Lover's Day Edit: DIY Moonlight Cinema

As lover's day is around the corner, I thought it would be fitting to share a DIY moonlight cinema that I created in December, for my two year anniversary with the boyf. It was so lovely to just sit in the privacy of our own backyard, with a grazing board, wine and blissful tunes, before watching Love Actually under the stars with some home-made lettuce tacos and of course, more wine.

I told Aythan that he had to come home to help Mum and myself move some furniture (we were just about to move in, you see), and to bring a change of nice clothes so we could go from there to where I had 'booked' for dinner. When he arrived, everything was set up and it definitely caught him by surprise... It all came together so perfectly, that I'm now offering this as one of my intimate event options!

DIY moonlight cinema - Inspire Musings Creative
DIY moonlight cinema - inspire musings creative

If you're planning to create your own moonlight cinema at home, here's a list of the essentials you'll need:

♥   Projector and portable speakers

♥   White Sheet

♥   Foam mattress 

♥   Bedding

♥   Side Table for all your goodies

♥  Fairy Lights


Begin by setting up the bed - I used an old foam mattress that I was happy to have on the ground, before layering the sheets, quilt and cushions to create the ultimate cosy zone. 

Next, hang up your white sheet in a spot that's easy to fasten and in prime viewing from your bed. In our yard we have a shade cloth that covers some of our ferns, so this made for the perfect cinema screen. I popped some of our pot plants in the corners to stop the sheet from blowing up in the wind - knowing my luck this would have happened at prime viewing time!

So you don't have to keep getting up to go inside and grab your goodies, you'll need a little side table to house your wine, plates, candles and anything else you want to have with you. I filled our champagne cooler with ice so our drinks would be kept cool, too!

Set up your projector just to the side of your bed, with portable speakers on either side. If you don't have speakers, you can just use your laptop speakers if need be. 

Last but not least, deck out your space with all of your favourite touches. I hung my macrame wall-hanging from a big pine tree, some crochet bunting from the verandah, whipped up a little grazing board and strung some fairy-lights around the space for that final bit of ambiance. 


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Grazing table Adelaide - inspire musings creative
Grazing table adelaide - inspire musings creative

If you create your own moonlight cinema, hashtag #inspiremusingscreative so I can see your creations! Better yet, if you want me to create one of these special little set-ups for your next intimate event, get in touch here.

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Boho Baby Shower | Inspire Musings Creative

In late November last year I had the absolute pleasure of organising, styling and catering my lovely Auntie and Uncle's baby shower, before the imminent arrival of my little cousin Lara, who was soon born a month later (exciting!!!).

Set against the background of my back garden, it was only appropriate to make sure everything was homely, rustic and welcoming, with a touch of bohemian decor - true to what Inspire Musings Creative is all about. The event featured a subtle colour palette of blush pink, green and blue-grey against the natural timber chairs, dessert table, pallet bar and allll of the wild flowers that feature throughout the garden. 

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Grazing Table Adelaide - Inspire Musings Creative

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Event Stylist Adelaide - Inspire Musings Creative
Grazing table adelaide - Adelaide events - Inspire Musings Creative
 

To keep our big family happy and full, I created a grazing 'runner' down the middle of our table, making it easy for everyone to get in on the action. All of the produce was sourced from local farmers' fruit stalls and small goods suppliers, with a few home-made goodies thrown in - like our savoury muffins and quiche, and lust-worthy cake by one of my talented Aunties. 

 
 
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let me eat cake

Other elements around the garden were styled with native wildflowers, crochet bunting and our cute cactus candles, while the dessert table featured our natural wood cake stands, bohemian lanterns, bottles, and our gorgeous ornate tea cups. One of my favourite touches to the day was our pallet bar, sitting pretty as you walked in with prosecco spritz cocktails waiting for guests on arrival...

 
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prosecco spritz bar

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Everything came together beautifully on the day, and our mumma to be couldn't have been happier! If you like what you see, get in touch so we can help you create the perfect boho inspired event. 

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South Australian Travel Diary: Flinders Ranges

There’s something about the desert that is so beautiful. There may not be as many green pastures or tropical trees, but there is plenty of red dirt, native shrubs and lots of Australian wildlife. On our recent drive into the Flinders Ranges, we were struck with awe-inspiring views of the peaks that surround the parks and pounds – your eyes really don’t know what to look at first - not to mention the abundant emus, wallabies, kangaroos and eagles that call the Flinders Ranges home.

In October we made our second visit to the Flinders Ranges, where we camped with some friends at Wilpena Pound Resort, one of the main caravan parks in the National Park. True to our style, we opted for a non-powered site, surrounded by trees and nature, overlooking the creek that runs through the middle of the park. This is definitely my favourite way to camp (without power), because you really feel like you’re escaping the fast city lifestyle for the bare essentials. In the Flinders Ranges this is made a whole lot easier with the lack of reception, a.k.a. zero reception, so apart from taking the odd phone photo, you are really left to your own devices (get it). 

 Wake me up to this everyday thanks.

Wake me up to this everyday thanks.

If you're into nature, hiking, or just taking in the pure serenity that the Flinders Ranges has to offer, then make sure this place is high on your bucket list. Our days were filled with picnicing, calm nature walks, hiking heart-racing peaks and taking in the incredible views that came with them, while our nights were really only good for three things - campfires, star gazing and card playing. The best things.

Both times we've been to the Flinders Ranges we've stayed in the Wilpena Pound Resort, just because it's so close to everything! Most of the best hikes you can do around the ranges start from there, plus it's fairly central to drive around and see everything the ranges has to offer. There's also a little shop not far from the campsite, just incase you forget something - or in our case, a mattress. Let me tell you I was glad we picked this spot after realising we left our bed in the cupboard at home!

Things to do in the Flinders Ranges

1. Take in the sunset with a picnic and a view

If you know anything about me by now, it's that I love food and wine. Like, a lot. Naturally, taking a picnic to the top of a hill is always my favourite thing to do, especially once there's good company, cheese, wine, tunes and an incred sunset. My vote for best picnic spots would be anywhere along the Brachina Gorge drive, or Razorback Lookout, as you watch the sky turn all shades of pink, orange and purple as the sun sinks into the ranges.

We stopped at a little rest stop along the Brachina Gorge drive to experience this view, it was so peaceful, naturally beautiful and simply put, magical.

2. Take a drive 

There are so many scenic drives through the Flinders Ranges it's hard to pick one. My top two would have to be the Brachina Gorge drive and the Moralana Scenic Drive. Both have amazing scenery, but the special part about the Moralana drive is that it looks onto the back of the ranges, giving you a completely different perspective of the surrounding landscape. I also highly recommend stopping at every look-out or taking the detours along the way, that's how we always end up finding the best places!

3. Go for a hike

There are so many wonderful hikes to do around the ranges, but here are my top two.

St Mary Peak
We've done this hike twice now, each time taking a different way up and down. There are two options - the 6 hour hike and the 9 hour hike. The 6 hour seems like the obvious choice, but don't be fooled... the way up this bad boy is a seriously steep climb. I'm not joking, you actually have to climb sheer rock face at some points! The first time we hiked St Mary we took this option without knowing what was to come; I was so exhausted by the time I climbed up, we decided to stop and turn around at the saddle (the lower part of the peak).

The second time 'round, we decided to come up the 9 hour route and return via the 6 hour route. This was so much nicer, not only because you get to see a lot more along the way, but you get to save all your energy to climb from the saddle to the peak - the steepest part of the trek. It ended up taking us about 5 hours to get from Wilpena Pound Resort to the peak, before an hour of lunch at the top, taking in the absolutely breath taking views. You get a 360 degree view of the ranges and it feels like you're on top of the world (and you might as well be, sitting 1171m above sea level). The climb down took us about 3 hours, coming down the shorter route.

Make sure you leave nice and early to conquer this one, you really don't want to be climbing up to the peak in the midday heat. Also be sure to pack heeeaps of water. We got through about 8 litres between Aythan and I over the 9 hours - it's a little heavy to begin with, but you will 100% appreciate it once you're at the top!

Distance: 19 km return
Difficulty: hard (but very worth it)
Leave from: Wilpena Pound Resort
Time: 9 hrs return

Mount Ohlssen Bagge
Take this hike from the trailhead at Wilpena Pound Resort and follow the signs to Mount Ohlssen Bagge. We loved this hike because of the amazing contrast of dirt tracks against the green and yellow shrubs and trees. I'm going to say this at the risk of sounding like a broken record... but the views on this hike were definitely worth the climb! I think it's safe to say all of the hikes around the ranges have bloody great views. 

Distance: 5.6 km return
Difficulty: moderate - hard
Leave from: Wilpena Pound Resort
Time: 4 hrs return

Now, there's so much more you can get up to on your next Flinders Ranges trip, but these are a few things I recommend you tick off your bucket list. One thing is for sure, it is a very, very beautiful place. You can see why the Aboriginal people have such a connection with the land - I always leave feeling more connected to nature, appreciating my body for carrying me up such steep inclines and just appreciating the completely untouched landscape for what it is, pure bliss. 

Until next time,

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South Australian Travel Diary: Barossa Valley

A couple of sunny weekends ago, we trekked down to the Barossa Valley, to indulge in some incredible local produce, sink a few bottles of wine and bask in everything that the region has to offer. 

If you're the sort of person that only ventures down to the Barossa for a wine tour with the squad and want to try something different, or are just looking for an aesthetic AF weekend away with your significant other, then you have clicked on the right guide. We want to share with you our favourite spots to get tipsy in the region that keeps on giving, where to rest your weary eyes after a day of indulging, and of course, where to get a good cuppa joe. 

FOOD, GLORIOUS FOOD.

Friends, if you're anything like me, then food is the number one priority on a weekend away. Our entire trip revolved around seeking out the next spot to treat our tastebuds, where the wine was just as good. Here are my top picks for all you food-obsessed fiends.

1. HARVEST KITCHEN

Harvest Kitchen is part of the popular Artisans of Barossaboasting a communal menu designed to complement the wines of six artisanal wine producers in the region. 

We were lucky enough to be there on the same night as their seasonal dinner series 'An Italian Table' - where we enjoyed six incredible courses, ranging from a selection of Italian cheeses, cured meats and pickled vegetables, to mushroom and truffle ragu with creamy polenta and porchetta with slow cooked beans, bitter green salad and fresh ciabatta. It's safe to say we left with a food baby. The food was melt-in-your-mouth good, while the local beers and wines stood up and succeeded the hype. 

Where: Cnr Magnolia and Light Pass Roads, Tanunda
When: Open 7 days from 11am to 6pm, and 'til late Friday & Saturday evenings.
Price: $$

2. CHARLES MELTON WINES

Charles Melton Wines are a small Tanunda based winery, who have called home to the same vineyard since 1984. Their wines predominantly feature Grenache and Shiraz varieties, which is what they were founded on all those years ago.

If your'e after a hearty, home-cooked pie, seasonal tart, perfect cut of meat, or notorious Barossa Valley cheese plate, Charles Melton Wines is your go-to. All produce that comes out of the small kitchen is locally sourced, produced and pretty bloody delish. Matched with a couple of their beautiful wines, it was a long lunch to remember.

Where: Krondorf Rd, Tanunda
When: CELLAR DOOR 11am - 5pm daily
VERANDAH DINING - Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday 12pm - 3pm. Bookings advisable.
Price: $$

3. 1918 BISTRO & GRILL

If you're after more of a fine-dining experience, make sure you visit 1918 Bistro & Grill in Tanunda. We went there for dinner on Saturday night, which was the perfect way to end a day of amazing food and wine, with a bit more of just that... All of their produce is either made in-house or locally sourced, while their drinks list is made up of predominantly local wines, with a few carefully selected Australian and International drops thrown in. 

We tried the Market Fish and 300gm Dry Aged Scotch Fillet, which were both cooked to absolute perfection, before finishing off our meal with the shared dessert platter. If you're a sweet tooth, or not for that matter, make sure you get your paws on that dessert platter. We literally scraped the plate clean. 

Where: 94 Murray St, Tanunda
When: Open 7 days, 12–2:30pm & 6–9pm
Price: $$$

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Charles Melton Wines - Inspire Musings

 

ACCOMMODATION

Once you're finished stuffing your face full of cheese, home-made pies, locally sourced meats, wine, and more wine, it's inevitable you're going to want to take a Nanna nap. Lucky, we found the perfect digs for you and your S.O. (be it bestie or bae). 

STONEWELL COTTAGES & VINEYARDS

Picture this: you approach a stone-walled driveway, set between a sprawling vineyard on your left and picturesque dam to your right. You drive a couple hundred metres down the gravel road to find yourself peeking through the trees at the cutest little stone cottage, perched on the edge of a big, beautiful lake. You make your way inside to be greeted by a rustic, homely interior, tray of local wine and goodies on the dining table, and fireplace set up with freshly cut firewood. You almost wet your pants from excitement, before heading into the bedroom where you find a king size bed, the fluffiest, most comfy robes and a SPA BATH. IN THE BEDROOM.

If you thought that's where it ends, you'd be wrong. In the morning, you wake up to find a fridge full of beautiful Barossa breakfast ingredients, the bench overflowing with locally sourced muesli, bread, condiments and even breakfast to feed the ducks! Apart from almost being attacked by the over enthusiastic ducks, we had the most blissful weekend, taking in the sunset and lake views from this incredible little cottage. Would highly recommend. 

Where: 373 Stonewell Road, Stonewell, Tanunda
What: Stonewell Cottages & Vineyards
Price: $$$
 

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COFFEE TIME.

The Barossa Valley is filled with cute cafes, rustic bakeries and adorable little shops, but when it comes to coffee, we don't muck around. We found the best places to get your caffeine fix.

1. FLEUR SOCIAL 

Flowers, coffee, bagels, and an industrial interior. Need we say more? Make sure you check out this florist come cafe next time you're in the Barossa. 

Where: 55C Murray St, Nuriootpa
When: Open 7 days Mon-Fri from 6:30am
Price: $

2. BAROSSA FARMERS MARKET

Great coffee, fresh veges galore and all of the local produce you can get your grubby little paws on. The Barossa Farmers Market is a must on Saturday mornings!

Where: Angaston Rd & Stockwell Rd, Angaston
When: Every Saturday morning from 7.30am - 11.30am
Price: $

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Fleur Social Barossa Valley - Inspire Musings

Wine Not?

It wouldn't be the Barossa without heading to a few wineries along the way. Here's a few of my favourite wineries to check out next time you're in the land of wine.

  • Z Wines - 109-111 Murray St, Tanunda

  • Murray Street Vineyards - Murray Street, Greenock

  • Tscharke Wines - 376 Seppeltsfield Road, Marananga

  • Rockford Wines - 131 Krondorf Road, Krondorf

  • Hutton Vale Farm - 65 Stone Jar Road, Angaston

You could probably find so many more things to do around the Barossa, it is so jam-packed full of beautiful little places, you honestly feel a little over whelmed with it all. Hopefully this gave you some insight into the region, and equips you the bones to explore for yourself.

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South Australian Travel Diary: Deep Creek Conservation Park

If you've been following me on the gram for a little while, you would know that Deep Creek Conservation Park is an absolute favourite of mine and Aythan's for camping, hiking, beach hangs, and those amazing panoramic views.

The first time we went to Deep Creek was our first camping trip together. We both love to get away from the big smoke, so we decided camping for a couple of nights in the conservation park would be a pretty nice way to kick off our camping adventures together.

While our days were filled with sunshine, hiking and seeking out hidden coves, our nights were spent staring at the millions of stars you can't see from the city, sitting around the campfire with a glass of local wine, a couple of beers and some home-made pasta. We fell in love with the incredible views, diverse hikes and beaches that seem to go on forever... so we've been back twice since.

If you have a few days off, or are travelling through South Australia, a trip to Deep Creek Conservation Park is an absolute must. Plus, it's only 1.5 hours out of the city, which means you can even make the trip down on a Friday after work, something we've done a couple of times for a cheeky weekend away. Days seem to slow right down when you're unplugged from technology and the city lifestyle. The landscape is so untouched and apart from your camping neighbours, there's really no-one around, which makes escaping that city life even sweeter! The kangaroos seem to love it as much as we do too, 'cos there's always so many of them hopping around nearby.

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There are a few campsites throughout Deep Creek, but the two we have camped at are Stringybark and Tapanappa. Both are pretty beautiful, but so different from one another. 

If you're looking for beautiful big trees surrounding your camp, a hot shower of a morning and a toilet that flushes, Stringybark is where you wanna be. It's surrounded by Australian wildlife, with plenty of kangaroos hopping around the campsite. Last time we were there, we even had some snags stolen by a couple of cheeky kookaburras. He had a good laugh to himself after he ate them whole.

On the contrary, Tapanappa is a little more desolate, but if you pick the right campsite, it can also be a little more private. Last time we were there we felt like we had our own shaded sanctuary, it was bliss! You feel like you're really in nature with this one, because there are no showers and the toilet is a long drop... not the most glamorous, but the closeness to the coast is definitely a plus. The campsites at Tapanappa are surrounded by native wildflowers, which is one of my favourite parts. 

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1. Take in the view with a hilltop picnic
  
The view from the Tapanappa lookout seems to take my breath away every time we perch ourselves down to admire it. In the distance the rolling hills meet the ocean, there's kangaroos hopping around you everywhere, and the landscape is scattered with wild flora and fauna. It's a place where sitting back with a glass of wine, some cheese and your loved one can be pretty special. The photos never do it justice, it's that damn good. 

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2. Go on a hike

There are some amazing hikes at Deep Creek, with incredible views all round, there's just so many to choose from. Two of our favourites are the Deep Creek Waterfall and Deep Creek Cove hikes. 

Deep Creek Waterfall
We usually drive up to Tapanappa lookout, although you can walk up pretty easily from Tapanappa campground. From there, you can take the waterfall hike through the wilderness and end at a massive waterfall. The first time we did this was in summer, and there was some not so lovely stagnant water sitting at the bottom of the waterfall, but when we went in winter it was bloody amazing.

On our most recent trip, we knew the waterfall would be gushing, so we packed a backpack full of picnic goodies, to treat ourselves with once we arrived. We sat back among the rocks, took in the peaceful sounds of the water, ate our cheese, dip and just blissed right out. Aythan climbed the waterfall, which was apparently the best view. If only I wasn't so clumsy I would have joined him! (I would have ended in the waterfall, not on it.)

Distance: 4km return
Difficulty: easy - moderate
Leave from: Tapanappa lookout
Time: 3 hrs return

Deep Creek Cove
Where you begin the waterfall hike, you can also take the Deep Creek Cove hike, which is definitely worth it for the views alone. On the way down it's a breeze, not only cos it's all downhill - I kept reminding myself, whatever we climb down, I'm going to have to drag my butt back up. Once we got to the cove, we climbed the rocks, and kicked back for a little bit to take in the view. You're right at the tip of the coastline, so when you look out to the ocean with no-one around it feels like you're the only people on the planet. The way back up is very steep, a lot steeper than I imagined it would be when coming down, so keep that in mind!

Distance: 3.5 km return
Difficulty: moderate - hard
Leave from: Tapanappa lookout
Time: 2 hrs return

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3. Go for a drive

Just because you're in Deep Creek, that doesn't mean you can't check out the surrounding towns and beaches! We often head down to Second Valley for a walk, Normanville for a coffee, or to Yankalilla for a pub meal. All along the coast there are some cute towns you can go and see while you're camping at Deep Creek, plus the beaches are just as beautiful. 

4. Take a four-wheel drive for a spin

If you have a four-wheel drive, there are some amazing coves and beaches to be found down the dusty dirt roads. Blowhole beach is an absolute pearler - the views are next level, there are rock-pools to swim in and you can walk around the whole cove, where there's a different view from every angle. If you don't have a four-wheel drive, you can walk to Blowhole Beach from Tapanappa look out, it's actually just over the hill from Deep Creek Cove. (When I say just over, it's quite a long walk, but not too far!)

We also decided to drive down a random track we came across on our adventures, where we ended up finding another hidden beach we would never have found otherwise. Hot tip: if you have a four-wheel drive, don't go past the dirt tracks made for you.

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5. Take in the sunset from Lady Bay or Normanville. 

To unwind with a perfect end to the day, take a short drive down to Lady Bay or Normanville and soak in that sunset. The sky from these beaches lights up in all shades of pink and orange - a sight we wish we could sit back and admire much more often. 

There's so many other things to do at Deep Creek, it's just hard to choose what. All I can say is the days feel longer when you're camping down there. One of my favourite things to do is take time to live a little slower, and take in as much nature as possible - Deep Creek is the perf place to do just that. 

Keep an eye on the blogosphere for the next South Australian Travel Diary: Barossa Valley. 

Alana Trezise Inspire Musings