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Country Style October 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

1 min.
welcome letter

I love nothing more than sitting in the afternoon sun on the back deck of our house. We have a couple of outdoor sofas, one bought on Gumtree and one generously donated to me by a good friend when she moved to Brisbane (thanks Susan!), and the dogs love to sneak onto it when they think we’re not looking. Actually our beagle does not sneak, she does it brazenly and ignores me when I tell her to get off. In fact, another cushion fell victim to her this afternoon. While the dogs’ favourite thing about our ‘outdoor room’ is the sofas, mine is the big gum tree that can be seen from the deck. As well as attracting the birds, it just looks majestic looming over the roofs of the…

1 min.
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SIMON GRIFFITHS Photographer Simon shot landscape designer Sam Crawford’s garden in Victoria and says his heart lies in horticulture (see page 90). Simon has spent more than 25 years photographing gardens, and has a passion for plants. “I love visiting other people’s gardens – it’s inspiring,” he says. “I love trying to capture the spirit of the gardens I shoot.” Although he photographs interiors and food too, “It’s gardens I truly love,” he says. Simon lives in Kyneton, Central Victoria with his partner, architect Ian Murray, and their whippets, Bertie and Freddy, and is a devotee of his home town. “It’s a great place to live and garden. I love the sense of freedom living in the country brings. You feel closer to nature – it’s a more relaxed lifestyle than living…

3 min.
your page

TABLES TURN I’m sitting in my home at Lankeys Creek only a few kilometres from where the Green Valley fire started this January. Our house survived due to a very determined partner, but the 40 or so hectares of bushland we live in was devastated. It’s late winter now, spring around the corner and the narcissi are out, camellias on the way and today I stopped to watch a scrub wren bathing in the bird bath. Maggie MacKellar’s article in August resonated with me so much, especially now that we are restricted in our movement due to the coronavirus. In January we lived in the worst possible place, now we are living in the best possible place where, although there is so much destruction from the fires, there is also hope and freedom to…

3 min.
the bee’s knees

THE SWEET LIQUID SUNSHINE produced by Tasmania’s Wellington Apiary has a storied beginning. Co-owner Robin O’Brien had been feeling restless in his nursing job back in 2009, when he had a conversation with a cherry orchard owner about the lack of active commercial hives on the Apple Isle. Robin was jogging up Mt Wellington in Hobart a short time later when he came across a mass of bees the size of a basketball and took this as a sign he should build his own hive. Risking life and limb, he cut the branch – bees and all – from the tree and used the creatures to start an apiary. Robin and his wife, Antonia, soon had a small collection of hives that they kept on Antonia’s parents’ property in central Hobart.…

6 min.
better together

JANE WILDE’S EARLIEST MEMORY is of “sitting on a homemade kitchen stool, watching Mum patting the butter with a wooden butter pat.” The self-taught cheesemaker, from award-winning WA family dairy Cambray Cheeses, grew up on an apple orchard in Karragullen, just east of Perth. “My dad always kept cows,” she recalls, “and Mum used to make butter. I guess my fascination with what milk can turn into started then.” Jane met her future husband, a handsome 18-year-old shearer called Bruce Wilde, at a badminton game while she was still at school. Neither of them could have guessed at the time that they would one day become agricultural pioneers, with their handmade sheep’s milk cheeses served in many of the west’s finest restaurants. Jane began her working life as a nurse, and then specialised…

2 min.

TEN YEARS AGO, artist and curator Kay Norton-Knight decided to hold a sculpture exhibition at the Mudgee vineyard she owns with her husband, Gerald. Sculptures in the Garden was an instant success, with the garden at Rosby Wines’ cellar door displaying 130 artworks and hosting more than 1000 visitors in its first year. A decade on, the event has doubled in size, attracting luminaries of the art world including the late Edmund Capon, the director of the Art Gallery of New South Wales for 33 years. Artworks have ranged from handpainted ceramic tiles by Kathie Najar to the vast steel and fibreglass faces of Sonia Payes’s Three Women. With a healthy prize pool of more than $40,000, the exhibition isn’t short of artists eager to display their work, which is all…