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Landscape Magazine June 2019

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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1 min.
dear reader...

IT IS A fresh early summer morning, and I am walking with a friend who has promised to show me where she spotted an otter only a few days before. I doubt we will be lucky enough to see this elusive creature today, but the possibility is invigorating. We follow the path of compacted clay as it sinks into a strip of woodland. The nettles are tall and dense, twisting to reach the light. I tuck my arms in to avoid their sting, the path only wide enough to walk single file. With the canopy in full vigour, the sky above is hardly visible. We walk with purpose. This was once industrial land, where deep pits were dug to extract clay; the sticky blue substance then transported by narrow railway to the…

1 min.
star letter

Winter project for summer days My dad bought me a subscription to LandScape for Christmas, and what a delight. During the half-term, my dad and I made the denim bag in the January issue from a pair of old jeans he had. A most enjoyable day, and now I have a new swimming bag. We did make two amendments to the instructions: we shortened the back strap by a couple of centimetres, making it level, and sewed in a seam across the width of the base so that it was square and could sit better on the floor. I cannot wait for the next holiday. Fay and John Cordingley, Kent…

4 min.
readers’ letters

A new source of inspiration I recently discovered LandScape magazine and am enjoying the fascinating in-depth articles and stunning photography. I love the inspiring mix of subjects, all in one publication. My hobbies include contemporary textile art, drawing and painting. Recently, I designed and made these owl and pheasant wall hangings, which were hand stitched in wool. Living on the edge of Exmoor, I have plenty to inspire me, but the magazine will prove another valuable resource. Anne Robinson, Devon Beauty to be found in buildings LandScape magazine is perfect for an early Sunday morning read in bed with a cup of tea, and I particularly enjoy the articles about historic buildings, partly because I work with such buildings, but mostly because I love learning something new about old places. Thank you also for…

3 min.
our landscape

FANNED BY SOFT SUMMER LIGHT A flame dances above a pool of warm wax held safely within a paper shell, creating flickers of soft colour and light as dusk starts to fall. These pretty lanterns are made using a tea light, which is carefully placed in a small ceramic or glass container thick enough to withstand heat. A piece of soft card or stiff paper, such as wallpaper or gift wrap, is then wrapped around the circumference and fastened with tape. Vertical strips cut from the top edge of the paper to the rim of the container at its base create a deep fringe effect, adding subtle movement. The edges can be curled by sweeping each strip with the back of a knife. The tea light can be replaced by seasonal…

10 min.
summer’s subtle palette

AN UNFREQUENTED SINGLE track hugs a breezy ridge leading to Woodside Farm, passing between hedgerows and the occasional gateway affording glimpses of isolated barns, haphazardly arranged fields and wooded copses. Eventually, the lane arrives at a crisply cut hornbeam hedge with an arched opening that frames the view of a cottage garden awash with the soft shades of June. Overlooked by a charming brick cottage, there is a rare tranquillity to this magical enclave; where periods of silence are broken only by the calls of birds, scrabbling of nearby chickens, buzzing of insects and the infrequent whistle of a steam engine from the Churnet Valley Railway. In summer, the flower beds overflow with roses and peonies. These jostle for space among perennials, with old favourites such as foxgloves, delphiniums, alliums, Hattie’s…

1 min.
creating a workable kitchen garden

Garry and Alison’s advice on growing food for the table: • We would recommend growing crops that are either expensive to buy or have a far superior flavour to shop-bought varieties. Onions, for example, look lovely, but can be problematic and, being so cheap to buy, are simply not worth the effort. • Raspberries are easy to grow and freeze well, lasting all year for baking and jams. • Growing more than can be eaten leads to waste. In the past, we have ended up with 30 cabbages all ready to eat at the same time. If too many are germinated, a few can be planted and the remaining seedlings used as microgreens in a salad. • Several seed sowings are recommended so that as one crop finishes, another follows in succession. • Larger seedlings…