Country Life 27-Jan-2021

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.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
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2 min.
a weather eye

STORM CHRISTOPH has blown its way across the country, bringing misery in its wake. Once again, the news has been full of flooded homes, sudden sinkholes, impassable roads and battered seafronts—all compounded by snow, cold and the not inconsiderable problems for rescue services operating during a pandemic. Even at the best of times, we in Britain are preoccupied by the weather, but that’s because it’s so varied. We have every kind of rain, from drizzle to cats and dogs, but there aren’t many days when there isn’t at least a ray from the sun, often immediately before sunset, when it dips below the cloud line—four seasons in a day. We notice the drama of named storms because they are out of the usual run of our temperate and, frankly, quite unexciting…

4 min.
footpaths must be fair

THE latest lockdown has seen fresh confrontation between landowners and the public. The latter have been accused of disrespecting people’s privacy and damaging crops and livestock, with photographs being posted online that show the damage caused by walkers straying off footpaths and onto fields. One farmer in Suffolk, Katherine Cross, posted a photo of a trampled wheat field on Twitter and wrote she is ‘saddened that walkers can’t stick to the bridleway... people can still exercise... by sticking to the path and not trample on crops’. Some footpaths that have been rarely used for years are suddenly seeing increased footfall, causing stress to property owners who are worried about privacy and social distancing. Several have complained about the difficulty of getting footpaths re-routed or removed and fear their concerns aren’t taken…

2 min.
conversations with chatelaines

SO, your grace, do you listen to many podcasts?’ I asked. ‘Oh no, not at all,’ replied Emma Manners, the Duchess of Rutland. ‘Until my daughter Violet mentioned them to me, I had no idea what a podcast even was.’ Her Grace certainly knows what a podcast is now and, from February 1, you can listen to her own series Duchess, for which she interviews 10 other women who run country houses across the country. The podcasts will explore the stories of the places these women inhabit, what it’s really like to run heritage properties in the 21st century and explore the women who’ve gone before at these great houses. ‘I’m not trying to preach with this podcast,’ says the Duchess. ‘People think heritage is like Downton Abbey or The Crown, and…

1 min.
good week for

Staying alive Joe the pigeon (Barometer, January 20) has been spared death, after authorities in Australia learned that the tag that said he was a racing pigeon from the US was fraudulent. This means that the bird is most likely an Australian native and does not pose a bio-risk. It remains unclear as to who created the counterfeit tag and placed it on the bird or why Musical chairs Research from property firm Zoopla finds that half of UK homeowners would like to move house as a result of the pandemic. Some 51% of respondents admitted they're considering moving to improve their wellbeing and 65% believe more space, inside and out, will help…

1 min.
bad week for

Hippies Britain's largest music festival at Worthy Farm in Somerset is to be postponed for another year, say organisers. Glastonbury, which was due to feature Paul McCartney (right), Kendrick Lamar and Taylor Swift, will return in June 2022 Flying high in the City A large cannabis farm was found next to the Bank of England in the City of London. The farm, which contained 826 plants, was discovered by police in a commercial building in Throgmorton Street and is the first such farm ever found within the City. Police were alerted following reports of a strong smell of the Class-B drug and the farm has since been destroyed Watching your weight A pig weighing some 400lb had to be rescued after getting stuck in the mud at a farm in Felsted, Essex. Dolly, who is…

2 min.
carving the history books

IT has been announced that The Prince of Wales will be the patron of the tercentenary celebrations of ‘Britain’s greatest carver’, Grinling Gibbons. From August 2021 to August 2022, the Grinling Gibbons Society (GGS) will host a national festival, ‘Grinling Gibbons 300: Carving a Place in History’, to celebrate his life, genius and legacy. Gibbons rose from obscurity to attain the greatest accolade, the title of King’s Carver, through his extraordinary talent and skill. He was originally commissioned by Charles II to contribute to the remodelling of Windsor Castle and was subsequently appointed Master Sculptor and Carver to the Crown by William III in 1693. ‘Grinling Gibbons is rightly revered as one of the greatest woodcarvers in the history of European sculpture,’ says Tristram Hunt, president of the GGS and director…