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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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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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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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FOR THE LOVE OF LAKEMBA

A pair of scientists left behind bustling city life to head home to Ipswich, a Queensland city with the ambience of a big country town, and pulled out all the stops on a huge renovation. Lakemba is perched grandly on Denmark Hill, an area rich in history and brimming with old homes in varying states [...]

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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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A COUNTRY AFFAIR

You can take the girl out of the country, but not the country out of the girl. When Bella Ballinger married Mitchell Cameron there was no hesitation that the event should be held in her home district of Muttaburra in Central Western Queensland. Bella says the wedding was always going to be a home-grown affair [...]

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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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Yummy Yarn and Co

The planets aligned when Robyn Hicks made the move to the bush opening the way for a rich creative life with Yummy Yarn and co. It was meant to be. As Robyn Hicks recalls that sultry summer day in 1994 when she and her husband, Bill, made the trek from the Blue Mountains for a [...]

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Tomato Recipes

Botanically a fruit, but considered a culinary vegetable and a member of the nightshade family, tomatoes were originally yellow. From their origins in South America, they were transported to and adapted in Russia, Spain, Italy and France, and then worldwide. From the estimated 5000 cultivars which resulted, about 100 heirloom varieties remain today. That’s a [...]

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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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PLUM RECIPES

Plums are such neat packages of good things; wrapped in an array of wonderfully rich colours, juicy, tangy yet sweet, and all this carrying antioxidants, vitamins C and K, copper and potassium and valuable fibre. In countries such as Australia where crop seasons often blur, the plum season seems to have retained its integrity, the [...]

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TREASURE HUNTERS FIND BURFIELD HOUSE

A Toowoomba couple have brought the expertise of a lifetime’s collecting and dealing antiques to their Federation home, the Burfield House. Brenton and Sharon Kinnear happened upon a life of treasure hunting by chance. More than three decades ago, as newlyweds, they set about furnishing their first home together and soon discovered a shared love [...]

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AMBLING THROUGH ANDALUCIA

It takes a full day to even gain an overview of the Alhambra, beginning with the Generalife gardens in Andalucia. Derived from the Arabic words meaning overseer, these gardens were designed as a recreation area for the Moorish kings and feature a series of courtyards and numerous water features including a water stairway that plummets [...]

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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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COLONIAL RENOVATION

Serial renovators Elizabeth and Patrick Brennan have found a wonderful new focus for their creative energies in a historic homestead in Sydney’s south-west

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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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PEAR RECIPES

Luscious pears are one of the cooler months’ culinary delights.

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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 PEREGIAN HOUSE

The natural world inspires Sunshine Coast designer Lisa Day, to create jewellery and homewares with a rustic aesthetic.

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A MESSAGE FROM THE HEART

We should do it every day, but in case it’s been a while, show your nearest and dearest how much you care for them with a message straight from the heart.

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A PLACE IN THE UK COUNTRY

For Leiset Kemink moving from Belgium to the heart of the UK countryside has meant a gentler and simpler pace of life, which is reflected in the style and decoration of her home.

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WHEATBELT FARMERS

Country roots run deep for the Wiese family, who have lived and farmed in Western Australia’s Wheatbelt for four generations.

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