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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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GIFTS FOR MUM

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, so stock up on these gorgeous gifts. With Mother’s Day falling in autumn, it’s time to start bringing out those cosy knits and coordinating the outfit with the perfect accessory. Your mum is bound to love Kapten & Son watches, which come in a range of styles making [...]

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HEAVEN ON EARTH IN GODSHILL

A weekender high in Queensland’s Bunya Mountains makes a great escape for the Austin family and their many friends. There’s a special place, high in the hills of the South Burnett’s Bunya Mountains, where Mother Nature’s timber soldiers stand tall in a guard of honour for anyone who winds up the driveway, and a chorus [...]

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THE VINTAGE TREE

For as long as she can remember Ellie Collins has been inspired by nature. Now she’s used that muse to create an online business. As a little girl growing up on acreage at Lilydale in Victoria’s Yarra Valley Ellie Collins loved nothing more than having the space and freedom to roam and play in the [...]

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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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CELEBRATING EASTER AROUND THE COUNTRY

Make a date to celebrate these diverse Easter events and festivals around the country. Sydney Royal Easter Show (Apr 6-19) Hats on Sydney! Celebrate all things Australia from bush heritage to our modern-day lifestyle at the annual Sydney Royal Easter show. See more than 12,500 world-class Sydney Royal competitions, watch wood chips fly in the [...]

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5 COUNTRY INSPIRED KITCHENS

Find inspiration in these country kitchens to use in your very own home. Add accents of copper to bring a rustic vibe, especially if you’ve got wooden kitchen furniture. Plants such as herbs to use for cooking definately can help liven up the space and add character. Put them in cute terracotta styles vases or [...]

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