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Planned to perfection
Charleyne McHugh found land in Wildes Meadow a decade ago for a dream country home “that has always been in my head”. She tells Deborah McIntosh how she created a home for her extended family that even her non-house-loving husband can’t help but enjoy.

King Sun – How John Olsen created a masterpiece
After three months of passionate painting at Robertson, John Olsen’s artistic genius has created King Sun, a magnificent mural destined to be the focal point in Melbourne’s Collins Square, Australia’s largest commercial development. Bruce Stannard had the privilege of being present at the creation of a masterpiece.

Rapt in raptors
Peggy McDonald has saved around 700 birds of prey over 23 years and knows they must be in peak condition to survive. She tells Deborah McIntosh about building a massive flight aviary to improve their chances – and the trip to Abu Dhabi’s falcon hospital that inspired it.

Q&A: Ken Hillman
Intensive care pioneer/researcher/Bundanoon convert

All in the planning
Architect Jim Allman has worked in the Highlands for 25 years, designing homes, commercial properties and many familiar public buildings. He reveals how he built a successful country business and why certain houses remain close to his heart.

Camden Park: Preservation of an historic garden
The horticultural credentials of Camden Park near Menangle, the largest intact 19th century garden in New South Wales, can be matched by no other garden in Australia. In the true sense of the word it is unique and to this day it continues to be managed with vision and enthusiasm by direct descendants of the original owner, John Macarthur, making it also Australia’s oldest private residence continually occupied by the one family

Rescuing the everything house
The very visible historic house attached to The Everything Store in Sutton Forest has finally been restored. Owners Greg and Kathy Barnsley explain the painstaking work involved and tell Deborah McIntosh about some amazing discoveries.

Food: Some like it hot
Rosa Matto’s travels through south-east Asia, India and the Middle East have taught her so much about life, people and sharing good food – and also about the judicious use of spice. While the first two recipes here are indeed for those who like it hot, the heat can be tempered by making your own pastes if you are a “chilli wimp”.

The family tree
The Southern Highlands once boasted a string of busy sawmills. Now there is only one, at Penrose. It’s kept busy around the clock milling what must be the ultimate sustainable resource, the ubiquitous yellow softwood known as Radiata Pine. Bruce Stannard reports on the Cush family’s remarkably successful enterprise. 


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