Watch­ing Scout Smith’s pet lambs crowd around her re­cently re­minded me of how lucky I was to grow up with a me­nagerie of an­i­mals

Country Style - - A LETTER FROM THE EDITOR - En­joy the is­sue. Vic­to­ria Carey

— just like Scout has. I was re­spon­si­ble for bring­ing home many pets over the years. From the tabby kit­tens aban­doned at the lo­cal vet to the just-hatched ban­tam chicks I would keep warm on a cold night un­der a lamp on my desk be­fore putting them back un­der their mother, I seem to have a tal­ent for fifind­ing an­i­mals to this day, which my mother will at­test to. (She still has two dogs, the pup­pies of Rouge, my Jack Rus­sell, and, as I write this, is prob­a­bly out now walk­ing them in an ef­fort to tire them out!) Like Scout, I also had a grey pony and used to spend ev­ery wak­ing minute with him, so I com­pletely un­der­stand why Vir­gina Steed wanted a sim­i­lar child­hood for her 12-year-old — which they have found on their lovely New Zealand prop­erty that I vis­ited for our New Zealand spe­cial on page 34. When peo­ple ask me about how we cre­ate our sto­ries, I al­ways say how im­por­tant it is for our team to spend time on the road, out in the coun­try. One an­nual trip I al­ways look for­ward to is Orange FOOD Week, and it’s a drive I know bet­ter than most af­ter also liv­ing for a year in Bathurst. Speak­ing to the farm­ers at our Pro­duc­ers’ Lunch, I was re­minded of just how re­silient and pos­i­tive they all are in the face of any ad­ver­sity, be it a drought or a drop in mar­ket prices. It’s some­thing we should never forget.

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