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Country Style May 2019

Country Style celebrates the diversity of modern country living. Brings to life the stories of inspirational people and places from around Australia - coast to coast. We visit amazing homes and gardens, travel through Australia's most vibrant regional centres and sample all the good things the country has to offer

Country:
Australia
Language:
English
Publisher:
Bauer Media Pty Ltd
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IN THIS ISSUE

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a letter from the editor

Three-year-old Gigi loves picking flowers and helping her mother in the garden. Lots of little girls all over the world love doing the same thing, except this one has an extra-special garden — a flower farm filled with dahlias like the beautiful peachy coloured Cafe au Lait blooms she’s holding a bunch of on page 53. Gigi’s parents, Janae and Chris Paquin-Bowden, had always liked the idea of growing flowers, but the two school teachers had to first teach themselves how to do it. “I got a book from the library about how to be a flower farmer and on our honeymoon I read it about a hundred times,” Janae says. “The garden came first and we lived in the shed that we built before we were married; bit by bit…

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in this issue...

BECK SIMON This Melbourne-based stylist travelled to Mylora — a grazing property near Binalong, NSW — for our story about Emma and Angus Graham’s historic home, on page 58. Arriving at Mylora, Beck was struck by the grandeur of the homestead and its beautiful gardens. “I couldn’t wait to see inside and it didn’t disappoint,” she says. “The modern–classic interior is really quite special and the history of the property is fascinating.” Beck has worked as a freelance stylist for the past seven years and finds it intriguing to visit other people’s houses. “A home reveals quite a lot about a person or family,” she says. “Country people are so welcoming and always have delicious food prepared!” Beck’s love of regional Australia is rooted in a childhood spent in Kyneton, Victoria. “I…

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your page

FIRST LOVE How fabulous that your first article featured an Aboriginal artist, Gloria Mengil. Aboriginal art is the most striking work to be seen in Australian contemporary galleries. It needs to be showcased more, and the connection to country, storytelling and Indigenous life to become mainstream in our media. Sue Shearer, Bradbury, NSW ART LESSONS As a teacher, I love how Country Style champions and celebrates artists. For decades I have been teaching art to young students and have showcased many of these artists in the classroom. Your feature on Gloria Mengil was particularly poignant. Gloria is very passionate about the power of art and how it brings people together. Unfortunately, Australia gives most media attention to sports stars. Artists receive little or no government funding. By giving these creatives much-deserved acclaim, you are helping…

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congratulations

to Bernadette Brandes who has won a selection of Robert Gordon homewares worth $500. The Pakenham-based pottery is still a family business, run by the third generation. Shop online at robertgordonaustralia.com or call (03) 5941 3144. Share your thoughts and experiences with us by writing to Country Style, PO Box 4088, Sydney NSW 1028, or by emailingaustcountrystyle@bauer-media.com.au. Please include your address and daytime telephone number. Letters may be edited for reasons of space and clarity.…

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real feeling

BOB HICKSON, my husband’s charming uncle from Dirranbandi, Queensland, almost made it to 90 years of age. A couple of weeks before he died, his daughter observed, “Dad, what’s going on? You’re sleeping a lot.” “I’m just practising being dead,” said Bob, his blue eyes twinkling. A bit later in hospital, his son apologised to him for not being able to keep him at home. “Sorry Dad, we didn’t plan it like this.” Bob reassured his son, saying softly, “Oh, it’s not so bad.” And then, just before he died, he whispered “thank you” to the nurse, gently saluting him from his bed. The next time the nurse came into his room, Bob was dead. Bob Hickson died with humour, resilience and gratitude. I imagine it takes a lot of courage to look death…

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blinds for every season winter is coming

Wynstan’s Cellular Shades deliver more than just shade, privacy and a sophisticated look: they can also help you save on your heating and cooling bills. As smart as they are elegant, Wynstan Cellular Shades conserve energy by trapping air in their honeycomb-cell interior, creating an extra layer of insulation within the blind, so you don’t have to go straight to the heater to warm your living areas this winter. The custom-fitted versatility of the Cellular Shade means they can be adapted to windows of any dimension – even horizontal skylights and angled loft windows – and they hug so closely to the window edges that light gaps are virtually eliminated and noise reduced. Wynstan Cellular Shades are also surprisingly strong and durable, making them the perfect window treatment for your…

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