Wel­come to our ninth edi­tion of North East Liv­ing mag­a­zine.

North East Living Magazine - - Contents - Jeff Zeuschner | ED­I­TOR

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.

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