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Landscape Magazine Christmas 2015

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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life at nature’s pace

Dear reader...CHRISTMAS, LIKE NO other time of year, is filled with traditions. From the festive tree and present giving to carol singing, every family has its own customs. When I was a child, my family’s ritual was to gather together to make sweet mincemeat. My mother got out her very old recipe book passed down through the generations, and opened it at the appropriate juice-splashed pages. Children and adults alike peeled apples and weighed the mounds of dried fruit. Then, instead of simply mixing it together, it was all put through a mincer. We took turns to turn the handle, as the apples and fruit were fed in. The mixture went in a big bowl to have spices, suet and sugar added. The final concoction was juicy and sweet, while…

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Natural decorationAfter being inspired by LandScape’s, craft features, I decided to make a wreath and a couple of decorations for the Christmas tree. Using only materials I found on walks and in my garden, such as branches, nuts, seeds, I complemented these with warm coloured and textured ribbons. I have tried to capture the spirit of Christmas in its natural form. It was a most lovely pastime as well.Gabriella Ujhelyi, Angus ■…

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readers’ letters

Happy broad beansFollowing your instructions in the Mar/Apr 2015 issue of LandScape, I made newspaper pots to sow my beans, peas, sweetcorn, sweet peas and courgettes this year. Planting the seedlings out in their paper pots was easy and quick. Everything flourished because there was no disturbance to the roots which easily grew through the paper.I enjoyed an excellent crop of vegetables throughout the summer.Jill Ball, West Midlands Be grit awareI wanted to pass on to fellow pet-owning readers the dangers posed by rock salt. Until my vet mentioned it I hadn’t realised the sodium chloride this contains can cause painful burns to pets’ feet and mouths. It can even poison them if they ingest it during grooming. His advice was for them to avoid gritted surfaces where possible, and…

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our landscape

SAVOUR FALLING FROZEN BEAUTYA walk in falling snow savouring the sensation of flakes landing on the skin is one of the joys of the season. The myriad patterns of snowflakes can be studied by freezing a piece of black card. This is left in falling snow before being carefully carried to a cold, sheltered spot. A hand-held magnifying glass allows the beautiful shapes to be examined before they melt away. NATURALLY CLEANVicki Evans’ orange and cinnamon soap evokes the scents of the festive season. It also contains ground almonds for a gentle exfoliating effect. Vicki uses essential oils and natural ingredients grown in her garden to create the soaps at her home in Staffordshire. Each bar is presented in packaging made from recycled clothing. This is embedded with flower seeds,…

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drifts of white velvet

FALLING SOFTLY TO the ground, snowflakes transform the winter landscape, creating an icy enchantment of irresistible beauty. This is a muffled world, the falling flakes absorbing sound while the snow-covered ground reflects light back into the skies above. Trees, hedgerows, buildings, hills and vales take on a new softened appearance.Made up of billions of individual tiny crystals, a covering of snow is one of the wonders of winter. Seemingly frail and delicate, these crystals are responsible for shaping Britain’s landscape. More than 10,000 years ago, during the last ice age, they compacted into glacial ice hundreds of metres thick, which laid across the country. Together these tiny crystals became a mighty force, carving out amphitheatre-like hollows across the Lake District, North Wales and Scottish mountains. From the top: A stellar…

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jewels of the christmas garden

Cobwebs on Ilex altaclerensis ‘Purple Shaft’, named for the colour of its young shoots.WITH ITS CLUSTERS of vibrant scarlet berries gleaming through the snow, holly brings a splash of colour to the snowy garden. The glossy, deep green leaves, with their textural spiny outlines, stand out against a dusting of white.Common or English holly, Ilex aquifolium, is found wild throughout the British Isles, except for the north-eastern tip of Scotland. Completely hardy, it tolerates all of Britain’s weather conditions. It is a long-lived bushy tree with a distinctive pyramidal shape, reaching a height of 80ft (25m), with a spread up to 25ft (8m). However, it is slow growing, taking from 20 to 50 years after planting to reach its maximum size.It is a tough and resilient plant for the garden.…