Country Life 30-Dec-2020

Published by TI Media Limited Country Life, the quintessential English magazine, is undoubtedly one of the biggest and instantly recognisable brands in the UK today. It has a unique core mix of contemporary country-related editorial and top end property advertising. Editorially, the magazine comments in-depth on a wide variety of subjects, such as architecture, the arts, gardens and gardening, travel, the countryside, field-sports and wildlife. With renowned columnists and superb photography Country Life delivers the very best of British life every week.

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2 min.
the news in 2021

YOU couldn’t make it up—but, then, who could possibly have predicted the events of 2020, with airlines grounded, schools closed, traffic silenced, loo paper and pasta fetching a premium, traffic jams in Snowdonia, dogs being walked six times a day and church services conducted on Zoom? January A Romanian nurse tops the NHS Covid-19 vaccinator league, completing 2,223 in 24 hours; dubbed Jabba the Hitt by colleagues, she enters Guinness World Records. February Virtual St Valentine’s Day causes Zoom to crash, such is the popularity of its new blind-date service—after all, if a date proves disappointing, you can simply click on ‘leave the meeting’. March After weeks spent trying to locate the source of a nasty whiff, White House staff discover that Donald Trump had indulged in that hilarious jape of stuffing prawns…

8 min.
the nation asks the trust

Do you have a favourite object from the National Trust’s collections? Ian Charles That’s like being asked to choose your favourite child! There are so many, but a great place to start is our forthcoming book— 125 Treasures from the Collections of the National Trust. If forced to choose, I would say Sandham Memorial Chapel is extraordinary; I have a slight obsession with stained-glass windows and we have a stunning example at The Vyne; the painting of Hambletonian by George Stubbs will always hold a special place in my memories of the Trust; and, lastly, I think our textile collection is world class—from tapestries to costume. If I could have another job within the Trust, I would love to work in our conservation studio at Blickling. If they would have me! What does…

2 min.
locking in the loupers

THE island of North Ronaldsay in the Orkneys is to receive further support from The Prince’s Countryside Fund to maintain its historic sheep dyke. The dyke, which is some 12 miles long and is believed to be the largest dry-stone construction as a single entity in the world, was created to corral ‘loupers’—a jumping sheep. It’s vital to the island’s economy because it keeps the Ronaldsay sheep firmly on the beach, where they eat the seaweed. The dyke has suffered from storms and erosion and, if it were to collapse, the future of the flock would be at risk. ‘I am delighted to be receiving this grant from The Prince’s Countryside Fund on behalf of the Orkney Sheep Foundation (OSF). The grant will allow us to work with a wide range…

1 min.
what treasures lie beneath?

THOMAS GOODE is well known for its excellence in producing tableware, so much so that the company is the first choice for both The Queen and The Prince of Wales. For every piece or set it produces, the firm has always kept one copy for its archives and, for the first time in some 200 years, pieces from those archives are for sale through an online auction conducted by Sotheby’s. Highlights of the sale include a Coronation Cup to celebrate Edward VIII’s Coronation (which never happened), plus the Ruby Vase for the consequent Coronation of George VI, a complete Sèvres dinner service made for Napoleon and tableware commissioned for the Royal Yachts. Most intriguing, perhaps, is a full miniature table service created for the Queen Mary Dolls’ House in Windsor…

1 min.
the answers you need

How much of the great Christmas crossword (published in the Double Issue, December 16/23) did you solve? The winner will be announced in the Town & Country pages of the January 13 issue. ACROSS 9 Fraudulence; 10 Tenor clef; 13 Scarab; 14 Dress code 15 Ruff; 16 Grassroots; 18 Horn-rimmed; 19 With care; 20 Chastity belt; 22 Hold your horses; 25 Nice; 27 Oyez; 28 Getting the sack 31 Recrudescent; 34 Porridge; 35 Strategist; 37 Santa Maria; 38 Long; 39 Referenda; 40 Placid; 42 Philander; 43 Penetrating DOWN 1 Trichroic; 2 Burr; 3 Cumberland; 4 Headforemost; 5 Screws; 6 Democrat; 7 Home truths; 8 Self-neglect; 11 Carom; 12 Asthma; 17 Schmoozer; 20 Corgi; 21 Bone china; 23 Ought; 24 Schopenhauer; 26 Hypertrophy; 28 God-fearing; 29 Serial port; 30 Ignitions; 32 Sniffles; 33…

1 min.
country mouse

A YEAR that began with the death of my wonderful father has finished with the first sweet snowdrops coming out. Life goes on. However, 2020 was no ordinary year for anybody, we are all changed in some way. Commuting was replaced by homeworking and, when the first lockdown began, I wondered how we would manage to produce a weekly COUNTRY LIFE from our homes scattered across Britain. However, it soon became clear from the hundreds of letters and emails you sent to us that the magazine has provided some distraction from all the masks and bubbles that have been imposed on our lives. I hope it may have given some respite from the virus. My debt is to the editorial team. They have worked longer and harder, as well as battling…