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McLaren UnValed

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by Outrageous Jones (subscribe)
but you can just call me Ray. My life is full of great experiences, made better for sharing.
Published September 21st 2016
You don't have to be too serious about Cycling, just start
You can cycle, recycle and upcycle..all in one day

I cycle. No lycra here, but I take my portly frame (in Muskateer metaphor think Porthos and not D'Artagnon) on my lovely Orbea flat-bar road bike on tours around Adelaide. I like to ride about 30 to 50kms with breakfast or lunch in between a break. I am not one for the big events.

One ride I repeat starts at the Adelaide railway station, onto the Seaford Train and then along the Coast to Vines Trail the last 20kms from Seaford to Willunga and D'Artagnon would get off at Marino Rocks and ride the 74km round trip I am sure.
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Cycling by Rail
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This way with the Bike


Lunch is a Willunga stop, and there are plenty of great places there.

But on a recent trip, I decided to explore McLaren Vale a little more and came across a delightful story, and source of inspirational furniture and gifts. Mclaren Unvaled is the new project of Anni Rhodes. Anni is known to many for her work over the years with the Governor's Leadership Foundation, with its set of inspirational graduates, and then as a key team member at the Thinkers-in-Residence program founded by former Premier, Mike Rann.
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Mclaren Unvaled

McLaren Unvaled is a source of practical gifts with a solid local reputation, Anni's work recycling and upcycling furniture is what caught my eye. A visit to the open workshop out the back reveals many lovely finished pieces and works in progress.

One key feature are the regular training courses, using just the right materials and tools to learn how to do it yourself. The next round of training starts in late October for four hours on Saturday afternoons. They cost $120 inc materials. Anni uses Mezzie and Frank Chalk Paint and finishing waxes - 100% Australian. BYO furniture piece or frame.
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Upcycled Furniture

I did manage a piece of Jiwa jewellery from Strathalbyn's Jiwa Designs, and a strange looking French sourced cheese knife into the backpack for the journey home. I paid of course!

I still can't believe I made the last hill out of Pedlar Creek Valley in one attempt with no walking. Then down to the Seaford railway station for an electric ride to the city.
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Why? Gifts and Furniture
When: Saturday Afternoons, Late October onwards
Phone: 8323 8432
Where: 122 Main Road Mclaren Vale
Cost: $120 inc Materials
Your Comment
Looks worth a visit. I like browsing recycled furniture shops. Thanks Ray.
by Jenny Rossiter (score: 3|3734) 305 days ago
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