As the pace slows down, winter brings the promise of slow cooking, pruning in the garden and glorious sleep-ins. Whatever you make of winter weekends, it's a time to be savoured. This issue we share our visits to the homes of some inspiring, everyday families who, from the outside seem like miracle workers, effortlessly holding it all together. The reality is a constant balancing act! We enjoy a day outdoors at the country picnic races, call in on Temple & Webster to learn what makes them so successful and share Brooke Holm's breathtaking photographs of winter in Canada.