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ISSUE 33 - SPRING 2012


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From The Editor I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – I love producing this magazine. I get to meet the most amazing people, who are doing amazing things and this issue we take a look at just a few of them. Gayle Chappell and Jon Rowden run the Hepburn Springs Wildlife Shelter, their selfless dedication to caring for sick, injured and orphaned wildlife goes far beyond the norm as they work tirelessly to help our native animals. Meeting Clayton Watson was fascinating. This young actor with many credits to his name has set up a wine tour business in Daylesford, proving that

you can have the best of both worlds. Singer, songwriter Leeann Flynn has flown under the radar for awhile after some very successful years in the music industry and we look at her re-emergence into recording again. With the concern of many about the shortage of doctors in regional areas, we spoke to Creswick’s young doctor Claire Hepper about why she chose to be a country doctor. With the promise of warmer weather and longer days, it’s time to get out the diaries to make note of just a few of the many festivals on the horizon. Maldon Folk Festival, Castlemaine’s

Festival of Gardens, Ballarat’s Artisan Festival, Daylesford Blues Festival, just to name a few. Yarnbombing is the latest “graffiti” craze and Bryley Drummond writes about it in this issue, plus we have our regular features with Nardia Baxter’s article on the changing seasons of cheese, Megan Spencer and Oliver Budack discuss “flat white coffee”, Rebecca Djordjovic’s great gardening piece and our ever popular Astrologer Lyndall McQuinn tells what we have in store for Spring. As you emerge from the winter doldrums share with us the joys of spring.

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Hepburn Wildlife Shelter This is the story of Peanut. Peanut is a baby possum whose mother was a road casualty and whose rescue introduced me to the Wildlife Shelter at Basalt, near Hepburn Springs. There I met two amazing people who dedicate their lives to caring for sick, injured and orphaned wildlife. Driving into the property, down a long, winding road, the first thing that meets the eye is the multitude of blankets and rugs of various sizes being hung over the fences to dry, just part of the ten commercial sized machine loads of washing done every day. There is activity everywhere and on entering the house, I was aware of a feeling of constant busyness – floors being swept, feeding bottles being washed and

sorted, people coming and going and wildlife – kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, possums, cockatoos - all blending with domestic chooks and three very tolerant cats who didn’t in the least seem threatening or even out of place. Amongst all this bustle sat Gayle Chappell, who along with partner Jon Rowden runs the shelter, assisted by a team of fifteen volunteers who come in on a rostered schedule. On closer look it was evident that Gayle wasn’t resting – even though she hadn’t managed very much sleep the night before – she was bottle-feeding a baby wombat nestled in a makeshift pouch. She told me that she couldn’t talk to me for long as she had to take the wombat to the Vet as internal injuries were suspected after

it’s mother had been killed. Sitting down amongst animal beds containing bandaged kangaroos, I looked out onto the deck that was like a gathering of the furry friends club - all at various stages of repair and wellbeing, but also looking very comfortable. Gayle and Jon, both environmental scientists, never intended to run a shelter, but when living in St. Kilda they started caring for possums and bats that had been injured in suburbia. They were then given a wombat by well intentioned, but misguided people who found it while on holiday and thought they could care for it, only to discover the animal needed more knowledgeable attention. As the need grew, so too did their search for a suitable property – one ... SECRETS MAGAZINE | ISSUE 33 | 5

... that had an abundance of native bushland. The search finally brought them to 27 acres near Hepburn Springs. Such is the demand for the care of sick, injured and orphaned wildlife that the “job” has become not only full time, but also it could be said, has taken over their lives. The shelter takes in on average 800 animals per year and it’s a credit to their hard work that the success rate of returning animals back to their habitat is around 70%. Of course funding this service is an ongoing issue as there is little to no government funding to support the marvelous work that they do. Occasionally, grants become available, but these must be spent on equipment and maintenance of the hospital they have set up. All the rest comes from fund raising activities and the generosity of the community, volunteers

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and the local vet providing pro-bono services. Throw in some battles with bureaucracy and the dedication of Gayle and Jon becomes even more remarkable. According to Australian Wildlife Conservancy (www.australianwildlife. org) Australia has the worst mammal extinction record in the world – 27 mammals have become extinct in the last 200 years. No other country or continent has such a tragic record of mammal extinctions. This is not a problem for Government alone; we are all responsible and must do whatever we can to ensure our unique wildlife is conserved and cared for and people like Gayle and Jon and their volunteers receive as much assistance as possible. New volunteers are always welcome, but this is not a job to be taken on “just to fill in a few hours”. The work

is physically demanding, so anyone wishing to help, needs to be fit, however other volunteers are always needed to help with fund raising activities including staffing stalls at markets and events. A major fund raisers is the annual Wildlife Calendar that Jon and Gayle produce and with Christmas approaching, the calendar would make a fantastic gift, especially for overseas family and friends and think how great it would look on your wall. To find out more about the work Gayle and Jon do and how you can help or to order a Wildlife calendar visit the website http://www. hepburnwildlifeshelter. com. If you injure or find an injured, sick or orphaned animal, call 13 000 94535 who will direct you to the nearest wildlife shelter. You too may save a Peanut

Daylesford Blues Festival Saturday 13th October will be a fabulous day for lovers of Blues and Folk Music and an opportunity to kick off the last of the winter blues and immerse yourself in spring with a high standard of music, in the company of well known musicians such as Lloyd Spiegel, Liz Frencham, Alex Burns and many more. Kicking off at 1pm and running until 11pm this is a fantastic day to indulge in great music and/ or attend workshops and instrument and sing along sessions. Workshops start at 11am, giving you the chance to become involved in the whole day and if you have a mind to you are invited to busk.

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musicians from the Hepburn Shire, to attend workshops of their choice. BYO food and wine, or tantalize your taste buds with local food in Vincent Street. For more information go to

This Festival supports the Hepburn Wildlife Shelter and provides selected young up-coming

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An Actor’s Wine Tour When hearing that a new Wine Tour company was setting up in Daylesford, I wondered why this would be different from many others that had tried before, so I contacted one of the partners and we agreed to meet for coffee to discover more. Meeting Clayton Watson was a breath of fresh air and more than I expected. I had read that Clayton was an actor, but was amazed and admittedly rather embarrassed at not being aware of the breadth of his work. An AFI winner for his part in Always Greener, Clayton was nominated again for his role as “The Kid” in the Matrix trilogy and was recently seen in the mini series “Howzat’ playing the role of Ian Chappell. Having to wear contact lenses to change his striking brown eyes to blue became a daily two-hour ordeal to fit. He has also worked alongside actors such as Guy Pearce, Hugo Weaving, David Wenham and Emily Watson. The life of an actor isn’t the most secure, so to keep body and soul together Clayton has run a number of businesses starting at eighteen with a very successful car detailing company, moving on at twenty to set up a New Orleans style restaurant on the Gold Coast. Returning to Australia after five years living in Los Angeles, Clayton and fiancée Renai Caruso, also an

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actor probably best known for her key role in Out of the Blue, discovered the region around Daylesford, fell in love with the place and bought a property in Eganstown a year ago, where they couldn’t be happier. Being passionate about wine and enjoying the company of winemakers, it was a natural progression to share that passion with others and set up Daylesford Wine Tours. Not prepared to do anything “half baked”, Clayton is learning more about wines and is on his way to becoming a sommelier, so people taking the tours will enjoy the full experience with a guide who knows what he is talking about. The tours will be small, simple and fun and will include some of the history of the area, with possibly a few surprises thrown in. The tours will run seven days a week with corporate packages available for those team building exercises. Both Clayton and Renai love the region they’ve made their home and feel well situated to be able to juggle their life here and the demands of the acting world. “After years of running around the globe, it’s nice to have such a great place to come home to” said Clayton. To book a tour visit

An Exhibition Not To Be Missed The Melbourne Cup weekend in November has become a targeted weekend for the staging of a variety of events, not all focused on horses. For the third year running, the Ballarat Society of Artists is holding the Ballarat Artisan Festival, which is chock-a-block full of highly talented artists and artisans. Over 100 artisans will be exhibiting, demonstrating and selling creations and the variety is impressive. Paintings, ceramics, glass blowing, glass slumping, jewellery, cartooning, bespoke boot and shoe making and so the list goes on. Exhibitors include Duncan McHarg, known for his meticulous hand crafting of boots and shoes, Jamie Priddle, Glass blower, Geoff Augustine, Cartoonist, who will be doing caricatures over the weekend and Lyn Cooke, known world wide

for her exquisite bird and wildlife paintings. Live music will add to the festivities and you’ll be able to feed the inner beast from the food provided by Vietnam Vets.

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The venue is the historical Mining Exchange, one of the most striking buildings in Ballarat – a town known for its striking architecture and the historical character adds to the overall atmosphere of the event. The Ballarat Artisan Exhibition is a not for profit event with proceeds being directed to McCallum House, supporting the disabled. The festival will be held on 2nd, 3rd and 4th November and entry is by gold coin donation. For more information email

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Over 100 exhibitors displaying, demonstrating and selling their art and crafts. Entry by gold coin. The Mining Exchange Lydiard Street, Ballarat Enquiries: 0435 744 909


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The Food Gallery Many people have long held dreams, not all of them come to fruition, however when Toni Bruno and her husband bought a bush block in Blampied eighteen years ago and discovered Daylesford, she fell in love with The Food Gallery. Having owned and operated Bruno’s Deli in Werribee for eleven years, Toni knew all about deli’s and what it takes to run them and she also knew about food. Fast forward to 2011 and a permanent move to Blampied and the dream became a reality. The Brunos bought The Food Gallery and Toni couldn’t be happier.

mosaic that has hung on the wall since The Food Gallery first opened its doors, all hold a special place in Toni’s heart. Even the original furniture that had been placed in storage is going to be restored and returned to the café. These original features have been incorporated in a refurbished café that is lighter and brighter than before with a wider choice of dishes, including the “house” pie, which is proving to be very popular. And did we mention the coffee? We can’t talk about the Food Gallery without mentioning the coffee – in a word – fantastic.

Long hours and the vagaries of the hospitality industry are no deterrent to Toni who seems to thrive on hard work. However, it is more than the practicalities of once again running a food business that excites her – it’s the building itself that she finds awe inspiring. The architecture, along with the original décor of the café, the

The Food Gallery is now a family affair with help coming from Toni’s sons and niece and they all have input into the future plans for the cafe, but that’s a Secret for another time. The Food Gallery, in Vincent Street Daylesford is open from 9am to 6pm seven days a week.

Dinner Thursday–Tuesday from 6pm Lunch Friday–Tuesday from 11am Menu from $9.50–$22

Speciality butcher selling our own farm grown venison and goat. Smallgoods, cheese, condiments, suckling pig, Inglewood Aged Beef and other game meats available.

Breakfast On weekends from 9am Tuesday Night Curry & Hotpot $18 Friday Night Fish Night with wine $24.50 A La Carte also available

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Shop 3, 9 Howe Street, Daylesford • Phone 03 5348 3551 •

Bendigo’s Big Hearted Chef Josh Pearson, chef at The Goldmines Hotel in Bendigo is one of those people you can’t miss. Everything about him is generous. A big man with a big voice and a natural desire to share his passions in life, his generosity extends to the meals he delivers that are not only packed with flavor, but require a substantial appetite to consume. Josh always wanted to cook. Growing up in his parent’s hotel and restaurant there was never any doubt in his mind from a very early age that he wanted to be a chef. Working and training in Bendigo, Melbourne and Echuca, he was about to reluctantly move again to Melbourne to work at Crown Casino when a mate told him there was a position at the Goldmines Hotel.

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He was invited to meet the boss for a chat and the rest as they say, is history. Josh has become involved in the redevelopment of the hotel and even helps out with some labouring work on his days off, loving every minute of it. Josh believes in using as much local and organic produce as possible that is chemical and hormone free and conducts cooking demonstrations at the Bendigo Community Farmers Market each month. Enjoying a good relationship with other chefs in Bendigo, he feels there is a real sense of community between them, which has helped to raise the standard of dining in the city.


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A Country Practitioner We’re hearing a lot in the press about the shortage of doctors in regional areas so we decided to ask Creswick’s popular young doctor, Claire Hepper what attracted her to a country practice. Coming from a medical family with father Brian being a GP in Creswick for many years, Claire didn’t start out wanting to be a doctor. At age six she thought the best thing in the world would be to become a hairdresser - ”pity I don’t have a creative bone in my body” she said, adding. “I probably didn’t start thinking about medicine seriously until I was in Secondary School.” Claire gained her Medical degree from The University of Melbourne and her undergraduate Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences with Honors and then Masters through Monash University. Claire considered specializing in Pediatrics during her second post-graduate year, but becoming passionate about Palliative Care, meant that General Practice was the clearest way to combine both interests. Once engaged in medical training Claire was very keen to return to the area where she grew up – regional Victoria. She could see the advantages of the continuity of care in a smaller community and an enviable lifestyle balance when compared with practice in cities. The other differences she said “would appear to be more varied clinical presentations and improved work-life balance.” Like many regional towns Creswick has a growing aging population and asked if she felt this placed a greater demand on doctors, Claire replied: “Certainly the research shows us that the older and sicker patients with higher burden of chronic disease, like diabetes, reside in regional towns. I think this adds pressure on the town as a whole to recruit and support allied health professionals as well as doctors to care for the aging population”.

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As part of the Creswick Medical Centre, which has recently undergone a major expansion, Claire sees this as having huge benefits for both doctors and patients. As she explained, “The practice has undergone many changes recently and we continue to strive to find the balance between a bigger business and retaining small practice values. It is fantastic to be part of a teaching practice as the education of medical students and GP registrars helps to promote the benefits of regional General Practice. I also find that I learn a great deal from medical students and the best way to check you really understand something well is to teach it to someone else.” Asked how she manages the work/life balance, Claire replied: “I think everyone is struggling to find the “correct” work life balance, which is difficult as the balancing point will shift throughout our lives and frequently need adjusting. I think the best we can do is be in tune with what our bodies are telling us and get to know our “warning signs”. This might be reaching for that extra coffee “just to get through” or being more snappy than usual. Whatever the sign, the important thing is for us to be able to detect it and then deal with it and return to the four pillars of good health – eating well, sleeping enough, exercise and contact with friends. Part of Claire’s work/life balance is to relax with dancing. She is still at the same ballet school she started at when she was four years old. “I dance and compete a lot less now but I still enjoy attending classes every week. It is very hard to ruminate over work when you are in the middle of a group routine. My husband and I both played soccer when we first met and we still find it hard to accept that we have “retired” from this brilliant sport.”

Heatherington Cottage With views to die for and located on the edge of a 300 acre Poll Hereford Cattle stud, Heatherington Cottage offers the best of both worlds. The peace and tranquility of a country hideaway, yet close to all the local attractions of Ballarat, Daylesford, Creswick and Clunes and an easy drive to Maldon, Castlemaine and Bendigo, not to mention some lovely villages along the way. The self contained cottage itself provides exceptional comfort for up to four people and is ideal as a base from which you can explore the region. Starting with historical Anderson’s Mill just down the road – a superb spot for a picnic and to absorb the history of this monument to Victoria’s past and of course there’s the “on site” cricket oval and pavilion, which are part of the estate and a legacy of

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previous owners? Like many large properties that had its origins in the halcyon days of the gold rush, as families have moved on and demands have changed, so too has the function of the property. In it’s time it has been used for gold mining, potato growing, Clydesdale and race horse breeding, grass and seed growing, sheep grazing and at one time it housed a factory for making t-shirts and tourism merchandise. Now it provides a more bucolic experience – a gorgeous location for a peaceful and relaxing getaway where you can sit on the verandah and marvel at the most beautiful sunsets in the world and then watch the stars pop out in a sky that goes on forever.


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The Changing Seasons of Cheese A question that I am often asked is “whether the seasons affect the cheeses that we make?� The answer is yes but not as significantly as I hoped it would. The variations that we experience between batches of cheese are quite subtle, perhaps something only a cheese maker would notice: the cheese is softer or firmer or we get a bit less or a bit more than last time. In the Victorian Goldfields we don’t experience the same extremes of weather variation as many parts of Europe experience. For example, in some areas of France and Switzerland the dairy herds are kept in barns during the long cold winters and then taken to high mountain pastures to graze in the warm summer months. Milk produced by cows grazing in a barn is

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notably different to milk produced by pasture grazed cows. Our local dairy herds are able to stay outside on pasture all year round and with well managed pastures the milk flavour is pretty consistent. Generally speaking we make each batch of cheese once a month, we do not standardize our milk (how it comes out of the cows is how it goes into the cheese) so there is some minor natural variation in our cheeses. Since we last made that batch of that cheese the sun has moved a little closer to or a little further from the tropic of Capricorn, we have had a little more rain or a little less rain, the weather has been a little hotter or a little cooler, the pastures have a little more or a little less lush grass. You get the idea, all the changes are little.

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Tour de Allendale Every weekend they’re there all the budding Cadel Evans aspirants. On any road, in any town in any suburb, they take to the roads en masse, many no doubt influenced by the exploits of the professionals in the Tour de France and the Olympics. However, road racing isn’t a new phenomenon as can be seen by this photo given to us recently to show that even sleepy old Allendale had it’s moments of glory. Allendale was once a thriving community with


A small slice of the international world of chocolate can be found in the historic town of Creswick in Central Victoria.

a number of hotels including the Wallace Hotel whose licensee from 1905 to 1911 was Herbert Betts. Herbert can be seen in the right of the photo as the tall man, hands on hips in the white shirt. Herbert either sponsored or ran an annual bike race that attracted entrants from miles around, not all of them fitting into this scene. We haven’t been able to determine what the race was, so if you know, please tell us.


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Keebles For a Luxury Stay If you fancy a grand country experience in a picturesque town with loads of history then Keebles Country House in Clunes, Victoria’s first gold mining town, is the perfect location. catering organised, in-house massage and other luxuries, Keebles Country House is the perfect place for a special weekend, short stay or celebration

Recently refurbished and reopened after 5 years as a private home, the property offers the best in Goldfield’s boutique self-cater accommodation and is the perfect place for a truly unique country escape. The property boasts a grand two-storey residence that started life in 1863 as the Telegraph Hotel, surrounded by private wellestablished formal gardens that offer a range of activities for friends, families and groups. As the house and grounds are exclusively yours during your stay, you can make the most of every feature this outstanding property offers while you get away from everyday life and live the country dream.

An easy 2 minute stroll to the centre of Clunes with its historic street scape and eclectic mix of shops and cafes, is like stepping back in time and you can explore the fascinating region from your Keebles base. The hardest part will be going home. For bookings call 0412 788 816 or visit

Five generous, tastefully appointed upstairs bedrooms, with ensuite and a range of spacious downstairs living areas and fully equipped country kitchen guarantee the ideal environment for relaxation and enjoyment. Delicious breakfast provisions are provided on your first morning. Whether you are after a quiet self-contained break, or you would like

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Castlemaine Garden Festival It’s been a long, cold and wet winter in central Victoria, but now it’s spring and some of Victoria’s most beautiful gardens are opening their gates to visitors. Castlemaine & District Festival of Gardens will be held from Saturday, November 3 to Sunday, November 11 (Melbourne Cup Week). Twentyfour gardens will be open for viewing, many for the first time, and garden lovers from near and far are putting aside time that week to visit old favourites and discover new delights.

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5pm but not all are open every day. For more details and to order a copy of the brochure visit or drop into the Castlemaine or Maldon Visitor Information Centres.

This year’s theme is Gardens of the Heart, reflecting the passion that motivates gardeners, the fact that the gardens are situated in the heart of Victoria and the surge of heart-felt emotion we all get from visiting beautiful places. There are many different types of gardens on display this year, from smaller town gardens to large country gardens that enjoy glorious views of the region’s mountains and valleys. Great diversity will be on show, such as festival newcomers Mica Grange at Sutton Grange, Fifty 1 at Harcourt North and the fascinating Antares iron art garden at Newstead with its striking garden art created from found objects. Most gardens will be open between 10am and

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Gardens of the Heart

Cup Week — 3rd to 11th November In and around Castlemaine


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Come See, Come See Now! Picnic in the Buda Garden! Buda Historic Home & Garden in Castlemaine should be high on your list of destinations this spring. This gold rush era home set on 1.2ha of original established gardens has much to attract the keen gardener, as well as anyone wishing to step back in time and relax in the gentle surrounds of an historic country estate. Soaking winter rains have brought bulbs popping up everywhere that haven’t been seen for years. We’re excited to be seeing jonquils and daffodils out in flower at the same time, and in profusion! With Japonica and Prunus also in flower, the vista across the main lawn is wonderful, and has to be seen to be believed. At the nursery you could pick up specimens of your favourite plants from the garden, as well as many other plants to choose from: heritage apples and roses, olives, gooseberries, red and black currants, pomegranates, and dwarf apple trees.

There is a large range of ornamental tubestock, such as gingkos and Lagerstromeria. Rubinia mop-tops are also available at a great price. Buda’s garden curator Dianne Thomson is available Mondays, Tuesdays and Saturdays for her expert advice, as well as a chat.

Also coming into flower is the rare Tulipa Saxatilis, a signature Buda flower. Why not bring a picnic rug and make a day of it! A viewing of this historic home of the Leviny family is a must for architecture, vintage fashion and furniture lovers. A gentle stroll around the grounds could be capped off with a picnic lunch on the lawn, overlooking the township.

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Maldon Folk Festival: The Soul of Folk At the 2012 Maldon Folk Festival, November 2-5, you can enjoy four days of folk music and dance, musical theatre and interactive workshops. The long-running festival - one of the oldest in the state - provides camping to ticket holders at the main festival site and at the Maldon Oval, whilst acts and events spill down Mt. Tarrangower and into the Heritage streets of historic gold rush town, Maldon. The vintage cafes, pubs and shops of Maldon provide the ideal ambiance for genuine, earthy roots music. 2012 marks the return of the ever-popular Troubadour Wine Bar to the event, as well as children’s entertainment in the dedicated Kids Marquee. There’s a Festival Market (Stall bookings 03 5475 1484), dancing, an instrument makers exhibition, workshops, poetry and yarns. There are live song-writing competitions, musical theatre, chalkboard venues and lots of busking and a dedicated alcohol free youth venue on the Saturday night. “I can think of no other music festival in Australia that is more worthy of support. In my opinion, the Maldon Festival is the premier “Grass Roots” type of festival in Australia today.” says Eric Bogle. Eric has played the Festival three times. It’s the kind of festival

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that builds devotion once performers and audiences have sampled its authenticity and its charm. This year’s festival brings together The Whitetop Mountaineers, an old-time country music duo from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia; Australian blues and folk legend Margret Roadknight; popular Melbourne Celtic rock band, Claymore; South Australia’s Country Express bluegrass band...hillbilly swing, harpists, singer-songwriters and more. In an era of fakery and computerised entertainment the Maldon Folk Festival stands out for its commitment to genuine, handmade, live music from the traditions that make up Australia’s musical soul and heart. Bookings and information at

A Practical Musician A regular performer at the Maldon Folk Festival is Janette Geri who has recently become a local with a move from Melbourne to Welshman’s Reef where she says she feels more at home than anywhere else in the world. Janette is a self-taught musician, starting with the piano then falling in love with acoustic guitar, that she uses on stage in a career that has taken her all around the country and it also brought romance into her life. As she explains: “Twenty eight years

ago a young girl playing guitar in a bar, met the gaze of a young man across the room, fell in love until girl lost boy. Twenty seven years later, a not so young girl, once again met a not so young man in another bar and fell in love all over again”.

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Call Janette on 0425 814 670.

Music feeds Janette’s soul, as does her man and living in Central Victoria, but the life of a musician can be lean and Janette would love to pick up music gigs in the region and is open to invitations to perform at local functions.


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Abundance In The Garden By Rebecca Djordjevic As the days start to get longer and people start to feel happier, have you considered turning your lemons in to something else? What do you do when your garden is bursting with produce? I can’t help but look around and see the lemon tree full in our neighbour’s backyard and most of the fruit just hangs there and wastes. What if we decided to take those lemons and give them away? The new sustainable move growing around Australia are local food and produce swaps. Like many simple ideas, this one is taking flight rapidly. It seems good old fashioned bartering is not dead. These markets are non-commercial events with no money swapping hands. As they continue to expand, it is not just food that gets swapped. All kinds of things that come from your backyard from eggs to compost to homemade goods are now entering the

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scene. It is a market with a purpose to reconnect with nature and engage in our local community whilst at the same time offering a real solution to our food system. We are all looking at ways of reducing waste and it seems local food swaps could be the answer whilst at the same time reducing our food miles and enriching our hearts. What this movement is also bringing is a real sense of community again. If you have an abundance of produce happening in your garden this is a great way to share, have a chin wag and swap your success for someone else’s success in the garden. Take note from Costa Georgiadis, the host of ABC gardening who is leading the way with sharing food. He has created a local verge outside his house brimming with seasonal produce. The produce can be shared between his local neighbourhood and in return they all pitch in and

help. Find a local food swap in your backyard by connecting with your local community garden as most of them are offering an event like this once a month. No room for a vegie patch or no produce to swap? Then grab a plot at the community garden and get started on your journey of sharing. If you would like to learn more about creating a garden of abundance, I recommend you join a local Permaculture group and do one of their courses. The Permaculture course will teach you how to transform the constraints and challenges of living in urban spaces into design solutions and abundance. With abundance also comes gratitude. Be grateful for your garden and the amazing life changing things that happen in it. Let go of expectations and perfectionism. Allow the process of what you’re experiencing to sink in to your soul.

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To live your dream is the hope of most people, not always achieved, however one woman is now finally living hers. Sharon Franz who opened her gorgeous shop Blackbird Cakes and Catering in Woodend at the end of August is now doing what she has always dreamed about. “My joy is to bring joy into people’s lives - I don’t know why a cake will do that, but it does” she said when we met the day before she opened her doors. “I’m also all for sharing and education and if someone wants to know how to do a certain thing, I’ll show them. It’s all about sharing knowledge and it makes me happy to help others” she added. Sharon went on to say that she admires celebrity chef Jamie Oliver because of his philosophy of ‘passing it on’.

A trained psychologist, Sharon decided she needed a new direction in life and as she had always made cakes, it was a natural progression to set up her own catering business. To make sure she knew exactly what she was doing, she undertook Certificate courses in Hospitality and Patisserie, picking up a couple of awards along the way. Working from home Sharon soon built a reputation for making bespoke cakes that were out of the ordinary. The next step was to make the big leap and open a shop where she could make and sell ‘take away’ cakes as well as the specialty cakes made to order. Before she even found the right premises, she had a vision of how the shop would look, even committing her ideas to drawing after drawing, so

that when the right place presented itself, she would be ready - and ready she was. Within seven weeks, she and a team of tradesmen transformed an old, rundown secondhand furniture shop into a bright, attractive cake shop. Starting up has been a steep learning curve and will no doubt continue to be so until all the elements fall into place, however if her first couple of weeks of trading are any indication, she is well on her way to making Blackbird Cakes and Catering more than just a cake shop, but a destination. Opening from Thursday to Sunday and Public Holidays, Blackbird Cakes & Catering is at 37a Anslow Street, Woodend. Call 0438 122 500.

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Adventures In Coffee, Part II: ‘Flat white - what’s that?!’ By Oliver Budack & Megan Spencer - El Gordo Café Bendigo Did you know that ‘barista’ means ‘bartender’ in Italian? Someone who not only specializes in alcoholic drinks, but coffee as well? In Europe cafes double as bars. Coffees are drunk alongside liquor. The job of a skilled bartender therefore is to make and serve as good a coffee as a cocktail. A skill not easily learnt, and learned over many years. Which might explain why you’ve seen a look of disapproval when you’ve ordered a latte ‘extra hot’ from a barista who’s spent years plying their trade. (It’s a bit like asking a waiter for tomato sauce on a finely-cooked Wagyu). Or eyes roll to the heavens when ‘a flat white’ is ordered.. “Not a real coffee” the barista might argue. These are a coffee purist’s nightmare, an ‘insult’ to their trade! But in hospitality isn’t ‘the customer always right’? If they ‘pay’, shouldn’t you ‘play’ no questions asked? We could argue this all day – who’s right, who’s wrong. Snobbery in any profession is no virtue either. It certainly won’t win you any customers. But there is some solid logic and food physics involved, developed over decades of espresso coffee culture. It’s worth noting if you want to get the best from your coffee and value for your coffee dollar. (Plus you’ll avoid one of those ‘customer versus barista’ stand-offs). Back to milk: good baristas know that over-heating milk means losing the creamy texture, sweetness and flavor. It’s a no brainer. Southern Europeans are also very finicky when it comes to drinking coffees with milk, sooner crying ‘heresy!’ than

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drink a milky coffee after breakfast. As mentioned last time, to them a milky coffee is breakfast. Drinking a big milky coffee is the last thing you should do post-meal too, simply because you bloat – it also blands out the lovely flavours you’ve just been spoiled with. Back to the ‘flat white’ - another thing the Americans gave us, after over-size cups and flavoured coffee syrups. Flat whites are an anathema to the cafes of Southern Europe, a coffee ‘without soul’, a black coffee served usually with far-too hot milk with no texture. To anyone who appreciates coffee on any level, it’s tantamount to drinking a flat beer in a warm glass. Baristas resent making flat whites (often they’ll just serve you a latte instead and hope you don’t notice!) Milk without texture has no taste – why would they want to serve you that? The logic is that milk – like coffee - also deserves to have its full potential released - why it’s as important to have quality milk as it is quality beans. Froth is where it’s at! The comparison is, the foam on a latte (or a ‘café con leche’) is like the head of a good beer – it should look like meringue and compliment the coffee by offsetting the astringency with sweet creaminess. Oh yeah! So armed with that knowledge, “flat white – what’s that?” mightn’t so much be the words of a coffee snob, but those of a humble barista trying to talk you into a better-quality coffee in your day.

Eggsceptional From the time she was given a designer egg for her eighteenth birthday more than fifty years ago, Margaret Saunders has had a passion for collecting egg art. The collection is now so large that with son Peter and daughter-in-law Edis, the Imperial Egg Gallery was created in Beaufort. With arguably one of the largest collections in the world the gallery houses unique and beautiful pieces from traditional European style egging to an amazing collection of indigenous eggs from around Australia.

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gladden the heart of any little girl or big girl who loves collecting dolls. It’s obvious that Peter, Edis and Margaret enjoy what they do and everyone who walks through the front door is made to feel welcome and at ease. The Imperial Egg Gallery is open Thursdays to Mondays or by appointment and is easy to find at 56 Neill Street – the main street of Beaufort. Ph: 5349 2138.

Egg Art or “egging” as it is often known, has been an art form for centuries from intricately carved and sculpted eggs, to painted eggs, eggs turned into clocks and eggs used to make unusual pieces such as the clown on display at the Imperial Egg Gallery. It’s hard to imagine the skill, dexterity and patience needed to create these remarkable pieces. Margaret’s knowledge of egg art and especially in this collection is impressive and she can speak with authority on the provenance of every item in the range. So great is the collection that it occupies two large rooms in the gallery, which also houses a tearoom and gift shop where you can pick up some very nice jewellery, handbags, scarves, paintings, and quite a few surprises. Also, for sale is a range of dolls of all sizes that will

TEA ROOMS This beautiful collection of Egg Art can be seen in the heart of Beaufort, opposite the bakery. 56 Neill St (Western Hwy) Beaufort T 03 5349 2138 E Gallery and Tea Room open Thursday to Monday, 10am-4pm or by appointment. Buses and groups catered for.


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The Tangled Vine Beaufort, located 45 km west of Ballarat is becoming a Mecca of food outlets and is home to the famous Imperial Egg Gallery. Here you will find the exciting new retail outlet called the Tangle Vine right next door to the bakery in the main street. The name “The Tangled Vine” is to compliment the shop’s involvement with the many concepts of retail. Encouraging products that are made from recycled materials and minimize waste it broadens the retail side of shopping and brings into it goods that are new in ideas and follow trends that customers are searching for. Along with excellent preloved clothing you can buy high quality new clothing, jewellery, bags, and gorgeous children’s fairy dresses with accessories. The teddies, dolls and prams, plus the large range of toys will excite children.

The Tangled Vine “Seek and you may find” 59 Neill Street, Beaufort Phone 03 5349 3151

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There is a selection of soy wax candles which promotes the use of soy not oil based candles, thereby supporting the farmer. Local residents can sell their fresh produce through the shop including eggs, fruit, herbs and other locally grown produce. The Tangled Vine is also an outlet for quality hand crafted goods and art work by various artists. There are surprises around every corner, which changes the way of shopping in Beaufort. Owner Wendy and her team have a catch phrase - “seek and you may find” and that is exactly what happens when you enter the brightly lit shop. You are mesmerised by the glittering array of goods found in every corner just waiting to find a home.

Yarnbombing Once described as guerilla graffiti, now considered a legitimate form of street art, yarnbombing has come to Central Victoria. Although technically illegal, smart local governments are actually encouraging these crocheting delinquents to knot their stuff. As with all underground movements, the origins of yarnbombing is difficult to trace, but it is believed to have emerged in The Netherlands in early 2004, quickly spreading throughout Europe and then on to the United States and Canada. Yarnbombing is gaining traction in Victoria, and not just in Melbourne, with sightings in Bendigo and Castlemaine. As part of Worldwide Knit in Public Day in June this year Castlemaine’s mainstreet was yarnbombed, complete with a cute little knitted bike chained up to a crocheted bike rack outside the library. International Yarnbombing Day is held on the second Saturday of June, embraced this year by a handful of somewhat recalcitrant Bendigonians. On Saturday 9 June, these ‘vandals’ struck at the Bendigo Community Farmers’ Market. Multiple targets were hit/ knit, none more striking than a large chestnut tree which was given a multicoloured makeover to see it through those drab winter months. So thoughtful!

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Over a refreshingly short period of time I was able to gain the trust of these needling ninjas and was warmly welcomed as one of the crew in the recent yarnbombing of Hargreaves Mall in Bendigo. As we were covering and sewing up tree cover on a lovely Sunday afternoon I asked my newfound subversive friends why they were part of this; a beaming smile preceded their answer: “It’s a chance for young and old to get together, which doesn’t often happen in community any more. Young children are being taught the art of knitting or crochet by the older generations – it’s a fantastic and fun opportunity for all to get together and hang out” “I just love the smile it brings to other’s faces as they come across it”, said another. Wool is mostly sourced from op-shops which gives money back to the community, and preparation days are complete with cups of tea and chatter shared amongst females AND males of varying ages. It’s hard to believe that not everyone is a fan of these sublime crimes against normality. The lovely people who create this work are very community-minded individuals that give freely; the woolen wonderland they create is beautiful, creative, public art.



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Responding to a “like” on the Secrets Facebook page, introduced me to another “interesting local”. Leeann Flynn lives in the Macedon Ranges, but her journey there has been one of those that makes up the tapestry of a person’s life. Meeting over lunch, I was amazed at how fast two and a half hours disappeared, engrossed as we were in her story – her telling it, me listening to it.

Leeann has always had a deep and abiding spiritual side and the events of 9/11 had her feeling that she was being called to a religious life. So rather than continue on the path towards music, she “took the road less travelled”. During this time, Leeann moved from New South Wales to the cooler climes of Gisborne where she is now happily domiciled with partner Peter.

Leeann is a singer, songwriter, performer and teacher and was involved in her profession full time from 1994 to 2002 working with people such as Bob Spencer from Skyhooks and the Angels, Debra Conway and the Waifs, Eric Bogle, Pat Drummond, Dawn Egan and Bruce Watson. She began her career in Gospel music, writing and producing music for churches around the country. Before we met, I listened to one of Leeann’s CDs and was struck by the warmth of her voice, particularly in the lower register and how her songs paint a picture of what she is feeling and her love of the Australian bush and its people. Stretching across the genres of folk, jazz, country and celtic her passions are reflected in her music. She is also a multi instrumentalist – bass, guitar, mandolin and Celtic harp.

Easter 2005 was the turning point in Leeann deciding to pick up her guitar once again and continue writing and journeying down an old, but new path. Slowly and steadily she came back to her roots and began recording again.

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Currently she is working on her sixth album, which will hopefully be out soon, hopefully in time to buy before Christmas. Leeann is available for functions and you can read more about this very talented lady as well as listen to her sing on her website:

Our Contributors Megan Spencer Megan Spencer has worked in the Australian media and arts industries for over 20 years. A filmmaker, photographer, event manager and writer, she now curates and markets El Gordo Cafe & Arts Space in Chancery Lane, Bendigo, while keeping herself busy with all manner of freelance writing and ‘content providing’ jobs. Her latest project is Social Media Manager for The Capital Theatre, Bendigo, having previously worked in a similar role for peak industry body, Music NT (based in Darwin), for 31/2 years. She loves living in Central Victoria - her home since 2010 - where she continues to discover its many secrets and riches... Nardia Baxter-Keene Nardia is a microbiologist who went in search of a career change and fell in love with cheese making. She and her husband Andrew established Goldfields Farmhouse Cheese in Ballarat in 2005. In 2011 they opened their cellar door in the beautiful village of Creswick. Nardia and Andrew are the parents of two wonderful children. Rebecca Djordjevic Rebecca is a leader and advocate for healthy sustainable gardening. She is the Australian international coordinator for Remineralize The Earth and spends her time devoted to workshops and education on why minerals are vital for our health and our soil. Her energy and passion for making gardening fun, simple and sustainable is inspiring. Her mentor and good friend is Costa Georgiadis – presenter of the ABC’s Gardening Australia

progam. Rebecca has dedicated her whole life to natural ways of growing things, being brought up on an organic farm and working alongside her soil and health guru dad, Ian Munro. Rebecca also writes for numerous blogs Bryley Drummond Passionate about the important role food plays in a healthy functioning society, Bryley is a fanatical supporter of farmers’ markets; she wants people to know where their food has come from, and to share the stories about those who helped to put it on the table. A committee member of the Bendigo Community Farmer’s Market, Food Fossickers and Slow Food Melbourne, Bryley recently moved to Bendigo with her family and they love it there. Bryley heads up her own communications consultancy, Friendly Savage, specialising in writing, editing, public relations and social media. Lyndall McQuinn With over 25 years experience in a wide range of alternative philosophies, Lyndall McQuinn is an astrologer/tarot practitioner who has a very practical and down to earth approach to her work. She believes that we are the creators of our own lives and in her readings she identifies where the life patterning is situated and whether it is blocked or flowing. She then works with her clients to unblock or recreate what they would envisage their lives to be. Lyndall also runs workshops and courses in Daylesford, Ballarat and Melbourne.


Spring Astrology

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by Lyndall McQuinn

The spotlight is on SCORPIO this Spring. Along with the Scorpio ritual of October 31which is always a sacred time, the moons nodes are about to journey through the sign offering new directions and pathways. Saturn will enter Scorpio in October which will add some structure to Scorpio’s world and finally in Nov an eclipse on the dark moon will emphasize this sign again. So Scorpios it is certainly time to take notice of your life and the directions you want it to travel. The prick of the eclipse may just clear out any unnecessary drudgery. TAURUS across the wheel will have a high light full moon period at the end of October coinciding with the October 31 ritual. The south node will also journey through this sign bringing up people or situations from the past to be revisited. For some Taureans there may be an intense focus, maybe even bordering on obsessive, for some new ventures. SAGITTARIUS too is energised. Mars travels through here in October and November along with an eclipse on the full moon in Gemini at the end of 32 |

November, giving plenty of adrenaline for Sagittarius. The possibilities for new adventures may come from friend’s suggestions but the drive to get them in place comes from you. GEMINI is also fast paced, ideas galore creating a need for help to put them on the ground. Much planning for the coming year for our Geminis, it will take all of Spring to sort through all the possibilities. Aim at the November full moon eclipse to high light the brightest options. Not slowing down in ARIES either, Uranus is still breaking down out- moded life patterns although over Spring the excitement may take a dive into deeper reality checks and bring in others or aspects of situations that need healing. Although still on liberating journeys, the Spring delays may sort through debris that needs to be cleared. LIBRA surfaces from Saturn’s drudge and some of you will feel the effervescence of Uranus bubbling across from your Aries opposite. This may come from exciting new friendships or relationships. Libra is always up for exciting new relationships. In other

circumstances sudden changes through no fault of your own may cause you to change your directions. Full moon on Sep 30 shines a light on new ventures. AQUARIUS has been enjoying a mental free for all. Ideas flow, the bigger picture is humongous and the discussions have been exhilarating. The grounded component of this equation leaves when Saturn departs Libra and enters Scorpio in October. This can bring big plans down to earth with a thud or with no stabilising influence left in air; the concepts could expand at the speed of light leaving planet earth way behind. See you another season. LEO, it’s time to create the beauty in life that you always dream of. Venus is in Leo through September so adorn, costume and dramatise yourself, your home or just your life. At the very least you should be clear on what you want by the middle of Spring. PISCES is as over active as Scorpio. There are big splashes in the water signs. Of course we know that Neptune is beginning to travel through Pisces for quite some years. It is still deciding to enter,

as it just moves back to 0 through the Spring months. So it may feel like a revisit to the start of the year again. Chiron however, the planet that stimulates healing has progressed into early Pisces and is contacting both Pluto and Uranus. These three together spell deep healing changes which can be exciting but usually require effort. VIRGO is Chiron’s ruler, in some schools of thought, so to have your ruling healing planet opposite your sign means you too have access to this energy. The healing in this circumstance may well involve others so maybe it allows

Virgos to express the healer within or offer their detailed advice to others regarding health and food matters. CANCER too is a water sign so just by back wash she too can join in the emotional tides of Scorpio and Pisces. Cancer tides are usually high, low and unstable. So maybe a rocking Spring for Cancer often being in the role of clearing up the back log. CAPRICORN’S main feature is Pluto which is having a deeper effect on a few Capricorns piece by piece. Now is the time to front up for those Astrology readings and visit the ashram for a retreat. Yes there is an

inner world and you now have the opportunity to discover it. For a personal reading with Lyndall call 0428 425 923 or

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Pyrenees Hwy, Castlemaine 7.30am – 1pm Ph: 0418 117 953 KYNETON COUNTRY MARKET All indoors at 52-56 Mollison St 10am – 4pm Ph: 0458 712 760


Daylesford Railway Station, Daylesford 8am – 4pm, Ph: 03 5348 3503 1 ST SATURDAY OF THE MONTH BALLAN MARKET

Lions Club, Main Street Ph: 03 5368 1203 BEAUFORT MARKET

Memorial Park, Beaufort 9am - 1pm Ph: 5349 1184 Mob: 0448 192 087 DARLEY MARKET BACCHUS MARSH

Darley Football Oval, Fitzroy Street 7am – 1pm Ph: 0488 345 145 DAYLESFORD FARMERS MARKET Daylesford Primary School Oval, Vincent St. Daylesford Ph: 0421 458 891 WOODEND FARMERS MARKET High Street, Woodend 9am – 1pm Ph: 0407 860 320


DARLEY MARKET BACCHUS MARSH Darley Football Oval, Fitzroy Street 7am – 1pm Ph: 0488 345 145 TRENTHAM FARMERS MARKET Trentham Town Square, High Street Ph: 03 5424 1185 4 th SATURDAY OF THE MONTH LANCEFIELD FARMERS MARKET High Street 9am-1pm Ph: 0407 860 320 1 ST SUNDAY OF THE MONTH CASTLEMAINE FARMERS MARKET Mostyn Street 9.00am-1pm Ph: 03 5470 6340 GISBORNE ALL SEASONS MARKET

Gisborne Village Shopping Centre 9am-3pm Ph: 03 5426 2448 GISBORNE FARMERS AND PRODUCE MARKET

9am-1pm Ph: 03 5428 3043 MARYBOROUGH SUNDAY TOURIST MARKET Carisbrook Trotting Complex, Maryborough 8am-1:30pm Ph: 03 5461 2819


Scandinavian Crescent and Camp Street 9am–1pm Ph: 03 5463 2001

(also last Saturday of the month) Lake Wendouree Ballarat 9am – 1pm Ph: 03 03 9528 4985

WOODEND MARKET High Street Ph: 03 5427 2255



Rosalind Park end of Williamson St. 9am – 1pm Ph: 0498 186 491 KYNETON FARMERS MARKET & KYNETON MAKERS MARKET

St Paul’s Park, Piper Street, Kyneton 8am-1pm Ph: 03 5422 1025 3 RD SATURDAY OF THE MONTH BUNNINYONG FARMERS MARKET

Buninyong Town Hall 9am –1pm Ph: 03 5341 3080

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Broadway, Dunolly Jeff Monk 03 5468 1623 TRENTHAM MARKET Victoria Street 9am-2pm Ph: 03 5424 8223

Avoca Visitor Information Centre 03 5465 1000 Bacchus Marsh Visitor Info. Centre 03 5367 7488 Ballarat Visitor Information Centre 1800 446 633 Beaufort Visitor Information Centre 03 5349 2604 Bendigo Visitor Information Centre 1800 813 153 Castlemaine Visitor Info. Centre 1800 171 888 Central Goldfields Visitor Info. Centre 03 5460 4511 Clunes Tourist Information Outlet 03 5345 3896 Creswick Interperative Centre 03 5345 1114 Daylesford Visitor Information Centre 03 5321 6123 Heathcote Visitor Information Centre 03 5433 3121 Kyneton Visitor Information Centre 03 5422 6110 Maldon Visitor Information Centre 03 5475 2569 Trentham Visitor Information Outlet 03 5424 1178 Woodend Visitor Info. Centre 03 5427 2033

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Secrets Magazine - Issue 33 - Spring 2012  

Secrets Magazine is a window to Central Victoria and the wonderful towns and villages that make the region such a fantastic destination. Pla...