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Gardening Coat of Many Colours

The passage of the seasons is marked by a gardening kaleidoscope of colour at Bebeah in the NSW Blue Mountains. With the 20/20 vision of hindsight, Barry Byrne says buying property at Mount Wilson was probably the worst business decision he has ever made. “In 1992 I could have bought an inner-Sydney house for $300,000,” [...]

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Aurora Australis – Southern Lights in Tasmania

Lady Aurora broadcasts her show to the southern Australian skies. Photo by Leena Wizz It’s around 9pm and the Australian Country team is driving around Howden, in southern Tasmania, staking out the darkest spot. We’re parked at the end of a road, looking for a view of the water when Leena Wizz stops her car [...]

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Poetry in Pastels

With her bowerbird instincts and a fantastic eye for colour, Beth Newton has transformed a modest worker’s cottage. A winding ascent along a road lined with towering gums leads to a little village of worker’s cottages, built in the 1890s and early 1900s for employees of the Mount Crosby water scheme that had been set [...]

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A Plum Role

For a host of reasons ranging from health benefits and versatility to tangy good taste it’s time for prunes to have their day in the sun. Ann Furner is a woman on a mission. She’s hell bent on helping the humble prune overcome what she sees as decades of bad press. If she has her way, prunes will overcome [...]

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Perricoota Station

Historic Perricoota Station has a fresh lease on life thanks to its new owners, Trevor and Anastasia O’Grady. Local lore around the twin towns of Echuca-Moama on the Murray River has it that you can trace the fluctuating fortunes of Australia’s rural industry through the buildings on Perricoota Station. There’s the imposing double storeyed, nine-bedroom [...]

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Magic In Forest Hall

Forest Hall in the Victorian Goldfields is the proud product of a 40-year makeover. As a child growing up in Melbourne, Gwen Davey remembers spending Saturday afternoons lazing with a book in a hammock, beneath the canopy of the plum tree at her parents’ house. She oversaw her mother’s effort in tending the front garden [...]

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Adelaide, A Place To Call Home

Deb and Scott McKay’s Adelaide home is the colourful culmination of 25 years’ travelling and collecting. They say home is where the heart is. After decades of living and working all over the UK, Europe, the US and Asia, not to mention in four Australian cities, Deb and Scott McKay realised their hearts were in Adelaide. Deb and [...]

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Wild and Wonderful Garden in the Blue Mountains

James Stein describes his garden in the NSW Blue Mountains as a constantly evolving artwork.   As antiques dealer and gardener James Stein recalls, the first time he visited Mt Wilson in the NSW Blue Mountains “every green finger started twitching”. About two weeks after arriving in Sydney from WA he brought his wife, Annemie, [...]

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The Kitchen Gardener At Fox Hill Farm

After devastating loss in the Victorian bushfires, Lynne Derwin has made a brave new beginning in the NSW Southern Highlands, on Fox Hill Farm. John and Lynne Derwin lost everything in Victoria’s Black Saturday bushfires of February 2009 … their Roundstone Vineyard and Winery, cellar door, restaurant, all their stockpiled wines, irrigation and fences. All [...]

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