Australian Country Issue #23.5 September/October 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

1 min
editor’s letter

If it takes a village to raise a child, it requires a sizeable rural community to produce a magazine, and a good chunk of regional Australia to keep it going. There are just so many people to thank for seeing this issue, our third since COVID-19 changed our world, to press. I want to give a big salute to our photographers and stylists, who as soon as restrictions were lifted, headed out to various locations to capture the stories you see on these pages. And to the people they visited, who welcomed them into their homes and greeted them with (virtual) open arms. For photographer Ken Brass and me, that meant a host of folk from north-western NSW. The first of their stories appears in this issue, but there’s more to…

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 her bridal work and does weddings throughout the Sydney region. Miriam teaches at one of Sydney’s elite make-up schools and tutors personal make-up and hairstyling at her studio on Sydney’s northern beaches. SANDRA HINTON, STYLIST Sandra has been weaving her magic through the pages of Australian Country for more than a decade. With a background in visual merchandising, she brings her unique eye and creative flair to our fashion feature in this issue, as well as styling other stories for our stablemate, Homespun. australiancountry.com.au facebook.com/AustralianCountry @australiancountrymag zinio.com pinterest.com/auscountrymag…

1 min
baker’s dozen

7 min
straight from the heart

Anyone who tells you that the first few months with a newborn is easy is either lying or has a full-time personal assistant and probably a night nanny as well. So when Tasmanian English-language teacher K. M. (Kate) Kruimink says she not only navigated the period after her daughter Edie’s (Edith) birth in 2018 but, in the sleep-deprived hours between night feeds, managed to knock out the first draft of A Treacherous Country, the first response is disbelief and the next is total respect. If the book had been total rubbish, she would have had a perfect excuse. But, instead, the novel won her this year’s The Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript by an author under the age of 35, $20,000 and a publishing contract with Allen & Unwin. Kate,…

8 min
at home with history

If you think your regular trip to the supermarket is a bit arduous, spare a thought for the Everett brothers of Ollera Station in the New England region of NSW. Their 19th-century shopping expedition involved a 600-mile (almost 1000-kilometre) round trip from their home north-west of Guyra to the river port of Morpeth in the Hunter Valley. It took an average of three months to complete the journey, which was fraught with hazards, both natural and man-made. If their bullock-drawn wagon laden with wool didn’t get bogged on the notoriously muddy Moonbi Hill, the brothers considered themselves lucky not to get held up by bushrangers, including the infamous Fred Ward (Captain Thunderbolt), who paid the Everetts a not-so-friendly visit on Christmas Eve 1867. On another occasion, a group of highwaymen…

5 min
colour and motion

They say the difference between stumbling blocks and stepping stones is how you use them. So when Carina Chambers, who recently graduated with a double degree in visual communication design and international studies, had her plans for a career in design knocked for six when the GFC (global financial crisis) hit Australian business, she looked to her skill set and did a pivot. “Social media was just taking off,” Carina recalls. “I could write, design and style an appealing image, so I decided to become a digital producer. I started with a photo book company and migrated into marketing and teaching people how to make their own albums.” Carina grew up on a farm at Yarraman, on the NSW Liverpool Plains, and counts herself privileged to have enjoyed a childhood surrounded by…