I have sev­eral snake sto­ries I’m fond of telling. There’s the one about my mum’s Jack Rus­sell, Piper, who has sur­vived two snake bites, the

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day I saw two snakes in un­der an hour, and — the worst of all — the time I was stay­ing with my friend Anne in Bathurst and a snake crawled over the baby’s rocker just af­ter I’d picked him up. (Her brother had to res­cue us and was not happy as we hadn’t con­tained the snake. Tim didn’t ac­cept our ex­cuse that we were busy deal­ing with four cry­ing chil­dren un­der the age of three.) For years af­ter that ex­pe­ri­ence, I couldn’t even look at a gar­den hose ly­ing on the lawn. You can tell it would be hard for me to ad­mit that some­one else has a bet­ter snake anec­dote, but I have to con­cede that 60 Min­utes re­porter Allison Langdon has trumped all of mine in our story about her coun­try child­hood on page 34. “When I was about nine, I found a red bel­lied black snake be­hind my door. I re­mem­ber it was like a hor­ror film,” she told our as­so­ci­ate edi­tor, Cather­ine Mccor­mack. I can’t even read it without shud­der­ing! Our new Style Di­aries fea­ture is all about real women and what they love to wear. They are peo­ple just like you and me who are jug­gling chil­dren, jobs and busy lives. So when I met artist Zoe Young and her fam­ily at her ex­hi­bi­tion open­ing a few months ago, I was im­me­di­ately impressed by her happy and re­laxed style (as well as her lovely work), so we asked her to share some fash­ion se­crets this month on page 130. There are many gems in this in­ter­view, in­clud­ing her an­swer to the ques­tion: Are clothes im­por­tant to you? “Yes, very. This will sur­prise the boys at my lo­cal coffee fix, as I look like a cross be­tween a trades­man and Mr Squig­gle when I drop in from the stu­dio!” En­joy the is­sue

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