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Coriole Chenin Blanc is an iconic Australian wine, a flagship wine of Coriole in South Austra- lia. The 2013 smells of lemon, butter with some nuttiness and a little sweetness. It's just about as pale as I always think of it, with a little bit more lemon yellow than I remember when I first drank it years ago in Adelaide. On the palate it is a very, very drinkable wine. So warm-weather beachy. Coriole has never had a fancy label, but, in its very simplicity, it never fails to be recog- nisable. There is a large C, a covering for a basket press, the roundness of the C being giving a yurt-like impression. 'Coriole' is in caps in classic serif font, thick and thin combined, with 'vineyards' in thin lower case underneath and centred. Chenin Blanc is the grape workhorse of wine-making, but you wouldn't know it from Coriole's production. So the elegantly minimal- ism label suits the product. Under $20.



Charlotte's Parlour - Book Review

1001 Ways to Save the Planet by Joanna Yarrow

Charlotte's Parlour - Book Review


This little book is jam packed full of fun and functional ways to do your bit to save our planet.

There are heaps of great ideas to keep the kids happy, whilst also teaching them sustainable living can be fun!

With handy hints on utilising ordinary kitchen pantry basics for cleaning and cosmetics, keeping the kids entertained, upcycling, gardening and much, much more, this little book is sure to inspire.

Open any page and you will find a handy hint to help you save the planet!

Available now for $19.95.

So pop into the Parlour for books like this, clothes and gifts and much more.

Charlotte xx 



Charlotte’s Parlour
Shop 2, Station St
Ph: 6687 2828 

Have you heard about the art of Oil Pulling?

Have you heard about the art of Oil Pulling?


It seems like everyone’s talking about it lately but if you haven’t heard of Oil Pulling it involves the daily practice of gargling and pulling, pushing coconut oil through your teeth for up to twenty minutes and far from being a “weird hippy thing” it is an ancient Ayurveda medicinal treatment, traditionally used to treat illness, imbalances and disease.



Life and the Anti-Life

Early Freudian theory held that we are driven by two primary and opposing instincts – the Life and the Death force. These were known as the duality of Eros and Thanatos, but we’ll refer to them here as Life and the Anti-Life. Though Freud later abandoned the theory as too simplistic, I think it is a very useful way of seeing the world and understanding the differing ways in which we might relate to it. 

These opposing energies manifest in the mind, body, emotions and life habits of the individual. Individuals seeking a healthy, happy and peaceful life through exercise, good diet and ethical practice are faced with the agents of the anti-life– the pushers of harmful cigarettes, junk food, weapons and ecocides, waging war on fellow humans and nature itself.

In society we may see this dichotomy expressed in science, politics, religion, philosophy and the arts. It is where the spark of inspiration and intelligence meets the dark night of the zombies, the great dumbing down; where life force stands up to the push and pull of gravity, entropy and decay; where healthy beings are challenged by the agents of the anti-life, of cancer, disease and ageing, resulting ultimately in every life’s dissolution.

It’s where the emotions of love, inspiring kindness, cooperation, creativity and growth meet with self-destructive behaviours born of fear, hatred and anger, directed outwardly in aggression and violence.

Life thrives in diversity, the delightfully chaotic poly-culture of society. It wilts in monocultures where uniformity and control have their way, where beauty is lost and atmospheric quality depleted, such as in some of our colourless nature deprived urban landscapes.

In politics the champions of Life force stand for freedom and democracy, echoed in the inspired words of the American Founding Fathers and of freedom fighters like Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela. Against this stand the dark forces of Fascist Totalitarianism and State Terrorism, as it was in Nazi Germany, as it is in North Korea and as it may well turn out in the ISIS Caliphate of Iraq and Syria. 

In religions based on the life affirming values of love and forgiveness we see tolerance and an all-inclusive, non-judgemental attitude. Up against this we may see ‘God-fearing’ fundamentalism, xenophobia, homophobia, the rigid exclusiveness and judgementalism of those who know who they are by who they are not.


The old saying that ‘Nature abhors a vacuum’ (Aristotle) refers to the way that nature works hard to overcome the inanimate, inorganic state, devoid of life. If you clear native vegetation, weeds may quickly take hold, but at least weeds keep the life in the soil and prevent the site becoming a wasteland, the domain of the anti-life. Earth, unlike her moon, is a garden and a haven for life.


The battle between Life and the Anti-Life is a Never Ending Story and, as in the movie, we should follow our dreams lest the Nothingness take over. The anti-life will eat up our world and turn it to Nothingness unless we actively support the delicate balance of life, celebrating the spirit of life and love and the community of all beings. 


        Garth  Kindred.

Gardening on the North Coast #299

Now, Spring is more than a hint. The warming days, the gardening days are here again and this is the month to fully ponder the adage: as you sow, so shall you reap. There is a wide choice of flowers to plant this month and the vegetable possibilities are as vast as your merchants’ seed racks.

The practice of serious gardeners is to raise, when possible, their own seedlings. Create a nursery bed in the garden by running a 40 sand: 40 soil: 20 organic matter mix through a garden sieve. Or recycle polystyrene boxes (making sure they have holes in the bottom) and sand/soil/organic mix.


This is also the month to get serious about crisp, summer lettuce. Easy to grow, but particular in matters of birth and diet, this is the most popular plant of the home gardener. Raise seed in beds or boxes, keeping sheltered and moist. Transplant into a well-drained soil with a healthy proportion (20 per cent) of organic matter dug through. Rake some more into the top layer with a sprinkle of dolomite or lime and all is ready.

For all seedling transplants, watch the weather and most likely, you won’t lose one baby. If the meteorological forces are with you, plant after a late-afternoon shower. And remember, rain or not, late afternoon (unless it’s particularly cold) is best. If there have been a few days of rain, plant when it appears to be abating. Rainwater (in moderate amounts) is the transplants’ friend. And consulting the Moon Planting guide helps, too.

Mulch lettuce with grass clippings or compost and feed with liquid fertiliser every fortnight. Apart from the root and legume varieties, this practice can be applied to most inhabitants of the vegetable garden with good results.

Plantings include: Aubergine (eggplant) *Beans *Beetroot *Capsicum *Carrot *Celery *Chinese cabbage *Choko *Cucumber *Leek *Lettuce *Melon *Okra *Potato *Pumpkin *Radish *Rhubarb crowns *Silverbeet *Spring onion *Squash *Sweet corn *Sweet potato *Tomato *Zucchini


Pop in some passionfruit this month, but beware of their riotous behaviour. Again, use plenty of organic matter, keep up the top dressings, liquid feedings and this wonderful source of vitamin C and fresh daily fruit is yours within 12 months.

Plantings include: Citrus *Nuts *Stone fruit *Vines.


It is said that the sight and smell of fresh flowers will gladden the hardest heart. An extravagant claim, but such is the spirit of Spring. And now is the time to invest energies in a summer spectacular. Unless otherwise specified, choose a warm sunny spot in the garden and plan carefully from the varieties of annuals, biennials and perennials: bedding, border, dwarf, medium and tall plants. 

In general, when transplanting seedlings, be conscientious with daily waterings and as with vegetables, pick a late afternoon on a cloudy day.

A featureless corner of the house or garden? Plant now and witness the power of the petunia. These easy-to-grow flowers provide a true celebration of colour. Give them a light soil with plenty of organic matter and a dash of lime. They love sun and once they have flowered, cut them back, give a weak dose of liquid fertiliser and they’ll do it all again.

Plantings include: Alyssum * Snapdragon *Carnation *Chrysanthemum *Dahlia *Gladiolus *Lobelia *Marigold *Mignonette *Nasturtium *Pansy *Petunia *Phlox *Statice * Zinnia.


Inland and southern gardeners may grow a wider range of roses, but stand back and watch them admire our hibiscus. There are literally hundreds of varieties with single and multiple blooms and a spectrum of colours. The first two weeks in September are ideal for planting out hibiscus.

Sun, shelter and drainage are needed for most trees, shrubs and climbers. If the soil is clay, make life easier for the plant by digging its hole half a metre wider than the root ball. Mix compost and sand with the soil you have removed. Mulch, then water and water some more.

From ‘Gardening on the North Coast and Thereabouts’ by Stephen`` Brouwer. 

(Compiled by Lydia Kindred)


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