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Country Style December 2018

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

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6 Issues


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a letter from the editor

At this time of year, many of us are sitting around the table celebrating with our family and friends. Some of us may even be lucky enough to set up a table outside in a paddock under a gum tree like the one on our cover. It’s likely that the table will be laden with food produced by farmers like the ones we feature in our pages throughout the year — and, with the drought, what a year it has been for many of them. I don’t think I will ever stop being inspired by the spirit of people on the land. Their determination, strength, courage and intelligence. Their drive to do the best they can. We acknowledge a few of these remarkable people in The 2018 Country List…

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in this issue...

NICOLA SEVITT Our talented editorial co-ordinator styled both The Barn in Wolgan Valley on page 38 and a farmhouse on the Rawlings family’s Nashua property on page 46. Although she’s usually in the Country Style office supporting the team and running the administrative side of the magazine, Nicola sometimes assists on photo shoots. For this issue she travelled to Capertee, NSW, to style The Barn (right), and was blown away by its design and the beauty of the surrounding landscape. “I love that each member of the family played their part in helping it come together,” says Nicola. She also visited the Rawlings family’s farm near Nashua in northern NSW. “I’d been to the area before, but it was nice to explore this lush…

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your page

INSTAGRAM In this sunlit room in her 1890s home in Berry, NSW, Lucie Stanford, @lifeintheoldmanse, said she “wanted more textiles and pattern”. Clearly her aesthetic resonated with our Instagram followers who also love a pop of colour and layered textiles! In our November issue, we celebrated life on the land and the unbreakable spirit of Australian farmers. Two such families shared their stories, we visited a historic homestead in the hands of a new generation and a miner’s cottage that’s been transformed into an artists’ retreat. Top jockey Hugh Bowman shared memories of growing up near Dunedoo and 12-year-old Shep Taylor told his story with best mates, a kelpie called Flash and our cover star, Timmy the palomino gelding. COMING HOME I arrived back from yoga today to…

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to Felicity Rooney who has won a $500 voucher from Feyre Home. See their lovely range of luxurious 100 per cent Supima cotton sustainable bedding and textiles at feyrehome.com Share your thoughts and experiences with us by writing to Country Style, PO Box 4088, Sydney, NSW, 1028, or by emailing austcountrystyle@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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friendly politics

THE FAIRY LIGHTS had been turned on and the trees down the main street were shining. It was opening night at the inaugural Peter Allen Festival in the small town of Tenterfield. Not that many people had turned up — it can be hard to get people to change their ways for something new.Dignitaries were there to open the event, including our federal member Barnaby Joyce. He walked to the stage to take the mic and just as he started speaking a well-dressed man in his 60s, sitting next to me in the scattered crowd, picked up two sheets of cardboard and stood up. He walked out in front of Mr Joyce chanting “Stop Adani!” and held the anti-mining signs high above his head. He continued for about a…

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pudding club

Mackenzie s favourite part of pudding making is licking the spoon. (PHOTOGRAPHY MARNIE HAWSON) IN CAMERON MACKENZIE’S childhood home, Christmas preparations started on Derby Day, the first day of the Spring Racing Carnival in Melbourne. That was the day Cam’s mother Wilma would make Christmas puddings, a ritual he and his brothers would participate in every year.“Mum would buy the ingredients, cut the pudding cloth, and get the bowls and the Kenwood Chef out in preparation,” Cam recalls. “It was just routine. As a kid, I thought it was a drag. She made loads of puddings and it was too big a task for her to do on her own, so my four brothers and I were called on to help chop fruit. Dad would have the racing…