THIS MONTH OUR READERS SHARE THE STORIES, HOUSES AND PHOTOGRAPHS THAT HAVE INSPIRED AND MOTIVATED THEM.
My family and I moved into our farmhouse in January last year. We love calling the light-filled 1960s house our home. When friends pop over to see our renovations and offer flattering statements such as “your home is so beautiful, it could feature in County Style magazine”, my heart fills with joy. While our home is many years off reaching that point, I feel there’s no greater compliment. Thanks for the great reading and photography. Tara Rich, GOROKE, VICTORIA
WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT
My husband and I have a dairy farm where we planned to build a home for our family. Even though we started work on it five years ago, the house isn’t quite finished and the garden is a work in progress. I recently picked up a copy of Country Style, which made me feel anything is possible. The pages were packed with brilliant ideas. Although farm commitments come first, I am hopeful that some day my home will look as beautiful as the ones in Country Style. Jodie Parton, WILLOW GROVE, VICTORIA
I was inspired to do a drawing of the portrait of Molly Meldrum featured in the January issue. As I’m only 18 years old, I didn’t know Molly’s background, but reading about his country childhood made me realise that it’s not necessarily a hindrance to following your creative dreams. We are a police family and have moved many times, mostly to remote outback towns. I have loved my country childhood and believe it helped me develop my creativity. My brothers and I invented imaginary worlds and characters, which often became drawings. Like Molly, I am moving away from the bush to pursue a creative career and study architecture, but developing my realist drawings is something I plan to continue. Sam Irvine, BILOELA, QUEENSLAND
I so enjoyed Country Style’s article about the Smith family’s Love Merino brand that I visited their website to read more. Loving their ethos, I sent them an email to wish them well and told them that while I’d love to buy a scarf to show my support, I’ve always found wool unbearably itchy. Pip replied, explaining why some woollen garments irritate the wearer and assured me that their scarves wouldn’t. She even offered a money-back guarantee. Slightly sceptical, I ordered one and it’s simply beautiful — and not itchy! I’m now hoping that north-west Queensland gets a cold day or two this winter, as I’m dying to wear it. Monica Thomas, MOUNT ISA, QUEENSLAND
WINNER QUIET REFLECTION
The ‘drift away’ cover of your February issue soothed my soul on so many levels. Sitting in a rowboat on a lake was my dad’s favourite form of relaxation. Sadly, he died last November after a long illness. At his funeral, family holidays were discussed as being precious times. Unfortunately, we often don’t appreciate just how precious until later. We have so many beautiful places in this country, it’s time to get the family together and plan the next lot of precious memories. Stella Lombard, RIVERVIEW, NSW