“There are brumbies in the hills up the back and platy­pus in the creek...” I’m there in my imag­i­na­tion im­me­di­ately. Luck­ily for

Country Style - - A LETTER FROM THE EDITOR -

the Harpham fam­ily, this mag­i­cal land re­ally does ex­ist and its name is Moora­binda, a 4008-hectare prop­erty in the Du­maresq Val­ley west of Ten­ter­fi­field, on the Nsw–queens­land border. “This is a re­ally spe­cial place. It’s the peace and the free­dom. The not-hear­ing any­thing at night. It’s know­ing that who­ever comes to your house is go­ing to be your friend,” is how Ju­lia Harpham de­scribed her home to her neigh­bour, and our writer, Annabelle Hickson. It’s also a place that has seen many won­der­ful fam­ily Christ­mases over the years, as you can see on page 42. We asked sev­eral well-known Aus­tralians to tell us their favourite Christ­mas mem­o­ries with some in­ter­est­ing re­sults. Au­thor Tim Win­ton at­tributes his love of read­ing to the hours spent in a hol­i­day beach shack with rats run­ning along the rafters. “A diesel gen­er­a­tor, kero fridge and a thun­der­box dunny: it was great. The shack mightn’t have had power, but it did have a li­brary, a whole room full of books. I think we read with a cer­tain ur­gency — we had to read the books be­fore the rats ate them!” Good recipes are a gift and reader Jenny Har­ris has very kindly de­cided to share her grand­mother’s short­bread with us this Christ­mas. “It hasn’t re­ally been shared as we just wanted to keep it in the fam­ily. But maybe good recipes should be shared, and this is the best short­bread in the world.” Turn to page 96 and dis­cover for your­self just how good it is. Have a won­der­ful Christ­mas.

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