ES­CAPE PLANS

It’s time to clock off and ease into hol­i­day mode. Here, six cre­atives re­veal their sum­mer-break es­sen­tials.

Australian House & Garden - - PEOPLE - PRO­DUCED BY El­iz­a­beth Wil­son

‘ON OUR BEACH HOL­I­DAYS EV­ERY­ONE IS HAPPY. THERE’S NO FIGHT­ING OVER WHO WANTS TO DO WHAT, OR WHERE WE EAT. EV­ERY­ONE JUST DOES EX­ACTLY AS THEY PLEASE.’ Rachel Cas­tle

Rachel Cas­tle

This Syd­ney-based artist and de­signer is a self­de­scribed ‘fun en­thu­si­ast’ who unites her love of colour and ’80s pop cul­ture in paint­ings, em­broi­deries, screen­prints and home­wares. Her joy­ful de­signs and sum­mer-on-a-can­vas pal­ette have won her fans across the globe.

Ev­ery sum­mer we have a quin­tes­sen­tial Aussie sum­mer hol­i­day and spend a fort­night at Mol­ly­mook Beach [pic­tured above] on the NSW South Coast.

We love it be­cause a lot of our friends go at the same time, so it’s one big happy hol­i­day for ev­ery­one. Our chil­dren have all grown up to­gether on these hol­i­days. We de­cide what to eat for din­ner while we sit on the beach with a drink at 6pm. It’s the only time of the year that I re­ally do feel free.

Our din­ing op­tions are var­ied. One night we’ll eat at Rick Stein at Ban­nis­ters, the next it’s Mol­ly­mook Golf Club, and the next it’ll be fish and chips on the beach as the sun sets.

My ideal sum­mer’s day in­volves read­ing in bed un­til mid­day. I know that’s the best time of the day to be out­side, but I just need to be hor­i­zon­tal, por­ing over the books I’ve dreamt of read­ing all year. I love read­ing prizewin­ning nov­els and take a suit­case full of them on hol­i­day. My sum­mer playlist will in­clude all my faves: Fleetwood Mac, The Cure, The Smiths, The Bee Gees, Crowded House and newer stuff like Ru­fus, The War on Drugs and Lon­don Gram­mar. I’m giv­ing my fam­ily a record player for Christ­mas and am ex­cited about buy­ing al­bums. I’m to­tally get­ting Ru­mours, Fleetwood Mac’s 1977 al­bum, as my first one.

My favourite sum­mer meal would have to be Cham­pagne and oys­ters, first, sec­ond and for all time.

Af­ter our time away, my daugh­ter and I al­ways go to the Aus­tralian Open [ten­nis] in Mel­bourne at the end of Jan­uary. castle­andthings.com.au

Annabel Crabb

Walk­ley-win­ning jour­nal­ist, au­thor, pre­sen­ter of ABC TV shows Kitchen Cab­i­net and To­mor­row Tonight, and co-host of pod­cast Chat 10

Looks 3, Annabel has pro­duced a new cook­book with her best friend, Wendy Sharpe. Spe­cial Guest is a col­lec­tion of dishes that put the guest ex­pe­ri­ence first. (See page 139 for some of the recipes.) This sum­mer we’re go­ing to Sin­ga­pore to see my brother-in-law and his fam­ily, who moved there last year.

My ideal sum­mer day would be­gin and end on a shady lounge some­where,

with a book. Pe­ri­od­i­cally, peo­ple would bring me de­li­cious things to eat and frosty, frosty drinks.

I know I’m re­laxed when I fall asleep with a fin­ger mark­ing my page.

To wind down, I cook. A free day spent batch-cook­ing or mak­ing jam with the kids buzzing around is the most happy and re­lax­ing prospect I can con­jure.

My hol­i­day playlist will be what­ever’s play­ing on Dou­ble J and Clas­sic FM – I don’t like mak­ing de­ci­sions on hol­i­days. A favourite sum­mer meal is brioche buns filled with nas­tur­tiums and the crab and green-ap­ple re­moulade from our new book [pic­tured pre­vi­ous page]. And a favourite sun­set drink is a South Aus­tralian ries­ling, if you’d be so kind. I mightn’t even wait for sun­set…

A sum­mer cul­tural event on my must­see list is the Syd­ney Fes­ti­val [Jan­uary 9-27]. Closely fol­lowed by the Ade­laide Fes­ti­val and Fringe [March 1-17].

My big plans for 2019? I’m writ­ing a book about pol­i­tics. For kids.

Spe­cial Guest ($39.99, Mur­doch Books), co-au­thored by Annabel Crabb and Wendy Sharpe, is out now.

Leila Jef­freys

Syd­ney-based pho­tog­ra­pher Leila is renowned for her clas­si­cal por­trai­ture of birds, in­clud­ing budgeri­gars, cock­a­toos and birds of prey. She has ex­hib­ited in­ter­na­tion­ally, her work at­tract­ing high-pro­file col­lec­tors in­clud­ing ac­tress Brooke Shields.

Ev­ery sum­mer, my fam­ily and friends f rent a dif­fer­ent house at Bawl Baw­ley Point, on the South C Coast of NSW. We love it there be­cause of its laid­back old-school beach­side feel; it’s no fuss. The res­i­dents are lovely, the beaches are great for kids, the waves are good and I en­joy go­ing on walks and check­ing out the birds.

My ideal sum­mer’s day starts by be­ing with fam­ily and friends. We’ll have break­fast to­gether, then hit the beach and come home for lunch. The af­ter­noon is ei­ther the beach again, jump­ing off the Baw­ley Point gantry [above], read­ing a book, go­ing for a walk or sim­ply catch­ing up on sleep.

I know I’m re­laxed when I feel sleepy in the af­ter­noon! That beau­ti­ful com­bi­na­tion of sun and ad­ven­ture.

I’m look­ing for­ward to read­ing Aus­tralian Geo­graphic, Aus­tralian Birdlife mag­a­zine and nov­els. My sum­mer playlist will be a lit­tle bit coun­try and a lit­tle bit rock’n’roll: Gil­lian Welch, Neil Young, Townes Van Zandt, The Faces, Jonathan Rich­man, NWA, The Sci­en­tists. I used to work in record shops, so I like all the gen­res.

My favourite sum­mer food is salad.

Lots of crunchy, fresh but fill­ing sal­ads. I’m not a big drinker, but I do love Grey Goose vodka with ice and fresh lime.

My favourite scent of sum­mer is jas­mine [top left]. And I have a favourite sound, too: ci­cadas! I love their names, like ‘green gro­cer’ [bot­tom left] and ‘black prince’.

A cul­tural event I’m look­ing for­ward to is Twi­light at Taronga [the sum­mer con­cert se­ries at Taronga Zoo, Syd­ney]. This is a big year for me. In Oc­to­ber I’ll hold my first ma­jor Aus­tralian ex­hi­bi­tion in five years, at Olsen Gallery in Syd­ney, then I travel to ex­hibit it in New York.

I’ll be very busy work­ing on that show. leila­j­ef­freys.com

‘MY HUS­BAND JAMES AND SON VIN­CENT [ABOVE] ARE BOTH SOME KIND OF FISH SPECIES – THEY ’ VE TAUGHT ME TO LOVE THE OCEAN.’ Leila Jef­freys

Brian Parkes

CEO of Ade­laide’s famed JamFac­tory, Brian has worked in lead­ing de­sign or­gan­i­sa­tions for more than 20 years. JamFac­tory show­cases con­tem­po­rary Aus­tralian de­sign and crafts­man­ship and is recog­nised as a cen­tre for ex­cel­lence. This sum­mer I’ll be head­ing to Tas­ma­nia with my fam­ily, to spend some time with my par­ents on the north­west coast. We’ll also spend a week trav­el­ling – walk­ing in tall, dense forests, swim­ming on pris­tine beaches and en­joy­ing some stun­ning scenic drives. My most plea­sur­able sum­mer days are spent at home. I’m a home­body and truly love the home I live in. It’s a Mod­ernist house [in­set, top] built in 1960, with a plunge pool and big na­tive gar­den. I love work­ing in the gar­den un­til the heat of the day forces me into the pool with the kids. Fol­lowed by a re­fresh­ing drink or two on the deck, look­ing out over the Ade­laide Plains.

In sum­mer I like lis­ten­ing to jazz and ’70s funk, but I’m in­creas­ingly guilty of in­dulging in ’80s Aussie pub rock!

My favourite sum­mer food would be any­thing cooked on the bar­be­cue. I also love sim­ple out­door eat­ing, be it fish and chips on Brighton Beach or pic­nics in Belair Na­tional Park, near my home.

If we eat out, a long lunch at Co­ri­ole in McLaren Vale or Fino at Sep­pelts­field [left] in the Barossa is hard to beat.

For a sun­set drink, I love an Aperol spritz or any Clare Val­ley ries­ling.

My favourite scent of sum­mer is the smell of the Aus­tralian bush.

‘MY MOST PLEA­SUR­ABLE SUM­MER DAYS ARE SPENT IN THE GAR­DEN, UN­TIL THE HEAT FORCES ME INTO THE POOL .’ Brian Parkes

Plans for this year in­clude fin­ish­ing the tree­house I’ve started build­ing with my kids. And launch­ing some of the most am­bi­tious ex­hi­bi­tions yet at JamFac­tory. jamfac­tory.com.au

Amy Bar­rett-Len­nard

Since 2006, Amy has been di­rec­tor of the Perth In­sti­tute of Con­tem­po­rary Arts (PICA), a cen­tre for vis­ual and per­for­mance art known for show­cas­ing ground­break­ing works. She also sits on the cu­ra­to­rial panel for Sculp­ture by the Sea Cottes­loe. This sum­mer I’ll be es­cap­ing to San­ti­ago in Chile and Buenos Aires in Ar­gentina. Buenos Aires [eg, Pa­lermo neigh­bour­hood, op­po­site cen­tre] is my home away from home, where I en­joy glo­ri­ous food, de­sign, mu­sic, art,

‘IN BERRY WE HAVE THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS;

WE’RE SUR­ROUNDED BY BEAU­TI­FUL ROLLING COUN­TRY­SIDE, WITH THE BEACH ON OUR DOORSTEP.’ Neale Whi­taker

ar­chi­tec­ture and the ‘good airs’ or ‘fair winds’ the city is named for.

A side trip to Mon­te­v­ideo, Uruguay, is a must, for old-world charm and the best flea mar­ket in the world [pre­vi­ous page], where you can buy ev­ery­thing from an­tiques to live birds and taran­tu­las.

My ideal sum­mer’s day starts with a swim, fol­lowed by a lazy break­fast, then shop­ping and vis­its to gal­leries and mu­se­ums, and a re­laxed lunch. Books on my sum­mer read­ing list in­clude Labyrinths by Jorge Luis Borges, Mem­oirs by Pablo Neruda and A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jen­nifer Egan.

A favourite eatery in Buenos Aires is El Trapiche, a won­der­ful old-style par­rilla [steak­house] close to where we stay.

My go-to sun­set drink is a gin and tonic. A favourite scent of sum­mer is jas­mine. When I re­turn home, I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to the Perth Fes­ti­val [Fe­bru­ary 8 to March 3]. I’ll be out ev­ery night! PICA turns 30 in 2019, so we’re plan­ning an amaz­ing year of cel­e­bra­tory events. pica.org.au

Neale Whi­taker

De­sign afi­cionado, TV per­son­al­ity, colum­nist and all-round style maven, Neale is a judge on Chan­nel Nine’s ren­o­vat­ing se­ries The Block, and co-host of Fox­tel’s Love It or List It Aus­tralia.

Over sum­mer, I’ll be spend­ing as much time as pos­si­ble with my part­ner David and our dogs, Ol­lie and Otis, at our new home near Berry, on the South Coast of NSW. There’s nowhere I’d rather be. On hol­i­days, our days start with a cof­fee in Berry [above], fol­lowed by a walk along our favourite dog-friendly stretch of beach and a dip in the ocean. Then it’s back to the house to pre­pare a long lunch if friends are vis­it­ing. The rest of the day is dic­tated by the ra­tio of good food and con­ver­sa­tion to good wine!

I know I’m re­laxed when I stop shav­ing. I leave all my smart clothes in Syd­ney – de­lib­er­ately – and live in shorts. Mu­sic-wise, de­pend­ing on our mood, we lurch from baroque to Swedish dance mu­sic, ’70s soul and disco, Brazil­ian bossa nova, Bar­bra Streisand, Troye Si­van and Char­lie Puth. And that’s just one af­ter­noon!

David’s an amaz­ing cook. We’ll be eat­ing lots of de­li­cious sal­ads made with dif­fer­ent grains and pulses.

My favourite sun­set drink is a gutsy Aussie rosé or Kiwi pinot gris.

My favourite sum­mer scents would have to be jas­mine and, strange as it might sound, Aerog­ard.

Look­ing ahead, I’ll be work­ing on my 13th sea­son of The Block and the third sea­son of Love It or List It Aus­tralia.

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