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Country Style June 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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6 Issues

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6 min
day dream believers

WHEN NEIL PLUMRIDGE FIRST ANNOUNCED that he’d like to become a cattle farmer, years ago, his wife didn’t take it especially seriously. “We’re city folk!” Kristy laughs. “I dismissed it as a flight of fancy.” Living in inner-city Melbourne, Neil, 56, was a management consultant and Kristy, 51, worked in marketing. Neither of them had a farming background, but they’d always loved exploring remote areas, making the most of the fact that Kristy’s brother lives in the Northern Territory. They’d visit with their young children, Lily and Riley, as often as possible, taking long road trips and stopping at cattle stations on the way – which is where Neil’s dream first drifted into view. “He was captured by the dusty, red, laid-back charm that is outback Australia,” says Kristy. “So, over the…

6 min
book club

THE LIFE OF A SPY Rod Barton, Black Inc. $32.99 If Fabergé were alive today he wouldn’t be making exquisitely bejewelled Easter eggs for royalty, he would be providing cocktail snacks to the American embassy in London. Newly arrived from Australia, junior operative Barton discovered that his boss was leaving for Australia immediately. His only guidance about how to proceed was: go to parties, give parties. But how could Canberra’s entertainment budget compete with what Washington dispensed in Grosvenor Square? A stroke of good fortune. The elusive boss had left behind a vast cellar. Untutored in the ways of entertaining MI6, Barton served superlative wines – with Vegemite sandwiches. This is all true! Of course the first rule of spying is not to be noticed, and the second is to befriend the…

1 min
field guide

SOFTLY, SOFTLY Love Merino’s 100% pure Merino wool is unbelievably soft, luxurious and warm. Every fibre originates from their farm in Wellington, NSW. lovemerino.com.au COOK SMART The ILVE Majestic has durable brass burners with central wok burner and flame failure sensor controls. $23,999. harveynorman.com.au VERSATILE SLEEPWEAR Luxurious and romantic, pure cotton sleepwear can also be worn for an evening by the fire or breakfast on the porch. $108.95. thea-australia.com.au OUT OF THE ORDINARY The stunning new collection of portrait cushions and ibride creations pay tribute to the infinite complexity of life. biancalorenne.com INSPIRED IRONING Stylish and washable board covers in single padded or reversible designs, plus a range of limited-edition patterns. suziehopedesigns.com STYLISH STORAGE Liebherr wine cabinets provide optimal storage conditions. With up to three temperature zones, your wine is in safe hands. Home.liebherr.com.au COSY AND FEMININE Designed for versatility, warmth and comfort…

3 min

AT THE MUSEUM THIS BEAUTIFULLY CARVED SCREEN HAILS FROM THE EARLY 20TH CENTURY, WHEN EVERY HOME HAD SEVERAL FIREPLACES. L.J. HARVEY BEGAN HIS CAREER as an instructor in wood-carving early in the 20th century, and before long, began teaching modelling and pottery at Brisbane Technical College. In 1938 he opened his own school of applied art where he encouraged numerous students to carve, make furniture, model clay and create pottery. At the time it was probably the largest private school of arts and crafts in Australia and hundreds of students followed Harvey’s example, creating objects decorated with Australian flora and fauna. This screen would have been used to protect the face of someone sitting by a fire from becoming too hot. One side is decorated with carved kookaburras and the other with a…

2 min

WA Truffle Kerfuffle, June 25-27 Just follow your nose to the Truffle Kerfuffle festival in Manjimup – the unmistakable, mouthwatering scent of the underground fungus will lead you straight to the Festival Village, where you can taste your way around the stalls, trying local wine, produce and truffle dishes. Or sample the work of some of the country’s most lauded chefs – top billed is the legendary Guillaume Brahimi, whose work you can sample in his Chef’s Cabin, after watching him cook and chatting to him over a glass of wine. You can also expand your skills in one of the masterclasses, and of course take part in a truffle hunt across the beautiful orchards of the Southern Forest region. Visit trufflekerfuffle.com.au NT Alice Springs Beanie Festival, June 25-28 Britain has a cheese-rolling festival, Finland…

10 min
outdoor pursuit

WINTERY PLOUGHMAN’S LUNCH We are so lucky here in Orange to be surrounded not only by beautiful orchards and vineyards, but also friends who make and share wine from the latter and share the former with us for apple picking and picnics. The Swift family of Printhie Wines have a long tradition of making some of this region’s finest wines and they also happen to be good friends to us. It was such a pleasure to share an afternoon with them in the golden, early winter sunshine and graze on a ploughman’s lunch with an apple pie and a few bottles of Printhie’s best wine. I don’t think there is anything more lovely or picnic-perfect than a good ploughman’s lunch. Add a lamb chop straight off the grill and you have, perhaps,…