June/July 2016

Highlife turns 20
We look back at favourite covers, magazine highlights, and the big changes in the Highlands over the past 20 years.

A top spot
We asked five famous residents to choose a favourite spot to be photographed – and to tell us what they love about the Highlands.

The top 20 properties
Jonathan Chancellor lists 20 elite properties: the top 20 sales in the Highlands over 20 years.

Class of ’96
Five 1996 Highlands high school graduates tell us where their careers have taken them.

The Four Seasons
Tony Sheffield selects his favourite seasonal photographs, taken over 16 years with the magazine.

Pictured perfect
Its exterior is American inspired, its interior partly Arts and Crafts inspired, and its garden, an inspiration to others. Is our cover house the quintessential country town home?

A change of scene
Actor, musician and Robertson resident John Waters explains his surprising move to the country and his enduring fascination with John Lennon’s life and music.

Stories from the sticks
Through the rustic furniture he creates, Joe Vinks celebrates the essence of timeworn timber.

Grand & glorious
Frances Simons visits Retford Park, one of the Highlands’ most famous gardens, gifted to the National Trust in April by owner James Fairfax.

The hedge edge
Hedges thrive in the Highlands but they do require planning and maintenance. Jenny Simons explains how to create a beautiful living fence or garden border.

Windows of opportunity
Vibrant stained glass windows light up a number of historic churches and hotels around the Highlands.

Character building
Sofie Laguna, winner of the 2015 Miles Franklin Literary Award and former Exeter resident, will headline this year’s Southern Highlands Writers’ Festival in July.

The artist and the pastry chef
Artist John Olsen has been enjoying pastries – and sketching the odd order – at Bowral’s award-winning Gumnut Patisserie for around 15 years.

A wild life
Jess Warwick explains why she swapped her rural life to help save orangutans in the jungles of Borneo.