which brings out the smiles and laughter. They feel more connected,’ he says. But laughter and connection don’t take away the need for accountability. ‘People that are part of the current system need to accept some responsibility. If you’re going to walk on country, walk softly, cos you’re walking with me and alongside the footsteps of my ancestors, from the first sunrise,’ Karl explains.

This commitment to shared accountability has led Karl to engage in what he calls ‘bi-cultural practice,’ or ‘walking together.’ Like his growing relationship with Gemtree, he’s sharing cultural knowledge with groups across the Fleurieu. It’s the connection and sharing that matters. Karl says, ‘I just step towards everyone now. I’m trying to build respectful communication first because a lot of people don’t have an understanding of my world. Now they’re beginning to say, “Ah OK, I’m starting to get it”.’ They’re starting to get that our current system is failing, and we need to find new ways of thinking and being. And they’re starting to get that traditional knowledge and governance practices can help solve many of our modern social and environmental challenges. For Karl, the greatest problem is that we’ve separated ourselves from the natural world. ‘People are on top of nature, not in it. They want to be in it, but they don’t know how,’ he says. ‘We are all programmed to think in squares. You’ve got mental and environmental breakdown. You wake up, you go to work, you go from one square to the next. You’re controlled by it. There’s no nurturing in the system, just pressure. Where did the system come from?’ Karl continues, answering his own question. ‘This country was founded and federated by men who weren’t sitting in the land and who didn’t include any voices of women. Australia is founded on the mentality of taking, not sharing, and I see the effect of the wedge of division in the many faces throughout our communities. I see people

pushed to the dark corners of the squares where the shadows are and where most choose not to look. We’re decoupling from our natural law. The system is tearing it apart.’ But Karl says there is an alternative – the way of the circle: ‘All first nations people come from circle understanding. When you’re sitting in a circle, it goes around continuously. There’re no pointy ends. It’s softer. The vibration is totally different to a square. The sharing that goes on is to do with living cycles.’ Karl believes we need to examine our self-importance: ‘We’ve placed ourselves right at the top but that’s not where we come from. We’ve got so focused on power and prestige and it’s a distraction. In our way, a leader – to use that English word – isn’t one fella sitting above. No, the leaders walk behind and lift everyone up. They’ve got the wisdom. They’re watching. You only need to look into the animal kingdom. They do the same. It’s in nature itself.’ This is why creation stories are often about animals and why animal totems are so important in Aboriginal cultures. Karl says, ‘I thought some of the stories I could tell could give people understanding about our ways of understanding living culture. I’m connected to very significant spiritual places in my country, but we need more people to be aware and come together around standing together to protect them. Once they’re gone, that’s it. And yet they’ve been there since the first sunrise.’


Good outcomes for mums Story by Lori-Ellen Grant

When I think about the birth of our first daughter Finae, what I remember is the practical, medical and emotional support from my team of people. My partner, my friend, my trusted midwife and my doctors. Alongside my people was my own personal agency: the confidence to ask for what I needed, to be involved in decisions and to set boundaries. Through birth, women have the potential to experience their own potency, strength, resilience, endurance. As a threshold experience, it’s the beginning of a wild, loving and unknown parenting adventure. When researchers asked women what was key to them having a good birth experience, the importance of caring relationships and stability in everyday life came through. Quality relationships can create emotional safety and enable us to experience care and nurturing. Women for centuries have been the keepers of the home and family. We’ve come from a culture that gives little recognition to the work carried out in the home and in caring for children. More recently, women have begun speaking up about their own needs and ability to care for themselves and asking for help. Even strong and resilient people need care from others. During pregnancy, birth and postpartum, the mother is preparing to be the primary nurturer of her baby. But how does our modern, eclectic village nurture the nurturer? I was fortunate to meet Jenny Allison, author of The Golden Month, around fifteen years ago when I was fresh out of university. A visionary and a trailblazer in women’s health and post-natal care, Jenny researched and shared some of the many post-birth community practices passed down through different cultures. 36

One of her interviewees, Wai Mason, a Māori kuia (elder) from Tauranga Moana in New Zealand shared her perspective: ‘Giving birth is a wonderful gift but it hurts both the body and the heart. The job of the nannies (grandmothers/elders) is to help bring the mother back into ‘consciousness’ so that she can be a source of nourishment to her child.’ Historically it has been other women within the family – mothers, grandmothers, aunties, sisters – who have provided support, yet we’re now widening the experience of community. Women too are learning to speak up about what they really need and accept the inherent vulnerability that comes with asking for or accepting help. Gone are the days of expecting everyone to know what you need and then complaining because no one gives it to you. I asked new mothers on a local forum what made them feel nurtured in the postpartum period and there was a clear winner – food. Alongside receiving meals and snacks (sometimes via meal rosters by their friends and family), other valued support came in the form of practical help around the house, care for their older children and support from known midwives throughout their birth and in the postpartum period. Unsurprising, uninvited guests did not make the list. Not all the women who responded felt cared for post birth, and they noted the significant impact this had on their life and experience as a new mother. The postpartum period is often intensely primal, life stripped back to its elements – nourishment, healing, connection. And so it’s the simple things that may offer the greatest comfort. The water or snack by the bed for when you wake to feed, the emergency personal items delivered, a wholesome meal, the smell of fresh sheets, a shower on your own as your baby is held. These small meaningful ways make all the difference to a new mother giving her all to the next generation.

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Page left: The Buff Raku Tarchyte ‘Water Jug’ features a satin white glaze on the interior. This page: The White Raku ‘Blue Valerie’ vase features a white satin glaze while the Buff Raku Trachyte ‘Charcoal Black’ vase features matt black.

Falling in love with a new piece of art feels like an exciting beginning. But for the maker, handing over a finished product marks the end of a long-term affair; the final closure of an intimate relationship to make room for the next labour of love. Once a piece is finished and displayed by its proud new owner, its life often becomes still.

a gifted guitarist and two older brothers driven by creative pursuits in photography and music, art permeated all areas of Ailish’s upbringing.

But something about Ailish Nienhaus’s work both in collage and in clay seems to remain in constant movement, carrying with it a sense of life that demands to be noticed.

A happy compromise emerged through a double degree combining a Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary) and a Bachelor of Arts at Flinders University. Ailish’s love of collage – discovered while in school – reemerged, with her graduate exhibition showcasing a fascinating approach to self portraiture through the medium.

When Ailish was nine years old, her father’s work moved the Ling family to Victor Harbor from the small Victorian town of Kerang. The family of five quickly thrived in their new south coast home. With her mother working as an art teacher at Encounter Lutheran, her father

Completing high school at Tatachilla Lutheran College, Ailish’s relationship with art found greater depth through her year twelve research folios. Many of her lunch breaks were spent in the art room happily engrossed in projects, while the pages of her maths books combined spectacular expressions both algebraic and artistic. Ailish graduated with a plea from her art teacher to ‘Please do something in this field!’ It was a path Ailish knew she wanted to take, but wouldn’t necessarily be easy. ‘I want to be an artist!’ is a statement that, to loving parents, holds concern for stability, despite its passion.

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Top left and right: The textured green vases ‘Full Moon Rising’ and ‘Meet Me by The Pool at Midnight’ are being sent off to Milan for the 1000 Vases exhibition in September this year. Bottom left: The Buff Raku Trachyte ‘Key Bowl’ vase features a speckle white glaze. Bottom right: Ailish Nienhaus in her studio photographed by Thomas Ling.

Here she learned clay hand-building techniques from volunteers – some of which she still uses in her current practice. When the pandemic ended this community gathering and relief work became scarce, her social outlet instead became an isolation hobby. Ailish bought a heap of clay and dedicated her spare time to honing her skills from her backyard shed in Middleton. All sorts of shapes emerged from her informal studio, which she took to be fired at Hill Street Pottery. Fate played a hand when Ailish’s electrician husband, John Nienhaus, spotted a pottery wheel in someone’s home while on a job. Telling them of his wife’s backyard hobby, they mentioned a kiln they were trying to rehome. John brought it back, rigged it up and Ailish was ready to complete her artistic process entirely from home. After losing many pieces to the arduous trial and error of getting to know the kiln – some even completely melting into the shelves – Ailish enlisted the mentorship of local ceramicist Gerry Wedd. With his advice, she found the kiln’s sweet spot and Haus Collage & Stoneware began to take shape. ‘Haus’ is an ode to Ailish and John’s shared last name, Nienhaus, while also celebrating the art’s origins from their quaint Middleton home. Her work highlights the uniqueness of handcrafted ceramics: 40

each imperfection meaning no two pieces are ever the same. Using traditional hand-building techniques to create contemporary, experimental pieces means the vases step away from their functional use to form captivating sculptural statements. With surfing and the ocean a central part of Ailish’s life, as well as a fascination for the human body, both her collage and stoneware are underpinned by a sense of motion and fluidity. Each curve and gesture of the clay interacts with its surroundings through shadow, negative space and its tactile surface. Ailish’s true love for art lies in the process and its meditative qualities – something she wants other people to experience through texture and movement. ‘I just get lost in the process and I want people to view the piece and fall in love with it as much as I have while making it,’ she says. Haus Collage & Stoneware will be making its international debut in Milan this September, for the ‘1000 Vases’ exhibition. Ailish’s work will be on display among many unique pieces by independent designers from over 35 countries. Lucky for us here on the Fleurieu, her work can be found at Valley of Yore in Myponga and Charlie & Jack in Victor Harbor, as well as other locations scattered throughout Adelaide.

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Explore Strathalbyn If you’ve ever spent time in Strathalbyn, you’ll likely remember the centrepiece of the town – the Soldiers Memorial Gardens. Shadowed by towering trees and the sweet honey fragrance of flowering blossom in late winter, the gardens anchor the centre of the township.


Page left: The spectacular Soldiers Memorial Gardens boasts the meandering Angas River as a centre-point to the township. This page above left: An array of toys, clothing, books, games and more at Argus House. Top right: A curated selection of homewares and clothing make Hills & Coast a great place to find that special gift. Bottom right: Maurice Lorenz, master jeweller at Metal & Stone.

The environment is no less beautiful once your feet leave the grass and hit pavement. Strathalbyn’s township is built on the ancestral country of the Ngarrindjeri and Peramangk people, with heritagelisted buildings adorning the streetscapes, including the original Laucke Flour Mill, majestic churches and antique shops.

There’s so much to see and do in this charming village, whether on a jam-packed day of discoveries or a weekend away when you can slow down and truly savour the town’s offerings. Follow the newly added street signage to easily make your way between the two main shopping precincts – High Street and Commercial Road – without missing any of the highlights this township, some say the prettiest in the state, has to offer. >


Top: A unique and locally made treasure is sure to be found at the Strath Collective. Bottom: The fashion, homewares and furniture have been selected with a designer’s eye at High Street Trading.

Shop When heading to this picturesque part of the Fleurieu, it’s natural to want to explore the incredible local businesses. If you’ve parked near the central gardens you may find yourself gravitating towards the fresh and enticing Hills and Coast on Commercial Road. It’s full of gorgeous local products including Etikette Candles, striking stationery and prints by local artist Zinia King, as well as an ever-increasing selection of clothing, jewellery and homewares. Just a short stroll away, Argus House, in one of the town’s original two-storey National Trust-listed buildings, is eclectic and fun. It’s become a Strathalbyn institution with generations of families shopping 44

here for unique gifts, fashion and accessories in what used to be the printing press for the Southern Argus newspaper. As you begin to make your way towards historic High Street, wander down Albyn Terrace for beautiful custom-made jewellery pieces at Metal and Stone. Specialising in sourcing stunning diamonds and coloured gemstones, you may be tempted to encapsulate the memories of your Strathalbyn trip with a stunning one-off piece. If you love environmentally responsible Australian products, continue along Commercial Road as it turns into Dawson Street and pop into Strath Collective, where 32 local suppliers display their wares. Think ceramic artists, luxe candlemakers like Willow Evie Candles

Above left: Colourful finds around every corner include silk flowers, garden wares and large vibrant artworks at Rustic Gem. Above right: The eclectic and colourful selections at The Potting Shed on Sunter include an array of what you’d expect – and lots of surprises. A real gem among garden stores.

and bright jewellery creations from Oddity Mai among others. If you’d prefer an experience, you can get hands-on with a Japanese-style sashiko stitching workshop, an art class or perhaps try making your own natural body products. We wouldn’t blame you for getting distracted by an Argus River Trail walk as you head towards High Street. A stretch of the legs and a chance to up your heart rate might be the perfect pre-lunch interlude. Before it’s time to fill your belly, High Street has a few distractions of its own to offer. Homewares store High Street Trading certainly demands your attention with its beautiful heritage windows framing

the thoughtfully curated collection of products for the home and heart within. Meander through five immaculate rooms featuring quality interiors, clothing and furniture. Continuing along this historic strip, Rustic Gem is bursting with colourful homewares and gifts to make you smile and brighten your home. Under the ethos ‘live with what you love’ there are joyful finds around every corner, including silk flowers, garden wares and large vibrant artworks by local artists. >


Above left: The newly renovated ‘beer garden’ at Hammer & Tongs. Delicious food and cold beer with atmosphere? I say, yes! Top right: All made in-house by chef Carolyn, the Pickle Pot has a great providore selection and ready-made picnic takeaways – as well as great coffee. Bottom right: The Appleseed Cafe has been a fixture on the High Street for some time. Great casual dining and friendly staff at this bustling eatery.

The Potting Shed on Sunter is a must visit for plant lovers and gardeners. It’s such a creative and inspiring space to walk through with so many fun, sculptural ideas for creating your own oasis. With plenty of seasonal colour, garden lovers will want to move the car closer to transport their living purchases home. Eat and drink When it comes time to refuel, there’s options aplenty. For a quick coffee on the go, you can’t go past Hammer ‘n’ Tongs with a friendly service window facing Commercial Road. If you’ve got time to linger, sip your latte and read the morning news in their newly completed outdoor beer garden. Ready to eat? Grab breakfast or lunch in the 46

expansive inside seating area or snag a booth street-side. Weekends bring a buzzing atmosphere with tapas and wood-oven pizzas on the menu, plus a great selection of gins and wines. If you’re after something a little more earthy and wholesome, or a selection of smallgoods for your picnic platter, then Pickle Pot is your locale. Right next door to Argus House, this providore will have you salivating at every turn. Everything is beautifully presented with an open window display full of abundant quince, fresh Portuguese custard tarts and flaky pork sausage rolls straight from the oven. Carolyn’s hearty soups are perfect winter fare accompanied by Small World Bakery bread.

Above left: Expect small town friendliness and atmosphere with a nicely selected beer and wine list to help wash down the great pub style meals at the Commercial Hotel. Top right: Enjoy a stay at the High St. Inn, a cosy three bedroomed BnB, located right on High Street! Bottom right: Enjoy a warming meal inside by the fire, washed down with a glass of Bleasdale ‘Mulberry Tree’ cab sav, or a cooling ale before heading straight to your newly refurbished selfcontained accommodation at the Victoria Hotel.

Make a beeline for The Appleseed Cafe if the hunger pains hit while you’re wandering High Street. Conveniently situated in the centre, it offers fresh, quick and easy dining options like falafel wraps or treat yourself to something from the ever-changing range of beautiful homemade cakes, muffins and scones with quality coffee. If pub fare’s more your style, book in for a comforting meal at the Commercial Hotel. Sit outside and enjoy the winter sun or head indoors to dine in the cosy interior. It’ll feel like you’re popping in for a home-cooked meal among friendly faces, without the cleaning up.

Stay This quaint village sure packs a punch for its size, so consider an overnight stay to make time to visit the Antiques Bazaar and book shops like Fred’s. Or perhaps take in a museum, browse vintage car shop Collectable Classics or wander the Stationmaster’s Gallery. Pre-empting this, we’ve done the groundwork for you. High Street Inn is a cosy, three-bedroom BnB, perfect for a couple of couples to stay and enjoy. Conveniently located – as the name suggests! – in High Street, you can do a spot of shopping before retiring to read your book beside one of the fireplaces. The Inn’s former life as a restaurant means there’s a commercial kitchen on > 47

Top: Guests rave about the expansive rooms and well-tended gardens at the Strath Motel. Just off the beaten track but close enough for a walk to the local shops and cafes. Bottom: A stone’s throw away in Sandergrove sits the lovely Charlicks Cottage. Sit for just a minute and observe native birds enjoying the surrounding trees and gardens. A true country retreat with hospitality plus – and a cosy fire for those cold winter nights.

hand, perfect for hiring a chef to create an in-house dinner party for a special occasion. Also within walking distance to Strathalbyn’s relaxed bustle is the Victoria Hotel, centrally located on Albyn Terrace. Sip a glass of sparkling in their gorgeous French-inspired alfresco area surrounded by bright red geraniums while overlooking the Soldier Memorial Gardens. Or enjoy a warming meal of baked pistachio-encrusted chicken inside by the fire, washed down with a glass of Bleasdale ‘Mulberry Tree’ cab sav, before heading straight to your newly refurbished self-contained accommodation. Perfection. If arriving from the Adelaide Hills you’ll know the Strath Motel, proudly situated on the corner of the main roundabout into town. A 4.5-star accommodation, the hotel’s modern interior style is complemented by country hospitality and charm. Guest reviews rave 48

about the expansive rooms and well-tended gardens. And if travelling with your four-legged friend, pooches are welcome too – complete with treat. For those seeking a true rural farm setting, make the short seven minute drive to nearby Sandergrove and relax on the verandah of Charlick’s Cottage, wine in hand. Unwind while listening to native birds, taking in the view of the gardens and soaking up the farm’s ambience. Gus the resident cat may also make your acquaintance. Comprising two bedrooms and cosy open fireplace, you can nestle in or enjoy the nearby Nurragi walking trail or scenic drives to Milang and Langhorne Creek. Fancy a longer stay? The nearby Langhorne Creek wine region is bursting with delightful eateries and picturesque cellar doors awaiting your arrival. Think cool maritime climate whites and gutsy reds. We bet you’ll be planning your return visit soon.

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A secret worth sharing Strathalbyn’s Town Centre Revitalisation Project is an eight-stage fully funded master plan that will transform the town and draw people into this beautiful and much loved township in the Alexandrina region. Strathalbyn boasts two shopping precincts and the project will see improvements made to connect these spaces, add vibrancy to the town, attract more visitors and draw people in from the Adelaide and wider Fleurieu areas.

The Town Centre upgrades will reimagine the streetscape and Town Hall to help foster community connection through shared open spaces, landscaping, and signage for both visitor information and historical significance. With a vibrant arts and culture scene, project upgrades to the Town Hall will breathe new life into a treasured historic building. Located in the heart of Strathalbyn’s town centre, the revamped Town Hall performance venue,

along with streetscape improvements, will reinvigorate the township to welcome future businesses and build community liveability in Strathalbyn. The Town Centre Project will foster a vibrant community feel as more people look to move away from the metropolitan hustle and bustle to build a lifestyle with rural surrounds and endless possibilities. This project will create employment and build the local economy to make the most of the Fleurieu Peninsula region’s flourishing tourism industry. With stages one and two works underway, the $10 million project is expected to be completed by 2023. Council is committed to transforming the township to see Strathalbyn grow and prosper.

Find out more about the project at alexandrina.sa.gov.au/strathalbyntc

visitalexandrina.com The Strathalbyn Town Centre Revitalisation Project is proudly supported through funding from the State Government’s Local Government Infrastructure Partnership Program and Alexandrina Council.

Folk of all trades Story by Poppy Fitzpatrick. Photography by Jason Porter.

Above: Dani Austin and Sam Ryan refer to themselves as ‘apocaloptimists’ – acknowledging that our environment is suffering, but having faith that everything will turn out okay.

Many people emerged from last year’s isolation period having rediscovered longlost skills. Backyards overflowed with produce, friends exchanged crusty loaves of sourdough, and a sense of traditional community values seemed to return to our lives. For Sam Ryan and Dani Austin, this period epitomised the ethos behind their educational business Folk of All Trades, as well as the sustainable lifestyle they’ve always sought to embrace. Sam and Dani met in a biodiversity and conservation lecture at a Canadian university while on study exchange – Sam from South Australia and Dani from the UK. They soon bonded over similar environmental interests and a shared nostalgia for the soft narration of 50

David Attenborough heard throughout their childhoods. After some time living in England, Sam and Dani made their way to Australia, armed with a unique assortment of new knowledge and ideas. With no immediate jobs to go to upon their arrival, there was plenty of time to experiment and fuel one another’s enthusiasm, drawing inspiration from their learnings at the Low-Impact Living Initiative in Redfield Community, UK. Dani began making plastic-free beeswax wraps, before being asked to host a workshop for Adelaide Sustainability Centre, after which she became the go-to person for wrap-making classes. While continuously developing their own sustainability skills, Sam and Dani felt compelled to impart each useful discovery with others following low-impact journeys of their own. Their natural knack for teaching saw their repertoire of ad hoc workshops grow quite organically, before they officially established Folk of All Trades in 2018. Sam and Dani run an ever-changing selection of in-person and online workshops that teach ‘skills for the planet’, such as caring for

Above: The yard’s weed management is a hands-free exercise managed completely by their chickens – and they’ve cultivated a garden so abundant they almost never have to purchase fruit and vegetables.

indoor plants, composting and worm farming, growing vegetables and sewing produce bags. Participants are invited to learn how to make their own herbal teas, cleaning products, kombucha, kimchi and sourdough and how to shop plastic-free. More broadly, they’ve guided people on how to introduce principles of permaculture into their lives – a sustainability framework around which the pair have structured much of their own lifestyle. The name Folk of All Trades is a play on the phrase ‘Jack of all trades, master of none’, which fits well with the seemingly endless collection of skills they have to offer. Case in point: Sam tinkers with his handmilked kefir drink fermenting on the countertop as we chat, while Dani makes a pot of tea from a jar of herbs she’s grown and dried herself. As I sit down on their second-hand couch, Dani pulls back the coffee table so the dark floor can store the sun’s heat streaming through the window. Every item in their strawbale home has been mindfully accumulated and each design element carefully considered to work as part of a larger system. ‘We’re always looking for how we can

improve each system so that the inputs are easy to get in, and then the outputs become the inputs for another thing,’ Sam said. The pair apply this circular approach to almost everything. Their wormpit is kept damp at the base of their greenhouse by the residual moisture from the plants above. The yard’s weed management is a hands-free exercise managed completely by their chickens. They’ve cultivated a garden so abundant they almost never have to purchase fruit and vegetables, with most of the hard work revolving around harvest. Not only do their various systems save time, but many facilitate effective avenues for waste. As a household, they fill no more than one red bin of rubbish a year and their recycling only quarterly. ‘Which means there’s still room for improvement,’ Sam added. Sam and Dani acknowledge that this lifestyle is a privilege, but also a choice. Conscious decisions to live within their means and only accept part-time work allows them ample time to maintain the home life they enjoy, while continually feeding their insatiable hunger to learn. Although Folk of All Trades is a business, their commitment to > 51

Above: Sam carves wooden spoons out of ‘green’ wood and both revel in cultivating healthy abundant food that translates into a healthy and abundant lifestyle.

sharing their knowledge clearly remains a passion: something they both do out of love, rather than simply to make a living. Sam also works as an Education Officer for Green Adelaide, while Dani just started a new position as Environmental Education Coordinator at Tatachilla Lutheran College. Having shaped their own low-impact lifestyle from scratch, Sam and Dani both see significant value in a slow and steady approach; each small change or new skill acquired unlocks the next, and gently fosters broader ideas about sustainability. They also hope their workshops will go beyond the individual experience to inspire a culture of community sharing and engagement – an essential component for both people and the planet to thrive. ‘There’s no such


thing as self-sufficiency,’ Dani said. ‘It’s about community-sufficiency, because it’s ridiculous to think you can do everything yourself; you have to do things together.’ Sam and Dani reminisce about their cluttered initial attempts at growing vegetables, while peering out over their organic hops for Sam’s home brew, flourishing berry bushes and trays of sprouting seedlings. Their realistic and accessible approach to ancient skill building, DIY and simple living makes a sustainable lifestyle seem a little more attainable. The pair refer to themselves as ‘apocaloptimists’ – acknowledging that our environment is suffering, but having faith that everything will turn out okay. I’m sent home with a handful of vibrant yellow chillies, a hankering for sourdough and a reignited sense of promise for our planet’s future.

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Kurt Bosecke Obsessive visionary Story by Petra de Mooy. Photography by Emmaline Zanelli.

Above: Kurt working on his floor-to-ceiling mural installation, complete with a papier mâché stegosaurus at Arthur Arthouse, 2020. Page right: Kurt’s large scale canvas depicting a kaleidoscopic bird composition installed at ACE Open for ‘If The Future Is To Be Worth Anything’, was included in an exhibition showcasing a selection of significant emerging South Australian artists.

In the world of art there are distinctions made between artists who undergo a rigorous post-secondary education and those who are self-taught or ‘naive’. These outsider artists operate on the outer fringes of the mainstream, unschooled. Their ranks include artists like Henry Darger or Madge Gill who worked in isolation, reclusively making art that was discovered posthumously, only to be heralded as brilliant and even genius. Closer to the mainstream there are folk artists making products or creating environments as a pastime who are eventually recognised and collected and exhibited as high value artworks. It’s a mode of creating that, in some ways, suits twenty-four-yearold Kurt Bosecke. But I see him as more of an insider, an obsessive 54

visionary, and though definitely not mainstream, he has a growing legion of fans both in and outside the local art scene. Kurt began making art at a very young age and he may be one of the most prolific artists I’ve ever met. Encouraged by his parents, Brian and Carrie, he’s eagerly consumed a steady supply of art supplies, drawing and painting most days for at least a couple of hours, and some days many more. It keeps him busy but it also forms the foundation of the community around him and his support network. Though his father Brian tells me he would create the artwork regardless: ‘It would just pile up in a corner,’ he says. The day I meet Kurt, he’s working at artist Henry Jock Walker’s Seaford studio. Henry is one of Kurt’s mentors and they meet most Wednesdays, with Henry seeing his role simply as offering encouragement and guidance to Kurt to open up different artistic frameworks. Henry and many other mentors along the way have helped Kurt find a place among other makers. As they work >


Top left: Kurt’s magical, colourful, mythical monsters. Photo by Che Chorley. Bottom left: Kurt’s elaborate titles for his work on the back of just a few of his many, many paintings. Right: Kurt at his regular Wednesday catch-up at Henry Jock Walker’s studio. Bottom left and right photos by Jason Porter.

alongside each other, Kurt gets lost in the activity, consumed by the repetition of pattern making, colour selection and the tap tap tap of his current medium – Poscas™ (water-based paint markers that come in every colour imaginable). On Kurt’s instagram page (managed by his father) it is proudly stated that he is mentored by @henryjock @emmalinezanelli @ thomashennessy and @kaspartness. Many of these contacts came to Kurt through his many hours spent making art at the Tutti Arts Centre, which supports the development of artists with a disability. Kurt was diagnosed with autism at a young age and also has an intellectual disability. Drawing and painting became one of the ways he navigated his way through mainstream education with specialist support. His stylised line drawings depicting gorillas, policemen, and superhero-like characters gave way to a more colourful and painterly style around 2017 when, his father Brian tells me, ‘I made a suggestion that he could perhaps think about making things more 3D.’ It may or may not have been the catalyst, but from then on Kurt started on a more colourful painting path that appears as a dense stream of consciousness with a sophisticated palette and style. 56

Throughout the short period I spent with Kurt, he did not stop working. Pausing only briefly to inject a positive comment (‘It’s great!’) or tell me about his interest in music and film. His positive attitude is due in no small part to his parents, who despite the challenges have worked to offer Kurt every support and opportunity to thrive. Alongside art, Kurt is an active surfer, kayaker and swimmer. And he’s conscious of his diet: ‘Small amounts, healthy options,’ he tells me. Words to live by indeed. Kurt’s innate artistic talent is augmented by his autism and intellectual disability. He creates without the self-editing and analysis most adults tend to undertake, and this freedom results in a rich and creative narrative punctuated by his elaborate titles which provide further insight into the complex worlds he depicts. When I ask him: do you use a lot of colour? His answer is ‘Yes. Every single week and every single year.’ It’s a simple and pure statement of his absolute passion for his art.

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Above top: ‘Enjoy a day of salt crusted family bonding with surf lessons through Surf Culture Australia. (Wetsuits provided for winter warming rides). Bottom images: At Loco, Victor Harbor ‘little amigos’ can enjoy a tasty children’s menu while parents can explore what’s on offer via the cocktail or ‘mocktail’ list. Photos by Angela Lisman.

Surf Culture Australia Appreciate a different side of the coast this time of year, when the Fleurieu shows off some of the best surfing conditions it has to offer. Surf Culture Australia runs family fun sessions throughout the winter months across Moana, Southport, Middleton and Goolwa. You won’t have to worry about getting cold with thick, full-length wetsuits provided and energetic coaches to keep you on your toes. Enjoy a day of salt-crusted family bonding, while keeping active and ‘sharing the stoke.’ surfcultureaustralia.com.au


Loco Mexican Whether you’ve been out on the water or hiking in a nearby national park, you’ll relish in a well-earned fiesta at Loco Mexican, Victor Harbor. Rally a crew and let the chefs serve up house favourites for a shared dining experience, or make your own selections from the menu of Mexican-inspired dishes including burritos, tacos, nachos and more. The ‘little amigos’ can explore a tasty children’s menu, while parents can work their way through the cocktail list (or mocktails, if you must behave). With a colourful, fun interior and a whole lot of bright, zesty flavours, you might just be tricked into thinking you’ve made a brief exotic getaway. locomexican.com

As the days become shorter and the nights grow cooler, dinners of fish and chips on the beach give way to warm crusty bread by the fire, while ice-cold beers are swapped for gutsy glasses of shiraz. But a little chill in the air doesn’t mean the fun has to end – there are plenty of ways to keep the whole family entertained, rain, hail or shine.

Above: The recent expansion of the Myponga Reservoir includes permission to canoe and kayak, rentals and further paths for cycling and walking. Photos courtesy of Jo Cowan. While there you can linger longer at the Smiling Samoyed Brewery or the Valley of Yore café.

Myponga Reservoir Make the most of a gap in the clouds and explore the natural beauty surrounding this significant local water supply. Walk, run or cycle along the 6 kilometre network of trails, keeping an eye out for over 120 different species of native birds and various other wildlife who reside in the reserve. Share a picnic under the tall pines, or – if you have a fishing permit – try your luck dropping a line in. Take your canoe or kayak along and explore the 250 hectares of water, while you take in the luscious green landscapes. reservoirs.sa.gov.au/reservoirs/myponga

Valley of Yore Refuel for the drive home with a mug of locally-roasted De Groot Coffee inside the old Myponga Cheese Factory building, now home to rustic cafe and concept store Valley of Yore. If you worked up an appetite on your reservoir adventures, sample some of the baked goodies and sweet treats adorning the countertop, while the little ones let their imaginations run wild as they draw the day’s adventures across the brick flooring in chalk. Adults can make their own discoveries among the beautifully curated local and Australian artworks, ceramics, candles, accessories and more. instagram.com/valleyofyore >


Top: A ride upon the Steam Ranger is a right of passage for South Australians. Who hasn’t been for a ride? A great experience for all. Bottom left and right: Visit Bristow Smith Reserve at Goolwa and enjoy a picnic while the kids play in this beautifully designed nature play area on the coast. Photos by Neil Charter.

Steam Ranger Heritage Railway If the weather takes a turn, find shelter inside a heritage railway carriage on board The Cockle Train, while you absorb spectacular views of the River Murray and wild Southern Ocean. Experience a journey through history from Goolwa to Victor Harbor, with a few memorable stops along the way. If you’re lucky, at this time of year you might even spot a Southern Right Whale – keep your eyes peeled! steamrangerheritagerailway.org/our-trains/cockle-train


Bristow Smith Reserve Set aside a few hours to expel some energy at the Bristow Smith Nature Playspace in Goolwa. The reserve features a 10-metre long restored wooden fishing boat, climbing nets, basket swings and more. As well as the physical challenge, children can find mental stimulation through the sensory wall, interactive musical elements, artworks and sculptures scattered throughout. Children of all ages and abilities are encouraged to enjoy the space, which also features a wheelchairaccessible swing. alexandrina.sa.gov.au/discover/sport-and-recreation/points-ofinterest/bristow-smith-reserve

Top: A giraffe is just one of the animals on the ‘Find the Animal’ map at Jungle in Willunga. Photo courtesy of GO Australia. Bottom: Step back in time while enjoying current releases at the Victa Cinema.

Jungle in Willunga Make an escape to the tropics at this unexpected pocket of paradise hidden in Willunga. Ask for a ‘Find the Animal’ sheet at the shop when you arrive and explore the Jungle Walk for a $2 donation. Each corner brings a new find: animals, a pavilion, a little creek, and of course an exotic variety of greenery. With an impressive collection of giftwares, pottery and garden art, as well as helpful staff to give advice on creating a backyard paradise of your own, this world within a world has something for all ages. jungleinwillunga.com.au

Victa Cinema Winter is a great time to snuggle up for a film inside the cosy Victa Cinema. Enjoy the movie popcorn and choc-top ritual, while you soak up the rich history of the original ‘Victor Theatre’, which began showing films in 1923. Come by in the evening to watch the digital artwork projected on the outside of the building each night, featuring many great videos including films celebrating local and South Australian history. victacinemas.com.au >


Top: A tasting flight designed for children at Kimbolton Wines. What a great idea! Photo by Duy Huynh. Bottom: At the Vine Shed, McLaren Vale – while the parents wine and dine inside the kids are kept entertained with outdoor games and a glamping tent complete with a screening area for children’s movies and arcade games.

Kimbolton Wines Just because you have the kids with you, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be able to enjoy an afternoon out wine tasting. Kimbolton Wines makes the whole family feel included with tasting experiences for all ages. The adults can relax and enjoy a carefully paired wine and cheese flight, consisting of four local artisan cheeses paired with four Kimbolton wines. In the meantime, the kids can work through their own flight of three Bickford’s cordials matched with a tasting of cheese, kabana and a chocolate tommy turtle. With a packet of Kimbolton colouring pencils, activity booklet and bubbles, as well as a lawn area to let off some steam, both parents and children can enjoy the space together. kimboltonwines.com.au 62

Vine Shed Children can run amok in a dedicated play area visible from the Vine Shed cellar door, while parents can relax and enjoy the experience knowing the little ones are safe. The play area features giant outdoor games like Jenga, noughts and crosses, chess and connect four. Shelter from the elements can be found inside a large cubby house with its own deck and verandah, or in the loft area where two vintage arcade game machines have been recently installed. Kids will also be entertained by a cosy movie theatre inside the bell tent, decked out with comfy bean bags. A delicious wine and food menu is backed up by some kid-friendly options like pizza, hot chips and wedges to please the whole crowd. vineshedvenue.com.au

Top: Rock climb the Adventure Tower at the Southern Adventure Hub. Photo courtesy of Adventure Hubs SA. Bottom: Earth Adventures rock climb and abseil tour in the gorgeous Onkaparinga River National Park. Photo courtesy of Earth Adventures.

Southern Adventure Hub If you’re feeling a little more daring, the Southern Adventure Hub, located in the McLaren Vale wine region, is the experience for you. Located at Douglas Scrub Girl Guides camping grounds, the Southern Adventure Hub features a three-sided rock climbing adventure tower, a continuous high ropes challenge course, a super fun zipline and a double ‘leap of faith’ trapeze. Kids and adults alike are welcome to book online and try the rock climb and ropes experience every weekend and school holidays. Groups of eight or more can book private experiences. What better way to bond with family and friends than through a shared dose of adrenaline? adventurehubssa.com.au/southern

Earth Adventure Immerse yourself in the great outdoors, find your inner peace and leave with some amazing memories on a tour with Earth Adventure. Experience a half-day tour of the Onkaparinga Gorge, scaling rocks while spotting the native wildlife with a Rock Climb and Abseil Onkaparinga adventure. If you have a group of eight or more, set aside a whole day for a Fleurieu Eco Adventure. An adventurous morning of high ropes and trapeze is followed by a gourmet picnic lunch. Then it’s off to a local organic winery, where you’ll get a fascinating introduction to organic wine and sustainability. Finish off your Fleurieu fun with some wine and cheese among the wildlife in Kuitpo Forest. earthadventure.com.au 63


Going Local: At Christies Beach In 2020 the City of Onkaparinga launched the Go South Go Local campaign. The campaign encourages Onkaparinga residents to choose local products and services whenever possible – a purpose that’s very close to our hearts here at FLM. We set out along Beach Road at Christies Beach to find out how locals and business owners choose to ‘go local.’ Visit: gosouthgolocal.com.au to learn more. Photographs by Loki Hall.










01. Malcolm Dean, community development worker at Uniting Communities, loves to get out and support local cafes and restaurants, which is exactly what he was doing when we caught up with him at The Bubbly Tea and Coffee Co. 02. For Kathryn Rogers, it’s CJ’s Bakery and the Beach Road Florist that top her local list. Working at Mortgage Choice, she tells us that everyone in the business aims to support local, saying ‘our boss is very conscientious of that.’ 03. Christies Beach locals aren’t short of choice when it comes to baked goods. For Velvet Oakes, who has just started her own marketing company (while juggling a young one), it’s The ESPY Bakehouse that gets her vote. ‘I’ve always worked in small and medium-sized businesses, so I understand the importance of supporting local,’ she says. 04. The Go Local philosophy is epitomised by Taylee Howard’s business, Miranda’s. Taylee has brought together a group of local makers who each rent a small space in the shop to sell their wares, making it a must-shop for all local and handmade items. Beyond supporting her team of makers, Taylee loves the Vietnamese street food on offer at Bami Kitchen.


05. Just next door to Miranda’s, Nikki Lemon’s business Gettin’ Nailed is one of seven businesses in a co-op space at 15 Beach Road. Nikki lists the Great Nature Vegetarian Snacks and Grocery as her top pick. 06. One of her neighbours, Yuliia Selytska, owner of specialist waxing business Body Sugaring Beauty Room, has noticed since coming to Australia how conscientious people are about shopping local, a habit she’s happily adopted too. 07. Amanda Flude, who owns the Beach Road Florist, feels very fortunate to be supported by so many locals. A happy resident of Christies Beach, Amanda heads a little further south to source some of her flowers and plants from Hindmarsh Island and Myponga. Another Bami Kitchen regular, Amanda also loves to visit Annie’s Cafe. 08. Thrifters and makers Cheleigh, Louise and Ciara, tell us they like the smoothie bowls at Delicia Acai + Protein Bar, so of course we have to check them out. 09. Delicia employee Mitch Fige is quick to sum up one more reason for going local: ‘It’s just easy, it’s all here.’ We certainly couldn’t ask for more.


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01. OLIVER’S TARANGA QUINCE GIN $95.00 Small batch and handcrafted with quinces grown on the Oliver’s Taranga property, this gin is sure to warm you up like a late afternoon sun, served with fresh lime, tonic and a sprig of thyme. Get in early as the range sold out in a flash last year. Released July 2021. Available from Oliver’s Taranga Cellar Door / McLaren Vale. 02. YUSEI EAU DE PARFUM $169 Treat yourself to a new natural, ethical, sustainably hand-poured fragrance this season. Select from four signature fragrances: Petrichor, Alchemy, Florescence and Incense. Wild crafted in Australia. Available at Valley of Yore / Myponga. 03. DA DA DAISY $39.95 Soothe and warm your body with these locally made, french linen therapy bags. Infused with restorative essential oils, these beautiful bags can be used heated or cooled for your comfort. Available at Argus House / Strathalbyn. 04. WINE, BEER & SPIRITS OF THE FLEURIEU $75 Soul Publishing is back with its much anticipated follow up to Faces & Food of the Fleurieu. Featuring fifty wineries, breweries and distilleries of the region. Available at Sage House / Aldinga, Valley of Yore / Myponga, Kookery / Willunga, Millie Mae’s Pantry / Penneshaw, South Seas Bookshop / Port Elliot.


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05. PALM TREE INDIAN THROW RUG $295 Cuddle up this winter with a queen-size woodblocked quilted throw made from 100% cotton from Bev’s Remnant House / Willunga. 06. BESPOKE JEWELLERY Price range $69.99 - $89.99 Accessorise your outfit with these unique designs exclusive to the séjour club / Willunga. Each piece from the in-store collections draw inspiration from the wonderful world around us, handcrafted using a range of natural minerals, fibres and upcycled fabrics. 07. WOODCUT MEMORY GAME by Brian Nash-Gill $27.95 Flip the cold winter days away with the distinct earthy contours of this memory card game. Perfect nestled by the fire with the family and a mug of cocoa. Available at South Seas Trading / Port Elliot.


50 years of fuelling the Fleurieu and beyond. Story by Poppy Fitzpatrick. Photography by Jason Porter.


Page left: Adelaide Fuel has been servicing Fleurieu farms and locals though their petrol stations for fifty years, starting with a single truck and now employing close to eighty people. A great local business story. Above: Bryson Fredericks (now nearly 75 and at the helm of the business for fifty years) stands proudly in the ‘man cave’ housing his impressive vintage fuel pump and signage collection.

A lot can happen in half a century. Casting back to 1971, Bryson Fredericks’ memory lands him in Seaford, among big open paddocks of untouched land – vastly different from the suburban sprawl, shopping centres and industrial outlets that populate the area today. At the centre of the region’s rapid growth has been Bryson’s business, Adelaide Fuel Distributors. In 2021, Bryson reflects with near disbelief on fifty successful years. Growing up in New South Wales, Bryson wore a few different hats before falling into the fuel industry. He started as an electrical apprentice, worked a few stints on an oil rig, while also popping down to South Australia sporadically to pick grapes and drive trucks for Booth Transport. Known for his go-getter attitude, Bryson threw himself front and centre to take on the next generation of Ampol’s bulk fuel distribution. Bryson took over their Seaford depot, which originally operated under the name Seaford Petroleum. His initial clientele consisted largely of agricultural families in the area. One such customer, Peter Krichauff, recalls receiving deliveries of fuel in 44 gallon drums to his farm in Delamere. As the sole operator, administrator and delivery truck driver of the company, Bryson would fill, pack and dismount these drums single-handedly. With a hint of pride, Bryson attributes this heavy lifting to never once needing a gym membership. Peter remains a loyal customer to this day, but now receives his fuel delivery in bulk – between one and two thousand litres – around once a month. Moving away from drums and into bulk delivery allowed Bryson to greatly expand his service by reducing the frequency of

his visits. When business spread into metropolitan Adelaide and beyond, it seemed fitting to change to a name with broader appeal. Adelaide Fuel Distributors was born, and now supplies as far north as Blanchetown and as far south as Cape Jervis. While building the business, Bryson also kept busy establishing himself as a generous member of the Fleurieu community. Adelaide Fuel Distributors has sponsored the Willunga Golf Club and Moana Surf Life Saving Club for its entire fifty years. Bryson himself proudly holds a life membership to both – his name even displayed on the women’s rowboat at the surf club. Having spent his entire married life in the Old Noarlunga community, Bryson is also a life member of the Old Noarlunga Football Club, the Chairman of the Old Noarlunga Uniting Cemetery and, as an avid cricketer, was instrumental in restarting the Old Noarlunga Cricket Club in 1972. In between his hard work, Bryson still managed to fit in a social life. It was at a Mount Compass dance Bryson attended with mates that he met his wife Dianne, who grew up on her family’s dairy farm in Myponga. Dianne and Bryson exchanged numbers and have since passed on their impressively tall genes through two generations. Although Dianne isn’t heavily involved with the business side of things, Bryson tenderly admires their unwavering support of one another, which has allowed their company and family to grow together harmoniously. > 69

Top left: 1971 – Bryson’s first truck. Top right: 1973 – taken on their house block at Old Noarlunga. Middle left: The Fredericks Family. Middle right: Bryson and Dianne. Bottom: 1972 – original depot on Seaford Road, which is now a Caltex service station.

Their three children Jason, Sarah and Katherine are all keenly involved in the business and maintain a close relationship of deep trust. Mixing business with family is not without its fair share of hard work, Bryson admits, but it’s clear that his loved ones are the centre of his world – alongside his impressive collection of antique fuel pumps. Bryson has accumulated a personal museum of petrol pumps, standing as a physical representation of the massive change he’s experienced over the past five decades. As he shows me a handful of restored pumps he keeps at the main office, Bryson opens one up with a grin, revealing an interior that’s been discreetly refitted with a refrigerator. Fifty years in business has exposed the family to almost every possible hardship. Witnessing many others lose their livelihoods along the way, Bryson puts his continued success down to following honest, hardworking principles and maintaining a level of integrity that’s often missing in big business. Bryson has always meticulously ensured all of their operations are above board, earning him widespread respect in the industry and clearly contributing to the business’ longevity. He also 70

humbly shares his successes with his employees, who he regards as extended family. Bryson insists the business would not be where it is today without the hard work of his general manager, Trevor Bayliss, who came on board in 2007 to bring the company to the next level and became a close friend in the meantime. He and his family are focused on preserving a customer service experience that is hard to come by in an industry increasingly moving into corporate ownership. To have built Adelaide Fuel Distributors to the size it is today, while still being family-owned and operated, is an admirable achievement – one they’ve all worked extremely hard to maintain. As he celebrates fifty years of business and approaches his 75th birthday, Bryson is keeping his hands full, with no sign of retiring anytime soon. With six grandchildren – including identical twins – and a truly energetic outlook on life, it seems Bryson and his family will be fueling the Fleurieu for many years to come.

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Page left: Resident studio artists (left to right) Brad Darkson, Brianna Speight and Rebecca McCaul with Henry Jock Walker (top right). This page top: 141 Main Road, the building’s facade has been painted in bold colour signalling the transformation taking place inside. Above: The ground around the buildings are a place for local ‘groms’ to skate and learn.

Something has begun at 141 Main Road, McLaren Vale. The building’s neutral facade has been banished in favour of bold colour, signalling the transformation taking place inside. Born of a collaborative effort between building owner Steve Grimley, local artist Henry Jock Walker and a community of artists, the space is being reimagined as an arts centre and flagship store for the McLaren Vale Coffee Co.

out of it.’ He wants the centre to be contemporary and approachable, with a strong focus on being relevant and engaging to youth culture, but not to the exclusion of others. ‘We want to try and make it so an older person can come in at the same time as a hard-core skate grommet can and feel comfortable,’ says Henry. ‘That’s what underpins all of it: let’s create a community space where all parts of the community can come in.’ The name will come, but he wants these ideas to grow and evolve a bit first.

Together, Steve and Henry share a vision to create a many layered, inclusive space that can naturally evolve over time.

In its initial iteration, the space will be multipurpose, with a gallery/ exhibition space as well as a coffee ‘cellar door’ for the McLaren Vale Coffee Co. The building at 141 will work cohesively with their neighbour at 143, the Daily Grind. The linking factor is Steve, who also owns the coffee and skate businesses. Behind these spaces will be a hive of creativity, with a professional screen printing set-up, studio spaces and a dark room.

The repainted facade is a sign of the work and thought that has so far gone into the project. But one thing it doesn’t have yet – at least at the time of writing – is a name. Henry describes it as ‘a little art centre with lots of different projects happening and ideas to organically grow

The coffee cellar door concept is inspired by Steve’s experience as a winemaker and will showcase the McLaren Vale Coffee Company’s range. There will be a resident coffee roaster in store, offering tastings and expertise to guide punters through their range of roasts and > 73

Above left: Boards in the gallery are an initiative by Harry Fried, board shaper who had three blanks and wanted to do something fun so he collaborated with a few different artists. Seen here: Leesha Preiser and Henry Jock Walker’s interpretations. Top and bottom right: The skate ‘groms’ like the mini skate park at the side of Daily Grind, but also get involved with screen printing their own t-shirts.

roasting techniques. The fit out for the coffee space and gallery is by Adelaide-based design studio Kipfler, and they hope to be open to the public this winter. Henry and Steve’s working relationship has been long standing. It started with Steve inviting Henry to paint skateboard decks and a mural for Daily Grind. They found common ground in their ethos and approach and have collaborated on many projects since. ‘The building next door was free and Steve was encouraging an art project,’ says Henry. ‘I think my role is evolving as well, there is nothing too official but it’s definitely to coordinate the art side of the space. The coffee side will be the coffee people.’ The centre is already partially up and running as a screen-printing facility and as a studio space for established local artists Rebecca McEwan, Brianna Speight and Brad Darkson. For now, the plan is to continue building up an offering of public workshops and then, once the gallery and coffee space is open, to begin curating and exhibiting shows. In addition, when the fit out is complete, the space will host residencies for visual artists. Down the track, Henry sees endless potential for the building. He imagines using the yard space to build more studios, creating a ‘free wall’ for anyone to paint on and maybe an area for skateboarding. He also sees many possibilities for the space to support artists, not just through projects and residencies but through generating direct commercial opportunities. ‘The important thing is not to jump ahead,’ he says. ‘Once the space is all open then we can get the ball rolling a bit more.’


With the contribution and expertise of local artist and go-to screen printing guru, Harry Koutlakis, the printing facilities are designed to produce commercial scale work, which will be an important resource for artists to use. ‘The screen-printing set-up means that artists can come here and do, for example, a four-colour screen print as part of their residency, professionally, with the proper set up,’ says Henry. Together, Henry and Harry are already facilitating weekly screenprinting workshops in the centre with local youth. These workshops are an important element of their purpose and vision for the space; they want to enable young people not only through providing access to resources for their own work and projects, but also through exploring pathways to commercial opportunities. The centre’s connection to the skate and surf communities will also seek to offer screen printing as a worthwhile project for young people in a way that’s encouraging and relevant for them. ‘It’s a bit more of a connected way to explore the world, when you can directly relate stuff to what you are thinking about,’ says Henry. Henry has been working on the centre for one day a week for a while. For him, it’s been an opportunity to explore community art practice in a way that’s sustainable, through a process of slow and steady growth. This slower approach is carefully balanced against creating a centre that people are eager to interact with. Henry hopes that his approach will contribute to making the centre reflective of the foundational intentions: growing a multilayered, accessible and inclusive space, inviting to all parts of the community. ‘We can be in one spot forever, whatever we create. Whether I’m here or not it has potential to continue on,’ he says. ‘My hope is to slowly build it up but to make it approachable for everyone.’

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As the season turns cool and we find comfort indoors, a grazing table offers a place to commune and indulge with friends and family. Share the region’s freshest foods and fare sourced entirely from the Willunga Farmers Market, served on the beautiful handcrafted platters and bowls created by Jane Lathlean of Bramble Pottery Strathalbyn.


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With its rugged geological features, pristine coastline and untarnished wild landscapes, a trip to Kangaroo Island can make you feel like the only person in the world. Whether immersing yourself in the thick bush teeming with wildlife, or soaking in a warm bath atop a private infinity deck overlooking sweeping white sands, these island escapes entirely redefine the experience of luxury accommodation. Going overseas has never been so close to home.

Page left: Rugged landscapes and pristine beaches all to yourselves … stay awhile at some of these luxe retreats on Kangaroo Island. This photo taken at the beach is walking distance from the Ocean View Eco Villas. Photo by Heidi Lewis. Above left: Ecopia Retreat sits in a dedicated wildlife sanctuary. Owners Rob and Yael have committed to planting a native tree for every booking they receive this year. We love this idea! Right: The very modern and comfortable accommodations at Sea Dragon Lodge & Villas sit atop a hill overlooking the ocean. Guests will enjoy their own private beach and can opt-in for fully catered dining to truly relax and enjoy.

Ecopia Retreat Set in the middle of a dedicated wildlife sanctuary, this off-grid retreat offers three boutique luxury options from which to savour a slow and mindful escape. Located on a vast property at the heart of the island, guests are given exclusive access to Eleanor River and a unique opportunity to immerse in Kangaroo Island’s inland beauty. Two rammed-earth, solar-passive villas provide an intimate, self-contained stay for couples. The Residence boasts a contemporary, open-plan layout with three bedrooms and two bathrooms for larger groups. Guests are encouraged to explore the property by day or night, with walking trail maps and special torches for spotting nightlife provided. Promoting a deeper and more conscious travel experience, owners Rob and Yael have committed to planting a native tree for every booking they receive this year. Ecopia Retreat delicately balances maximum luxury with minimum environmental impact.

Sea Dragon Lodge & Villas Tucked away in a quiet bushland setting, these villa and apartmentstyle accommodations overlook the pristine, private-access Pink Bay so guests can indulge in a feeling of complete solitude. Each lodging provides a lavish experience of privacy, paired with all the comforts of home. Guests are invited to enjoy fully catered dining, homecooked and delivered to their door while they bask in uninterrupted relaxation. Alternatively, guests can get creative using local produce in modern kitchens stocked with all the essentials. The property features several nature walks studded with an abundance of wildlife, while the secluded swimming beach sits a mere five-minute walk away. With optional, all-inclusive holiday packages, Sea Dragon Lodge & Villas deliver a truly end-to-end island experience. >


Top: One Kangaroo Island is dedicated to providing guests with a ‘lasting memorable stay.’ If this dining area is anything to go by it seems they have succeeded. Photograph by Quentin Chester. Bottom: One can spend hours beachcombing or bushwalking at Oceanview Eco Village. Each villa has been carefully considered for comfort and sustainability at this tasteful coastal haven. Photograph by Heidi Lewis.

One Kangaroo Island Offered only on a select enquiry basis, hosts of One Kangaroo Island Coreena and Hugh are dedicated to providing their guests with a lavishly memorable stay. Their two exclusive accommodation options allow guests to occupy their very own section of the island’s eastern end. Private, fully-tailored packages are available at their One KI dwelling, which features five double king bedrooms, four ensuites, two living areas and multiple decks. Deluxe outdoor bath and shower areas overlook the ocean, epitomising the complete serenity of this secluded paradise. Guests are provided with full breakfasts, threecourse dinners prepared by private chefs, and locally sourced nibbles to enjoy throughout the day. Premium Kangaroo Island and South Australian wines and refreshments are also provided. Their Walcowrie option offers guests an alternative, self-contained option with infinity decking that appears to merge beach, dune and bush. One Kangaroo Island invites its visitors to enjoy snorkelling, kayaking, shell collecting, bird watching and stargazing – or on a cooler day, the chance to unwind with a book from their extensive library. 84

Oceanview Eco Village Overlooking the stunning cliffs of Redbanks, this coastal escape offers a highly personalised getaway for couples and families alike. The private cove and lush surrounding bushlands allow guests the chance to switch off and withdraw, while enjoying premium, sophisticated accommodation. Each villa is serviced daily, with a generously provisioned butler’s pantry and catered dining at breakfast and dinner. Oceanview Eco Village seek to provide a highly personalised experience that is both elegant and unobtrusive; guests can wake up and enjoy a cooked breakfast in their pyjamas, and return after a day of exploring to a gourmet three-course meal served in-house. Each villa has been carefully considered in terms of both comfort and sustainability, with bedroom carpets made from salvaged ocean fish nets, recycled jarrah doors and Kangaroo Island limestone completing the stonework around each fireplace. Guests are greeted with a Kangaroo Island Spirits cocktail upon arrival, before being left to luxuriate in the plush furnishings of their tasteful coastal haven.

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Uncorked Wine reviews by Gill Gordon-Smith IWE

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Amphora: Historically a pottery vessel with two handles (or a unit of measure) but now used in wine circles to describe a large clay pot used to ferment and age wine. The practice originated some 6000 years ago in what’s now modern-day Georgia in pots known as qvevri – though many old world regions have used similar vessels over the centuries. The slightly porous clay gives the wine texture by allowing a little oxygen to slowly reach the juice, while keeping the pure fruit expression. Basket press: A vertical grape press usually made of wooden staves in a cylindrical shape held together by steel hoops. It looks like a basket and has a horizontal wooden disk that gently presses the grapes. The juice from the squashed berries escapes through the slats and is captured. Concrete eggs: A concrete tank shaped, unsurprisingly, like an egg. Winemakers have used concrete tanks for a long time, but egg-shaped fermenters arrived in the early 2000s. With no dead corners, the wine circulates during fermentation keeping the temperature fairly constant and adding texture, depth and mouthfeel. It’s a neutral fermenter that allows a little oxygen in but doesn’t impart flavours like oak barrels can.


Orange (amber, skin contact): Wines made from white grapes that are treated like red grapes. The grape skins are kept in contact with the juice for days or even months. Skins contain colouring matter, phenolics and tannins and this style of wine has different flavours and lots of texture. The colour is various shades of orange or amber depending on how long the juice is left ‘on skins’. Wild ferment: Fermentation via the natural or ambient ‘wild’ yeast found on the grape skins and in the environment and vineyard. The flavours from wild yeast are often more expressive than cultured yeasts, but there is some risk involved compared with the common practice of adding selected or cultured yeasts which allow more control during fermentation.

There’s a lot of new words appearing on wine labels these days. But what is orange wine? Why is the yeast wild? And how do concrete eggs and clay amporae get involved? Most importantly: how do these techniques translate in the glass? In this issue we celebrate the dreamers, believers and the curious-producers of the Fleurieu using ancient and innovative techniques to make delicious and interesting wines that delight and surprise.

Brash Higgins Nero d’Avola 2018 Amphora Project McLaren Vale Wild ferment – clay amphora – skin contact Winemaker Brad Hickey combines ancient techniques with climateappropriate varieties like nero d’Avola and zibibbo to produce delicious, intriguing wines and was one of the first in the region to use custommade clay amphorae. The 2018 Nero is made in beeswax-lined amphorae, with 180 days on skins and naturally fermented. A bright ruby wine with an expressive nose of soft red fruits, pomegranate, ripe cherry, spiced oranges, heady florals and Italian herbs that amplifies and changes as the aromas unfold. The palate is full of red and black summer berries, ripe cherries and Campari flavours cut by a splash of blood orange acidity. It’s textural and gorgeous with fine tannins and a long, exotic, finish. DILF Cabernet-Touriga 2020 Langhorne Creek Co-fermented – wild yeast – basket pressed DILF wines is a collaboration between two of the region’s most successful sommeliers: Lachlan George and Josh Picken. After gaining experience, awards and skills working with some of the most prestigious and innovative restaurants in Australia and overseas, they’ve turned their attention and curiosity to making their own wines. This wine is a wild yeast co-fermentation of cabernet sauvignon and touriga. A rich and deep nose of black fruits, plum and cocoa followed by a truffled, earthy note. The palate is a lovely mouthful of blackberry, ripe cherry and darkest rum and raisin chocolate with powdery tannins and a little balsamic lick to finish.

Gemtree Wines SBE Grenache 2020 McLaren Vale Concrete egg – minimum sulphur – certified organic Gemtree Wines are a perfect marriage of award-winning viticulturist Melissa Brown’s attention to detail and dedication to sustainability and biodynamics, and Mike Brown’s skilled work and curiosity in the cellar. Old vines, healthy soils and a hands-off approach have created a wine of vibrant ruby colour with a lifted nose full of bright red fruits, cranberries, mulberries, orange rind and spice. The palate is full of energy with red fruits, raspberries, plums, squashed wild strawberries and mandarin peel. It’s a gloriously textural and satisfying mouthful, beautifully poised and balanced by chalky soft tannin which complements the fruit and drives the long, long finish. Somos Naranjito Verdelho 2020 McLaren Vale Orange wine – skin contact – wild ferment Friends and business partners Ben Caldwell and Mauricio Ruiz Cantú met at university in Adelaide and are the team behind McLaren Valebased Somos Wines. Focusing on natural winemaking and alternative varieties, the duo have crafted an impressive line-up of textural and energetic wines. Handpicked, basket pressed, wild ferment, lees stirring and 180 days of skin contact have delivered a wine of real texture, interest and drinkability. Orange in colour, the nose is full of burnt orange peel, baked apple crumble and sweet ginger spice. It’s a walk on the right side of wild and a delicious mouthful of fleshy mandarin, yellow plums, apricot, sweet persimmon and warm spice with layers of texture. Well balanced and full of personality with a long spiced finish. 87

Remembering Jeffrey Mostyn How Story by Poppy Fitzpatrick.

Port Willunga is famed for its jetty pylons and rugged sandstone caves, but few know the fascinating family history behind their construction. For the long-term locals, these landmarks now stand as a fond memory of the vivacious fisherman Jeffrey Mostyn How, whose permanent fixture upon his cliff-top lookout became a landmark of its own. Jeff’s passing on 9th November 2020 at ninety years of age closes a chapter in the How family’s long fishing history and marks the sad loss of a kind, exuberant character in the local community. Jeff’s father Bill began netting fish in the area from the late 19th century. When he returned from World War I as a tunneller in France, Bill burrowed the first of the Port Willunga caves. While his digging is thought to have been triggered by his war trauma, the resulting cave functioned as a handy place to store his boat – an idea soon followed by other locals. Jeff and his siblings Vin, Brenda, Lockie and Kevin all assisted with the family business as children, taking on various tasks while Bill imparted the skills of the craft. Jeff witnessed the trade’s dramatic evolution; when he first started, they still rolled the boats across the sand using logs, before physically rowing them out to sea. As a boy, Jeff would double his workload by also driving the catch to market by horse and cart. Spending so much time on the coast as they grew up, it’s not surprising that Jeff met his wife Alma while seaside with his brothers. They lived and worked north of Adelaide, but commuted to Port Willunga nearly every weekend. Together, they had four children named Judy, Dane, Kym and Donna, who enjoyed a childhood underpinned by this same attachment to the Fleurieu coast. When Bill eventually retired in the 70s and the family business was handed over to Jeff full-time, the couple began spending most of the summer months at Port Willunga in their quaint beachside abode. But in winter, when the Fleurieu became too rough and murky, they’d follow the fish to Balgowan on the west coast of Yorke Peninsula. 88

Those who had the knack for it were ‘employed’ as Jeff’s fish spotters, meaning he had eyes – and friends – covering the whole Fleurieu coast. If a friend called Jeff to alert him to a school of fish, they could be sure they’d get their share of the catch upon his return. In later years when Jeff’s vision degenerated from decades of scanning the sea, his daughter Donna became his most reliable second pair of eyes. Judy says Donna inherited her gift for spotting from Jeff, who could accurately estimate the size of a school by weight from a mere glance at a wave. But Jeff’s connection to the ocean went far beyond his trade, with a life that revolved around a deep love for the coast. ‘What people didn’t realise is my dad had a passion for the sea and a passion for Port Willunga,’ Judy says. ‘To him, it wasn’t just about fishing.’ Jeff would take his Jeep for a nightly beach patrol at dusk to pick up rubbish, while his familiar furry friends would run along the white sand. All those who knew Jeff knew how much he adored his dog Flossy, and later Blossom, who were permanently at his side wherever he went. Jeff was loud and good-humoured, with a sometimes indelicate vocabulary. His friendly, open disposition meant Jeff often ended up with unexpected company who took comfort in his presence. It was never surprising to the family if Jeff returned after a day’s work with extra pairs of hands and mouths to feed. ‘What I really appreciated about my dad was the fact that he was generous, he did not judge people and we always knew that he loved us,’ Judy said. ‘And he was just such a character.’ Her father will live on in her memories as a humble, hardworking man who was always unphased by the small things. On one occasion, the family watched as he waded out to retrieve a large shark caught in his net, grabbing it by the tail and dragging it out with his bare hands. But Jeff’s forthright attitude was always backed up by his truly compassionate nature, which Judy says shone through in his final days when he sat with his great grandson Levi, patiently reassuring him that everything was going to be just fine. A memorial service was held at the Port Willunga lookout Jeff famously occupied, which has become colloquially known by locals as ‘How’s Lookout’. His ashes were returned to the place he spent so many fond years fishing with his brothers, at Jeff’s request. Jeff How will be affectionately remembered as a cheerful local personality, as well as a caring father, grandfather and great-grandfather to his devoted family.

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Autumn book reviews by Mark Laurie of South Seas Books, Port Elliot.

original transformative item, a ‘McCubbin’, in a sea of copies and dross. Brought together by need, trust and appreciation grow as Ron and Joseph travel the Trading Post-ordained ‘songlines’ of their profession, finding friendship as they seek transformative wealth. Ultimately it is this friendship which becomes transformative for Joseph, its lessons and meaning unlocking reservoirs of loss and untapped potential alike. It would be easy to describe this story as of people and places on the edges or margins of Australian city life. But to do so, would be unthinking and glib. This mix of poignancy, darkness, humour and the vernacular lies at the centre of our place in this world and time. It reflects the society we have made and existences of a great many. The authenticity of this book stares at us as it entertains.

Chasing the McCubbin by Sandi Scaunich Published by Transit Lounge Publishing ISBN 9781925760590 $29.99 A microcosmic story, set in Melbourne’s outer suburbia during the early 1990s recession memorably described as the one ‘we had to have.’ Joseph, a teenage refugee from domestic violence and an utterly broken home, is crushed by his circumstances and largely disengaged from a world which has offered him so little. By a chance meeting, he is introduced to Ron and his world of antique collectors, a highly competitive and eclectic group making their living by trawling garage sales and hard rubbish piles for unrecognised gems. Here is a social ecosystem populated by a rigid stratum of genuine collectors, ‘tool men’, ‘cord cutters’ and tyre kickers. Prospecting for authenticity, their grail is to find that


Falling by T.J. Newman Published by Simon & Schuster ISBN 9781398507258 $29.99 A new author, drawing from her experience as a flight attendant, has followed in the footsteps of Arthur Hailey with a thriller centred around human aviation. The family of the pilot of Flight 416 from Los Angeles to New York are being held hostage as he is ordered to crash the plane, with its 146 souls on board and his closest friend among the crew, in order to save their lives. The action plays out both in the air and on the ground, its novelty and depth lying with the author’s inside knowledge of flight operations and the roles played by its various officers when the chips are well and truly down. There’s nuance too, around the terrorists and their cause, which inspires reflection and dismay. A defiantly American airport novel, there is never any real doubt that the strength, capability, and integrity of those involved will ultimately triumph and they will heroically carry the day. Cometh the hour, cometh the flight attendant! However, at a time when flying has become more a matter of necessity than pleasure for many, an undertaking ridden with a new invisible risk, perhaps it’s the best time to enjoy such traditionally structured suspense, cocooned by the capabilities and sense of duty of those on the side of good.

Land: How the Hunger for Ownership Shaped the Modern World by Simon Winchester Published by William Collins (an imprint of Harper Collins) ISBN 9780008359126 $34.99 Simon Winchester’s latest narrative history presents a sweeping account of human engagement with land and how we have measured, expropriated, fenced and sought to possess it through time. The story begins loftily with exploration, survey and scientific enquiry. These undertakings are worthy in their own right, and perhaps provide a foundation for serious and sympathetic interest in land and its features and occupants, whether human, animal or botanical. However, in a straightforward indictment of imperialism, of human political

economy, and potentially, even of human nature itself, the author charts an unedifying progression to ‘conquest, cruelty and mercantile greed.’ Exclusion, exploitation and degradation have in turn followed close at heel, testing the ‘patience of the acres’ to the insanity of those living upon them. Such features of our occupation continue largely unabated today, notably in Australia, that sponsored home to speculative land dealings, large holdings, and the spurious land ‘supply’ problem. There is much to fascinate here as we veer between accounts of how the finite size of the world was measured, the eccentricities of the Canadian border with the United States, origins and effects of barbed wire, Scottish clearances, the extent of Gina Rinehart’s holdings, and the ebullience of nature in the human-free demilitarised zone of the Koreas. There’s also much to consider about the legal nonsense and artifice of ‘owning’ what belongs to nature, a central tenet in our commodification of everything, already spreading to beaches, to water and perhaps, in the future, to the air we breathe?

The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather Published by Penguin Classics ISBN 9780241338162 $22.99 First published in 1915, this semiautobiographical novel was the second in the ‘Prairie Trilogy’ which established Cather as the literary voice of America’s mid-western landscape and the pioneers who inhabited it. Within this context, it explores the sacrifice of a life of singleminded striving for artistic perfection, and the transcendent beauty and power that lie with its achievement. Born into a large Methodist family in the dusty, small-town reaches of Colorado, Thea Kronborg follows her calling to the great opera houses of Europe and New York. Strong willed, dismissive of mediocrity and determined to make her own way, she and the talent she harbours nevertheless inspire a series of sympathetic men to help her and her career in various ways, something of a reversal of traditional roles and social mores of the day. With a title inspired by a Jules Breton painting of a French rural idyll, later to be declared America’s most beloved artwork, the striking artistry of the book lies in its polychromatic landscape descriptions and timeless observations of human relationships. Cather and her central characters must always decide between the connectedness and letting go which allows individuals to thrive. Like many great works, it harbors a narrative which explores, but can never resolve, that tension between individual aspiration and community belonging, the doomed quest for balanced resolution of which we must always seek.


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BLEASDALE Wine lovers and history buffs will be equally enticed by a visit to Bleasdale. Taste awardwinning wines in the cellar door, or treat yourself to a prestige tasting of their premium wines. Step outside to learn something new by enjoying a wander through the old winery, home to their historic old press built in 1892. Or up the ante and combine the two with a guided cellar door tour and tasting. Keep an eye out for the famed mulberry tree! Ph: 08 8537 4022 bleasdale.com.au


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LAKE BREEZE The perfect destination for a long lunch, Lake Breeze offers regional platters and seasonal dishes for diners to enjoy either on the terrace or upstairs overlooking the Follett family’s old vines. Lake Breeze also plays host to the Handpicked Festival each November and their recently completed events space, the Barrel Room, offers a spectacular option for weddings and functions. Or perhaps just drop in for a glass of the renowned red wine, Bernoota. Ph: 08 8537 3017 lakebreeze.com.au

Top: The newly built additions to the Lake Breeze Wines cellar door and function centre includes a lovely garden entrance. Photo by John Kruger. Bottom left: Enjoy, pizza, wine and chocolate at the Vineyard Road Cellar Door. Right: Adults can enjoy a wine flight paired with cheese while the children enjoy a cheese and chocolate platter paired with cordials. Photo by Duy Huynh.

RUSTICANA The best of both worlds! Rusticana Wines and Newman’s Horseradish – all in one location. Visitors to the cellar door can taste and purchase the range of horseradish products and wines, including their zinfandel and durif. There’s also a selection of local condiments, jams and other products on offer. Bring along a picnic lunch (bookings preferred), relax on the deck with a glass of wine and enjoy the stunning views over vineyards and horseradish crops. Ph: 08 8537 3086 rusticanawines.com.au

THE WINEHOUSE The Winehouse offers a unique tasting experience from four award-winning wine labels: Ben Potts Wines, Gipsie Jack, John’s Blend by John Glaetzer and Ben Glaetzer’s Heartland and for good measure, it’s also home to Meechi Brewing Co. Alongside their wine and craft beer offerings, the Winehouse also serves up seasonal food offerings and definitely deserves a spot on everyone’s ‘things to do’ list when visiting Langhorne Creek. Ph: 08 8537 3441 thewinehouse.com.au

VINEYARD ROAD Vineyard Road offers a uniquely different experience. Visitors can enjoy a personalised wine tasting or perhaps indulge in a chocolate and wine pairing experience. Then recharge with a coffee from Kommon Grounds while perusing the range of natural olive oil skincare products from Vasse Virgin and chocolates from the Fleurieu Chocolate Company. Truly a feast for all the senses, all in a relaxed and friendly environment. Ph: 08 8536 8334 vineyardroad.com.au


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Fleurieu weddings Arielle Bridges and Jarrod Kellock married on 23 January 2021 at The Vine Shed McLaren Vale. Photography by Jacob Jennings.

Arielle and Jarrod met at a local football club in 2016 and have been inseparable ever since.


After travelling South America together, Jarrod enlisted the help of their two golden retrievers to propose to Arielle at their home in 2019. Having grown up in the McLaren Vale region, Arielle knew it would be a hard task choosing between all the beautiful venues the region has to offer for their wedding. But in early 2020 Arielle’s dad mentioned a new venue he’d delivered building supplies to – that venue was The Vine Shed.

Above: The grounds and building at The Vine Shed provided a stunning backdrop to capture Arielle and Jarrod’s special day.

At their first visit, The Vine Shed was still an incomplete, empty building and the landscaping was still to be done. Despite this, Arielle and Jarrod could see the amazing potential the venue held and knew it was right for their day. They put down their deposit before the venue was finished, but their leap of faith certainly paid off. ‘The team at The Vine Shed were very professional and a pleasure to deal with. They went above and beyond to make our special day perfect,’ says Arielle.

The rustic charm, beautiful lawns and sprawling vines of The Vine Shed made their wedding day a dream come true. And with guests enjoying the culinary skills of Willunga local Chef Steele, it was an unforgettable evening for all.



Being Social: FLM Autumn Launch at Valley of Yore On March 11, a fun crowd descended on the Valley of Yore in Myponga to celebrate the opening of this destination cafe, as well as the beginning of autumn and our autumn issue! Hats, sunglasses and wigs were supplied by Chrissy Wright from Oohlala at Goolwa.







Being Social: Encounter Lutheran Formal: Eat at Whalers Encounter Lutheran’s year 12 class of 2021 celebrated their formal on March 26. The event was held at Eat at Whalers in Encounter Bay on a beautiful evening that brought together students, staff and families to celebrate the students and their achievements so far.






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Being Social: Kimbolton Cabernet Sauvignon Launch Invited guests and media attended the exclusive launch of Kimbolton’s new release 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon on April 9 at Monarto Zoo. A tour of the cheetah enclosure was followed by lunch and a wine tasting among the gums. Part proceeds of the sales of this special wine will go towards Monarto’s conservation efforts for the cheetah.







Being Social: Vale Polo Classic at the McLaren Vale Oval After a fairly challenging 2020 Tatchilla Year 12 students were finally able to celebrate. The festivities were held at Serafino Wines on 19 February 2021. Congratulations to all and best of luck with your future endeavours!







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01. Phaedon Stough with Ian Gardiner. 02. Hugh Stephens, David Rohrsheim and James Alexander. 03. Participants at Camp Aurora. 04. Ian Gardiner has a go at mechanical bull riding. 05. Rohen Sood with Liya Dashkina. 06. After-dinner drinks at Camp Aurora. 07. Chef Steele’s food was one of the highlights of the three-day event. 08. Glamping in the beautiful setting of Mt Beare.

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