Last Updated: April 21, 2014

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Ballarat raises the bar

IT COULD be a wine bar in any metropolis.

Cobba to take on mighty Murray

THERE is a particularly pristine part of the Murray River that Danny Dunn is proud to call his local turf.

Sweet smell of success

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

Rheola gets ready to party

Rheola Charity Festival

RHEOLA is not a big town.

Flocking to see those sheep dogs

Easter Show

SOME dogs bark, others chase but the best sheep dogs tame a flock by staring them down. It is what stockman call the “eye”.

Castlemaine’s true brew

Coffee Basics. Castlemaine.

A GOOD coffee, says Edmund Schaerf, should be made from single-origin coffee beans.

Cobba to take on mighty Murray

Cobba to take on mighty Murray

THERE is a particularly pristine part of the Murray River that Danny Dunn is proud to call his local turf.

Pubs Mitta Mitta on road to success

 North East Victoria Trip Mitta Pub's Tom Simpson who - with his wife Sally - manages and part-owns the pub, originally calle...

THE Omeo Highway, between Albury and Bairnsdale, is one of Victoria’s oldest and most spectacular roads.

Surfing Mums Wave mothers

Surfing Mums

FREEDOM is like a drug for Kelly Smith.

Ballarat raises the bar

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.

TRAVEL Walk on the wild side

 leopard Picture: Supplied

IN MANY ways Africa is the world’s last great frontier — and that makes it a fascinating place to visit.

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.

FOOD How to make chicken stock

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.

EASTER MENU Eleanor Ozich's egg pots

 Eggs In Pots With Nutmeg Cream Fraiche. WKT ONLY Picture: Supplied

THERE insanely delicious egg pots are super simple to make.

How to make créme brulee

Country Living Food pics with Jeremy Vincent

IN THE ’80s and early ’90s, it seemed créme brulee was on every restaurant dessert menu.

Millewa feral festival fires up

THERE’S nothing like a bit of competition to give feral animal control a gee-up.

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.

Wedding idea gains traction

Wedding idea gains traction

LAST week we suggested the trend to paddock weddings was devastating the wedding venue business.

Laughing gear: Waiting game

Laughing gear: Waiting game

A COP was sitting in his car outside a pub waiting for the drunks to come out.

Ask Agnes: Pocket money

Ask Agnes: Pocket money

DEAR Agnes. What’s your thoughts on pocket money for children?

The Shed

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.

Speedster has pulling power

 La France Speedster Side Picture: Supplied

ENTHUSIAST John Link’s speedster is by no means the prettiest car on the road.

Miranda

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.

MIRANDA Connecting the business dots

Connecting the business dots

OFTEN life forces changes upon us and we adapt and make the most of them or not.

Bookshelf

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.

Girl’s Own Survival Guide

Girl’s Own Survival Guide

IF YOU could pick one person to be stranded with on a desert island, who would it be?

Nature’s Line: George Goyder

 Nature's Line, yby Janis Sheldrick April 9 Picture: Supplied

THERE are some historical figures whose relevance seems to grow with decades.

Top Ten Stories

  1. 10 tips for best Easter egg hunt

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    FROM special maps to bunny prints - check out our top 10 tips for creating a fun Easter egg hunt that the kids will love.

  2. Booze rules ‘may lead to abortions’

    Booze rules ‘may lead to abortions’

    PREGNANT women have been scared into contemplating abortions after consuming small levels of alcohol, prompting calls for new alcohol guidelines.

  3. Brain damaged, not brain dead

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    A VEGETATIVE patient who has been uncommunicative for more than a decade, has told doctors he is not in pain.

Top Ten Stories

  1. Auction boom grips Melbourne

    Sunday Real Estate cover

    A SURGE in auction numbers across Melbourne’s middle and outer suburbs has pushed the city into unprecedented auction boom territory.

  2. Home decorating no-nos

     Simon Hill from Lawson's Auction's pictured in Leichhardt today with some of the taxidermy items that will go under the hamm...

    DITCH the woodchip wallpaper, cover the mirrored ceiling and don’t even think about commissioning a nude portrait for your wall.

  3. Property prices to keep rising

    Property prices to keep rising

    HOUSE prices are tipped to continue their upward growth nationally during the next two years. With one state to be a standout performer.

Top Ten Stories

  1. How to do Copenhagen on the cheap

    How to do Copenhagen on the cheap

    DESPITE its pricey reputation, the savvy traveller can enjoy the best of the Danish capital without breaking the bank.

  2. Family trips that won’t break the bank

    Family trips that won’t break the bank

    IS there such thing as an affordable holiday for a grown-up family over Christmas/New Year? Doc Holiday has a few ideas.

  3. Lord Howe: Better than the brochures

    Lord Howe: Better than the brochures

    IT’S only two hours from Sydney, but once you get there, you won’t want to leave this island paradise.

Panthers on the prowl

 New hand at the wheel. Former Werribee player and now coach of the Lavington Panthers James Saker at work for Albury City.

LAVINGTON coach James Saker isn’t buying into talk that anything less than a grand final berth would mean the Panthers had failed this season.

Leaping lamb exports continue

LAMB export values in February jumped 40 per cent compared to last year.

Gaining control of sprays to cut costs

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VICTORIAN farmers are trialling new nozzle control technology retrofitted to self-propelled boom sprayers.

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.