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Planning a garden wedding in Victoria

»Posted by on Aug 27, 2016 in Weddings | Comments Off on Planning a garden wedding in Victoria

Planning a garden wedding in Victoria

There is something so magical about a garden wedding in Victoria. The sounds of nature, the flowers and the fairy lights all combine to create a wedding wonderland. But for something that looks so simple and natural, planning a garden wedding actually takes a lot of preparation. You need to take a lot of things into account such as bathrooms, electricity supply, permits, and shelter from the elements if needed. That is why it can make a lot of sense to choose from existing garden wedding venues in Victoria that have already organised all of this, rather than choosing a spot that has never been used for a wedding before. Better yet, if you choose a place that has a beautiful garden as well as a reception venue attached you won’t have to worry about hiring tables,...

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Celebrating a silver anniversary

»Posted by on Jul 30, 2016 in Function & Events, Weddings | Comments Off on Celebrating a silver anniversary

Celebrating a silver anniversary

A silver wedding anniversary is a big milestone as it celebrates 25 years of marriage. Other momentous ones are; Golden anniversary – for 50 years and Diamond anniversary – for 60 years. Reaching 25 years of marriages is a very special milestone for most people, and one that should be marked with some kind of formal celebration. If you are planning your own silver anniversary, or one on behalf of someone else, here are some ideas for things you might like to do: Renew your vows What better way to celebrate your wedding anniversary and 25 years with your soul mate than by going back to where it all began – the wedding day. It can be as big as you want, with family and friends invited to celebrate with you, or small and intimate with just yourself and...

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Planning a trip to the Macedon Ranges

»Posted by on Jun 24, 2016 in Accommodation | Comments Off on Planning a trip to the Macedon Ranges

Planning a trip to the Macedon Ranges

When you reach the Macedon Ranges you will have a hard time believing you are just one hour out of Melbourne. The beautiful region can feel like a whole different world, with rolling hills and valleys dotted with spectacular places to eat and drink. The entire region is filled with beautiful landscapes that will please the eye. There are native forests to be explored, waterfalls, mineral springs and of course the natural and unique features; Hanging Rock and Mount Macedon. Mount Macedon is an extinct volcano that stands 1010m from sea level, making it the highest peak of the ranges. Hanging Rock is an unusual formation that is also famous for being the setting for the novel (and then movie) Picnic at Hanging Rock. Aside from the stunning natural landscape, it is...

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Conference etiquette

»Posted by on May 23, 2016 in Conferences | Comments Off on Conference etiquette

Conference etiquette

There is a lot to be gained from attending a conference, and it’s not just knowledge from the information that is being shared. There is also a wealth of networking opportunities; the chance to talk to bosses or managers in a more causal setting, meeting new peers, mentors or potential clients and in some cases you might be able to get up and speak to an audience. There is even the chance to travel to a new area to attend, and with the beautiful conference venues in Victoria you won’t be disappointed with the location. However, you can also mess up at a conference and become the subject of discussion for all of the wrong reasons. No one wants to be ‘that person’, so brush up on your etiquette before heading off to the conference venue so that you can be...

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A guide to cool climate wines

»Posted by on Apr 30, 2016 in Restaurant & Cellar Door | Comments Off on A guide to cool climate wines

A guide to cool climate wines

The next time you are visiting the Grange Restaurant or cellar door at Glen Erin ask us about the many factors that give a wine its tastes and aromas. You might be surprised that it varies from the type of grape grown, to the soil they are grown in, to the location of the vineyard. Climate is one of the factors that plays a huge role in how all kinds of fruit grows, including grapes. In a hot climate with direct, strong sunlight, fruit will grow faster and ripen more quickly. The sun helps create more sugar in the fruit, making it sweeter to taste. In a cold climate, where the sun is not as strong and may not shine for many hours throughout the day, the fruit grows slowly and the sugar content is also slowed down considerably. This is why a lot of ‘summer...

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