August/September 2022


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A cottage to call your own
If you’re not lucky enough to live in the Highlands why not hire a cottage and pretend. In a new series starting this issue, we’re featuring cottages to suit all occasions, from cosy couple weekends to massive family gatherings, and our first is what the owner likened to a little dolls’ house. Now that house will accommodate up to 10 adults. Tony Sheffield’s photographs show how the cottage has been transformed.

A class of its own
Cotswold Furniture founders Val and John Jessop have spent 20 years turning the former Lower Mittagong Public School into a rambling, character-filled home. Val tells Deborah McIntosh about the property’s history and renovation – and why it was so apt that she and John bought a former school. 

New life for a Royal Daimler
One of the most powerful symbols of the 1954 Royal Tour of Australia was the quartet of hand-made Daimler limousines used by the newly-crowned Queen Elizabeth II. One of these cars has recently been purchased by the National Museum and will undergo a full preservation in time for the 60th anniversary of the tour.

Salt and potter
At 27, Sandy Lockwood moved on her own to the middle of nowhere to make salt-glazed pottery and, as it turned out, fire up a very successful career. She tells Deborah McIntosh why she loves producing work that is simply unpredictable.

Young futures on the land
In this, the Year of the Farmer, as our agricultural community endeavours to educate urban Australians on why our food producing industries are more important than ever, Alex Speed speaks to three young farmers  embarking on their life’s work.

Artist at Work: Anne Clarke
Anne Clarke does big paintings, some as big as tabletops. And though her studio is the size of a house, the 18 paintings she was working on not long ago for an exhibition still made the place feel full, writes Peter Meredith.

An appetite for Zen
Feel like sushi, fried rice, steamed dim sum? No need to travel far. A large vegetarian yum cha restaurant exists right here, in the middle of a paddock outside Berrima.

Food for autumn: liquid assets
In the kitchen, autumn is a time of quiet celebration for there is much to get excited about – quinces, figs, almonds, walnuts, leeks, passionfruit, parsnips, pears – the list is golden.  Food Writer Rosa Matto turns autumn’s abundant harvest into pots of tasty new season soups.

La dolce vino
If you love Italy and you love wine, you’ll want to learn more about the most Italian Highlands vineyard, Sutton Forest Estate. Deborah McIntosh speaks to its owners Nick and Santina Lo Russo.


Highlife – June/July 2012 [DOWNLOADABLE PDF]