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Mailbag
The other day I borrowed an early 2020 edition of Australian Country magazine from my local library. I found I was reading this one cover to cover and really enjoying the stories and was wondering what had changed from older issues I had borrowed in
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Helping Out On This Issue ...
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 maga
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We appreciate your thoughts and in each issue, one correspondent wins a prize. Simply email Kirsty at kmckenzie@umco.com.au or write to us at Australian Country, Locked Bag 154, North Ryde NSW 1670. We reserve the right to edit lengthy letters before
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Editor’s Letter
It’s no easy task collating a magazine, particularly with pandemic border closures restricting travel. But for this issue, we’ve managed to squeeze in a couple of amazing road trips. Top of that list for photographer Ken Brass and me was a journey to
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Off The Shelf
DS Pierce Ryder from Sydney’s Homicide Squad is back in the NSW Snowy Mountains with another dangerous fugitive on the loose and, once again, potential victims very close to his heart at risk. Lee Christine follows up her second crime novel, after Ch
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Diary Notes
After last year’s event was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Balloon Challenge is back and bigger than ever. One of the largest events in the region, it offers a great opportunity to showcase Canowindra, a small rural community situated in
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Naturally Gifted
It is not the day to go bushwalking. There have been no gale warnings or sheep grazier’s alerts, but the cliffs on this wave-carved island are gauzed in sea mist. Rain sweeps across the boulder-strewn ridges and pelts into the dense glacial valleys t
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Australian Country
Editor Kirsty McKenzie email kmckenzie@umco.com.au Designer Michaela Primiano Contributors Georgia Baird, Bronte Camilleri, Anabel Dean, Adam Liaw, Meryl Hancock, Miriam Van Cooten Photography Ken Brass, Sonya Hennessy Ross Williams Advertising A
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For Our Next Issue ...
We’ve again been out and about searching for some fascinating people and places for your reading pleasure. We’ve been back to Canowindra in the NSW central-west to shoot the charming Marlow House, where Susan Holmwood has made her escape to the count
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Vintage Vignettes
By her own admission, Jacky Yeo has never stood still, so it was asking for trouble when she accompanied her husband, Geoff, on a business trip to Canowindra 11 years ago. While Geoff was in his meeting, Jacky took a wander up the winding main street
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A Force For Good
Since her earliest memories, rural author Fleur McDonald has been obsessed with crime. When she wasn’t riding bikes or hanging out at the local pool in Orroroo, where her family ran a fuel depot in South Australia’s mid-north, she’d be tucked up with
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A Feast Of Information
They say it’s a dull day when you don’t learn something new. Spend a fraction of it on one of The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney’s Aboriginal-guided tours and you’ll come away with enough new knowledge about the world’s oldest living culture to fill a w
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An Evolutionary Tale
The old adage says that good things, like fine wine, improve with age. Hazeldean’s farming operation, homestead and garden in the Monaro high plains are a case in point. They’ve been a work in progress since the 1860s, when James and Ann Litchfield a
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Store Strolling
For a fragrant, beautiful addition to your garden, roses are the perfect solution. Treloar Roses Heaven on Earth Floribunda rose, $22.95, is a soft peach rose with a divine scent that is excellent for vases.treloarroses.com.au The Australian-made
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Back From The Brink
Numbats are rarer than the giant panda or the black rhino, and there are estimated to be fewer than 1000 of them in the wild in a tiny pocket of the Western Australian Wheatbelt. So it’s hardly surprising there was much excitement when the Australian
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Road To Recovery
In the pre-pandemic world, Adam Liaw was supposed to spend a sizeable chunk of 2020 travelling overseas in his role as ambassador for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Australia Now program. His brief was to “cheerlead for Australia”, pro
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Botanical Buddies
Musgrave have developed a blossoming creative collaboration. Away from city madness in a pocket of the Southern Highlands known as Wildes Meadow sits a five-acre (two-heactare) patch of idyllic cultivation. Botanical artist Elaine Musgrave and her
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A Forever Home
After enduring countless scorching summers on their sheep and cropping farm in South Australia’s south-east, Karren and John Hunt had a very clear picture of what they wanted when they started searching for land on which they could build a new home c
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Stockists & contacts
Belle Couleur ph: 0417 913 192 e: melissa@bellecouleur.com.au w: bellecouleur.com.au Birdsnest ph: 1300 696 378 w: birdsnest.com.au Brigid McLaughlin 67 Waratah St, Haberfield NSW 2045 ph: (02) 9716 4331 w: brigidmclaughlin.com Bronze and Marble G
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The Gloss Menagerie
Lucy Culliton is entertaining guests in her kitchen, so there’s a lot going on when we arrive. In between pouring tea and passing around bickies, there’s that somewhat awkward square dance that ensues when seven adults and a couple of lanky greyhound
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Set In Stone
Louanne Wright candidly confesses there’s nothing like hosting a garden wedding to give you a kick in the pants to get your backyard in order. Not to mention the front yard, with its urns and stone edging framing a giant claret ash, just perfect for
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For Our Next Issue ...
We’ve travelled far and wide (thank goodness, at last we can) in search of some great stories for your reading pleasure. We headed to the Monaro region of NSW to visit artist Lucy Culliton with her menagerie of rescue pets and visited Jim and Libby L
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Win A Prize
We appreciate your thoughts and in each issue, one correspondent wins a prize. Simply email Kirsty at kmckenzie@umco.com.au or write to us at Australian Country, Locked Bag 154, North Ryde NSW 1670. We reserve the right to edit lengthy letters before
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For More Information
Visit Central NSW visitcentralnsw.com.au Grazing Down the Lachlan grazingdownthelachlan.com Sculpture Down the Lachlan somewheredownthelachlan.com CSIRO Parkes Radio Telescope Visitor’s Centre csiro.au/en/Locations/NSW/Parkes Eugowra Murals visiteugo
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Landmark And Legend
Yallum Park’s stately stone homestead and 20 acres [eight hectares] of parkland gardens may resemble an aristocratic English estate but, to Andy and Annie Clifford, it’s just home, a place where every room and everything that’s in them are made to be
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Stockists & contacts
ph: 0417 913 192 e: melissa@bellecouleur.com.au w: bellecouleur.com.au ph: 1300 696 378 w: birdsnest.com.au 1195 Osborne St, Stoneville WA 6081 ph: (08) 9204 4436 e: info@ bronzeandmarblegallery.com w: bronzeandmarblegallery.com 589 Moss Vale Rd,
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Changing Tack
Although Ruth and Dzint Jurevicius tell people they’ve retired, the truth is their lives couldn’t be busier. Admittedly, Ruth has given up her demanding role as general manager of a training organisation and Dzint, his long-time career as a high scho
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Off The Shelf
Margaret Hickey grew up in country towns across Victoria and travelled overseas extensively before settling with her husband and sons in Victoria’s north east. This collection of short stories casts an unflinchingly accurate gaze on rural Australia a
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Amazing Discoveries
John Sarkissian picks a blade of grass from the lawn and lets it drop gently. The CSIRO Parkes Radio Observatory scientist with an OAM (Order of Australia Medal) for his services to astronomy explains that the energy expended by that tiny leaf when i
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Pastiche Of The Past
Nikki Williams has several outstanding memories of growing up on a farm at Upper Turon near the historic NSW gold-mining village of Sofala. One is of being obsessed with fashion. Another is a fascination for leatherwork and being “pony-mad”. In many
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