Ripe mulberries stained our fingers and mosquitoes pricked my bare skin as late afternoon shadow moved across the paddocks. Jenny, a family friend and talented hairdresser, has been renting the weatherboard farmhouse from one family for 25 years. Over this time she has lovingly renovated the interior and created a rustic character garden with enchanting layers, hidden pockets, arbors, pots, baskets and rusted tin. I could park myself in a shady corner and flick through her diverse book and magazine collection for days on end. Just keep bringing the tea and watermelon.