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Country Style

August 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

in this issue

1 min
editor’s letter

Rugged. Pristine. Beautiful. Unique. Wild. These are all words I commonly hear used to describe Tasmania. I am no expert on the Apple Isle, having only spent around 24 hours there, but it did get under my skin and I long to return. I want to walk the Three Capes Track, eat at The Agrarian Kitchen, take the ferry to MONA, stay at Pumphouse Point, buy Bruny Baker bread from an old fridge/ honesty box, warm up in the Floating Sauna and then jump into Lake Derby, and spot wildlife on Maria Island. Having put this issue together there are now many other things I’d like to add to my itinerary. I’d love to go and help out columnist Maggie Mackellar and The Farmer when they are tree hooking on their property,…

4 min
heart land

IF YOU LAID A MAP OF TASMANIA over someone’s chest, Relbia would sit near their heart. A handful of long, lone roads stretch through the semi-rural area made up of rolling paddocks dotted with ancient gums, roos and sheep; conveniently, it’s just a 10-minute drive to the city centre of Launceston and the airport. Amanda Skipper, a vintage merchant and curator, and her husband Michael, a retired builder known to all as Skip, purchased their Relbia property 18 years ago, enchanted by the lay of the land and the way the light danced through the eucalypts. They have since transformed that bare three hectares into a thriving English-inspired idyll they call Woodridge Farm. The historic look of the Skippers’ home and the garden’s settled feel belies the property’s young age. “There…

5 min
points west

A CLUSTER OF TIN AND TIMBER SHACKS hugging the foreshore at Lettes Bay on Tasmania’s west coast, near Strahan, may not immediately remind anyone of the whitewashed, red-roofed homes on the sun-drenched Greek island of Lesvos. But for Claire Lloyd, a designer, photographer and author, and her partner, artist Matthew Usmar Lauder, the two communities share one very important characteristic: the globetrotting couple call both places home. Claire and Matthew weren’t looking to buy a house when they visited Tasmania three years ago, but a chance meeting with a local resulted in a new adventure. Claire had become enchanted by the state the previous year, on a spontaneous trip to meet and photograph the potter Zsolt Faludi, whose work she loves. “The following year I went back with Matthew, as he hadn’t…

3 min
time flies

MY FIRST MUSTER was in a paddock called West Freeneys: two choppers in the air, six horses, and a bike. It was by far the biggest muster I’d ever seen. By ‘northern’ standards, it would be considered an average-to-small muster, but coming from 40 hectares, as I was, it was nothing but shock after shock. We saddled up that morning, put the horses on the gooseneck, and drove to our starting point. We waited at a bore for the helicopters to blow in our ‘coacher’ mob. That’s the mob of cattle we ‘quieten down’ first and remind them of their manners before the rest of the cattle from the paddock join them. The small mob of about 400 slowly attracted flies as we moved them around, making sure we were comfortable that…

4 min
set in stone

“I never go past an antique store without stopping to see if they have something rusty.” THE AUTUMN SUN IS WARM on the golden masonry of Richmond Bridge and a clear blue sky stretches endlessly over the wide and fertile Coal River Valley. The bridge – built in 1825 and Australia’s oldest stone bridge – is just one of the many historic structures in this small town 25 kilometres north of Hobart, which is known for its elegant Georgian mansions, upmarket antique stores and access to the region’s many vineyards. Bellevue House, built in the 1840s, is a significant building set on Richmond’s main street and was described as “a noble, substantial and well-built stone mansion” when it was sold in 1856 after housing the local police magistrate for a number of…

1 min

to Margaret Arnott who has won a beautiful Saltbush Stripe jumper from Iris & Wool. Made from 100 per cent certified Australian merino wool, it is extremely soft and warm. The prize is valued at $229, plus postage. For more information, visit irisandwool.com Share your thoughts and experiences with us by writing to Country Style, PO Box 4088, Sydney, NSW, 1028, or emailing austcountrystyle@aremedia.com.au. Please include your address and daytime telephone number. Letters may be edited for reasons of space and clarity.…