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In its simplest terms, this story began with a family living in the Australian town of Bowral early last century – a recently widowed mother and her three daughters – who were beset by grief and confronting a crisis. During a violent storm, the mother fled from the cottage in what seems to have been a nervous breakdown, threatening to drown herself in the creek that flowed at the back of their property. It is the story of how the eldest child in that family responded to that crisis, gathering her two younger sisters around her in front of the fireplace and then using her imagination and her own gift for storytelling to distract and comfort them in the face of the impending disaster. That eldest child was then known as Helen Lyndon Goff, later to become the author P.L. Travers. (pictured right) Fortunately her mother eventually returned, sodden from the rain but safe.

STYLING DECEMBER 2013  

Styling magazine by Coty Farquhar, Australia. Celebrating our 1st birthday and Christmas. This issue is dedicated to magical dreamtime and i...