December 2015/January 2016

Breathing space
The owner of a modern farmhouse explains how it was designed to make the most of a dream property which even has its own creek.

The food lover’s farm
Brigid Kennedy, the dynamo behind Sydney event venue Simmer on the Bay, has turned her Berrima property, The Loch, into a foodie’s dream.

Double vision
The Printmaking Sisters, Annie Day and Robin Ezra, regularly exhibit together and teach in Australia and Florence. They explain how safer printmaking techniques allow them to practise the art form they love.

The rosy project
Clive West’s Berrima garden boasts around 1000 roses, including 200 heritage roses.

Symmetry and soul
Landscape architect Peter Fudge has combined relaxed curves with restrained symmetry in a Fitzroy Falls garden.

Planting for shade
Summer is the season when thoughts turn to the pleasures of shade trees.

Brick tricks
A 40-metre brick chimney labelled Bowral Brick has been a striking Bowral landmark for 90 years. Today, the brickworks makes custom-made bricks for some extraordinary buildings.

Still on track
Robert Sloss established the Ensign Barrallier Walk between Mittagong and Katoomba nearly 30 years ago and at 79, he’s still exploring and documenting bushwalks throughout the area.

Then and Now
A daring ‘Then’ photograph of Bundanoon’s Mark Morton Lookout, taken circa 1890, prompts a look at Morton National Park.

Holiday reading guide
Our reviews of novels, non-fiction books, cookbooks and garden books should provide plenty of inspiration for Christmas gifts – or requests.

Summer means seafood
Summer is a wonderful season for fresh, light ingredients which means seafood works
a treat.

Islands and highlands
Pat Fulton writes about a six month Ecuadorian adventure travelling from the Andes to the Galapagos, and spotting 262 types of birds.

Classic Car
Qantas engineer Michael Plummer explains why he and his family love their low-tech 1948 Sunbeam-Talbot 90.