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26 Living history
Five generations of
Manifolds have called
Milangil home
36 Malden station
The challenges of
remote outback living
make life interesting for the Sparrows
44 Design & detail
A stylist, designer, and ski instructor opens
the doors to her alpine home overlooking
Lake Jindabyne
68 Larger than life
Sculptor Russell Sheridan reveals his
supersized works of art
74 Landscape & legend
Artist Allan Wolf-Tasker and wife Alla
celebrate Victorias Spa Country
80 A long rein
We visit Olympic equestrian Mary
Hanna at her stunning home on
Victorias Bellarine Peninsula
106 Let there be light
Were shedding light on the latest
lamps, pendants and chandeliers to
complement any home
112 Producer prole
The Buxton Trout and Salmon Farm
bounces back after the Black Saturday
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54 The lamp genie
Gale Collins saw the light when she
moved from Sydney to Lightning Ridge,
and has been collecting a treasure trove
of lamps ever since
58 Coming up roses
Located in the rolling hilltops of Samford
Valley, Rosevale garden oozes with
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66 Open gardens
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92 Raising the bar: Drinks
100 Class act: Cooking schools
102 Setting the scene
128 Store Strolling
142 O the shelf
144 Mailbag
146 Stockists
14 Character study
Natalie Holts
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Alice enjoys long walks on the
beach and sunsets. In her spare
time, she continues to slave away
at university, with a Bachelor of
Media firmly in her sights. Her love
of travel, clothes and all animals
great and small, excluding leeches,
makes her a perfect fit for the
Australian Country team.
Greg has been writing about wine,
drinks and food for more than a
quarter of a century, much of that
time as wine and drinks editor for
Vogue Entertaining. Along the way
he has penned 12 books, appeared
on TV and worked on MasterChef
Australia magazine. Currently he
works as a chef, a wine consultant
and writes the odd wine column
when he can fit it in.
Editors letteR
and gardens. We meet Natalie Holt, a refugee from
the Sydney rat race, who lives in the most divine
cottage she and her stepdad have remodelled at
Bangalow in the northern NSW hinterland. Statene
Park, perched high on Victorias Bellarine Peninsula
is on the other end of the spectrum, and the base
from which equestrian Mary Hanna is launching
her campaign for her fifth Olympic Games in 2016.
Equally impressive is Milangil, the Victorian Western
District home of the Manifold family and its stately
homestead, which was built in 1913 as a wedding
present. We spent an exhilarating afternoon with
Western Australian sculptor Russell Sheridan and
caught up with Daylesford artist Allan Wolf-Tasker,
as he put the finishing touches to an exhibition to
mark his 30th anniversary of living and working in
the Victorian Spa Country with his wife, Alla, and
daughter Larissa at their landmark boutique hotel
and restaurant, the Lake House. As this issue goes to
press, photographer Ken Brass and I have been on the
road again, this time for a sweep through the Victorian
and NSW Alps, with a detour to wonderful Wee Jasper
in the NSW Southern Tablelands on the way home.
Those stories will appear in the next few issues, but
I wanted to mention how much we appreciate the
extraordinary generosity of the country folk who open
their homes and share their stories with us. Of course,
weve returned with an even longer list of places to
visit and people to meet on future trips. A magazine
is only ever as strong as its network of supporters and
its hugely gratifying to meet as many of you as we can
when were out and about. Meantime, feel free to drop
us a line if you have stories youd like to see covered.
We hope you enjoy this issue and look forward to seeing
you in the next one, which goes on sale August 7.
Kirsty McKenzie, Editor
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Anastasia is a lifestyle
photographer who has been
capturing images from interiors
to still life, architecture, gardens,
landscapes, food and travel for
many years. She is based on the
Sunshine Coast and recently
illustrated New Vintage The
Homemade Home (New Holland),
withauthor andstylist, TahnScoon.
Meryl is predominantly interested
in writing about the renewable
and recyclable elements of
architecture and design. From
quirky collectables to energy-
efficient straw bale houses, she
admires any action that prolongs
the planet and is inspired by the
people who drive these processes.
helping out on this issue are ...
In this issue we are excited
to present another fabulous
crop of country profiles
along with a good harvest
of inspiration in the fields of
decorating, cooking, travel
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Don't misS ...
make a date to celebrate these diverse
events around the country. By Alice Gi n
J uly 1 8-27 (QLD)
Noosa Long Weekend Festival
Queenslands nationally acclaimed Noosa Long Weekend Festival returns to the
Sunshine Coast this year, in what is certain to be another cultural extravaganza of
music, dance, theatre, literature, visual arts,
and of course, food. Featuring outstanding
performances from world-class entertainers,
and showcasing ground-breaking pieces
and workshops from Australias finest
writers, film-makers, chefs and even
environmentalists, there is something for
everyone at this regional community event.
Indeed, the Noosa Long Weekend Festival
has it all, and surrounded by the stunning
scenery of beautiful beaches and national
parks, one really couldnt ask for more.
5 J uly21 S eptember ( NSW)
Life Interrupted Exhibition
The State Library of NSW is releasing its rich collection of
writings, photography and original materials including rare
maps and artefacts to produce a major new exhibition, Life
Interrupted, Personal Diaries from World War I. Offering
a rare glimpse into the astonishing lives of Australian
soldiers, prisoners-of-war, doctors, nurses and journalists,
more than 1100 WWI diaries and letters are the focal point
of this exhibition. sl.nsw.gov.au
J uly 2627 (QLD)
Childers Festival
More than 40,000 people
migrating to Childers, a humble
town of just 2000, make the
Childers Festival a show-
stopper. And unfortunately
for commuters, a highway-
stopper as well, with swells of
celebratory crowds forcing the
closure of the mighty Bruce
Highway. The festivities transform the quiet regional town into
a hub of activity, with non-stop music and food seemingly
the orders of the day. Delight in the delicacies of the Japanese,
Thai, French and even Hungarian tables and enjoy myriad free
cultural activities on offer as well.
J uly 2627 ( VI C)
Open House Melbourne
It is a rare occasion in which we celebrate the beauty of
urban living, and thankfully, Open House Melbourne
provides the ample opportunity to do just that. Showcasing
the finest in architectural design in this cultured and
colourful city, Open House will see more than 100
J une 28-J uly 1 3 ( Vi c)
Mary Poppins Festival
Laying its claim as the birthplace of Mary Poppins author Pamela
Travers, once a year the town of Maryborough comes alive to
celebrate the worlds most famous nanny. Jam-packed with
Mary Poppins-themed events including vintage workshops, art
exhibitions, market days and tea-with-Mary tours, this two-
week festival is colourful and fun, oering a chance to discover
Maryboroughs history from a unique Poppins perspective. Make
some unusual friends as you walk around Maryborough, as a throng
of Poppins characters will greet you at every twist and turn.
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Let us know about your forthcoming
events by writing to us at Locked Bag 154,
North Ryde, NSW 1670 or emailing kmckenzie@
A whale of a time at
Maritime Museums
exhibition; participants
NowF eb 1 , 201 5 ( NSW)
Beautiful Whale Exhibition
Experience the splendour of natures underwater giants in all their
glory, as the Australian National Maritime Museum introduces its
latest life-sized photography exhibition, Beautiful Whale. Featuring
the rst full-size images of humpback, minke and sperm whales from
oceans across the globe, photographer Bryant Austin displays his
impressive portfolio in a bid to promote the conservation message.
These extraordinarily intimate and detailed shots come from
unrelenting commitment, with Bryant often waiting hours in the
high seas for the perfect close-up, armed with just his snorkel for
company. It was denitely worth the wait however, and this one-of-
a-kind exhibition is not to be missed. anmm.gov.au
buildings open their doors to an inquisitive public. Open
House Melbourne not only features modern architectural
designs, but also the most outstanding examples of skilful
engineering and historic houses. If architecture doesnt take
your fancy, Open House also hosts film screenings, talks and
tours throughout the weekend. Perhaps the most exciting
part of the weekend event remains Open House partner,
Nite Arts installation of artworks projected onto iconic
Melbourne spaces. openhousemelbourne.org
J uly 1 2 ( NT)
Lasseters Camel Cup
Temperamental, antisocial and wildly unpredictable camels
are definitely not the type of animal youd normally associate
with racing. Despite their shortcomings however, many brave
folk gather each year to tear down the track on camels, and
as youd expect, the result is literally laughable. The Lasseters
Camel Cup is back again for another year with a jam-packed
program of camel races and
rides, belly dancers, and Camel
Cup challenges guaranteed
to entertain the whole family.
Look out for the Honeymoon
Handicap, a highlight of the
annual program, in which
newlyweds on camels bound
through obstacles to get to the
finish line. camelcup.com.au
J une 29 ( WA)
Perth Upmarket
Head to Perth Upmarket for some homespun fun.
Showcasing the best original and handcrafted pieces
across Australia, Perth
Upmarket brings
together the most
unusual and talented
artists, designers and
highly skilled crafters to
create a one-of-a-kind
event. From organic
beauty products, to
eclectic jewellery pieces
and even the odd festive
terrarium bauble, Perth
Upmarket will no doubt leave you pining for more market
mayhem. But with the Upmarket festival held four times a
year and an additional Wedding Upmarket now running,
prayers can be answered. perthupmarket.com.au
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Australian Outback
As the largest marathon in the
Northern Territory, it is not just the
flat course and diverse program that
draws in the crowds. The Australian
Outback Marathon course is set
against the awe-inspiring backdrop of
Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta (the
Olgas). With a walk option as well as a
six-kilometre fun run, this event is not just for professionals
and offers loads of fun for the whole family.
at the 2013 Australian
Outback Marathon;
handcrafted treasures
are aplenty at Perth
Upmarket; brave
participants inthe
Camel Cup; Open
House Melbourne
showcases the best in
architectural design.
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Rustic furniture
and shabby soft
furnishings touches
inform the mood on
the enclosed veranda.
Natalies stepdad, Jeff,
and his friend, Wayne,
joined forces to build
the large deck.
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Character study
natalie holt first saw her dream home
in three pieces on the back of a truck.
with a bit of help from her friends
and a lot of assistance from her
stepfather, Jeff, shes achieved a
wonderfully rustic rural retreat.
By Tahn Scon, photo aphy Anata a K aioylidi
My place in the countrY
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Fourteen years ago, Natalie Holt was living in
Sydney and had a successful career as the sales and
marketing manager for Avon Australia. Then she
chucked it all in for a tree change, migrating to the
NSW North Coast. She was lucky enough to land
on her feet fairly quickly career-wise and today is
the sales manager for the iconic vintage-inspired
bedding and clothing label, Lazybones.
The next part of her dream took a little longer to turn into
a reality, she wanted to buy an old house, move it to the
town of Bangalow, strip it back and create the home of her
dreams from scratch. Very recently, with a lot of hard work,
a good dollop of ingenuity and help from a loving family
Natalie relaxes by
working in the garden;
she uses old gates as
frames for climbing
roses; a keen eye for
quirky collectables
informs her aesthetic;
vintage finds and
Lazybones touches
create a great style.
member, thats exactly what she did. After buying a pretty
little parcel of land in a cul-de-sac just a stones throw from
Bangalows main street, Natalie found an old house, which
was originally from Brisbane, and arranged to have it trucked
up. It was funny, she recalls. I was driving to the local
Farmers Markets very early one morning and I saw the house
coming along the road in three pieces.
Once it arrived on-site, the removal company very
carefully put it back together. Nat had the beginnings of
her dream home. Though of course at this stage you had
to use your imagination a little, she says. The reality was it
was an empty shell with lino on most floors and each room
painted a different colour.
However, Natalie had a vision and she wasnt daunted.
As soon as the power and water were connected,
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My country lifE
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We lived with just a camp
stove and a BBQ for the first six
months. The rst priority was
to make the bathroom and
the main bedroom liveable.
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she moved in. My stepdad, Jeff, also moved in, she says.
We lived with just a camp stove and a BBQ for the first six
months. The first priority was to make the bathroom and the
main bedroom liveable. As I still needed to get up every day
and go to work. Jeff slept in the spare room surrounded by
power tools and paint tins.
Between the two of them, walls were gap-filled and
painted white, the floors were sanded and minor repairs
attended to. We saved money by keeping things simple and
thinking creatively but no compromise was made on the
new back deck, Natalie recalls. I wanted a big deck, which
is a big job for a 70-year-old man, but he called in his best
friend, Wayne, to help, and they did an amazing job.
Wayne and Jeff also spent a full day installing an off-
the-shelf IKEA kitchen, which saved Natalie an enormous
amount of money. To put her own stamp on the room,
she cleverly added a vintage mirror splashback and
Natalie hand-painted
the chequerboard
design on the kitchen
floor using sample
paints; the gracious
hostess; a vintage
mirror splashback
individualises an IKEA
kitchen; herbs in
hanging bags.
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hand-painted a chequerboard design on the floor. I just
marked out 40-cm squares and then painted them alternatively
in red and white, she says. I used sample pots to save money.
The bathroom is also a great example of ingenious,
thoughtful design. The homes original back door hides an
affordable drop-in shower base and the original old shower
screen. To create the mosaic floor tiles, Natalie cut the letters
out of each tile and dropped them into the other tile. Jeff
then simply applied grout.
The rest of the house is decorated in Natalies signature
style; vintage lace tablecloths dress the windows, vintage
throws and Lazybones quilts cover the beds and rooms are
furnished with a gorgeous array of vintage pieces collected
through the years. The base provides a relaxed, neutral
backdrop, with walls in Dulux Fair Bianca and floors sanded
but left unsealed. I didnt want glossy floors and seals
always change the colour, Natalie says. I like the colour as it
is. Im happy to live with the odd stain. The house was built in
1926 so it can grow old gracefully.
An old trunk doubles
duty as a coffee
table; Natalie has
spent most of her life
collecting a fabulous
array of vintage and
collectable decorator
items for the house.
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Soft accents in the
bedroom; Natalie
sanded back the
floors but chose to
leave them unsealed
for a more rustic look;
Lazybones quilts and
vintage cushions are
a natural fit with the
1920s-era house.
Once the interiors were sorted, Natalie, a very keen
gardener, was dying to get outside. A bobcat was called
in to create a terrace to accommodate both a flat lawn and
a sizeable kitchen garden. Ive been collecting Victorian
gates for years, she says. So I decided to use them to
fence off the terrace, which was perfect as they also offer
support for the climbing roses. Next I turned my attention
to creating a potting shed. I knew Id need somewhere
sheltered to propagate and pot but above all it needed to
be whimsical, pretty and preferably recycled.
A trip to The Demolition Yard in Brisbanes Coorparoo
provided a decent collection of old fencing and French
doors from which Natalie created her dream potting shed
fitted with an old cast iron kitchen sink found locally at
the Lismore tip. The floors are cleverly decorated in mosaic
tiles made by Nat from broken china. Theyre very hardy
and can just be hosed off, but are much prettier than store-
bought tiles, she observes.
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An outdoor shower, complete with a generously sized
vintage shower rose allows Natalie to cool off in the hotter
months. Id rather be in the garden than anywhere, she
adds. The housework can wait but not the garden.
Its a passion she shares with her three best girlfriends,
all of whom spend nearly every weekend in their respective
gardens. We try to catch up regularly to share seeds
and swap cuttings and stories, Nat says. Every Sunday
afternoon, I relax on my deck with a glass of wine and call
one of the girls, and we text photos of our weekend disasters
and successes to each other. Its a lovely way to finish the
weekend and get ready for the working week ahead.
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Vintage mirrors add
charm and character;
its all about the
details; vintage fabric
collection; the original
back door has been
born again as a
shower surround.
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five generations of the
manifold family have called
milangil, in victorias
western district, home.
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manifold family have called
milangil, in victorias
western district, home.
Living history Living history
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Some people receive toasters and tea cosies
as wedding gifts, others are given vases and
artworks of dubious merit that are stashed away
in cupboards. But when John Manifold married
Barbara Grey-Smith in 1913, his father, William,
gave the newly weds the 9500-acre [3844-hectare]
Milangil station at Camperdown and crowned it with
a beautiful new homestead. With soaring 26-foot
ceilings in the living room and elaborate wood-
carved embellishments by celebrated cabinetmaker
Robert Prenzel, the homestead would doubtless
have been the talk of Victorias Western District
when it was completed.
Unfortunately, the couple only enjoyed their gift for a
short period as they went to England where John served
as a captain in the Royal Field Artillery of the British army
and later in an anti-aircraft battery during World War I.
Upon return to Australia after the war they only lived at
Milangil until 1921 when Williams death meant John and
Barbara had to return to live in the familys 1857 bluestone
homestead at Purrumbete.
The Manifold clan
gathers at Milangil
(back row from left)
Emily van Donk, with
her grandmother
Sue, mother Libby,
aunts Amanda and
Edwina and uncle
David, (middle) Jean
with Harriet and
Imogen and (at front)
Adam van Donk and
cousin Tom Manifold;
a quiet moment on
the veranda; the
homestead as it was
originally with no
garden and servants
quarters at the back.
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After a short time staying at
Purrumbete, the family took up
residence at Milangil, which by
this stage, had been wrapped
in dustcovers for 30 years.
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William Manifolds father, John, and uncles Thomas and
Peter had discovered Lake Purrumbete in 1838 having
traded Englands Cheshire countryside for first Van Diemans
Land in 1831, and then the Port Phillip District in 1836.
The family established themselves as stalwarts of the
Camperdown community, and became staunch supporters
of St Pauls Church of England, the Camperdown and District
Hospital and Geelong Grammar School.
John and Barbara raised three sons, poet John Streeter,
Christopher, and William, and daughter Marigold at
Purrumbete and the homestead at Milangil was left vacant.
Christopher was studying law at Cambridge when World War
II broke out and followed his father into the military, where he
had a distinguished career. Early in the war the young officer
met Jean, when his regiment was stationed near her home
town. The couple married in 1942 and remained based in the
UK until 1946, when they and their young son, Roger, came
back to Australia. After a short time staying at Purrumbete, the
family took up residence at Milangil, which by this stage, had
been wrapped in dustcovers for 30 years. There they added
sons Simon and Thomas to the family.
Milangil, from an Aboriginal word for water, is now
reduced to 2000 acres, and two of Rogers children, Amanda
and David, and Davids wife, Edwina, continue his legacy.
David and Edwina and their three children, Tom, 8, Harriet, 5,
and Imogen, 2, now live in the big homestead and Amanda
lives in a cottage on the property. Between them they run
Milangil and another property at Donald in the Wimmera
230 kilometres to the north. They grow wheat, barley, canola
and hay as well as manage a flock of cross-bred prime
lambs. The third of Roger and Sue Manifolds children, Libby,
is married to Peter van Donk, owners of the dairy farm thats
part of the Green Pastures collective, which was featured in
Australian Country 17.4.
The living room has
soaring double-
height ceilings
panelled with timber.
The celebrated
cabinetmaker, Robert
Prenzel, came down
from Melbourne
to work on the
intricately carved
staircase, fireplaces
and other details.
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Our visit to Milangil coincided with an extended family
gathering, which included lunch in the garden with David
and Edwina and their children, Libby and two of her children,
mother Sue and the matriach, 94-year-old Jean, known to
all as Granny. It was a lovely opportunity for the family to
reflect on their shared history and look back on the precious
memories they have of growing up there, attending first the
nearby Chocolyn village school (Chockie Grammar) then
boarding school at Sunbury and Ballarat.
During lunch, Jean recounted how it took them months to
get the Milangil homestead back to a habitable state when
she and Christopher arrived in Australia after the war. When
the drop sheets came off there were roots coming up
through the drains in the bathrooms and the grass in the
garden was as high as an adult. Under her direction, the
servants quarters were removed and replaced with a much
more practical sunroom.
My father-in-law was wonderful, Jean says. I dont think he
really liked living at Purrumbete. He just wanted to see Milangil
become the happy family home it was intended to be.
Still recovering from the shock of a routine that was more
English than the English at Purrumbete, where young
Detail on the
elaborately carved
staircase; the return
of the staircase;
simplicity in a guest
room; a beautiful bay
window in the master
bedroom frames views
of the paddocks.
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Heritage orderS
My father-in-law was just
wonderful. I dont think he
really liked living at Purrumbete.
He just wanted to see Milangil
become the happy family
home it was intended to be.
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Roger was expected to have his meals in the nursery and
be seen and not heard, Jean revelled in the opportunity
of establishing family life at Milangil. It came with its own
culture shocks as Jean, who had never seen a wood-burning
stove in the UK, had first to learn to cook on the massive
cast-iron, slow-combustion cooker.
But I wasnt homesick for a minute, she recalls. I had the
worlds best husband and compared to post-war England
this was paradise. We had access to food we hadnt seen for
years with wartime rationing.
The current crop of Manifold offspring are probably too
young to appreciate the significance of living at Milangil with
its historic homestead and shearing shed, which was shifted
to its present location in three pieces on bullock drays in the
early 1900s. For them, privilege means not so much being
part of the founding family of the district, but the freedom
to ride ponies and motorbikes, to roam about the farm and
play with their pets. The legacy of such a rich heritage is
more about the simple pleasures that a country upbringing
allows than having half the towns landmarks bearing your
name. Its doubtless a tradition they will be proud to hand on
to the next generation.
Heritage orderS
The homestead
was completed as a
wedding present in
1913; Tom and Harriet
enjoy some pony time;
the property grows
crops as well as lambs.
I had the worlds best
husband and compared to
post-war England this was
paradise. We had access to
food we hadnt seen for years
with wartime rationing.
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droughts and flooding rains, flies, mosquitoes
and snakes are the everyday reality of life on
the farm in central-western queensland.
By K i s y McKenzie, photo aphy Ken Bas
Movement at the station
Outback lifE
It takes a minute to realise that theres no irony
intended when Kristy Sparrow says that in a
good season she can be ooded in on her familys
property for three months at a time. For Kristy and
her husband, Alex, the swollen rivers that isolate
Malden station near Alpha in central-western
Queensland mean good rainfall, which in turn
means good grass and healthy growth for their
Droughtmaster cattle. The inconvenience of going
12 weeks without access to a supermarket, post
o ce, hairdresser or any other of lifes modern
conveniences and services pales into insignicance
alongside the prospect of a good year ahead for the
Sparrows and the cattle industry at large.
Yes, being stranded on our property with often only us
and the children [12-year-old twins Madelyn and Tom] is
challenging, Kristy allows. But it does give us time to focus
on the children and their education, and continue doing
something that we love that gives us a fantastic lifestyle.
Alex Sparrow is Alpha born and bred and recalls a time
when his hometown, population around 400, was a bustling
railway hub and service centre for the surrounding grazing
community. Gradually during the past 30 to 40 years, that
has dwindled as the larger town of Emerald 170 kilometres
to the east flourished thanks to coal mining and more
diverse rural industry opportunities. Now Alpha is earmarked
for change with the opening up of the Galilee basin for
thermal coal and coal seam gas mining.
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Malden station is the
Sparrows home as
well as their livelihood,
and they wouldnt
have it any other way.
Tom and Maddy enjoy
horse riding with
station workers Kat
and Brett Dixon.
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Kristys signature
style is a mix of
contemporary soft
furnishings, neutral
feminine pieces and
family memorabilia.
The interior is lovingly
decorated with a
mix of old and new
accessories; Kristys
online business
makes accessories
for princesses from
ribbons and notions;
a stack of old novels
Outback lifE
Kristy grew up on a sheep and cropping property in the
NSW Riverina, trained in Melbourne as a kindergarten
teacher and first came to western Queensland with the
Remote Area Families Service. From bases at Charleville,
Longreach and Emerald she travelled western Queensland
running mobile playgroups and, along the way, learning all
about the vicissitudes of life in the bush. She met Alex at a
B&S (Bachelors and Spinsters ball) in Ilfracombe and the rest,
as they say, is history. She and Alex were married in 2000
and theyve lived at Malden ever since.
When Tom and Maddy came along, Kristy was probably
better qualified than most to supervise her childrens
distance education, but she still lists it as one of the greatest
challenges of her remote lifestyle. Its not fun being a
mum and being a teacher, but many rural mothers dont
have any choice, she says. I spent the first five years of my
childrens education in the classroom beside the kitchen
at home, but I wont pretend it was easy, or that I always
knew when to take off one hat and put on the other. There
are so few staff on most stations these days that mothers
find themselves not just teaching the children, but juggling
the other responsibilities of running the farm and the
household doing water runs, helping muster, keeping up
with bookwork and supply orders, especially during times of
drought when money is tight.
Compounding this situation is the lack of child care for
isolated families, particularly in times of natural disaster.
There are often up to 50 children from one service area on
the waiting list for in-home care.
For the past three years Kristy and Alex have employed
governesses to supervise the children and Kristy has stepped
up her role both on- and off-farm as she has been heavily
involved with the tourism committee for the Longreach
School of Distance Education as well as an online mail order
business called AnK Bowtique, which makes gorgeous
accessories for princesses, everything from hair clips
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and ties to party dresses. Kristy admits the business can
take up as much time as she allows, but she adds that she
can control the flow of orders by the frequency with which
she posts on Facebook. I like to think it will be a great
diversion when the kids go to boarding school next year,
she says. But the fact is, theres very little quiet time here at
Malden. We are very social people and we make an effort
to attend functions regularly. We try to ensure the children
have access to experiences such as concerts, stage shows,
sporting events, agricultural shows, and pony club.
That means lots of driving. Even a quick visit to Alpha
is a 130-km round trip and to Emerald for groceries is an
expensive and time-consuming five-and-a-half hour
journey before they even hit the shops.
A shopping trip is always rushed as we try to fit
everything in, Kristy says. There are haircuts and medical
appointments to fit in as well as shopping for groceries and
spare parts for machinery there always seems to be a huge
list. On top of that, in remote parts you always get hit for
freight charges on goods and paying tradespeople for travel,
so you become very adept at making do. Bush people are
very resilient and will have a go at almost anything.
Other daily inconveniences include regular power
outages, coping with unwelcome visitors such as flies,
mosquitoes, snakes, and dirty and limited water supplies.
The internet may have shrunk the world and made keeping
in touch with far-flung family and friends easier, but lack of
affordable downloads and frustratingly slow transmission
speeds make grasping that particular carrot particularly
elusive. Access to health care, particularly in times of
emergency, is another constant concern.
When I first moved to the area we had a full-time doctor
resident in Alpha, Kristy explains. Although I had to travel
to Rockhampton (500km away) for the birth of the twins,
I had all my pre-natal checks locally. Now we have no
resident doctor, only visiting locums, which impacts
Kristy runs her
online business,
AnK Bowtique, from
an office in the
homestead; Tom
and Maddy do their
schooling via Distance
Ed; contemporary
accents in a sitting
area; vintage vignettes
recall the stations
extensive history.
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Outback lifE
Its a great place to raise
a family ... The wide open
spaces allow them to dream
big, the realities of living here
make them very resilient.
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on continuity of care. Its a three-hour drive to a GP and
up to 12 hours to see a medical specialist, so long-term
treatment, and help at times of accident or emergency, are
particularly difficult. Fortunately we have the RFDS and the
aerial ambulance and there have been advances in medical
teleconferencing, but its always at the back of your mind.
Nonetheless Kristy says she and Alex wouldnt live
anywhere else. Alex is 100 per cent committed to the cattle
industry and I cant imagine him doing anything else, she
says. This is a great place to raise a family. The kids have
their pets and their own responsibilities. Maddy even runs a
junior shop of AnK, so she is very mature in many ways. The
freedom of the wide open spaces allows them to dream big,
the realities of living here make them very resilient. It is less
isolated than it once was, and fortunately air fares are cheaper
now. I love getting away, but I love coming home too.
Outback lifE
The amazing bonds she has formed with neighbours,
some of them hours away, and the get togethers they
enjoy, are other benefits.
Community spirit is good, theres peace and quiet
aplenty, fresh air, beautiful sunsets and starry night skies,
she adds. The city-country divide is being bridged by
organisations such as Baked Relief and city people are
becoming more aware of what its like to live in a country
area. Social media has increased the rural voice, and
pages such as Ask a Farmer are really good at getting the
message out.
Local communities support each other and come
together when times are tough. Volunteers are the
backbone of the bush. Some of the most generous,
hardworking and knowledgeable people I know have rural
backgrounds and Im proud to call them my friends.
Kristy decorates with a
mix of local and online
purchases; Maddy
runs a junior shop of
AnK Bowtique from
her bedroom; Tom
takes time out; the
Sparrows are deeply
committed to their
land and cattle (Photo
by Sally Cripps).
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High country hideawaY
Diana McInness many lives as a stylist, graphic designer, ski
instructor and avid collector inform her alpine home.
By Siohan OBien, photo aphy Stfanie Les
Design & detail
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Blow-to-the-solar-plexus views pan over a
luminous Lake Jindabyne and up to the Snowy
Mountains range beyond. A mature, tree-lled
garden is golden honeycomb in autumn and
rose-scented in spring. Elegant European-
inspired rooms lled with furs, antlers and old
ski paraphernalia line the walls juxtaposed with a
feminine oddity or arrangement of owers.
This is the home of Diana McInnes, business owner,
mother and bon vivant. She has a distinct style that spills
from what she wears, how she lives and what she sells in her
much loved retail store. Design and Detail is located in the
old shopping centre in East Jindabyne. It is set among cafs,
restaurants and ski-hire outlets but it is a much more than
your usual shopping fare. It is a way to live.
The store features a carefully chosen assortment of new
and vintage items, some familiar, others more left of centre,
Diana says. I sell everyday classics that will not date but will
mellow and improve with age and are destined to become
favourites. It is an ever-evolving collection and one that is
always interesting.
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High country hideawaY
Dianas alpine home
overlooks Lake
Jindabyne; a playful
pooch greets visitors.
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Its in this eclectic and fascinating space that Diana spends
much of her working week. Either that or she is on the road
sourcing new and unusual finds for her business.
Most weekends I head to a local country clearance
sale, she says. This is where I find some of my treasures
for the shop. Not only do I love getting a bargain at the
sales, but its such a great place to catch up with other
like-minded hoarders and also sample the CWA ladies
scones at the catering van. I have been known to come
home looking like The Beverly Hillbillies with everything but
Granny tied to the roof.
Diana moved permanently to Jindabyne in the late 90s
after a taste of winter seasons as a ski instructor. For a few
years she also pursued this line of work in North America,
but soon grew weary of life lived out of a suitcase.
Ive lived many lives, she says, with a chuckle. Im a
qualified graphic designer but I also worked as a ski
In the morning I watch the storms
build up in the mountains and in
the afternoon I watch the changing
light show as the sun is setting.
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High country hideawaY
Dianas aesthetic
combines theoldwith
thenew; one-of-a-kind
pieces arediscovered
incountrymarkets and
clearancesales; old
bottles arere-purposed
as vases; vintagefinds
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instructor, restaurateur, visual merchandiser, stylist and now
business owner.
Design and Detail was opened in 2003 at a time when
Diana was doing part-time interior styling and felt that
she needed to expand her business to include a retail
component. She also sought more stability as she is a single
parent with two sons, now in their teens.
Like her business, her Snowy Mountains home has
been an evolution over many years. The exterior is true
Australian alpine style with organic materials such as timber,
bush granite and glass featuring. Its a robust look that is
characteristic of Australias snowy regions. And although
it borrows much from its European cousins it is an utterly
Australian aesthetic.
The interiors of Dianas home offer a different story. The
look, often referred to as rough luxe, borrows from the
industrial, Victorian, vintage and modern aesthetics.
It is a blend of the charmingly flawed alongside the
elegantly pristine. And unlike the exteriors of Dianas home,
there is a certain European quality here. Close your eyes for a
moment and you could be in a swanky Swiss ski lodge.
High country hideawaY
Dianas cosy night-
time retreat; a girl can
never have too many
boots; Diana describes
her approach to
interiors as rough-
and-ready luxe.
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My home, and the way I have designed and selected
elements for the interiors, is highly personal and is a true
reflection of my personal quirks and eccentricities, Diana
says. My favourite room is the lounge room. It is surrounded
by all the things I love: timber, stone, glass, photos of my kids
and a spectacular view of Lake Jindabyne and the mountains.
In the morning I sit and watch the storms build up in the
mountains and in the afternoon I watch the changing light
show as the sun is setting over the mountains.
The garden that surrounds Dianas home is just as
impressive. An orchard with a variety of fruit trees is towards
the rear of the property, overlooking the lake. In close
proximity is a formal garden complete with roses, while the
entry of the home features cool-climate plants and a fish
pond. The garden also features mature deciduous trees.
I moved here for the winters but actually I enjoy the
summer and autumn more now, Diana says. For me,
winter is business but the other seasons are when you catch
up with friends and enjoy what the mountains have to offer.
I love that I can see both the water and mountains from my
house. They allow for a lot of soul searching.
High country hideawaY
Diana collects
firewood; vintage ski
poles add a rustic flair;
antique ice skates
gain a new lease on
life; in her spare time
Diana enjoys tending
her lakeside garden;
another furryfriend
makes acquaintances.
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The lamp genie
a leap into the unknown, based
on a recurrent dream, has
thrown shafts of light onto
lamp collector gale collins.
By Mey Hancok , photo aphy Chi Malikf
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In Lightning Ridge, scarcely a dot on the north-
western New South Wales map, a bizarre set of
circumstances prevails over the property known as
the Black Queen. Theres more than a hint of the
apocryphal, a whi of wizardry, and a sly rubbing
of the lamp. To be precise, its not just one lamp
there are 263 to attend to, some of which date back
thousands of years.
I stole my husbands hobby because in 1990 Roger
acquired three lamps and I found them incredibly beautiful,
Gale Collins explains. Distraught that there appeared to
be no one actively preserving these lamps for the future,
she focused on the idea of creating a lamp museum. After
endless study to refine her intent, she and Roger visited
myriad antique shops around Australia to establish a
network for building their collection.
At a similar time, while holidaying from their home in
Sydney in 2004, Gale and Roger stopped off to visit the
Black Queen of Lightning Ridge a homestead comprising
14,000 coloured glass bottles and startling stonemasonry
handcrafted by Joan Andrews. As they approached the
property, Gale recalls questioning the sanity of anyone
capable of living in such a remote and harsh destination.
That was before she stepped over the doorstep. She claims
rather freakishly, that it was like walking into a dream shed
dreamt 1000 times. I walked up to Joan and said it looks like
were here to buy, she says. Roger totally went along with it
so I gave up my design business in downtown Sydney and he
took early retirement from his executive position at Qantas.
It was a huge move but in retrospect, an inspirational one.
The parallels between the lives of Joan and Gale were
strangely spooky and may have somehow cemented their
connection. Joan began constructing the Black Queen at the
age of 60 after a two-year recuperation from breast cancer.
Gale was also diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 58
Collector profilE
and, like Joan, required a double mastectomy. They share the
same birth date, their husbands share the same birth date
the mirroring is endless.
Purchasing the Black Queen has afforded the Collinses
the ultimate location for displaying their burgeoning
lamp collection. Gale stages a three-act show with lamp
illumination integral to the performance. Theres no
photograph that can explain the three-dimensional wonder
of lighting the lamps as we tell the story, she says. As some of
the lamps are more than 2000 years old, its so breathtaking
and beautiful. Gales trust is such that visitors are allowed to
hold the lamps, as she derives pleasure in urging others to
attune to the magic. The first lamps in history were fabricated
from clay, with production sky-rocketing during the Bronze
Age. Gales lamps span many epochs and she admits her
biggest challenge is not to constantly purchase. Instead
lamp; Galetreasuresa
USPresident Garfield; a
dazzlingBaccarat lamp.
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Collector profilE
likes of her 18th-century lamp with multiple moving parts.
When asked how her lamps make her feel, Gale says full
of joy and full of life. At the start of her Black Queen journey,
she was told that light has the power to stimulate all the
senses and she now considers herself a light custodian.
Not surprisingly, her favourite time of day at Lightning
Ridge is when darkness falls during the show, the million
stars appear and the lamps are lit. Theres no music in her
ceremonies, just wind chimes and what she describes as the
beautiful quiet. I think Im a very good storyteller and when
something rings true, it brings a silence, she says.
Her son once presented her with a plaque stating Destiny
is not a matter of chance, its a matter of choice, which
seems a fitting mantra. There are so many what ifs. Without
Roger, there wouldve been no lamps and it would be
impossible to run their current operation single-handedly.
She considers herself very lucky. The Black Queen is one of
those magical places you stumble upon once in a lifetime
that remains connected to you forever, she says.
she has nurtured her powers of resistance and opts for quality.
Were now in the wonderful position whereby if a special
lamp turns up, we are contacted directly, she says. This
means we gain access to the story of each lamp, which we
document alongside the inventory. Joan also acts as chief
photographer for the extensive archives.
Another challenge is maintenance, which is an ongoing
issue given the age of some of her exhibits, but Gale has
found lamp expert John Gannon to be a godsend. He
recently fixed the snuffer on a lamp formerly owned by US
President Garfield. Two or three lamps every year may have
intricate mechanical issues so Gale relies on Camden-based
master clockmaker Andrew Markerink, essential for the
The intricate detailing
of the Versace lamp
astounds visitors; the
Black Queen houses
263 lamps, yet this
antique French lamp
remains a favourite;
Gale adjusts the
glow on one of her
treasured lamps.
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Ph: 03 52292970 Em: queries@moorabool.com
Web: www.moorabool.com
Teres a large website to browse
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Moorabool is an easy drive from
Melbourne, just 75km down the
M1. You cant miss the two-story
Historic premises on the edge of the
city block, a short distance from the
Geelong Art Gallery.
Founded in 1958, Moorabool Antique
Galleries is an unmissable destination for An-
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stock, theres sure to be something for everyone.
In their large two-story Geelong premises, youll
fnd Australias largest range of Antique Ceramics
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*Ancient Antiquities & Tribal Artifacts
*Georgian & Victorian Furniture, Silver,
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Te heart of Moorabool is the reference library;
full of actual examples of pottery & porcelain
from all periods & times, it is available as a
resource to interested collectors. Lectures &
handling sessions take place in this academic
environment. Many pieces are the exam-
ple of their kind, meaning unique, collected
over a lifetime as teaching pieces. Tere are also
1500 books on ceramics & glass, a number that is
added to continually as new publications become
Moorabool has recently begun its own publi-
cations, beginning with the fascinating story of a
long-lost Australian potter, Isabella Clementina
Teres a well illustrated catalogue published
annually, full of fascinating items and the tales
they tell. Moorabool can also be seen at the major
Antique Fairs in Melbourne & Sydney.
If any of this sounds of interest, Moorabool
invites you to join their email Newsletter list:
subscribe via the website for the latest events
and news.
city block, a short distance from the
Geelong Art Gallery.
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more than a decade ago, when leonie and
terry kearney were forced out of their
original much-loved cottage garden by
developers, it was a mystery where theyd end up.
By Mey Hancok , photo aphy Anata a K aioylidi
Coming up roses
On a rolling hilltop in the Samford Valley north
of Brisbane, an old chimney and single hoop
pine pierced the landscape. Driving past, Leonie
Kearneys attention was captured, as if beckoned
for a makeover. She had no idea the property was
for sale, when coincidence struck. One day the
real estate agent drove us up a driveway and I kept
hitting Terry in the back seat of her car, she recalls.
I realised this was the same place and that I wanted
it desperately, but it needed a lot of work. Up at the
weather-beaten homestead, there were no gardens
to speak of yet Leonie thought the two enormous
Moreton Bay gs, two hoop pines, a big silky oak
and a mango tree were indicators that establishing
gardens would be relatively easy. Knowledge passed
on from her grandmother a proper English lady
and gardening-savvy mother, plus many years of
trial and error, compounded her prole as The Rose
Lady. If anyone could do it, Leonie could.
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Using the outlook from every window of her near
90-year-old farmhouse as her pivotal point, Leonie began
formulating garden layouts and designs. The windows
framed her romantic visions, and she essentially built up a
series of Impressionist paintings in her head, each mirroring
the informal style, the gentle flow, the focus on light, the
watered-down hues and the thin brush strokes. I like to
look out on something beautiful wherever I am in the house,
even if Im making a bed, she says. I love the old-fashioned
species, not only the roses, and their wonderful perfumes. I
have cupboards full of magazines for ideas but plant choices
usually pop into my head when Im working.
Husband Terry switches somewhere between Clark Kent
and Superman. He digs holes, gathers rocks and logs with a
bit of character and is chief lawnmower of the 15 acres (six
hectares) of grass, which he claims is when hes his happiest.
I gaze around the property from the mower and I work out
what else will keep my wife working, he jests. He mows one
day, picks up the next, owns a butcher shop in town and is a
regular Country music DJ, on a local FM radio station. Every
six weeks he visits a friend to gather 40 to 50 bags
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The Kearneys used
the farmhouse as
the focal point for
the gardens design;
Leonie is known for
her feminine taste in
flowers; the gardens
design incorporated
many spots to relax.
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When you garden the way
we do, you dont have a life.
Luckily most of the time our
property looks like a rainbow.
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of horse manure to spread on the garden, but reveals the
real secret to Leonies stunning success with plants, is her
conversations with them. When you garden the way we do,
you dont have a life, he says. Luckily, most of the time our
property looks like a rainbow.
Leonie admits they dont take holidays, but feels theres
a sense shes living one. I was a busy woman raising
three boys, she says. When they grew up I thought, how
fortunate to wake up in the morning and be free to spend
my day in the garden. She doesnt like the heat, so prefers
the cooler, southern side of the property where an incredibly
long vista marked by a Taxodium cypress, stretches down
to one of the dams. Its her top pick of all the views, her
favourite masterpiece.
The Kearneys run some cattle to keep the grass down,
but dont own a vegetable patch. I grow food for the soul,
Leonie says. Wonderful farmers grow food for our bodies.
With roughly two acres of garden, the challenges are all w
related wind, water and weather. Water is pumped up
from the dams on the property, for direct hosing. When
Old treasures are
re-purposed; Leonie
spends much of her
time working in the
gardens small nursery;
Rosevale opens its
gates to visitors every
Saturday. For details
visit facebook.com/
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Queenslands climate is cruel, particularly in the middle of
the day, Leonie retreats indoors to her pots and focuses on
propagating her roses. I call my garden a country cottage
garden as its flowery and pretty, she says. I dont like clipping
plants and Im not a fan of hybridising so I try to repeat
patterns because I like a bit of order. I dont like the gardens
looking too wild, but sometimes its unavoidable because
theyre so big. Leonie runs a small nursery that is open every
Saturday, where she sells old-fashioned roses, perennials
and tiny treasures all propagated on-site. Sometimes visitors
contribute plants they think will suit her scheme.
Lizards tap on the door for food and families of blue
wrens and finches flit about in hordes. In the early evening,
the cricket chorus is deafening, and snakes hide near the
quaint cottage on the dam, where the Kearneys grandson
often hangs out with friends. All manner of life is welcome.
Yet Leonie says her greatest achievement is all the lovely
people she has the pleasure of sharing her garden with. If I
couldnt have a garden I would fade away and become very
despondent, she says. I need to find a tiny patch of dirt to
call my own, to keep my sanity.
Rosevale is set against
the stunning backdrop
of the Samford Valley.
the Kearneys dreams.
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A lake and colourfully planted watercourse feature at
the front of Savannahs park-like garden of wide lawns
and specimen trees beneath tall eucalypts. Formal
areas and massed plantings of azaleas, rhododendrons,
camellias, perennials, natives and beds of roses, water
gardens with brightly painted bridges and a vegie garden
are other features of this ve-acre (two-hectare) garden.
Savannah, 51 Mid Dural Rd, Middle Dural.
Open September 1214, 10am4.30pm, $8
Moonya is an inspiring one-and-a-half acre terraced
garden with a diverse collection of plants and wonderful
views to Lake Hume and Table Top Mountain.
heres a quick sampler of some
splendid gardens you can visit
in the coming months.
Compi ed by Jeny Lag
Established European trees shelter formal and informal
rooms featuring hedges, water features and bursts of
colour across the seasons. Other features include a
stunning crabapple orchard and rare white box gums.
Moonya, 33 Riversdale Rd, Table Top.
Open August 1617, 10am4.30pm, $8
Tallaringa is one of Tamborines most signicant
gardens with a diverse variety of cooler climate plants
thriving in the ranges behind the Gold Coast. Native
rainforest leads to owering camellias and many
varieties of magnolias on this 12-acre (ve-hectare)
site. Deciduous trees include maples, liquidambars,
ash, ginkgo, pistachio, prunus, dogwood, magnolia and
Northern Territorys
Survival of the Fittest
cultivates the best
of Australias native
plants; the Savannah
gardens in Sydneys
north-western region;
nestled in Gold Coast
hinterland, Tallaringa
features a range of
cool-climate plants;
Banongill hosts
daffodils, hyacinths,
bluebells and irises;
Montrose boasts
stunning water views.
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persimmon. There are also lovely water features and
stunning panoramic views.
Tallaringa,268 Long Rd, North Tamborine.
Open August 23, 10am4.30pm, $7
Survival of the Fittest is a rural garden with a
fascinating focus on Top End native plants, along with
exotic specimens and tropical fruit trees. Many of the
natives are unusual and rarely available, and were
grown from seed collected by the owner on frequent
trips around the Territory. The rare Burmese Queen of
Flowering Trees (Amherstia nobilis), with its pendant
blooms, could also be in ower during this open
weekend. This ve-acre (two-hectare) garden thrives
on tough treatment, minimal water and fertiliser.
Survival of the Fittest, 60 Barker Road,
Howard Springs.
Open August 2324, 10am4.30pm, $7
Burnleas attractive farm garden surrounding an old
homestead is an excellent example of dryland plants
surviving in a harsh location. A wide range of hardy
young natives and exotics thriving on thin stony soil is a
feature of this one-and-a-half acre garden. Remnants
of the original garden include a carob tree and two
Washingtonia palms.
Burnlea, 100 Burnlea Rd, Bletchley.
Open September 2021, 10am4.30pm, $8
Montrose boasts an elegant country garden set on a
steep site commanding spectacular views. Weeping
Atlantic cedar, Kashmir cypress, copper beech, maples
and other ne exotic trees shelter camellias, magnolias
and owering beds planted for year-round interest.
Bulbs and perennials add to the spring display. There are
also a vegetable garden, citrus orchard and chicken run.
Montrose, 1 Main Rd, Lanena.
Open October 45, 10am4.30pm, $8
The magnicent historic garden, partly designed
by William Guilfoyle, Banongill features a vast lawn
sweeping down to Mount Emu Creek with its famous
spring display of millions of daodils naturalised
along the banks. Thousands more daodils, Spanish
hyacinths, bluebells, iris and jonquils bloom in bluestone
terraces. Spring blossom, carpets of hellebores,
beautiful mature trees, and a rose garden framed by
clipped hornbeams are features of this 12-acre (ve-
hectare) site. There will be wine and beer tastings, tours
of the historic shearing shed at 12pm and 3pm both
days and talks on the gardens history at 11am and 2pm
both days.
Banongill, Banongill Rd, Skipton.
Open September 67, 10am4.30pm, $12
Swallow Valley is a well-designed peaceful one-and-a-
half acre garden commanding stunning long views of
the countryside and coast. Carefully selected waterwise
plants provide screening, protection and food for
native birds. Delightful perfumed plants include port
wine magnolias and gardenias. A handsome wisteria
wreathes the veranda.
Swallow Valley, 646 Henty Rd, Burekup.
Open September 2021, 10am4.30pm, $8
For details of other
garden openings,
consult Open Gardens
Australia or visit
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Artist profilE
Larger than life
Burning bulls, generous hospitality and a
good measure of creative chaos are all grist
to the mill for sculptor Russell Sheridan.
By K i s y McKenzie, photo aphy Ken Bas
Sculptor Russell Sheridans very specic
instructions for nding his home at Dardanup in
WAs south-west reveal more about his character
than we initially realise. Come via Barrecas
winery, he says. They make the best Shiraz in the
state and its only $8 a bottle. After a day in the
company of Russell, his artist wife, Linda Skrolys,
and assorted friends, its clear that this kind of tip-
o is typical of this thoughtful and generous bon
vivant, who lives life at full tilt.
Russell enjoys something of local legend status in the
region, not just for the many public sculptures he has added
to the local landscape, but also as the creator of the burning
bull, which is the highlight of Dardanups annual Bull and
Barrel Festival, a true country event with foot and goat races,
pony rides, a talent quest, local produce awards and of
course, a massive timber sculpture, which is sacrificed to a
big bonfire during the closing ceremony.
Every year for the past decade Russell and a team of
offsiders have built the towering effigy, which then has to be
transported to town on the back of a truck as an offering to
the gods for another productive year on the local fruit, wine,
beef and dairy farms.
As it turns out, Australian Countrys visit just happens to
coincide with the day Russell and his French backpacker
assistant, Roman Maral, have decided to marry the
completed bull together. Russell backs and fills his mini
forklift manoeuvring first the lower leg portion of the bull
out of the workshop and then the top storey. As the bulls
upper body dangles precariously in the air and the
UNUUntil sold, Russells
sculptures arekept at
his Dardanupproperty
inWAs south-west;
dogs featureinRussells
recent works; the
sculptures incorporate
found objects and old
farm machinery.
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front section of the forklift lifts off the ground, its apparent
that he is stretching the capacity of his equipment to the
max. As a concession to OH&S, Roman is sent indoors
to put shoes on for the operation. He emerges wearing
thongs and jumps up on the sculpture to help guide the
two sections together. Witnessing the event is alternately
terrifying and exhilarating as gradually the sculpture
comes together and reaches its full five-and-a-half-metre
stature. Local builder and sculptor Rob Gardiner turns up to
lend a hand and discuss logistics for the eight-metre-high
rainbow that will complete the burning bull and theres a
drop or two of port (from Barrecas, of course) to celebrate
the afternoons accomplishments.
Russell grew up in Bunbury and he and Linda have lived
on their Dardanup property for 25 years and owned it for
the past 20. Linda was born in the WA wheatbelt town of
Merredin and grew up in Esperance before studying visual
art at Edith Cowan University in Perth. Her work delves into
her own personal experience of migrants isolated from their
heritage and she and Russell exhibit locally, in Perth and in
an annual studio showing at their home. Gradually, theyve
extended the house and adjacent studio and workshop
and tamed the grounds, which are a perfect backdrop for
Russells completed sculptures and works in progress. He
and Linda have planted thousands of trees along the creek
that winds past the bottom of their property and they are
working on a series of garden rooms that will finally make it
their ideal stroll garden. In the evenings we walk each other,
like you would walk the dog, he explains. Thats when we
make plans and work out what area we should tackle next.
A graduate of Perths prestigious Claremont School
of Art, Russells work is self-supporting, though he
Assembling the bull
sculpture requires
some heavy lifting;
Russell, his wife, Linda,
local builder Rob and
French backpacker
Roman celebrate the
sculptures completion;
social commentary is
embedded in Russells
work; ceramics,
shaped wood and
even scraps of farm
machinery are used to
create the sculptures.
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has occasionally taught to combat troughs between
commissions. I dont mind students, he says. Its just
bureaucracy I dont like.
Through media ranging from bronze and chain-saw
shaped wood to ceramics and objects as diverse as old
farm machinery and eBay finds, Russell explores societys
ills and deficiencies and uses anti-heroes to express his
concerns. Hes recently been working in resins, which
have the advantage of being lightweight and durable and
can be embedded with metallic powders for colour and
patina. Theres a strong larrikin streak to his work, as there
is indeed to his personality, which is both exceedingly
generous and distinguished by a strong social conscience.
Dogs are a recent metaphor. I picked on dogs for my
last exhibition, he explains. Because when I pick on
people they dont like it. Art is like literature. It shouldnt
have to be pretty and puerile to be successful. But at the
same time I have to recognise that if I smack people in the
face with my work, Ill starve.
Russell adds that he is grateful for his public art
commissions, which are numerous in the Bunbury,
Donnybrook and Margaret River region. But naturally I prefer
private collectors, he says. They are generally lovely people
who look after your work and display it in its best light.
Were very lucky, he adds, as he casts an arm over
the vegie garden, which is planted with every conceivable
consumable from artichokes to zucchini. Every now and
again life whacks you over the head, but then you recover
and you get a reasonable commission and fingers crossed,
youre back on track again. Ive got a good life, good food,
good grog and a great wife. I dont have a Porsche, but then
again, I dont need one.
This playful pooch
statue is from
Russells latest
collection; Russell
witha favourite
piece at the
entrance to his
property; astriking
skater inmotion.
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Crafted with a unique blend of Alpaca wool.
Using 100% undyed fibre; as nature intended.
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Artist in residencE
British Air Force telephonist, who had married during the
war. On their return to Australia, Allans father worked first
as a house painter and later as a firefighter. He recalls his
mother as a Renaissance woman who could turn her hand
to anything from cake decorating to making clothes. Theirs
was a hospitable family, something which struck a chord
when he first met Alla, whose Russian migr family also
had a strong food culture.
As a youth, Allan was sports-obsessed, but he also painted
from childhood and says he was lucky to have many people
encouraging his artistic talents as a teenager. He studied
art at Caulfield Tech and then education at RMIT. Being
a scholarship student meant I had to repay my debt to the
government, he recalls. So I was sent to Mansfield, which
at that stage seemed like the end of the earth. The principal
of the school told me he didnt want an art teacher and I said
Thats good, because Im not really interested in teaching art.
So I became the phys ed teacher and progressed through the
ranks until I became a principal.
By the time he met Alla, Allan had graduated to an
alternative school with a strong creative arts focus on its
curriculum. Alla entered his orbit as the schools cooking
teacher. Fresh from her travels in France she shared her
dream of opening a worth-a-detour country restaurant.
Alla was familiar with Daylesford as her parents had owned
a dacha (summer house) in the town. Like many central
Landscape & legend
for the past 30 years artist allan wolf-tasker
and his restaurateur wife, alla, have been making
their mark on the victorian town of daylesford.
By K i s y McKenzie, photo aphy Shayn Cai n, Mia Mala McDonald & Ken Bas
As Larissa Wolf-Tasker describes her parents
decision to open a restaurant at Daylesford in
Victorias spa country, its just as well they didnt
have a business plan, because they would never have
gone through with it.
But go through with it the young cooking teacher, Alla
Wolf-Tasker, and her artist husband, Allan, did. In spite of
dire predictions that there was already a restaurant in town
(country Chinese), that no one wanted to visit Daylesford, the
railway line had been pulled up, unemployment was high and
no one had any money to spend on fine dining, the couple
with barely a bob between us and not able to take no for an
answer went ahead and bought a disused mining site on the
edge of the swamp. They set about achieving Allas dream of
a destination restaurant similar to those she had encountered
on Michelin Red Guide-inspired travels in France.
Allan was the son of an Australian fighter pilot and a
Allans latest
exhibition, Daylesford
Landscapes, is timed
to celebrate the
Wolf-Taskers 30th
anniversary living and
working in the town;
Allans studio is in the
grounds of the Lake
House boutique hotel.
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Europeans, they were attracted by the districts mineral
springs. Southern Europeans also got Daylesford and
established vineyards and lavender farms in the region.
Nonetheless, in the early 80s word had not yet filtered
through to Australia at large. The countrys obsession with
food was still in its infancy and when Alla put an ad in the
local paper asking for local produce, the response was one
sack of potatoes and another of giant carrots.
Everyone told them they were mad, Larissa says. But
Dad believed in Mums vision and basically he built the Lake
House for her. The block of land was covered in gorse and
blackberries and the only other signs of life were one half-
dead eucalyptus tree and seven redback-infested wrecked
cars. So in 1979 Mum and Dad moved into a caravan on
the site and Dad spent the next four years building the
restaurant. In between they commuted back and forth to
Melbourne to their day jobs. They finally opened in 1984, by
which time I was a pre-schooler.
The Lake House has been in a state of perpetual growth
ever since. Allan retired from teaching in the mid-80s
about the same time the Wolf-Taskers added more land
and 11 ensuited guest rooms to the property. Although
Allan says he has been painting full-time since 1985, he
still devotes the better part of a working week to building,
maintenance and bookwork. With Alan in the background,
Larissa in charge of marketing and Allas ferocious drive
and dedication to seasonal produce and regional cuisine,
the property has evolved from a restaurant with rooms to
a boutique hotel with a fine restaurant. The Lake House
enjoys two chefs hats in The Age Good Food Guide, is listed
in Tatlers 101 Best Hotels in the World and is on Conde
Nast Travelers Gold List. The original 40-seat restaurant
has expanded and there are also a Salus Day Spa, a function
room and 33 guest rooms.
Finally, six years ago, Allan built a dedicated studio, the
first time in his long career that he has been able to paint
in a room that is not a bedroom or a back shed. From it,
and another base on the Great Ocean Road, he works on
two to three exhibitions every year, in cities ranging
The now-beautiful
waterway that was
little more than a
swamp when the
Wolf-Taskers bought
the land; the exhibition
draws its inspiration
from the surrounding
landscape; Allan in
his studio; tools of his
trade at the ready.
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from Melbourne and Sydney to Hong Kong and New York.
Recognising that not all art lovers are comfortable in the
hallowed spaces of art galleries, Larissa has also organised
shows in pop-up venues and Allans work is always on show
in the Lake House itself. Although landscape is his first love,
Allan has made significant detours into other genres with
forays into still life, a hospitality series and the Wolf in the
Kitchen series (dedicated to Alla).
Appropriately, after all those years living and painting in
the Daylesford region and to coincide with the Lake Houses
three-decade anniversary celebrations, Allans next show is a
return to landscape with a focus on the beauty and diversity
in the Hepburn shire. There are views from all the high points
from Wombat Hill in the centre of Daylesford and Breakneck
Gorge in Hepburn Springs to Kooroocheang and Italian
Hill. I have a prehistoric interest in the landscape, Allan
explains. Its basically a landscape of extinct volcanoes, that
has thrown up these great lumps of rock out of the plains,
surrounded by rich volcanic soil and mineral springs.
Visiting the Lake House today, with its six-acres (2.4
hectares) of grounds containing an abundant kitchen
garden and orchard, not to mention vantage points for
observing the shifting seasons on the shores of the lake, it
is impossible not to reflect on the changes the Wolf-Taskers
have effected. As well as creating of a truly regional cuisine
at the restaurant, Alla was founding chair of Daylesford
Macedon Produce, an organisation linking growers,
producers, chefs and retailers in a true local food system for
the region. In the place of the sacks of spuds and carrots,
the Wolf-Taskers now source their produce locally from
five organic vegetable farms, two dairies, a smallgoods
manufacturer, a free-range pig farm as well as freshwater
trout and eel farms and an apiary.
When we came here we were told we were mugs, Alan
says. But Alla has been tireless in her efforts to build a local
cuisine. People used to say that by training staff we were just
giving locals a ticket out of town, but its now the case that
chefs and waiters come to town because they want to have
the Lake House on their CVs. We support more than 100 local
families in the staff we employ and thats before you take into
account the producers, shopkeepers, bus companies and
other food and accommodation venues that benefit from the
flow-on effect of being in a tourist destination.
Allan dismisses any reference to the hard work that has
gone into building such an extraordinary success story
with the observation that his life is a holiday. Alla is the
one with all the stress, he says. Even then, when you are
doing something you love and really believe in, the stress is
mitigated. And we do get to take amazing holidays in Australia
and overseas. I get to visit galleries all over the world and
see the most inspirational paintings up close. And travelling
with Alla means we stay in beautiful hotels and dine in fine
restaurants. Im more than happy to go along for the ride.
Allan Wolf-Taskers Daylesford Landscapes exhibition at
45 Downstairs in Flinders Lane, Melbourne opens on June
12. It continues until June 21.
Its only in recent
years that Allan has
enjoyed the space of
a dedicated studio;
a birds-eye view on
the Daylesford lake;
colour and creative
potential in crayon
and pots of paint.
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equestrian events. Australian Country caught up with Mary
as she was heading off on an extended trip to Europe and
competition in this years Federation Equestre Internationale
(FEI) World Cup Final in Lyon in the French Rhone-Alpes,
for which she won the sole Australian berth for the Pacific
League competition.
Then shes off to the World Equestrian Games in Caen,
Normandy, for which four Australian riders are selected.
Both are selection events for the Rio de Janeiro Olympic
Games, and part of the long and uncertain road to a place in
the Australian team, which may not even be finalised until
weeks before the 2016 opening ceremony.
All the qualifications have to be done in Europe so theres
no way around it if you want to make an Olympic team, she
says. Unfortunately theres no funding for equestrians for
the selection process. I try to pay as much of my costs as I
can, but the fact remains that Rob is my sponsor, the person
who really makes it possible for me to dare to dream.
Mary and her horse, Sancette, which she rode in the
London Olympics, flew out in March and wont return
until September. In between times she will catch up and
intensively train with an up-and-coming mount, Boogie
Woogie, which is stabled with her Swedish trainer, Patrik
Kittel, at his base in the German region of Westphalia. If
For most of her adult life Mary Hanna has dreamed
of living in a place where she can walk outside in
her pyjamas in the middle of the night and check on
her horses. Now shes living the dream at Statene
Park, the property she shares on Victorias Bellarine
Peninsula with her husband, Rob.
The Hannas live in a wonderful granite-clad homestead
surrounded by lavender and roses. A Mediterranean-style
courtyard at the rear of the house connects Mary to the
stables, where the horses she breeds and trains are resident,
and the indoor arena where she devotes long hours to
her own, and other elite riders, preparation for important
Mary relishes the
chance to come home
and smell the roses;
the Bellarine Peninsula
homestead has views
to the water; Mary
with Sancette; the
Statene Park facility
includes an indoor
arena for training.
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al l goes according to plan, Mary, Sancette and Boogie Woogie
will return to Australia in the summer and continue their
campaign towards the goal of Olympic gold. It is Marys fifth tilt
at the Olympics and she will be 61 when she gets there.
Believe me, its much easier to get an almost 60-year-
old body ready for an Olympics than it is to prepare the
horses, she says. Everything rides on your horse being in
top condition and you have to be constantly on the lookout
for the next best thing. All my hopes for this years events
rest with Sancette, but Boogie Woogie may well be my
main ally by 2016.
In her spare time since the London Olympics, Mary wrote
A Long Rein, an extraordinary account of her life in the saddle
and the many inspirational characters who have motivated
her since she was born into a horse-mad family in Victorias
Western District. From pony club to the Royal Melbourne
Show, marriage to her first husband, Danish dressage expert
Gert Donvig, and the burgeoning of her dressage career to the
devastation of their equestrian centre in the Ash Wednesday
bushfires and Gerts untimely death in a car accident,
Marys autobiography
is available from
palatial stable for a
VIP horse; a beautiful
courtyard connects
the homestead
with the stables and
indoor riding arena.
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Mary paints a life that has been dedicated to horses and riding
and always focused on greater achievement. Along the way
she acknowledges the influential people in her life, from her
headstrong and passionate mother, Joan Neuendorf, to her
Aunt Anna, a survivor of hell on earth, the Japanese-run
prisoner of war camp Tjideng in Batavia (Jakarta), where
people of mainly Dutch heritage were interned during World
War II. Former policeman and riding instructor Owen Doc
Matthews also gets due credit for introducing her to dressage
and the tenacity needed to achieve in the equestrian world.
Doubtless its that very determination that has stood her in
good stead through her four Olympic campaigns, which are
also covered in the book. Interwoven through this narrative
is the riveting story of her mothers grand love affair with a
German naval officer, captain of the Kormoran, the cruiser
responsible for Australias worst-ever naval disaster, the
sinking of the HMAS Sydney during World War II. Although the
couple both married other partners, their bond endured and
they corresponded to the end of their lives.
Mary says writing the book was a good antidote to
the stressful and at times, devastating build-up and
Equestrian and
Olympic memorabilia
is dotted throughout
the house; souvenirs
of world travels and
artwork fill the living
and dining rooms;
Mary is preparing for
her fifth Olympics.
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For several years
everything you do is
focused on one event.
Other athletes get a
couple of goes, but in
dressage its make or
break in six minutes.
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UESTANeutral tones
inaguest bedrooom;
themaster bedroom
is decoratedinan
opulent stylewith
elegant antique
mirrors andother
aftermath of the London Olympics. The Australian equestrian
team came in for considerable criticism, and, as part of that
team, Mary says it was hard not to take it personally.
She adds that coming home is the perfect respite from
the incredible focus essential for Olympic preparation. You
work for years and years and at the last second you or your
horse can be out of it, she explains. If you cant deal with
that you wouldnt bother trying, but it is hard to come back
from that kind of intensity. For several years everything
you do is focused on one six-minute event. At least other
athletes like swimmers get a couple of goes, but in dressage
its make or break in six minutes. Its hardly surprising that
afterwards you feel totally out of whack. Thats when I
need to come home and spend time with my children and
grandchildren and enjoy my work once again.
Indeed it would be hard not to feel at peace at Statene Park
with its sweeping views of the Bellarine and the ocean in the
distance. Mary says she and Rob inherited the homestead
which had been lovingly crafted by an Italian stonemason. A
sailing friend of Robs, architect Richard Lowe, came up with
the notion of excavating the hillside behind the homestead to
build the courtyard and stables, and equestrian experts
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then had a hand in the design of the state-of-the art facilities.
Designer Heather Vincent supervised the landscaping, which
includes hundreds of rose bushes Icebergs, Blue Moon and
Rugosas masses of lavender and westringia hedges. Its a
low-maintenance, drought-tolerant environment, but one
which is a joy year-round.
Its important to sniff the roses, Mary says. I need to be
based in Australia. I was away too long last time and when
the politics came, it was difficult to handle. The European
winter does my head in and, anyhow, being home keeps me
grounded. I need balance and thats what comes from being
at home with family and friends and leading a normal life
with, hopefully, a game of golf every week.
Having said that, Mary adds that she has always said she
will only retire from competition when she dies. In A Long
Rein she observed that many people who are smitten with
the love of horses ride as long as the mind and body are able.
Lets wait and see, she says. Lets see what the next two
years have in store for me first.
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The homestead was
built by an Italian
stonemason and
has been added to
by Mary and her
husband, Rob; roses
and lavender inform
the garden; Mary with
Sancette, her equine
partner at the 2012
London Olympics.
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here are the latest drops, news and views
from the world of beer, wine and spirits. By Geg Duncan Pwl
wine for winter
There are three things that become much more attractive in cool weather: open fires,
red wine and slow-cooked meat dishes. While your heating may not be of the wood
variety, you can make good use of the other two when the weather turns chilly. But when
it comes to stews, braises and hotpots, not all reds are equal. So-called icon wines, with
loads of oak and too much attitude dont behave well at the table when the meat has
been slow-cooked, nor do lighter reds which tend to be overshadowed by a big braise.
That said, most reds are flattered by a casserole. Here are three that really love a stew.
HARRY 2012, $23
This is a classic French
blend of Grenache, Shiraz,
Mourvdre Carignan and
Cinsault and winemaker,
Dean Hewitson is a
master of the style. It
has great balance and
panache with not too
much oak but loads of
texture and avour. Try
it with daube de boeuf.
2011, $27
Tempranillo is one of
the truly food-friendly
grape varieties. While
not a huge red, it has
plenty of backbone
and savoury tang a
real treat with a hearty
goulash made with
smoked paprika.
SANGIOVESE 2012, $22
Sangiovese is the grape
variety that makes
Chianti, one of the
worlds best food wines.
This Sangiovese is ripe
and rich but has that
tell-tale structure that
makes it such a good
partner to meat cooked
in its own juices. Try it
with lamb ragu.
wine for the
RIESLING 2013, $25
This wine comes from
Murrumbateman on the outskirts
of Canberra and demonstrates the
regions reputation for Riesling.
It straddles the conundrum of
being light yet powerful.
Its zesty, fresh, and
fantastic with sh.
wine for the
RANGE, $10
Trentham Estate on
the Murray River has
always been committed
to its region and now
with its River Retreat
range of wines, a
proportion of each
sale goes to research
on wetlands at the
La Trobe University
campus in Mildura.
Theres a selection
of reds and whites
and the Cabernet
Sauvignon is
particularly good.
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The humble carrot has a long history. Early
records mention the use of its leaves and
seeds for medicinal purposes, and slowly over
the centuries selective breeding has produced
the edible root we recognise. Native to Europe
and parts of Asia, it was originally purple.
Over time, the red, yellow, white and orange
varieties are recorded, with the appearance
of orange in 17th-century Netherlands. As
tempting as it is to accept the story that the
orange carrot was developed by the Dutch to
honour William of Orange, there is thought
that perhaps because the word orange (from
the Spanish naranja, referring to the orange
tree), was not in use until about this time, and
carrots, which may have been orange were
previously described as red-yellow. Some early
paintings do show orange-coloured carrots,
but this is not conclusive evidence as the
accuracy of the paint colour cannot be relied
upon. The moment of glory for the carrot
was perhaps during WWII in Britain, when
it was attributed to the success of the RAFs
night-flying bombers. The story was put out
that because the pilots ate carrots in quantity,
their night vision was greatly improved by the
intake of beta-carotene and Vitamin A. In fact,
this was also a government ruse to hide the
knowledge of the development of radar from
the Germans. The British Government had a
dual purpose in promoting this story there
was a glut in carrot production, a boon during
food shortages. In order to get the population
to eat more of the vegetable, the attractive
idea of improved night vision was circulated,
an attribute that was particularly useful during
black-outs. There is some element of truth
to the belief that carrots are good for the
eyesight, but it is only in the case of a dietary
deficiency of Vitamin A that the consumption
of carrots is beneficial.
Carrots are available year-round, but best
in the winter months. They store well,
refrigerated in a sealed plastic bag or
container. The trick is to keep them hydrated
removing the leafy green tops before storing is
important, as these draw water from the root.
Peeling before use is unnecessary, preparation
can be restricted to scrubbing or washing and
removing the top and tail.
CARROTS GO WITH: Cinnamon, nutmeg,
cumin, harissa, caraway, cabbage, peas, beans,
potatoes, cream, butter, ginger, dill, thyme,
parsley, honey, seed and Dijon mustard,
corned and pickled meats.
this selection of recipes
dresses the humble root
vegetable for dinner.
Recipes and s ying by Kay Fanci , photo aphy Ken Bas
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Winter carrot salad
1 orange and 1 purple
large carrot, julienned
or shredded (see note)
2 green onions, sliced
thinly on the diagonal
1 tablespoon sesame
1 teaspoon nigella (also
known as kolonji) seeds
1 teaspoon black
sesame seeds
2 50g rm tofu, drained
and cut into 2cm cubes
1 tablespoon ve-spice
1 tablespoon
mustard oil
3 tablespoons brown
rice vinegar
1 tablespoon sesame oil
2 star anise
1 shallot, nely chopped
teaspoon salt akes
(black, if you have it)
1 teaspoon brown sugar
Place carrot and green onion in a salad bowl. Combine seeds
in a frying pan and dry roast for 23 minutes, until aromatic.
Tip into salad bowl.
Lightly sprinkle the tofu with five-spice powder. Heat
mustard oil in frying pan over a medium heat, add tofu and
fry until lightly browned on all sides. Tip into bowl. Combine
dressing ingredients in a saucepan, place on medium heat
until beginning to bubble, then pour over salad. Serve at
room temperature. This salad also keeps well, refrigerated.
Note I used a Japanese Benriner vegetable spiral slicer to
make the tangled carrot shreds.
Pick of the croP
Carrot and besan pancakes
1 large carrot, peeled
and shredded
1 green onion,
sliced thinly
1 mild green chilli,
seeds removed and
sliced thinly
1 clove garlic, crushed
cup besan
(chick pea) our
2 eggs
cup full-cream
G hee and mustard oil,
for frying
Place all ingredients, except ghee and oil, in a large bowl.
Mix together well.
Heat 1 tablespoon each of ghee and mustard oil in a
heavy-based frying pan, over medium heat. Add a heaped
tablespoon of the pancake mixture and cook until bubbles
appear in the top surface. Turn and cook until browned
underneath and cooked through. (Do not make the
pancakes too thick or large, they will take longer to cook
through, and probably break when turning.) Cook pancakes
in batches, then serve with chutneys of your choice.
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Place a deep frying pan over a medium heat, add mustard
and fenugreek seeds, cover and cook about 1 minute until
seeds begin to pop. Add oil, then chillies, turmeric, curry
leaves, lemongrass and salt. Heat gently, then add carrots.
Turn to coat with oil and spices, cover pan, reduce heat to
low and cook 15 minutes. Add lemon juice, cover and turn
off heat. Stand for 20 minutes, then pack carrots and some
of the lemongrass into sterilised jars. Strain oil, discarding
solids, and pour oil into jars. Seal. Serve as an appetiser with
hot naan or roti bread, grilled cubed paneer or fresh ricotta.
The carrots can also be served with grilled meat, fish and
chicken, with rice and yoghurt.
Note: To avoid chilli burn and turmeric staining your fingers,
prep gloves are a good idea for handling these two ingredients.
Pickled Dutch carrots
1 tablespoon fenugreek
1 tablespoon black
mustard seeds
cup mustard oil
2 jalapeno chillies (hot),
seeds removed, esh
cut into thin strips
(see note)
5 cm piece fresh
turmeric, peeled and
nely grated
1 tablespoon fresh
curry leaves
2 stalks lemongrass,
trimmed, halved
lengthways and cut
into 10cm lengths
1 tablespoon salt akes
(smoked is good)
3 bunches baby
(Dutch) carrots (use
a mixture of purple,
yellow and orange
if you can) scrubbed
and stalks trimmed
to 2cm
cup lemon juice
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Walnut base
2 cups walnut pieces
90g unsalted butter
1 teaspoon ground
2 tablespoons dark
brown sugar
Cake mixture
1 cup plain our
cup ne or dust
cup demerara
sugar (or raw sugar)
1 teaspoon ground
1 teaspoon ground
1 teaspoon baking
3 eggs
2 tablespoons walnut
oil (or other nut
oil) plus extra for
brushing tins
125g sour cream
cup currants
G rated rind and juice
of 1 lemon
I cup nely grated
Glac carrot
1 cup demerera
(or raw) sugar
1 cup water
1 tablespoon lemon
23 green cardamom
1 carrot, shaved with
a vegetable peeler
into long ribbons
Carrot and walnut cakes with glac carrot
Preheat oven to 180C. Brush 8 x 1-cup baking tins with oil,
cut small squares of baking paper and place in base of each tin.
In a food processor combine ingredients for walnut base
and process to a smooth paste.
Place 2 tablespoons of mixture into each tin and spread
to cover base. Place tins on a baking tray, and then into oven
for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare cake mixture. Combine
dry ingredients in the food processor (using the same bowl)
and blend until well combined. Add eggs, oil and sour cream
and blend again. Combine currants, lemon rind and juice in
a small saucepan and heat until simmering, then remove
from heat (or combine in a bowl and heat in microwave for
2 minutes). Add to grated carrot in a large bowl, pour in the
cake mixture and stir until well combined. Spoon about
3 tablespoons of mixture onto cooked base in each tin,
return to oven and bake 30 minutes, until cakes test done
when a skewer is inserted into the centre. Remove from
oven and cool on a wire rack. When quite cold, remove
cakes from tins and place on a baking tray (if you remove
the cakes while still warm the bases may crumble).
For glac carrot, combine sugar, water, lemon juice and
cardamom pods in a medium saucepan. Heat, stirring to
dissolve sugar, until boiling. Add carrot and simmer for
30 minutes, checking to adjust heat if necessary to prevent
burning. When carrot begins to look translucent, use tongs
to lift each strip from syrup, and arrange a little pile on top of
each cake. The syrup can either be spooned over the cakes
at this stage, or reserved, reheated and added just before
serving. Makes 8 x 1-cup cakes. Alternatively, use a 23cm
deep fluted flan tin, or spring-form tin, and increase the
second-stage cooking time to 35 minutes, or until the cake
tests done with a skewer.
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De Bortoli (Vic)
Nestled in the rolling hills of the Yarra Valley where
gourmet is championed and wine is always at the
ready, De Bortolis On the Vine cooking classes were
always a likely prospect. But under the watchful eye
of executive chef Adam Mead and following the fresh
produce philosophy that many generations of the
De Bortoli family swear by, this restaurant and widely
popular winery has become a Yarra Valley hotspot.
Discover the wonders of winter cooking or undertake
a delectable dessert workshop in the latest classes
from the winery school.
Wildside Kitchen (Tas)
Take a walk on the wild side, straight to Tasmanias
Wildside Kitchen if possible. From beer, cheese and
sausage-making to catching and cooking your own
trout, the Wildside Kitchen provides the opportunity
for amateur chefs to experience it all. Utilising
seasonal, local produce, Wildside Kitchen teaches
sustainable cooking, with students creating dishes
from ingredients that they can source sustainably.
Wildsides Beer & BBQ class aptly dubbed The Mans
Domain seems a winner if youre already dreading
the hunt for Fathers Day gifts.
Accoutrement (NSW)
Welcome to Accoutrement, a one-stop shop for all
things culinary. A successful cookware store for more
than 40 years, Accoutrement also oers a range of
seasonal cooking classes, selecting only the best of
chefs to provide the ultimate in expertise and variety.
Warm your winters day with Lauren Murdochs
Warm your Weeds, perfect gluten-free baking with
chef Gabriele Taddeucci or even learn the secrets
to cooking Mexicana. Indeed at Accoutrement, the
options are endless and located on the northern
shores of Sydney Harbour in the up-market suburb
of Mosman, one couldnt ask for more.
brush up on your kitchen
skills with a cooks tour
around the country. By Alice Gi n
A must for all
entertainers, De
Bortolis Antipasti
cooking class is a
popular addition to
the winter program.
Let us know about your forthcoming classes
by writing to us at Locked Bag 154,
North Ryde, NSW 1670 or emailing kmckenzie@
Brown Sugar Blue Bowl (NSW)
With an aim to introduce exotic cuisine to the kitchens
of the masses, Brown Sugar Blue Bowl prides itself on
its ability to turn amateur chefs into seasoned experts.
Moroccan, Spanish and Greek cuisine classes are
particularly popular; however Blue Bowls latest program
addition, the market-to-table class, threatens to topple
these o the charts. Including a guided tour of the Bowral
markets, a gourmet cooking class and a three-course
meal accompanied with local wines, the market-to-table
class sets Brown Sugar Blue Bowl above the rest.
The Golden Pig (Qld)
With an impressive track record as head chef in Neil
Perrys famous restaurant, Rockpool, and as an owner
of her own successful restaurants, Katrina Ryans latest
endeavour, food and wine school The Golden Pig, is
nothing short of outstanding. With an ever-adapting
program and top-notch chefs, bakers and baristas at
the ready, the Golden Pig reveals the secrets behind
creating the most delectable of dining extravaganzas.
From Spanish tapas to the beloved brunch, classes at
the Golden Pig are guaranteed to leave your mouth
watering in anticipation of the nal product.
A Healthy View (NSW)
Who said healthy eating isnt fun ? The latest classes
from Sydney wholefoods cook and nutritionist Michele
Hedge certainly proves it can be. Discover the joys of
healthy eating with simple and quick recipes, hands-
on demonstrations and a dollop of nutritional advice
thrown in for good measure. Youll love the range of
organic, wholefood dishes on oer, and with each meal
jam-packed with nutrients, your body will love it too.
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Its all about the pasta
in De Bortolis classes;
Brown Sugar Blue
Bowls market-to-
table class in action;
chefs Katrina and
MarkRyans latest
endeavour, the
GoldenPig, has been
hugely successful;
Wildsides teamof
experts; Wildsides
theMans Domain
class inaction; joinA
Healthy Viewfounder
MicheleHedgefor a
class; enjoy the
fruits of your labour
OntheVine class.
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ABOVE LEFT: Book club can be as structured or as casual
as you like. For expediency most invitations are probably
sent by email, but if you have time, a handcrafted invitation
is hard to beat. Important details include the title of the book
under discussion, date, time, address and RSVP contact.
TOP RIGHT: Shelves lined with lovely old books lend
ambience to the book clubs meeting room.
MIDDLE RIGHT: As a homage to Stephanie Alexander,
whose autobiography, A Cooks Life, was the book of the
month, club members were asked to bring dishes made
using the Melbourne chefs recipes from her cookbooks.
RIGHT: Its a good idea for book club members to
suggest titles for the groups scrutinty. Pooling everyones
nominations is bound to bring diversity to the reading list.
What better way
to spend a winters
evening than with a
book club gathering?
Poto aphy Ken Bas, s ying Sanda Hinton
ABOVE RIGHT: The invitation, made as a montage of
offcuts from the pages of a damaged book, doubles duty as
a great bookmark after the event.
OPPOSITE: Our editorial assistant, Alice, and her friend, Mel,
hosted their book club meeting in the library of a friends
home. As many of us dont have access to such spacious or
convivial surrounds, a caf, or even meeting space in a public
library can make good alternative venues. The extent of the
catering is another topic negotiable by the group.
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ABOVE: While discussion of the book of the day is
important, the camaraderie of gathering with like-minded
friends is an obvious benefit for the clubs members.
RIGHT: Stephanies French onion soup recipe has to be the
simplest yet. Sliced onions are slowly caramelised in the oven
with white wine and chicken stock for an utterly delicious
brew, which is finished with croutons of bread topped with
toasted gruyre cheese.
OPPOSITE: Catering for book club meetings is usually
restricted to finger food, but in deference to the book under
discussion, the girls decided to make their offerings from
Stephanies celebrated encyclopedia, A Cooks Companion.
Offerings included the simple country terrine served with
sliced baguette, cornichons and baby pickled onions. A glass
of red wine was the inevitable accompanying beverage,
though tea and coffee and non-alcoholic beverages were
also available for the guests. Book club can be as formal
or as free-form as the members elect, though this group
completed the business end of the meeting before eating.
LEFT: Stephanie comes from a long line of cooks, and
the recipe for red devils cake was passed down from her
grandmother. The preamble to the recipe mentions that, in
spite of its unusual method, the cake has a fabulous texture
and will keep indefinitely. We were unable to text the latter
claim as the cake disappeared in minutes. For chocoholic
heaven, serve it with a hot chocolate made by stirring hot
milk into melted chocolate. As is the case with all chocolate
recipes, buy the best quality chocolate you can find and
afford for the most delicious results.
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Acheiving the looK
Beacon embraces all things
natural with its latest
collection of lights, Jacob.
Inspired by Scandinavian
design elements, the Jacob
floor and table lamp and
ceiling pendant are made
from whitewashed oak.
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Road to recovery
rebuilding after the devastation of
victorias black saturday bushfires has
been a remarkable journey for the
buxton trout and salmon farm.
By K i s y McKenzie, photo aphy Ken Bas
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rebuilding after the devastation of
victorias black saturday bushfires has
been a remarkable journey for the
buxton trout and salmon farm.
By K i s y McKenzie, photo aphy Ken Bas
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Producer profilE
As Mitch McCrae puts it, they were the best of times
and the worst of times. When the Black Saturday
bushres of February 7, 2009 ravaged across
Victoria, destroying more than 400,000 hectares
of bushland and thousands of homes, claiming 170
lives and devastating the towns of Marysville and
Narbethong, his family business, the Buxton Trout
Farm, was among the casualties.
With the fish ponds on one side of the house and the
Steavenson River, which feeds those ponds, on the other,
we believed we were in a good position to defend ourselves
against the fire, Mitch explains. It proved correct thanks
to our firefighting efforts and those of friends who came
to take shelter at the farm. The pumps that aerate the
ponds kept working up until the fire actually came through
and we lost power so we were able to keep wetting the
house down until the last minute. Finally we took refuge
indoors, put towels under the doors and just waited it out.
Amazingly we survived.
The next day, however, they began to count the cost.
Australias first commercial trout farm, which had been
going strong for more than 50 years, was a smouldering
shadow of its once picture-postcard self. Sheds, fences and
mechanical equipment were gone and then there was the
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Business has slowly
Trout Farmfollowing
thetrout hangfor five
hours inthesmoker;
youngsters enjoy
gettingtheir hands
dirty at Buxton; aprime
theplate; Mitchnets
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very pressing matter of 40 tonnes (with an estimated value
of more that $500,000) of dead fish, including brood stock
for the coming years.
Our first priority was to get them out of the water
to avoid the environmental disaster that would be the
contamination of the river, Mitch says. Times like these
galvanise a community and friends and neighbours turned
up to help. With a concerted effort we were able to net the
fish out of the water. Then an excavator that was working
to clear the road to town turned up and dug a big hole and
we spent the next four days retrieving and burying the fish.
People who had lost their own homes turned up. I cant tell
you how humbling it is to have people who are suffering
their own trauma come to help you sort out your mess.
Roads were blocked to all but local traffic for six weeks, but
as soon as they were open, further assistance came from all
directions. Fishing groups from all over turned up to help with
the clean up, Mitch recalls. Wed donated trout to various
clubs through the years and the members came to help chop
up the trees and clean the place up properly. We really did see
the best of human nature at that time. It was extraordinary.
Advice from the government hatcheries was that
damage to the waterway upstream was so great that the
McCraes should probably rest the farm for a year. Id have
been bankrupt if Id gone down that path, Mitch says. We
couldnt afford to sit around with no income for a year. Then
I got a call from another farm that was up for auction, and
they offered me all their stock. I borrowed as much as I could
on the three per cent loan that was available to fire victims
and bought as much of their stock as I could afford.
Three months after the fire, Buxton Trout and Salmon
farm re-opened to tourists. With fishing ponds rated from
idiot-proof to challenging even for seasoned anglers, people
come to pit their skills at the age-old challenge of hooking a
big one. For a modest fee ($3 for adults, $1 for children) the
farm supplies rods and bait. If you are lucky enough to catch
your supper the staff will also clean and pack the catch in ice.
Alternatively there are barbecues and picnic tables on-site
and visitors are welcome to cook their own and discover the
delights of the freshest trout they are ever likely to taste.
Wed donated trout to various clubs
through the years and the members
came to help chop up the trees and
clean the place up properly.
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Gradually, the commercial side of the business also swung
back into action, albeit with a slightly different model.
Before the fires we were shipping our fish all over the
countryside, Mitch explains. But as we rebuilt, we came to
the realisation that we have a very fine product. Our ponds
are gravity fed from the river, which carries the purest water
down from the melting snow from Lake Mountain, and we
decided this was something to celebrate. So now we focus
on Melbourne only, and the restaurant trade. Our focus is
quality rather than quantity and its working well for us.
The wood-fired smoker, which Mitch describes as the
espresso of smokehouses also swung back into action and
Buxtons smoked trout and trout pat are back on the market.
Buxtonattracts a
throngof fisherfolk
toits ponds; thefarm
staff will cleanandfillet
your catch, preppedfor
dinner time; Buxtons
salmon are milked for
caviar once a year.
Back in the 70s, a Dutch man, who was a third-
generation eel smoker, lived down the road and he was
probably the first person to commercially smoke trout,
Mitch explains. He showed us how to build our smoker for
our trout and salmon and it still works very well. We use the
local Mountain Ash because it burns quickly and doesnt
leave coals. It produces a result that many chefs have rated
the best in Australia.
Another by-product of the farm, salmon caviar, also leapt
to national attention, when Buxtons fish eggs starred on
an episode of MasterChef Australia in 2011. During a short
period in winter when the eggs are fully ripe they are gently
hand-milked from the fish, cleaned, separated and brined
for the distinctive taste and extraordinary popping mouth
sensation that sends foodies into swoons.
Before the fires we were also experimenting with trout
caviar, Mitch explains. But our recovery effort has been
focused on our core business. Gradually we are returning to
full strength and we will have more time and resources to
devote to new products. So in a way, good has come from
bad, as it has shown us what a great product we have and we
are prouder than ever to promote it.
We really did see the best
of human nature at that
time. It was extraordinary.
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redefines the alpine clich with sugar-
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snow and chocolate-box houses set
against midwinter blue skies.
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redefines the alpine clich with sugar-
coated mountains, powder-perfect
snow and chocolate-box houses set
against midwinter blue skies.
Stoy and photo aphy by Don Fchs
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Skiers on the ski run
from Galzig gondola
are treated to a birds-
eye view of the alpine
village, St Christoff.
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chairlifts, gondolas and cable cars. Ski buses commute
between Alpe Rauz near St Christoph and Lech. The
Arlberg is big, believe you me!
We base ourselves in St Anton and as a warm up on our
first day of skiing we choose the small and compact Rendl
area on the southern side of St Anton. It is snowing, the
fir trees wear a white cloak, the sky is grey and brooding
winter as atmospheric as it should be. After three hours
in twilight and poor visibility, our bodies tell us to stop. We
oblige and spend the late afternoon wandering through the
village with the daylight dropping rapidly and the Christmas
lights coming on. Then on day two we embark on our first
extended ski safari. A shallow low pressure that coated
Every year in April, on the last day of the ski season,
up to 500 skiers gather to tame the monster Valuga.
The exercise is called der Weisse Rausch (the White
Thrill), and is considered one of the craziest ski races
in the world. It starts high up at the Valuga ridge,
where the top station of the cable car is perched
precariously at 2650 metres altitude, just below the
summit of the 2811-metre mountain. From there
skiers plunge down the steep slopes and race all
the way to the alpine village of St Anton, covering
nine kilometres distance and dropping 1345 metres
in altitude. The skier who reaches the bottom rst
wins. The best take less than 10 minutes.
Standing on the panorama platform of the Valuga cable
car top station the Fuchs family (mum and dad, teenage
son and daughter) can unanimously confirm that they have
no intentions of even trying this. Although snow crazy, the
requirements for the race, a combination of skill (mediocre),
nerves (frayed), humungous quads (slim and quite untrained)
and a clear death wish (non-existent) for the monster
taming are just not there. We consider ourselves more in the
connoisseurs camp than the thrill-seekers camp. Although
son Daniel might disagree ... Besides, its January, not April. At
almost 9C up at the Valuga however, one could be forgiven
for thinking it is April. The Fhn reigns supreme. It is a dry
warm wind that blows in from the south over the main range
of The Alps. When the Fhn is blowing, the northern side
of the alps has glorious weather, with unlimited visibility,
that lets every peak appear as sharp as a chefs knife. In the
south however, its a very different story. But what do we
care? The weather is glorious, below and all around us is a
winter wonderland, one of the worlds best ski resorts, a skiers
Nirvana: the famous Arlberg ski region.
For those with a foible for numbers: The ski region of
Arlberg in Tyrol, Austria, named after a mountain range, is
a conglomerate of nine ski resorts with a total of 340km
of groomed slopes and 200km of off-piste powder fun.
These resorts are all linked and serviced by 211 T-bars,
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A smiling Fuchs
family on the slopes
near the Valuga; the
Balmalp sits like an
eagles nest on the
Balmengrat above
Zug; the postcard idyll
of car-free Oberlech;
the Rud Alpe, a place
of pilgrimage for
kaiserschmarrn fans.
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most first-timers.
Besides the joy of being in the snow and eating up
kilometre after kilometre of groomed slopes, we were
on another mission or at least daughter Jessica was.
She is very partial to the famous Austrian dish called
kaiserschmarrn, a thick pancake with rum-soaked raisins,
sometimes caramelised, ripped into bite-sized pieces
and served with either apple pure or plum compote.
She struck gold at the Rud Alpe, high above Lech. From
now on, her mission was to delight in the delicacy of
kaiserschmarrn at least once every day.
Sitting on the veranda of Rud Alpe, built in traditional
alpine style with sun-burned timber, it is hard not to resort
to clichs: the panorama, the sun, deep below Lech with
its snow-covered houses and the obligatory church,
create a quintessential European winter wonderland. It is a
about-the-world-scenario. But two restless teenagers
on sugar highs and a ticking clock doesnt allow any
everything with about five to 10 centimetres of fresh snow
has been pushed aside during the night by the Fhn. We
leave St Anton in the still shaded valley and float up with
the Galzig gondola onto the 2085-metre Galzig, a round
peak with slopes in every direction. By the time the sun
has risen over the surrounding peaks, the grooming crews
have finished their jobs and the sky is blue. We are ready to
go. The first run is a delight for the Fuchs quartet: freshly
groomed, wide like a highway, perfect gradient, practically
empty of skiers. Then around the corner the view opens
up to St Christoph below. Its like skiing into a postcard:
sugar-coated mountains, a cluster of alpine-style houses
nestled in the valley, and all that in glorious low-morning
sun. Then up again with a chairlift with heated seats. We
connect to the Schindlergart chairlift, where we float above
dramatic rocky terrain with steep gullies that would make
powder hounds drool. The top station is at 2660 metres
and our next destination, the Alpe Rauz, lies at an altitude
of about 1800 metres. Its a hell of a run, past the Ulmer
Htte with its snow bar. There is Champagne on ice, pretzels
are displayed, and the smell of goulash and wiener wrstl
hangs in the crisp mountain air. The music is pumping and,
although quite early in the day, the first thirsty customers
are already sampling local beer. The run from the Ulmer
Htte down is to become a Fuchs family favourite: perfectly
groomed, a gradient that allows you to let loose, and long
enough to force breaks to stop panting and relax those
untrained quads again. Alpe Rauz itself is down at the road
from St Anton to Lech. It is here we board the ski bus that
shuttles skiers over the dramatic Flexen Pass, a mountain
pass reinforced with tunnels and avalanche galleries, to the
alpine hotel village of Zrs and on to Lech. Lech is exclusive,
a favourite winter destination for European royalty and
with prices to match. However, the ski bus is included in
the tickets and on a mission to fathom the extent of this
combined ski region, we sensibly bypass restaurants, cafs,
shops and head straight for the Schlegelkopf chairlift and
up the mountain. If this brief description leaves you a little
breathless, so were we. We felt pressured by the sheer size of
the ski region, needing to go from one end to the other like
Winter walk from
Lech to the remote
mountain restaurant
lpele; horse-drawn
sleigh as an alternative
to walking; mum-
drawn toboggan as
another alternative for
younger folks; wayside
chapel on the forests
edge near Zug.
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slackness on that first day of reconnaissance. Down again
it was, up once more, down a different route via car-free
Oberlech more postcard territory then its time to
start the long journey back to St Anton. Although only just
after 2pm, parts of Lech are already in the shadows of the
imposing Omeshorn (2557 metres) that looms above the
village, when we board the ski bus back.
It is all about skiing in St Anton which prides itself on
being the cradle of alpine skiing. It all goes back to the gifted
skier Hannes Schneider, founder of the famous Arlberg Ski
School and inventor of revolutionary skiing techniques. The
ski museum, housed in a historic house above the village,
is dedicated in parts to this legendary skiing pioneer. Since
Hannes Schneider raced down the slopes of St Anton on
home-made skis, the alpine village has come a long way,
developing into a truly international and cosmopolitan
resort. English seems to be the preferred language here,
quite often with an Aussie accent. It is because more and
more Australians are discovering St Anton and the Arlberg.
The last financial year saw an increase of 37 per cent
Australian snow addicts according to the local tourism body.
As if to prove the point, the apartment next to ours was
occupied by an Australian family. We also bump into three
young Aussie snowboarders from Bondi at the dramatic
St Anton ski show, attracted by St Antons reputation as a
destination for serious powder fans. The ski show is a once-
a-week extravaganza where the final steep drop into the
World Cup stadium becomes the screen for multi-media
images. During the show some of the ski instructors show
off their skills and demonstrate the change in ski techniques
over the years. History of course is celebrated, fireworks and
a homage to the grooming experts rounds the event off.
That night the stars are twinkling in the sky and the
snow freezes with the rapidly dropping night temperatures,
making crunching noises when we walk home. We know
tomorrow will be another big ski day. The Fhn will continue,
perfect weather is guaranteed. Driven by tales of the Weisse
Rausch we decide on our second ski safari to go up the
Valuga for a look and a ski down (slowly and without time
pressure). Then we move on to explore the slopes left and
right of Zrs. The little hotel village, placed in a treeless
valley along the road to Lech, exists only because of skiing.
In summer, surrounded by alpine meadows, it is almost
completely abandoned, more eyesore than picturesque
alpine village. In winter however, snow camouflages its
feel of artifice. Zrs is buzzing with skiers and its hotels are
booked out. The first excursion after arriving with the ski
bus is up to the Triftkopf (2423 metres) with a wonderfully
old-fashioned cable car. Its a fabulous run down, with
panoramic views over Zrs to the perfectly groomed
snow highways on the other side. The centre point is the
restaurant on the Seekopf where Jessica continued her
investigation into who makes the best kaiserschmarrn.
For those with a similar obsession: the Triftalp above Zrs
and the Heustadl above St Anton offer equally delectable
versions of this dish.
The Austrian town
of Lech is a favourite
winter destination for
European royals, with
lifts and cable cars
providing access to
the extensive skiing
regions to either side
of the village.
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Up on the Seekopf, skiers have choices: to quickly ski down
to the frozen Zrser See to take the Madloch chairlift up to the
Madloch Joch (2438 metres) and follow the ski route down
to the small village of Zug. From there the massive skiing
area around Lech becomes accessible. The run down to Zug
however is not groomed and requires skill. Others might
enjoy the various runs back down to Zrs. We, however, take
the Muggengrat chairlift up and plunge into the dramatic
Zrser Tli, a narrow valley framed by the wild rock walls of the
surrounding mountains. Then it is time to head back toward
St Anton. At the last run of the day, the home run down to the
village, we have a stopover at the Heustadl for a bit of post-
skiing fun. A band is playing, a group of English skiers, dressed
in old-fashioned tweed just for the fun of it, are switching from
beer to questionable peach schnapps. Jessica is testing another
kaiserschmarrn, Mum is cradling a hot chocolate and Dad is
bonding with his 18-year-old over a strange concoction called
Fliegender Hirsch (Jgermeister with Red Bull, we later learned).
During our week in the Arlberg, we dont return to Lech
for skiing. With the Fhn showing no signs of slowing down
and temperatures consistently above zero, the lower slopes
around Lech start to suffer. Instead we revisit our favourite
runs on the St Anton side. But it becomes clear that fresh snow
is now needed. It happens on our last day in Austria but by
then we are all skied out. The teenagers opt for exploring the
indoor climbing hall as well as the skating rink at the modern
aquatic centre in St Anton. The parents catch up with Swiss
friends and indulge in some winter magic. Its back to Lech
for a winter walk to the Zuger lpele, a remote restaurant
deep in a valley west of the village. The Zuger lpele is only
accessible by foot, on cross-country skis or with horse-drawn
sleds. The dark fir forest is quiet, the sound dampened by
the falling snow. Only the church bells of the small village of
Zug temporarily interrupt the tranquility. The mountains on
both sides of the valley disappear into the low clouds. A horse
sled is passing us near a small chapel. Maybe the Arlberg ski
area is more than just skiing. Later that day, having kaffee
and kchen in a cosy caf in Lech, pouring over the map that
helps skiers negotiate the massive ski area, we realise that we
covered less than half of it in our week here.
Traditional decoration
at the entrance door to
the lpele; the village
of St Anton at dusk; the
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centre in St Anton;
pretzels at the snow
bar at Ulmer Htte.
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things we love that you are bound to want for your home.
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Keep warm and toasty
this winter with the
Australian Alpaca
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on this stunning
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latest bestseller
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priced at $420.
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creates a stylish focal point in the home. jetmaster.com.au
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in the shops in the shops
Were pining after these
Leather Trim Gloves from Laura
Ashleys Black & White Decadence
collection, priced at $59.
One of a kind, high-quality ceramic pieces, Studio Australias
collection of hand-painted pottery and lamps makes the perfect
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Take a stroll down Memory Lane. The vast range of antique light
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latest obsessions, the Aurelia
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the perfect backpack,
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and most importantly,
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Specically designed
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Express gratitude in a way
that only owers can, with
Treloar Roses Thank You
Rose. An award-winning
ower, these mauve
blooms are the perfect
gift for a loved one and,
with a dollar from every
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in the shops
Delight your senses and indulge
in a slice of zesty lemon fudge.
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delight can be found at a
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sign would make a welcome addition to any home.
If youre a fan of character architecture with a historic twist,
get acquainted with Harkaway Homes, Australias leading
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by the 1860s and a bestseller from Harkaway Homes collection.
in the shops
Combining the artistry
of the old with the
technology of the
new, the wood stove
is experiencing a
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an environmentally
responsible heater.
Look to Pecan
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As winter wears on,
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in the shops in the shops
Thomas Cooks diverse range of womens multifunctional,
designer gumboots come in three styles, the ankle boot, the
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treks and as a quirky fashion statement, wellies have never
looked quite so good. RRP from $49.95.
Serve in style with the embossed shell rectangle platter from
Homestead Elegance, with a retail price of $55.
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custom-made piece of metal
artwork by artist and designer,
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natural elements, these pieces
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no two artworks the same.
Pictured here is the delightful
Apple Topiary.
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ring from John W.
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gold, satin brass
and English bronze,
Perrin & Rowes
latest free-standing
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any bathroom. A
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interior with
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in the shops
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towels from Abode bring a
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Adopt classic
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space. Priced at $235.
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is one of Melbournes nest homeware stores. From French
provincial to Georgian- and even Edwardian-inspired pieces,
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The lake is bordered by
a series of sunken garden
rooms, which provides a
more intimate space to
sit beneath the English
oaks and look across to
the Chinese pagoda.
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Like any garden, water plays an integral role in
the practical design and delights at Mayeld. The
large lake, nestled in a curve at the bottom of the
garden, was originally built as a simple dam to
capture run-off and rainfall to supply the irrigation
system. However, demonstrating that practical can
also be pretty, water now bubbles naturally over
boulders and rocks as it makes its way down the
hillside. The creek winds through an opulent grove
of lush plantings of maples, ornamental pears
and tulip trees with paths to guide visitors across
charming stone bridges. The lake itself is bordered
by a series of sunken garden rooms, which
provides a more intimate space to sit beneath the
English oaks and look across the water, perhaps
to the Chinese pagoda sitting serenely on the lake
and connected by a striking red bridge.
The entire garden opens to the public for
selected weekends in spring and autumn, but in
response to public demand, a 36-acre (15-hectare)
area is now open year-round, including the water
garden, fed from the lake by a small waterfall
through an impressive stone bridge that took
four stonemasons a year to construct. Those
same dark stone walls line gravel pathways
and terraced gardens that border the intricate
collection of ponds lled with lilies and iris
together with the dramatic splashes of red and
contrasting green of Japanese maples.
Reaching out into the water around the lower
ponds, the paths meander around groves of
Clockwise from below:
A Chinese pagoda sits at
the lakes edge; boulders
near the base of the creek
gardens; a wooden bridge
leading to the pagoda with
a stone bridge that took
stonemasons four years to
build in the background.
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Behind every amazing gardener is
a supportive mower and hole digger,
an area in which Bede excels.
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nostalgia and old-fashioned whimsy. The long and
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drama, and the wreaths Mary makes from poppy
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views are such a highlight, she says. Every day
is a new day. The back room is designed as a
picture-book room it has 15 windows that
all look onto a different view. Recently a studio
mimicking this design has been added, with
the purpose of hosting artist workshops on a
monthly basis. Its a lovely atmosphere in there
and people enjoy being able to paint, walk out
and sit on the garden benches to enjoy the view,
Mary adds. Were also home to fantastic lizards,
which people are fascinated with. They live in the
boulders and you can spot ve to 10 at a time.
Naturally, behind every amazing gardener is
a supportive mower and hole digger, an area in
which Bede excels. I love the physicality, he says.
I worked in an ofce all my life and I feel so lucky to
be out in the open in such a lovely spot, away from
the corporate world. I like the peace and tranquillity
and I dont miss the social intensity. Weve got
a great social group here but we can enjoy our
surroundings without the hassle of feeling we have
to catch up with people all the time. Bedes favourite garden is the Australian
Clockwise from above: As a former orist, Mary loves roses; a corrugated- iron cow grazes in the garden; meteorite-like granite boulders punctuate the rolling landscape of Victorias Goldelds region.
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By Alice Gi n
where beauty and history line streets
at every turn, one might ask, where
to start? The answer remains with the
food of course. The ultimate foodies
chaperone, Jane Paechs Delicious Days
in Paris, features 14 guided walks around
the charismatic streets, with each tour
themed on a particular Parisian delicacy.
Venture o the beaten tourist track
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delightful illustrations and beautiful
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transformed the obligatory walking tour
into a mouth-watering adventure.
the magic of old
Calling all car, motorbike and plane
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and it is taking the agricultural world by
storm. Join self-proclaimed tractorphile
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Four Kitchens
Bring restaurant-quality meals to your
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rst cookbook from the My Kitchen Rules
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life his two restaurant kitchens, home
kitchen and outdoor kitchen. Containing
a range of simple to advanced recipes for
novice chefs to master, admittedly with a
little practice, each page in Four Kitchens is
guided by Colins principles. His philosophy
of sourcing local produce, nose-to-tail
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meals with others coupled with innovative
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delicious days in paris
When visiting the iconic city of romance,
three sisters bake
With a mother who taught home economics and grandparents who owned a
sweet shop, the Reith sisters were seemingly destined for a life of food. The huge
success of their caf, Three Sisters Bake, nestled in Quarriers Village in the Scottish
countryside wasnt exactly what these food fanatics had anticipated, however. Now,
the trio is trying their luck in the world of publications, with their rst cookbook
showcasing their most innovative, simple and delicious meals, not to mention a
whole lot of baked goodies, as well. From blueberry pancake stacks to chocolate
brownie thick shakes, Three Sisters Bake has something for every sweet-tooth.
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Just browsing
book features simple, easy and most
importantly, tasty dishes that are
guaranteed to have the kids around the
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mangia! mangia!
Granddaughters of Italian migrants, it was
always high on Teresa Oates and Angela
Villellas lists to retain the customs and
rituals of their forebears culture. And what
better way to do this than through food,
for which Italians are famous. The girls are
back by popular demand, this time to share
their families heritage and discover where
their love of food really began.
award-winning publication, Flavours of
Melbourne. Trekking far and wide through
the nooks and crannies that is Melbournes
complex lane system, this uber-chic book
features a treasure trove of contemporary
food and wine establishments and a
collection of recipes from local chefs.
french for everyone
In an attempt to dispel the scary nature
of French cookbooks, beloved My Kitchen
Rules TV host and restaurateur Manu
Feildel oers his latest cookbook, French
for Everyone. Throw out the complicated
ingredient lists and arduous techniques
often needed for French recipes, this
your culinary passions, Maximum
Flavour has it all. Follow the wise words
of Aki and Alexander, consultants and
professional problem-solvers to the chefs
of the worlds nest eateries, and learn
to perfect the art of bread-baking, soup
ladling, and sh frying. Jam-packed with
fun food facts and tips to maximise your
meals as well as delicious recipes this
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the womens
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When it comes to health issues, often clear
and concise information is empowering,
with knowledge enabling patients to
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Nowadays however, as our digital world
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Womens Health Book an extensive health
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the nations leading practitioners providing
clear and concise information on womens
health issues from sexuality, bullying and
nutrition to many more, The Womens
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flavours of melbourne
Authors and avid foodies Jonette and
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best eateries in the city to bring readers
an updated guide of their international
Just browsing
adorn: 25 stylish diy fashion projects
Breathe new life into your neglected wardrobe with the guidance of two avid DIY-ers,
fashion bloggers Kit Lee and Shini Park. Featuring a unique collection of 25 step-by-
step projects, Adorn readers will learn to create and have the pleasure of wearing
one-of-a-kind statement pieces, minus the hefty price tag. From embellished collars
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brings the latest accessories and outts to your ngertips, with creators requiring
little more than basic sewing skills, and an imaginative passion for fashion.
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versatile fruits.
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