August/September 2022


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A perfect fit
The owners of a modern, modular designed home explain why it’s the perfect weekender.

Simply irresistible
Fairbanks is one of four storybook houses built by Randolph Nott in Bowral in the 1880s. Its restoration proved a challenge, but its owner couldn’t resist its charms.

Form and function
Ten years ago, Ian Factor made a successful career switch from builder to fine furniture maker. Now he has combined all his skills, building and furnishing his own house.

History gets personal
Historian Linda Emery, who has been involved in the SBS flagship series Who Do You Think You Are? since it began in Australia, takes us behind the scenes.

Scents and sensibility
Gowan Brae is a Burradoo garden boasting 250 rose varieties in a setting that brings pleasure year-round.

The original rose man
Twenty years ago Peter Cox propagated and painted all 56 species roses imported to Australia by colonists. He explains why these original roses captivated him.

Outside perspective
Landscape architect Catherine Lewis is the designer behind numerous gardens that have appeared in Highlife, including Alan Jones’s garden at Fitzroy Falls, Scotsburn and Wombat Hollow. 

Sunshine on a stick
Plant sunflowers and add a happy splash of yellow to your garden this summer.

The leaves and the fishes
A Canyonleigh couple has found an innovative way to farm salad greens and herbs with the help of 10,000 silver perch.

Make it Mexican
Traditional Mexican food is perfect for a flavour-packed barbecue – or a night in with a delicious bread soup.

Schools of thought
The heads of 14 schools tell us what makes their schools special.