Australian Country Issue#19.2 February 2016

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

Here at Australian CountryHQ we have much to look forward to with trips planned to all states and hopefully even more comprehensive coverage of the parts of Australia the others overlook. As this issue went to press photographer Ken Brass and I had just returned from a long-overdue trip to Tasmania. We gained privileged access to some amazing heritage houses and truly spectacular gardens, not to mention met some really inspirational artisans and producers. Their stories will come through in the next couple of issues, but meantime meet a terrific new batch of creative and innovative Aussies from all over. We catch up with Kim Kelleher at Blair Athol, the stunning manor house she has restored at Inverell in north-western NSW, and our contributor Kathy Mexted shares tales of her…

1 min
helping out on this issue are ...

KEN BRASS PHOTOGRAPHER Ken has been on the road again this issue. From central Queensland to northern NSW and country Victoria, with a few detours along the way to shoot the rhubarb cooking feature and our sleepwear fashion pages, he’s been busy capturing clever and creative country dreams into the images you see on our pages. KAY FRANCIS FOOD EDITOR Kay grew up in rural New Zealand in a family of keen gardeners, who grew most of their own fruit and vegetables. Fresh simple food was the rule. Overseas travel stimulated a continuing interest in learning about food and cooking from other parts of the world, and she is the author of several cookbooks focusing on seasonal produce. KIM SELBY PHOTOGRAPHER Kim is a multi-award winning family, wedding and commercial photographer. She loves being able…

4 min
diary notes

FEBRUARY (NATIONAL) Afternoon Teal Take a stand against ovarian cancer by baking your favourite cake, brewing a pot of tea and hosting your very own Afternoon Teal. February is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and the annual Ovarian Cancer Australia campaign is hoping to raise $500,000 from 500 community Afternoon Teals. The campaign’s aim is to raise awareness of the symptoms, risks and impact of ovarian cancer as well as raise vital funds to support the work in awareness, support, advocacy and research. ovariancancer.net.au FEBRUARY 11–MARCH 6 (WA) Perth Festival The annual Perth Festival attracts more than 500,000 visitors and is the longest running international arts festival in Australia with its impressive track record of 63 years. The event has a worldwide reputation for excellence in its international program, the presentation of new works and the…

4 min
ride-on mowers, rooflines & roses

With Hanging Rock to the east and Mt Macedon to the south, the 95-acre block was flat enough to remind us of home in southern NSW, but interesting enough to be different. The wondering gardener. That’s me. Wondering where to start. It’s been 13 years since we bought our farm, and eight years since we moved onto it. When my husband proposed 23 years ago, I asked where he thought he wanted to be in 20 years — mainly to see if he’d thought further than getting married in six months’ time. “Living on a small farm with a wife and a few kids,” he said. That was both vague and specific enough for me. As his long-term goal was a flying job out of Sydney, I imagined an undulating block near…

4 min
grand designs

As the 19th-century Canadian farmer Nelson Henderson observed, the true meaning of life is to plant trees under whose shade you do not expect to sit. And so it was for pioneering pastoralist and winemaker Frank Charles Lewin who, in the 1870s, established a park-like garden on the property his father owned a few kilometres from Inverell in north-western NSW. Frank came to Australia from England with his parents in 1854 and seven years later, accompanied his family on the arduous three-month journey by bullock dray to Inverell, where they established a flour mill and bought land on the Warialda Road. The Lewins also planted Rosenstein, the region’s first winery, on the property, which Lewin senior later subdivided giving Frank 320 acres (130 hectares). Frank called his block Pinehurst and set…

1 min
sleepy hollow