THIS MONTH OUR READERS SHARE THEIR LIFE STORIES AND TELL US WHAT THEY HAVE ENJOYED ABOUT COUNTRY STYLE OVER THE YEARS.
Country Style has long been a monthly highlight — I enjoy the places it takes me while sitting on my favourite lounge chair. Last year I booked a Tuscan art and food tour with Annie Herron, which I saw advertised in the magazine. Six more sleeps, I leave for Italy for a few days! I am so excited to be exploring painting after working with clay as my hobby for many years. What better place to explore than in the village of Lecchi in Chianti, and in such good company. I enjoyed getting to know Annie via the pages of the March CS and can’t wait to meet her and the group in Florence. Anne Walters, MANSFIELD, VIC
A SEA CHANGE
I have been a devoted reader since December 2016, when my partner and I were house-sitting in Norfolk Island and I stumbled upon a collection of Country Style magazines. I fell in love with the great stories, beautiful photography and inspiring homes. That time of reflection over the break inspired us to buy a palm tree plantation on the island. The property has a cottage and 6000 Kentia palms. For now we travel between Norfolk and Melbourne, and just returned from a trip to paint the interior of the house. I’m sure your magazine will continue to provide inspiration and hopefully one day we can end up in an issue ourselves! Kyle Czech, EAST ST KILDA, VIC
Back in November 1988 I was having a bad day at work and headed out to find a magazine that would pick up my mood. On display was a new magazine: Country Style. Today in 2017 I still enjoy it. I’ve never missed a month and keep every edition. They even have their own bookcase. My life has had many ups and downs, but your magazine has been a constant. It excels with high quality content in design, art, fashion, food and history. It’s also an anthropological gem and has documented the sociological changes that have swept Australia over three decades. The changes in design that highlight the intelligence of architects in the rural sphere. How the old skills and trades are being revived and saved. The changes in fashion, the way we cook and the types of food we eat. So from one of your many male readers, thank you for a wonderful escape and the knowledge shared. CS is a pleasure to behold each month. Patrick Caruana, BELMONT, VIC
I was fascinated to read about Quamby Home in the April issue. From 1993 to 2013 our family managed a sheep and cattle station in outback Queensland that has a strong connection to the same part of Tasmania as where Quamby is located. The property, Westbury, has almost all paddocks named after towns or properties from around there: Quamby, Entally, Longford, Carrick, Exton, Deloraine, Retreat and Chestnut (which we believe may be a corruption of a large property called Cheshunt). We’ve often wondered who it was that left the green pastures of Tassie to pioneer a new life in the harsh Queensland outback. They obviously had a great love for the land they left behind. Westbury was sold in 2013 and my family left after 20 years of living there. We still miss it terribly so it’s nice to know that the Hosken family are caring for a part of its history some 2500 kilometres away! Sue Brownlie, LONGREACH, QLD
WeW shot the cover for May’sM Handmade IssueI at Georgie Leckey’sL Acheron valleyv farm in central Victoria.V Georgie launchedl her business HeatherlyH Design, makingm upholstered bedheadsb from one of thet sheds on the farm. PhotographyP LisaL Cohen. Styling TessT Newman-morris INSTAGRAM One of our Country Style Instagram followers @suzy_andrew_albore kindly shared with us that her 12-year-old son read the article about woodworker Erin Malloy (@erinmalloy) in our May issue. Her son was so inspired by her handmade pieces (right) that he insisted his mum track down a local wood crafter. He and his two young brothers are now taking lessons. Photography Marnie Hawson. Follow us on Instagram @countrystylemag