Australian Country Issue#20.4 July 2017

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 went to press we had recently enjoyed a morning tea at the Royal Agricultural Society Foundation’s (RASF) headquarters. While we love a scone and a finger sandwich as much as the next person, the event was particularly exciting for us as it was our first opportunity to meet Australian Country magazine’s very own scholarship winner, Katrina Nash. Appropriately enough, Katrina is a third year Bachelor of Law and Journalism student at Newcastle University. She grew up on her family’s farm at Cudal in the NSW central west. Her experience of being raised in the bush and having to move away from home to complete her tertiary studies gives her a heightened awareness of the need to discuss and promote rural and regional issues. We are also excited to…

1 min
helping out on this issue are ...

ANASTASIA KARIOFYLLIDIS PHOTOGRAPHER Anastasia is a lifestyle photographer who has been capturing an array of images from interiors to still life, architecture, gardens, landscapes, food and travel for more than a decade. She is based on the Sunshine Coast and travelled to Byron Bay to shoot the wonderfully evocative cover for this issue. TAMARA SIMONEAU WRITER & STYLIST Tamara is falling in love with her homeland again after almost a decade living in Canada where she worked in TV, running the prime-time program Entertainment Tonight Canada. She’s produced live shows, been on the red carpet for the Academy Awards, travelled the globe and worked with some of the world’s biggest celebrities. These days, she’d like to say she’s living a quieter life as a writer on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, but with three young…

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diary notes

JUL 30 (NATIONAL) NATIONAL TREE DAY Get your green thumb out and celebrate the 22nd year of Planet Ark’s National Tree Day. Last year nearly 300,000 people took part in greening their local environments and 1.1 million native trees, shrubs and edibles were planted across the country. Planet Ark encourages you to take 10 minutes each day outside and connect with nature. treeday.planetark.org SEP1 -30 (WA) KINGS PARK FESTIVAL A celebration of Western Australia’s wonderful wildflowers, Kings Park Festival features stunning floral displays from every region. What started as a small event in 1964 has now blossomed into a month-long festival of springtime colour. Every year the festival attracts thousands of visitors who come to enjoy the live music, guided tours, family entertainment, artworks, workshops, exhibitions and of course, the floral displays. bgpa.wa.gov.au SEP 9 (QLD) GREAT…

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a goth ic gem

Vanessa Bell is pondering the pink hue of her home. It’s Cameo Pink — not the kind of colour any home could pull off , but it lends her 154-year-old Gothic cottage, Toronto, a sort of storybook quality, reminiscent of a gingerbread house trimmed with frilly vanilla frosting. The forest green accents tie in neatly with prettily manicured lawns and fragrant garden beds and two conifer pines at the entrance that have intertwined to form a natural archway leading to the front door. It’s all very romantic, the kind of home you’d walk past slowly to sneak peeks through the old windows for glimpses of what life might be like inside. Its distinctive pink is always what first catches the eye. “When my friend first saw the house, she asked…

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flying colours

5 min
chasing a zephyr

It’s a special feeling atop a horse, ask anyone who’s been there. There’s a tangible bond between rider and steed that stands alone. For some it conjures a feeling that can’t be lived without, as natural as breathing. Kate Noller first inhaled the intoxicating lure of the saddle before she started school, thanks to her mum. “Mum was always a horse person, so I guess she got me into it initially,” she says. “She always had us around horses, but I really started to ride when I was four years old. There was no stopping me after that. I love everything about them, especially the smell. Zephyr is the west wind in Greek mythology — it’s that feeling you get when you ride, the wind in your hair, feeling free.” An…