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Country Style March 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

I think Zoe Young first caught my attention when I saw her painting of a basket of laundry. I remember thinking that if someone can turn a cornerstone of domestic life into a thing of beauty, they are definitely worth finding out more about so I made sure I went to her next exhibition. I took my little sister along with me and now there is a reminder of that night hanging in her living room, which I look forward to seeing every time I visit. Zoe shares my enthusiasm for houses filled with art. Recently, the painter and her husband Reg were invited to Kirribilli House by the Governor General to meet the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. “It was amazing being in a room full of stars sipping Champagne,…

1 Min.
in this issue...

MARTINA GEMMOLA The Melbourne-based interior and lifestyle photographer travelled to Port Fairy to shoot artist Colleen Guiney’s home for our story on page 50. Martina nominates modernist photographer Olive Cotton as her favourite Australian artist — “She was such a master of light” — and was a fan of Colleen Guiney’s work before she captured the artist’s home for this issue. “A couple of years ago I bought a lovely piece of Colleen’s work and I’d quite like another.” Martina loved the artist’s environmentally conscious home and was envious of her spacious studio. “She’s lucky I didn’t move in,” says the city-based photographer who grew up near Ararat in south-west Victoria and attended the annual Port Fairy Folk Festival as a child. “Visiting now, in quieter times, I really appreciate the slow,…

3 Min.
your page

COUNTRY CHILDHOOD As usual I’m enjoying an issue of Country Style, a gift from my son-in-law. Your wonderful magazine contains the true meaning of country living. At the age of 91, it serves to remind me of my childhood. I was one of four; we lived on a sheep property in north-west NSW and were blessed with devoted parents. However, I fear the memory of droughts and the hardship endured by our parents. We must have been a sturdy lot, certainly our parents and grandparents were. I maintain, however, that my childhood and that of my two brothers and younger sister was quite wonderful. When my brothers enlisted, my sister and I did our best to replace them on the property. My brothers returned to find their little sisters were now…

4 Min.
perfect hosts

CATERING FOR THE masses is not something that comes naturally to me. The concept of preparing dinner for 50, back in my former city life, would have been utterly frightening. Well, that’s not true. It wouldn’t have been anything really because I never would have thought it was something I would, or could, ever do. I’d have put it in the same ‘not available’ category as circumnavigating the globe in a homemade yacht. Not. Going. To. Happen. But that is exactly what I did yesterday. Granted, it was tacos for the Tenterfield Junior Cricket Club and involved pre-grated cheese in packets, but I cooked dinner for 50 in between all my normal Friday errands without any fuss. It’s been a slow climb to the plateau of the good-enough caterer. I’ve been able…

4 Min.
the story teller

GLORIA MENGIL MIXES black and white ochre and applies deft strokes to a canvas as she works in the shade of an immense boab tree at Waringarri Aboriginal Arts on the northern edge of Kununurra. It’s a balmy day in the East Kimberley and black kites soar on thermals high in the clear sky above. Forty-six-year-old Gloria is working on a monochromatic painting as part of her ‘Bush Tucker’ series. This particular work features her favourite bush food — bush peanuts — and is a reminder of the thrill she felt as a child collecting them with her mother and grandmother at Binjin in the Northern Territory’s Keep River National Park region. Art has always been a part of Gloria’s life. “My grandparents used to decorate fighting sticks with hot wire and…

6 Min.

NSW Dunedoo Bush Poetry Festival, March 1st–4th Regular readers will know that Dunedoo is home to our Country Squire columnist Rob Ingram, who writes about life in the Central West town. This three-day celebration of bush poetry is a must for budding Banjo Patersons. (02) 6375 1975; dunedoo.org.au I Heart Paint, until March 29th Visit the Bega Valley Regional Gallery for an exhibition of work by leading Australian painters, from Ben Quilty and the late Adam Cullen to one of our most respected artists, 85-year-old Elisabeth Cummings. Free entry. Open Monday to Saturday, 10am–4pm. Zingel Place, Bega. (02) 6499 2222; gallery.begavalley.nsw.gov.au Taste of the Snowies: Thredbo Food and Wine Festival, March 8th–10th There might not be any snow up on the slopes, but you can still catch the Kosciuszko Express Chairlift to the…