Welcome to our ninth edition of North East Living magazine.
People often say if it’s not going to rain, we might as well have sunshine, and for the most part, major events held in the North East during Spring were blessed with fine weather. The climate is our favourite subject in these parts because its influence is apparent in everything we do, including what we grow, how we live and where we play. In the summer edition we meet winemaker Jo Marsh who fell in love with the Alpine Valley the moment she arrived and now crafts fine wines from the varieties which thrive there. Also living the good life while focussing on sustainability and food security, the Showers family are getting back to basics growing apples and other fruits in their healthy soil out at Black Barn Farm in Stanley. High Country cattleman Graeme Stoney understands managing the land more than most, seeing the importance in learning from history and continuing to get involved in the issues that matter from his home in the Howqua Valley. New owners of Billson’s Brewery in Beechworth, Felicity Cottrill and Nathan Cowan, certainly appreciate the history of their business founded in 1865, making cordials today using the same water and handwritten recipes used 100 years ago. We also take to the skies with the Deeble family at a time of year when conditions are ideal for hot air ballooning; find out how nature and the countryside inspire Catherine Stewart’s landscapes; and tour Cortes Kiln, a couples retreat set amidst walnut orchards on the Ovens River flats. And there is so much more in store this summer. Be inspired by the places we go and people we meet in North East Living.