Your H&G

Australian House & Garden - - Contents - Linda Nathaniel, Riverview, NSW

Read­ers’ let­ters.

I just fin­ished read­ing On Home by Wil­liam McInnes (March). What a beau­ti­ful piece of writ­ing. It moved me to tears as I sat on the ve­ran­dah of our old fam­ily home. My dad died last year and my mum four years ago, so be­ing in this house is a deeply emo­tional ex­pe­ri­ence. Like Wil­liam, I too can hear the “bark­ing and gig­gling” and feel an “ex­plo­sion of hugs and kisses”. I still ex­pect to see Dad pulling a hose around the gar­den and Mum prun­ing her roses. ‘Home’ truly is a spe­cial place, and we make our own. That’s why I love H&G, be­cause each is­sue is burst­ing with ideas on how we can make our houses even more spe­cial. Gar­den of de­lights

It was an ab­so­lute de­light to pon­der Sam Cox’s mag­nif­i­cent na­tive gar­den (Never-end­ing Na­ture, Fe­bru­ary). His de­sign of ponds, boul­ders, se­cret paths and in­dige­nous plant­ings di­rectly in­spired my own gar­den­ing plans. I’ve now planted species such as Hakea, sweet bur­saria and wild­flow­ers na­tive to my area, and have used large vol­canic rocks for land­scap­ing. I look for­ward to my gar­den evolv­ing into a place of calm and fas­ci­na­tion like Sam’s. Mered­ith Bar­clay, Buniny­ong, Vic­to­ria

Into the blue

Fe­bru­ary’s is­sue had me at hy­drangeas, boats and beau­ti­fully beachy blue hues! I wanted so much to be in­side that house on the cover, re­clin­ing on a day bed. Al­though sadly, this wasn’t to be, I wasn’t dis­ap­pointed, since you pre­sented me with many pages of thought­ful and in­spir­ing ideas for my own home. Thanks for such a re­fresh­ing ex­pe­ri­ence – it was bet­ter than a hol­i­day. Janet Hayes, Syd­ney, NSW

Mir­a­cle cure

Feel­ing glum af­ter mi­nor surgery, while my friends were all away for the long week­end, I bought H&G and found my­self trans­ported to another world.

The fea­tures in­spired me to re­ar­range my rooms, pull out a cop­per pot I in­her­ited, shift my gar­den planters around and re­think my light shades. No need to buy much, since you’ve made me view things in a new light. It gave me such a lift! Ali­son Horch, Burnie, Tas­ma­nia

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