Last Updated: April 24, 2014

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Wool fashion Nicola smitten by Tassie

NICOLA Mason is a star of Australian fashion.

Merv honours Mallee pioneers

WHEN Merv Gladigau’s family moved to the South Australian Mallee in 1957, it was plagued with rabbits.

Frank’s star burns bright

Frank Martinez. Bright

THERE was a time chef Frank Martinez was a star among stars.

Chefs love for hand-raised pigs

Taste - Chef Benjamin Sommariva and farmer

HERITAGE pigs are treated like family at Katrina McCullough Williams Parawa farm.

Merv honours Mallee pioneers

 The Riverland. Berri/Loxton. Volunteer Merv Gladigau at The Loxton Historical Village. Picture: Gorbunovs Patrick

WHEN Merv Gladigau’s family moved to the South Australian Mallee in 1957, it was plagued with rabbits.

Sam likes to travel solar

 Sam Mitchell pic enhanced Picture: Supplied

WHEN his mates were in to first cars , Sam Mitchell loved “weird bikes” and solar-powered technology.

Wool fashion Nicola smitten by Tassie

 Nicola Mason of Smitten Merino and her daughter Brooke, 18, left, who helps with the business, in the workroom at home in Ta...

NICOLA Mason is a star of Australian fashion.

Farmers hit with lonely hearts

Easter Show

SYDNEY’S single ladies are looking to the man on the land for love with outback farmers at the Sydney Royal Easter Show.

INTERVIEW Soul nourishment

IT APPEARS like an apparition out of Western Australia’s outback red dirt.

Ballarat raises the bar

 Mitchell Harris Cellar Door. Craig Mitchell (Left) and John Harris Picture: Andy Rogers

IT COULD be a wine bar in any metropolis.

TRAVEL Highway hot spot

 Photo of Tocumwal. Sarah Hudson pics Picture: Supplied

TRAVELLERS have long known of the secret charms of Tocumwal.

TRAVEL Old World, new treats

 Chill - Buckingham Palace in London, England. View of building exterior.

IT WAS English writer Samuel Johnson who noted “when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life”.

Motorhomes Cooking with gas

 Britz motorhome, Western Australia. One time use only. Picture: Supplied

A FEW grey hairs does not a grey nomad make.

Sweet smell of success

I REFUSE to harvest our clingstone peaches until I can smell the ripeness when passing the trees.

Cundall: Spring bulbs

 Daffodils Picture: Supplied

SOME spring bulbs are so tough they can withstand the coldest winters including the most savage frosts.

GARDEN Cundall: Zucchinis

 Zucchini Picture: Supplied

ZUCCHINIS have their limitations, but their relative, the pumpkin, is as popular as ever.

Dutch treat for lily lovers

Flower show preview at Sunnyhill Flowers

SUNNY Hill Flowers has been supplying blooms for the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show for 15 years.

GARDEN Cundall: Autumn foliage

 Ginkgo leaves in the sunlight. Picture: Supplied

WHEN the leaves of maidenhair trees change colour in autumn, the beauty can almost stop passing traffic.

How to make crumble

ONE of the easiest cool-weather foods to make is a fruit crumble.

Frank’s star burns bright

Frank Martinez. Bright

THERE was a time chef Frank Martinez was a star among stars.

FOOD How to make chicken stock

Country Living Food pics with Jeremy Vincent

HOMEMADE stock is the cornerstone of any great homemade soup.

EASTER MENU Eleanor Ozich's beetroot choc pud

 Beetroot Chocolate Pudding. WKT ONLY. Picture: Supplied

FLUFFY and light on the outside, fudgy and molten on the inside, this rich chocolate pudding contains a secret ingredient: beetroot, which adds a lovely moistness.

EASTER MENU Eleanor Ozich's lamb leg steaks

 Lamb Leg Steaks With Mint And Apple Cider Sauce. WKT ONLY. Picture: Supplied

SOMETIMES I just crave a juicy, beautifully cooked steak.

I’m a right royal ram

YOU could say it was a case of royalty meets royalty when Kate and Will were introduced to Fred the Merino Ram at the Royal Easter Show in Sydney on Good Friday.

Ask Agnes: Diets

Ask Agnes: Diets

Dear Agnes, What do you think about all these weird diets?

Timing all wrong for fishing

Timing all wrong for fishing

IF YOU'VE always suspected the DEPI didn’t know one end of the day from the other, then here is proof.

Learner baled up after mishap

Learner baled up after mishap

THE perils of learning to drive.

In knee-deep for the club

Players from the Beauforrt netball team stomp grapes at Michael Unwin wines

THE things you have to do to raise funds for your sporting club.

The Shed

At last, a pedal car to call his own

 Brian Dixon's pedal cars. Picture: Supplied

BRIAN Dixon has a fascination with restoring children’s pedal cars.

SHED Planes up there with the best

For Shed: Ballarat Aviation Museum

IT WAS around the outbreak of World War I when Ballarat first got a taste for flying.

SHED Steve saves body and soul

Stage coach builder Steve Barnett

STEVE Barnett’s Motor Works Garage looks like any other small mechanical business.

The travelling clothes horse

 Bev Langley has collected thousands of vintage garments over the past 50 years. They will soon find a new home at Rupanyup. ...

BEV Langley blames her “big mouth” for the huge collection of clothing in her shed.


Aussies getting a raw deal

FEATURES: Dairy cows graze at Woodside Green Farm in Great Hallingbury, Essex.

FROM the land that beat us to the women’s vote comes another talking point for us Aussies.

Don’t dismiss bush medicine

01/05/2012 NEWS: Generic image of a doctor examining a patient's heart beat with a stethoscope. Pic. Supplied

IT’S ironic how awful experiences sometimes have their up sides

Ladies it’s time to take the reins

Ladies it’s time to take the reins

USUALLY, I am no shrinking violet when it comes to the realities of farm life.

MIRANDA Tied down by purse strings

Tied down by purse strings

A BEATEN woman will leave her violent partner up to seven times before she leaves him for good.


BOOKS Beyond Cyberbullying

 Beyond Cyberbulling, by Michael Carr-Gregg April 16 Picture: Supplied

INTERNET addiction, who to report inappropriate online behaviour to are covered in this book.

Mini-Me Melbourne

Cafe Opens Mum and Toddler Space

IF YOU are a parent with a young baby it may be daunting heading into the city for the day.

BOOKS Such is Life

 Such is Life, by Joseph Furphy April 23 Picture: Supplied

THERE could be no collection of classic Australian literature without the inclusion of Such is Life.

Book review Afternoons in Ithaka

 Afternoons in Ithaka by Spiri Tsintziras April 23 Picture: Supplied

IT’S now urban legend that Melbourne has the largest Greek population of any city, outside Greece.

Top Ten Stories

  1. New mums pose naked for magazine shoot

    New mums pose naked for magazine shoot

    CELEBS Kristen Bell and Jenna Dewan-Tatum aren’t afraid to bare all for Allure’s much-anticipated “Nudes” feature. Check out their white hot beach photoshoot.

  2. The great baby formula drought

     Baby formula shortage of Karicare Actamil Gold and Belamy Organic at Coles at Edgecliff Picture: Supplied

    THE biggest selling baby formula is in short supply again with desperate parents forced to visit multiple stockists to feed their babies.

  3. Newlywed killed wife for $1m

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    TWELVE years after his wife of four days was killed, a jury has found her husband murdered her so he could collect $US1 million in life insurance.

Top Ten Stories

  1. Australian property prices ready to pop

    Undated : property for sale : 11 Palm Avenue, Fairfield

    HOME hunters — hold off buying, there could soon be property bargains aplenty with cracks emerging in the nation’s housing market, new data shows.

  2. Wait! Don’t buy a house yet

    Various For Sale signs outside a house for sale near the beach at Terrigal on Central Coast.

    HOME hunters — hold off buying, there could soon be property bargains aplenty with cracks emerging in the nation’s housing market, new data shows.

  3. Australia’s most powerful suburbs

    Australia’s most powerful suburbs

    THEY run the country and balance the books. So when our pollies choose a suburb to live or invest in, it must be good. Here are our most powerful suburbs.

Top Ten Stories

  1. The royal effect: We’ll reap millions

    William, Kate

    IT’S cost taxpayers $2 million, but Australian tourism operators say Kate, William and baby George’s impact is priceless.

  2. The world’s dream destination is ...

    The world’s dream destination is ...

    WHERE’S the most popular place on the planet for a holiday? A new global study reveals just where the world wants to be.

  3. Inside the most despicable ride ever

    Inside the most despicable ride ever

    THE first reviews are in. Find out what it’s like on the Despicable Me Minion Mayhem 3D ride at Universal Studios Hollywood.

MG steps up


MURRAY GOULBURN lifted its farmgate price for the fifth time this season.

Alpine Saints seek Anzac Day win

 Essendon training. Scott Lucas on the lead.

MYRTLEFORD will look for its first win when it takes on fellow winless club Wangaratta on Anzac Day.

Few gain from high prices

Elders agents take bids on first-cross ewe lambs which made $151 at last week's special store sheep sale at Wycheproof.

LAMB prices above 600c/kg and a bounce of $150 for slaughter cows and bullocks make good headlines.

Anger as diesel firm winds up

 Henty Machinery Field Days. Ron Kukler, Green Diesel Fuel System

A LIQUIDATOR has been appointed to wind up former Geelong company Green Diesel Corporation.

Going for gold

 Cut Daffodils in the cool room. David and Robin Jackson of Jacksons Daffodils in Surges Bay on their farm.

FEW growers have won the top daffodil award in the UK or the US. Yet one Australian has taken out both. Meet David Jackson.