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Family Focus
It’s little wonder Jo and Kyffi n Thompson’s friends jokingly refer to their Adelaide Hills home as ‘‘the resort’’. Visitors to Aramoola arrive to a landscape filled with Australian native plants and a coach-lamp-lined driveway guides them to a quain
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Sophie’s Patch
Challenging conditions make you a better gardener, according to Sophie Thomson, gardening consultant, author, columnist and presenter on ABC TV’s Gardening Australia program. “After all, 90 per cent of Australia has harsh, arid conditions,” she says.
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From The Ground Up
From a disaster igniting entrepreneurial inspiration to breathing new life into family heirlooms, there’s a lot of passion, creativity and talent within the four walls of Lisa Rickert’s beautiful abode. As the CEO and creative director of the family-
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Broad Horizons
ASPIRATION FOR HEAD BOARDER ADELE PROSSER. There are more students at Adele Prosser’s boarding school than the entire population of her hometown of Corrigin, 235 kilometres south-east of Perth in the Western Australian Wheatbelt. The 17-year-old yea
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Store Strolling
Made from 100 per cent Merino wool, the Holly dress in dandelion yellow will keep you cool as the weather heats up. It’s proudly Australian designed and made and available in a variety of colours. smittenmerino.com This beautiful scarf has a colourf
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Editor's Letter
As this issue goes to press, I’ve been reflecting on the collaborative effort that each issue of Australian Country entails. It’s not just the people in-house, the designers, production, prepress, circulation, advertising and marketing folk, who all
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Diary Notes
The undisputed highlight of the APRA (Australian Professional Rodeo Association) calendar is the annual National Rodeo Finals and Warwick Gold Cup Campdraft, held in the Darling Downs regional centre of Warwick. As well as the chance to see horsemen
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Off The Shelf
This handbook has been around since 1981 and is now in its fifth edition. Originally created to help identify flora in Tasmania, the book has since evolved to include new flora, highly detailed photographs, both scientific and common species names an
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Glenowie Grandeur
Standing around their kitchen bench, Angus and Brooke Stockman playfully bicker about the number of pets the family has and whether their four children may renovate the family homestead in the future. They bounce off each other with laughter and fini
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Mailbag
I am so excited by the article about my home (AC 22.4) as it looks amazing in print. You and (photographer) Ken Brass have done a great job. I know my house is interesting, but it looks extraordinary in the images. The garden in the magazine doesn’t
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The Ties That Bind
It was meant to be. When Caroline Gabriel and Shaun Bowden went looking for a property in Melbourne’s near countryside, their wish list included a reasonable train commute to the city, a town with a strong sense of community and culture, and a variet
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Building A Dream
Good seasons. Bad droughts. Farm accidents. Good succession planning. Bad inheritances. Community as solid as bush baking. Small towns riddled with gossip. In her time as a rural journalist, Maya Linnell has seen and reported on the impact of them al
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For Our Next Issue ...
We again embrace the wonderful diversity of the Australian countryside with stories from all over. We visit the Quinn family on Ilfradale, their sheep station in the lower Flinders Ranges of South Australia, and debut author Meg Bignell at home on he
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Seeking Simplicity
The tranquillity of a leisurely lunch on the verandah with media academic Rachael Wallis and her journalist husband, Bruce Woolley, is broken by the sound of a siren. It soon morphs into a fire truck that races up the dirt road beside our hosts’ prop
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Final Flourishes
With handmade detailing on every urn, each one is individual. Available in a variety of sizes (up to 80cm) and traditional and contemporary colours, these rustic urns will suit any space. leforge.com.au Earth Angel roses are exceptionally fragrant,
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Lounging About
The Java three-piece al fresco setting is handwoven using water hyacinth on a rattan frame. It comes with two stylish, deep comfy Java seats and has a beautiful woven Java coffee table that also doubles as a foot rest. For extra durability, the cushi
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Picture Perfect
Emu Wire specialises in heritage woven-wire fencing made from the best-quality products available. Using 4mm One Steel Life Max wire, which is superior to traditional galvanised coating, these fences can transform the look of your home or garden. Emu
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A Labour Of Love
Renovating an 1890s home in the NSW New England city of Armidale has been a true test of determination for retired pharmacist David Hodgson and his wife, June. As David wryly observes, they have been working on it for the better part of 20 years, so
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Darlings Of The Downs
Ask people what they think of when you mention the Darling Downs and most likely they’ll respond with varying desciptions of rolling plains with paddocks patchworked with golden wheat, rust-hued barley and sorghum, green from vegetable and legume cro
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Editor's Letter
Mighty oaks from little acorns grow. When the townsfolk of Brim, population 170-odd in the Wimmera-Mallee region of western Victoria, wanted to beautify the entrance to town in a bid to encourage passers-by to stop and take a look around, they hit on
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Riding High
Bronte McShane may not have been born in the saddle, but she was still in nappies when her mother first introduced her to the delights of riding horseback. The 16-year-old year 11 student from Hobart’s Fahan School has grown up to become a passionate
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Diary Notes
In 2019, Bangarra Dance Theatre company is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a stunning display of contemporary dance theatre and an extensive national tour to every Australian capital city. With its origins rooted deep within the land and as the
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Mailbag
Congratulations to the Australian Country team for the story on Montrose House and my charity work. I’m thrilled with the fabulous coverage. Tommy Jeffs, Canowindra NSW I just wanted to get in touch and say a big thank you. I have recently had my f
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Family Focus
Ryan McDonald may have grown up in Brisbane, but his earliest childhood dreams involved living in the country. He had an uncle who worked on properties around the bush and as soon as he was old enough to be taken seriously, his school holiday of choi
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Off The Shelf
Nicole Alexander lives and farms in remote NSW, so she brings intimate insight to her fictionalised tales of life on the land and all its challenges from droughts and flooding plains to inheritance, family aspirations and the class and race distincti
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Country Creative
As Heather Cohen tells her story, she went to Tasmania to buy property and ended up with an 1885 cottage in her home town of Glen Innes in the NSW New England region. But then again, Heather has never been one to take the obvious route. “It was a lov
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For Our Next Issue
There’s a spring in our step for the next Australian Country as we look forward to the warmer weather with some fantastic features. We were lucky enough to visit the home and garden of everybody’s favourite TV gardener, Sophie Thomson. She lives on a
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