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Country Living UK August 2018

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.

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first words from the editor

Everyone needs a place… to get away from it all. It might be a summerhouse in the garden, a country cottage in the middle of nowhere or a favourite hotel where you can completely relax. The idea of escaping the everyday has immense appeal and this issue is unashamedly dedicated to the concept. From wild swimming (page 82) and stargazing (page 93) to secret gardens (page 114) and good eating places (page 98), all are ways to leave the rush and stress of daily life behind. I have recently been escaping to the newly opened Country Living Hotel in Bath. This is an immensely exciting project for us and we are trying hard to get everything just right for our guests. I am delighted with the results and, as I write,…

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Liberty-print paper party hats with pom-poms, £11 for a set of eight, Sisters GuildThese quirky candlesticks are from a collection inspired by 19th-century Staffordshire figures. Handmade to order, exclusively with The Shop Floor Project, £325 for the pairLinen-cotton-mix cushion with a digital print of an original painting by Abigail Bury. Comes with a cluster-fibre-filled pad, from £78Children’s tricycle, £150, Cottage ToysHanging bird card by Mark Hearld in new colourways, £3, available at Black BoughEasy-to-assemble honeycomb ball decorations instantly add summer cheer to an outdoor occasion. Available from PipiiWomen’s lightweight cotton top, £44.95, JoulesKatie Almond’s one-off porcelain pieces are painted by hand, and embellished with transfers of her original drawings. From £138 for a cake standWomen’s wedged espadrilles with floral embroidery, £28, Cath KidstonVintage fabric* heart filled with English lavender, finished…

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a month in the country

NATIONAL ALLOTMENTS WEEKYour garden might be the size of a pocket square – or maybe you have no garden at all – but it’s still possible to get outside and grow your own vegetables. This year’s National Allotments Week is all about cultivating your own crop wherever you are (even if you’re still on the waiting list for a plot). Run by the National Allotments Society, it aims to highlight the value of understanding where your food comes from in a time when it’s thought we’re more disconnected with nature than ever. So, whether you’re growing herbs in a box on your balcony, strawberries in hanging baskets or are looking for ways to fine-tune your existing vegetable patch, go to nsalg.org.uk to find out how you can get involved. ■…

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the very hungry caterpillar

THERE’S SOMETHING CHARMINGLY NOSTALGIC ABOUT THIS HUMBLE INSECT. Maybe because of its appearance in children’s books over the years, or its unusual, often colourful, appearance, spotting one is likely to elicit a smile (unless you’re a keen gardener). The National Trust (nationaltrust.org.uk) has some great advice about how youngsters can ‘rear’ a caterpillar, watching its miraculous transformation into a moth or butterfly first hand, but finding them on vegetation in wild areas at this time of year can be just as exciting. One common species that’s worth looking out for is the pale tussock moth caterpillar (above, Calliteara pudibunda). In stark contrast to the more monotone adult moth, pale tussock larvae come in vivid shades of green, yellow and occasionally red – with four conspicuous tufts to keep avian predators…

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in the fields this month

We all know the lyrics to the Wurzels song, but the mechanics of the combine harvester (seen from now until October) are harder to comprehend. So called because it combines the tasks of harvesting, threshing and grain cleaning, it revolutionised agriculture when it was invented in the 1800s. ■…

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quirky countryside

(COMPILED BY LAURAN ELSDEN AND SARAH BARRATT)Each year on St Bartholomew’s Day, residents of this Kent parish take part in a traditional midday lap around the church (formerly the chapel of an ancient hospital). Once completed, children are awarded a currant bun, while worthy adult participants are given a biscuit embossed with the town’s coat of arms. ■…