Not just a pretty plate

You wouldn’t know that Nilla Tomkins has called Australia home for more than 20 years. She talks with a thick Danish accent and her calm, laid-back mannerisms as well as her love for the sweet and simple certainly pay homage to her Scandinavian background. But the Dane fell in love with life Down Under during …


Flying colours

Claude Monet once said, “I would like to paint the way a bird sings.” And it’s this quote, from one of the great masters of impressionism, that artist Amanda Brooks loves. Birdsong is one of her greatest inspirations – nestled in her Sunshine Coast hinterland studio, surrounded by swaying silver gums, native blossoms and nature’s …


Full bloom

Mushrooms can be as delicate and beautiful as flowers. Take the pink oyster mushroom, for example – its fragile caps curl over like petals, and it grows in clumps reminiscent of a coral garden. Or the lion’s mane mushroom, with its shaggy white texture resembling the fur around a lion’s face. Plain old button mushrooms …


Shed of splendour

Every day, Geoff and Dianna Ryan work in a delightful treasure trove.MORE

The right moves

Singer Tobias Merz and dancer Fiona Jopp have left the bright lights and big city behind for a quieter life in Maleny.MORE

Guiding light

Marina Passalaris is changing young lives.MORE

Man with a plan

Photographer Paul Smith is always looking for that perfect shot.MORE

Remembering Oscar

Maleny writer Mary Garden remembers her pioneering father.MORE

Metal works

A local firefighter and artist is inspiring others with his works.MORE

Playing for keeps

This local business is helping the planet, one coffee cup at a time.MORE