Last Updated: August 05, 2015

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Sally calls Ocean Grove home

AT 7am each morning, when Sally Wilson swims at Ocean Grove, the reality of her new life truly sinks in.

Sledding is such a howl

ACROSS the snow-capped summit of Mt Baw Baw comes the evocative, eerie howling of Huskies.

Tasty snack, or meal

SIMPLE minced meats and spices combine to create the foundation for a delicious and versatile meal.

Fond memory of ‘flimsy’ train line

COUNTRY LIVING: Noojee Trestle Bridge

RAY Johns is one of the last of the steam railway drivers.

Lucky number seven still stands

COUNTRY LIVING: Noojee Trestle Bridge

IN West Gippsland, it’s known as the valley of the trestles.

Trees sow seeds for African farmers

Jimmy Musiime

PASSIONATE tree growers from the Otways are sharing their skills and time to help Ugandan rural communities.

Milking the letterbox

Milking the letterbox

THE BUCK family love their dairy-themed letterbox so much they took it with them when they moved.

Sally calls Ocean Grove home

My Home Town - Ocean Grove

AT 7am each morning, when Sally Wilson swims at Ocean Grove, the reality of her new life truly sinks in.

Have a ball in the ’Bool

Edward Mahony Warrnambool

TALK to Edward Mahony and words such as “dynamic”, “community” and “rejuvenation” flow freely.

Finest of French flair

COUNTRY LIVING: Merricks General Store

THERE was a time when Patrice Repellin worked in the world’s best restaurants and served Michael Jackson.

Sledding is such a howl

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ACROSS the snow-capped summit of Mt Baw Baw comes the evocative, eerie howling of Huskies.

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Home of the good life

MOUNT Warning is an ominous name for such a beautiful summit.

Real China revealed

Real China revealed

CHINA really is a land of contrasts.

Pride of the south

Pride of the south

IT’S early evening in front of Avignon’s Palais des Papes and the tourist hordes have gone for the day.

Away from the crowd

 Mt Baw Baw

RAOUL Picot was a 14-year-old when he first came to Mt Baw Baw as one of the early pioneers.

Clear as crystal

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WHEN Naren King opened his property more than three decades ago, he didn’t know what to call it.

Sweet and easy spuds

POTATOES are produced in such an unusual and easy way, it’s possible to grow excellent crops at home.

Beware of nursery bargains

Beware of nursery bargains

I’M NOT the only gardener who gets a bit picky when selecting and buying plants.

Tasty, accessible fruit

Tasty, accessible fruit

SOME fruit trees grow far too vigorously — they can become so tall we need a ladder to harvest the fruit.

Late bloomers shine

Late bloomers shine

I USED to admire a particularly beautiful, stately tree in a large suburban garden.

Enjoy a berry bounty

Enjoy a berry bounty

A NEGLECTED, tangled raspberry patch can look a bit intimidating at this time of the year.

Cabbage adds colour

CABBAGE is one of those vegetables which some people steer away from.

Tasty snack, or meal

COUNTRY LIVING: Food Shoot with Jeremy Vincent

SIMPLE minced meats and spices combine to create the foundation for a delicious and versatile meal.

Super savoury spuds

COUNTRY LIVING: Food Shoot with Jeremy Vincent

IT MAY be old-fashioned, but potatoes baked in their jackets make for true comfort food.

Top off Christmas in July

COUNTRY LIVING: Food Shoot with Jeremy Vincent

WE go out of our way to make plum puddings at Christmas but the weather just isn’t suited to such a rich dessert.

Dip into biscuits

COUNTRY LIVING: Food Shoot with Jeremy Vincent

THE smell of homemade biscuits in the oven and that ‘just-baked’ finish is a winner every time.

Sod’s law spells dirty work

IT’S a bit of a toss-up which is the more boring — a ribbon cutting or a sodturning ceremony.

Hey, bale art is everywhere

Hey, bale art is everywhere

LOOKS like farmers all over the world love a bit of hay bale art.

Horse frames new career

Horse frames new career

CUTBACKS in regional media are biting so hard that horses are being employed as camera guys.

The Shed

The pharmacy that time forgot

Dow's Pharmacy Museum

IN 1968 Childtern local Hilda Dow simply turned the lock on her pharmacy and never reopened.

One very pampered Cougar

John Spunner Cougar

ENTHUSIAST John Spunner is meticulous about caring for his 1970 Mercury Boss Cougar Eliminator.

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?

Miranda

Book festival in a town near you

Book festival in a town near you

THIS weekend’s Bendigo Writers Festival offers a big line-up for a bush event.

Let’s boost transport in the bush

Let’s boost transport in the bush

PUBLIC Transport Victoria is seeking your say about how to deliver train, bus and coach services for the bush.

Home invasion terrifies family

Home invasion terrifies family

MEGGS Hannes didn’t ever lock her farmhouse. Not at night. Not when she wasn’t there during the day.

Flights coming in for hard landing

Flights coming in for hard landing

TRAVEL is food for the soul. It’s also deadly for human life on the planet.

Bookshelf

Meatballs: The Ultimate Guide

Meatballs: The Ultimate Guide

HERE’S a cooking trend prediction for you: prawn cocktails will be the next big thing.

Northern Heat

Northern Heat

Northern Heat has everything: suspense, a love story, mystery, murder and even a cyclone

Certain Admissions

Certain Admissions

SOME readers may remember the John Bryan Kerr case.

Love Layer Cakes

Love Layer Cakes

IF EVER you’re in London, head to Belgravia for a piece of cake at Peggy Porschen’s Parlour.

Kids banned, business booms

Kids banned, business booms

LIAM FLYNN doesn’t care if you don’t like it. If you pay to eat, that doesn’t mean everyone has to endure your kids.

‘One small step for man at a time’

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THE husband of an astronaut shortlisted for a Mars mission has revealed why he and her children support her decision to sign up for the one-way trip.

Why women are freezing at work

Why women are freezing at work

IF YOU’RE a woman and you’re feeling the cold when you’re at work, you’re not imagining it. Blame it on the men.

Why it’s easier to buy a house than you think

First Home buyers

PINING for the good old days when houses were cheaper and it was much easier to get into the market? It might not be as hard today as you think.

The homes you’d buy if you won Lotto

The homes you’d buy if you won Lotto

MOST of us can only dream of buying these homes, or more specifically, of winning the lottery and then buying them. You can peek inside for free though.

Ripple effect pushing house prices

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MELBOURNE’S median house price climbed $25,000 in three months as more buyers were forced to look in middle and outer suburbs.

Are these the world’s best kept secrets?

Are these the world’s best kept secrets?

THESE places are so incredible it’s hard to believe the world doesn’t know about them. Here’s where to go when you want to get away from it all.

The world’s steepest street

The world’s steepest street

AT FIRST glance this quiet suburban street doesn’t seem challenging. But looks are tremendously deceptive and it’s a tough slog to the top.

World’s best chef is coming here

Chef Rene Redzepi from Denmark's Noma restaurant.

NOMA, the Danish restaurant voted best in the world four times, has just announced it will open a pop-up restaurant in Australia next year.

Shot in the foot

Shot in the foot

FIREARMS regulators have been working to further tighten Australia’s strict gun ownership laws.

Swifts Creek shocks Bruthen

Swifts Creek shocks Bruthen

SWIFTS Creek has stunned the Omeo and District league by bundling Bruthen out of the competition in the first semi-final.

Pulford faces permit f iasco

NEWS: Right to farm - Marion McDonnell and Colin Pace

THE Victorian Government fears thousands of farmers may be forced to apply for planning permits to keep operating.

Chaser a bin for all seasons

Chaser a bin for all seasons

FINCH has released a new chaser bin that can be altered for a variety of applications.