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Thank you for publishing an article about my sister Carlie Oates’s move to the country. I’ve been living in London for the past year and the day your July issue came out, I moved to a tiny town called Stanstead Abbotts, an hour’s drive from London. I did question whether I should leave the city, its nightlife and never-ending food venues, but the countryside has forever called me. And after growing up in Bowral, and knowing Jugiong’s beauty as a visiting aunt, your article about my sister brought a tear to my eye and a sense of nostalgia. It also reinforced the positivity in moving to my own country paradise. I now feel more at home every time I walk past the July issue sitting proudly on the coffee table in my barn apartment. Danni Oates, WARE, ENGLAND.
It was a joy to read your feature on author Robyn Davidson in the July issue. The reference to the town of Mooloolah hurtled me back to my childhood and brought alive precious memories. In the 1950s my brother and I often spent school holidays at my uncle’s dairy farm. Our cousins were always happy to have their city cousins visit and kept us busy around the farm, picking wild gooseberries and swinging on mighty vines tangled in scrubby trees. We had scary moments too, like making sure the python that liked to curl up in the rafters of the outhouse wasn’t there when nature called (especially at night). While my life and Robyn’s are vastly different, it seems many years ago we trod familiar, happy grounds. Judith Caine, DONVALE, VICTORIA
HELP IN TIMES OF NEED
We have a farm on Tasmania’s east coast and feel fortunate to be able to raise our daughter in the bush. But recently we were in the emergency room after being helicoptered from our doctor’s surgery with an ill little girl. We spent three days in the ICU. Sitting there, we longed to return home to the paddocks and river. As parents however, the fear of returning to the isolation we love was frightening. Having Country Style by my bed was a temporary escape. I even smiled for the first time in days reading Annabelle Hickson’s ‘Keeping up Appearances’. We brought our daughter home yesterday and are lucky to be living in this wonderful country, where we have access to medical treatment. Our thanks go to all the wonderful doctors and nurses, as well as the people at Ronald Mcdonald House. Steph Brouder, SWANSEA, TASMANIA
Congratulations OurO July issue celebratedc the bestb of the season withw winter escapes, landscapel designer PaulP Bangay’s snow-covereds garden, a year in the English countrysidec and beautifulb homes, includingi this one on thet cover, a beautiful 1930s1 farmhouse in Ballan, Victoria. PhotographyP LisaL Cohen Styling RuthR Welsby My best friend and I made a trip to the MV Organic Skincare shop and I wanted to thank Country Style for once again featuring strong, confident female entrepreneurs, who are passionate and successful. The service we received went above and beyond our expectations. The products are beautiful and created with such care; my friend and I are converts to Sharon’s skincare philosophy. I’m a long-time subscriber and every product that you share always lives up to the high quality that Country Style is known for. Thank you for not only producing a fantastic magazine but bringing such wonderful brands to your readers so we can support like-minded women. Sheridan Gaudry, PENRITH, NSW Sheridan Gaudry who has won a $500 gift voucher for Zephyr. View their beautiful collection of loungewear online at zephyrloungewear.com or visit their store in Noosaville, Queensland. 1800 804 776.