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My love af­fair with Coun­try Style started about 20 years ago. I was a busy mum back then with three boys and one with a dis­abil­ity. When this young man left school, I won­dered how I would fill his days and give his life mean­ing. I had a stash of mag­a­zines I’d never had time to read and one day I thought, “Maybe he would like a trip to the coun­try.” Like is an un­der­state­ment. Ev­ery af­ter­noon at 3pm was CS time and this rit­ual con­tin­ued for 15 years. Dur­ing this time, Mum went into care with de­men­tia. So I gath­ered up ‘My Coun­try Child­hood’ ar­ti­cles and read them to her. It was the in­ter­ac­tion and time shared that al­lowed her to con­nect with a time and place she re­mem­bered. Those mag­a­zines could have sat there gath­er­ing dust, but we de­cided a story shared is a story en­hanced. So thank you, Coun­try Style. In this fam­ily, you glad­dened hearts and lifted spir­its. Norma Hatch­ett, KALAMUNDA, WA

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