Thursday, September 22, 2011

Wine, Books & Spring- Three of my favourite things {giveaway closed}

Have I ever told you that Spring is my all time favourite season, not only do the flowers start blooming, the weather warms up (some say a little to quickly in my part of the world!) but it is also the season that I celebrate my birthday! Oh Spring, how I love thee. And this gives me even more reason to love this months issue of Country Style it is a whole issue dedicated to my fav season!

As always there are some great articles this month and plenty of house and garden porn to drool over and dream about. But I want to focus on just two of the articles right now.

First of it is Melissa and David from Moombaki wines grabbed my attention. I do like to indulge in a nice wine, but I am totally clueless how to select the right one. I usually stick to a sweet sparkling wine and really admire anyone that has the skills to not only select the right wine, but to actually craft one. These two people certainly know their stuff! David and Melissa started their vineyard from scratch by regenerating their 42-hectare property that was overrun with weeds. 17 years down the track, Moombaki is teaming with life and their vineyard has won a string of awards. I am completely blown away by that. They did all this whilst raising their sons!
"We've won our share of medals but we don't really chase that," David says. "I wake up every day and feel blessed to live in this part of the world. Our kids are growing up in a great environment. I don't think I would trade it for anything."
Then just turn the page and you are greeted by the smiling face of Sarah Taylor. At first glance you would think she is sitting in her living room, but no it is her small little book shop in Port Elliot, SA. The photo alone makes me want to visit Port Elliot even if it has nothing else to offer me. If you are a long time reader of this blog you would know that I love books, and if you know my geographical location you would also know that my closest bookstore is over 120kms away! It is also a large retail chain so the feel would be completely different feel to South Seas Books and Trading. Oh how I would love to walk into a book store like that.

Other stories that might interest you are:
  • ON THE RIVER – Returning to Tasmania, a chef finds space for her children to grow by the Tamar river (this is a fantastic story for decorating on a budget, and running a small business while having children also);
  • GROWING FRIENDSHIP – Kyneton, Central Victoria: When two women move to a Victorian country town they discover a mutual love of flowers; and
  • SIMPLE GUIDELINES FOR MATCHING MEAT TO WINE: Country Style magazine’s Rob Ingram takes a fresh look at matching meat to wine (perfect for those spring/summer BBQ's!!).
To stay up to date with all this Country Style why not check out their Facebook page. Or check out the website for some stunning eye candy of the house and living description.

 And thanks to the lovely folks at Morey Media I have copies of the Spring Edition of Country Style to giveaway to three lucky readers.

Simply comment on this post telling me:
What is your favourite season and why?
For additional entries you can share this giveaway on twitter and facebook. Please use the handle @MahliMoo to tag me so I can keep track. Thank you!

Entries will close 27th September 2011 and will be drawn via on the 28th of September 2011.

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of the Spring Issue of Country Style Magazine. No financial payment was offered nor accepted for this post. All opinions expressed are purely my own.


  1. How stunning is that florist in Kyneton?? Love the magazine, i keep it in the car for when i arrive at school early to avoid the competitive car parks & it's too cold to sit in the hallways, i stay in my car basking in the afternoon sunshine. Love Posie

  2. Looks like a good read. I'm meeting a female winemaker tonight actually. Looking forward to learning her story and how she juggles motherhood and wine!

  3. I loe Spring- where everything wakes up after Winter. I especially love feeling the sunshine and seeing baby lambs.

  4. Spring or maybe summer. I like warm and sunny :) I also love a good mag to read so would love a chance to win. Follow you on GFC :)

  5. As a fellow Central Queenslander, you bet I love spring, with all the lovely new plant shoots and the glorious days, of which we have had in abundance lately. Hoping the weather stays like this for a wedding in Yeppoon next weekend. smiles and thanks so much for the chance

  6. I like the warmth of spring, the fresh beginnings and the joy the children have of seeing new plants come to life and new flowers beginning to grow.

  7. I do love summer, but I have to be honest... living in Australia but coming from America, I'm feeling SO nostalgic for autumn at the moment. Thinking maybe this mag would help my mood in the right direction! :) Thanks for offering. :)

  8. I tweeted you from @Theaussiemommy!

  9. I would have to say my favourite season is Spring i love all the trees starting to grow all the flowers starting to come into bloom and the weather is always so beautiful <3

  10. Spring is my favourite season, especially so this year as we have our wedding in a fortnight. :)

  11. Normally I love Winter but this year I was sick constantly through Winter so I'm changing it to Spring for the lovely flowers that bloom!
    djchilds at hot mail (dot) com

  12. Spring is rather windy in Tassie, so I'm a summer girl!

  13. Autumn because the colours are my favourite, and the weather is lovely and mild.

  14. Love Country Style - Started reading September yesterday, so to the lucky winner - enjoy!

    Lynne @CountryRegional


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