Australian Country 19.1 December 2015

Australian Country is a magazine that lets you escape. This luxurious title delves into the world of sprawling homesteads, charming properties, working farms, contemporary cuisines, tasteful interior design and outdoor living ideas, with everything from antiques and collectables to recipes in between. Australian Country is dedicated to highlighting the best of the Australian country life, made for the people who are passionate about country living by the people who are passionate about country living because we understand that a love of country runs deeper than just a passion for decorating. The magazine provides readers with the inspiration to capture the essence of the country lifestyle, no matter where they live — whether city, coast or country. urchase includes the Digital Edition and News Service. Please stay in touch via our Facebook Page.

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in this issue

2 min
editor's letter

A couple of years ago I was lucky enough to travel to Morocco, where I joined a camel trek to the dunes in the western fringe of the Sahara desert. In what must rate as one of the most remote ends of the earth, imagine my surprise when I saw our cameleer pull out his mobile phone and field constant calls. My brother on his farm in western Queensland can only dream of such a service, as he lives 80 kilometres from the nearest town and hand-held mobile reception cuts out about 30km from town. The reason for this apparent discrepancy is simply one of geography. At the risk of stating the obvious, Australia is a big country — almost 7,700,000 square kilometres of it. Morocco, on the other hand,…

1 min
helping out on this issue are ...

TAHN SCOON WRITER & STYLIST Tahn is an interiors writer, stylist and author of the DIY decorating bibles, New Vintage and The Thoughtful Home (New Holland). She lives in the Brisbane sunshine with her daughter, Sassie and their cat, Pretty-Paws. They love to spend their free time among the vines of the Granite Belt. JOHN DOWNS PHOTOGRAPHER Four generations of John Downs’ family have been photographers, starting with his great, great grandfather in Wales in 1868. John started as a staff photographer at London’s Natural History Museum and his varied career has seen him shoot everything from fluffy cushions in the studio to Formula 1 cars screaming around the track. ANASTASIA KARIOFYLLIDIS PHOTOGRAPHER Anastasia is a lifestyle photographer who has been capturing an array of images from interiors to still life, architecture, gardens, landscapes, food…

4 min
diary notes

NOVEMBER-MARCH (QLD) Turtle Nesting and Hatching Seize the amazing opportunity to see beautiful turtles heave their way up the beach to find a safe spot to dig a nest and lay their eggs. Come back some six to eight weeks later and see the tiny hatchlings emerge from their sandy nests to scurry down the beach and towards the sea. Taking place on Mon Repos beach near Bundaberg, central Queensland, this special ranger-led experience lets visitors understand and appreciate the life cycle of the turtle. This once-in-a-lifetime encounter occurs after dark and makes for a perfect summer family experience. bundabergregion.org JANUARY 22–FEBRUARY 21 (WA) Fringe World Festival Bigger, brassier and bolder than ever, Perth’s 2016 Fringe World Festival is coming back for the city’s buzzing summer festival period. From cabaret to children’s events and circus…

4 min
singing the blues ellie ramsay’s home is a tribute to years of hard work and a passion for blue, specifically indigo.

We first met Ellie Ramsey, owner of the iconic Paddington store Blake & Taylor, when we visited her country property, Fat Ted Farm, at Harlin, a small town 90 minutes drive from Brisbane. This time we visited Ellie’s city abode, a stunning renovated timber and tin Queenslander in the inner-western suburb of Toowong, just a short drive from her store. “When we first saw the house it was a dump,” Ellie recalls. “It had been added onto so much over the years it was almost impossible to see the original, splendid 1906 home itself. It was covered in security grills, ramps had been added and the verandahs had been closed in. It started as a lovely, grand home but along the way had been a boarding house, then cut into flats…

6 min
hunter & gatherer

They say home is where the heart is. After decades of living and working all over the UK, Europe, the US and Asia, not to mention in four Australian cities, Deb and Scott McKay realised their hearts were in Adelaide. Deb and Scott grew up, if not as best friends, in each other’s orbit. Scott’s family lived in the remote Gawler Ranges at the top of the Eyre Peninsula and he came to live with his grandmother in Adelaide as a nine-year-old so he could go to school. Deb attended the same primary school and their families both holidayed at Robe on the Limestone Coast. “We were reacquainted in high school when I was invited by girlfriends to a boarders’ social,” Deb explains. “But it wasn’t until after uni that we…

6 min
the handmade table

As Shannon Garson recalls her teenage years growing up in the Sunshine Coast hinterland she couldn’t wait to get out of town. The big wide world beckoned and her hometown of Maleny didn’t see her heels for dust as soon as she graduated from high school. “I went to university in Brisbane and then travelled and worked overseas for a few years,” she recalls. “I majored in painting but I’d been lucky enough to work for Brisbane ceramicist Clairy Laurence while I was studying. She let me come and decorate her work pretty much as I liked and I now realise how incredibly generous that was. She pretty much changed my life by showing me that a creative life could be a career. I saw a lot of artworks while I…