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Just the couple to make an old home fashionable
Over the past decade Leona Edmiston and Jeremy Ducker have built an empire of frock shops around the globe. The refurbishment of their house in the Highlands has been another labour of love. Alex Speed meets the fashion duo as they relax at their home in the country.   

Carlos Barrios…the South American influence
Artist Carlos Barrios creates vivid imagery of human, animal and spirit figures, with many works influenced by his experience of growing up during the civil war in El Salvador. Fans of his work include fellow Robertson artists John Olsen and Ben Quilty.

A genuine service station
Petersen’s Garage (established 1946) is a Bundanoon institution. Chris Petersen, son of the founder, has run the business for more than 50 years and some traditions – including old-fashioned driveway service – haven’t changed since he started. 

The adventurous Karina Holden of the ABC
Karina Holden, a former student of Bowral’s Oxley College, oversees every science and natural history program on the ABC. She also spent 15 years making documentaries on everything from Maasai warriors to former kamikaze pilots to romantic monkeys. 

Doctor in the desert
When Andrew Browning was growing up in Bowral he greatly admired his Aunt Valerie, a paediatric nurse who worked in Ethiopia. Today Dr Browning lives in Ethiopia’s Amhara region, where he has run the country’s first regional fistula hospital since 2006.

The Barren Grounds
In the last of his series on The Wild Highlands, Bruce Stannard reports on his eight kilometre trek through The Barren Grounds in Buderoo National Park.

A garden built on sandstone
The owners of a rugged Hill Top property tell John Stowar how they developed an enchanting garden of species mostly endemic to their sandstone ridge. 

A career in the making
Lachlan Tumeth is a luthier – a maker of stringed instruments, such as violins, cellos, double basses and guitars – and muso with a passion for low notes. 

Tingles on the tastebuds
A dessert table is a delicious art form that can be set up in advance, so the host enjoys the party as much as the guests. Find out how to prepare mouth watering meringues, cakes and truffles that look as good as they taste.

Berkelouw’s next chapter
The Berkelouw book barn has brought book lovers to Berrima for 35 years. Now its owners have set their sights on the wedding market, hoping their revamped barn will attract revellers as well as readers.


Highlife – February/March 2013 [DOWNLOADABLE PDF]