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THIS MONTH, OUR READ­ERS SHARE HOW COUN­TRY STYLE EN­COUR­AGES THEM TO GET BACK TO BA­SICS AND TAKE A MO­MENT FOR THEM­SELVES.

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STO­RIES OF THE LAND

My hus­band and I have of­ten dreamt of mov­ing to the coun­try, but be­cause of his work we haven’t been able to do so. In­stead, we bought a home in beau­ti­ful Grays Point [Syd­ney], which in our minds is the next best thing. We wanted our young boys to grow up in a home sur­rounded by gums and close to a river, where they could skim peb­bles, kayak and fish. Per­haps that’s why read­ing about Jackie French’s life, in your Au­gust edi­tion, res­onated so much with me. Since my boys are big fans of Jackie’s books, I read the ar­ti­cle to them. Their eyes widened at the thought of bunya nuts shoot­ing out of a fire and be­ing al­lowed to stay out ’til night­fall. We all agreed that Mr Doo sounded like the sweet­est of neigh­bours. Leanne Ewels, GRAYS POINT, NSW

MY GREEK ODYSSEY

For more than a year, my Greek hus­band has been plan­ning a hol­i­day for our fam­ily. The tragedy of the re­cent fires near Athens has been dev­as­tat­ing, but see­ing the pic­tures of the is­land of Sky­ros in your Au­gust is­sue could not have come at a bet­ter time; they were so sooth­ing and beau­ti­ful. We’ll be vis­it­ing Karpathos, where there’s a church my hus­band’s grand­fa­ther’s com­mu­nity helped raised funds for to build and we would like to in­clude Sky­ros in our itin­er­ary, as your story was so tempt­ing. My hus­band cooks fan­tas­tic Greek dishes and we look for­ward to eat­ing out at the pave­ment cafés and join­ing rel­a­tives for meals in their homes. We have been por­ing over books of the ar­chi­tec­tural and clas­si­cal won­ders and hope to fit in all we wish to do. Your ar­ti­cle thrilled us as does so much in Coun­try Style. Vickie Mavros, SALE, VIC­TO­RIA

EVERY­DAY IN­SPI­RA­TION

It was won­der­ful to read pow­er­ful life sto­ries about women like Jackie French, who was in­flu­enced by amaz­ing women in her early years — her mother, grand­mother and Oodgeroo Noonuc­cal. Very of­ten we read sto­ries of boys ad­ven­tur­ing and roam­ing the bush, so it makes it even more special to read her life ex­pe­ri­ences. Thanks must also go to Annabelle Hick­son for a ter­rific col­umn. She man­aged to ce­ment the im­por­tance of real-life com­mu­nity and sup­port, without negat­ing the va­lid­ity of the in­ter­na­tional vil­lage. Well done and thank you for giv­ing us these ad­ven­tur­ous women (astride their steeds in their split skirts, I’m sure). Jess Camp­bell, ADELONG, NSW

WIN­NER A BEAU­TI­FUL ES­CAPE

My Coun­try Style magazine was sit­ting on the kitchen bench wait­ing un­til I had the time to flick through the dreamy pages. On the first cold and windy day of Au­gust, I had an early start in the cat­tle yards. All was go­ing well un­til I was knocked to the ground by a mob of cat­tle push­ing back on the gate. Re­turn­ing to the house bruised and ex­tremely sore, I picked up my Coun­try Style and headed straight to bed, where I could for­get all my trou­bles and dream of ideas in­spired by the pages in front of me. Re­becca Hil­ton, LURG, VIC­TO­RIA

In our special ‘Be­fore & Af­ter’ is­sue, we looked at six home ren­o­va­tion projects. Plus, we in­cluded plenty more in­te­rior dec­o­rat­ing in­spi­ra­tion, recipes from Hugh Wen­ner­bom of @thear­gyleinn and an in­depth look at the com­mu­nity of Goul­burn, NSW. Pho­tog­ra­phy by Beth Kirby @lo­cal_milk Styling/ren­o­va­tion by Tara Mangini and Percy Bright @jer­sey­ice­creamco

Who doesn’t love a sunny deck that opens up onto the gar­den? With the help of in­te­rior de­sign stu­dio @harek­lein, a re­tired cou­ple trans­formed a dated 1970s brick house in Ar­mi­dale, NSW, into this mod­ern mas­ter­piece. Pho­tog­ra­phy by @jen­wild­ing­pho­tog­ra­pher Fol­low us on In­sta­gram @coun­trystylemag

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