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I would like to com­pli­ment the Coun­try Style team on your in­spi­ra­tional mag­a­zine. I re­cently met one of your writ­ers, Claire Mac­tag­gart, on a flight to Broome and we dis­cussed many top­ics. Claire men­tioned a story about Mol­ly­mook she had writ­ten. I was so in­ter­ested in her sto­ries and writ­ing that I bought the July is­sue of Coun­try Style. I was also pleas­antly sur­prised to read about Soul of Ger­ringong, also not far from where I live. I was cap­ti­vated for hours, read­ing it from front to back. The sto­ries were so up­lift­ing and the pho­tog­ra­phy made you feel as if you were sit­ting in peo­ple’s homes or stand­ing right there in the land­scapes. I pur­chased the lat­est is­sue and again en­joyed all the sto­ries and scenery. I now fol­low County Style on In­sta­gram and en­joy look­ing at and read­ing the posts. Claire is a won­der­ful ad­vo­cate for your mag­a­zine and I will be a reg­u­lar reader and look for­ward to fu­ture is­sues of Coun­try Style. Julie Sun­der­land, SHELL COVE, NSW


I live at Ocean View near Mount Mee, in Queens­land. When peo­ple ask me where I live I tell them: “I live in heaven.” Trou­ble is, now I am age­ing, I am acutely aware that I need to move from my home. Where do you go when you live in heaven? I know, I need to dig deep and be grate­ful that I have had the plea­sure of 26 years here and fo­cus on my new jour­ney in a new place. Right now I am not quite ready. When I do move I know I will have my Coun­try Style un­der my arm. I have been pur­chas­ing my favourite mag­a­zine every month for al­most 30 years. I still have every copy. I am also aware that I need to part with them, too. Your mag­a­zine has al­ways given me so much plea­sure, thank you. Jo-anne Brodie, OCEAN VIEW, QUEENS­LAND


I haven’t even read all through your July edi­tion, but had to jump on the com­puter and tell you how won­der­ful the two sto­ries of peo­ple’s dream homes are, one at Ger­ringong and the other at Ne­wham. They are en­tirely dif­fer­ent home styles and places show­ing two beau­ti­ful parts of Aus­tralia. You don’t have to get into a plane and chase other parts of the world when we have it so good in our own back­yard. Through your mag­a­zine I am feel­ing re-en­er­gised be­cause I could be taken some­where beau­ti­ful with­out hav­ing to travel there. Jenny Jones, TEA GAR­DENS, NSW


A few months ago, I was re­minded by a dis­play at my lo­cal li­brary that May 21–27 was Vol­un­teer Week. I would like to thank the vol­un­teers at Flin­ders Med­i­cal Cen­tre, Ade­laide, for their help and sup­port when my fa­ther was ad­mit­ted to in­ten­sive care with a po­ten­tially fa­tal brain aneurysm last year. Dur­ing this dis­tress­ing pe­riod, a group of warm hearts had an­tic­i­pated and pro­vided for our every need. You were an­gels in ev­ery­day clothes, help­ing in count­less prac­ti­cal ways. Most of all, I was touched by the thought­ful­ness of who­ever at­tended to the wait­ing rooms. On an early visit I stum­bled into one room to find re­cent copies of Coun­try Style care­fully placed on a cof­fee ta­ble with a fresh vase of flow­ers, look­ing like it had just emerged from the cover. This

spoke peace and com­fort to me, and I knew my fa­ther was in a place where he would be well looked af­ter. Dad is now re­cov­ered, and I have re­alised that the way to reach vol­un­teers with my thanks is the way they reached me — through Coun­try Style. Thank you for your thought­ful touch. You might not know what it means to us as we rush past dazed and pre­oc­cu­pied, but if you are read­ing this, be as­sured that we could not cope with­out you. Louise Thomas, MOUNT BARKER, SA


Coun­try Style mag­a­zine first graced my life six years ago as a gift from my hus­band Ian. I en­joyed its arrival, me­thod­i­cally con­sum­ing it as soon as I could. The mag­a­zines are dis­played on my cof­fee ta­ble and I sel­dom leave home with­out one in my bag. The coun­try blood in my DNA re­joiced, as I was in­spired by the bi­ogra­phies, recipes, Coun­try Em­po­rium, gar­den­ing, read­ing rec­om­men­da­tions, shop­ping guides and the pho­to­graphs and sto­ries of real peo­ple. I dreamt of one day mov­ing to a coun­try prop­erty, sur­rounded by our beau­ti­ful Aus­tralian gums and di­verse land­scapes. Re­cently Ian and I took the plunge and pur­chased a prop­erty north-east of Ade­laide. Next came the oner­ous task of de­clut­ter­ing 24 years of ac­cu­mu­lated fam­ily liv­ing from the lovely home we had built, loved and raised our four chil­dren. This mam­moth task was ac­com­plished, and was worth every ef­fort. Our new prop­erty in­cludes sheep that have pro­duced the cutest lambs. The birdlife is ex­cit­ing and the aura of our new home ra­di­ates peace — it’s like liv­ing in the mid­dle of a beau­ti­ful botan­i­cal gar­den. Our in­creased fam­ily of 10 chil­dren, in­clud­ing our daugh­ters-in-law and grand­chil­dren, thor­oughly en­joy the back­yard cricket, walk­ing tracks,

gar­den, views, fruit trees, sheep and lambs — com­plete with fresh air and rain­wa­ter. The glo­ri­ous sun­rises are spec­tac­u­lar as well as the clear night skies, stars and bril­liant moon. We feel very happy to have made the de­ci­sion to move to greener pas­tures and we are ex­cited at what the fu­ture holds. I con­tinue to be in­spired by Coun­try Style is­sues as they ar­rive, lov­ingly ad­dressed to ‘Mumsy’ as an in­ti­mate re­minder of the spe­cial sub­scrip­tion gift from our beloved daugh­ter. My new life­style has en­riched my affin­ity with your beau­ti­ful mag­a­zine and the fas­ci­nat­ing peo­ple within its colour­ful pages. Ker­ryn Lloyd, YATTALUNGA, SA

For our July Travel Is­sue cover, we vis­ited @soulofger­ringong farm­house and were met by lo­cal kelpie, Red, who had wan­dered up with his owner Josh from Fern Street Kiosk. We also took a look in­side a sea­side Dan­ish hol­i­day home nes­tled on the edge of a for­est and a weather­board farm­house in Rock­ley NSW. Plus, in our Hol­i­day Hunter se­ries we vis­ited the coast of Mex­ico with pho­tog­ra­pher @nico­la­se­vitt, while @katie_quin­n_d took us on a road­trip along the west coast of Ire­land. Pho­tog­ra­phy @markrop­er­pho­tog­ra­phy Styling @jes­sic­a­han­son­stylist

An orig­i­nal fea­ture of @soulofger­ringong, a clas­sic farm­house on the NSW South Coast (also on our July cover, right), this basalt fire­place was hid­den un­der ren­der un­til own­ers Si­mone and Ben Mathews un­der­took a ma­jor ren­o­va­tion last year. Fol­low us on In­sta­gram @coun­trystylemag IN­STA­GRAM

Chef @rus­sellchinn of Cupitt’s Kitchen, near Ul­ladulla, NSW, shared his rhubarb clafoutis with laven­der cream in the July is­sue. “The com­bi­na­tion of heavy bat­ter, tart rhubarb and sweet laven­der cream make this dessert per­fect for the colder months,” says Rus­sell. Pho­tog­ra­phy @markrop­er­pho­tog­ra­phy Styling @lee_blay­lock

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