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THIS MONTH OUR READ­ERS SHARE BITTERSWEET MEM­O­RIES AND STO­RIES OF MUCH-LOVED FAM­ILY MEM­BERS.

BEST IN SHOW

My 72-year-old brother has shown chooks at the Royal Easter Show for too many years to re­mem­ber. He’s had lots of suc­cess, with cham­pi­ons of the show sev­eral times. This year I asked him to buy me a Coun­try Style show bag. Sev­eral weeks later, I re­ceived a phone call from my beau­ti­ful, but very stressed, brother, apol­o­gis­ing as he was on his way home and had for­got­ten my show bag. Next year I’ll go and see his chooks and, oh yes, buy a Coun­try Style show bag! Nell Adam­son, WEST KEMPSEY, NSW

NA­TURE’S GIFT

I’m the mother of two beau­ti­ful boys, one of whom has autism and sen­sory pro­cess­ing dis­or­der. In the June is­sue, your Feast For the Senses story was ex­actly what I needed to read, at ex­actly the right time. I have been plan­ning to cre­ate a sen­sory gar­den for my sons, with the hope that it will help my lit­tle one with autism — your story gave me the de­sign and plant­ing in­spi­ra­tion I’ve des­per­ately needed to get started. Shan­non But­triss, DAKABIN, QUEENS­LAND

A FA­MIL­IAR TALE

With much amuse­ment, I read and re-read Annabelle Hick­son’s Ac­tive Par­ent­ing story in the April is­sue. It res­onated with me as eight months ago we packed up our young fam­ily to trial a sea/tree change. Our small beach­side com­mu­nity has much to of­fer but — like Annabelle — I’ve found my­self driv­ing so much in the hope that my lit­tle ones will learn some­thing re­sem­bling swim­ming! Thanks for a good laugh. Olivia Salkeld, APOLLO BAY, VIC­TO­RIA

FOND MEM­O­RIES

Each year I host a Mother’s Day lunch for my fam­ily. My mum is no longer with us, but cel­e­brat­ing with my 86-year-old aunty, Mum’s sis­ter, is com­fort­ing. The next day, the June is­sue of Coun­try Style ar­rived. The pic­ture of Tam­sin Car­van’s Gnoc­chi with Tomato and Eg­g­plant Ragu [on page 85] re­leased a flood of child­hood mem­o­ries. Mum made these del­i­cate pil­lows of fluffy mash for my birth­day each year. Such a treat and bet­ter than any present! Thanks, Tam­sin and Coun­try Style — your magazine is more than just a pub­li­ca­tion, it’s like a warm hug from a treasured friend. An­to­nia Spencer, BRIDGEMAN DOWNS, QUEENS­LAND

WIN­NER CHAL­LENG­ING TIMES

I grew up in Tai­wan, a coun­try smaller than Tas­ma­nia with a pop­u­la­tion that’s big­ger than Aus­tralia’s. In 2009 I fell in love with an Aussie ex­change stu­dent who is now my hus­band, and moved to Can­berra in 2011. Although it’s the na­tion’s cap­i­tal, to an Asian city girl it’s the equiv­a­lent of a quiet coun­try town. Last Christ­mas I got a sub­scrip­tion to Coun­try Style and the first is­sue ar­rived the day I started ma­ter­nity leave. The first few weeks af­ter Adele was born felt like a life­time — moth­er­hood has been the most dif­fi­cult chal­lenge I’ve ever en­dured. One sleep­less night, I read the story in your Fe­bru­ary is­sue about Sad­dler and Co’s Bede and Jemima Aldridge who have five chil­dren. I thought, “If they can go through this five times, surely I can sur­vive one.” Adele is now seven weeks old and has started smil­ing. I know it will only get bet­ter, as peo­ple keep telling me. Chelsea Wu, DUFFY, ACT

OurO June is­sue was a cel­e­bra­tion of Aus­tralianA food and wine.w We es­pe­cially lovedl our beau­ti­ful cov­erc house, which isi Natasha Mor­gan’s homeh in Spargo Creek,C Vic­to­ria. ThanksT for hav­ing us @ natasha_­mor­gan_ Pho­tog­ra­phyP LisaL Co­hen Styling LeeL Blay­lock

We are cur­rently en­joy­ing cosy win­ter week­ends filled with good food, great com­pany and beau­ti­ful table­ware. Styling @lee_blay­lock Pho­tog­ra­phy @lisaco­hen­photo Fol­low us on In­sta­gram @coun­trystylemag IN­STA­GRAM

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