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Country Style September 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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6 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
welcome letter

To say the past several months have been difficult is an understatement. Due to COVID-19, people have tragically lost their lives and livelihoods. The bushfires saw the destruction of homes, wildlife and human life. I recently drove along the Pacific Highway from Sydney to Ocean Shores on the NSW north coast to visit my family. The scars of the bushfire were all too obvious around Port Macquarie and the scale of the devastation became real to me, even though I was only seeing a small section of it. But the bush was fighting back. The buds underneath the bark had sprouted and green foliage covered the trunks of the gum trees. And the golden wattle – our national flower – was bursting with vibrant colour, which can only mean one thing:…

1 min.
homewares out now

in this issue... SARAH FARAGO Country Style’s new Deputy Art Director harbours dreams of a seachange near Byron Bay, but in the meantime enjoys weekend forays into the country. Sarah, 39, has been designing magazine pages for 17 years, and was drawn to Country Style’s beautiful imagery. “I read every story these days too!” she laughs. She lives in Sydney with partner Guy, but yearns for a coastal retreat away from the big smoke. “We are both keeping an eye out for a place that suits us.” It’s no surprise, given that Sarah grew up in the Hills District on a half-acre of land, backing onto a reserve. “A month ago, we went to Orange, Millthorpe and Carcoar for the weekend, staying at the Hilton Homestead [in Mandurama],” she shares. “I got to…

3 min.
your page

SENSE OF CALM Tonight has been one of those nights. I’m still transitioning from a city life to a country one, and it’s proving to be a bit of a challenge. I’m sure I’m not alone, taking the process slowly, as I await my children becoming adults. I’ve been up at my country shack all day, creating gardens, watching the changing colours of the sky … even watching an old wombat digging at the new roots of the recently sprouted grass seed. All of a sudden, my beautiful moments in time were shattered when I heard one of my three sons was in a car accident. I felt so far away. Luckily he and everyone else was okay, and just a little metal got bent. To calm myself, I came inside,…

3 min.
dairy fresh

FROM PASTURE TO PLATTER, Tweed Valley Whey Farmhouse Cheeses in Burringbar, NSW, with its own dairy farm attached, takes visitors on a mouthwatering journey along the milky way. Cheesemaker Sue Harnett works alongside her husband Rob, a fourth-generation farmer. In 2008, they wanted to boost the viability of their dairy farm for future generations, but, rather than expand their acreage or herd of friesians, they diversified into cheesemaking. In 2018, the couple took it one step further with a new retail and tasting outlet. Complete with rustic timber bar, corrugated-iron walls and a barrel or two, it allows them to showcase their products, while encouraging a growing flow of visitors to experience the entire cheesemaking process. “We specialise in fresh cheeses, as they can be made in a day and they give us…

5 min.
everywhere man

JOHN JENKIN HAS ALWAYS been a curious man. Born and raised in Box Hill, Victoria, he was one of those kids who liked to tinker. “I was always making something or fixing something,” he chuckles. “Mum and Dad had a holiday house at Apollo Bay, and I remember repairing a water tank down there when I was 12 years old. I drained the tank, slid it off and worked out what the problem was. The builder had been too lazy to put concrete under the stumps. So I dug a trench and put the stumps in at the correct height. I was always a fairly hands-on sort of bloke.” A year or so later, his brother’s Vespa motor scooter broke down. “So I pulled the thing to pieces,” John recalls, “and discovered…

4 min.
replanting my roots

I HAVE OFTEN PONDERED the meaning of ‘Kalperri’ – where did the word come from? What does it mean? And who named this road and farm accordingly? I don’t yet have answers. I do know that in the first year or two of living here I would have happily told anyone who dared to ask that the word referred to a dreadful place with a draughty little house and a plethora of poorly constructed sheds, decrepit fences and leaky water troughs. But, in recent years, I’ve changed my mind about what Kalperri might mean. Now, I think it refers to patience and grace. And about discovering what is really important. I grew up in the Murray Mallee region on a sheep and wheat farm. My grandfather was an early settler and I’m…