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This issue tells the real stories from the heartland. Living the dream on the Fleurieu Peninsula and in the Blackall Range. Tis the season for a Christmas Gift Guide, and feasting on blueberries. At home with artist Kate Owen and splendid visions at the Farraway Done and on the remote Maatsuyker Island. Plus ‘Less is [...]

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The Sydney Fair Experience

Unique décor, designers and dresses collide at The Sydney Fair Words by Lauren McKellar There’s magic in the air inside the Kensington Room at the Royal Randwick Racecourse. Mystery abounds in every corner, with trinkets and treasures simply waiting to be discovered. Yes, this is no ordinary day at the races. Instead, it’s The Sydney [...]

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Building a handbag brand from the farm

Patchwork of the past Influenced by her childhood on a farm near the NSW gold town of Sofala, Nikki Williams has developed a handbag range that has travelled around the world and is equally at home in the city and the bush. By Kirsty McKenzie, photography Ken Brass   Nikki Williams has several outstanding memories [...]

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Luxe discoveries for those on the trail through the NSW Central West

A road trip through the NSW Central West reveals lots to see and do and some luxe surprises for travellers prepared to venture a little off the beaten track. By Kirsty McKenzie, photography Ken Brass John Sarkissian picks a blade of grass from the lawn and lets it drop gently. The CSIRO Parkes Radio Observatory [...]

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Hinterland haven: A patch of paradise

Mel Manley supports the children’s charity Forget Me Not from her beautiful home and garden on acreage on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. By Kirsty McKenzie, photography Anastasia Kariofyllidis   They were young, idealistic, and utterly unprepared for the waters into which they dived so enthusiastically. In 2005, a trio of young Queenslanders started a charity supporting [...]

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Northumberland and Australia mixed for a contemporary farmhouse home

By Kirsty McKenzie, photography Ken Brass   As Emma Rose Munsie looks out from the homestead at Fair View, the NSW farm where she lives with her husband, Sam, and their toddler, Digby, the contrast with her childhood in Northumberland, northern England couldn’t be more marked. Instead of the closely populated sheep farms of the [...]

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Changing landscape of blueberry farming for farmer Kellie Potts

FARM SPOTLIGHT | Singing the blues Small changes add up to big results for NSW blueberry farmer Kellie Potts. By Kirsty McKenzie, photography Lu Townsend Blueberry farmer Kellie Potts likes to tell her kids that if she were to get a tattoo, it would be a tree with the formula 6CO2 + 6H2O → C6H12O6 + [...]

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A sub-tropical showpiece hidden behind Queensland’s Sunshine Coast

OUR RURAL RETREAT | Taste of the tropics By Kirsty McKenzie, photography Anastasia Kariofyllidis Hairdressing is practically a performance art as it requires constant social interaction, attention to detail, creativity and good listening and communication skills. No client wants a stylist to have an “off day”, so it’s also a pretty unforgiving profession. So it was [...]

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Moving to Australia’s first Cittaslow

The move to Hindmarsh Island ushered in a lifestyle change for an Adelaide couple, but one that is almost as hectic as their working lives. By Kirsty McKenzie, photography Ross Williams, styling Bronte Camilleri Although Ruth and Dzint Jurevicius tell people they’ve retired, the truth is their lives couldn’t be busier. Admittedly, Ruth has given [...]

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A look into the pink world of Australian artist, Kate Owen

Artist Kate Owen has developed her rosy take on the world from her home and studio on a northern NSW farm. By Kirsty McKenzie, photography Ken Brass   By her own admission, Kate Owen has lost count of how many different careers she’s had. However, their common denominator has always been creative. The artist lives [...]

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