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AS VIC­TO­RIA EN­DURED ITS SEC­OND LOCK­DOWN, READ­ERS FROM THE STATE WROTE IN TO SHARE HOW COUN­TRY STYLE HAS HELPED THEM THROUGH THIS TOUGH TIME.

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TAK­ING COM­FORT

As I sit here in my home in Mel­bourne in lock­down, I have a pile of my Coun­try Style mag­a­zines be­side me. I am go­ing back over so many won­der­ful sto­ries, recipes and beau­ti­ful pho­tog­ra­phy in each of the past copies. At one stage I find my­self hug­ging a copy as it brings so much joy into this sad en­vi­ron­ment we find our­selves in, here in Vic­to­ria. I look for­ward to my Septem­ber copy. I want to say thank you to each and ev­ery per­son who is re­spon­si­ble for bring­ing joy into our homes through this in­for­ma­tive and beau­ti­ful mag­a­zine. Kath­leen Mad­dock, Al­tona Mead­ows, Vic­to­ria

FAM­ILY TIES

As many of your read­ers have found, Coun­try Style has been a real calm­ing in­flu­ence dur­ing these dif­fi­cult days. I am pleased I have kept back copies to read again and again as the coun­try life sto­ries are full of hap­pi­ness and peace and they do in­deed help us ‘Es­cape the Ev­ery­day’. I par­tic­u­larly en­joyed Grandma Knows Best in your Septem­ber is­sue. I was born in Africa and my hus­band is Greek. Even though our sons were born in Aus­tralia 23 years ago, they loved vis­it­ing Greece and we fol­low all the tra­di­tions at Easter and spe­cial oc­ca­sions. My hard­work­ing, amaz­ing mother-in-law was a fan­tas­tic cook (with an AGA cooker like you fea­tured!) and taught my hus­band

Greek dishes. He in turn has tried to teach me but my koura­bi­ethes (shortbread cres­cents), karitho­pita (wal­nut cake) and spanako­pita (spinach pie) do not be­gin to match up to his! Our sons re­mem­ber their Yi­ayia with such love, and at my el­dest son’s urg­ing he and I started Greek les­sons three years ago and my hus­band is de­lighted with our progress. As Nicole Az­zopardi writes, with COVID-19 sweep­ing the globe, re­trac­ing the steps of fam­ily gives one heart to lead a sim­ple life at home and for those lucky enough to be in the beau­ti­ful parts of the coun­try you show so well. This is what brings us joy. Coun­try Style con­tin­ues to give me in­spi­ra­tion for what I do in my home and gar­den and I look for­ward to each is­sue. Thank you to your splendid team.

Vickie Mavros, Sale, Vic­to­ria

THE GOOD TIMES

I’ve kept old copies of Coun­try Style. Now, dur­ing COVID-19 lock­down in Mel­bourne, I’m rem­i­nisc­ing with the Septem­ber is­sues from 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007. A bit of soul food dur­ing these times. I’ve seen a few changes in your ban­ners and styling over the pas­sage of time.

Coun­try Style is a breath of fresh air and I’ve de­cided to sub­scribe again in­stead of pick­ing it off the news­stand. My cur­rent Septem­ber is­sue sits out for the month and keeps a smile on my face. You’ve filled a void in these un­prece­dented times. Thank you, keep up the good work.

Tammy Fankhanel, Wonga Park, Vic­to­ria

LIFE IN LOCK­DOWN

Hav­ing just fin­ished read­ing Kylie’s ed­i­to­rial in the Septem­ber is­sue of >

Words @penny.carroll Pho­tog­ra­phy @brigi­darnottpho­tog­ra­phy Words @ceri­david Pho­tog­ra­phy @marniehaw­son Styling @in­sid­e_s­to­ry_s­tu­dio

With COVID-19 ground­ing Brent Wal­lace and Dan Ingram’s travel busi­ness, Mr Wal­lace Travel, the cou­ple and their golden re­triever, Abby, hun­kered down in their 1910 cot­tage in Pic­ton, NSW. “This is the long­est we’ve been home in years,” says Brent. Visit mr­wal­lace­travel.com for more about their busi­ness. Septem­ber marks the be­gin­ning of spring and the beau­ti­ful cot­tage gar­den in Tren­tham, Vic­to­ria, with climb­ing roses in bloom on our cover typ­i­fies the sea­son. De­signed, planted and cared for by gar­dener Tim Pil­grim, we vis­ited the half-hectare block and talked to him about the mag­i­cal, meadow-like grounds @the_es­tate_tren­tham.

Nicole Az­zopardi’s story about her grand­mother in the Septem­ber is­sue, and life com­ing full cir­cle, struck a chord with our reader, Vickie Mavros.

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