Country Living UK

November 2021

Whether you live in the town or countryside, in Country Living you’ll find a wealth of ideas for your home and garden, learn about traditional crafts, keep informed of rural issues, enjoy irresistible dishes using seasonal produce and, above all, escape the stress and strain of modern-day life.

País:
United Kingdom
Idioma:
English
Editor:
Hearst Magazines UK
Periodicidad:
Monthly
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12 Números

en este número

2 min.
a note from the editor

Over the past year, we’ve made slow progress creating an orchard in an unused area of our garden. In late summer, we selected a variety of fruit trees that are being delivered in December. As we eagerly await their arrival, we are busy preparing the ground for planting. It’s been a fascinating journey of discovery. On the advice of The Good Life columnist Sally Coulthard, we researched local and heritage varieties and have learned much from specialist suppliers about growing, picking and storing fruit. Soon we’ll be putting the theory into practice and hopefully supping our own cider in the years to come! Orchards were a familiar feature of the British countryside until the 1950s, when mass-produced fruit arrived in our supermarkets. I was reminded of this when I read…

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1 min.
back from the brink… the great bustard

The world’s heaviest flying bird, the great bustard, was hunted to extinction in the UK in 1832. However, thanks to a 15-year project, this behemoth, which can stand up to a metre tall, has almost reached self-sustaining numbers once more in its traditional home of Wiltshire. The Great Bustard Group (GBG) released hundreds of birds, from imported Spanish chicks, onto Salisbury Plain, and it’s now estimated that the population is up to some 100 birds in the area – some of which you can watch from the visitors’ hide (greatbustard.org).…

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quaint and curious… the tar barrels of ottery st mary

Your average local fireworks display might seem a tad tame compared with the centuries-old spectacle of Ottery St Mary Tar Barrels on 5 November. As night falls, barrels soaked in tar and individually sponsored by Ottery’s public houses are set aflame and carried through the streets of this Devonshire village on the shoulders of running locals. The event culminates in the lighting of the monstrous midnight barrel, weighing in at 30kg – an awesome sight once lit and held aloft in the darkness (tarbarrels.co.uk).…

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5 of the best… stone circles

Watch the soft November light through megalithic alignments ROLLRIGHT STONES, OXFORDSHIRE This 2,000-year-old circle sits near a burial chamber (rollrightstones.co.uk). LONG MEG AND HER DAUGHTERS, CUMBRIA Legend says you can’t count the same number of stones twice in this sandstone sisterhood (visitcumbria.com). AVEBURY, WILTSHIRE See Britain’s largest henge at dawn, silhouetting megaliths up to 18ft tall (english-heritage.co.uk). DRUID’S CIRCLE, PENMAENMAWR This 30-stone circle sits on the headland under glowering skies (visitwales.com). RING OF BRODGAR, ORKNEY ISLANDS World Heritage Site stones (right) stand like ‘ancient druids, mysteriously stern and invincibly silent’ (historicenvironment.scot).…

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1 min.
29 the number of hours a badger can spend in a state of torpor, staying inactive underground

SPOTTER’S GUIDE Edible winter berries Gather winter jewels from November’s chilled branches to turn into jellies, gin or vinegars JUNIPER Most commonly used in gin, drop a few blue-black berries, technically the female seed cones of this evergreen tree, into your glass of G&T to intensify the taste. ROWAN These tart berries are sweeter when picked after a frost – cook with crab apples to make a jelly perfect with cheese, lamb and game. BLACKTHORN Amid the bushy spikes, inky berries deliver a plummy flavour to a bottle of festive sloe gin, wine or vodka as well as preserves and syrups.…

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1 min.
whitby

NORTH YORKSHIRE A town of two sides, Whitby is divided by the River Esk. Red-roof fishermen’s cottages cluster along the East Cliff, while genteel Victorian villas sit on the West Cliff. Dominating the boat-building industry until the 19th century, the town is still a bustling fishing port. Wrap up warm and wander past the harbour, along the pier to the lighthouse, then on to the long, sandy beach. WHAT TO SEE AND DO Bram Stoker’s Dracula still haunts this harbour town, and you can retrace the steps of the Count up the 199 stairs that lead to St Mary’s Church and the brooding Gothic abbey. Venture out just before dusk to avoid the crowds and watch the sun set behind the ruins (entry £11; english-heritage.org.uk). A short stroll away, the Captain Cook Memorial…

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