Category: Edition 66

A Long Way to The Top

Scone, recognised as the Horse Capital of Australia, is also one of the most visually attractive areas of the Hunter, boasting beautiful scenery mountains, valleys and babbling brooks. It’s a great place to discover the serenity of the bush. Nine years ago, Novocastrians Keith and Iris made a decision to swap their city life for…
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From the Paddock to the Bedside

It is hard to believe when seeing a photo of Fifi that she was once a rescue dog. She is a purebred Maremma livestock guardian dog who spent the first three years of her life on a farm guarding her sheep in their paddocks in the inland region of the New South Wales South Coast….
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Cruising to New Zealand – The Way to Go

The sight of an ocean liner’s dark blue hull contrasting with the white sails of the Sydney Opera House and the sparkling waters of Sydney Harbour is enough to excite a dedicated cruise lover, Phil and I included. We were about to board Holland America Line’s (HAL) “Oosterdam” for a two-week cruise around both islands…
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Simply Captivating

Glass, curves, space and water views are distinctive features in this opulently designed residence, which overlooks Caroline Bay on the Central Coast’s foreshore. Fourteen years ago the owners of this residence came from Sydney, instantly attracted to the property as it fulfilled their idea of an envisaged dream home because of its enormous indoor and…
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Rod Bathgate – A Fascinating Man

I first saw this artist working “al fresco” in the manicured grounds of Lake Macquarie Art Gallery and was interested to watch a middle-aged, long-haired man working furiously on a water scene with pastels, an unusual medium these days. One is always conscious of invading the privacy of another and so I moved on, but not…
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The Music of the Night

Julie and Graham Black from the Newcastle Metropolitan Players (METs) talk about what it meant to take on Andrew Lloyd Webber’s global hit, “Phantom of the Opera” as one of their productions this year. It all became clear how the Newcastle version was such a success when I sat down for a coffee with the…
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Setting The Benchmark

Positioned at the end of Lake Macquarie,  Marmong Point is one of the region’s leading  marine centres – Marmong Point Marina, a safe mooring haven for hundreds of boaties and their craft. Lake Macquarie is a known water lover’s haven with 178 kilometres of unspoilt coastline and a lake centrepiece twice the size of Sydney…
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