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FROM UN­DER­STAND­ING THE IM­PACT OF THE DROUGHT TO HELP­ING MAIN­TAIN MEM­O­RIES OF A FAM­ILY FARM, READ­ERS RE­VEAL THE IM­PACT OF OUR STO­RIES.

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THE HEART OF THE IS­SUE

I’ve never been re­duced to tears while read­ing your glo­ri­ous mag­a­zine but to­day the tears flowed. The last para­graph of Coun­try Squire in the Oc­to­ber is­sue cut to my heart. I’ve do­nated to Drought An­gels over the last year and a half, but de­spite all the heart-wrench­ing im­ages and sto­ries of our strong, yet strug­gling, farm­ers, it has taken Rob’s words to make me re­alise that I should, can, and will do more to help fel­low Aus­tralian fam­i­lies. So thank you, not only for an­other amaz­ing is­sue but for mak­ing me see be­yond the bar­ren dust and to the hearts of other women who are do­ing ev­ery­thing they can to keep their fam­i­lies to­gether. Mel St­in­ton, MAROOCHYDORE, QLD

OUT-OF-TOWNER

I’d spent my life on a work­ing fam­ily farm un­til last De­cem­ber when sadly, af­ter 129 years, it was sold. We’ve sud­denly be­come ‘town­ies’, which is a com­pletely for­eign way of liv­ing. But re­ceiv­ing Coun­try Style ev­ery month re­minds me I’m still con­nected to the land. The mag­a­zine’s beau­ti­ful im­ages help me re­mem­ber — and many of the sto­ries re­as­sure me that even though I can’t be there, the farm I’ve loved for a life­time will con­tinue on with the help of the next gen­er­a­tion. Han­nah Mcker­row, TAM­WORTH, NSW

A WELL-DE­SERVED READ

Since fin­ish­ing our stone house on the fringe of Western Aus­tralia’s wheat belt, af­ter seven years of plan­ning and build­ing, it is so nice to slow down and en­joy my home. There’s noth­ing bet­ter than soak­ing up the sun on our jar­rah ve­ran­dah with my copy of Coun­try Style and lis­ten­ing to the sounds of the sur­round­ing Wan­doo bush­land. To com­plete our house nes­tled in the bush, we hauled over 350 tonnes of gran­ite rock by hand; man-han­dled ev­ery beam of jar­rah; and ham­mered and fas­tened thou­sands of nails and screws. So it is with great plea­sure that all I have to lift to­day is my favourite mag­a­zine. And that now I can ap­pre­ci­ate other ad­ven­tur­ous peo­ple striv­ing to build or ren­o­vate their own dream homes that you por­tray so beau­ti­fully. Re­nee D’herville, TOODYAY, WA

WIN­NER HELP­ING HUG

En­gross­ing my­self in the Oc­to­ber is­sue, I was en­cour­aged by the sim­ple mes­sage of re­silience and hope re­gard­ing the dev­as­tat­ing drought across NSW. We live on the Hay Plains on a drought-af­fected sheep sta­tion and I am the stereo­typ­i­cal city girl who moved to the coun­try to marry the farmer with a young bub on my hip. I have been find­ing it dif­fi­cult lately to feel like I am sup­port­ing my hard-work­ing hus­band and his fam­ily in these test­ing times. Thank you for re­as­sur­ing me that a com­fort­ing hug, strong cuppa and an em­pa­thetic ear is all they re­ally need to keep their spir­its high. Oh, and rain of course! Cassandra Hooke, BOOROORBAN, NSW

In our Oc­to­ber is­sue, we cel­e­brated the re­vival of small towns, and the peo­ple and busi­nesses breath­ing new life into ham­lets such as Car­coar, Tren­tham and Ger­ringong. Plus, we vis­ited a fam­ily in the midst of NSW’S worst drought in 100 years who are draw­ing com­fort from giv­ing back, and we went on the road with pho­tog­ra­pher @ed­winarobert­son who is giv­ing a voice to droughtaf­fected farm­ers through her One Bucket cam­paign. Pho­tog­ra­phy by @markrop­er­pho­tog­ra­phy Styling by @lee_blay­lock

Clearly our In­sta­gram fol­low­ers loved this kitchen that we fea­tured in Oc­to­ber. Meg and Neil Thump­ston con­verted an old ta­ble into a kitchen bench by in­stalling an @ikea_aus­tralia sink. The @bellingau range cooker from @har­veynor­manau was cho­sen for its func­tion­al­ity and vin­tage look. Pho­tog­ra­phy by @mtwee1

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