I’ve driven past the St. Agnes Cellars for years and it’s always been an iconic landmark for me because the whiteness of the building stood out like a sore thumb. Heck, I’ve even been in there a few times, the last time being when I bought a birthday gift for my brother-in-laws 50th birthday. If memory serves me correctly I bought him a oak wine cask. Sure it wasn’t anything like those fancy Cruises you can get but I knew he would like it because he loves wine and he often talked about storing port in an oak cask, and love it he did.

Still, this isn’t about the wine cask, it’s about the St. Agnes Cellars in Tea Tree Gully seen in the photo below.

St Agnes Cellars

Apparently this remarkable property was sold a couple of years back. I did a quick Google search and there were two local news reports on the sale, the first was Last Drinks For St. Agnes Cellars and the second being Historic St. Agnes Cellar To Close.

A damn shame really as it was a great landmark, bears a lot of historical significance as well as having served the locals as well as tourists for many years. I’m not sure who purchased the property but it would be nice if they kept the building and turned it into a restaurant or something.

Anyway, if you want to visit their new cellar doors you’re going to have to drive down to McLaren Vale which hosts many of our finest wineries. Yep, South Australia has another premier wine district other than the Barossa Valley. Must drive down there one day and take some photos for you.

Oh, if you’re driving past the St. Agnes Cellars you may want to pull over and take a photo next to it just in case they foolishly decide to pull it down.

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Although this is an Aussie blog, South Aussie to be exact :wink_ee: I occasionally post about products or services from overseas. As Aussies even though we like to support the local products we still like to see what our neighbors are up to and if we like it and the price is right we may just go out and buy it.

Today I would like to talk about multi fuel stoves! Now, I know what you’re thinking, what the heck are multi fuel stoves because if you’re like me you’ve always thought that heaters were either wood burners, gas or electric fires. Well, multi fuel stoves are able to burn both wood and coal and are fitted with a riddling grate to collect the extra ash which is generated whilst burning coal. I remember as a kid how we used to burn coal in our stove but I haven’t see anyone selling coal for years. Maybe they’re too busy using the coal for generating our electricity.

Anyway, I loved that fireplace so much that I had to get one when I finally got my own home. I’ve been to houses that have gas heaters or ones that have reverse cycle air conditioning and to tell you the honest truth, sure they’re warm and all but they just make me drowsy and the rooms usually feel stuffy. I haven’t found this to be the case with wood burning fireplaces and I assume its the same whether you burn wood or coal.

Slow Combustion Heater

Besides, they are so much more romantic. You can cuddle up in front of a fireplace with just the flickering flames lighting the room whispering sweet nothing in your loved ones ear. Try doing that with any other system. Heck, they have electric fireplaces that try and simulate that effect but nothing beats the real thing.

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I’ve always found Adelaide to be a beautiful city as are it’s surroundings which is why I started this photo blog, so that I could share it with you all. There was a time though when I wasn’t able to admire just how beautiful it was and it was all because of my vanity.

You see, I’ve always suffered from poor eyesight and because I wasn’t willing to do something about it I was missing out on just how beautiful everything around me truly was. It wasn’t until I went out and got my eyeglasses that this beautiful new world opened up to me. What was blurred and indistinct now had a brilliant clarity to it.

Victoria Amazonica Lily

This beautiful Lilly can be found at the Botanical Gardens

I have to admit in those days I was young and insecure an the thought of having to wear some ugly glasses and having to put up with all the name calling, like four eyes and stuff, was pretty daunting. These days though glasses have pretty well become a fashion statement and no one even thinks twice about having to wear glasses.

Also because of today’s technology you can actually buy them online at sites like Zenni Optical where you can save a whole heap of money.m The reason for this is clear when you read what they explain why their eyeglasses are so inexpensive.

Using the latest modern materials, manufacturing and marketing systems we bring our product direct from our factories to you. No middlemen, no retail overhead, and practically no advertising budget,(we leave it to you, our satisfied customers to spread the word), we do not pay for or sell expensive, or even inexpensive, brand names, but only our own manufactured brand ZENNI. Eyeglasses are definitely a personal fashion and style item, and to that end we strive to provide a fashionable and stylish product. More importantly, we feel prescription eyeglasses are a health item necessity for most wearers, and to that end we take considerable pride in being able to bring to all a very high quality product of great durability, safety and comfort at truly reasonable and affordable prices.

Although I have purchased a pair from them yet, having only just bought some previously, I would consider getting a pair from them. The only thing I’d have to clear up is that, being a US company, they were able to understand the prescription values that our Aussie optometrists give out. If they’re able to do that then I would love to give them a try, especially considering that I would be able to choose from over 3000 designs, only two of which you see here.

Honestly, if you love to shop without having someone looking over your shoulder then online shopping is the way to go and if you have some time to kill then you will love Zenni. Don’t just take my word for it, go and check them out and then come back and tell me which of their eyeglasses you like the best. Check out their prices and you may even want to include in your comment what Christmas present you would buy with your savings.

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