Farm-Life

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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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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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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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At Home With History In Spring Park

Lil and Richard Westmacott have restored a remarkable slice of pastoral history on their southern NSW farm. The precise reason is lost in the mists of time, but when the Tunney family built the homestead at Spring Park they installed a hallway the size of a cricket pitch. Precisely. The present owners, Lil and Richard Westmacott, [...]

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BACKROADS TRAIL

The wonderful produce that grows on both sides of the Murray River is celebrated by a loose affiliation of primary producers and venues known as the Backroads Trail. When Don Hearn announced his desire to return to the family farm in the Caldwell district of south-western NSW it would be putting it mildly to say [...]

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PARADISE FOR PIGS

A legend in the world of wine, David Hohnen has returned to his first career as a farmer, this time of free-range, environmentally sustainable pork. In the relentlessly self-promoting world of wine, David Hohnen is an enigma. Retiring, shy perhaps, blunt to the point of occasionally seeming taciturn, the man who has been at the [...]

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FUN OF THE FAIR

“Let’s all go to the country fair, there’s blossoms and ribbons and hope in the air. The harvest is in and we have time to spare, and the best place to be is the country fair. The country fair is the farmer’s day with prize steers in the rings, the best crops, the fowls, the [...]

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A Sensory Wine Feast

When it comes to matching food and wine, Western Australian winemakers Cathy and Neil Howard need look no further than their garden. With something like 215 vineyards and 95 wineries and cellar doors in Western Australia’s Margaret River region, Cathy and Neil Howard knew they had to do something pretty special to make their Whicher [...]

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PENNY BLATCHFORD, THE ACCIDENTAL ACTIVIST

They say when the going gets tough, the tough get going. Northern NSW farmer Penny Blatchford showed her mettle when her region was threatened by a coal seam gas mine. A love of the land is in Penny Blatchford’s DNA. She grew up on her parents’ broadacre wheat farm at Bellata in north-western NSW. Her [...]

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Balance Point of Wine

Like many life-altering decisions, Dorothy Barlow’s return to Australia was a long time in foment but swift in execution. Dorothy Barlow was living the dream in Italy, working for fashion designer and style guru Rossana Orlandi, travelling all over Europe and enjoying the intellectually and socially stimulating milieu. She says she wasn’t looking for change, [...]

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Cream of the Crop

The Crooke family produces some of Australia’s finest ice cream from a factory in a former milking shed on their dairy farm in the lush Kiewa Valley. You could have heard a pin drop. As Sarah Crooke tells the story, she and her husband, Stephen, were sitting in the classroom for the world’s leading ice cream course [...]

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A FRUITFUL LIFE

Some of us just aren’t wired to live in suburbia, with fences for privacy and neighbours within earshot. It can work for a time, but the call of the country seems to always prevail. Wayne and Marie Stewart first bought their patch of rural paradise in 1980. In the lofty green hills of Peachester, overlooking [...]

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THE GNOME GARDEN OF WENTWORTH FALLS

In a garden in Wentworth Falls, hundreds of pointy-tipped hats, white whiskers and mischievous grins emerge from the undergrowth.

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A SHEEP FARM IN MONARO HIGH COUNTRY

Third-generation sheep farmers John and Sally-Ann Cottle live in spectacular surrounds in the Monaro High Country.

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COWGIRL LIFE ON THE FARM

Michelle Simons has traded her city existence for a cowgirl cocky’s life on a farm in the middle of a volcanic caldera in northern NSW

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WESTERN AUSTRALIA’S WOOLEEN STATION

The owners of Western Australia’s Wooleen Station have taken a bold new direction in a bid to make their property more sustainable.

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A CHESTNUT TREE CHANGE

Taking the plunge into farming chestnuts was a giant step for former Canberra academics John and Heather Kane.

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PERENNIAL GARDEN

A garden that delights year round is the culmination of the lifetime experience of two passionate gardeners.

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FROM PADDOCK TO PARKLAND

Beverley and Graham Thompson have devoted three decades to transforming their Mt Wilson garden from a back paddock to a parkland.

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HILLBILLIES CIDER

An enterprising NSW couple has devoted their prodigious talents and energy to creating a benchmark cider from Bilpin’s famous apples.

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A PROUD FAMILY HOME

Six generations of the Grubb family have called Tasmania’s Strathroy station home.

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ORGANIC FARMING

When vegie farmer Rob Bauer realised his farm wasn’t performing as it should, he looked to the ways of his forebears and returned to organic farming methods.

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QUEENSLAND AGRITOURISM

The city-country divide is no longer an abstract notion for Queensland dairy farmers Kay and Dave Tommerup since they diversified and opened their farm to agritourism.

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FARMING IN SOUTH AFRICA

Many generations of farmers have passed through the doors of this homestead in the northern cape of South Africa. In its current incarnation, it feels as if all the years and spirits are able to whisper their stories to its visitors.

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HARROW STATION AND HOMESTEAD

Inspired by the great country estates of the UK, Harrow station and homestead have become a Darling downs landmark.

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A GARDEN DESIGNED TO SHARE

Nick Smith has devoted almost two decades to creating an ambitious garden, which he is now keen to share with visitors.

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MAYFLOWER FARM

Flowers are nature’s gift to humanity, according to Chris May who has forged a career around their fleeting beauty.

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COUNTRY HOME IN TOWN

They might take in city rather than rural views from their verandah, but this family remains country at heart.

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MARKDALE STATION

Markdale Station in the NSW Southern Tablelands has evolved under the benevolent hands of three generations of the polo-loving Ashton family.

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TEACHING HOMESTEAD SKILLS

Anna and John Mahy took a bottle of wine, a world atlas and a pin and somehow ended up teaching homestead skills on New Zealand’s south island.

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LIFE IN THE QUEENSLAND HORSE SADDLE

A love of horses has transformed the life of an adventurous Queenslander.

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LONDON MARKETS

For better bacon, extraordinary eggs and all-round amazing produce, visit the mother of all markets in the lee of London Bridge.

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1860S WINERY RESIDENCE

For this scion of the famous winemaking brown family, home is an 1860s residence tucked behind the splendid all saints winery.

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SUSTAINABLE AND ORGANIC FAMILY FARM

The Jones family has built a successful business based on sustainable practices, top-notch local produce and consistency.

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A BAROSSA VALLEY GIRL

Cherie Hausler lives between her South Australian base, her Sydney apartment and her business interests in Bangkok. but the Barossa Valley is her home and it’s there that she lives the bucolic dream and recharges her apparently inexhaustible batteries.

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GARDENING IN EXTREME WEATHER

Extreme measures Central Victoria’s climatic excesses are just the kind of challenge nurseryman David Glenn relishes.

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WESTERN QUEENSLAND SHEEP FARMERS

Andrew and Maree King have built a very contemporary business on a traditional base in western Queensland.

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