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Contents

The big reveal
Can you add large modern spaces to a country cottage, and still keep a cottage feel? Kalimna Farm’s owners have pulled it off, thanks to a vast collection of artworks and rustic pieces.

Photo synthesis
People in old photographs have a magnetic effect on Clara Adolphs and are frequent subjects in her paintings. In the lead up to her third solo exhibition, the Bundanoon artist talks about her nostalgic works.

When everything goes write
Meet blogging sensation and Burrawang resident Beth Macdonald. Her blog BabyMac recently clocked up five million page views – and her decorating nous has also won international attention.

Hills and thrills
Mountain bike terrain typically features rocks to jump, water splashes, creek crossings and a few steep hills, so it’s no wonder it’s gaining popularity in the Highlands.

Adventures in vintage
Jane Crowley and her father, Athol Salter, explain how they built a popular business around antiques and vintage wares – and why Dirty Janes is getting a fresh start.

Spring in your step
Bowral’s Cherry Tree Walk, a memorial to the Vietnam War, is at its prettiest in spring, when 320 cherry trees come into blossom.

Bright side of the road
You don’t have to drive out of your way to enjoy spring streetscapes in the Southern Highlands. There are blossoms and bulbs at every turn.

Still and sparkling
Water features lift the spirits, but ponds can dampen them when they collect polluted runoff. John Stowar explains how to plan a pond using filtrating plants to improve its health and beauty. 

Growing up at Hopewood
During World War II, an eccentric but compassionate businessman converted a Bowral country mansion into a refuge for abandoned war babies.

The poppy seed project
A year after the end of the First World War, poppy seeds from the Somme were sent to Australia to be passed on to families of the fallen. A Highlands-based research project has been uncovering the stories behind the recipients.

Meet the teachers
We asked nine schools to nominate an exceptional teacher whose approach and achievements exemplify what their school is about.

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