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Australian Country Issue#21.4 July 2018

Australian Country is a magazine that lets you escape. This luxurious title delves into the world of sprawling homesteads, charming properties, working farms, contemporary cuisines, tasteful interior design and outdoor living ideas, with everything from antiques and collectables to recipes in between. Australian Country is dedicated to highlighting the best of the Australian country life, made for the people who are passionate about country living by the people who are passionate about country living because we understand that a love of country runs deeper than just a passion for decorating. The magazine provides readers with the inspiration to capture the essence of the country lifestyle, no matter where they live — whether city, coast or country. urchase includes the Digital Edition and News Service. Please stay in touch via our Facebook Page.

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editor's letter

THERE ARE ALWAYS MANY PEOPLE TO THANK AS EACH ISSUE GOES TO PRESS, FROM THE PEOPLE WHO SO GENEROUSLY OPEN THEIR HOMES AND HEARTS TO SHARE THEIR STORIES WITH US TO OUR TALENTED WRITERS, photographers and stylists and the back-room peeps — our designers, proofreaders, editors and prepress. But once in a while, there are people who really go the extra mile and, in this case, it’s the good folk from Manly Spirits Co who let us take over their distillery for an entire day for our fashion shoot. When I say take over, I mean more like a military invasion, as we infiltrated the entire premises from the distillery floor to the cocktail bar with our cameras, lights and all the paraphernalia that goes on behind the scenes to create…

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helping out on this issue are ...

TAMARA SIMONEAU WRITER & STYLIST Tamara has fallen in love with her homeland again after almost a decade living in Canada where she worked in TV, running the prime-time program, Entertainment Tonight Canada. She’s produced live shows, been on the red carpet for the Academy Awards, travelled the globe and worked with some of the world’s biggest celebrities. These days, she’d like to say she’s living a quieter life as a writer, on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast but, with three young kids, it’s anything but. She wouldn’t have it any other way. JOHN DOWNS PHOTOGRAPHER Four generations of John Downs’ family have been photographers, starting with his great-great-grandfather in Wales in 1868. John started as a staff photographer at London’s Natural History Museum and his varied career has seen him shoot everything from fluffy…

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diary notes

NOW—JANUARY 2019 (VIC) A MODERN LIFE The changes in domestic life from the 1930s to the 1980s are traced through this extraordinary exhibition of tablewares at the National Gallery of Victoria International. The collection is displayed chronologically and includes dinner services, pitchers, teapots, mugs and plates from leading manufacturers including Wedgwood, Rosenthal and Poole Pottery as well as designers Russel Wright, Keith Murray, Ulla Procopé, Eva Striker Zeisel, Stig Lindberg, Kaj Franck and Jens Quistgaard. ngv.vic.gov.au JUNE 8–AUGUST 26 (VIC) SCARF FESTIVAL The National Wool Museum’s annual celebration of all things scarf unfurls this winter at Geelong with a showcase of handcrafted scarves made by people ranging in skill level from school-aged beginners to accomplished artisans. This year’s theme of Living on the Land has attracted hundreds of woven, knitted, felted and crocheted entries for…

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baker's dozen

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the bargain farmhouse

Michelle Roper was a city girl when she met Kris Kahler — a rising football star who was drafted by the Brisbane Broncos as a teenager. Marrying him meant living life on the move, as they traded a brief stay in Canberra, where Kris played for the Raiders, for the more temperate climes of the Gold Coast when Kris signed up to be on the inaugural Titans squad. Then there were stints in France and England. “We moved to Gateshead in the UK when the season in France ended,” Michelle recalls. “Kris played for the football team Gateshead Thunder. It was the first day of summer the day we arrived and it was like our winters over here. I was super sad.” The sun did come out in time of course,…

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naturally gifted

For most of the year, Jim and Rachael McFadyen’s home is the most peaceful place on earth. Perched on top of a cliff on World Heritage-listed Lord Howe Island, their low-slung bungalow looks out to an endless vista of the Pacific Ocean. Apart from approaching showers and the occasional storm, there’s nothing between them and the next landfall, some 11,000 kilometres away in Chile. But for four months of the year, this peace is shattered, as a colony of sooty terns takes up residence and the family’s front yard becomes a nursery for the thousands of birds that nest there. Jim and Rachael’s children, Hayley, 10 years, Zoe, eight, and Max, five, are well versed in the habits of their noisy visitors, one of 14 species of seabirds that nest…