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Story behind the Names at Riverview Rise Retreats

Luxury accommodation on the Murray River

The 3 Retreats are named after milestones in Wink and my life together. The names in fact don’t make much sense at all till you know why.

PS Lazy Jane model

Derek Wyness (scenic artist assistant) putting the finishing touched on the Lazy Jane model.

Lazy Jane Lodge

‘Lazy Jane Lodge’ was named after the memories we have of working on the TV mini-series, “The River Kings” in 1991, based on the original novel by Max Fatchen . (Director: Donald Crombie Writers: Max Fatchen and Jamie Skinner & co-writer/Producer Rob George. Stars: David Bradshaw, Reg Evans and Willie Fennell). Filmed on South Australia’s glorious River Murray, the mini-series is set during the 1920s and tells the story of a young runaway man who escapes to the river and finds work on a paddle-boat steamer and develops a friendship with an old salt captain played by Bill Kerr. I, was the Scenic Artist and Paddle Steamer Designer for the mini-series and virtually all the river scenes were shot either in Morgan or in Mannum – right in front of your Retreat. The ‘Lazy Jane’ was the hero paddle-steamer in the series. As the series was shot in front of our home (we have always had a close affinity with the river due to my many years as houseboat Designer/Builder 1980 – 1986) it seemed apt at the time to name one of the Retreats ‘Lazy Jane Lodge’. If you choose to stay in this Retreat we have provided a DVD of the series and a copy of the original script for you to enjoy.

Web Bob from Bali

Bob from Bali wall fountain

Bob’s Bungalow

The story behind ‘Bob’s Bungalow’ comes from a latter part of our life when we ran our family business ‘Chorney Studios’. We created and sold unique water fountains and sculptures based on ancient deities. One of the pieces we created was a wall fountain based on a Balinese deity who’s name I now forget. He was a rather unpleasant ‘odd-bod’ looking character with googly pop eyes and big hands. Just for fun we called him ‘Bob from Bali’ and proceeded to sell the piece in great numbers right around Australia. I believe that nearly every plant nursery of any notoriety in Australia had ‘Bob from Bali’ on sale at some stage.

 

Molly’s Hideaway

Molly on wall

Molly Swimmers reminiscent of grandma’s three flying ducks on the kitchen wall, but with a quirky new twist.


Molly

Molly in her prime glory

Finally we have ‘Molly’s Hideaway’. Molly was also one of my creations during the period between 1998 and 2005. Standing around 150cm Molly was by far our best selling creation and was one of my personal favourite’s. While I was carving Molly (a quirky little girl with big bum and lovely round bosoms pouring water over her head), our sales agent, Peter Ferguson came into my studio with his new little wire haired Terrier dog called Molly. He looked at what I was creating then looked at his dog and said “Good-Golly Ms Molly , what have we got here?”. And so Molly was named, the fun name stuck and Molly quickly became the ‘must have’ garden fountain for upmarket properties around Australia. Life was good! Molly took on a number of poses and forms and sold like wildfire. When you arrive you will see a plum coloured wall in front of ‘Molly’s Hideaway’ which features my all time favourite set of three Molly Swimmers.