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Ocean And Earth
AROUND 10 YEARS AGO, Tara and Steve Larnach spent a blissful holiday in a delightful historic sandstone cottage bordering the Royal National Park on Port Hacking at Bundeena, 55 kilometres drive from Sydney. Built in the 1860s, Simpson Cottage was th
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The Style Diary
IT WOULD BE HARD TO FIND a more energetic woman in Orange, NSW, than Pip Brett, and 2020 did not slow her down, despite the challenges of an often difficult year. As the owner of Jumbled, a one-stop shop for homewares, art and fashion, housed in The
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Welcome Letter
I love the beach and being close to the ocean, so it’s been a real pleasure to put this issue together. I think coastal towns are a unique part of country Australia – it’s the lifestyle they offer and the creativity they seem to inspire. Having lived
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About The House:
• The cottage is on land (now Bonnie Vale) originally granted to George Simpson in the 1860s on Port Hacking. It remained in the Simpson family until 2003. • Tara and Steve support local tradespeople and businesses whenever possible. “All my tradies
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Pip Brett
What do you love about living in the country? I love Orange and I can’t imagine living anywhere else. I’ve always lived here, except for boarding school and university. We have such a beautiful community with so many people, especially women, doing a
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In This Issue...
After falling in love with photography at the tender age of 11, when her grandmother gave her a point-and-shoot, Claire created this month’s stunning cover story for us. “I am endlessly inspired by our wild home of Western Australia,” says photogr
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Plotting Their Escape
STANDING ON A NARROW ROAD in the Byron Bay hinterland, Julie Granger’s heart was in her throat. Half her dream home, a classic 1900s Queenslander, was on the back of a truck, precariously crossing a creek over a single lane bridge. “We were watching
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Australian Made
DETERMINATION AND PASSION are words we bandy about when we talk about beauty-preneurs but, for many trailblazers, there are two factors that precede an “Aha!” moment: they first stumble on a problem, then persistently seek a creative solution. So it
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About The House
• The house was bought from Graham House Removals, who also relocated the house to the Binna Burra property from their holding yard in Ballina, NSW, • Julie and Sean used local tradespeople wherever possible. “We were able t
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Australian Beauty Champions
The bestselling must-haves from some of our favourite Aussie brands (pictured clockwise from far left): 1 A vegan, fluoride-free toothpaste with organic aloe vera, Grants of Australia Mild Mint Natural Toothpaste ($4.20 for 110g) has been a bestsel
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Your Page
I grew up as a city kid but spent Christmas down the Mornington Peninsula in Flinders. My dad’s side of the family all shared a big old house that my great-grandfather built himself. We have so many joy-filled memories of our time at Flinders. We lov
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In The Summertime
SUMMER IS HERALDED by the arrival of the black cockatoos. They appear like clockwork in the sky, usually in pairs or small flocks, in search of ripe pine cones to feast on. Their call is one of the sounds that dominate the garden during the warmer mo
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Book Club
REVIEWS ANNABEL LAWSON It’s only January but this will surely be my best novel of 2021, and it’s Alderton’s first. Nina has a dream job, owns a bijou flat in North London. She had a good relationship which lasted seven years. Her ex lost no time in m
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to the readers who have had their letters published this month – you have all won a $100 Metalbird gift voucher. Metalbird create beautiful garden décor. For more information, go to Share your thoughts and experiences with us by wr
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Summer Plants
• Wisteria, one of my favourite climbers and one that I’ve used in various places in the garden, has a summer flush of misty flowers. • Herbaceous perennials love the heat and dry, and we only use plants that flower all summer, such as salvia, agast
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Best Books Of 2020
Gisela Kaplan, Pan Macmillan, $34.99 In a year of astounding worldwide revelations – which will eventually be forgotten – this book outstuns them all. Graham Swift, Scribner, $32.99 Atmosphere: Brighton, the UK in the 1950s. A pier show. Loyalties
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Shack Days
I HOPE BY THE TIME YOU’RE READING THIS I will be firmly installed at our shack for a few weeks of total disconnect. The tradition of going to the shack puts a particularly Tasmanian twist on Australia’s love affair with a summer break. When I moved h
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Locals Only
CHEF TOBIN KENT’S restaurant, Moonah, in Connewarre near Torquay, 100 kilometres south-west of Melbourne, was scheduled to welcome its first guests in September 2020, during Victoria’s second lockdown. “COVID-19 didn’t impact our business in such a n
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A Brighter Year
LAST YEAR TESTED US ALL in unpredictable and (word of the year alert) unprecedented ways. The restrictions of COVID presented unique challenges for boarding schools. With everything from living arrangements to trips home for holidays and end-of-exam
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IF THE ELEGANT LINES and immaculate joinery of Michele Diener’s handmade furniture look like art, it’s because she came to the craft via a fine arts degree. An ardent photographer from a young age, she always knew that her future lay in a creative fi
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Pass The Spuds
SO YOU’VE BEEN INVITED to a barbecue and told not to bring anything, but when you protest, your host casually suggests, “Maybe a salad?” Maybe a salad? These unremarkable words are responsible for thousands, perhaps even millions of tonnes of potatoe
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THIS ELABORATE BOOKCASE, MADE BY GERMAN SETTLERS, IS ON DISPLAY AT THE ART GALLERY OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA. GERMAN IMMIGRATION TO AUSTRALIA began in the 1830s and continued throughout the 1840s. Many came as experienced winemakers and by the late 19th ce
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Long Distance
AN ISOLATED POSTCODE is never more significant than during a medical emergency. People living beyond the certainty of reliable phone reception live with this every day; a stark line in the sand between those who can cry for help and those who may hav
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The Rum Renaissance
RUM RUNS THROUGH modern Australia’s veins. In the colony’s early days, it was so prized that it became an unofficial currency (with predictably chaotic results), and Governor William Bligh’s unpopular attempts to curb the rum trade led to the Rum Reb
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We’d Love To Hear From You!
Do you have a precious object that puzzles you or a mysterious item that has been in your family for generations? Send your inquiry, along with a colour print or high-resolution digital image, your suburb or town, and your daytime telephone number, t
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Overflowing With Love
“‘PLANNING A WEDDING IS HARD!’ they said. I say: try planning a wedding during a pandemic, in an environment of ever-changing restrictions, guidelines and risks. My now-husband Chris hails from Mundubbera, Queensland, where his parents owned the loca
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How To Drink It
“I drink our spiced rum either neat or on the rocks. I love a daiquiri: that’s our Silver Spirit shaken up with fresh lime juice and sugar, and poured into a chilled glass. In winter, I drink hot buttered rum. Put a small amount of butter in a cup, a
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Field Guide
The Fitzroy queen bed frame, here upholstered in Warwick Foster, $2399, comes in a range of wood stains, fabrics, bedheads and more. Red Feather Inn is a luxury historic bed and breakfast near Launceston featuring a secluded garden an
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Colours Of The Land
ARTIST DELVENE COCKATOO-COLLINS walks through the gentle morning light that falls across the Myora Springs on North Stradbroke Island, Queensland, then stops to greet a sleeping koala perched in the branches high above her head. The Quandamooka woman
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