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Contents

The cottage with staying power
A stone fireplace made from an old bank doorway, high French doors from a Parisian salon and an old department store counter all add character to a stunning Wildes Meadow home overlooking Fitzroy Falls Reservoir. Its owners tell Deborah McIntosh how Bobingah got its start – as a cottage they wanted to knock down.

Retreat to Binda
Where one person sees a picturesque ruin, another sees the stone beginnings of a beautiful country retreat. Deborah McIntosh speaks to the owners of an historic home and self-contained cottage in Binda.

European vocation
Virginia Arregui is making her name by painting European scenes on tiles, but the Bundanoon artist tells Melissa Reid she isn’t remotely tempted to actually live in an urban landscape.

The rugby player & Rudolf Nureyev
“Blue” Robinson of Fitzroy Falls has led a remarkable life … boat builder, childcare worker, yachtsman, butler to the rich, furniture maker. But the most interesting period of his life was as personal assistant to the great ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev. Blue sat down for a chat with Peter Meredith.

This cricketing life
Rina Hore’s life revolved around cricket long before she started running – and expanding – the Bradman Museum, writes Deborah McIntosh.

John Fahey Q&A
Former premier John Fahey is nearing the end of a six-year term as president of the World Anti-Doping Agency.  Deborah McIntosh asks him about thwarting drug cheats on a global scale and his own sporting successes (which began in the Highlands).

The good life at Redleaf
Katrina and Sam Sparke rear free-range pigs, lambs and cattle – and four lucky free-range children – at an idyllic Fitzroy Falls property, Redleaf Farm. Katrina tells Deborah McIntosh how a city girl found herself producing boutique meat for some of the Highlands finest restaurants.

Kids in the garden
Few things are as rewarding as opening the eyes of children to the wonders of the natural world. Gardening Writer John Stowar visits children in school gardens at Berrima Public and Tudor House.

Maggie’s Christmas
Maggie Beer is one of Australia’s best-known and loved cooks. She’s written many cookbooks and starred in the television programs The Cook and the Chef and MasterChef. Here are some recipes from her new book. 

Something different for Christmas
Rather than slavishly following northern hemisphere traditions, why not create your own Australian Christmas with a menu more suited to our climate and laidback entertaining style? 

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Highlife – December 2013/January 2014 [DOWNLOADABLE PDF]

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