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INSTAGRAM Our Instagram fol­low­ers loved this im­age as much as we do! Meet Flirt, one of the beau­ti­ful horses from @hid­den­trails­by­horse­back, a fam­ily-run Tolmie-based travel com­pany that takes peo­ple on a va­ri­ety of horse treks in the mag­nif­i­cent Vic­to­rian High Coun­try. Fol­low us on Instagram @coun­trystylemag THIS MONTH OUR READ­ERS SHARE THEIR CHILD­HOOD MEMORIES AND STO­RIES ABOUT MUCH-LOVED FAM­ILY MEM­BERS.

SIS­TERLY LOVE

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.

CHILD­HOOD MEMORIES

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

WIN­NER GRATE­FUL

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.

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