Australian Country Issue #23.2 March/April 2020

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

it’s feels like I’ve said it all before, but as the summer we wish we didn’t have draws to a close and this issue goes to press, I’m writing it with renewed urgency: Please lend your support to the people of rural and regional Australia who are dealing with the devastation of fire, drought and floods. Here at AC HQ, we’re committed to drawing attention to the places you can visit and the ways you can help and we’ll be featuring some of the worst affected regions in the coming issues. We started with a trip along the Bells Line of Road through the NSW Blue Mountains, where we met many people whose lives have been devastated by the bushfires. While the landscape will inevitably recover, and houses will be rebuilt,…

1 min
helping out on this issue ...

KEN BRASS, PHOTOGRAPHER Ken has been on the road again this issue. From southern Queensland to country Victoria with a few detours along the way to shoot the travel story and fashion features in the fire-ravaged communities of the NSW Blue Mountains, he’s been busy illustrating many of the articles you see on our pages. KIM SELBY, PHOTOGRAPHER Kim is a multi-award winning family, wedding and commercial photographer. She is best known for her natural and emotion-filled lifestyle photography. She loves being able to capture those special little moments that abound in everyday life and knowing people will be looking back at their photos in years to come. She lives in the Macedon Ranges with her husband, two beautiful boys and dog Fergus and has recently tried to correct the gender balance by…

2 min
diary notes

MAY 3 (QLD) AUTUMN RACE DAY Ballendean Estate winery will host Rotary Stanthorpe’s annual fundraiser, with all the fun and frivolity of a horse racing carnival minus the actual horse races. Highlights will include a long lunch in the Barrelroom restaurant, raffles, entertainment by local artists, a fashions on the field competition and alternative races and there will be a shuttle bus from town to the venue. trybooking.com/BHHDT APRIL 25-MAY 10 (WA) MARGARET RIVER OPEN STUDIOS More than 110 artists will open their studios to showcase the talents of the painters, sculptors, photographers, jewellers, glassblowers, textile and mixed-media artists of this beautiful region of the south-west corner of Western Australia. mrropenstudios.com.au APRIL 4 (NSW) TWILIGHT PICNIC FAIR Bring your family and friends along to historic Cooma Cottage, one-time home of explorer Hamilton Hume, for the annual Twilight Picnic…

1 min
baker’s dozen

5 min
just add water

Tania and Kieth Norman are living proof of the old adage that you never know what’s around the corner. In 2017, after 28 years of marriage and raising their family in Adelaide, the couple made the decision to move to Kieth’s home city of Perth. But then they took a Sunday drive ... “I grew up on a farm at Lake Hindmarsh in western Victoria,” Tania takes up the story. “After school, I travelled around Australia with a girlfriend and I met Kieth when he was driving big-haul Cats in the Pilbara. We married and moved to Adelaide because that was mid-way between our two family homes. But Kieth always wanted to move back to Perth and, eventually, as we were scaling back our work lives, I agreed.” As fate would have…

6 min
bloomin’ marvellous

You had to be tough to survive the Melbourne trading floor of the Australian Stock Exchange in the rough and tumble of the greed-is-good 1980s. Melbourne florist Cherrie Mirikilis Pavlou says she learned her work ethic there, when as a youngster she found herself in a male-dominated, cut-throat environment. “Fortunately, I had a handful of strong female role models,” she recalls. “But I discovered early on that hard work doesn’t kill you and if you do enough of it, anything will go well.” Cherrie grew up helping out in the fruit and vegie shop her parents, Con and Marika, ran on Brunswick Street in what was then the Bohemian suburb of Fitzroy. Their business was as much a drop-in centre as a place to buy apples and carrots, and she recalls her…