Australian Country Issue#19.3 March 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

While some farms in western Queensland and northwestern NSW received good rain, the falls were patchy, and while one farmer might have been celebrating the good fortune of “getting under a cloud”, his neighbour missed out entirely and could do little more than cast envious glances over the fence at the green growth. In the midst of all this doom and gloom, however, came the news that the Burrumbuttock Hay Runners were making their ninth donated hay run to help farmers in drought-affected areas. It turned out to be an epic drought relief effort, entirely coordinated and executed by volunteers … 120 trucks carrying 4500 bales and rolls of hay travelling more than 1500 kilometres each way from Darlington Point on the Murrumbidgee River to Ilfracombe in the heartland of…

1 min
helping out on this issue are ...

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. She has worked on a range of projects from small studio propping to major photo shoots for international corporations. ROSS WILLIAMS PHOTOGRAPHER Ross has been a photographer for 30 years, shooting food, wine and commercial and residential architecture, as well as travelling overseas to shoot 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.…

4 min
diary notes

MARCH 17–30 (NSW) Sydney Royal Easter Show Hats on Sydney! Celebrate all things Australian from bush heritage to our modern-day lifestyle at the annual Sydney Royal Easter Show. See more than 12,500 world-class Sydney Royal competitions, watch woodchips fly in the Wimbledon of woodchopping and relax in the Sydney Royal Beer and Wine Garden. Attracting close to 900,000 people each year, this event provides a unique experience for everyone. eastershow.com.au MARCH 22–28 (NSW) Stone the Crows Festival Join the gathering of the flock (pun intended) this Easter at Wagga Wagga’s annual Stone the Crows Festival. Featuring Lucky Starr, Rodney Vincent and Jamie Way with the Dominos Pizzarotti Show, along with veteran entertainers and chief crows Jim Haynes and Grant Luhrs, visitors can bring their motorhomes, caravans, campervans or trailers to the week-long event. With a…

1 min
baker's dozen

5 min
a passion for paint

Helen King answers the phone with a chirpy “French & Gorgeous” followed by a slight pause and a deep chuckle. “Actually I’m neither,” she admits, “but I wish I were.” As the creator of a destination homewares store by that name in the Sunshine Coast hinterland village of Cooroy, Helen is, however, responsible for introducing gorgeous French things to the homes of both locals and visitors. For the past decade Helen has been building a business based around her flair for interior design, French provincial style, love of vintage pieces and antique furniture and passion for chalk paint, in particular the work of the English queen of the painted finish, Annie Sloan. In doing so, she is repeating a pattern established in her native England, where she started small and developed…

7 min
paddock to plate

By her own account, New Zealand-born caterer Brigid Kennedy gained her first job picking raspberries at the age of 10 and has been “full throttle” ever since. “Growing up in the Taranaki region of the North Island in the 1970s, we knew about hard work,” she says. “Britain had entered the EU [European Union], so suddenly the demand for New Zealand butter and lamb just disappeared. They were tough times for farmers all over the country. My mother went back to working as a nurse and we all had to help out on the farm. I wanted a bike, and there was no way I was getting one without earning the money to pay for it myself.” There may not have been much fruit on the sideboard, but there was always…