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The light house
Think Berrima and most people think historic, but not Deborah and Rod Blay. When the couple found a vacant river block on the village outskirts, they knew they’d found a dream site for a stunning passive solar house, writes Deborah McIntosh.

A view to sigh for
Bramble Cottage started as an old two-bedroom weatherboard moved to Wildes Meadow in the 1980s. Subsequent owners added extensions and when its latest owners discovered its panoramic back paddock views they couldn’t wait to make it their own.

Heart and sole
This year Paul Hiscocks marks 25 years as the owner of Nina Leon’s Shoe Boutique, an upmarket Bowral-based business that extends to Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne. He tells Melissa Reid how he went from playing with shoe boxes as a child to finding exclusive footwear in rural Tuscany.

Dream weaver
How do you grow a business when you make everything – slowly – by hand? Dimity Kidston explains how she’s doing it without compromising the age old skills behind her contemporary weaving and ceramics.

Desmond Freeman: Iinterior designer of hospitals and palatial palaces
Desmond Freeman designed the interior of the QVB, the Powerhouse Museum’s iconic Boiler Hall and the interior of Westmead Hospital. Now he lives in Bowral – when he’s not working on palatial properties in the Middle East.

Our man on the spot
From cadet reporter on an Irish country newspaper at the age of 20 to the ABC’s first Moscow bureau chief, John Lombard has had an outstanding career in print, radio and television. Peter Meredith talks with the veteran correspondent.

Grand ideas formed Woodside’s magnificent gardens
Grand ideas became a monumental undertaking for the 16 acres of gardens at Woodside near Bowral. Advice was sought from several specialists and all influenced the evolution of a garden plan which has resulted in a meticulously manicured landscape.

Tyneside
In the third of our garden development series we visit Tyneside, a one-acre property in Burradoo.

Come in from the cold
As the autumn evenings make their chilly presence known, Recipes Editor Rosa Matto adds flavour and style to TV dinners.

Audio-visual duo
Mary Finsterer is a composer; Dean Golja is a photographer. As creative artists and as a couple with children, they collaborate on several levels.

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Highlife – April/May 2013 [DOWNLOADABLE PDF]

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