Country Style - - A LETTER FROM THE EDITOR -

I went to Dubbo re­cently and it turned out to be a hugely pro­duc­tive trip. I met so many in­spir­ing peo­ple — sto­ries just seemed to leap out at me from ev­ery­where and you will see a few of them on the pages of this is­sue.

From a young sad­dler us­ing his skills in un­tra­di­tional ways to a fifth-gen­er­a­tion wool grower branch­ing out into fash­ion, clearly the NSW Cen­tral West is home to tal­ented peo­ple. When I heard Pip Smith speak about what she and her hus­band Norm were do­ing on Glen­wood, the 2800-hectare fam­ily prop­erty near Welling­ton, at the Dubbo Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try lunch, I knew I had to make sure we did some­thing in the mag­a­zine. It’s rare to find some­one who’s so pas­sion­ate about what they do. For years, Pip watched Norm spend his days car­ing for his beloved meri­nos from dawn to dusk. Then he’d take the fleece to auc­tion and see the world’s top fash­ion buy­ers bid for their wool and mix it with other in­fe­rior fleeces. “It just seemed so wrong af­ter all the work and study Norm had done to breed such beau­ti­ful meri­nos,” she ex­plains. “That’s where the idea of mak­ing a gar­ment with every wool fi­bre trace­able back to Glen­wood came from. I just didn’t get around to act­ing on it for so long be­cause the kids were so lit­tle.” Luck­ily, she is act­ing on it now, as you can see on page 18. An­other rea­son I en­joyed my time in Dubbo, was that I went to all the places my fa­ther, who was once a jour­nal­ist on the lo­cal Daily Lib­eral news­pa­per, used to tell me about. Dad lived in the town’s fire sta­tion and, in ex­change for board and lodg­ing, he would go out on the fire truck. Quite dif­fer­ent from a cham­ber of com­merce lunch, but it was also a great way to get sto­ries...

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