And the winner is…

We had so many wonderful entries for our January newsletter’s Summer Rose Giveaway, thank you all for taking the time to send us your beautiful roses.

We all agreed, however, that the $250 Wakefield Press voucher should go to Ray Tyndale who sent in this lyrical, floral poem:

Ray Tyndale's lovely summer rose


scant apologies to Tennyson!


Come my poppy

Fling open your flaming petals

Give to me your black heart.

Come my pansy

Toss back your knowing head

Share with me your secret thoughts.

Come my rose

Fill the air with your pungency

I will swim in your scented sea.

Come into the garden

My poppy, my pansy, my darling rose
Entwine with me.

The sun shall succour your black heart

The moon will keep your secret thoughts

And I will drown.


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An ode to Myponga Beach

In our September newsletter, we ran a giveaway for Ivor Hele and asked entrants to tell us about their favourite holiday destination. We just had to share this amazing response sprinkled with historic family photos from our prize winner, Meg.

A place where I have spent many wonderful holidays is Myponga Beach on the Fleurieu Peninsula. It’s a beautiful blend of rural ‘Southern Mount Lofty’ landscapes along with a crescent bay which can be so calm and benign at times, yet thrilling in its energy when the winds and tides change. As a child I walked to the nearby farm to buy milk, cream and eggs. We were “in another world” yet able to look across the sea to the twinkling lights of Aldinga – now much more extended – and the peaks of Mount Lofty. How privileged we were!

There is a long family history from my great grandparents’ time down there; many photographs; and it is the place where I first gained a childhood awareness of the aboriginal culture – artefacts having been found in the sandhills which were once a burial ground.

Historic Myponga Beach. Photo supplied by Meg.

Historic Myponga Beach. Photo supplied by Meg.

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