Australian Country Issue #24.5 October/November 2021

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 goes to press, we’re back in lockdown again and our travel wings are well and truly clipped. Fortunately, technology is a wonderful thing and we are all working from our home offices, yet still managing to collaborate to produce this magazine. Gathering content is another matter, as obviously we rely on being able to be on the road to collate our stories. But, thankfully, we were able to squeeze in a few trips just before these recent stay-at-home orders came in, so we’ve a bit of a stockpile, which will hopefully help us through. However, the situation has given me plenty of time to reflect on the wonderful hospitality of people who welcome us into their homes and share their stories with us. It’s a great act…

1 min
helping out on this issue ...

BRONTE CAMILLERI, STYLIST & LOCATION SCOUT Bronte’s career began in visual merchandising for major Australian retailers, including R. M. Williams, Myer and Cue. She has been a lecturer on the subject for the tertiary education system. Bronte has worked as overall coordinator on a range of projects from small studio propping to major photo shoots for international corporations such as Nikon Japan and ING. ROSS WILLIAMS, PHOTOGRAPHER Ross has been a photographer for more than 30 years, shooting food, wine and commercial and residential architecture, as well as travelling overseas to capture everything from mining projects to aircraft. He relishes the challenge of arriving at a previously unseen location and working on the best way to showcase it. australiancountry.com.au facebook.com/AustralianCountry @australiancountrymag zinio.com pinterest.com/auscountrymag…

1 min
baker’s dozen

3 min
diary notes

OCTOBER 17 (NSW) BLACKVILLE ARTS & MARKET DAY This annual community arts event brings more than 50 vendors from across NSW to the Liverpool Plains in a celebration of arts and crafts made or sourced from the bush. This year’s market day will raise money to support a second staff member at the Blackville Public School and to help Tamworth Family Support Services and women and their children living in the women’s refuge. Entry to the event is $5 for adults and children under 12 will be free. blackvillemarkets.com NOVEMBER 27-28 (QLD) NINDIGULLY PIG RACES Queensland’s oldest pub on the banks of the Moonie River was first licensed in 1864 and has become a beacon on the tourist map for its great hospitality and quirky events, often benefitting the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Guests at…

5 min
the light fantastic

Vanessa and Chris Radford are planting chickpeas at Ibon, their sheep and crop farm near Rowena on the north-western plains of NSW, so they are spending long hours in the tractor. The phone reception is dodgy, but every time she comes into range, Vanessa’s mobile starts pinging like crazy with customers enquiring about her lampshades. Vanessa is the creative force behind LightenUp Handmade, and she explains that this is what happens every time her business receives a boost from Buy From the Bush (BFTB). It’s not exactly news that BFTB is the incredibly successful marketing platform established in 2019 by Warren farmer and entrepreneur Grace Brennan to help rural businesses showcase their wares to boost the bush economy during the drought. More drought, floods, bushfires and a pandemic down the track,…

12 min
the next chapter

Be careful what you wish for. To all appearances, Todd Alexander and Jeff Ross had it all — a beautifully renovated house in Sydney’s inner west, successful corporate careers with salaries to match and a great bunch of friends to help them enjoy all the benefits of city living. But that nagging “is that all there is” feeling kept gnawing away, so in 2012 they astonished family and friends by throwing it all in to move to Block Eight, a vineyard and olive grove where they could build accommodation villas at Belford in the Hunter Valley. What followed has been an extraordinary journey into the highs and lows of country living, which Todd has documented in two memoirs, Thirty Thousand Bottles of Wine and a Pig Called Helga, published in 2019,…