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OUR READ­ERS TELL US HOW COUN­TRY STYLE IN­SPIRES THEIR DEC­O­RAT­ING, HOL­I­DAYS AND WARDROBE — AND IS A POW­ER­FUL RE­MINDER OF THE BEAUTY OF RU­RAL LIFE.

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A BEAU­TI­FUL RE­MINDER

By the time I sit down to start my Fe­bru­ary Coun­try Style, I am pretty de­feated by the dry weather. My trees look for­lorn and the veg­gie patch is be­com­ing a thing that was a good idea in spring. Sit­ting at my kitchen ta­ble read­ing the Your Page let­ters, it takes me all of two min­utes to look back up at my sun-scorched pad­docks with a smile. Coun­try Style never fails to in­spire and re­mind me why I con­tinue to live in ru­ral NSW. Some­times my mind wan­ders to houses on the beach, but I am grate­ful for the beau­ti­ful re­minders on your pages. My sub­scrip­tion is a much-trea­sured birth­day gift from my Mum ev­ery year. I ex­plained it to her the other day as the gift that comes 12 times a year. I love it; it makes me squeal ev­ery time I see it in my mail­box. Car­rie Watchirs, Gum Flat, NSW

TREA­SURED MEM­O­RIES

When­ever I feel the pres­sures of city life, I yearn for the com­fort of Coun­try Style. The Fe­bru­ary is­sue pro­vided that fab­u­lous sense of es­capism. Ab­so­lutely loved your ‘On The Lake’ fea­ture with it’s fo­cus on the Sap­phire Coast. Mer­im­bula is a par­tic­u­larly mag­i­cal place for me. As a child, I spent many hol­i­days there and I re­cently re­dis­cov­ered its won­ders. It was the first time I’d been back since my par­ents died. Yes, I shed a few tears, but I found the trip a true jour­ney in ev­ery sense of the word. Re­mem­ber­ing when we were very happy as a fam­ily gave me such joy. Thank you for re­unit­ing me with those trea­sured mem­o­ries. Linda Nathaniel, Riverview, NSW

TRANS­PORTED BY SCENT

This morn­ing was spe­cial — my an­nual strip­ping of laven­der that I picked in De­cem­ber. I spread a large sheet in the court­yard and set about strip­ping each bun­dle. It is labour in­ten­sive, but the aroma is in­tox­i­cat­ing and takes me away from the hum­drum of Mel­bourne... a lit­tle bit of coun­try in my sub­ur­ban gar­den. All done; now I can en­joy a cof­fee and Coun­try Style. He­len Lo­vass, Sur­rey Hills, Vic­to­ria

WIN­NER STYLE IN­SPI­RA­TION

As a long­time reader I felt com­pelled to write and say how much I love the Style Diaries pages that fea­ture real women, their sto­ries and fash­ion tips. Liv­ing in the bush, I find my town trip out­fits need to work for mul­ti­ple sce­nar­ios in­clud­ing out­back travel, pro­tec­tion from our harsh weather, café vis­its with friends and or­gan­is­ing young chil­dren. Dress­ing ap­pro­pri­ately for vis­its to the den­tist, hair­dresser and our chil­dren’s school also need to be con­sid­ered. My fi­nal out­fit re­quire­ment is that it must help me to re­main cool, calm and dig­ni­fied while load­ing gro­ceries and deal­ing with the oc­ca­sional tyre, ma­chin­ery, tool or fod­der shop be­fore head­ing home. Find­ing a bal­ance be­tween style, com­fort and prac­ti­cal­ity can be tricky, but these pages pro­vide me with more ideas and in­spi­ra­tion than I have found any­where else. Thank you, this has be­come one of my favourite parts of Coun­try Style! Jane Smith, Bro­ken Hill, NSW

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