August/September 2022


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Dressing up the Chateau
Europhiles Lisa and Jan Bingley couldn’t believe their luck when they found a newly-built French-style country house in Exeter. They tell Deborah McIntosh how they dressed it up with dramatic curtains and oversized furniture. It turns out a chateau needs French provincial with a splash of panache.

Weddings, parties, anything
Little Forest, a secluded, historic property at Alpine, has grown over the past decade to contain six unique cottages and a 1909 train carriage. Melissa Reid finds out about its storybook accommodation and its everlasting link to novelist George Johnston.

A country practice
Alpaca orthodontistry, feather transplants in a peregrine falcon, golden retrievers attacked by a kangaroo and hardy cows that sashay away from a caesarean in the snow. Bill Beresford details a month in the life of a country vet.

A king’s art…and the zen of hanging up the washing
It’s not easy being an artist. Ask James King. “It’s one of the most difficult jobs I know; a hard slog.” If, while working on a painting in his garage studio, the hard slog gets to him, he does some housework. Hanging the washing on the line in his yard is the most soothing of all the domestic tasks, he finds.

Bong Bong memories
The Bong Bong Picnic Race meeting, to be held this year on November 14, has a long and colourful history dating back to 1886. Some of the major milestones, including its first period held on the Throsby Park estate, are now celebrated in a display inside the Wyeera Pavilion.

Remote and wild
Richard Green has the unique distinction of being not only one of the world’s leading landscape photographers, but also a highly qualified pilot who flies his own state of the art helicopter in search of Australia’s most remote and beautiful locations. Bruce Stannard had the privilege of flying with him over the rugged sandstone escarpments of the Kangaroo Valley. 

The farmer wants an expert
How is silage better than hay? Why does a wool handler need sharp eyesight? Melissa Reid speaks to five people whose jobs play an integral role in the annual cycle of local farms. None are farmers but all have skills that keep them in demand and in touch with country life.

Rich and famous
Nights are still quite long and cool and we need comforting puddings to make it all bearable. But first, a definition is in order. Let’s agree that “puddings” means luscious, rich desserts – the kind that make the cool evenings worthwhile.

Vision and vines
Interior designer Katrina Hill is the vigneron behind Canyonleigh vineyard Far Ago Hill, a producer of impressive pinot gris. She talks about her weekend career and why she is captivated by colour.