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BBC Countryfile Magazine December 2018

Countryfile Magazine inspires you to explore forgotten corners of the great British countryside and provides knowledge of the people and wildlife that inhabit it. We want to tempt you into trying new things, seek out new places and make the most of Britain’s beautiful landscapes.

United Kingdom
Immediate Media Company London Limited
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13 Issues

in this issue

1 min
happy christmas!

“I tend to feel safe at Christmas, secure in the warmth it brings… assured by its familiarity, by the memories.” This by chef Gill Meller, page 64, struck a chord when I was thinking about what makes Christmas more than just a booze-and-buying fest with tinsel, TV and indigestion. No matter what upheaval we’ve experienced on a personal – or national – level, Christmas provides us with a moment to slow down and reflect in the company of loved ones. This special issue provides all the ingredients. Which brings me back to Gill. Now he may like talking about the familiar, but his recipes for Christmas dinner offer a challenge to the traditional turkey, plus all the trimmings. Then we have inspiring church walks: crisp winter strolls that include some of…

1 min
how to contact us

To subscribe or for subs enquiries: Domestic telephone: 03330 162112 Overseas telephone: 01604 973720 Email: bbccountryfile@buysubscriptions.com Post: BBC Countryfile Magazine, PO BOX 3320, 3 Queensbridge, The Lakes, Northampton, NN4 7BF To talk to the editorial team: Telephone: 0117 314 7399 Email: editor@countryfile.com Post: BBC Countryfile Magazine, Tower House, Fairfax Street, Bristol BS1 3BN Advertising enquiries: 0117 314 8384 App support: http://apps.immediate.co.uk/support Syndication and licensing enquiries (UK and international): richard.bentley@immediate.co.uk +44 (0)207 150 5168 Follow us on Twitter: @countryfilemag Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/countryfilemagazine Find us online for lots of bonus content: www.countryfile.com Download the official BBC Countryfile Magazine app from the Apple, Google Play or Amazon App Store.…

2 min
december in the country

THE JOYS OF A WINTER WALK A dawn walk in the depths of winter offers so much beauty and mystery. You see the countryside in a completely new light, such as here along the River Stour in Dedham Vale on the Essex-Suffolk border, which is famously green and lush in summer. Creeping frost transforms the sullen and slumbering vegetation while extraordinary peach and plum tints exploding across the sky reflect in the still water. Magical. Seek out more great winter walks on page 75. TUPPED EWES IN THE SNOW With the help of his Border collie, farmer Bill Cowperthwaite feeds his flock of Swaledales to help them through a sudden snowfall on Malham Moor in the Yorkshire Dales. Note the different colours on the ewe’s rumps; this is raddle, a paint that shows…

1 min
robin red breast

Why are robins associated with Christmas? And why do they sport such bright red breasts? In Victorian times, postmen used to be called ‘robins’ because of their red tunics. Christmas was, and still is, a busy time for these hardworking red-coated ‘robins’, who are integral to the delivery of festive messages, and so it was that the diminutive red-breasted bird became associated with Christmas cards. But why the red breast? Legend suggests this kind-hearted bird got its red chest tending a fire to keep baby Jesus warm. The RSPB proposes a more evolutionary explanation: to gain or retain territory. Either way, Britain’s ‘national bird’ is a true splendour, especially in the colder months against a backdrop of snow and holly. At night, take a short stroll from your house and head for…

1 min
all aboard the festive express

Six of the best 1 Severn Valley Railway, Worcestershire/Shropshire Santa Steam Specials, svr.co.uk 2 Llangollen Railway, Denbighshire Santa’s Christmas Specials, llangollen-railway.co.uk 3 Dartmoor Railway, Devon Train to Christmas Town, dartmoorrailway.com 4 Spa Valley Railway, Kent Santa Specials, spavalleyrailway.co.uk 5 Keighley and Worth Valley Railway West Yorkshire, Santa Steam Specials, kwvr.co.uk 6 Ffestiniog Railway, Gwynedd Victorian Santa Trains, festrail.co.uk Photos: Getty, Alamy Illustration: Enya Lai…

2 min
make beeswax wraps

You will need: • 100% cotton fabric or muslin (organic if possible), washed and ironed • Pinking shears • Pure beeswax (100g) • Jojoba oil (10g, for its antibacterial qualities) • Coconut or almond oil (10g, to make the fabric more pliable) • Pine resin, powdered (70g, you can buy it from baldwins.co.uk) • Clean brush with thin bristles • Baking parchment • Baking tray • Drying rack 1 Cut your pre-washed fabric to the size you want using pinking shears (to prevent fraying). A thin, fine-weave cotton is best, as it is easier to fold and wrap when infused with wax; muslin or sheet-thickness is ideal. The beeswax will turn your fabric slightly yellow, so choose a colour that won’t clash. 2 Put the pine resin (if in chunks, roll it with…