Country Style

Country Style December 2019

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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

Mum said yes, of course. Just at that moment a tree behind the house burst into flames and it began to rain. We were so lucky. That year, the fires came right up to our back paddock, leaving behind a charred boundary line as a reminder for many months afterwards. As I write this, many people in NSW and Queensland, already battling the drought, are now facing the most dangerous bushfire season on record — much, much worse than the fire I’ve described. Our thoughts are with them and the amazing firefighters who do such a brilliant job. One of the first stories in this issue is about some very resilient and enterprising women living in the bush. Photographer Clancy Job, florist Suzie Meers and graphic designer Emma Barrett recently got…

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in this issue...

KRISTINA SOLJO This photographer loves the collaborative nature of photograph shoots. She worked with Sarah Maloney to capture the images for our entertaining gift guide on page 106. “I never work alone, and each new person I collaborate with brings something new … this is when the magic happens,” says Kristina. Her work in fashion, interiors and travel is a world away from her childhood in the mountains of Bosnia-Herzegovina, where she lived until she was seven. “We had sheep, a cow, chickens, bees, pigs, a dog, grew all our own fruit and vegetables and would smoke meats and preserve food for the winter,” she says. “We were very self-sufficient.” When the family moved to Sydney it was suburban living — not the language — that proved the biggest shock. “I think…

3 Min.
your page

PERFECT CURE My mother felt miserable with bronchitis and I asked what would help and she replied “something beautiful and peaceful”. I arrived with your Coastal Homes and the November issue. We loved all the articles, especially reading about writer Heather Rose with her enduring love of literature and the sea. Many memories came back of the holidays we spent in South Africa, travelling from our home in Zimbabwe. We took out old photograph albums and shared the times of lazy days on the beach. Country Style is a cure for all ills and provides so much joy with amazing pictures of nature and the families who live in beautiful surroundings. We are grateful for the immense pleasure you bring us each month. Vickie Mavros, Sale, Victoria GOLDEN MEMORIES As I looked down…

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A HARD ROAD My husband and I recently drove to Brisbane via the New England Highway. We were amazed at the devastation of the landscape and the spartan fields, empty of stock. What particularly struck me was the amazing women who were working in the country towns. One told me she now works part-time in a shop in order to pay for the weekly groceries. Another said it cost them $2000 a week to feed their sheep and that didn’t cover the freight cost when feed often has to come from as far away as South Australia. Another said they have five water tanks and only one has water in it and they had to pay for that water. My heart goes out to these brave families who have to think…

3 Min.
hope springs

THE WAY I see it, taking bad days with the good is simply life. Our journey is made up of wins and losses, happiness and sadness, laughter and tears — the yin and yang of life. So it is with Christmas. As the years roll by we can all look back and remember Christmas days that were euphorically happy, as well as those that were tinged with sadness, or heart-achingly lonely and left us tired and empty. The first 30 years of my life were lived in close proximity to my family. Memories of childhood Christmases are sweet and echo with the hauntingly beautiful sound of music. As my grandfather played the fiddle, I was spun in the circle of laughing older siblings and cousins playing Ring a Ring o’ Rosie. There…

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VICTORIA ASSEMBLED: The Art of Robert Klippel, until February 16th More than 100 works by Robert Klippel, one of Australia’s most significant 20th-century sculptors. The exhibition highlights the sculptures and drawings of his early era, the ‘assemblage’ works and his later timber works. Tuesday to Sunday 11am–5pm. Entry $12, seniors $10, concession $8, members and children under 12 free. TarraWarra Museum of Art, 313 Healesville-Yarra Glen Road, Healesville, (03) 5957 3100, twma.com.au Dark Horse: Wild Beasts and Curious Creatures, until February 23rd Real and imagined animals are the theme of this exhibition, from mythological creatures to prey, symbols of danger and emblems of love. There are prints, drawings, paintings and sculpture by artists such as Norman Lindsay, Ginger Riley Mundulwalawala and Rick Amor. 10am–5pm. Free entry. Art Gallery of Ballarat, 40 Lydiard Street…