Country Style December 2021

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
editor’s letter

Mid-December is usually when the festivities begin, but celebrations started early this year. The excitement of being able to get together once lockdown finally ended kickstarted catch-ups with family and friends. I know it did for me. As soon as we were allowed to leave Sydney, we drove up the coast to Farmhouse on Oxley on the Mid-North Coast, to spend three days with my parents. We hadn’t seen them since Easter, and even though the Farmhouse was beautiful – perfect, even – it was the reunion between our four children and my mum and dad that was the highlight. I can only imagine how good it must feel to be together again after years apart because of border closures. But, as with most hardships, people in regional areas seem to…

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GRETA DUMBLETON Fond childhood memories of Christmas holidays in the country mean our copy editor is happiest working on stories about picturesque rural destinations. “I love escaping to the country,” says Country Style’s copy editor Greta, 42, who lives in Sydney with her husband, Nathan, 44, and sons Eli, nine, and Zeke, six. “My favourite spot is Stanthorpe in Queensland, where my aunt and uncle live. Their home is so beautiful, with sweeping countryside views and cows in the paddocks. Growing up, we would drive there from Brisbane and count all the windmills along the way. It was such an adventure… I also love visiting farmstays with my kids as it’s a novelty for them to feed the animals and have a bonfire with toasted marshmallows.” PAULA HEELAN Remote places feel like home to…

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KIND GESTURE It’s early Sunday evening. I am contemplating my day and I’m about to get stuck into the November issue of Country Style. The clouds are building for a predicted storm and I can smell the orange blossom from my neighbour’s yard. One of my faithful dogs is at my feet; the other is searching for lizards in the grass. It was a good day. I got to spend time with precious friends, one of whom has a terminal illness. Next time I go over, I’ll take another stack of your magazines for my dear friend. She enjoys them as much as I do and I love seeing her smile. Time is precious and your magazine is made to share. Ange Hyland, Gladstone, Qld CREATIVE DISCOVERY As Christmas nears, I reflect on 2021.…

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a bush christmas

“Pavlova, trifle and pudding trick us into thinking we weren’t quite full from lunch.” IT STARTS WITH A FLURRY OF FOOTSTEPS and a cacophony of excited voices. We lie in bed, smiling through bleary eyes and anticipating the crash tackle of four warm little bodies landing on top of our doona. Christmas morning is one of the few mornings in the year where our kids are up at first light, even beating the rooster out of his bed. Of course, if we asked them to wake this early at the start of school term it would never happen! With four young kids in tow, the Paine family festive season is never going to be anything but a loud and messy affair. But, despite the chaos, my husband Matt and I feel fortunate each…

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NSW Hunter Valley Gardens Christmas Lights Spectacular, Nov 5, 2021–Jan 26, 2022 This Christmas, the Hunter Valley Gardens will dazzle visitors with more than three million lights. Spend the weekend exploring the region and enjoy an evening in the beautiful gardens with interactive lighting displays, food stalls and amusement rides. Tickets are available online at Rosé All Day – Mortimer’s Rosé Launch, Dec 4 Welcome summer with live music, grazing platters, dancing… and rosé! Mortimer’s Winery, in the town of Orange, invites you to the launch of their brand-new tipple, All Day Rosé, at the heritage-listed Schoolhouse Cellar Door. Tickets can be purchased online at Meeting of Minds: Weekend Workshop, Dec 4-5 Tweed Heads Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, in the vibrant town of Murwillumbah, is hosting a weekend workshop led by…

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wheels on the bus

ON MY WAY HOME FROM TOWN last week, I pulled up behind a school bus as its doors opened and three small children clattered down the stairs. Time did that dance and I was suddenly back in the place of young motherhood, waiting by the cattle grid for the arrival of the school bus with my three-year-old son and eight-year-old daughter. We had just moved from the city to live on my aunt and uncle’s farm, and the contrast from the daily snarl of the suburban school drop-off was acute. Standing on that quiet country road, I felt like I’d stepped through a door into another world. And I had. When the bus arrived, Dawn swung the door open and her smile welcomed my two on board. The inside of the…