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Over Easter we were for­tu­nate to visit the lovely town of Car­coar, NSW. Why did we go there? Thanks to you, Coun­try Style. Prior to the Oc­to­ber is­sue last year, fea­tur­ing Belinda Sat­terth­waite of Car­coar, her beau­ti­ful home­wares shop, To­molly, and her own lovely home, we had not heard of Car­coar. My hus­band and I fell in love with this unique, spe­cial coun­try town. We stayed at the local ho­tel and ap­pre­ci­ated its warm hospi­tal­ity. We en­joyed vis­it­ing the local court­house, where we learnt about its his­tory, in­clud­ing the bushranger­s. We stepped back in time when we walked through the door of the Toy Mu­seum: so many childhood mem­o­ries re­turned. We strolled along the streets ad­mir­ing the old homes and kept mut­ter­ing, “One day… one of these may be ours.” The tim­ing is not right for us to move to the coun­try yet, but I am happy to add Car­coar to my ‘where to re­tire’ list. We are grate­ful to Coun­try Style magazine for in­tro­duc­ing us to Car­coar. A local road sign de­clares Car­coar as The Town Time For­got. We will never for­get our time there, we look for­ward to an­other and you never know... maybe one day we might be­come ‘lo­cals’. Paula Squires, Glenorie, NSW


In a time when we are con­stantly bom­barded with dis­turb­ing images from around the world, Coun­try Style can al­ways be re­lied on to pro­vide a wel­come dis­trac­tion. Mark Roper’s pho­to­graph of lit­tle Gigi Paquin­bow­den pick­ing dahlias on her par­ents’ flower farm in Bud­ding Am­bi­tion (May 2019) is a heart­warm­ing ex­am­ple. Mark con­tin­ues to cap­ture the beauty in mo­ments which might oth­er­wise pass un­no­ticed, but which he finds all around us. Your cre­ative photograph­ers and stylists can ex­tract equal beauty from a bas­ket of fresh veg­eta­bles or an old farm gate. They can evoke a sense of wel­come from both an open front door or a plate of An­zac bis­cuits. Thank you for in­spir­ing me to pause, ad­just my in­ner fo­cus, and look for the hid­den beauty in the small things. Cor­rina Dyer, Kar­rinyup, West­ern Aus­tralia


My lit­tle slice of re­lax­ation, ther­apy and in­spi­ra­tion ar­rives in my mail­box ev­ery month and gosh, does it make me happy! As soon as I pull your magazine out of my let­ter­box, I be­gin my lit­tle Coun­try Style rou­tine. First I rip off the pack­ag­ing, ad­mire the front cover and care­fully flick through ev­ery page, be­fore mak­ing a cuppa and set­tling in to read it from cover to cover. Ru­ral Aus­tralia takes up a large part of my heart: I grew up in the mid-north of South Aus­tralia and am now lucky enough to live in the beau­ti­ful Clare Val­ley. The coun­try is my happy place and it gives me this in­de­scrib­able heart-fill­ing feel­ing — like at golden hour when the sun is set­ting and the birds are set­tling in for the night, or in spring when that beau­ti­ful scent of the crops drifts through the warm air. Your magazine so ac­cu­rately cap­tures and repli­cates this feel­ing on each and ev­ery page. So I just wanted to say thank you for cre­at­ing such a seam­less, thought-pro­vok­ing magazine. Ev­ery page is beau­ti­fully sewn to­gether with gor­geous pho­tographs and care­fully writ­ten words, which paint a won­der­ful pic­ture of coun­try Aus­tralia and the >

sen­sa­tional gifts that it has to of­fer. Thank you for find­ing such won­der­ful peo­ple with stun­ning homes and gar­dens, and in­ter­est­ing life sto­ries, which fill me with in­spi­ra­tion, hope and joy ev­ery sin­gle month when I pull your magazine out of my let­ter­box. Emily Casey, Clare, South Aus­tralia


I was blown away by your magazine this month (May 2019), start­ing with the cover, which got my un­di­vided at­ten­tion straight away with those beau­ti­ful dahlias, which I have just started grow­ing my­self in the last two years. They are my new gar­den­ing love af­fair! But I es­pe­cially must ap­plaud Annabelle Hick­son’s col­umn, Real Feel­ing. It is re­fresh­ing, hum­bling and sooth­ing all at once to read such an ar­ti­cle. Life isn’t al­ways rain­bows and fire­works and that is okay. It’s also okay to not be okay all the time. That’s life. But to see some­one recog­nise that life has its downs, and look for ways and in­spi­ra­tion to turn those mun­dane mo­ments into mo­ments of joy, find­ing “hu­mour, re­silience and grat­i­tude” is noth­ing short of beau­ti­ful and full of grace. Thank you, Annabelle. I have found my­self in a sim­i­lar frame of mind over the past cou­ple of years. Coun­try Style has helped me find my pas­sion again for what I love — my beau­ti­ful (work in progress) home, my gar­den, my fam­ily and our beau­ti­ful coun­try. Your magazine al­ways in­spires me and has brought me great joy. Jaimie Wilkins, Park­erville, West­ern Aus­tralia

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