Australian Country Issue #24.6 December 2021/January 2022

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

They say it takes a village to raise a child and the same may be said for a magazine, though perhaps more like a small country town. So many people have contributed to this issue, as we’ve had to be extra nimble gathering content during the lockdowns we’ve all been negotiating. I’ve called on help from new photographers and old and they’ve been extra resourceful in getting to locations and managing solo. Sincere thanks to everyone whose gone the extra mile. Photographer Ken Brass and I did manage to squeeze in a quick trip to south-east Queensland for the story about the Scenic Rim. It was a great opportunity to catch up with some old friends and make some new ones. They include Carolyn and Dallas Davidson of Towri Sheep…

1 min
helping out on this issue ...

ANABEL DEAN, JOURNALIST Anabel is an award-winning travel journalist who began her career as a Fleet Street news reporter in London. She has worked as a feature writer for The Sydney Morning Herald, arts editor for The Bulletin, and lifestyle editor for Medical Observer magazine. Anabel contributes to national and international publications sharing adventures of people, places, art, nature and food from around the world. 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

5 min
character study

If Nick Osmond hadn’t injured his Achilles tendon twice in three months, he may never have picked up a paintbrush and discovered his talent for semi-abstract portraiture. “There’s only so much gardening you can do on crutches,” he observes. “Ten days after the second injury, I thought I was going mental and an artist friend, James Kearns, suggested he meet me at the local art-supply shop. He didn’t tell me what to do, he just let me go and find my own style. I pretty much discovered my own technique using the cheapest kindergarten paints and compressed board that was used as packing between doors I picked up free from the hardware shop.” And that may have been that if Nick hadn’t been posting his work on Instagram and art consultant Kate…

5 min
a bush christmas

You feel it as soon as you hit town. There’s an energy about Goondiwindi, home to approximately 6000 people on the Queensland-NSW border. Gundy, as everyone calls it, may be a service town for the surrounding agricultural industry, but there’s a touch of brio in the cafes, boutiques and design stores, even the pubs and shops that line the main street. There’s no doubt this rural community punches above its weight with an annual arts show in May, a gourmet weekend in September and even a festival, Lanescape, promoting public art in town in October. It’s clear there’s something in the water of the town’s Macintyre River, and it’s not just the hundreds of triathletes who converge every February to complete a two-kilometre swim in its muddy waters as part…

6 min
christmas lunch recipes

BAKED HAM WITH MARMALADE GLAZE 2.25kg leg of ham½ cup (170g) orange marmalade1 tablespoon fresh orange juice1 tablespoon Dijon mustard2 cloves garlic, crushed Salt and cracked black pepper, to taste Whole cloves, to garnish Preheat the oven to 180°C. Carefully remove the rind from the ham, making sure you don’t trim off too much of the fat. Use a small, sharp knife to score the fat into a diamond pattern, about 5mm deep (take care not to cut all the way through to the meat or the fat may fall off during cooking). Place the marmalade, orange juice, mustard, garlic, salt and pepper in a small saucepan over low heat and cook, stirring, until the marmalade has melted and just starts to bubble and the mixture is well combined. Spread the glaze over the…