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Country Style January 2020

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

The couple first met over 30 years ago, married when they were just 21 but sadly broke up after only two years. “I used to think about Tim often, about what could have been and what should have been,” Jo told our writer Barbara Sweeney when she visited them on their farm, Boggy Creek, in the NSW Snowy Mountains. Luckily, there is a happy ending to this story: the pair met again at a horse event and, in 2014, Jo and Tim walked up the aisle for a second time on what would have been their 25th wedding anniversary. As Tim puts it, “some things are meant to be”. Turn to page 92 for their story. Our A Day in the Country columnist this month is Chris Ferguson. I always enjoy…

1 Min.
in this issue...

NIKOLE RAMSAY This photographer — who shot Harriet Birrell’s home on page 42, On the Move on page 100 and The Style Diary on page 118 — starts her day by paddleboarding. Nikole discovered her passion early in life, studying photography as soon as she left school thanks to the encouragement of an inspirational teacher. “I’m drawn to light… the way it creates a mood and the cycle of change it brings to each day,” she says. In fact, she’s often up at sunrise, paddleboarding on the river near her home on Victoria’s Bellarine Peninsula where she lives with her husband and two kids. In June, Nikole will venture further offshore when she co-hosts a food and photography tour of northern Italy with another local, Annie Orchard, of Annie’s Provedore & Produce…

6 Min.
your page

SWEET MEMORIES I love how Country Style takes me back to when I was staying with my wonderful grandparents in the Queensland country town of Nagoorin. Memories of driving down the track and Grandma timing it just right with the morning tea — strawberry slice and little cakes with smooth icing on the table as soon as we walked through the door. I love all the recipes that are sent in from times gone by. Page by page, I love it all. Noela Stockbridge, Gladstone, Queensland Editor’s note: We love the sound of that slice — please send in the recipe ASAP! STRONG TIES I had tears in my eyes as I read Kate Brew’s story in the Christmas 2019 issue about bushfires, having experienced the same worry. We moved our young family three years…

3 Min.
age of reason

ALTHOUGH THERE IS an obvious danger in generalisations, I want to say to those finding life tough throughout their 20s, 30s or even 40s; hold fast, it gets better. In her book Happy, Amanda Talbot describes lifetime happiness trends as a smile. She says that in general people are happiest in their youth, with joy dipping in middle age and then lifting again around the 50s. There are, of course, myriad of personal situations that affect our individual happiness, but I’ve rolled into my 50s thinking that the happiness curve may just be right. This contentment has come as a pleasant surprise amid the flurry and worry of a rip-roaring drought and consequently, a business on the edge. And while this situation is stressful, I’m reminded of the saying: ‘This ain’t my…

5 Min.
the glass menagerie

FOR MUCH OF HER LIFE, Leisa Wharington has been under the spell of glass. She was only 10 when she took classes with a local potter on the Mornington Peninsula, and it was there that she saw her first glassblowing demonstration. “This glass business was so fluid and amazing, and the atmosphere in the studio was dynamic!” says Leisa. “The fluid material was boiling hot, and you had to use tools to manipulate it. I was hooked on the drama of it.” Now decades on, Leisa, 59, is a renowned glass artist who works from her collective creative space, The Studio & Co. It’s an old auto shop and complex of converted shipping containers shared with five other artists — and a coffee roaster — at Hastings on the Western Port…

7 Min.

NSW Parkes Elvis Festival, January 8th–12th Slick back that quiff and make your way to Parkes to celebrate The King’s birthday. This year’s theme is Elvis’s 1966 musical Frankie and Johnny and there are more than 200 events in the jam-packed program to enjoy. From barefoot bowls and bingo to hound dog competitions, a mass marriage-vow renewal ceremony and boogie woogie lessons, there will be no time to take off those blue suede shoes. Various locations and events. (02) 6862 6000, parkeselvisfestival.com.au The Great Eastern Fly-in, January 11th–12th The skies will be filled with aircraft of all shapes and sizes as aviation enthusiasts from around the nation converge on the Northern Rivers town of Evans Head for this annual event. Visitors and locals alike can enjoy re-enactments, joy flights and aircraft displays.…