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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


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

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