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Country Style Christmas 2018

Country Style celebrates the diversity of modern country living. Brings to life the stories of inspirational people and places from around Australia - coast to coast. We visit amazing homes and gardens, travel through Australia's most vibrant regional centres and sample all the good things the country has to offer

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2 Min.
a letter from the editor

When Colin Munro was asked if he’d like three gorgeous ponies for his little girls, he said yes — but he wasn’t expecting what came with them. “There was a bloke in Roberston who said, ‘We’re moving back to Sydney — do you want some ponies?’ and when I said, ‘Absolutely,’ thinking of the girls’ Christmas presents, he added, ‘Great, but you also have to take the alpaca and two Holstein Friesian cows.’ So, I think we might’ve been conned!” he explains. The story on page 26 of how he and wife Brooke spent Christmas Eve tying pink ribbons to trees so their daughters Arkie and Ruby could find their surprise presents in the paddock the next morning captured everyone’s imaginations — I think there are quite a few people…

1 Min.
in this issue...

SALLY FELDMAN The writer and editor visited soap maker Harriet Turnnidge and her flock of friendly sheep for our story on page 68. Sally has an innate curiosity about people, which works to her advantage when interviewing subjects for the stories she writes. “It’s less like work and more of an excuse to ask too many questions,” says Sally, who enjoyed quizzing Harriet Turnnidge about her ewe’s milk soap. “I was impressed with how Harriet cares for her animals. When we arrived at the paddock, they raced over to greet her.” Sally describes Aedel soap as “gorgeous, with a really silky, rich lather” and she intends to buy some for Christmas presents. And where will Sally celebrate? “At Cunjurong Point, on the NSW South Coast. There will be much feasting, as well…

3 Min.
your page

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…

3 Min.
the lucky ones

EVERYWHERE I LOOK, in a several-hundred-kilometre radius, I see sophisticated modern men and women running exciting farming businesses. These businesses enable farmers to live in beautiful places, to be in touch with the seasons (the only calendar that matters, according to garden writer, Anna Pavord, with whom I agree on everything), to let their kids grow up with space, safety, freedom and responsibility, and to be their own bosses. They demand farmers be savvy businesspeople and world leaders in water efficiency and grazing practices. Farming in Australia is not like farming in Europe; it never has been, and the prices reflect that. You’ve got to be smart, innovative and careful: and you’ve got to expect drought. Right now, with little rain, it is not easy. But what business in any industry always…

4 Min.
made by hand

CERAMICIST BRIDGET BODENHAM celebrates Christmas with her family at their bushland home just outside the central Victorian town of Hepburn Springs. The gathering includes her family, a few friends and the family’s young Rottweilers, Obie and Pearl. With a spread of festive fare laid out on a rustic table on their wide stone verandah, with views out over the forest canopy and distant hills, it’s a day that flows on in its own relaxed rhythm. “Our day is low-key and I’m not into the commercial aspect of Christmas,” explains the 32-year-old, who lives and works in the family home of converted shipping containers that also accommodates her mother, Madeleine, an artist and art conservator, her sister, Emily, Emily’s partner, Lance, and their six-year-old daughter, Aurora. Bridget’s brother, Will, her assistant in…

4 Min.
christmas memories

THERE IS SOMETHING very special about celebrating Christmas on the land. Who could forget those hot summer days made even hotter by the arrival of a Christmas roast, complete with all the traditional accompaniments. Here, some well-known Australians reminisce about their country childhoods and share their holiday memories from festive food tragedies and much-anticipated catch-ups with extended family to Lazy Susans gone awry and the ubiquitous Christmas Day cricket match. “Pavlova is a ritual in our family; it must always happen, we love it!” Kailani Craine, figure skater TANYA HENNESSY This comedian, radio announcer and author of Am I Doing This Right? spent her childhood Christmases in Eleebana on the shores of Lake Macquarie, NSW, and recalls one particular year when the meal prep was lost in translation. One year my aunt was supposed to…