Meet the tal­ented writer who penned the story on page 48 about Meg and Neil Thump­ston’s home in the NSW Blue Moun­tains.

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Al­though she’s worked on life­style mag­a­zines for more than 15 years, Penny’s ca­reer be­gan at The Mait­land Mer­cury in the NSW Hunter Val­ley. “I cut my teeth re­port­ing on CWA meet­ings and chas­ing fire en­gines,” she says. What did she like about writ­ing the Thump­stons’ story? “The house, with its ve­ran­dah, wis­te­ria and kan­ga­roos in the yard, re­minded me of my child­hood home,” says Penny, who grew up in the Hunter and now lives on the NSW north coast. “We live in a cot­tage on the Rich­mond River at Bal­lina and it’s like be­ing in a na­ture doc­u­men­tary. There’s an ar­ray of birdlife, fish, st­ingrays and even dol­phins in the river. There’s also sharks, but let’s not talk about that.”

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