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Contents

Creative homecoming
After three decades of moving house, Kinchem Hegedus was ready to put down roots. Springfield Farm at Avoca provides the creative homecoming she has long dreamed of.

Once upon a garden
Over the years Jenny Simons has created and tended her Burradoo garden, she has seen trends come and go. On more than one occasion, she has stunned family and friends with her bold decisions. 

Light and shade
Sundials are age-old structures used to tell the time using the sun and the shadow it casts. We’ve gathered a collection of different styles, including a human sundial, from across the Highlands.

Future design
Homes of the future will increasingly factor in sustainability, energy use and cost alongside aesthetics and comfort. Alex Speed learns more about passivhaus design and meets the Highlands residents who see the benefits.

All the world’s a stage
After her stage debut as a four year old singing and dancing the lead role of Shirley Temple, Moss Vale composer May Howlett, 88, is still in the spotlight.

Ready, set – read!
Our reviews of novels, non-fiction, cookbooks and garden books will provide plenty of inspiration for Christmas gifts or wish lists.

Tools of the trade
Billy Barge’s teenage experiment to make his own cricket bat turned into a hand-crafted bat-making business based in Avoca.

Be prepared
With an early start to the bushfire season and conditions described as extremely volatile, home and property owners in the Highlands are encouraged to be bushfire ready.

Full steam ahead
The historic Beyer-Garratt 6029 steam engine was in pieces in a Canberra museum until Moss Vale train enthusiast David Sommerville joined a team of volunteers to bring the colossal locomotive back to life.

Chanoud Garh – a community palace
Twelve years ago, the Chanoud Garh palace in Rajasthan was crumbling and the former Thakur (prince) ageing. Three of his grandchildren put their city lives on hold to restore the palace to its former glory.

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