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