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Country Living UK February 2019

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

Inspired by artisan style…Country Living has always championed the handmade, the original and the one-off. So, too, has it supported the small producers, designers and makers from across the British Isles, who lovingly handcraft their pieces, rather than mass-produced alternatives. More than 30 years ago, we invited a handful of artisans to join us in a Country Living marquee at the Royal Bath & West Show and sell to the visitors. The rest is history: we now have 14 Country Living Fairs and Pavilions each year, when we bring together an eclectic mix of exhibitors. If you would like to join them, turn to page 23 for details. Alternatively, if you are just starting out and would like to test your products, apply for a free stand at our Pop-up…

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Nest box for small garden birds such as blue tits and great tits, £19.95, The Worm That TurnedNorfolk-based artist Paul Bommer creates quirky hand-painted ceramic Delft tiles, £45 eachPowder-coated forged-iron Barbican pendant light in a soft green, £64.60 by Jim LawrenceEnjoy the beauty of early blooms such as snowdrops and primroses with a small informal displayHand-printed cushion featuring an original lino-cut design by Anneliese Appleby, £70, handmade to orderPretty countryside-themed fabrics taken from original linocut designs by Sam Wilson. Green leaf cotton-linen mix, £44.95/m; Blackbird and leaf cotton, £39.95/mDecorative mug individually cut from MDF and hand-painted by Mary Harold, £20These lightweight carbon-steel blade secateurs for precision cutting are smaller than regular models, £69 from NiwakiHand-woven bag made from recycled plastic bottles, £45, Weaver GreenIndividually hand-painted laser-cut MDF bird decoration by…

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a month in the country

TAKE PART IN CANDLEMASOriginally one of the cornerstones of the Celtic calendar, the spring festival of Imbolc celebrates the return of light and fertility to the land after the long winter. Imbolc – meaning ‘belly of the spring’ – falls midway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox, and is celebrated in the Christian calendar as Candlemas. On 2 February, 40 days after the birth of Jesus, candles are lit in churches to welcome the lengthening days. Traditionally associated rituals include gently ‘waking up’ the home with small tasks, such as spring cleaning, and hanging sprigs of rowan at your front door or baking a seed cake.Look out for lichenWHILE FOLIAGE AND FLOWERS ARE SCARCE DURING THE COLDEST MONTHS, stalwart-natured lichens continue to thrive. An intriguing combination of fungus…

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would you like to become a country living artisan?

COUNTRY LIVING IS ON THE ROAD!We are travelling the country, taking our popular CL Pavilions to some of the most prestigious and fun events around the UK this summer. From the RHS Hampton Court Garden Festival to Burghley Horse Trials, the CL Pavilions are sought-after shopping attractions at eight different shows in 2019.Each one features small businesses selling beautiful items, and each one is hand-picked by us to be part of this unique Country Living retail showcase. We are always looking for new talent and products, so if you have a small business, are a maker or producer and are interested in becoming a CL exhibitor, we would love to hear from you!FIND COUNTRY LIVING PAVILIONS AT:• Badminton Horse Trials• RHS Malvern Spring Festival• RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival•…

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the good life

How to…GARDEN WITHOUT PLASTICGrowing vegetables or cultivating herbaceous borders helps us to feel more connected to the land and in step with nature. But if we take a look around our gardens, it’s often surprising how much plastic can accumulate in corners, all of it destined to end up in landfill or polluting the oceans. There are good alternatives out there, however, for all our gardening needs. So let’s make a resolution this year to make our growing plastic free.POTS Most gardeners have stacks of plastic pots from previous purchases in sheds and greenhouses. Re-use these as much as possible, and, if you have more than you need, offer them to others on Freecycle (freecycle.org). Some garden centres and nurseries will recycle or, better still, reuse returned plant pots. There…

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tales from the blacksmith’s cottage

(ILLUSTRATION BY CLARE MELINSKY)Potential buyers coming to view my parents’ 400-year-old house do not like to be able to see their breath in the air, so the heating has been cranked up to maximum for most of the winter. The source of all warmth in this ancient place is the Rayburn and, because until I left home and discovered central heating I presumed that was the case in everyone else’s house, too. For the uninitiated, a Rayburn is somewhat like an Aga, but has the advantage of running six radiators – as long as it works.The original Rayburn was my father’s fifth child – a griping, guzzling, temperamental egoist that needed constant attention from dawn until midnight. It was coal-fired, so, every month or so, the coal truck would arrive…