Last Updated: July 02, 2015

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TV cook no stranger to heat

DURING this season’s series of MasterChef, she was known as “the farmer from Korumburra”.

With Joe, every dog has his day

THEY say you can’t teach old dogs new tricks.

Foray into China’s past

I KNOW it’s a long shot, but if you are ever in central China, might I suggest a visit to the desert?

With Joe, every dog has his day

CL: Kelpie Training with Joe Spicer

THEY say you can’t teach old dogs new tricks.

He’s the bee’s knees

Gippsland Stories

WHEN Ted Ripper became a licensed beekeeper at the age of six, he was most likely the youngest apiarist in Victoria — if not Australia.

TV cook no stranger to heat

Masterchef Melita

DURING this season’s series of MasterChef, she was known as “the farmer from Korumburra”.

Tim’s new sales pitch

COUNTRY LIVING: Tim Derham Cricket bats

WHILE some farmers focus on paddock to plate, Tim Derham is into paddock to pitch.

Becky loves a sticky situation

Supplied Editorial

IT’S a sticky situation, but one that Warrnambool’s Becky Nevin Berger is relishing.

Diving into the deep end

Freediving

THE mere thought of holding your breath for five minutes is enough to make most hyperventilate.

Carer makes a difference

Yooralla volunteer David Perry

BEING a carer isn’t easy, but if you’ve got the commitment and passion to help others it’s worth it.

Zeitgeit with zithers

Angie Smailes

MONDAY 7pm, Birregurra: the music of what sounds like an ensemble of harps fills the air.

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Foray into China’s past

I KNOW it’s a long shot, but if you are ever in central China, might I suggest a visit to the desert?

Bewitching outback

Bewitching outback

THEY are names rusted on to folklore as authentic signposts to inland Australia — Mildura, Burra, Clare, even that mountain of gold, Ballarat.

A whale of a time

 Warrnambool Flagstaff Hill and Shipwreck Coast tour.

TO AN adult, Warrnambool is all about the romance of the sea, shipwrecks, whales and the Great Ocean Road.

Byron lords it over rivals

Supplied Editorial Fwd: Cape Byron Kayaks

BOBBING on a kayak off the most easterly point of Australia, at Byron Bay, we’re meant to be looking for dolphins.

Melbourne calling

Melbourne City Skyline cityscape Picture: Inniss Cam

IT could be the siren song of football at the MCG.

Blooms warm the soul

I ONCE had a highly embarrassing experience in Whitby in Britain and it served me right.

From little things ...

From little things ...

MANY decades ago, I was asked to landscape a primary school’s grounds on the outskirts of a big city.

A prickly prune

A prickly prune

RIGHT now is a perfect time to prune and rejuvenate almost every kind of rose plant.

Women of the roses

Women of the roses

IT’S been bitterly cold during the last few days in our quiet little Tasmanian valley.

Get planting those herbs

Get planting those herbs

WE ARE approaching the coldest time of the year, but it’s also the busiest planting time.

A fraîche, tasty snack

CRÈME fraîche, while once a novel and trendy dairy ingredient, has now settled into mainstream cooking.

Let onions be the star

Jeremy Vincent - Food for CL

THE common brown onion is a feature of much of our cooking.

Warming to the core

Jeremy Vincent - Food for CL

NOTHING says early winter quite like an apple that’s sweet, crisp, tart and juicy.

Find comfort in soup

Jeremy Vincent - Food for CL

THERE are few foods as comforting as homemade chicken noodle soup.

Their hearts will melt

Jeremy Vincent - Food for CL

WORKING with chocolate in the kitchen can have its pitfalls, particularly when it comes to applying heat for melting.

A day of moos and rainbow hues

RAINBOWS were everywhere on social media last week — not because of rain, but to support gay rights.

Barnaby’s map’s as clear as mud

Barnaby’s map’s as clear as mud

LOOKS like Barnaby Joyce prefers good old mud maps to Google Maps when it comes to directing people.

I’ll take that mail now

I’ll take that mail now

“STAND and deliver ... the mail” is what this chap seems to be saying to the world.

The Shed

Valiant work helps carve a niche

Craig Jones - Shed

CRAIG Jones created a wooden version of his 1965 Chrysler Valiant ute.

Last laugh in Kelly’s vault

Last laugh in Kelly’s vault

WAS Ned Kelly the quintessential Australian Robin Hood, a larrikin who ended up on the wrong side of the law, or a thug?

St Arnaud gets it own holy grail

St Arnaud gets it own holy grail

AUSTRALIA’S first bible museum — and the world’s only bible museum to be run by women — was off to a rocky start.

Sue’s mint Marina hits the road

Sue’s mint Marina hits the road

WHEN Sue Wilson found a 1972 Morris Marina TC Coupe Automatic for sale, she knew it was a good buy.

Miranda

Recognition for women of the land

Recognition for women of the land

FEW in farming and agriculture would recognise the name Meredith Hayes.

Safety key for mobility scooters

Safety key for mobility scooters

WEDNESDAY is community lunch day at the Hopetoun Senior Citizens Rooms.

Buddhist project big in many ways

Buddhist project big in many ways

AS A child, I was dragged along to Catholic Mass every Sunday.

Jams, scones and making a change

Jams, scones and making a change

THE Country Women’s Association in Victoria is gaining two members a day.

Bookshelf

Tomorrow We Escape

Tomorrow We Escape

TOM Trumble first learnt about Australian World War II prisoner of war Ian Busst on Anzac Day 2013.

Sharing Puglia

Sharing Puglia

LUCA Lorusso spent his youth running around his Italian hometown of Puglia — the land of olive oil.

The Cottage under the big Pines

The Cottage under the big Pines

IN OPERA, there’s always debate about whether the words and plot, or the music itself, is more important.

Muse

Muse

THE intriguing world of publishing and its bigger than life characters are the focus of Galassi’s Muse.

They ‘walk out with bags of cash’

They ‘walk out with bags of cash’

AUSTRALIA’S glitzy gospel church now boasts Justin Bieber as its new pin-up boy. But Hillsong is reportedly fleecing its followers for millions.

News Macca’s fans have been waiting for

Golden arches finally go up at Tecoma

THIS is not a drill. We repeat, this is not a drill. It’s already happening overseas but now McDonald’s is about to make its Aussie fans really happy.

11-year-old’s perfect breakup texts

11-year-old’s perfect breakup texts

IN A playground romance gone-bad, this 11-year-old has called out her dodgy boyfriend in a series of hilarious breakup texts.

‘Fill the house with young blood’

‘Fill the house with young blood’

THEY paid $2 million for their dream home. But just days later, someone called ‘the Watcher’ started to send them disturbing letters.

Rate cuts recharge home price growth

Aerial images of houses in Melbourne over the Eastern Suburbs.

INTEREST rate cuts are credited with spurring a slowing housing market back into action this year, as growth picks up again.

Suburbs where every auction sells

Gavel with house - generic auction real estate

HOMEOWNERS have been virtually guaranteed a sale at auction in some Melbourne suburbs. Where are the hottest markets?

Clothes Qantas wouldn’t allow

Caitlin Bassett - West Coast Fever

“WHAT do they expect me to wear?” A perplexed passenger has taken to Twitter to ask the airline to please explain why she was denied entry over her outfit.

‘My suitcase was like a sex shop’

‘My suitcase was like a sex shop’

MEETING billionaire suitors, joining the ‘mile high club’ and having a man at every port. This flight attendant’s 10 years on the job were anything but dull.

Five ways airlines are making flying better

Five ways airlines are making flying better

PACKED planes. Less legroom. Fewer frequent flyer points. Is that all travellers can look forward to? Thankfully, no. Here are five things making flying better.

Poison fear at Fiskville

Neville Callow

NED Callow will find out at the end of the month if he has been poisoned.

Corryong club in the blood

Corryong footy family

THERE was only ever one club Gordon Nicholas was going to let his kids play for — Corryong.

Ports off the hook on wheat

Harvest rolling in at Graincorp receival in Geelong

GRAIN growers are “disappointed” with a decision to grant exemptions to the Melbourne and Geelong ports operators.

First man up for the Challenger

First man up for the Challenger

A SOUTH Australian farmer is the first in the country to take delivery of a new Challenger MT800 series tractor.

Chance of rare winter cyclone

Chance of rare winter cyclone

A TROPICAL low poses a risk of developing into a rare out-of-season cyclone in the Coral Sea.