Australian Country Issue #22.6 December 2019

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

as this issue went to press, I received a lovely, but heart-wrenching, letter from Taya Michalski, who, with her husband, Steve, runs Diamondvale Cottages on the outskirts of the Granite Belt township of Stanthorpe. Photographer Ken Brass and I had the pleasure of meeting the Michalskis and their boys, Oren and Jaden, when we visited for the story we ran in Australian Country 22.4, so we know how passionate they are about their new home town, promoting the wonderful wineries, restaurants, providores and national parks throughout the region and giving guests the best possible experiences. You can read Taya’s letter in full in our Mailbag page on page 152 but, in essence, what she was trying to communicate is how badly businesses have been affected by publicity about the drought,…

1 min
helping out on this issue ...

MIRIAM VAN COOTEN, HAIR & MAKE-UP ARTIST Miriam started in the make-up and hair industry 20 years ago in film and television and has worked on fashion pages for magazines across Europe and Australia. She has won many awards for bridal work and does weddings the Sydney region. She teaches at one of Sydney’s elite make-up schools and tutors personal make-up and hairstyling at her studio. CASSANDRA ELLIOTT, WRITER Cassandra’s love of writing began at a young age, as did her interest in magazines. After writing for state-based and national publications for the past few years, Cassandra has found her passion in editorial work and is pursuing a master’s degree to investigate the use of language in magazines. Australian Country cover from Table Cape Tulip Farm australiancountry.net.au facebook.com/AustralianCountry @australiancountrymag zinio.com pinterest.com/auscountrymag…

3 min
diary notes

NOW–DECEMBER 13 (QUEENSLAND) PETALS, POTS AND PERSONALITIES An exhibition of diverse media artists from remote parts of Queensland converges on the Roma on Bungil Gallery in Roma under the umbrella title of Petals, Pots and Personalities. See works by Sandra Allen, Anne Cameron, Mary Cochrane, Sandra Macdonald, John Russell, Helen Peart, Meridy Scott, Wally Peart and Donna Wason. For more information, email petalpots2019@gmail.com. DECEMBER 28, 2019–JANUARY 3, 2020 (TASMANIA) THE TASTE OF TASMANIA Designed to coincide with the conclusion of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, The Taste of Tasmania is an annual showcase of the state’s finest food and wine. The festival hub is the large Princes Wharf No.1 Shed at the southern end of Hobart’s docks, where stalls from Tasmanian restaurants and producers sell fresh seafood, berries, cheese, craft beer, wine and cider.…

2 min
baker’s dozen

6 min
quintessential queenslander

Leah Stirton cheerfully admits she had never been west of the Brisbane suburb of Indooroopilly when she applied for a teaching position in Charleville. Freshly returned from London and nursing a broken heart, she wanted to move as far away as possible and had no idea that the southwestern Queensland town, population 3000-odd, was more than 600 kilometres from Brisbane and lacked most of the amenities she took for granted in her very urban previous life. Leah grew up in the northern Queensland coastal town of Ayr and, fresh out of school, moved to Brisbane for university studies to become an English and drama teacher. “I was always interested in decorating and event coordinating,” she recalls. “I was never the one to spend weekends in bed. When I was at uni, I…

6 min
growing country

ilfradale means in a valley between rugged and rolling hills, which makes sense because the Quinn family farm is located between the upper Mount Lofty and lower Flinders Ranges. “Our children are the fifth generation to live in the home we live in now,” Jodie Quinn says, “We think it’s just lovely and we’re very fortunate to have been lucky enough to keep it all going.” “Our son, Will, is the third William Henry Quinn to live in the Ilfradale homestead,” husband John adds. “The kids are the highlight of our lives and what they’re doing makes us burst with pride.” The children, Eliza, 13, Will, 11, Belle, nine, and Lucy, six, all attend Burra Community School and, as Jodie says, enjoy a free-range childhood on their roughly 2500-acre (1000-hectare) property,…