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THIS MONTH OUR READ­ERS SHARE THE STO­RIES, HOUSES AND PHO­TO­GRAPHS THAT HAVE IN­SPIRED AND MO­TI­VATED THEM.

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GREAT EX­PEC­TA­TIONS

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

ARTISTIC MERIT

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

TRUE SUP­PORTER

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

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