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I do ab­so­lutely love what I do, which is be­ing a part­ner in a plant nurs­ery for the past 34 years. It’s run with or­ganic prin­ci­ples and in­cludes a shop sell­ing re­cy­cled trea­sures in a lit­tle cot­tage on the nurs­ery grounds. I love them both but some­times it does get over­whelm­ing. Then help ar­rives in the form of Coun­try Style mag­a­zine... just in the nick of time. I’m re­ju­ve­nated, re-en­er­gised, rein­spired. Phew! Gayle Smith, MOGO, NSW

FRUIT­FUL MEM­O­RIES

I am sit­ting on my ve­ran­dah with my cof­fee and April edi­tion. Read­ing ‘A Slow Beauty’, the story of a young fam­ily who moved to Hah­n­dorf, has my mind wan­der­ing back to the 13 months my fam­ily spent liv­ing in the Adelaide Hills, with fre­quent week­end drives to Hah­n­dorf. My mouth wa­tered at the men­tion of the chil­dren pick­ing plums and ap­ples. We too had ap­ple trees, the fruit was smaller than su­per­mar­ket pro­duce but they were de­li­cious. Not to men­tion the beau­ti­ful ap­ple pies sold at road­side stalls. Thank you Alia and Coun­try Style for the mem­o­ries. Ch­eryl Attwood, ROSEMOUNT, QUEENS­LAND

CRE­ATIVE OUT­LET

I love Coun­try Style. As your cover states, it al­lows me to es­cape the ev­ery­day, which we all need to do some­times. The gor­geous homes and sto­ries never fail to in­spire me. I’d like to thank Annabelle Hickson for in­spir­ing me with her March ar­ti­cle ‘Dig­nity in the Do­ing’. I have a young baby, and my cre­ative time has been sorely lack­ing. When bub was at my mum’s house re­cently, I grabbed pa­per, crayons and a cam­era, and be­gan ex­plor­ing some dif­fi­cult emo­tions. Once I’d re­leased that pain, I was then able to find the joy in my life that I hadn’t felt for a while — by ex­press­ing this on pa­per, with tonnes of vi­brant colour, and tak­ing some pho­to­graphs of the beauty I saw around me. I felt re­vi­talised and re­freshed for hours. Paulie Cole, SHEP­PAR­TON, VIC­TO­RIA

WIN­NER A MO­MENT TO YOUR­SELF

I’m peg­ging out yet an­other load of wash­ing, be­cause I’ve man­aged to get my two-year-old and six-month-old to have a sleep at the same time. The si­lence is bro­ken only by a pass­ing car, a chirp­ing bird or a bark from one of our kelpies. I ask my­self: “Why are you do­ing this when you have a mo­ment to your­self?” I look over to the open copy of Coun­try Style on my din­ing ta­ble, which looks more like a work­bench. Af­ter mak­ing a cuppa, I soon sit down to the over­due respite pro­vided to me by the pages of Fe­bru­ary’s is­sue. Karen Saun­ders, LIS­MORE, VIC­TO­RIA

“The si­lence is bro­ken only by a pass­ing car, a chirp­ing bird... ”

A high­light this month for the Coun­try Style team was a visit to Orange, NSW, for our an­nual Coun­try Style Pro­duc­ers’ Lunch. The au­tum­nal leaves and blue skies were cap­tured by our editorial co­or­di­na­tor @an­na_del­prat. Fol­low us on In­sta­gram @coun­trystylemag IN­STA­GRAM

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