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Country Style

Country Style February 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

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2 Min.
a letter from the editor

When we asked Sunrise presenter Edwina Bartholomew how she managed a work-life balance, her answer was, “I don’t”. She went on to say: “I work really, really hard and then I crash. Then I get up and do it all over again.” When I was a teenager, I used to get up at 4am to plait my horse up for a show, but the thought of getting up at 3am from Monday to Friday to do live television, well, I can completely understand why it must be hard for Edwina to find a balance between work and home. It’s why this popular presenter loves to escape over the NSW Blue Mountains to Warramba, the farm she shares with husband Neil Varcoe. “It’s one of the reasons we bought the farm. It…

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in this issue...

AMY RICHARDSON The former Country Style staffer wrote the story on page 62 about the beautiful garden at Ford House near her new home in Bridgetown, WA. This writer spent four years at Country Style before working on travel guides for Monocle in London. “Now I experience firsthand all the things I spent years writing about for County Style — great food and wine, a friendly community and space for my little boy to roam around,” says Amy. Although she’s not much of a gardener, Amy is learning fast as she now has a hectare and four Wyandotte chickens. “It’s such a fertile area it shouldn’t be too hard — people say if you put a pencil in the ground here it will grow.” She may get some help from Jennifer Brickwood,…

3 Min.
your page

LIGHT RELIEF Your December 2018 issue has just arrived in my PO Box — a subscription gift from my cousin. I always go straight to Country Squire to enjoy Rob Ingram’s, what I call, feet-on-the-ground opinions! I had a true belly laugh at his despair that the cat rules his house and Rob’s (mythical?) win of a cruising holiday in the peanut butter lid competition. I am an animal lover, but don’t have a cat. However, I often blame ‘the cat’ if something goes wrong or missing — “…must have been that cat!” My cat has never been a consideration when going away, but I am going to start buying peanut butter again to hopefully win that cruise. I’m looking forward to more of Rob’s columns in 2019. Debra Wayland, Kurmond, NSW POIGNANT REMINDER Country…

3 Min.
night guard

MAY I INTRODUCE the newest member of our family, who is now sitting ever so sweetly on my lap: a tiny, wiry-haired Jack Russell puppy. The kids have named him Bob — Bob Mongoose Hickson — because, like a mongoose, we’re hoping his main motivation in life will be to scare away snakes. At the moment he seems largely preoccupied with digging tiny holes in the garden, only to backfill them using his snout, but his tastes will hopefully mature as he gets older. I recently decided that we needed Bob. My five-year-old daughter had been busy cleaning the bedroom she shares with her brother when she came to get me to look at her good (and, if I might add, not typical) work. “Shut your eyes, Mum. No peeking. I have a…

4 Min.
family affair

ASHLEY AND KRISTY EDGAR love to take their three young children down the paddock at their 24-hectare farm. Situated on Cape Leeuwin, half an hour south of Margaret River, with lush green pastures and plenty of wide open space it is an idyllic place to grow up. “It’s so peaceful and the children love to help and explore,” says Kristy, 36. “It makes you absolutely appreciate where we live.” With good annual rainfall and an abundance of fresh air from the Southern and Indian Oceans, the Cape region is also an ideal environment to raise their herd of sleek Black Angus cattle. Since launching Leeuwin Grass-Fed Beef seven years ago it has been “a steep learning curve” as the couple worked through the many intricacies of establishing a paddock-to-plate product. Ashley and…

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mu country childhood gardening australia presenter jane edmanson

MENTION THE NAME Jane Edmanson, and many will instantly think gardens. And for good reason, as Jane’s familiar face and friendly, knowledgeable style has been engaging garden lovers around the country for more than 30 years. Since Gardening Australia first went to air in 1989, Jane has been one of the presenters of the popular ABC TV program. In that time, she has also written and co-written five gardening books — “lots of how-to kind of books” — led garden tours around the world, and given countless garden talks. And always with the typical generosity of the gardening fraternity, taking with her “a big trug or bucket of whatever is looking good in my garden at that time”. Put simply, Jane appreciates plants of all descriptions —and is as fanatical…