STORIES FROM THE STICKS

Featuring stories celebrating the people, creativity, life and energy in regional Australia

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COUNTRY LIFE TIDBITS

BY KATE RUTTER

In this day and digital age, we often take information for granted, we can Google, search and swipe. But what about all the gems of knowledge that are hidden in our heads that we should hand down?


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WARM WINTER VEGGIE SALAD

COLLABORATION BETWEEN HAYLEY DAWSON (RECIPE & WORDS) AND ROSIE HENDERSON (PHOTOGRAPHS)

Winter is definitely in full swing here in Western Victoria with the fresh icy mornings and cold, howling wind! But I love winter for many reasons - the sound of rain on the tin roof as you go to sleep, the bright of green grass extending across the rolling hills, baby lambs frolicking and the joy of rugging up in a coat and RM Williams boots to head to the local footy.

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VOICE TREATY TRUTH - NAIDOC WEEK 2019

EMILY RIGGS INTERVIEWS AMANDA WESTLEY

This week artist Amanda Westley generously shared with me what NAIDOC week represents to her and her community. Amanda is from Victor Harbor, in South Australia, and has a deep connection with country, especially water. Her people are the Ngarrindjeri people, who are the traditional custodians of the lower Murray River, Coorong and western Fleurieu Peninsula.

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The complete package

ANNABELLE CAMERON INTERVIEWS GEORGE THE FARMER

As a former primary school teacher, I would spend hours compiling units of work for my students in the hope that they would become engaged in the content. This task was often made difficult by the fact that teacher and/or student resources in certain subjects were quite limited.


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COUNTRY LIFE TIDBITS

CONCEPT BY KATE RUTTER

As a child, standing on a stool next to Grandmother watching her work dough with her experienced hands, all you’re really thinking about is eating the leftover scraps of pastry! Tasting that delicious apple and rhubarb pie fresh from the oven is probably a vivid memory. But what doesn’t register when you’re young, is that Grandma might have had the secret to the perfect pastry in her head, a simple but effective step that was never written on paper…

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WATER BRINGS ALL THE BEES TO THE BAR!

TALES FROM MY WORLD, BY NELLE CHAPMAN

It’s another sunny day out and the temperature starts to creep up again after another hot uncomfortable night. As I wander around my garden to check on whatever is left standing as this long drought continues, I find myself at the pond in the east garden. Made from an old bath nestled in the native garden, the pond is a haven for wildlife.

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INTERVIEW WITH AUSTRALIAN TEXTILE ARTIST CAROLINE SHARKEY

HELEN CARPENTER TALKS WITH TEXTILE ARTIST CAROLINE SHARKEY.

Here at Rural Room we love anything and everything creative so naturally we love textile artists! We were very fortunate to be treated to an intimate interview with Australian Textile artist Caroline Sharkey.


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STEM SKILLS SHAPING THE NEXT GENERATION OF FEMALE FARMERS

WORDS BY MAGGIE MARSHALL

A new generation of confident, well-educated young women are positioning themselves as key players in Australian agriculture by applying their skills in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) to give them a competitive edge.

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STILL WATERS RUN DEEP FOR NARROGIN ARTIST

IMAGES AND STORY SUPPLIED BY OUR PARTNER, THE CREATIVE GRID

Narrogin artist, Casey Thornton, creates a rare opportunity for visitors to escape the hustle and bustle of their modern lives to relish a moment of peaceful calm and reflection.

‘Quietude’ at Nexis Gallery, Narrogin, during May.

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INTERNATIONAL TEA DAY

By Dorothy Henderson

The cups are empty: obviously time for another brew! As I sip on a freshly brewed cup of Australian grown tea on the veranda of our home, overlooking paddocks that are parched and bleached beach sand white by the summer sun, I contemplate the role of tea in our lives, and in the lives of many people around the world.


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THE NOBLE ONES

Written and photographed by Dorothy Henderson

It is 4.50am. Hooves shuffle quietly in the dark, seemingly muffled by the blackness. Flashlights and headlamps move slowly around a small cluster of horse floats and cars parked on a portion of unseasonably green grass in the middle of Esperance. Gentle laughter sprinkles in the cold air as leather straps are pulled tight over boots, girths are buckled; spurs jingle and bits tinkle as horses and riders prepare for the town’s annual ANZAC Day Dawn Service. 

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EATING FOR AUTUMN

By Hayley Dawson, Naturopath 

The mornings are getting colder, the leaves are falling from our trees and Autumn is in full swing! As a naturopath and nutritionist, I like to educate my community as much as possible about the importance of seasonally eating.

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MUNGLINUP CAMPDRAFT

WORDS AND PHOTOGRAPHS BY DOROTHY HENDERSON

Horses stand calmly by the gate into the metal fenced yard, watching the single horse and rider inside as they deftly single a black calf out from a bunch of Angus weaners which drifts from one end of the yard to another. People milling around comment on the quality of the cattle, and that fact that they are so quiet and well handled.

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ARTY PARTY! HAMILTON CELEBRATES LOCAL ARTIST COLLABORATION WITH A COMMUNITY PARTY.

STORY WRITTEN BY ANNABELLE CAMERON, PHOTOGRAPHS BY EMMA GILLESPIE

The dynamic country town of Hamilton, in South West Victoria, was a hive of activity during March when artists and local children transformed the McGuigan Lane precinct into a public art exhibition for all to enjoy. The outdoor artistic display includes paintings from different artists and contributors, overseen by local artist Jasmine Mansbridge, assisted by Alyshia Bensch.  


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COUNTRY COUTURE - New Luxury fashion label puts Australian wool and sustainable manufacturing in the spotlight!

Story written by Annabelle Cameron with photos captured by Nadinne Wilkinson

Regionally based fashion designer Emily Riggs has converged her passion for high-end fashion and her love of merino wool, in the new label ‘iris + wool’. Australian grown merino wool is synonymous with superior quality and luxury, which was exactly what Emily wanted to channel through her elegant collection.

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THE ART OF RECONCILIATION: ADNATE AND A WALL THAT TELLS A STORY

BY DOROTHY HENDERSON. PHOTOGRAPHS BY DOROTHY HENDERSON AND ESPERANCE COMMUNITY ARTS

In the south east of Western Australia a bland brick wall has been transformed into a significant work of art during a process intentionally designed to heal and reconcile, using story and imagery to bind Indigenous and non-Indigenous people as they live together in one country.


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INNOVATIVE EXHIBITION SERIES BREAKS NEW GROUND IN REGIONAL WA

Creative Grid Feature- images and story supplied by our Partner, THE CREATIVE GRID 

Artists, curators, photographers and arts organisations from communities across regional WA are creating a legacy of positive impact for the State through the collaborative development of a ground-breaking series of fourteen inter-connected exhibitions titled ‘The Alternative Archive’.

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THE PRESENCE OF WOOL - AN IMMERSIVE AND QUIRKY LOOK AT THE HISTORY OF WOOL IN ALBANY!

Photographed by Bob Symons. STORY PROVIDED BY AUSDANCE (WA)

We’ve been busy finalising the Rain Dance script and we know Rural Roomies are very excited for us to get moving so we can screen the series in select shearing sheds around regional Australia! However, if you’re in Western Australia, you’ve got a unique opportunity this weekend to watch a LIVE dance in a secret shearing shed in an exclusive performance of The Presence of Wool!


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SILO SPECTACULAR IN THE STICKS - FEATURING THE 26TH PUBLIC ART SILO FEATURE IN AUSTRALIA

STORY, PHOTOGRAPHS AND VIDEO CREATED AND SUPPLIED BY HELEN CARPENTER

The Australian Silo Art Trail was conceived in 2015 in the Western Australian town of Northam through a creative collaboration between leading cultural organisation, FORM, and CBH, the grain grower cooperative group. The creative trend travelled interstate to Victoria when the town of Wimmera-Mallee launched six evocative pieces of public art on silos. The positive community response inspired many towns Australia-wide to adopt the public art initiative. The Australian Silo Art Trail has since grown extensively and enables a unique opportunity to connect regional communities through art.


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Candid Captures with Kate

by Media Stringer, Annabelle Cameron

Living remotely often means that Professional Development opportunities are limited, consequently I’m always on the lookout for workshops that I can attend to improve my photography skills.

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ART TRANSFORMS LIFE FOR ALBANY SCIENTIST

Creative Grid Feature- images and story supplied by our Partner, THE CREATIVE GRID 

Albany artist, Chelsea Hopkins-Allan, celebrates the beauty and diversity of moths from the Great Southern region in her exhibition, MOTH, at the Vancouver Arts Centre.

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MUSIC IN THE VINES 2019

Interview by Bec Bignell with festival Founder, Pieter Badenhorst  

Pieter Badenhorst is a master at everything he lends his hand to. By day, he’s a Senior Research Scientist in plant breeding, tasked with developing and validating new technologies in agriculture. By night, he’s a brewer, winemaker and music festival Director, dedicated to making the Music in the Vines Festival a stand out event for the Macarthur community! Coordinated on his vineyard, Suffoir Winery, the festival is a huge drawcard for the local region and Pieter puts his heart and soul into producing it every year. I caught up with Pieter to learn more about this fantastic festival, it’s a must attend event on March 2. If you haven’t secured your tickets yet, get onto it today because there are some very special inclusions this year! Read on to find out more…