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Country Style November 2018

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 photograph of three-year-old Mitchell Dickens helping his dad feed their cattle grabs my heart. You can see the intense concentration on his face as he shovels cottonseed off the side of the truck. His parents, Justin and Amy Dickens, bought their 1020-hectare property near Yeoval in the NSW Central West six years ago and this is the first prolonged period of dry that they have had. The annual average rainfall is 650 millimetres, and so far they’ve had 102 millimetres this year. Despite this, the couple is so happy that they have achieved their dream of owning a property. “This dry time has not been easy, but it’s a bump in the road. We take measures in good years to set ourselves up a little bit better,” says Justin. Turn…

1 Min.
in this issue...

CLANCY PAINE Go behind the scenes with this talented photographer who shot our beautiful cover and the Dog Tales story on page 26. “Photography is my full-time passion and my part-time job,” says Clancy, who lives on a small property at Narromine, NSW, and juggles shooting with raising four young children. In fact, Clancy’s five-month-old son, Hardy, was with her on location for Country Style. “The collective effort that went into the cover shot was enormous — Hugh Taylor from Boxleigh Park Merinos was on hand to handle Timmy the horse and Flash the kelpie, the stylists setting up, Hugh’s daughter Josie nursing Hardy… Usually it’s just me as a solo act.” And what did Clancy enjoy most about the experience? “Being in the bush fuels me. What’s not to love about…

6 Min.
your page

READING THE WEATHER I must admit, Country Style is the one indulgence I’ve allowed myself during this awful drought, albeit still with a touch of guilt. My heart goes out to all the farmers, like us, at the complete mercy of whatever Mother Nature has in store. It’s come to a critical point where it doesn’t matter how well prepared we are or how well we’ve managed our land, water and animals — we’re still doing all we can just to simply cope and make it through. Thank you to the wonderful public who’ve been so supportive during this time. And thank you Country Style for letting me escape. If only for a few brief moments, I can gaze through your pages over a cup of dam-water tea, consume the beautiful…

3 Min.
upper crust

I’M IN PARIS, staying in a chain hotel with a sign in the lobby asking guests to not bring their handbags to breakfast for security reasons. There’s a drawing of a handbag crossed out in red in case you didn’t understand the warnings in French, English, Italian and German. I tell you this so you get the sense, as I did, that this hotel is pretty crummy. In Australia, a crummy motel means a breakfast of cold toast in a paper bag, with accompanying margarine, jam, tea bags, instant coffee and UHT milk, delivered into a chute in the wall next to the door. As such, I made assumptions and decided that, for my first breakfast in Paris, I would eat out. No crappy brekkie for me — not in the…

5 Min.
a new life

ARGENTINIAN PHOTOJOURNALIST Vicky Aguirre fell in love with Carl Wilson when on assignment in the Atacama Desert in Chile in April 2011. She was there to cover a story about two Argentinians surfing their way from California to Chile along the Pacific Ocean coast. Carl, a surfer and air-conditioner mechanic from the Gold Coast, had met the surfing duo and was travelling with them. He didn’t speak much Spanish and, after almost a year on the road, was preparing to go home. “I’d been travelling for 10 months by that time,” he says. “I was in Latin America because I wanted to disconnect with life and start a new chapter.” “We were camping in the middle of nowhere and, at first, I didn’t want to have to make the effort to speak…

4 Min.
guiding hand

TWELVE-YEAR-OLD Shep Taylor, who lives at Willunga, east of Wellington in Central West New South Wales, had a long wait until he was considered old enough to have a working dog — and when it finally happened it took him completely by surprise. An excitable ball of black and tan was the stand-out Christmas present two years ago. “My best present yet,” he recalls of the female kelpie pup he promptly named Flash. Since then, Shep has taught Flash basic obedience and livestock-handling skills under the watchful eye of his parents Hugh and Mardi Taylor, both 42, and his uncle Kieran Potter, 50, of Shamrock Kelpie Stud. The Taylors own Boxleigh Park Merino Stud, and Kieran bred Flash and also helps on the 2830-hectare SRS merino sheep farm. According to his parents,…