Last Updated: August 01, 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.

Have a ball in the ’Bool

Edward Mahony Warrnambool

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

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.

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.

Tombstone gigs help the living

my home town - teesdale

TO the casual observer, it’s simply a shed in a paddock.

Free to be fashionable

COUNTRY LIVING: Old Madame Weigel Patterns

IT’S the end of the 19th Century and an underground fashion craze is sweeping through Victoria’s east.

Free rein for Snowy life

NEWS: Joan Sinclair

KHANCOBAN’s Joan Sinclair would be the last person to think she is anything special.

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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

Supplied Editorial Fwd: Crystal Castle

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

Foray into China’s past

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?

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.

Blooms warm the soul

Blooms warm the soul

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

Tasty snack, or meal

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.

A fraîche, tasty snack

COUNTRY LIVING: Food Shoot with Jeremy Vincent

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

Magpie settles for top spot

DAVE Young saw our picture of a kookaburra sitting on top of a bird scarer and thought he could go one better.

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?

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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.

A Girl’s Own Adventure

A Girl’s Own Adventure

JUSTINE Constance Broughton Tweed began to write snippets of her life decades ago.

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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.

The Governor’s House

The Governor’s House

UNDERPINNING this highly readable book are the deprivations of the colonial Tasmanian convict system.

‘I’m not selling my body, it’s right here’

‘I’m not selling my body, it’s right here’

SEX workers have come out swinging against “ridiculous” claims that prostitution is like “other forms of body invasion, including the sale of organs”.

Bigger boobs without busting the bank

Mid section of a woman holding silicone implants. breast implants.

IT’S not just your breasts that will be enlarged by cosmetic surgery, your debt could double too if you buy your boobs on credit.

The gaffe to end all Bachelor gaffes

The gaffe to end all Bachelor gaffes

AND you thought you were awkward on first dates. One of Australia’s new Bachelorettes made quite a first impression.

Buyers love the classics

Buyers love the classics

Melbourne’s inner suburban streetscapes are line with fine examples of some of the city’s most enduring house styles. But how much do we really love them?

Island home? What you could buy overseas

Island home? What you could buy overseas

THE local property market is running hot as Melbourne’s median price hits new heights, but you’ll be shocked at what the same cash can buy overseas.

An answer to housing affordability

First Home buyers

A DINNER conversation played out all around Australia stirs debate about whether young people can afford a home.

Road tripping from the Vegas Strip

Road tripping from the Vegas Strip

KEEN to see more than the bright lights of Las Vegas on a US road trip? We’ve found four roads out of town, which let you see the best of Nevada’s desert.

Inside Mariah’s $14,000-a-night palace

Mariah Carey

WHEN Mariah Carey takes some beachside down time, she does it in billionaire style. Check out the palatial digs she’s rented in Malibu.

More pets to sail on Queen Mary 2

Supplied Editorial Fwd: FW: Cunard announces significant refurbishment for Queen Mary 2

A REFURBISHMENT of the Queen Mary 2 is not only making for room for more human passengers. There will be new kennels for sea-going pets, too, writes Brad Crouch.

Rates for loan schemes reduced

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INTEREST rates across all Federal Government loan schemes for farm businesses will drop from tomorrow.

New Holland lifts its game

New Holland lifts its game

NEW Holland’s LM range of telehandlers offers models capable of working with weights from 2500kg to 4200kg.

Have a ball in the ’Bool

Edward Mahony Warrnambool

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

Massive rain dumped on Wheatbelt

Heavy rain Perth

A DEEP low pressure system has dumped massive rainfall on the West Australian Wheatbelt.