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Christmas Gift Guide

If you’re stuck for inspiration for gifts for the special people in your life, look no further than this amazing selection!

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Hampton Hideaway

Jen Ballard is an unabashed Francophile so it’s little wonder her Blue Mountains retreat has a decidedly Gallic accent. Most people yearning for a country life list peace and quiet as a primary objective. For Jen and Geoff Ballard it was precisely the opposite that attracted them to the village of Hampton on the western [...]

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To Paris With Love with artist Jules François

Sydney artist Jules François has been a devoted Francophile for as long as she can remember and now her life’s passion has given birth to a beautiful book. One of Jules FranÇois’ earliest memories is of arriving in Sydney as the eldest of six children of a migrant family and living with her maternal grandparents. [...]

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Monochrome Magic in the Northern Rivers

A serial renovator finds her nest in New South Wales’ stunning Northern Rivers, reviving an architect-designed home with her bold signature style and bucketloads of black paint. Jane Rennie-Hynes is fearless in her approach to life and renovating. Many wince at the thought of splashing a bit of colour on the walls, intimidated by any hue that [...]

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Pigs in Mud

Ross O’Meara brings a paddock-to-plate ethos to his farm-based pork products range. It would be hard to imagine a greater leap than from the high pressured life of a chef in a Michelin-starred restaurant in London to that of a pig farmer on remote Bruny Island off the south coast of Tasmania. But that is [...]

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Landmark and Legend in Camden Park

Camden Park on Sydney’s south-western periphery is Australia’s oldest private residence continuously occupied by descendants of John and Elizabeth Macarthur, since 1835. You could create a timeline of Camden Park homestead through the china collections dotted throughout the house. There’s a Chinese exportware service ordered from Guangdong probably about 1812 and emblazoned with John and [...]

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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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