Haus & Garten
Landscape Magazine

Landscape Magazine

December 2020

LandScape magazine is a breath of fresh air, capturing the very best of every season. Every two months, join us to: - Celebrate the joy of the garden - Learn simple seasonal recipes - Enjoy traditional British crafts - Wonder at the beauty of nature and the countryside The magazine is a haven from the pressures of modern living; a chance to slow down... and most importantly, a reminder of the good things in life. Take time to appreciate everything that nature creates and inspires.

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3 Min.
our landscape

PERCHED ON A SPOOL Working from her Staffordshire studio, multi-media artist Jo Gardiner makes a range of needle-felted sculptures, including this characterful robin, with inky black glass eyes. Measuring 3-4in tall, it perches on a bobbin, holding a piece of thread in its polymer clay beak. Each sculpture is delicate, so should be handled with care. Robin on a Bobbin £60, www.jogardinerart.com TIMELESS BEAUTY Skirting the edge of the sparkling River Dee, the picturesque Victorian village of Ballater looks its most beautiful when laden with snow. Surrounded by countryside and located in the Cairngorms National Park in the heart of majestic Royal Deeside, it is considered one of Scotland’s most scenic visitor spots. Balmoral Castle, which is one of the holiday residences of the Royal Family, lies just 7 miles to the west and…

1 Min.
louise’s favourite hollies

Ilex x altaclerensis ‘Golden King’: This is an ancient holly, dating back to 1884: a female, bright-red berry-bearing cultivar, with beautiful, bright, gold-edged, spineless leaves, good bright red berries and a bushy, dense habit suited to topiary. Height 13-26ft (4-8m); spread 8-13ft (2.4-4m) over 20-50 years. Silver cultivars of English holly, Ilex aquifolium: ‘Silver Lining’: A female seedling, found at Highfield in 1993. Its dark green leaves are finely edged in silver, changing to crimson-red in winter to complement the small, but bright, red berries. Height 39ft (12m). ‘Argentea Marginata’: A really handsome female holly, bearing masses of red berries, with green stems and silver-margined foliage, tinged pink when young. Naturally conical in shape, it makes a good bush, tree or hedging plant. Height 39ft (12m); spread 13-26ft (4-8m) over 20-50…

3 Min.
in the kitchen

DANCING FLAMES FIRMLY HELD A festive candle holder can be made using an old wooden chopping board, some brightly coloured candles and a few simple materials. Firstly, a hand drill is used to make holes in the wood for the candles to sit in. The holes should be spaced equally apart and be approximately ¾in (2cm) deep. The screw bit of the drill should be slightly bigger than the width of the candle, so that it will be able to fit snugly inside the hole. Once drilled, fine grit sandpaper is used to smooth the edges of the holes, before the candles are inserted. Placed on a table or shelf, the golden flames create flickers of soft light, bringing warmth to the room. Choosing brightly coloured candles or mixing and matching…

3 Min.
surprises within

A SET OF COLOURFUL Christmas crackers are a pleasure to knit following this simple pattern, which uses oddments of wool, ribbon and cardboard tubes. The beauty of these charming crackers is that they can be used time and again to bring a smile and evoke memories of Christmases gone by. They also provide a more environmentally friendly and less noisy alternative to traditional paper crackers. A small gift or a few sweets can be placed within and, once filled, each cracker is finished off with a length of ribbon tied at either end, securing the contents inside. MATERIALS • Any DK yarn• 4mm (UK 8) knitting needles• Tapestry needle• Cardboard toilet roll tube• Gifts to place inside the crackers• Ribbon Measurements and sizes The finished cracker measures approximately 9in (23cm) in length. Abbreviations: k – knit p…

4 Min.
the countryside in... december

“The cold earth slept below; Above the cold sky shone”Percy Bysshe Shelley, ÔThe Cold Earth Slept Below’ THE GRASS CRUNCHES softly beneath my boot, leaving a perfect print in the frost. Looking back, I trace the dark green patches of my footsteps across a swathe of silver. Ahead, this early in the morning, the park is almost untouched; my prints making the first marks on a shimmering lawn. Cloud hangs low over the lake, giving the landscape a pearly lustre. Higher up in the sky, the haze has a luminous glow where the weak winter sun shines through, lifting and dissolving it; hinting at a brighter day to come. Ducks and gulls are silhouetted on the water, and there is the elegant, unmistakable curve of a swan’s neck. This is a favoured…

3 Min.
in the footsteps of pilgrims

AS STARLIGHT FADES, the sky is flushed a rosy-pink, bathing a hill above the village of Abbotsbury in Dorset. On its crest, a small chapel stands in splendid isolation; its golden stone reflecting the opalescent lustre of the early morning. The merriment of Christmas has faded with the dawn, and as quiet descends, a Boxing Day walk to this hillside beacon offers the opportunity to unwind after a day of cheerful indulgence and savour the radiance of the season. “There is society, where none intrudes, By the deep sea, and music in its roar: I love not man the less, but Nature more”Lord Byron, ‘Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage’ Known as St Catherine’s Chapel, the building was constructed during the latter part of the 14th century as a place of pilgrimage for the monks of…