August/September 2022


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At home with celebrity hairdresser Joh Bailey
Armed with a pair of scissors, a hair dryer and an innate talent for making women feel beautiful, Joh Bailey has built a high profile reputation as Australia’s best-known hairdresser, but away from the celebrities, the ladies who lunch, and their worlds of privilege, glamour and gossip, Joh is right at home on his Southern Highlands property with his horses.

Blossom magic
Laura Jones’s artistic career bloomed when she turned to flowers, and she’s been even more inspired since moving to the Highlands last year. Laura works in a studio next to Ben Quilty, has painted with John Olsen, and lives in a cottage in an idyllic Exeter garden. No wonder everything’s coming up roses.

The pony who talks to children
Child psychiatrist Kathleen Bokey has helped troubled children for 17 years but turned to her ponies for inspiration for a children’s book series. She tells Deborah McIntosh about improving children’s mental health, learning lessons from horses, and her beautiful stained glass collection.

Is there life after Rudd?
How comedian Anthony Ackroyd is coping with the demise of his signature character.

Vintage caravans
The retro caravan movement has taken off over the past decade, with hundreds of vintage vans now rescued, restored and back on the road. We found three classics in regular use in the Southern Highlands. Their proud owners explain the fascination.

Building the dream
Mittagong builder Mark Dobson is making a name for himself in million-dollar renovations, with three Dobsonei projects featuring on Channel 7’s Australia’s Best Houses. He tells Melissa Reid about the company he named after a dragonfly discovered by his grandfather.

On the Wingecarribee
Of all our lovely Highland streams, none rivals the sinuous beauty of the meandering Wingecarribee. Bruce Stannard spent a day quietly contemplating the beauty and the history of the river that flows unhurriedly through all our lives

Food: Show down
One of the most intriguing areas at both city and country shows is the cookery and craft displays. If you want to win a category or two, Recipes Editor Rosa Matto has prepared a few tips; the most important being to carefully follow the established guidelines set out by the show society. But if you want to dream of success without the rigours of competition, try these show-inspired recipes

Choice pickings at Cherry Tree Hill
The Lorentz family has run Cherry Tree Hill as a cattle farm for 34 years, but took a second bite of the cherry in 2000 and planted vines. David Lorentz tells Deborah McIntosh about his award-winning wines. 


Highlife February/March 2014 [DOWNLOADABLE PDF]