Country Style

Country Style February 2020

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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

When Kate Brew sent me a story about her experience with a bushfire some years ago, neither of us expected that she would again be faced with a wall of flames only a few months after it appeared in our pages. But on December 20 last year, that is exactly what happened when a fire roared into the Adelaide Hills and Nether Hill Farm, Kate’s beautiful new home that she shares with husband Adrian and their four children, was under threat. Luckily, the house was saved but it was a terrifying experience and their local community was hit hard, like so many towns all over Australia. Eerily, it is difficult to tell the difference between Kate’s photographs of the last fire in 2015 that you can see in our Christmas…

2 Min.
in this issue...

CERI DAVID This Welsh-born writer penned stories about fashion designer Megan Park’s country childhood on page 30 and the Danish home on page 54. Ceri says, like Megan Park, she only moved to the city when she went to university. “I grew up on a hill in green, rainy Wales, surrounded by sheep and cows,” she explains. “It took a long time to get used to sleeping with the sounds of traffic.” Asked what she likes most about Louise Andreasen’s aesthetic, Ceri says she admires how the home is pristine but still looks comfortable and lived in. “I can’t bear the trend for ultramodern homes with everything hidden behind cabinetry. Neatness is fine; no clutter at all makes it look like you’ve wandered into a sociopath’s lair!” she says. “I’m a fan…

8 Min.
your page

HEARTBREAKING I sat down this morning with my morning cup of tea, and picked up your December issue to read. I was immediately saddened by the first sentence in the editor’s letter where you describe standing in the creek with the horses to protect them from the fires. Our poor beautiful Australia is burning, and for many there is no water in their creeks, and no way to save their livestock, or native animals. I sit and watch the news each night with tears streaming down my face. I now live in the city, but remember only too well wishing for rain when we had a small property. We’d only had a small herd of cattle, but the heartbreak of drought took its toll and when we left I vowed I’d never…

4 Min.
the new dog

IT’S DARK. My dreams have been stalked so I am awake before the gentle chirruping of my alarm. We are in the middle of lambing and I lie in bed wondering about a two-day-old lamb and its new foster mother over in the yards. What I’m wondering is if it has survived the night. I get up and let the dogs out. We have three house dogs — my loyal black labrador Dusty, Ethel the corgi, who belongs to The Farmer, and my new corgi, James. James is a retired show dog and he struts through the world like a prince. When he first came he was nervy and hyper sensitive. He might have had a swag of ribbons to his name but he’d never ridden on the back of…

5 Min.
from the ashes

IN THE DAYS that followed the Crestwood-Lake Innes fire near Port Macquarie, Ryan Tate and his koala detection dog Taylor, a four-year-old English springer spaniel, searched to find surviving koalas. Smoke lingered as they moved quickly and quietly through the canopied fringes of the scorched forest on the NSW Mid North Coast, after some 2880 hectares of essential koala habitat was destroyed. Ryan, wearing a fire-retardant suit, hard hat and 15-kilogram backpack, runs behind Taylor in the summer heat as she seeks out the scent of koalas. She has been trained to be as quiet as possible so as not to stress the animals. Her mission is to find the target odour and then freeze. Ryan and his wife Jen operate Tate Animal Training Enterprises, which includes conservation and detection dogs. The…

5 Min.

VICTORIA Art in the Vines, until February 23rd There’s still time to catch this intriguing installation at Hanging Rock Winery. Titled Sculpture in Motion and created by 15 world-class artists, it incorporates a series of kinetic sculptures that depend on motion for effect. Free entry. 10am–5pm. Hanging Rock Winery and Vineyard, 88 Jim Road, Newham, hangingrock.com.au Meeniyan Garlic Festival, February 15th Celebrate the flavour and health benefits of this bodacious bulb at this award-winning community event in South Gippsland. Learn how to grow it, then visit some of the 150 stalls selling everything from arts and crafts to cheese, beer and numerous garlic-laced delicacies (including ice-cream!). Adults $10, children free. 9am–4pm. Meeniyan Recreation Reserve, Hanily Street, Meeniyan, meeniyangarlicfestival.com.au Melbourne Begonia Society Show, February 22nd–23rd Begonia enthusiasts will find their tribe here at an…